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  1. Add an android home screen widget

    Add some android home screen widgets for android. A search bar, button to start voice search, and a full card view would be amazing.

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    • Cortana needs to be able to determine whether I want to search on the web or on my machine.

      By parsing the request, even if we have to learn a "special" way to ask the question, it would be helpful. That way I can truly use Cortana to search when I could easily open up a tab on the browser to do the search, I am not lazy but the more work she can do to sharpen the area for search and/or provide me options without my having to go to file explorer etc. simply makes it a one stop place to do pretty much everything which I like.

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      • Let Cortana answer more questions

        I would like to be able to ask Cortana questions like

        "What song am I listening to?"
        "Define hippipottomonstrosesquipideliaphobia"
        "How do you spell hippopottomonstrosesquipedeliaphobia?"
        "How much battery do I have left?"
        "Do I have any missed messages?"

        23 votes
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          Update to all account permanent..

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          • Allow Cortana to search calendar appointments for calendars that are not visible in calendar app

            I switch off birthday calendars in the settings for calendar because they clutter my view. If I search "when is john's birthday" no results are returned. I must switch that calendar back on in my calendar app for the birthday to be found.

            An improvement would be to search calendar appts regardless of visibility in calendar app.

            5 votes
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            • "What does the battery say?"

              Cortana should state my current battery status (Including expected time until recharged/time remaining on battery life) if I ask her about it.

              Now that she is coming to Windows 10, this would be an incredibly useful query for voice activation. Just a few moments ago I walked through my room and wondered how much recharged my battery is, but didn't want to sit down and look at the device to check manually.

              38 votes
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              • Please don't use a local Australian voice for Cortana

                While the UK might want their own voice for Cortana there's no way I would want to listen to some ear-grating "sheila" voicing Cortana for Australia. There is no local talent for pleasant voice acting.

                Please use Jen Taylor's voice for the Australian Cortana, or at the very least allow metric units and an International English dictionary to be set with the US Cortana so it can be usable...

                3 votes
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                • 6 votes
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                  • Meaning of words

                    it will be usefull if we ask for meaning for a word and if it gives good results

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                    • Search history

                      I would like a list of past queries so they can be easily repeated or edited and repeated. This should appear in Cortana's notebook as "Past queries" and presented in the same format as as "Music searches".

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                      • get rid of old password requirement for sign in

                        I can sign in to Microsoft account, but Cortana will not accept it and also requires old password, which does not make any sense. If it is for security as I was told: then it so secure as to make it totally inaccessible!

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                        • Search Visual Studio Project

                          As Cortana is much better than just Ctrl+F, please let her index and search code in Visual Basic (and other IDEs, if possible). It would drastically increase developer productivity on large projects.

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                          • Allow application voting

                            Potentially many apps may respond to something Find {topic} such BI engines, database applications, multiple search engines, search aggregators, topical databases such as stock quotes, etc.

                            It would be nice if Cortana had a way to inquire for each matching candidate how likely they were to have a good match, say ranging from 0 to 1. Assuming there weren't multiple ties for highest candidate, she could activate the best match.

                            As a follow up she could respond to something like, what are the alternatives with a list of possible matches (match probabilities >0).

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                            • Instant alternatives

                              When presenting a list of alternatives, it would be nice if you could either click on a selected entry or immediately say "number 3" for example, even while she's dictating the possibilities.

                              2 votes
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                              • "Cortana, Share my location to..

                                Cortana could be a lifesaver in emergency situations if she could share my exact GPS coordinates/location to family and friends. Also useful for meeting up with someone or helping your friend find your drunk self. Something along the lines of...

                                "Cortana, Share my location to [contact name]"

                                "Cortana, ask [contact name] to come and get me"

                                "Cortana, Where am I?" or "Cortana, Show me my location"

                                28 votes
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                                • cortona listen it carefully.

                                  Cortana must listen the answer carefully asked by him about reading a text.

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                                    • time zone converter

                                      Many times I see an event or a live blog that starts at certain time, For example 9pm ET but I have no idea what's that converts to my time zone where I'm living. Therefore it would be nice to ask cortana. In Microsoft Edge you could add ability to select time>ask cortana>that would automatically tell me the time based on system clock.

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                                      • Integrate with biblegateway.com

                                        In the same way as bits of wikipedia are fetched when looking up something, you could ask: "what does John 3:16 say?" Or indeed any bit of bible.

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                                        • Get directions to you next appointment

                                          It would be nice to ask Cortana for directions for my next appointment and then she comes up with directions.

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