Microsoft has officially launched Cortana, the company’s digital assistant, for both iOS and Android.
For those who’ve fallen in love with Microsoft’s new digital assistant, the wait is over – Cortana is now available on both iOS and Android.
Similar to both Apple’s assistant, Siri, and Google Now, Cortana allows users to set reminders, preview upcoming weather, and answer basic questions through internet search capability.
However, due to iOS’ developer restrictions, Microsoft’s digital assistant will offer far more functionality through Android. In particular, consumers who run Cyanogen, a custom version of Android, will be able to use the service’s entire feature set as found on the Windows Phone version of the digital assistant; in particular, Cyanogen users will be able to activate speech, reminder, and location services without needing to open a separate app.
The news follows on from earlier this year, when Microsoft opened large beta sign-ups for users to test out the digital assistant on both Android and iOS in a pre-release state.
However, South African users are unable to download the official version of Cortana due to language and region availability restrictions.