Microsoft announced it would bring its digital assistant, Cortana, to third-party mobile platforms later this year at the company’s own Build conference in May, and it’s finally making good on that promise. Today, the Redmond-based software giant officially announced a Cortana app for iOS and Android. Cortana isn’t available on Google Play or the App Store yet — the Android version will land in late June with the iOS version to follow, Microsoft says — but Windows exec Joe Belfiore previewed both clients in a blog post today. The apps will sport most of the same capabilities found on Windows 10 and Windows Phone, including calendar reminders, contextual notifications such as flight tracking and restaurant recommendations, sports scores, and more. And you’ll be able to perform voice searches and queries as you can on Microsoft’s platforms, the answers to some of which are quite entertaining.
As you might expect, the app will sync with other signed-in laptops, desktops, and tablets. However, Cortana won’t be without its limitations — functionality that requires “access to the system,” such as toggling settings and opening apps, won’t initially be available at launch. Neither will hands-free voice commands, which Belfiore says require “special integration with the device’s microphone,” and so those key features will remain limited to Windows Phones and PCs for the foreseeable future… see more