Cortana came in well behind its competition, but that doesn't stop it from being very effective. If he can give us feedback without being asked, he is also able to understand a lot of different vocal instructions. On this point, Microsoft's offer is very complete, but it is still necessary to know the supported commands.
As the title suggests, the purpose of this article is to help you get the most out of your personal assistant by listing all the commands available for Windows Phone.
The task is not easy, of course, but it is nonetheless essential. And even more when we know that Cortana will not be limited to our phones. In the long term, the tool will effectively be present on multiple media and in particular on our computers and on our home consoles.
Before going any further, note that Cortana is not psycho-rigid. Not as much as its competitors, at least. The assistant is indeed able to understand natural language and there are different possible commands for a single instruction.
It should also be noted that the following list is not exhaustive.
Cortana: commands to manage services
If you're the type who only turns on the services you need, when you need them, then Cortana may quickly become your best friend.
- Activate WiFi: Activate … WiFi.
- Disable WiFi: Disable… WiFi.
- Activate Bluetooth: Activate… Bluetooth.
- Disable Bluetooth: Disable… Bluetooth.
- Switch to airplane mode: Activate airplane mode.
- Disable airplane mode: Disable airplane mode.
Cortana: commands for handling calls
Do you spend a good part of your day hanging on the phone, juggling calls from your customers and your wife (or your man)? No problem, Cortana can be of great help there too.
- Call XXX: Make a call to a friend, giving their name.
- Call 06.06.06.06.06: Telephone at the number indicated.
- Call voicemail: It's all in the title.
- Redial last number: Redial the last number dialed.
- Send an SMS to XXX: Opens the window allowing you to compose an SMS.
Cortana: the commands to manage alarms
What could be worse than having to grab your phone with your fingertips, in the middle of the night, to check if the next day's alarm is recorded? Don't panic, thanks to Cortana, you won't have to fumble around in the dark.
- Show my alarms: Show all recorded alarms.
- Creates an alarm at XXhXX: Records a new alarm.
Cortana: Commands for Productivity
Cortana is not just a gadget intended to amuse young and old. Used well, the assistant can also boost your productivity.
- Note XXX: Create a new note in OneNote.
- Show my appointments: Show calendar appointments.
- Record a new appointment: Create a new event in the calendar.
- Remind me from XXX to XXhXX: Create a new reminder at a specific time.
Cortana: commands for GPS
Do you spend most of your time on the roads of France, flying from point A to point B? No problem, Microsoft's assistant offers a lot of functions to save you precious time. Same thing if you just want to go out for a drink.
- Where Am I: Displays the user's location on a map.
- Find me restaurants near me: Shows restaurants in the area.
- How is the traffic going to work: It's all in the title.
- Guide me to XXX: Starts the calculation of a route.
Cortana: commands for apps
Cortana can also give you control over your apps, and it's even possible to use the assistant to launch searches on specific platforms. Be careful though because everything depends on the tools installed on your terminal, of course.
- Open the XXX application: Starts the application named by the user.
- Search XXX: Launches a search on Bing.
- Netflix finds XXX: Search Netflix.
- Yellow Pages finds XXX: Performs a search on the Yellow Pages.
Cortana: the other commands
In addition, Cortana also includes other instructions and the assistant can display the weather forecast for the day or even identify a song being played.
- What's the weather like: Displays today's weather.
- What's the weather like : Displays the weather for the week.
- What is this song: Displays the name of the song currently playing.
If you know of any other voice commands, please let us know in the comments following this article.