Microsoft Cortana for iOS rolled out to a limited number of Beta-Testers

By Sudhiir

Microsoft has started signing up users for the Public beta version of its Cortana for iOS devices. The company started rolling out the Cortana Beta app for Apple's TestFlight users. The Public Beta version of the Cortana is being currently limited to use by around 2,000 people who are testing the app. The Public Beta version too is limited to users of US and China, indicating that the sample size is small. Microsoft released public beta of Cortana for Android back in August.


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Intially, after being available for Windows Phones, Cortana was also released for Windows 10 PC's and Laptops. Cortana for Windows Phones in India also supports English India, though it lacks the full usability and adaptability similar to Google Now which has support for several languages.It is expected that Microsoft will bring several improvements to Cortana.

Cortana for iOS rolled out to a limited number of Beta-Testers

Cortana is a personal assistant very similar to Google Now and Siri. The Cortana was launched and originally meant for Microsoft Lumia. As a Personal Assistant, Cortana can wake you up with Alarms, Reminders. As a Personal Assistant, Cortana can be used for several applications to make an appointment, send an email or text, set reminders by location and time across your PC and phone, plus track your packages, flights, stocks, sports scores, weather and more. Cortana combines with Bing to search information, Maps, TV listing, Open Apps and more. Cortana also gives tailored results according to user profile.

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However, Cortana for iOS is unlikely to be a replica of its Windows version. Microsoft said that it plans to frequently update the app with new features and functionality in the months to come.

Since Cortana is in its early beta stages, it might take a few more months before Microsoft releases a Final beta version.

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