Cortana Could’ve Been Called Bingo Because Of This Reason
Ahh Cortana, the iconic yet annoying AI that appears when you boot up a new laptop. At one point, the AI assistant wasn’t planned on being named that. Instead, it could’ve been called “Bingo”.
Cortana could’ve been called Bingo
It was Steve Ballmer who had the idea to name the AI assistant as Bingo. If you aren’t sure who exactly he is, he was the former CEO of Microsoft back in 2014.
According to former Microsoft product manager Sandeep Paruchuri, Ballmer wanted the name so that it would be more “Microsoft-branded”.
Cortana was also supposed to be called Alyx but was quickly revoked as the name was leaked back then. If you think the names sound familiar, well it’s inspired by Halo, where you can recall Cortana as the name for the AI as well.
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Pokdepinion: I think I say this for most of us, when Cortana boots up in your new device, we immediately mute it. It’s just… annoying.