Reuters: Microsoft planning to go Cross-Platform with Cortana; Android and iOS platforms touted
Microsoft has been hard at work on Cortana – the company’s digital assistant feature would be available across all platforms with the Windows 10 OS. This means that Windows Phone (which already have it), Tablets, PC and even the Project Spartan browser would also get Cortana integration. In a separate report, Microsoft is now reported to be working on a standalone Cortana app for Android and iOS devices.
According to Reuters, Microsoft is working on a new project named Einstein; named after Albert Einstein and inspired by the pioneers’ work on the relationship between space and time. Project Einstein is expected to usher in Cortana to different OS platforms (iOS and Android precisely).
In an interview with the Managing director of Microsoft Research and also part of Einstein project, Eric Horvitz said:
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.
Apple’s Siri makes uses of ‘Microsoft’s Bing Search engine’, but asides making the digital assistant available on new platforms such as HomeKit, CarPlay and recently on the Apple Watch; there hasn’t been new features of late. Google on the other hand relies on ‘predicted search by its billion user base’ and has been adding up new contents to Google Now as cards.
Making Cortana available on Android and iOS platforms would see the digital assistant rival Google owned ‘Google Now’ and Apple’s ‘Siri’ on their respective home turf.