Microsoft is continuing its mission of creating a truly cross-platform experience, which will deliver on all fronts for users who love the software – but would rather have an Android or iOS device. Now though, it isn’t just about getting Office products to users on a cross-platform level. It means much more than that for Microsoft, as they attempt to push their virtual assistant onto those who want to use an iOS or Android device.

Right now, reports indicate that Cortana will be available as a standalone app that would be available for all three major device types. While a lot of the specifics are unclear still – it would appear as though the fall is the timeframe at which the company is aiming for to release this standalone app. This would coincide quite nicely with the arrival of Windows 10, where Cortana will be making her first appearance on laptops and desktops running Windows 10.

Microsoft is also pulling information and artificial intelligence from a project known as “Einstein” in an effort to really build up the brainpower of Cortana before they release it on PC’s or mobile devices outside of their current operating network. The reports even indicated that things like reading emails, or and understanding information in which it received were major accomplishments that the next edition of Cortana would be able to handle with no problem.

This though, like the other cross-platform rollouts that the company has been executing over the last several months – are really just moves in an effort to drive customers into their ecosystem. While they may not be able to reel in a ton of users with their Windows Phone right now as it stands, perhaps with an updated operating system, as well as some cross-platform apps and content that function very well, will be things that push Microsoft into the future with better success.

This could even go a long way to capturing more of the enterprise market – which the company had previously lost over the course of the last several years – and with the painful rollout and execution of Windows 8. Something every PC user is happy to see going in the year 2015 – and something that was so evidently bad – that the company was willing to skip Windows 9, in an effort to distance itself from Windows 8.


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