Microsoft has been opening up its platforms and services to other ecosystems and Cortana is the latest to be partnered with a competitive offering. The company has teamed up with the developers behind CyanogenMod to have the personal assistant bundled with powered hardware, and has been spotted in the CyanogenMod 12.1.
The personal assistant is available across Xbox One, Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, as well as Android and iOS via respective app stores. CyanogenMod has wanted to replace Google Now with an alternative solution, with one option being a more entrenched relationship with Microsoft.
The goal with Cortana integration would be to provide the assistant with more access than is provided from the official Android app. This would help eliminate any conflicts between Cortana and Google Now, as well as provide fans of Halo's AI with more functionality in a centralized location. This move won't surprise those who follow CyanogenMod as the parties have worked in the past to have Office apps pre-installed.
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