Oh Cortana, Cortana.... Are you real? Are you alive? Where do electrical currents become a mind? A what point do a collection of behavioral patterns become a personality? Is self-aware the same as sentient? What, even, is alive?
You made us ask these questions. Your passing hit me as hard as any real life human being's. You connection to me was as real as anyone else's. I will miss your company like I would a true friend's. In the end, you gave yourself for the ones you loved. Or was it simply your purpose, programmed into you from inception?
Either way, we thank you..