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Microsoft Cortana is coming to Android and iOS

Microsoft Cortana voice assistant on Windows Phone
Microsoft Cortana
After finally reaching desktops via Windows 10, Cortana will hit both iOS and Android, claims a recent report by Reuters.

When talking about virtual voice assistants, things are very clear right now - iOS has Siri, Android has Google Now, while Windows Phone has Cortana. Apple's Siri may not end up on Windows-powered devices anytime soon, but it appears that Microsoft has big plans for Cortana. It is already known that Cortana will get a desktop version with Windows 10, and it looks there is even more to it.

Microsoft Research managing director Eric Horvitz unveiled in an interview that Cortana will benefit from the results of the Einstein research project and should arrive this fall. "This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next roll out of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame," he said.

According to Reuters, Cortana will be available as a standalone app for both iOS and Android devices after the release of Windows 10. How soon after that will it happen, that is what remains to be seen. For now, both Microsoft and Horvitz declined to comment on the possibility of reaching other platforms. Definitely a topic to keep an eye on from now on.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-13 (Update: 2015-03-13)