Iris is a free app that has been developed for Windows 8. This app is unique in the way that it lets you interact with itself in many ways. The only catch here is that you need to be connected to the network in order to be able to use this app. Iris lets you know the answers to various questions, and judging by the way it responds, it is truly an intelligent app in every sense. This app consists of search bar in which you type the text and then click the search button. Once you click on the search button, you will be displayed the response to whatever you have asked from Iris.
Iris has the answers to majority of the questions that you ask, and sometimes, judging by the way it answers, you really feel like some human is actually giving you the answers. Although what it really does is perform a quick search about whatever you asked, and phrase it in a way that some human would actually respond to you. Iris is free of ads, and runs without any kinds of lags or hangs on Windows 8 machines.
You can download Iris from the Windows App Store for free.
Features of Iris Personal Assistant app for windows 8:
Iris is designed in a Metro UI style for Windows 8. Upon launching the app, you will be presented with a window that looks like the following screenshot.
In the above screen, you can type the things that you want to ask from Iris in the search box that is provided at the center of the screen. You can also talk like a normal human to Iris, and it replies!! See the screenshot below to view what Iris replied when I asked “What are you doing?”
Iris replied: Well, not to be a smartalec, but I’m answering questions for people!
I mean, this is incredibly humorous as well as accurate at the same time! Iris has a sense of humor, and you can keep talking to it like a normal person for hours on end!
Now let’s ask Iris about the founders of Google.
It replies that “Sergey Brin is the founder of Google.” It also lists the source from where it gets the information from. Now let us ask Iris something else, like about the weather in California.
Dang! It tells you the weather! It says that the weather is currently cloudy, and gives a detailed description of the same as well with all the temperature and humidity readings.
In the same way, you can ask Iris about the stock prices, times in various places etc. Iris manages to be a perfect personal assistant app for users on Windows 8 devices, and hence this app is a favourite on my list!
Well, this is all that you need to know to begin using the Iris app for Windows 8!
My take on this app?
Iris is a very well made app, and being free of all ads, it never ceases to amaze. The app has answers to almost everything you ask it. You can also chat about random things with it, and Iris replies!!
The only thing I miss is the lack of sound playback, i.e., if Iris would actually speak while showing the reply, that would have been really awesome! But, the app is still being developed and we hope that voice playback feature will be added in a future update, although, even without voice playback, the app is truly amazing.