In an exclusive report from Reuters it’s being revealed that Microsoft Cortana will be coming to Android and iOS as a stand alone app. Cortana is a personal digital assistant that has been on Windows Phone for over a year now. Much like Siri and Google Now, some users swear that Cortana is more accurate than both of her competitors. Having used all three of them myself I think Google Now and Cortana are pretty equal with Siri still lagging behind. The Cortana name comes from the AI character in the Xbox video game series Halo which has been a very successful franchise for Microsoft.
“This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next roll out of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame,” said Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and a part of the Einstein project, in an interview at the company’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters.
It’s interesting to see Microsoft rolling out core apps like Cortana and Office apps to competitors Android and iOS. This shows the new direction that Microsoft is attempting to go, opening up their ecosystem to work with a variety of other hardware. It’s probably a very smart move on their part. Windows Phone has not been widely adopted, yet it offers one of the best experiences out there. Opening up core apps like Cortana just might inspire users to check out the Windows Phone platform in the future. For a full report check out the Reuters link below. What do you think of Cortana coming to Android and iOS? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
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