Microsoft Open To Bringing Cortana To iOS And Android

Right after the company ports the digital voice assistant service to desktop and cars, that is. This was revealed during SMX Advanced 2014 event, where Microsoft talked about future Cortana destinations.

Marcus Ash, the group program manager for Windows Phone and Rob Chambers, group program manager, applications and services group were at hand to answer question during Microsoft’s keynote and talk about Cortana.

Specifically, how it compares to Google Now and Siri, and from where Redmond got the inspiration.

One major feature of Cortana is that it can remember things, unlike say, Siri. Another is the notebook that is kept, allowing the service to track and explain what is being tracked — as in news, restaurants and stocks.

This is what Marcus had to say about future availability of Cortana:

“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.”

Quite interesting!

The chaps also talked about bringing Cortana to Xbox One, desktop and cars, along with the confirmation that Microsoft engineers are evaluating all possibilities.

You can check out the full SMX Advanced 2014 keynote here on Microsoft’s plans for Cortana.

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