Microsoft rolls out Cortana app for iOS beta testers

Microsoft has rolled out the iOS Cortana app for beta testers. Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Siri. It is the intelligent personal assistant for Windows 10.

The app helps users manage their calendar, find files, chat with you, and tell jokes. The more a person uses Cortana, the more personalized their experience will be.

The company is rolling out Cortana for iOS via Apple’s TestFlight. The app looks just like it does on Widows 10 and Android. The number of beta testers is reportedly around the 2,000 mark.

Microsoft is asking beta testers to create a Cortana reminder on a Windows 10 PC and provide feedback on how it works with an iPhone and use the app to schedule meetings and see whether the virtual assistant is helpful or not.

In August the Cortana app was made available on Android via public beta.

Microsoft’s description in an early-November blog post said:

“Your life is not limited to one device, and neither is your digital assistant. Cortana is with you on your Windows 10 PC, tablet, and phone—helping you whenever and wherever you need it. But we also know that there’s a choice of mobile devices out there, so we want help from our Windows Insiders to make sure she’s a great personal assistant on iOS too,”

“Cortana’s deep integration with Windows means that’s where she can really shine. So, while there are some features you’ll use on Windows that we don’t (yet) support on iOS phones (like saying ‘Hey Cortana’ to wake her up), we’ve focused on making Cortana on iOS the perfect companion to your Windows experience.”