Microsoft appears to be readying a set of new features for its Cortana assistant.
These new features, which will supposedly arrive sometime later this year, bring additional voice options including a male voice for the first time, according to a leaked video posted by Twitter user @h0x0d. It’s unclear where the video is from, but it could be promo materials from Microsoft. Leakster @h0x0d has a decent track record, and other sites seem to think his video is evidence the feature really is coming.
The video specifically shows a “masculine” voice coming to the assistant. But it doesn’t actually play any audio of how the new voice sounds.
Cortana in 2019 pic.twitter.com/5rlfshgjxX
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) October 31, 2019
Other than that, the video teases an integration with the Outlook app on iOS, including a new Play My Emails feature that will allow Cortana to summarise your new emails in a briefing, and you’ll be able to manage or flag your emails using just your voice. There are also new Cortana features for Windows, like a Briefing mode, which summarises your calendar and meetings. Plus, there’s new scheduling options for meetings.
We’re not sure when Microsoft plans to release these new features for Cortana, but @h0x0d indicated they’ll arrive in 2019.