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Report: Microsoft's take on Siri is called Cortana

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A feature headed to Windows Phone 8.1 may include Microsoft's take on Siri, which uses a name that references the Xbox's flagship first-person shooter franchise, ZDNet reports.

The feature is apparently codenamed Cortana, a reference to Halo's AI companion. It will reportedly outperform Windows Phone's current voice command capabilities and allow users to interact with the device using natural voice commands, like Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now. ZDNet's sources also suggest that the underlying technology will also appear in other Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Xbox One.

When Microsoft's next-gen console is released Nov. 22, it will include a new Kinect sensor that enables users to interact with the console through voice commands, like "Xbox, watch TV."