Travelling with windows phone 8.1 and Cortana
Travelling can be quite stressful for some people. Windows phones 8.1 somehow helps manage
your travel plans and reduce this stress.
If your tickets have been emailed to you and you allow Cortana(the assistant which we find
to be a cross between Siri and Google now) to access your mail, then it will keep track of your
For example if you have a flight to catch and your tickets have been emailed you, cortana will
note the flight details and provide you with the flight status details,traffic to the airport details
along with how much time it it will take you to reach the airport and even the weather status at
source and destination locations.
The Microsoft travel app which comes preloaded on certain phones or which can
be downloaded is also useful. You can track flights,read up about an area,see what
attractions,restaurants and shops are there.
Unfortunately you have Cortana ,the search button is reassigned to it,so to use the local scout
function to scout stuff to see and do around your locations you will need to use Maps which
now integrates this feature.
Now with removable micro sd cards slots and the new Microsoft app Files,you can load your
memory card with songs and movies to watch in flight in case you find the onboard selection
not suiting your tastes.
Maps can be used offline even by downloading them, thus reducing data costs while roaming.
Lets not forget Microsoft office which has always been provided which allows us to write such
articles while 36000 feet over the ocean.
All in all, your windows phone with 8.1 can make your trip a lot easier especially since you now
have a virtual assistant who learns about you over time.
Cortana can do a lot more…She(you can choose male/female voice,female is default) can
keep track for you,remind you,take down notes, customize your news feed as per pre selected
interests and yes..she can even tell you a joke…go on,we know you wanna try it…say ” Tell me a joke”.
She even answers certain questions with witty answers..try asking “Are you and Siri friends”.
Cortana….Don’t know how to live without her now,tried using the older 7.8 phone and
kept pressing the search button and speaking as if it was going to perform some extensive
operations for us.
Please not that cortana is available only in the US as of writing this post. Not to worry,as usual
we at appcyla have a bypass method(yes,we love bypassing stuff).
Simply go into settings and change regions to US. Also change language to US English. This step
is very important for cortana to appear in your settings from where you can switch her on.