Earlier confined to the Windows platform, Cortana – the successful app from Microsoft and best described as Microsoft’s digital personal assistant – is now available for iOS and Android users as well.
Just a day before Microsoft released Cortana as iOS and Android apps for US residents and it is expected that soon it will be available outside of the States as well. The preview editions were released on both platforms earlier this year as the finalized apps seem to be similar to them. At the bottom you’ll find a search box with an option for speech search, a menu button at the top left and the rest of the screen shows cards displaying information on weather, packages, appointments and the like.
Microsoft announced in a blog post, “Today, we’re excited to announce that Cortana is available on select iPhone, Android and Cyanogen OS powered devices as a great companion experience to your Windows 10 PC.”
It’s averred by Microsoft that the all-new Cortana app “…comes with the same intelligence as Cortana on your PC, with the ability to look up information and give helpful suggestions. The information stored in Cortana’s Notebook on your PC such as interests, weather and more, will travel with you across devices and any changes you make on one will be reflected on your other devices.”
Meanwhile, iOS and Android phones still miss some features that Cortana offers with Windows phone, such as toggling settings or opening apps, and the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana.”
As of now Cortana for Windows 10 is available only in English in the country and we’ll update you when Microsoft releases Cortana for Android and iOS users in other regions.
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