Early version of Cortana for iPhone reportedly available for some beta testers
Microsoft has reportedly begun closed beta testing for its Cortana digital assistant app for the iPhone. The beta is being distributed by Apple's TestFlight beta software system.
According to leaked screenshots from the app, Microsoft says that Cortana on the iPhone can be set up so that it can help with organizing meetings during the day, set up reminders on a Windows 10 PC that can be replayed on the iPhone and more. One tester has already posted up screenshots from the Cortana iPhone beta on the Warenotice site.
Since Testfight is designed to only offer up to 2,000 testers for an iOS beta app, it's likely that only a few people have gotten access to try it out. There's no word yet if Microsoft plans to release a more public version of Cortana for the iPhone before it is officially launched.
Source: TechCrunch, Warenotice
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By Jez Corden
Other than Continuum, do you really see any features that other OS's don't have?
Ten to one, there will be things that Cortana can do on iPhone that it can't do on WP.
i know it's not the case with most apps. but those apps are not designed specifically with Windows in mind. Cortana is. and coming to why it should be there at all, people still use Windows 10 on their PCs.
if MS wants them to use Cortana, it makes no sense to just keep her on the PC. these days, people do most work on phones. so to complete the experience, this is important.
The complete experience should be with Windows products, not decreasing the value of the OS. What's next are they going to bring it to Playstation and Wii U as well?
The only reason that majority are going for Android and iOS is their respective market shares and 'no. of apps' and I'm safely assuming that it is not going to change any soon...
what gives an iPhone user any incentive to switch? the apps are sorted, as you mentioned. the hardware is great too.
so if someone tries this, they will actually see the potential of a better experience on Windows. more importantly, Windows 10's major market share will come from PCs. and that has to grow in order to attract developers. so YOU can have your favourite apps.
Cortana is a flagship feature of Windows 10. no one will use it if it is restricted to the PC.
people donot switch ecosystems very easily. it's not the same as buying a new phone.
so you get them involved and gradually switch. it doesn't happen overnight.
MS is trying to get maximum people engaged with Windows 10, so YOU can have the best apps and support.
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