Microsoft is Planning to Bring Cortana to Android and iOS
Siri’s competitor Cortana has been available on Windows Phones for over a year. The AI is also heading to a Desktop near you with the release on Windows 10 later this year. However, Cortana won’t stop there.
According to a new report, she is expanding her reach and an advanced version of Cortana AI will soon be released for Android and iOS. If true, this will put Siri and Cortana head-to-head not only in the market, but on your iOS device as well. On the other hand, this will be a first noteworthy app of its kind on Android.
Cortana standalone app is using tech and research from an AI project called “Project Einstein.” The app will be usable on tablets and smartphones running iOS and Android operating systems. According to Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research:
“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.”
Microsoft has previously confirmed that Cortana will be released for different operating systems. But the company is yet to confirm its latest roll-out will be on iOS and Android. However, since the Al is already available on MS platforms, it’s likely the roll-out Horvitz is talking about is on rival operating systems.
It won’t be a surprise as creating apps for rival brands is quickly becoming the norm. Google just released their popular Calendar app for iOS, among many other apps which it has already released for the platform. From a business point of view, it’s useful a tactic as you can generate interest in your brand among rival’s fanbase.
It’s a decent attempt but I doubt users will ever prefer Cortana over Siri, unless Microsoft makes some major changes in its Al.
For the sake of trying new things, I would definitely give Cortana a try. Besides I always had a thing for her ever since I played Halo. I hope Cortana makes it to Android and iOS this fall.
Would you like to have an alternative to Siri on your iOS device?