The Next Cortana Won't Just be a Sexy Lady—You Can Also Choose a Dude

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Why are our digital assistants submissive human women? It’s more than a little sexist, no? But soon, Microsoft’s Cortana will let you change her gender. There will be a male version too.

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At Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference, Cortana director of engineering Michael Calcagano told me that the team had decided to give users more personality choices for the voice-activated Windows and Windows Phone assistant, and that a male would be one. “If you want a dude, we’re doing it,” he said.

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“Will it still be called Cortana as a male? I don’t know. Cortano?” He joked.

It actually won’t be the first new personality for Cortana, though. She’s known as Xiao Na in China—where she’s more of a cute yellow blob with eyeballs.

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A gender shift isn’t the only change for Cortana, though. He/she’s also getting some pretty awesome new features in Windows 10. As soon as she finds out that you’re going somewhere — say, a movie you booked with Fandango—she can suggest an Uber ride. Need to find a Windows keyboard shortcut? Just ask her for help. She can even suggest coupons for you to use while you’re shopping in the new Microsoft Edge web browser.

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Find pictures of all these things—and Cortana’s new, darker UI—below.

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Contact the author at sean.hollister@gizmodo.com.

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Personally, my pick would be british butler. Would make me feel classy. And also add another dimension to my daydreams about being Batman.