On Tuesday, Microsoft announced¬†its plans to make its Cortana personal digital assistant available for¬†Android phones and iPhones this summer. It was stated as well that Windows 10 will feature¬†a new Phone Companion app which has been¬†designed to help Windows 10 work better with smartphones.
In fact, Phone Companion aims at helping to deal with Microsoft’s phone apps after plugging an iOS or Android handset into a Windows 10 machine. Office, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype, and Outlook are all out now and will soon be¬†joined by Cortana and Music. This app should be available in a new Insider Preview of Windows 10 that will ship in the next few weeks, Ars Technica reports.
The¬†aim of the corporation¬†is to make always available its¬†set of synchronized services. For instance,¬†if you have a document or a pic on your PC, it should be usable on your phone, too. Actually,¬†some features that are currently used only through Windows will be added to the iOS and Android apps.
Last April, Microsoft managed to release¬†Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1. It was the company’s¬†answer to Siri and Google Now. Nowadays, the software giant is bringing its virtual¬†assistant to the desktop as part of Windows 10.
Customers will be able to use such¬†Cortana’s features as routing and mapping, contextually-aware reminders, current traffic and weather conditions and others. It’s necessary to add that toggling settings, opening apps or hand-free “Hey Cortana”¬†won’t be available on iPhone and Android phones first¬†because of access restrictions to the respective mobile operating systems.
It’s necessary to add that Microsoft’s Edge browser with its Cortana integration will remain Windows-only, as Redmond has no intention of making the browser cross-platform.
In fact, the spread of Cortana personal digital assistant, along with Microsoft’s tries¬†to develop¬†its mobile apps, is consistent with Microsoft¬†CEO Satya Nadella’s focuses. Actually, what really matters is the¬†mobility of experiences across devices, but not mobility of devices as such.
Obviously, customers will keep using their phones, PCs, consoles and tablets, and Microsoft is looking to ensure¬†access to Microsoft’s software and services whatever device is being¬†used.