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  • Microsoft Now Allowing Sign-ups for Beta Testing Its Cortana iOS App


    Cortana is the powerful voice assistant that is packed into Windows 10, and as we know, Microsoft is working on an application for iOS that would bring many of the voice assistant's features to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad by way of an application dedicated to Cortana to compete with Siri and Google Now.

    This week, Microsoft has opened the floodgates to the large body of potential beta testers that are interested in signing up to beta test the Cortana iOS application before it's available to everybody else. In beta testing, users will be able to test out features of the application and help point out bugs to Microsoft so that they can be squashed ahead of the public release.

    Signing up for the beta testing doesn't guarantee your acceptance, but you can still try. Microsoft says that only a small number of beta testers will be chosen at the beginning and that more will be accepted over time. To sign up, you can complete this survey and Microsoft will then consider you for beta testing Cortana for iOS.

    More than likely, Cortana for iOS will not be as powerful as the Windows 10 counterpart. Apple, although slowly opening iOS with APIs to developers, is still using a closed operating system that limits developer access to various things. Because of this, Cortana will be limited to functionality that Apple allows on the iOS operating system.

    Source: Microsoft
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Now Allowing Sign-ups for Beta Testing Its Cortana iOS App started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. djampb's Avatar
      djampb -
      Signed up, we'll see what happens
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I barely use Siri...whats Cortana going to do for me?
    1. mazzanic's Avatar
      mazzanic -
      Hi, I'm another useless platform that is not worth a dime. You have a pretty sad life if you really use Siri or Cortana or Google Voice and talk to your phone on the regular. Just use your fat fingers and type it in google.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      ok lets see
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mazzanic View Post
      Hi, I'm another useless platform that is not worth a dime. You have a pretty sad life if you really use Siri or Cortana or Google Voice and talk to your phone on the regular. Just use your fat fingers and type it in google.
      I use Siri on the regular. In fact, I am using Siri to type this message. Oh, I guess I have a sad life.
    1. cyberjunkyfreak's Avatar
      cyberjunkyfreak -
      Microsoft is using survey monkey? I smell something phishy!
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mazzanic View Post
      Hi, I'm another useless platform that is not worth a dime. You have a pretty sad life if you really use Siri or Cortana or Google Voice and talk to your phone on the regular. Just use your fat fingers and type it in google.
      Maybe she doesn't understand you because you can't speak clearly enough with all of that bs in your mouth. Siri is useful to the majority of us.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by mazzanic View Post
      Hi, I'm another useless platform that is not worth a dime. You have a pretty sad life if you really use Siri or Cortana or Google Voice and talk to your phone on the regular. Just use your fat fingers and type it in google.
      When you are driving, it's kinda hard to type searches or find info unless you want to wrap your car around a tree.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Amazes me how these idiots who, just because THEY don't use something, think it's useless, etc. SMH at the ignorance and
      shortsightedness!
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Damn! Break out the flame thrower to ignorance!!!!
    1. mazzanic's Avatar
      mazzanic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Al226 View Post
      Maybe she doesn't understand you because you can't speak clearly enough with all of that bs in your mouth. Siri is useful to the majority of us.
      Quote Originally Posted by flash66 View Post
      Damn! Break out the flame thrower to ignorance!!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by edwilk55 View Post
      Amazes me how these idiots who, just because THEY don't use something, think it's useless, etc. SMH at the ignorance and
      shortsightedness!
      Oh boy more internet trolls. Amazes me you need to fight the internet.. Idiot is quite a harsh word to use when really your ignorance shows if not knowing who I am... And yes, I do actually use Siri but you should read my comment fully before lashing out irrationally. Clearly, I was making a funny of people who talk to Siri on the regular.. Sometimes, like when driving, Siri is a good option. So no, I do not make nor did I make a blanket statement.. You decided to attack, which is a terrible quality to have. Enjoy fighting the internet.. YOU WIN LOL
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      n/m
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Back on topic please.
    1. mazzanic's Avatar
      mazzanic -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      I didn't call you an idiot or "fight" with you. I gave a reason why people might use one of the voice assist features.

      If anyone is "fighting" or being a troll here, it seems to be you.
      sorry Nova.. I clicked reply to all and your name was mentioned.. The comment was referenced to flash.. My apologies. Your comment was fine
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by mazzanic View Post
      sorry Nova.. I clicked reply to all and your name was mentioned.. The comment was referenced to flash.. My apologies. Your comment was fine
      Ok cool
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mazzanic View Post
      Oh boy more internet trolls. Amazes me you need to fight the internet.. Idiot is quite a harsh word to use when really your ignorance shows if not knowing who I am... And yes, I do actually use Siri but you should read my comment fully before lashing out irrationally. Clearly, I was making a funny of people who talk to Siri on the regular.. Sometimes, like when driving, Siri is a good option. So no, I do not make nor did I make a blanket statement.. You decided to attack, which is a terrible quality to have. Enjoy fighting the internet.. YOU WIN LOL
      It's kind of hard to know that you were trying to be funny without any kind of indication like, "..." or "lol, haha" or some sort of emoticon. All you did was make that straight up statement then expected people to know who you are and that you were trying to be funny. So most people were right to comment back on your post the way they did.

      Anyway, I like using Siri sometimes but I doubt Cortana will be able to do more than her so I don't really see the point. Unless of course you love Windows but have an iDevice for some reason and want to use Cortana...!
    1. Anon9mouz's Avatar
      Anon9mouz -
      I'm interested in trying this. Lately Siri is been acting kinda stupid.
    1. Bender1031's Avatar
      Bender1031 -
      I'm so sad... I've missed Cortana since she sacrificed herself and saved my life! I hope that she is still alive somewhere in our universe... #Halo

      Oh wait, I like Siri too. I'm going to keep Cortana with my games and not on my iOS. I need to keep my personal assitants separated
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mazzanic View Post
      sorry Nova.. I clicked reply to all and your name was mentioned.. The comment was referenced to flash.. My apologies. Your comment was fine
      Not to start up again, but Flash?? I said it was ignorant, and it sure sounded so. I'm not the one that called you an idiot. Get your facts straight. Nova called you out and you are obviously intimidated by him. Don't back peddle. Own it! Nuff said. Life goes on.