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Cortana to iOS, Android in Cross-Platform Move by Microsoft

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:49 AM

The Cortana app is coming to Android and iOS later this year, allowing Microsoft apps to be used on non-Microsoft phones, the company announced Tuesday.

The app will be released for Android phones in late June and for iOS sometime after that.

Cortana is a Siri-like intelligent personal assistant developed for the Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Band. It can be used to track flights, check sports scores, and set location-specific reminders, according to AnandTech.

Microsoft will incorporate Cortana into Windows 10, which will include an app called Phone Companion, according to Ars Technica. The app is designed to better connect smartphones with Windows 10 by installing Microsoft’s phone apps, including Office, Skype, Outlooks, and soon Cortana and Music.

While the app will look similar to its appearance on Windows and can answer the same queries across devices, it is still unable to do some things, such as toggle settings, according to The Next Web.

Additionally, Cortana will not have voice activation or be accessible within other applications, AnandTech said.

Microsoft has been moving to bring a larger portion of its services to third-party systems over the past year or so. While many people own PCs, the Windows Phone does not corner the market, so releasing the app to iOS and Android will allow for Cortana to be used wherever a smartphone user is located.

Twitter users had mixed feelings on the announcement:









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