Writing for Personality in Tech: A Call To Artists

As technology becomes more personal, more natural, and much more friendly, there is a growing need for a different kind of writer – those who are skilled at engaging with an individual's emotions and imagination.

Jonathan Foster

Jonathan Foster

I’m Jonathan Foster, working on Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana. I lead the team that writes Cortana’s dialogue and just about everything that she says. I am also responsible for the continued development of Cortana’s personality for the US market, as well as the expanding markets globally. As a writer, I started out in film/TV writing screenplays and working in development, but was drawn away from Hollywood by a focus on tech supported interactive storytelling, culminating in a project honored by the Sundance Film Festival. I am now 7 years at Microsoft having worked on Office and Xbox before being asked […]




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