Microsoft Announces Cortana For iPhone Available Later This Year

Microsoft today announced that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iPhone and Android smartphones later this year, after multiple rumors hinting at cross-platform expansion of the service over the past year. Windows 10 will also feature a new "Phone Companion" app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.


Microsoft unveiled Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 last April as the company's answer to Siri and Google Now, and the company is also bringing the personal digital assistant to the desktop as part of Windows 10 this summer. Cortana's features include contextually-aware reminders, routing and mapping, current weather and traffic conditions, sports scores, biographies and more.

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Some of Cortana's features on Windows Phone won't initially be available on iPhone and Android smartphones, including toggling settings, opening apps or "Hey Cortana" hands-free invoking of the personal digital assistant. Microsoft will also release an updated version of its Xbox Music app for iOS with free streaming playback of your music files and playlists from OneDrive in late June or July.

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zelman Avatar
120 months ago
"Hey, Siri! Ask Cortana to remind me to..."
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Small White Car Avatar
120 months ago
I'm glad that Microsoft finally started acting like a software company again. They're quite good at it.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacFather Avatar
120 months ago
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Mackinjosh Avatar
120 months ago
Excellent. Both Cortana and Google's voice tool are much better than Siri.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Crosscreek Avatar
120 months ago
Two personal assistance on the same machine may cause relationship problems.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mackinjosh Avatar
120 months ago
Microsoft is quite good at making software? Really?

Please cite your proof with references.
Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Phone 8, Office, Azure are all infinitely better than their Apple counterparts. Windows 10 runs better on a new Mac than the latest version of Mac OS does.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)