Cortana for Android Invite-Only Beta Launches

Subject: Mobile | July 19, 2015 - 06:43 PM |
Tagged: Android, microsoft, windows, windows 10, cortana

When it graduated from high school, Microsoft was voted “least likely to have an open relationship with itself”. Well who's laughing now, member of the Yearbook Committee? You thought you were so clever, sitting in the back of the late bus for students in extra-curricular activities, giggling as you doodled in your Five Star binder. Even though they always hogged the Windows seat, maybe they would have opened it up for a little fresh air in the Summer time had you taken the time to ask.

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While Cortana is first and foremost a Windows 10 feature, it will appear on iOS and Android as well. Peter Bright of Ars Technica got in on the pre-release, invite-only beta and walked through the features. He notes that, while many have complained about crashes, his experienced wasn't marred with stability issues. On the other hand, because Cortana is not as deeply integrated into the operating system, despite the laundry list of permissions it requests, he expects that most users looking for a digital assistant will look to Google Now on their Android devices, even if they use Cortana on Windows 10.

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There really wasn't a whole lot of note in the article though, at least in my opinion. There are a few interesting screenshots, but it basically looks like someone grafted the Cortana fly-out menu from Windows 10 onto a fullscreen mobile device. Even though I already saw the similarities in the Windows 10 Technical Previews, it is funny to see it so explicit.

No release date has been set for Cortana on Android or iOS.

Source: Ars Technica

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July 19, 2015 | 07:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes! get them to have OUR M$ Cortina payload accepted into the many android devices out there, what could happen, we'll just embrace the Android ecosystem, and extend our influence into Android and extinguish it that way, all while redirecting all the search activity through BING. Will Cortina be programmed to sneak in updates under the RADAR on that competing Android ecosystem, and will its users have a choice in the matter. I'm seeing large wooden horses left at the entrance to the Android platform, better look inside the may be some Easter eggs of The sword carrying verity!

July 19, 2015 | 07:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

edit: Cortina.
to: Cortana.

July 20, 2015 | 07:31 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

yep exactly, damn good idea too.

Keep up the good work MS.

July 20, 2015 | 11:01 PM - Posted by DaKrawnik

Thanks, but no thanks MS.

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