Meet Cortana, Microsoft’s Answer to Siri

The idea of having an obedient little person on your smartphone soldiers on, and Microsoft is throwing their hat in the ring with Cortana. Now, Halo-nerds will remember Cortana as Master Chief’s assistant in the game franchise and, yes, that is who Cortana is named after. But instead of being a female hologram, Cortana will be an animated dot on your phone. Sorry, Her-heads—we’ve got a little ways to go before Scarlett Johansson-voiced girlfriends. Cortana will be pretty similar to Siri, really, although Microsoft is saying it (she?) will learn about you a little faster. Very comforting …

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