Microsoft unveils Cortana voice assistant for Android and iPhone

Microsoft unveils Cortana voice assistant for Android and iPhone

Sure, it is official: Microsoft is bringing Home windows’ Cortana voice assistant to Android and iPhone. Each platforms will get a devoted app that, very similar to you see on Home windows Telephone in the present day, will allow you to dictate reminders, monitor flights and in any other case maintain your life organized. Cortana’s Pocket book, which remembers what you want, will even sync throughout all of your platforms. This would possibly not be a one-for-one recreation of what you get proper now, although — since Microsoft cannot faucet instantly into the working system like it may well on Home windows units, you will not get palms-free activation by means of “hey Cortana” or choices to launch apps or settings. Nonetheless, it’s going to be value seeing what this Halo-impressed helper can do when it reaches Android in late June, and iPhones someday later this yr — and we might add that it isn’t the one deal with Microsoft has in retailer in your smartphone, both.

The Redmond crew can also be unveiling Telephone Companion, a Home windows 10 app (due within the OS preview inside a couple of weeks) that helps you sync your Android, iOS or Home windows handset together with your PC. It’s going to principally entail loading apps for Microsoft’s providers in case you’re utilizing non-Home windows hardware, nevertheless it ought to take the problem out of accessing your pc’s content material once you’re on the street. And sure, this consists of music on all platforms. The corporate is promising an up to date model of Xbox Music for Android and iOS that, like on Home windows, will stream your OneDrive music totally free. This does not arrive in beta type till July, however it’ll be worthwhile when you thrive in Microsoft’s ecosystem.

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