Microsoft Considers Bringing Cortana Personal Assistant to iOS

Microsoft Considers Bringing Cortana Personal Assistant to iOS

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Microsoft is considering the idea of bringing its new Cortana personal assistant to iOS and Android, reports SearchEngineLand.

Marcus Ash, a Windows Phone Group Program Manager, discussed the idea at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle. The company wants Cortana to be 'pervasive' not just at a country/geographic level but at a tech level across different devices and perhaps different platforms.

We want to scale Cortana internationally and across devices. The Android/iOS question is interesting. We’re asking, would Cortana be as effective if she didn’t have access to the details on your phone? We’re still trying to get Cortana adopted on Windows Phone and figure out what it wants to become there. But we’re actively talking about this.

I think it’s natural to think that an assistant that only runs on one device … the idea that she will be very pervasive is important to us.

Microsoft also hinted that Cortana could arrive on desktops, vehicles, and other venues.

When discussing the impact of Cortana, Ash said he didn't think Cortana would mean the death of the search box.

“I can’t imagine that,” Ash said. “The search box is what people know. That’s why we’re trying to bring [it and Cortana] together. The declarative intent of traditional search saves us so much effort — if you tell us what your interest are via search, Cortana gets so much better. We think Cortana makes you more likely to search, it doesn’t replace search.”

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Microsoft Considers Bringing Cortana Personal Assistant to iOS

Trojan - June 15, 2014 at 2:45pm
Microsoft plans to bring cortana to ios...because no one uses windows
Lolwut - June 14, 2014 at 7:08pm
Pfft Siri has been out about 3 months and in iOS 8, there's a whole load of other stuff coming to it, but boretana has been out a bit over a year, you think you can just win like that? Fck off. We know your pain.
MICROscopic SOFTshit - June 14, 2014 at 7:06pm
Seriously, after all the bitching and whining they fcked around with in the ads trying to be better, and all the stuff they tried to attract us and microscopic minded sheeps to with their apps, now they think they can give us something that is from a useless company which comes nowhere close even one bit to replace the advanced assistant?? What's the matter dill baits, don't have enough users who rather have things secure and simple, trying to show off on our iOS devices? Keep dragging your shattered glass through the mud. What chance do you have since you dropped the balls on the os, but the surface, just calling it a tablet AND a computer when it's not even built like a computer, but come on!!! You're living in a rock where you have no choice nowadays to take notes from a fruit!
! - June 14, 2014 at 5:06pm
That won't give users any reason to switch to a windows phone