Will Cortana do her thing on other platforms?

Will Cortana do her thing on other platforms?
Cortana, as most of you know, is the voice activated virtual assistant for those using Windows Phone 8.1. But just as Google has made its voice activated virtual assistant, Google Now, available for iOS, there is talk that Microsoft might do the same with Cortana. At the SMX Advanced search marketing conference in Seattle on Friday,  Microsoft's Marcus Ash went into the reasons why the software giant might be open to sharing Cortana with other platforms.

When Cortana becomes available on Windows 8, Microsoft worries how the service can provide a complete experience if the Windows PC owner happens to own an Android phone. Ash asks, "But how do we get Android users or these other iOS users that use Windows to have a great experience?" Ash is the group program manager for Cortana on Windows Phone.

Considering that Microsoft's Bing search app is available for iOS and Android, it would seem to make sense for Microsoft to do the same with Cortana. While it might make sense, it wouldn't be easy to do. Rob Chambers, a group program manager from Microsoft Research, said that getting the program to work as "seamlessly" on devices running other operating systems, could be problematic. As an example, he pointed out that a phone running Cortana would have to always be running on on low-power so that Cortana can be ready at all times to spring into action.


For now, Cortana remains exclusive to Windows Phone 8.1, although there might just come a day when she is plying her trade for iOS and Android users. You can check out Marcus Ash's comments about sharing Cortana with other platforms, by clicking the video below.



source: GeekWire, @markguim via WPCentral (1), (2)

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64 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I played halo 1 to 3. Halo 3 is a disappointment so didn't bother with halo 4.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I've only played the first one :( Hopefully the remastered collection eventually gets released on PC

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Need Xbox 360 to play Halo. The sole reason for me to buy an Xbox.

24. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

No, you dont. Only need the XBone to play all of them...

31. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The first one was on PC as well I'm just gonna wait for the Halo remastered collection to come out on PC Halo 1,2,3 are already in the Steam database MS is just keeping it exclusive to increase Xbox One sales But eventually it'll be released on PC, maybe next year when 5 comes out, the collection might be released on PC In the meantime I still have plenty other games, so I'm not gonna buy a Xbox One just for Halo

29. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

How was Halo 3 a disappointment? Halo 3 was epic, Reach was even better and Halo 4 was the best...what are you even on about...

40. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I finish the game in one sitting 5hrs straight. Felt ripped off paying the full price for short unimpressive game. Microsoft pull halo from the pc to sell more console. I bought their console and do think halo 1 and 2 are good. Halo 3 is just too short to be a complete game.

44. Dastrix unregistered

I dont know who to trust... You or IGN?

57. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Do you think I care? Besides, I didn't buy halo 4 for myself till now. MS however still planning on halo 5, 6 till gods know whether it will ever end.

2. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Yeah i don't mind having a mistress

3. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

The only wp feature that I am jealous at

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

"But how do we get Android users or these other iOS users that use Windows to have a great experience? Most of the Windows users already have great experience because they use Android or iOS. But yeah, I'd not mind having Cortana, seems cool and stuff.

5. FingerMyApple unregistered

why bother to develop google apps when they never develop youtube gmail apps to wp8?

8. sabkepitaji

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Why expect google to make you tube and g mail app for windows phone when microsoft keeps doing the scroogled campaign..

45. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Google was withholding its services from Microsoft platform even before that campaign. Google played dirty from the get go when it comes to WP.

51. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Weird because you tube was on Xbox one day one... there were other reasons they didn't/havent

63. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Not realm Microsoft even made the YouTube app and Google made them pull it.

19. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why do MS need fogle google apps.. When the say google spy on users... They want google to spy on their own users???? And then.....they care about android because it holds 80% smartphone market.... When WP hits double numbers then google will think about making apps for it....

50. Rager722 unregistered

Microsoft was the first to sell out to the NSA...

52. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Lol right... Google is right at home with nsa and always have.

53. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

See post above, nice idea but completely false. Why would Google do you tube on the Xbox one day one? There were no users? We all know the reason Google did it, they were being just as bad as microsoft.

61. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Spy on users? So when you opt in for Cortana on WP. What do you think its going to do. So when you have an up and coming flight. Where is Cortana going to look for the information. Oh wait. Cortana has to read the users email for the necessary information.

62. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Again, just like Google does. Either you are stupid or in denial.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Does anyone on Android or iOS even want another "voice activated assistant" digging through all their data and copying it to Microsoft's servers where it will be shared with intelligence agencies, governments, and sold to shady companies all over the world?

11. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Oh man, I think you're fully back :D welcome. Misses your conspiracy theories.

13. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I don't want another assistant that's like Siri, full of comical answers and what they think are witty responses. I like Google Now because it gives me information, which is what I need. If I want wit, I'll talk to a real person.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Siri is an immature "virtual assistant" technology and is basically a marketing feature to help Apple sell phones. It only needs to be good enough to make an advertisement, so you believe you want a phone with it. Google Now is a more evolved technology than Siri whose main mission in life is to get into every nook and cranny of your data and deliver just enough "information" to make you think it's doing something for you. Cortana is basically the Microsoft flavor of Google Now.

18. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Google already doing this.

20. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And MS too... As far it is in hands of google I'm not gonna worry about that....

54. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

You mean like googlee is already allowing?

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