Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant is digging deeper into users’ email accounts in hopes of creating more useful reminders.
With the latest Windows 10 Insider build, Cortana will scan for commitments that users make via email, and then offer to create a reminder. For instance, emailing “I’ll get you this report by the end of the day” to your boss will create a reminder card in Cortana’s main menu.
As The Verge points out, this reminder process isn’t completely automated. Users will still have to click a button in Cortana’s menu to set the reminder, so they won’t be unnecessarily pestered by reminders they didn’t intend to create. And because the email scanning happens locally on the device, Microsoft won’t store any email data unless users click the “set reminder” button. Users can also disable the feature entirely if they don’t want email-based reminder cards to appear.
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SOURCE: PC World, Jared Newman