Microsoft’s Cortana Coming To Other Platforms
March 15th, 2015 | by Kevin James Krotz
Microsofts personal assistant, Cortana, will be coming to platforms outside of the company’s Windows Phone devices. The Redmond-based company is looking to advance Cortana using research from an artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.”
For a year, Cortana has been running on Windows phones and Microsoft will be updating the personal assistant to run on the desktop with the arrival of Windows 10 this fall. People familiar with the future of the project have said that eventually Cortana will be a standalone app, usable on devices running iOS and Android.
Microsoft is working towards a connected suite of programs between platforms that can work together to assistant people in their daily lives.
“We’re defining the competitive landscape… of who can provide the most supportive services that make life easier, keep track of things, that complement human memory in a way that helps us get things done,” said Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and a part of the Einstein project in an interview with Reuters.
Apple and Google are also working to bring their assistant platforms into other platforms. Microsoft will need to move quickly to have their platform available in as many places as possible in the best quality that they can afford to bring.