In the next few weeks, Microsoft will be introducing its own personal digital assistant Cortana to iPhone users. The Redmond giant has tested Cortana for iOS internally in the past 6 months and is now ready to enter into a limited public beta testing so that real-world users could send feedback to Microsoft as they try to iron out the bugs from the App before it could be made officially available to the public before the year ends.
While the Windows variant of Cortana has all the features including the phrase “Hey Cortana” to wake the digital assistant, in both Android and in the upcoming iOS beta version of the ported app still would support that feature but Microsoft said that it would be adding the feature in its future beta release as they inch into a public release. Despite the shortcomings, the beta app on both 3rd party platforms however delivers all other basic features from Cortana including the ability to schedule events, send email and search the web, your devices and the cloud with Bing. Cortana would also comes handy in setting reminders so you don’t have to worry about other tasks that you often forget.
In connection to Windows Insider program, Microsoft is limiting the number of users to beta test Cortana and as it would be the first public beta release of the software, Cortana would only be available in the US and China and in the coming months, the company would subsequently add more features and functionality to the digital assistant as eventually becomes on par with their Windows counterpart.
If you are interested to get your hands on the early release of Cortana for iOS, Microsoft is setting-up a survey which you can visit here, and from their, Microsoft would be picking up who’s worthy to beta test cortana for iOS. Selected users will be notified by email together with the link to download the app.