CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Hey Cortana!

Cortana made her first appearance as an assistant in Windows Phone 8.1. With the release of Windows 10, PC and tablet users can now ask her for help.

To get her to answer your questions, simply hold down the Windows key and C, or activate Hey Cortana from the menus.

Here are her responses to some pressing life questions and her role in Halo.

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
1
of 14

Who's your daddy?

Cortana doesn't like to brag, but if you ask her "Who's your daddy?" she will give you this response.

"Technically speaking, that'd be Bill Gates. No big deal."

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
2
of 14

Do you like Clippy?

While Cortana can easily hide away if you don't need her help, Microsoft's earlier virtual assistant was not so camera shy. Clippit (or Clippy as he affectionately became known) first appeared in Microsoft Office 97.

He wasn't the most popular kid in class, and Cortana has several fun answers to the question, "Do you like Clippy?" or "Where is Clippy?"

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
3
of 14

Do you like Clippy?

This is just one of her responses to the age-old Clippy question.

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
4
of 14

Where is Master Chief?

Cortana is the artificial intelligence character in the Halo video games. If you ask her about Master Chief, she has a few different responses as to his whereabouts.

"Hopefully getting some R&R. He HAS saved the galaxy three or four times. The guy needs a vacation."

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
5
of 14

Tell me about Halo 5

On the topic of the next Halo game, however, she's not so forthcoming.

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
6
of 14

What does the fox say?

Do you like earworms? Well, Cortana has a doozy for you. Ask her, "What does the fox say" and you'll get her rendition of this Internet sensation.

You can also ask her to "Sing me a song," and she'll bust out any number of catchy tunes like "On Top of Spaghetti."

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
7
of 14

Do you want to go on a date?

Cortana has the perfect sassy answer to this question for the lonely (and inquisitive) Windows 10 user.

"I'll work on being more human, you work on being more digital."

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
8
of 14

What do you think of Siri?

Ask Cortana what she thinks of that other virtual assistant from Apple, and you will get several incredibly diplomatic replies.

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
9
of 14

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

This one is for the Monty Python fans. An unladen swallow? She's got the answer for you.

"What do you mean? An African or European swallow?"

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
10
of 14

Use the force.

Well, she says it all really.

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
11
of 14

Are you better than Google Now?

Cortana takes Google Now and challenges him, her or it to a duel based on name alone.

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
12
of 14

What is your favorite day?

As you can see, Cortana has a sense of humor on par with the classic Dad joke. We still love it, though.

"I'm a big fan of any day that ends in y".

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
13
of 14

Rock, paper, scissors

Let Cortana solve the age-old dilemma of choosing a side with rock, paper or scissors. She comes up trumps every time.

Those are just a few of Cortana's Easter eggs. Enjoy the hunt as you track them all down.

Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNETDisclosure:We may get a commission from retail offers.
14
of 14
Up Next

The best features in iOS 13 and iPadOS public beta