This was the year that smart assistants -- those voice-activated software bundles that promise to learn from us and make our computing tasks easier -- bounced between desktops and phones, promising to assist us whenever and wherever we were.
But how helpful are these assistants? And is there a clearly superior option? We tested the offerings from Microsoft, Apple and Google -- Cortana, Siri and Google Assistant, respectively -- by coming up with a list of presumably simple tasks and seeing how each one performed each task. You can see the results in the following slides.