Louise was Microsoft’s initial version of the personal digital assistant before the company came up Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1. In a video that comes straight from the Microsoft’s Research Center, Louise can be seen performing his duty. Louise’s history dates back to as far as the year 2010. So Windows Phone 7 once had its own personal digital assistant albeit in proto only. Louise essentially set the foundation for Cortana which later became personal digital assistant in Windows Phone 8.1. Back then, Louise was merely a prototype. It was created under the leadership of Larry Heck in the Conversational Systems Lab. In the video it’s demoed on a Samsung Windows Phone 7 running handset and it seemed to do its job very well. One thing becomes clear that Microsoft had it planned already and not to compete with Google Now or Apple’s Siri.
See the video yourself below,