When it comes to voice assistants for smartphones, Apple’s Siri is definitely the first choice for a lot of users, but Google Now is also one of the best options out there, some people claiming that it’s even better than Apple’s. But Microsoft wants to join the club as well, by trying to make Cortana accessible even for those who don’t have Windows Phone devices.
If they want it, they can have it
According to Yibada, the software giant just started sending email notices to iOS users who are interested in trying Cortana on their iPhones. They were informed that the beta version of the voice assistant would soon be available for download.
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Some of the top features available for iOS users are schedule management, reminders, alarms or voice-powered help and tracking of stocks, packages, sports scores and flights, states the same source.
Microsoft started a survey on their forums, asking iOS users if they were curious about trying Cortana. Also, another survey asked them about they devices they are using and it they have already used Cortana on a PC.
The company wanted to find out the number of cross-platform users , since Cortana can link PCs and iPhones. For example, if you set an alarm on a PC, your iPhone can receive it.
Just for U.S., at least for the moment
Currently, the beta version of the app is available just for users in the United States, as this is the market targeted by the survey, but it should also be available for users in China in the near future.
Only 2000 iOS users could download the app, after four months of work from Microsoft. The Android version of Cortana was also released this year, in August.