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Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS

Cortana can sync across Android, iOS, and Windows machines. (Source: Microsoft)
Cortana can sync across Android, iOS, and Windows machines. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.

Out of the myriad digital assistants, Cortana is one of the most popular, especially with Windows users. Following in Siri's and Google Now's footsteps, Microsoft's digital assistant can respond to voice commands to set appointments, check the weather, find information, and more. The faceless voice can also sync users' phones with their Windows 10 PCs and create a seamless integration between the devices. Microsoft brought Cortana to Android and iOS in the United States last year, and now she’s coming to the United Kingdom.

In addition to bringing Cortana overseas, Microsoft is also updating the look of the app. In a press release posted today, the company said that they’ve “created a more simplified look and feel for the apps, designed with your mobile life in mind. Now you can get to what you need faster and easier than ever before with quick actions, putting the most frequent things you do front and center, so setting a reminder or viewing your reminders is just a tap away when you don’t want to use voice.” The app will also be faster and access information and data more quickly.

The Cortana app will be available on Android devices over the next week, and will be available on Apple’s App Store “in the coming weeks.”


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Sam Medley, 2016-12- 8 (Update: 2016-12- 8)