Meet Cortana, your very own personal assistant.

Last updated: 30 August 2015

Meet Cortana, your very own personal assistant.

If you’ve got a Lumia phone, then you’ll be able to enjoy Cortana – your very own personal assistant.
From making calls and sending texts, to giving you reminders and recommending the best nights out, she can keep you up-to-date on all the things you care about.

Read on to discover all the hints and tricks at your fingertips.

How do I use Cortana?

Cortana is really intuitive and simple to use. She springs into life when you press the search button, or simply by tapping the Cortana tile on your Lumia device. You can then either talk to her by speaking into the microphone on your device, or you can just start typing and she’ll write back.

What sort of things can Cortana do?

Cortana is here to make your life that little bit easier. But while she can answer questions, remind you of important things and be a useful resource, Cortana has been designed to get to know your needs, interests, likes and dislikes.

By letting Cortana know what you care about she’ll find related articles, posts and updates on the web for when you want them.

Cortana doesn’t just respond to requests. She actually gets to know you and proactively helps you depending on the situation. For instance, she’ll get to know your route to work. And, if there’s a traffic problem, she’ll learn about it and let you know ahead of schedule so you can leave early.

She can even save relationships… potentially. Set a reminder and Cortana will give you a nudge when that all-important anniversary or birthday is coming around. And if a reminder still doesn’t help, she can even prompt you again when that person next calls.

And while it’s great to have a personal assistant watching your back, you’re always in control. If you don’t want any interruptions on a particular day, just tell her to leave everything to you. And she will, with no hard feelings.

Putting the ‘personal’ into personal assistant.

One of the many great features of Cortana is the ability to really use your phone the way you want to. Cortana can recognise the fact that you have nicknames for certain people, hand you interesting articles about your favourite football team, restaurant or movie star.

How do I get Cortana?

Cortana is now available on all Windows 8.1 phones, including the newly launched Microsoft Lumia 535 and the brand new Microsoft Lumia 640, on sale from April.

You’ll need to make sure your Lumia phone has the latest Denim software update. To check your current software release on your phone, go to Settings > Extras + Info. Click here to find out more about Cortana.

In a nutshell, Cortana will help you get the most from your smartphone. More of the good stuff, less of the bad. Just how it should be.