What is Cortana?

Cortana is your digital agent. She'll help you get things done.

The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.

To get started, select Cortana

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Here are some things Cortana can do for you:

  • Give you reminders based on time, places, or people.

  • Track packages, teams, interests, and flights.

  • Make calls.

  • Send emails and texts.

  • Manage your calendar and keep you up to date.

  • Create and manage lists.

  • Chit chat and play games.

  • Find facts, files, places, and info.

  • Open any app on your phone.

Try this: Set a reminder

One of the things Cortana can do is to give you reminders. She can remind you to do things based on time, places, or even people.

For example, type or say, "Remind me to congratulate Tanya the next time she calls." The reminder will appear when you get a call from Tanya.

Extra bonus—if you have a Windows 10 PC and you're signed in with a Microsoft account, any reminders you set on your phone will be synced to your PC.

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Find out about Cortana's Notebook and settings


Article ID: 17281 - Last Review: 7 Sep 2016 - Revision: 10