Fun With Cortana

By | June 3, 2017
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Windows 10: Fun With Cortana

Cortana is like liver sausage – you either love it or hate it.

At first we were not very enamored with Cortana, but lately we both have been enjoying “her”. (If you don’t want her to be a her, it’s the 21st century! You can make her a him… see this page.)

If you’ve set up Cortana, you can ask “her” anything and usually get an answer. Just start your question with “Hey Cortana”. For instance… “Hey Cortana. What’s the weather forecast today?” And you’ll get today’s weather. You can ask… “Hey Cortana. What is the weather going to be like on Tuesday?” And “she’ll” tell you.

What if  you had to work with EB like I do and were depressed and forlorn? Well you can ask  Cortana to tell you a joke, which I just did:

“Hey Cortana. Tell me a joke.” And “she” told me this joke:

“What did the fisherman say to the magician? Pick a cod.. any cod!”

Ha ha.

“Hey Cortana. Tell me another joke”

“OK. Time flies like the wind, but fruit flies like a banana”

Or, if your pathetically bored, like EB is, you can ask Cortana to sing you a song!

“Hey Cortana. Sing a song!”

“She” sings:

“Oh Susannah, don’t you cry for me,
Cuz I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee…”

And she really sings well – at least she hit all the notes. Not sure how well the male voices would do though – if you want to try out Mark or David, it’s on you.

Oh get some trivia from her:

“Hey Cortana… give me some Beatles trivia.”

And she told me: “All four members of the Beatles have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; once as members of the Beatles and once as individual artists.”

“Hey Cortana. What was the largest selling single recording ever?”

And she told me. ” ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby in 1942 was the biggest selling single record in history with sales over 50 million.”

Hey Cortana. How tall is Mount McKinley.”

And she replied.  “The elevation of Denali is 20,322 feet.”

Notice she corrected me… Mount McKinley is now known as Denali because that’s what its name really is. However, here in the USA we like to name things for presidents. I’m glad we changed it back to Denali our of respect for the native folks of Alaska.

You can ask her to define a word, play trivia with you, tell you a joke, sing a song, play a music video, or play a game (really – just say “Hey Cortana. Let’s play a game.”)

“Hey Cortana. Tell me another joke.”

“A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘Hi! We have a drink named after you!’ The grasshopper says… ‘You have a drink named Steve?’ “

Now,  go have some fun with Cortana.

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Fun With Cortana

  1. Tom

    Use to be able to hear her speak, cannot hear her anymore. She will help me, but no sound. I believe I checked everything, but there is something wrong. Would appreciate any help. Thank you!

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    1. infoave Post author

      There are no easy answers to this problem. First things first. Make sure “Apps Volume” is turned up in Sound Mixer. Make sure it’s not muted and it’s not turned down too low.
      Sound Mixer in Windows 10

      You can also try re-setting Cortana and starting all over (with microphone setup, etc.). The easiest way to reset Cortana is by using a freeware tool available here. WARNING: The file should download automatically. Click the flashing that says “Click here if it does not”. Do not click the big green “DOWNLOAD” button – or you’ll be downloading malware, or trick ware.

      After you run the Cortana Helper tool, Cortana will be reset to its defaults. This allows you to set up Cortana just as you did the first time.

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  2. LIBBY RORKE

    HAVING JUST STARTED USING WIN 10 A BIT, I LOVE HER. SURPRISINGLY, SHE WILL ANSWER ANYTHING, BUT COMPUTERS ARE SMART PEOPLE. AFTER ALL, ONE BEAT KEN JENNINGS ON JEOPARDY!!. SHE IS AMAZING. I LOVE NOT HAVING TO TYPE SOMETHING IN GOOGLE. SHE IS ONE BRIGHT LADY. GUESS THE GUY IS TOO!!!!!!!! FUN.

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