Cortana voice commands [updated]
There is a month until Microsoft rolls out the final version of Windows Phone 8.1, bringing tons of improvements and new features to all excising supported devices (running at least WP8.0). The voice assistant Cortana is still in development as it is a BETA currently available for US users, but the company has promised that there will be more supported countries before the year’s end. However, you can easily enable Cortana by changing regional and language settings to U.S / English (U.S).
Here is a list of Cortana Windows Phone Voice commands:
Call Father (Cortana asks you who is your dad and she will remember that for the next time)
Call Mike on Skype
Text / Message Father (or other person)
Text my Father, tell him I will be late
Show me messages from [name]
Appointments / Calendar Commands
Put a Dentist Appointment on my calendar this Saturday (specify time or let Cortana ask you)
Change my appointment from 1 PM to 3 PM
What I am doing tomorrow / today, ect…
Remind me to call Mike tomorrow at 2 PM (if you don’t specify date or tame, Cortana will ask you)
When Mike call, remind me to tell him about the game on Sunday (this is a cool one, as Cortana reminds you when the specific person call you or sent you a text message)
Note: Buy bread
Take a note
Wake me up at 10 AM tomorrow
Set an alarm in 20 minutes
Wake me up in 2 hours
Get me to …(place, city, ect)
How far is it to Paris?
Get me there
Play (a band, album or song from you library)
Which song is playing?
What song is this?
Get instant translations into almost 40 languages by simply saying “Hey Cortana, translate… “ or “How to say…” followed by the word or the sentence
Define …(a word)
What is the meaning of… (a word)
What’s the weather?
Is it cold in Tokyo now?
Will it rain tomorrow?
Will I need an umbrella next Saturday?
Tell/Show me the forecast for tomorrow?
Show in Celsius / Convert to Celsius
What’s the status of United flight [number]?
Who is the president of Gabon?
What’s the capital of Iceland?
Did the Bulls win the last game?
You can experiment with different search commands but you shouldn’t expect Cortana Windows Phone to provide voice answers each time. As she evolves and drops the BETA in the near future, Cortana’s search replies should be far more precise.
Facebook, What’s up with ..[name]
Foursquare, Check in
Open…( an app)
Find photo editing apps
Upload the last video to YouTube
Show me alarms
Finally, read our list with funny questions to Cortana