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Cortana Coming To iOS, For 2000 Beta Testers (informationweek.com) 39

TechCrunch, InformationWeek, PC World, and other sources report that Microsoft's voice-recognition based personal assistant app Cortana is coming to iOS for a small group of beta testers. From TechCrunch: According to the description that accompanies the test build of Cortana for iOS, Microsoft explains how the assistant can help Windows users with iPhones connect the two platforms. For example, Microsoft suggests how you can set reminders on your PC – like a reminder to pick up milk on the way home – then be notified via your iPhone when you’re on the road. ... Testers report that the beta build is being distributed by Apple’s TestFlight. As one blogger and earlier tester points out that could mean only a small number of testers will be brought on initially, given TestFlight’s limitation of 2,000 testers per application. That may also explain why a good many who signed up for Cortana’s beta are saying that have still yet to receive their invite at this time. (A staged rollout is another possibility.)
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Cortana Coming To iOS, For 2000 Beta Testers

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  • Cortana for Windows 2000? I would think WinXP has a larger installed base as a legacy OS.
  • Might it not help if Microsoft had Cortana working correctly on windows 10 first? Instead of being a sorta works beta ware product.
    • by cfalcon ( 779563 )

      > Might it not help if Microsoft had Cortana working correctly on windows 10 first?

      One of my theories for why Microsoft collects data so aggressively with Cortana (this is separate from all their crappy bullshit spying you can't turn off- Cortana is trivial to disable) is that they need a ludicrous sum of data to improve Cortana.

      So I don't think that they need to improve Cortana before rolling it out to more devices- I think everyone they can get on Cortana will result in a vastly improved Cortana, so t

  • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Sunday November 29, 2015 @03:16PM (#51022577)

    I find it funny that they're starting a beta testing of Cortana on iOS, a competitor's platform with direct competition from an embedded and highly integrated alternative ....

    But Cortana itself is only available in 13 countries.

    Way to go targeting people who likely don't want to use your product while ignoring those that do.

    • I've worked with several Windows sysadmins who happened to own iPhones. So while Cortana is not particularly interesting to me as a Mac and Linux user, it would not surprise me there might be a market for this - lots of folks choose not to live in a homogeneous computing environment.

      • I'm sure there will eventually be a market for it, but currently Cortana is still a baby. It produces quite sub par results compared to Google Now or Siri which is no surprise given that it's new. I don't think anyone with a Siri capable phone would seriously consider Cortana in its current form.

        In the meantime I still can't get it on my Microsoft Surface which doesn't have Siri, and that despite Cortana being one of the most advertised and hyped features of Windows 10.

  • After what happened to Cortana in Halo 5 there is no way in Hells I would want her to have access to any of my systems.
     
    She has become Evil in the worst way.

    • Well, but what Cortana followed which one? Think about it: Which one came first, the one in H5 or in W10?

      • Well, I would have to think that it all started when 343 had Cortana go Rampant in Halo 4 (2012) and enter the Domain (Forerunner MEGA super computer in slipspace) at the end of the game.

        From there I suspect she hacked back into Microsoft (not hard, their running Windows after all) and took over the place. Since "Microsoft's Cortana" debuted in 2014 she had plenty of time to subtly manipulate the executives at MS into her puppets (didn't work with Balmer, he just went coo koo) but by that time she

  • First, let's see if Apple lets this go through their App Store approval process. Memory serves, custom API's are something that gets strict scrutiny. Likewise, if Mozilla can't get their own engine through with Firefox, what makes you think that Microsoft will be able to replace the Siri functionality? Second, Apple, who wrote the iOS platform, who integrated Siri, who dedicates a ton of resources to stopping jailbreakers (more so than any other security team in the company it seems) has had bugs where Siri
  • Cortana: This phone isn't big enough for the both of us!

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