Microsoft’s attempts to rival Apple’s Siri are now even more real.

The first official images of Microsoft’s “Cortana” personal assistant have emerged, according to a report from The Verge. The feature will reportedly tap into the APIs of services like Bing and Foursquare to provide Windows Phone users with a Google Now-like personal assistant.

We’ve known of Cortana’s existence since December of last year, and we expect Microsoft to formally announce Cortana at its Build developer conference this April.


As we’ve previously detailed, Microsoft is expected to unveil a number of new features in addition to Cortana, including a notification center for Windows Phone 8.1, and separate apps for Xbox Music and Xbox Video.