Cortana for iOS beta now in hands of testers


While Cortana is seen by many as the poor cousin to Apple's Siri, Microsoft is charging ahead anyway with its Cortana app for Apple's iOS devices, offering the beta version to testers recently.

This follows Microsoft's announcement in online forum in early November that it planned to test Cortana for iOS and asked those interested in testing to complete a survey.  

Source: Microsoft

The beta version offers voice assistance, schedule management, reminders, alarms, the ability to track flights, packages, stocks and other things, according to a report by TechCrunch.

Microsoft first announced in May that it planned to port Cortana to Android and iOS devices. It then made available a beta version of its Cortana for Android in August.

Cortana for iOS ties together iOS devices with Windows-based PCs, explained TechCrunch. This feature should prove attractive to the enterprises where Windows-based PCs dominate.

As "Synd N" explained in the early November insider forum post: "while there are some features you'll use on Windows that we don't (yet) support on iOS phones (like saying "Hey Cortana" to wake her up), we've focused on making Cortana on iOS the perfect companion to your Windows experience."

Cortana is competing with Siri, as well as Google Now and Facebook's M digital assistant. Right now, it appears that Siri maintains a solid lead in customer use and satisfaction.

For more:
- read the TechCrunch article

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