Microsoft on Monday announced an update to its digital assistant Cortana which will allow it to set reminders based on what’s in your inbox.
The tech giants announced the new feature on it’s blog, alongside new calendar management capabilities.
Cortana will now scan your emails for promises you make and help you keep those commitments by automatically prompting you to add reminders to your calendar.
Writing on the blog, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul said: “People often make promises to do things in email but may forget about them as the days go by and emails pile up.
“Microsoft Research (MSR) was pursuing an intriguing and powerful idea around this challenge automatically recognizing when people make commitments to one another in email messages and providing reminders.
“We collaborated very closely with MSR to bring this new ability to Cortana to help people better keep track of their commitments.”
Additionally, Microsoft also added new features that changes how Cortana manages calendar appointments.
The assistant will no provide contextual information about upcoming appointments and new invitations, based on your habits.
If you get an invitation for a meeting that’s later than normal, for instance, Cortana may ask if you want to reschedule. Or, if you get an invitation for a last-minute meeting, the assistant can notify you and ask if you want to set a special alarm for the event.
You can disable the feature and just use Windows 10 without taking advantage of these features, but if you are willing to trust the virtual assistant with your personal data it can proactively help you be more effective and efficient