Microsoft Cortana (UI)

Microsoft has been hard at work developing an iOS and Android version of its Siri-like personal assistant, Cortana, which could hit the iPhone and iPad as a standalone application sometime in the fall 2014 timeframe, Reuters reported Friday.

The software giant currently provides Cortana on Windows phones and is set to launch it on desktop with the arrival of Windows 10 this fall.

Windows 10 integrates Cortana so users can perform queries and get various answers just by asking.

“Later, Cortana will be available as a standalone app, usable on phones and tablets powered by Apple Inc’s iOS and Google Inc’s Android,” people familiar with the project told the news gathering organization.

Moreover, Cortana is about to get smarter as Microsoft is working to implement algorithms from its artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.”

Cortana was named after an artificial intelligence character in Microsoft-produced video game series Halo.

Like Google Now cards, Cortana uses knowledge about its users and couples it with a variety of information from a user’s device to provide relevant and contextual alerts.

For instance, it reads and understands your email, messages, contacts, calendars and other types of information, permitting it to tell a user when to leave for the airport. After it realizes you were planning a flight, Cortana would automatically check flight status, determine where the phone is located using GPS and check traffic conditions.

“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,” said Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and a part of the Einstein project.

Siri, as you know, responds to simpler user requests for the time being, although Apple is constantly advancing the capabilities of its digital personal assistant and could very likely announce new features at its annual summer pilgrimage for developers.

Source: Reuters

  • John Smith

    Nice! this will also come to windows 10… so yeah 🙂

  • Neat, real competition for Google Voice Search. Might replace Google Voice Search on my OnePlus One with this, depending on the requirements to use it.

    • Dan

      same here if it has the same integration as voice (able to set alarms, events, apps etc)

      • Derek Harper

        Knowing how google operates, i wouldn’t count on it.
        apple is even worse on limitations, both companies would just dumb her down. Although i’m not defending microsoft cause i’m sure if apple and google decided to launch their products on windows phone, microsoft would likely limit them in some way too.

      • Dan

        True. With root android users might be able to squeeze a bit more out of it . Who knows, Windows 10 is looking promising, might even be my next phone.

      • Derek Harper

        Been using windows

      • Derek Harper

        You should consider it, for now i ended up getting a free android phone two days ago from one of my mom’s frends. May not be the best android, but it works and it’s alright for the smallest amount of applications i use anyways (here maps, messenger, hangouts, meetme, NexMusic, Netflix, Hulu, BOA, Grindr, and instagram.)

  • John Smith

    I think there is a typo. It says: could hit the iPhone and iPad as a standalone application sometime in the fall 2014 timeframe… (We are in 2015)

  • john myth

    won’t do half of what she does on Windows Phone since iOS sandboxes its apps

    • jp2002

      I Second that.

  • richard bryant

    Can I just get a chip to implant in my head with Cortana loaded on it?

    • Jonathan

      I think you’re in the wrong century…

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        I think you don’t get it

  • Emmy Farrell

    Fall 2014? she must be a time traveler!

  • Simon

    Think you mean 2015 not 2014.

  • singhay559

    Haha one of the funniest add