Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, named Cortana, is now available to all smartphone users.
Microsoft made its digital assistant available on iPhone, Android and Cyanogen OS powered devices to be a companion to users who leverage Windows 10 PCs. This gives Microsoft users even more ways to save time and effort.
For example, users can leverage the Cortana app to set a location-based reminder. This can be done on any device and the reminder will still pop up on the user’s smartphone when they arrive near the specified location. In addition to location-based reminders, Cortana can be leveraged to track things like packages and flights, as well as to alert users on their Windows 10 PC of a missed call – even allowing them to send a text back without leaving their desktop.
It is also important to note that any information a user stores in Cortana’s Notebook on their PC will also be available across devices. That said, there are a few things that Cortana can still do on Windows phones that can’t be done on iOS and Android, including toggling settings, opening apps and the ability to call for Cortana hands-free. Because of Microsoft’s close partnership with Cyanogen, however, the company was able to include Cortana’s voice activation into Cyanogen devices so that users can call on her from any screen.
“Cortana was created to be a truly personal digital assistant – available on the go, no matter where or when you need help, and on whatever device you carry. That’s why it’s important to us that we bring Cortana to not only the Windows 10 ecosystem, but to other platforms,” Microsoft said in its blog announcement.