Microsoft's Cortana is headed to Android and iOS as a standalone app, Reuters says


According to a fresh report from Reuters, Microsoft is poised to eventually bring its own virtual assistant, Cortana, to Android and iOS as a standalone app. Currently, it's only available as a beta on its Windows Phone 8.1 devices in select regions, with a global rollout expected later in 2015.

The alleged reason for Cortana's rumored arrival on Google and Apple's platforms is due to Microsoft's strive to expand the userbase of its software products.

Thus, consumers that are using either iOS or Android will be able to have a taste of Redmond's virtual assistant without being forced to get a Windows-powered device.

Back in 2014, we compared Google's Google Now, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana in an improvised showdown, which clearly showed that despite being beta, Cortana has a lot of potential and might disrupt the Siri-Google Now duopoly.

All in all, it seems that this might be a pretty interesting move by Redmond. What do you think?


source: Reuters

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32 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Sad day for WP fans.

11. mptripper

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

I'm a wp phone user but i would love to have Cortana on my android tablet. I think Cortana on other platforms is a sneaky way to introduce people to Bing search.

20. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Siri has been using Bing search for a while. It happend a few years back, if I'm not mistaken.

42. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Bing search in the background doesn't really help Bing gain mind share. Cortana offers functionality that can create a dependency, and that is more valuable than being a background search provider at the moment.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If WP fan want to jump ship I recommend iOS.

6. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Reasons?

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android is better then iOS any day of the week. There is much more to choose from, and you are not locked into Apples Wall garden, or their exorbitant prices for older generation hardware.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's as smooth as WP when it's not loaded with Apps. Remember please don't abuse the 1GB ram.

18. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

that's exactly the problem with iOS, can you imagine paying a premium price for an Iphone 6 with just 1GB of Ram that cant do proper multitasking, Screw that

9. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I will not dish out money for Apple prices for what I'm getting

12. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Currently I'm waiting for a phone which can replace my L1020 in terms of image and video quality. The succesor to L1020 or and Android phone. Megapixel is not the thing i'm after but the sensor and ISP quality. Any ideas? :)

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The new Galaxy S6 looks very promising with its new F1.9 aperture and its 16 mp camera. The Sony (Compact) Zx series has IMHO good cameras.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's generally accepted by almost everyone minus a few android geek that iPhone has the best camera. Get iPhone 6 plus that comes with optical stabilisation.

47. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That's just baloney. The Iphone six doesn't have the best camera, miles from it.

48. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Today we are role playing. So its nice to fill different shoes.

49. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

me too, hold on i believe there is something from MSFT later in year and it is not Pureview

50. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Lumia 1040 allegedly coming later this year. I have a 1020 as my daily driver, and hope the 1040 hits ALL the carriers, no more of these silly exclusive deals.

5. MarquiX unregistered

I had a windows phone back in 2012 and I'm forever android now but, don't do that Microsoft. Cortana is yours signature and it would be perfect as an exclusive with Windows 10 phones... Shows how neat and premium windows 10 is with her. (No matter how much I want her on my phone)

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

But WP after all this time is a niche platform. WP market share is still tiny.

43. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

As a WP fan, I was thinking largely along the same lines initially: "don't lose your identity and uniqueness Microsoft!" But then somebody on a different site made an interesting point. They pointed out that Google was offering its services on iOS before Android was even a major player. Perhaps it was through exposure of services like Gmail and Google Maps that iOS users decided to start switching? In any case, whether or not that will prove to be an effective strategy for Microsoft, I do think that is one of their goals.

15. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

L 1030 is supposed to come this summer.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not going to lie, I've been wanting to try Cortana for a while now. And now I'll finally get my chance. Though there's no way in hell I'll set a single piece of software sway me to migrate to Windows Phone from Android.

19. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

I can't imagine any possible scenario where this will work out good for microsoft & windows 10. giving away their best feature

21. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Why? Google has Google Talk, Apple has Siri, WP has Cortana! Why>?

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Don't you mean Google has Google Now.

22. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

One less reason to buy a Windows phone. Knowing Microsoft Cortana will be more feature rich on Android and IOS as well.

25. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Well cortana is more like siri and I hate Google now so I'll download it if not only to ask it random questions

40. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

It is getting more and more useful... still fun... but starting to develop nicely in the development cocoon.

26. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I think it's a good way to make Android and iOS users use Bing. Good for Microsoft. And good for Android and iOS users who wanna try Cortana without having to go WP.

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And most likely end up being more advance and full feature than their own WP version like the many other cross platform apps. Remember competition is fierce in both iOS and Android platform. Both geek and computer idiot are very spoiled there. They have too many choices!

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