Microsoft is officially confirming today that it's bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The software giant is planning to release separate apps for each mobile operating system to enable its digital assistant to run outside of Windows.
This support is part of the Phone Companion app announcement, made by Joe Belfiore via a video, to be available on Android and iOS devices, which lets them access Windows 10 content from either Windows 10 PC or Windows 10 mobile devices.
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According to the Windows blog, you will need to download the companion app if you are using an Android or iOS based phone to access certain apps on your Windows 10 PC.
For instance, the One Drive app installed on the phone will let you back up photos you take to the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC.
"Everything in Cortana's Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when you use Cortana on any of your other devices. The Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks you begin on your PC wherever you are, on your phone," said the Windows blog.
While Cortana on iOS or Android won't be as powerful as the Windows variant, due to various integrations, Microsoft is still providing notification support.
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You'll get notifications for sports results, flights, and most of the Cortana features that currently exist in the Windows Phone and Windows 10 versions of the digital assistant.
However, this does not mean that Cortana will be able to every single thing it can do on the Windows mobile platform, because some functions require a stronger integration with the software and hardware.