Cortana can keep track of many topics, for example the weather, news and a lot more. Now she is able to offer alerts to the one new topic Microsoft is adding to Cortanas notebook feature – Academic topics. You can select the fields of study that Cortana should look for on the Internet.
After adding the academic interest to you notebook she can offer you information about news, conferences and papers on those topics. In my opinion this is a nice topic to add to Cortana. Furthermore it is nice to see that Microsoft is going on to develop Cortana. Nevertheless they should not only develop the US version of Cortana but also the other ones.