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  • Microsoft Begins Testing Cortana for iOS By Activating Select Beta Accounts


    Towards the end of last week, Microsoft activated beta accounts for select users interested in testing out the iOS iteration of Cortana, its personal assistant software. For those of you who didn’t know, Cortana is Microsoft’s alternative to Siri and Google Now.

    Originally spotted by WareNotice, Microsoft’s Cortana TestFlight invitations are going out to iOS device owners who signed up for the beta at the beginning of November. Microsoft is using TestFlight for initial testing purposes, which indicates that the initial Cortana beta pool is relatively small at Apple’s 2,000 user cap.

    Cortana on iOS lets users create reminders, schedule appointments, perform Internet queries, compose emails and messages, track packages and more via voice interactions. Similar to Siri, Cortana is programmed to accept natural language input and the note in TestFlight pushes users to “see whether she can talk with you like a real personal assistant.”

    As of right now, Microsoft is positioning Cortana as more than just a virtual assistant. The company touts the service as a cross-platform tool for people who might use a PC at the office and an iOS device at home. In an effort to keep up with the competition, Cortana also offers proactive suggestions, a feature which was pioneered by Google Now and recently added to Siri running on iOS 9.

    Similar to other virtual assistants on the market, Microsoft’s iteration can track packages, check flight times, sports scores and stocks, find movie times and perform other data driven tasks by pulling information from relevant online services.

    There is no announced released date though the company is also beta testing on Android simultaneously. We’ll have to wait and see what news surfaces regarding the matter.

    Source: WareNotice via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Begins Testing Cortana for iOS By Activating Select Beta Accounts started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      It can probably give song information without a subscription to iTunes radio!!!
    1. justreboot's Avatar
      justreboot -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      It can probably give song information without a subscription to iTunes radio!!!
      Or remind you to take the chicken out of the freezer when you get home. Or some other location+time combo. (The next time my friend Joe calls, remind me to ask him about the hockey tickets...)
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      They want this so they can datascrape your voice input the same way Google scrapes with everything you put in.