Software giant Microsoft is set to bring its Cortana digital assistant to iOS and Android as a standalone app.
Cortana is an intelligent digital personal assistant developed by Microsoft. Digital assistants are somewhat like real assistants, they have the same role the only difference, one is a software application. They can provide you a list of their skills, but only after working with them for some time can you better assess their talents. Cortana is Microsoft answer to Google Now and Apple’s Siri
A Reuters reports say that the standalone app will be available on phones and tablets running iOS and Android. Microsoft is currently building Cortana into Windows 10 which is set to debut later this year, and it’s likely that the digital assistant will make its way on to Android and iOS alongside its PC expansion.
The communication was revealed through an interview with Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research, who said that the company is planning a bigger roll out of Cortana later this year.
“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,” says Horvitz.
At the moment, Microsoft is developing a more advanced version of Cortana, codenamed project Einstein, that pulls data from artificial intelligence.
The move by Microsoft to bring Cortana to iOS and Android is not a surprise as the company has consistently shown that it’s willing to bring its best Windows features to rival platforms in an overall effort to improve its services and apps.
Bringing the service to other smartphone and tablet owners means Microsoft has a wider audience to help it improve its products.