Microsoft's Ash: Our top priority with Cortana is Windows Phone

Microsoft's Ash: Our top priority with Cortana is Windows Phone
Microsoft's Marcus Ash, the group program manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, said on Friday that Cortana might be offered to iOS and Android users. While Google allows iOS users to download Google Now, Ash's rationale for sharing Microsoft's virtual assistant was completely different. Ash gave a scenario of a Windows PC user with an iOS or Android phone. In that situation, Cortana would need to run on the person's phone in order for the program to offer him all of the features it is capable of providing. Right now, the beta version of the virtual personal assistant is available in the U.S. only, on Windows Phone 8.1 flavored handsets.

Apparently, Ash's comments set off a number of complaints from Windows Phone users, wondering how he could talk about sharing Cortana when the service hasn't been perfected for its native platform. In a series of tweets, the Cortana program manager laid out Microsoft's game plan for the personal assistant. Number one on the list, is to make Cortana great for Windows Phone customers. Number two is to make Cortana so good for Windows Phone users that they tell everyone they know to switch platforms. Only after Microsoft takes care of Windows Phone and Windows users first, will the software giant consider letting Cortana out to play with others.

Get the point? Ash had to backtrack on his comments yesterday about Cortana possibly being made available for iOS and Android. Apparently, he was surprised at the backlash that he faced from the number of Windows Phone fans. You can check out his tweets on the subject of Microsoft's voice-activated virtual assistant by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: @marcusash via WPCentral

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51 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"Apparently, Ash's comments set off a number of complaints from Windows Phone users" Can we really blame the WP fans? They have to protect what little bits and crumbs they occasionally get. Left over that get throw their way. Why some people choose to live this way is beyond me?

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why would some one who hates WP, MS and everything MS would even bothering looking, let alone commenting on a WP/MS related article is beyond me.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

.......

49. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!! You let these pathetic haters bother you??... I'm holding the best device money can buy in my hands right now.. The L1520 running WP8.1❕ ... Bits, and crumbs... Lol!. Some real clowns on PA.. Lol!

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well its a funny story. When nokia gave up symbian and made it to meego, fans jumped ship, but nokia was being eaten by a pest internally, it was weakening it. Suddenly nokia steered clear from meego and embraced MS and WP. The pest now took control over, the wise fans and the meego users who felt betrayed, switched to a great OS called android. The die-hard ones stayed with nokia and WP, they feared nokia would die of lack of marketshare and sales, they kept buying nokia phones in attempt to save glorious nokia. Many even converted to "MS" or "WP" "fans". But in vain, their trusty worshiped MS quietly swallowed Nokia, thanks to a pest.

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well i'm a diehard fan that;s still holding on to his meego phone :( !

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Summer vacation started kid? No summer projects to do?

52. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

NokiaFTW you really are pathetic aren't you!

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I've been a Microsoft fan from Windows 3.1ish, and a Nokia fan since the late '90s when cell phones first started wider adoption and were pocketable. While I'm not thrilled about the acquisition, as long as Microsoft handles Nokia's former assets at least as well as they deserve, I have no issue with it, as mostly the same people that designed, developed, and built the phones before are the same now.

48. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

In that case you are buying a cellphone to save your favorite company? So according to you if so called 'fanboys' shows their anger then Company will listen to them? Fine, soon Sony will be releasing its flagship model in four major US carriers without any delay, Samsung will be changing its cellphone designs, right?

19. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Stupid fandroids! I mean if wp is such a little threat why the f@#k are you still waiting your time on wp articles???? We can clearly see that you guys feel wp is a threat thats why you idiots keep spamming on this articles

20. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Stupid fandroids! I mean if wp is such a little threat why the f@#k are you still waiting your time on wp articles???? We can clearly see that you guys feel wp is a threat thats why you idiots keep spamming on this articles

22. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Because WP topics have more fun than other topics.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Because WP fans take the flame bait way too easily.

34. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Or maybe you are stupid

43. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Stop making such girly comments

36. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Or because you are are apple

44. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hey Orange, Hey Orange, finished stretching your eyes in that ugly UI phone?

37. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And 1 day the knife will come for you.

35. colinkiama

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Lol, we don't troll you In the android topics so why troll is in ours

50. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You will find that the most pathetic Android fans have the oldest, and most pathetic, Android devices.. They can't afford the really cool Android phones, so they are mad, and jealous of what WP users have... It's pathetic, but that's why they come here.. This dude probably has a old GS2 or something.. I know,,,, it's sad.

51. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

*had a old GS2 :)

47. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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