Microsoft has been pitching the Cortana rather aggressively, they first introduced it in the Android and now they want people to test out the same on iOS. The digital assistant marks its presence on almost all platforms including Windows 10, Android, Xbox and now even iOS. Cortana helps users to boost their productivity by helping them do the usual tasks. It can help you to search things, send emails, schedule events and it is also integrated with a handful of other apps.
Cortana for iOS
Microsoft has called out for Windows Insiders to help them test Cortana on iOS and “make sure she’s a great personal assistant” It is good to see Microsoft bringing their products outside the Windows platform, in fact apps like Outlook and Office are bring used more extensively on non- Windows platforms.
I have been using Cortana in Android from some months now and it has been a descent experience although the Cortana is not deeply integrated as in Windows phones, which means you can’t wake up Cortana by saying “Hey Cortana” and you still need to open the app manually.
Microsoft claims that they have extensively focussed on making Cortana on iOS the perfect companion but we wonder how well the app has been integrated into the iOS since Apple still has some stringent guidelines which doesn’t allow developers full-fledged access to core functions.
The Windows Insider program will allow a limited number of people who can test out the early version of the app and this will be the first public release of the Cortana for iOS beta, that being said Cortana for iOS will be available only in U.S and China as of now.
In case you are interested in gaining the early beta access to the app, take this survey, post which Microsoft will send the links over email, thus bringing you on-board officially.