It's official! Microsoft's Cortana is coming to both iOS and Android

Today, Microsoft announced that its home-baked voice assistant, Cortana, will cease to be Windows-exclusive and is headed to both iOS and Android. Redmond's Joe Belfiore revealed this in a newly-posted video promo. Cortana is referred to as a "phone companion app" and will aim at both Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now, which are integral parts of iOS and Android, respectively.

It seems that Cortana will bring mostly the same functionality to iOS and Android that it currently offers to Windows Phone users. Of course, it will be a bit limited due to the fact that it will be a standalone app and not baked into the respective operating system.

Just as you might expect, it will allow you to make queries - you can ask it for whatever you like. Among the other mentioned features that iUsers and Android fans will benefit from are location-based reminders that go off at a given time of the day. What's more, if your phone is in your pocket and a reminder needs to go off, Cortana will wake it up and notify you about the task at hand. It will also make interaction with Microsoft's own apps (OneNote, OneDrive, others) across these platforms easier.  

We made a comparison between Cortana, Siri, and Google Now a few months ago and we found out that it packs a pleasant combination between personality and actual usefulness. As a reminder, apart from arriving to iOS and Android, Cortana will also appear on Windows 10 PCs later this year, which will make it a truly cross-platform digital voice assistant. 

Release date for Cortana on the App Store and the Play Store has not been given, but we suppose it might coincide with the official launch of Windows 10 for phones later this year.

via: The Verge



32. Kurdo

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I think Microsoft is killing Lumia phone. By providing everything to the rival platforms, no body will feel obliged to buy a Windows thing (phone or tablets). MS may offer services like Office, OneNote, OneDrive and Bing to other platforms but it should spare some services exclusive to their own platform. Otherwise, why should one switch to Windows Phone and get rid of his iPhone or Samsung?

33. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, because Cortana won't be built into the OS of Apple's and Google's phones, it will not be as versatile as it is one a Windows device. Also, placing a service on competing platforms will bring in additional revenue for MS. I'm sure that Cortana relies exclusively on Bing and the more devices that use Bing, the better for Microsoft. But I will agree with you that Microsoft is killing the Lumia phone.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Awesome! Real competition for Google Voice Search. Might replace Google Voice Search on my OnePlus One with this, depending on the requirements to use it. If it requires a Microsoft account, not touching it, if not, will give it a shot. If Microsoft is smart, they'll make it support root and gain access to ALL the same functions/capabilities that Google Now offers on Android devices. Then there'll literally be no need for Google Voice Search.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I love Google Now. I showed a co-worker how to set it up on their desktop Chrome browser and they use it all the time. The funny part is the guy is from New Orleans and has an incredibly heavy accent, 90% of the time it fails to understand what he's saying and ends up searching for some super funny, sometimes scary searches. It's always good for a laugh.

30. AlikMalix unregistered

That's why I set up Siri for family and relatives in their own language.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great to see Microsoft continuing to offer their software and services cross-platform. It's a great way for them to get more exposure in mobile for their software. I love Nadella's cross-platform approach.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Siri, Google Now, and Cortana all in one place. Someone nods pretty sweet.

20. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Cool. Glad I beta tested that for all you iOS and Android users.

14. gaming64 unregistered

I prefer Siri more. When I get my new iPad, I'm gonna test this right away.

10. smartMartian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

its offcial now,microsoft gone crazy !!!

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

there goes another advantage of Windows phone lel ,

8. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I'll give it a try. I love the iPhone but Siri really sucks.

12. singhkaran9830 unregistered

I have opposite opinion.I prefer siri,but will definitely give Cortana a try and might go for it instead of siri.

18. Sauce5 unregistered

you're prob the type of guy who sets siris language to cantonese, and speaks portugese to it, wondering why you dont get the great results most of us do.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that was funny lmao!

29. AlikMalix unregistered

Siri takes care of 80% of my functions on iPhone, iPad and car.

6. Chuck007

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Should be interesting how this turns out. Beneficial for Windows 10 or a double-edged sword?

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Cool. Most likely not going to replace Google Now for me, but I definitely give it a shot.

17. Sauce5 unregistered

especially since g now and siri have integrated services on our respected operating systems which cortana wont be able to do.

4. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Good news, glad to see MS doing what it always does... Making software and releasing it for all available platforms. Remember Microsoft is first a Enterprise > Software/Cloud and then comes Gaming/Mobile

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7677; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft never released software for other platforms before IOS and Android. They would only make software for other platforms that would pay them. That is how they operated in the past. But Microsoft can no longer ignore the masses on the two biggest platforms. That is why Microsoft is making and releasing software for the other platforms. Microsoft realized that billions of users have not been using their software and services and could live just fine without Microsoft. So the only one that has been losing has been Microsoft. Its not like there isn't other products out in the world that don't compete with Microsoft's.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

10 years ago Microsoft is king! They own a majority of market share in Server and Client OS, they are also the top dog in application and services which then earn them a monopolist tag. Let see how Google and Apple fair before they earn those well deserved tags. I still a bit soft on Google because Google is still the weakest among the big three.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They did develop software on OSX and OS/400 before iOS and Android

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I will start using Cortana for bets, gonna make some money lol

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, it'll be outlawed in Vegas before long. Just wait and see.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but I'd be full of crap if I said that I wasn't interested in giving Cortana a try. Looking forward to trying it out.

15. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

its great...needs more work though

1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Now i am waiting BlackBerry port their Assistant to other OS.

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