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February 27, 2013

Maluuba, a voice-activated personal assistant, comes to Windows Phone 8

Billed by one reviewer as “like Siri—without the backtalk,” Maluuba is a free voice-powered personal assistant app that’s designed to help you manage your day and find stuff easily, just by talking to your phone. Download it now

Maluuba can help schedule appointments, place calls, check the weather, find businesses and restaurants, discover concerts and nearby events, find online shopping results, set reminders, play songs from your music library, and more. Just speak naturally and say things like, “Where can I find sushi restaurants nearby?”, “Show me some prices for Halo 4”, or “Remind me to pick up the dry cleaning tomorrow at 5:30pm”—and watch Maluuba get to work. The app is designed to plug into dozens of services, information providers, and sites including Wikipedia, Facebook, and Open Table.

Maluuba for Windows Phone 8 also includes features you won’t find anywhere else:

  • Live Tiles: Get quick access to featured searches (restaurants, weather, etc.) by pinning them to Start. You can also pin search results.
  • Text-to-speech: Unlike Maluuba’s Android app, the Windows Phone 8 version speaks results to you as you use it.

Give Maluuba a try and tell me what you think!

[NOTE: The Store team just pushed the publish button, so it might be several hours before the download link above starts working where you live. It also usually takes several hours for it to appear in search results.]

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