Microsoft and Cyanogen to Integrate Cortana in Cyanogen OS

Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2015 - 06:30 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, CyanogenMod, cyanogen, cortana

A few months ago, Cyanogen and Microsoft have agreed to bring some of the latter's services into the former's distribution of Android. While apps like Skype and OneNote will likely be the same experience as if the user just downloaded the apps directly, other Microsoft services could benefit from a tighter integration, such as OneDrive -- although we don't have any news on that front.

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Another example is Cortana, and Cyanogen's CEO has just announced that the digital assistant is coming to the next version of Cyanogen OS. One of the distribution's goals is to create a version of Android that is not reliant upon Google's services, which initially sounds like they aim to eliminate these low-level services. With this announcement, it sounds more like they just want to inject third parties in its place, with Microsoft being at least the early partner.

This is a definite win for Microsoft on the services side of things. While I'm sure that many fans of the corporation believe that Microsoft is watering down their ecosystem, the company no longer views their software platform as the bounds of their market share. This deal is clearly acceptable to them, because they made it.

Source: ZDNet

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September 12, 2015 | 07:31 PM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

So, in fear of one large corporation owning an ecosystem, they turn around and run into the arms of of an even bigger (and demonstrably more evil) corporation?

September 15, 2015 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Mike S. (not verified)

From the point of view of the CyanogenMod people, I would guess this is strictly a business decision. I would bet Microsoft is paying them to embed Cortana, or maybe Microsoft is threatening to sue them out of existence for patent infringement, but will skip the lawsuit if they embed Cortana.

More generally, Google wants to have a monopoly on search, advertising, mobile operating systems, and cloud services every bit as much as Microsoft wants to keep its near monopoly on desktop operating systems and office software. Microsoft was more evil in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. Today, the two companies are about equally evil.

September 12, 2015 | 08:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Add it to the list of "I never would have thought"s

September 12, 2015 | 09:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And NOW it's called SPYanogen OS, as M$'s three E's embrace, extent, and extinguish your privacy. Welcome to the M$ collective you are now known Poo Stinky Goo of the M$ collective, your thoughts are M$'s thoughts, your wishes are only M$'s wishes, you are the product of the collective, you are just another cloud node on M$ cloud collective, you will be assimilated! Resistance is futile!!!

September 12, 2015 | 09:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

edit: known
to: known as

September 14, 2015 | 10:30 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow, is it 1998 again? Go back to slashdot.

September 12, 2015 | 10:20 PM - Posted by JohnL (not verified)

Oh crap.....another one bites the dust..

September 13, 2015 | 06:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why'd you kill it :(

September 13, 2015 | 10:11 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

siri .... cool
google now ... cool


September 13, 2015 | 07:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow scott censors posts on full Linux over Android, those posts had merit! A little too influnced twards Android are we! Censorship helps debate NOT!

September 13, 2015 | 08:31 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

What are you talking about?

September 13, 2015 | 10:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

There were three posts up there that vanished. I was getting ready to respond to one, but it vanished before I could.

September 14, 2015 | 04:27 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

Yea Scott, just like the others, you're evil!!

PS: dont know what the hell he/she's talking about, but I cant pass an opportunity to bash and berate the PCPer crew.

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