Microsoft's Cortana now arrives on iOS for internal testing in the US and China, though the beta lacks the popular 'Hey Cortana' feature.
Microsoft earlier made its personal digital voice assistant Cortana available to Android users last August, and now the company is making it available for internal testing on iOS. Hence, users interested to try out Cortana on their iPhones can sign up for the Windows Insider Program.
The Windows maker is apparently looking for a “limited number of people” to test the beta version of the digital personal assistant as an app, and over the coming months, Microsoft plans to roll out updates to the app to expand its features and functionality. Once you’ve signed up for the Windows Insider program, you’ll need to fill out a survey the source link for which is given below. The company will start sending out download links via email in the coming weeks.
“We want help from our Windows Insiders to make sure she’s a great personal assistant on iOS too… We’re looking for a limited number of people to get their hands on an early version of the app,” said Microsoft.
Microsoft’s Windows Insider program essentially allows interested users to sign up and receive early builds of Windows 10 for desktop, mobile, Xbox One and IoTs that are earlier available only to developers. The company is essentially looking for feedback from users who sign up for its Insider program, and help improve the platform.
Cortana for iOS will be initially available to users in the US and China, eventually followed by other markets as well.
It is also worth pointing out that Microsoft has already made it clear that some Cortana features on Windows do not yet work with iPhones (like saying “Hey Cortana” to wake it up), implying the preview version of Cortana for iOS is not fully-featured.
While in other related news, Microsoft said that it has built a prototype of connected cars using Cortana, which has the ability to recognize voice commands. A Microsoft spokesperson explained that the Cortana-connected prototype would have a windscreen integrated with a navigation system, allowing drivers to see nearby locations and perform tasks such as making restaurant reservations.