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How To Enable Cortana On the Xbox One Experience Preview (hothardware.com) 81

MojoKid writes: Part of Microsoft's strategy to unite different devices to a single ecosystem means offering the same services and features across the board. One of those features is Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, which is available on Windows 10. It will also be available for the Xbox One, though not until sometime next year, at least officially. Don't feel like waiting? You might not have to. Here's a quick and dirty guide on how to unlock Cortana on the Xbox One, provided you're running the latest Xbox One Experience Preview.
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How To Enable Cortana On the Xbox One Experience Preview

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  • by Bozzio ( 183974 ) on Sunday October 11, 2015 @05:30PM (#50705573)

    There are four comments so far claiming Cortana is spyware but none of them offer any evidence of this. Is this just typical Slashdot irrational MS hatred, or am I missing something?

    • by MacTO ( 1161105 )

      I suspect that it is because Cortana allegedly sends data back to Microsoft's servers for processing. For people who don't trust Microsoft, it is easy to equate this to spying even if there is no evidence of Microsoft using the transmitted data for anything other than fulfilling user requests and to improve the functionality as well as reliability of their products.

      That being said, those Microsoft haters are useful. While their information may be unreliable, they are helping to inform people of Microsoft'

    • by Osgeld ( 1900440 )

      this is slashdot, we think you should be smart enough to find basic information if you cant keep up, otherwise we are not here to babysit you

    • I'm getting pretty sick of this too. What happened, Slashdot? We used to be all about the tech, right or wrong. Now it's just "M$ suxx and are evil!!!" in every thread that Microsoft's mentioned.

      It's annoying, and even self-defeating for Microsoft haters; it makes it a lot harder to take their serious points, well, seriously. If they're always going to be critical of Microsoft no matter what, and are willing to go total ad hominem when nothing else works, how can an uneducated observer take anything they sa

    • by jandersen ( 462034 ) on Monday October 12, 2015 @05:52AM (#50707665)

      There are four comments so far claiming Cortana is spyware but none of them offer any evidence of this. Is this just typical Slashdot irrational MS hatred, or am I missing something?

      I don't think it is 'irrational MS hatred', and you do youself as disservice to describe those whp have a view different from yours when you use this sort of language.

      Looking back over history, I think it is very understandable that there are many who distruct Microsoft. Back in the early days, Microsoft was actually seen as cool and on the forefront, but we then seen to betray the ideals of their admirers, when they seemed to become increasingly greedy, anti-competitive etc. For a very long time they resisted implementing even basic security, they kept making claims that were obviously wrong (like 'the mainframe is dead' etc), thereby appearing to be either incompetent or dishonest - or possibly both. They have improved many things in recent years, that's true, but often at gun-point and often their improvements seem to include unwanted extras, like the forced upgrades that you apparently need to be a Windows expert to stop (Yes, I know there is an 'easy' option somewhere, but I doubt the average user would even know enough to look for it).

      So, as for Cortana: if you have had any experience with speech recognition (like the automatic telephone systems that you speak to) and understanding natural language (try Google Translate), then you know just how hard a time they have understanding spoken words, especially if you are dialect speaker, and you'll know that computers have difficulty understanding the meaning of ambiguous statements that real people would pick up without difficulty. The obvious solution to these problems is to put a staff of real people in a call center and let them understand and answer, when the computers have to give up.

      And of course, the computing power needed to implement even basic speech recognition and natural speech analysis means that it wouldn't fit into the average laptop, let alone a Windows mobile. All of which leads to the obvious conclusion, that Cortana, Siri and the like must communicate with one or more call centers, and it would be surprising if that traffic was not collected and used 'to improve services' - ie, target users with adverts. I'm sure, if somebody were to read the small print, it would be implied that you give them your permission to do so, simply by brething in the vicinity of a Windows or OSX system.

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