Cortana is the name of Microsoft's answer to Siri. In some ways, Cortana is smarter and more capable than Siri or even Google Now. But when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tried to show off her prowess, she seriously undermined him in public.
Nadella was speaking at Dreamforce, the annual business conference in San Francisco, trying to demonstrate Cortana's abilities to the audience. Cortana is supposed to surpass its virtual assistant competitors at understanding conversational speech.
"Show me my most at-risk opportunities," he said to Cortana. The virtual assistant showed him a reminder that he needed to buy milk. Not so impressive. "Oh man," Nadella said. Then Cortana failed him again, twice.
"Sorry about that. Someone's trying to save me from backstage," Nadella said. He finally changed his question to "Show me the most risky opportunities," and Cortana gave him the answer he was looking for.
The race to have the best virtual assistant is getting fierce, with a new, more intelligent Siri just hitting iPhones and iPads last week and Facebook preparing to launch its own virtual assistant called M. We want to know how often you use a virtual assistant like Siri, Cortana or Google Now. Let us know by leaving a comment below.