Mi­crosoft’s Cor­tana as­sis­tant launched for An­droid de­vices

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Mi­crosoft said Mon­day its Cor­tana vir­tual as­sis­tant soft­ware was avail­able to users of An­droid mo­bile de­vices.

Cor­tana is Mi­crosoft’s an­swer to Ap­ple’s Siri and Google Now, which re­spond to voice com­mands on mo­bile de­vices.

The launch is part of an ef­fort by Mi­crosoft to ex­pand its mo­bile pres­ence de­spite a weak show­ing for its Win­dows Phone de­vices.

“The Cor­tana app can do most of the things Cor­tana does on your PC or on a Win­dows phone,” Mi­crosoft’s Su­san Hen­drich said in a blog post.

“With the app, you can man­age your hec­tic lifestyle by set­ting and get­ting re­minders, search­ing the web on-the-go, track­ing im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion such as flight de­tails as well as start­ing and com­plet­ing tasks across all of your de­vices.”

A beta ver­sion of Cor­tana is be­ing made avail­able as of Mon­day to U.S. users of An­droid de­vices, and “we are plan­ning to roll it out to other mar­kets,” Hen­drich said.

Mi­crosoft said in May it was work­ing on the An­droid ver­sion as well as another for Ap­ple de­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search firm Gart­ner, Win­dows had just 2.5 per­cent of the global smart­phone mar­ket in the sec­ond quar­ter com­pared with 82 per­cent for Google’s An­droid and 14.6 per­cent for Ap­ple’s iOS.

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