It has been in the news for a while now, but Julie Larson-Green has finally confirmed it. Cortana is set for a launch on other platforms, including Android and iOS in the near future.

In fact, Microsoft is totally open on bringing the service to as many users as possible.

The digital voice assistant continues to be a Windows Phone exclusive for now, but will soon make the transition to Windows, thanks to integration with Windows 10. But the PC is not the final destination for the service — just another stepping stone.

Julie-Larson Green, the chief experience officer at Redmond hinted that work on this possibility has already begun at the company.

When asked whether there were plans to bring the Cortana personal assistant on some other operating systems beside Windows, this is what she replied:

“The short answer is, yeah.”

Short answer, indeed.

And while the above statement leaves room for interpretation, there have been a number of hints from other sources that Cortana might launch on platforms other than Windows.

Obviously, bringing Cortana to other platforms (iOS and Android) could potentially reduce the consumer appeal of Microsoft’s own products, the more important factor to consider is just how well these users will receive the service.

Siri and Google Now do have a lot of following.

We’ll just have to see.

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  1. Yeah, give unique features that make people consider usinguse your OS to others. Sounds like a great idea. What next? WP ROM with Metro UI and both Play Store and Marketplace? Totally will make me want to stay with Windows Phone…

    • It’s how Microsoft does things, I guess. I mean bringing Office was sign enough, a sign that they want to go cross platform. Which neither Google nor Apple is willing to do. Will it pay off big time for Microsoft? Who knows.

      But at least they know how to write software, no one does it better than them. Case in point the terribly stagnant S Voice service from Samsung.

      You do raise fair points, though. Very fair points.

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