Microsoft Readies Its Cortana For iOS Beta, Guarantees Invitations In “Weeks”
Microsoft stated earlier that its Cortana private assistant – one thing of a rival to Google Now and Apple’s Siri – would tackle its competitors by providing cross-platform help, together with by way of iOS and Android. It then delivered on these guarantees in August when it rolled out a Cortana for Android beta. Now it appears the iOS launch is nearing, too – as the corporate has begun recruiting beta testers for the iOS construct, with invites anticipated to be emailed inside weeks.
This information was reported earlier by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and The Verge, who each pointed to a hyperlink to a survey for testers posted lately by Microsoft officers in a web-based group discussion board.
In line with the survey, the Cortana for iOS beta is just obtainable within the U.S. and China, although over time, it should turn into obtainable to all the identical areas the place Cortana for Home windows is supported, the corporate notes. Microsoft may additionally be in search of testers who use the app on a Home windows 10 PC, it appears, as one of many survey questions was associated to the frequency of their Home windows 10 utilization.
The companion software is one among Home windows 10’s standout options, providing voice-powered searches; the power to get solutions about sports activities scores, film present occasions, eating places and different gadgets; the power to set reminders and alarms, monitor flights, place calls, dictate SMS messages, and extra.
The Android beta construct has since grown to between 50,000 and one hundred,000 installations, in accordance with knowledge from Google Play – an honest sufficient quantity given it’s a personal check, but in addition one which signifies many Android customers are completely happy sufficient utilizing the constructed-in Google Now assistant as an alternative.
On cellular units, the Cortana app isn’t as practical as it’s on Home windows and Home windows Telephone. For instance, Microsoft stated earlier that its “Hey Cortana” hotword performance to start out the app gained’t initially be out there. And if the iOS beta is just like the Android launch, you additionally gained’t have the ability to open apps from Cortana, or toggle settings as you’ll be able to on Home windows PCs.
Microsoft says it can start sending out obtain hyperlinks by way of e mail to on-board testers within the “coming weeks.”