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Halo’s Cortana to voice Microsoft’s Bing search by April – rumour

Friday, 17th January 2014 05:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s answer to Siri, a Bing-powered voice search starring Halo’s Cortana, is just a few months away according to whisperers.

MSFTNerd, a blog of Microsoft leaks, reports an app called Cortana will arrive on Lumia phones in April, initially as a beta for developers only.

According to the site, the search app will be voiced by Jen Taylor, the actor who plays Cortana in Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Halo 4 and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn.

MSFTNerd further reports Cortana will be added to the Bing app for iPhone in the US market in northern autumn, before coming to Windows and Xbox One in 2015 as part of Threshold.

Other English-speaking territories will have to wait for later in 2015 and 2016.

This is at least the third mention of the app. ZDNet reported on Cortana as early as September last year, and brought it up again as an established fact when discussing Threshold.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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6 Comments

  1. Tyrantsoul

    That sounds cool.Does anyone actually use Bing though?

    #1 11 months ago
  2. SpacemanSpliffz

    What’s Bing?

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Python360

    I use bing quite a bit when I’m on my phone, which is a LOT of the time! Saying that, my mobile is windows so its just easier to “bing” something, rather than doing the whole browser, favourites then google. On everything else tho its google all the way!!! Or maybe Ask… No, maybe not lol

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Citrus raptor

    Yep, water it out. Make peopel associate her voice with other things than Halo. Hope it’ll kill the franchise quicker.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. bradk825

    @4 Why would you want the franchise killed?

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Citrus raptor

    @ 5 Cause it’s not Halo anymore, it’s just random fanfiction that undermines or changes every other story point that already has been told. What’s the point in that? Every time they come up with a new idea, they just insert it without the slightest regard for how it alters the perception of the old stuff. They could just as well make a spiritual successor instead, and go all in with their own visions, designs, etc, instead of changing everything (or is it just the title that sells, and not the content?)

    #6 11 months ago

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