Cyanogen CEO wants Cortana: Says Windows on mobile is dead

The CEO of Cyanogen is aiming to integrate Cortana into the popular fork operating system of Android. He claims that Cortana is an app that is in dire need of a home, and Cyanogen could be that place of Zen.

The CEO, who goes by the name, Kirt McMaster, is making plans to take Cortana as his own because he views the Windows Phone platform as a dead duck. He’s not wrong, Windows Phone is dead, but Windows 10 Mobile is something we should keep an eye on.


The integration will come via the next version of Cyanogen.

“Natural language coupled with intelligence is very important, but as an application it doesn’t rally[sic] work, because you need to be embedded into the framework of the OS because that is where you get all the signal from the services that makes that intelligence smarter,” according to McMaster.

Wanting to bake Cortana into Cyanogen is a very good idea because it would differentiate the operating system a lot more from Android if it were to use Google Now instead. Furthermore, if Microsoft finds it difficult to sell Windows 10 Mobile smartphones to consumers, the company could piggyback on Cyanogen to push Cortana, Bing, and its other important mobile apps.

We could definitely see this working out well for McMaster and his beloved operating system because he doesn’t want to support Google. He views the search giant as a competitor, not a partner, and his goal is to transform Cyanogen into the operating system the whole world wants to use.

As it stands right now, it is very much unclear if McMaster will get what he wants because, in order to integrate Cortana into Cyanogen, he must first convince Microsoft to give his company a license.

At the moment, we see no reason why Microsoft wouldn’t do this because it wants Cortana to be on every operating system possible, and since Cyanogen is a fork of Android, it would be a lot easier.

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  1. By any criteria you choose, if Windows Phone is dead, then Cyanogen was never born. This is just another CEO trying to publicise his product by slating another. I switched from Android to Windows Phone last year and I’ll never go back. I certainly won’t go to an OS backed by a tiny corporation that could be dust this time tomorrow.

    The number of apps aside, the Microsoft OS has a completely superior user interface to Android and by implication Cyanogen and the only thing I would try to persuade MS to adopt is the calendar – email sync. A button to make an email into an appointment would be just great. Other than that, give me MS every time.

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