Microsoft rolling out Cortana for iOS to beta testers

By , Nov 30, 2015

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Following its announcement earlier in the month that Cortana for iOS would soon launch for a limited number of beta testers, Microsoft has now made good on that promise and started rolling out the beta software, TechCrunch reported this past weekend.

Cortana for iOS looks just like the Windows 10 Mobile and Android equivalents, and works in a very similar way, with a few exceptions stemming from Apple-imposed restrictions on third-party iOS app development.

“This week, a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download,” reads the article.

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The first beta of Cortana for iOS includes voice-activated features that help you manage your schedule, reminders, and alarms, track flights, packages, stocks, scores and more.

The beta build is being distributed through Apple’s TestFlight service.

As mentioned, some Cortana features require deep access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS. For instance, things like toggling settings or opening apps aren’t initially available in the Cortana companion app for iOS.

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Another feature that isnt’ possible in Cortana for iOS: the always-listening ‘Hey Cortana’ mode similar to untethered ‘Hey Siri’ functionality on the iPhone 6s.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • Javiers

    Do you they really think we would trade Siri for this? Hahaa.

    • Cristian B

      as an iPhone user, I would

      • Maxim∑

        just because?

      • Cristian B

        yep

      • Javiers

        Really? How so? Explain.

      • Cristian B

        idk bored

    • ravinigga

      I would try it fun halo character.

    • ericesque

      I didn’t trade Siri in for Google Now, but I keep the Google app installed because there are certain queries it handles that Siri just doesn’t. Store hours is something I frequently go to the Google app for.

      As for Cortana, I don’t have a Windows 10 PC, so the app gives me a way to get an idea of what Cortana can do. To me, personal assistants are an important factor in the overall experience. Knowing what other platforms offer is just part of being an informed consumer.

    • Russell

      In my experience Windows phones are overall better devices than Apple phones, but Apple already had the market and Windows doesn’t have the third part support in apps. As for Cortana vs Siri, the Cortana system makes the Siri system feel like a beta test from 5 years ago.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I signed up but havent received anything yet

  • Jackson Grong

    Does anyone want it?

    • Cristian B

      I want to say yes, but don’t know if it’s illegal to do so (yes please lol)

  • iPhoneWINS

    omg

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    The most useless iOS app

  • Morgan Freeman

    Hey Microsoft- Burn in hell! Thanks.

    • rockdude094

      Lol extremist

      • Morgan Freeman

        I don’t think it’s that extreme.

    • Russell

      You know Apple isn’t the underdog company anymore right? They’re just another Microsoft but trendy. Generally Microsoft users scrutinize everything Microsoft does, but Apple users just want to be told what to like. If you pose a question on Apple forums you’re met with “Why would you want to do that?” as if you’re wrong for pointing out flaws and improvements for Apple products haha

      • Morgan Freeman

        That is of little concern to me, really. But thank you for sharing!