Reports are ripe that Microsoft is going to roll out the personal assistant feature Cortana on Android and iOS. Microsoft first introduced Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 last year. The desktop version of the feature will be released on Windows 10 OS soon. Well, one would wonder what benefit does Microsoft get by offering its much coveted and anticipated feature Cortana on third party operating systems like Android and iOS.
Jan Dawson, Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research Centre, says that, “This is part of the broader picture that Microsoft is painting, that its services will be available in every facet of your life.” Interestingly, Microsoft has not yet come to react to these reports. The silence from Microsoft indicates that they are seriously working on both an Android and iOS version of Cortana and it will be released soon.
According to another report that came in Reuters recently, the Cortana feature will released in iOS and Android as an independent app. They can download the app from App Store or Play Store respectively. However, in Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana is an integrated feature. It is quite different from an independent app.
Microsoft still working on Cortana
In a recent press release, the software giant Microsoft said that it was still working on improving Cortana for Windows and third party operating systems. Cortana currently has the reputation as a better personal assistant feature than the Apple Inc.’s Siri and Android’s Google Now. Earlier it was thought that Microsoft would use Cortana as a unique feature for Windows Phone and Windows Desktop version as a triumph card. However, the tech giant changed the plan later on. Sources close to Microsoft says that the Cortana feature for Windows will receive frequent updates through Windows Service Pack. Meanwhile, there will not be any frequent Cortana updates for the third party operating systems like Android and iOS.
Cortana is certain to rewrite Microsoft’s reputation across the world. The current Cortana version, which has been integrated with Windows Phone 8.1, is already popular. Microsoft says that Cortana for Windows 10 will be several times better than the existing version of it available on Windows Phone 8.1. So, it is up to one’s own experience to figure out how Cortana will turn out to be. Once the Cortana update is released, Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to update it through Windows Service Pack.