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How Do You Pronounce Cortana?

Monday, October 19th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 10

In response to our article on Cortana commands, Keith asks:  “While on the subject is there any way to change her name. I have no idea how to pronounce Cortana.. Cortaina… However you say it.”


No, you can’t change her name. She’s very important to Microsoft. Cortana is named after a character in the popular and highly profitable Halo games. Cortana is an artificial intelligence who helps save the galaxy.  While she’ll call you whatever you like, you’ll have to call her Cortana. Cortana is pronounced like “cortex” – kor-tah-nah  – similar to names like Rhianna and Brianna.

While no one wants to mispronounce their new assistant’s name, I think you probably have a pretty decent range in which she’ll recognize that you’re talking to her.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “How Do You Pronounce Cortana?”

  1. Jadesqr says:

    OK! Keith, now when you ask her for a date, you will at least pronounce her name right.

  2. Robert F. (Andy) Anderson says:

    I am looking forward to making he aquaintance a little later in the future. I will probably enjoy her as-much-as I do the helper on the iPhones.

  3. Dennis says:

    The pronuciation guides are no good – there at least 2 ways with the 2 examples given
    – …anna or …arna long or short a.

  4. Doniphan Barton says:

    Why not just ask her how she would like you to pronounce her name?
    Just a thought.

  5. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

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