Answering to a user question on Twitter, Marcus Ash, Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone revealed that Microsoft is working on a passive voice activation feature for Cortana. Right now, you need to tap Cortana to listen to your voice commands. Some devices like Moto X, Kinect has a feature called passive voice activation in which these devices will be listening to you all the time for your commands. Marcus confirmed this upcoming feature in Cortana while he tweeted about the recent issue regarding an Xbox One ad.
Although Cortana is still in its beta stage, many are curious as to when passive-voice activation will arrive, as it seems like the next reasonable step. Marcus Ash, Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, has once again taken to Twitter to tease the feature:
Something to think about as we design voice activation for #Cortana. Don't want Jesse sending texts on your behalf.Of course, the big surprise there is that Ash just admitted that Microsoft is actively developing voice activation. That news is not necessarily surprising, but it is reassuring.
What do you think of passive voice activation? Would it make using Cortana easier for you? Would it entice you to buy a new phone with supported hardware for the feature?