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Microsoft Announces Phone Companion & Cortana For Android and iPhone

In a blog post announcing a new Phone Companion app for Windows 10, Microsoft also confirmed that their digital-assistant Cortana will be made available for Android phones and iPhones.

Microsoft recognizes that not everyone (by a long shot) uses Windows Phones, so while Windows Universal Apps will offer a seamless and optimal experience for those that do, the majority of smartphone users won’t be able to take advantage of that experience. As a result, Windows 10 will be receiving a built in Phone Companion app which will connect your Android phone or iPhone to your Windows 10 PC.

When the Phone Companion app is run on your PC, users will be able to select their type of phone. If they select Windows, nothing else needs to be done. If you are an Android or iPhone smartphone user, you’ll need to take a few more steps which will assist you with installing and linking Microsoft’s apps such as OneDrive, Music, OneNote, and Office documents. This will allow you to sync your files, photos, music, notes, and access your Office documents on any of your devices. For example, if you store your music files in OneDrive, you’ll be able to access and play those files using the Music app on your Windows 10 PC as well as your Android or iOS device.

The Phone Companion app will also help you install the Android or iOS Cortana app, giving Android users an alternative to Google Now, and iOS users an alternative to Siri. Unlike the Windows Phone version of Cortana however, Android and iOS users won’t be able to toggle settings or open apps with Cortana, nor will you be able to launch Cortana by saying “Hey Cortana” as those features require OS integration and will be limited to Windows PCs and phones.

What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to add Cortana support for Android and iOS phones? Will you be using it instead of Google Now or Siri? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Microsoft
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