Its no secret that after constantly battling Android and iOS for the control of the smartphone market with its Windows devices, Microsoft definitely came out the worst. While everyone has their own reasons as to why this happened, the fact remains that when Microsoft found itself wildly out of league with its competitors, it decided to do something about it, moving ahead to acquire Nokia and implement some other pretty significant changes.
One of these changes include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s initiative to bring Microsoft software to all platforms in the form of standalone apps rather than force the consumers to choose a Windows device to access them which does make you wonder — Why did no one over at Microsoft think of this before?
In what can be seen as a major step along these lines, Microsoft is getting ready to bring its improved Cortana application to other platforms such as iOS and Android. For those who are unfamiliar with Cortana, it’s a digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri and Android’s Google Now designed to respond to voice commands. However, its rumored that the yet-to-come version of Cortana — Codenamed Einstein — will easily outstrip its competitors.
According to Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and part of the Einstein project”This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next roll out of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame,”
While not much is known about the upcoming Cortana at this juncture, we do know that it will make its way to Android and thence on to other platforms, once its released with Windows 10.