Microsoft Teases Cortana for iOS and Android

Microsoft officially confirmed that its Cortana virtual assistent is going to be available for iOS and Android.

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.

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