Cortana To Be Available On Android, iOS

Cortana To Be Available On Android, iOS
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Working hard on its mission to get its software available on products owned by rival companies, Microsoft is making its application Cortana available to iOS and Android users.


Despite the fact that Microsoft does not build the software your smartphone works on, the company is putting all efforts to get its applications on other devices.

The Redmond company recently stated that a version of its Cortana virtual assistant will soon be released on Apple and Google smartphones. Earlier, only users of Microsoft’s mobile operating system were able to use it.

A set of new agreements with 20 device manufactures who would install Microsoft software on their Google Android tablets was separately announced by the company.

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Microsoft has been known for its attempts to make users switch to the company’s Windows desktop and mobile operating systems. Following years of futility in the mobile segment, Microsoft has tried numerous times to launch its software on products owned by rival companies.

As described on Microsoft’s website, “Cortana is your clever new personal assistant, and she can search the web, find things on your PC, keep track of your calendar—even tell you jokes. We’re not saying she’ll pass the Turing test, but the more she helps you out, and the more she learns about you, the better she gets.”

Full slate of features will not be available on Google and Apple versions as the necessary system access has not been offered yet to Microsoft by the two companies.