Microsoft has confirmed today during their Windows 10 keynote that Halo’s Cortana AI is being integrated in Windows 10.
While the character was integral in the Halo series, the “personal assistant” is going to be running on every Windows 10 device. She’ll learn about you, and she’ll reportedly be able to respond to questions you have, while also letting you control your Windows 10 device with voice commands.
Cortana is also coming with an advanced auto-complete feature, which predicts where you want to navigate, when you begin typing in your Start menu. In case you don’t care for her and her sultry tones or assistance, you can also ask her to “be quiet,” which pauses her functionality.
Finally, the most interesting bit of information (at least to me, as my day job is in the IT field) is that all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are getting a free update to Windows 10. The promotion is only available for the first year, as Microsoft is looking to migrate users off previous versions of Windows.