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...
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39. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

If you asked me a while ago, I would not have welcomed a move like this. But going to an Android phone (had a Nexus 5 as a daily driver most recently,) and having some familiarity from what you left off is a welcomed feature. It makes it a slippery slope, of course. Every time I look for a new phone, if I can emulate a WP experience or feature set on Apple/Android flavored hardware - it may end up hurting Microsoft. But overall, they are increasing their user base, and strengthening the software side of their platform. Which may help swing around market share at a future date - when they decide to go after major third party developers! I can see both sides of the argument, because I've lived both sides of the argument... but to stay true to my morals: the more the merrier. Innovate and help innovate. Lend a hand, so that when you need a hand, one is extended to you. Sense of community and HEALTHY competition (tisk tisk Google) should be promoted.

44. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Can't argue with you SemperFi; very rational approach to the situation. I do think Microsoft is walking a fine line between trying to attract users through its services and giving away enough of its services that it might actually push people to other platforms ("hey, no need to stick with WP anymore!"). We'll see which way it plays out though.
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