How Microsoft Cortana Will Perform on iOS, Android, CyanogenMod

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-12-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Microsoft Cortana Will Perform on iOS, Android, CyanogenMod
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    How Microsoft Cortana Will Perform on iOS, Android, CyanogenMod

    By offering Cortana on iOS, Android and the CyanogenMod OS, Microsoft is making good on a promise to deliver Cortana to other operating systems besides Windows.
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    Cortana—Microsoft's Virtual Digital Assistant
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    Cortana—Microsoft's Virtual Digital Assistant

    Since this may be the first time that iOS and Android users have tried Cortana, it's important to explain what it is and how it works. Microsoft's Cortana, like Siri and Google Now, is a voice-activated virtual personal assistant, capable of scheduling tasks, keeping lists, searching Websites to provide useful or even just random information and much more. Cortana would essentially be a replacement or alternatives for the virtual assistants already running on an iOS or Android devices.
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    Cortana Provides Location-Based Reminders
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    Cortana Provides Location-Based Reminders

    One of the main features in Cortana is a location-based reminders function. The feature allows users to set a reminder, and while Cortana is actively tracking their location, provide relevant information based on where they are. So, if users tell Cortana that they need to pick up bread on the way home, the virtual assistant will alert them when they're close to a bakery.
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    The 'Hey Cortana' Feature Won't Work on Android and iOS
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    The 'Hey Cortana' Feature Won't Work on Android and iOS

    On Windows-based devices, simply saying "Hey Cortana" allows access to the virtual assistant. On Android and iOS, however, this voice command is unavailable. It's an unfortunate omission, but Cortana is still accessible by opening up the device and tapping into the app.
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    Let Cortana Do the Texting For You
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    Let Cortana Do the Texting For You

    When users are unavailable to take a call, Cortana can provide an auto-response. So once Cortana recognizes a missed call, the virtual assistant will automatically recognize the caller and send a preapproved text message. It's a useful feature for people who are often in meetings and don't want others to think they're being ignored.
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    All Kinds of Tracking Built-In
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    All Kinds of Tracking Built-In

    Cortana comes with the ability to automatically track things users care most about. Users can do everything from track airline flights or find out what's on their calendars. In addition, Cortana tracks users' favorite sports teams, stocks or many other data points. Tracking is at the center of Cortana's user experience.
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    Cortana Notebook Integration Provides Timely Reminders
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    Cortana Notebook Integration Provides Timely Reminders

    With Cortana Notebook, users can input their interests across a wide array of topic areas, including events, finance and local restaurants. Cortana then stores that information and whenever something relevant to these interests pops up, responds with a message, alert or notification. Notebook is the place where information is stored for Cortana's future reference whenever it might be useful.
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    Don't Expect to Have Cortana Open Apps
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    Don't Expect to Have Cortana Open Apps

    Microsoft acknowledged that it's unable to bring another core Cortana feature to Android and iOS: the ability to open up apps. In Windows, users can readily command Cortana to open a particular app. With iOS and Android, that feature has been stripped out due to restrictions on apps accessing others. It's a handy feature, but one Android and iOS users won't see.
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    Cortana Works With the Bing Search Engine
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    Cortana Works With the Bing Search Engine

    Those who aren't thrilled with Bing may not be eager to work with Cortana. Since this is a Microsoft product, Cortana relies on Bing to find search results, answer questions and perform tasks. Granted, Cortana can look in other online resources for information, but when it comes to asking the personal digital assistant questions that require Web searches, only Bing results will show up.
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    Interested in a Question-and-Answer Session?
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    Interested in a Question-and-Answer Session?

    Cortana is designed to serve as a helpful knowledgebase. Over time, Microsoft has been adding features that allow the personal digital assistant to answer more questions. So if users want to know what time a show starts, ask the current price on a stock or find out the author of a new book, Cortana can handle it. Think of Cortana as a question-and-answer engine.
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    A Look at the Requirements (Plus Cyanogen)
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    A Look at the Requirements (Plus Cyanogen)

    In order to run Microsoft's Cortana, users across the United States and China will need either iPhones running iOS 8 or later or Android-based handsets running Android 4.1.2 or later. Interestingly, Cortana will also work on the Cyanogen-based OnePlus One when that smartphone is updated to OS version 12.1.1 later this month. One other note on CyanogenMod: Microsoft says the "Hey Cortana" feature will work on that operating system.
 

Microsoft has taken what looks like the uncharacteristic step of releasing its Cortana voice-driven virtual personal assistant as a free download for iOS, Android and the CyanogenMod OS that runs on the OnePlus One smartphone. It certainly would be regarded as uncharacteristic for the old-generation "Windows everywhere" Microsoft. But now it's just making good on a promise Microsoft made in May to deliver Cortana to other operating systems. But perhaps most importantly, it makes good on a promise from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who has said that offering his company's applications solely to its own Windows OS customers is a bad idea. Indeed, Nadella believes Microsoft's future is in playing nice with competitors, to perhaps help attract new users to his company's native platforms. Offering Cortana on iOS and Android is a step in that direction. It's also an opportunity for those who have only had a chance to work with the Siri or Google Now digital assistants to find out if Cortana might work better than those platforms. Read on to learn more about Cortana and the features it's bringing both iOS, Android and CyanogenMod.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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