Sunday, 21 September 2014

Cortana can now help you with word definitions

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Microsoft is working hard making various enhancements to its assistance. A new backend update rolled out for Cortana few hours ago enabling users to find a definition of a word. The definitions are powered by Oxford Dictionaries.
Load up Cortana and directly ask her 'What does _____ mean?' alternatively, 'What is the meaning of ____?' and the personal assistant from 500 years in the future pulls up a nice little card, complete with the word category and multiple definitions while exclaiming "I've found the meaning of…".
Additionally sometimes you will also get option for see more taking you directly to the corresponding page on the Oxford site. Some definitions also come up under Bing's dictionary as well so your results may vary.
This tool should be particularly useful for those learning English as a second language, and we presume this word-lookup feature expands to other languages in the future.
Is looking up words a useful feature for you? How do you think Microsoft could make it better?

Pic Credits: WPCentral


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