If you’re curious to see how Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana compares to Siri, you may be able to take it for a test-drive. Microsoft says that it has completed internal testing of Cortana for iOS and is now seeking beta testers.
Cortana is with you on your Windows 10 PC, tablet, and phone—helping you whenever and wherever you need it. But we also know that there’s a choice of mobile devices out there, so we want help from our Windows Insiders to make sure she’s a great personal assistant on iOS too. We’re looking for a limited number of people to get their hands on an early version of the […] Cortana for iOS beta …
Microsoft cautions that the app is focused on acting as a companion to a Windows PC, so you won’t see all the functionality unless you are running Windows through Boot Camp or a virtual machine on Mac. The beta is only available to users based in the U.S. and China, and you’ll need to sign up for a free Windows Live account if you don’t already have one.
Those caveats aside, if you’d like to apply for access, head on over to the brief questionnaire.
As for that other virtual assistant, Apple recently added a Siri-based universal search facility to the latest Apple TV, and has confirmed that it will support Apple Music on the new device from early next year.
Via The Verge
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I know a fair number of people who use iOS devices but have PCs for desktop computing. The main thing there is that most of them are already plugged into Google services. I wonder if Microsoft will be able to make any inroads here since it seems Apple people are usually plugged into Apple’s offerings (generally speaking) and PC users tend to be more plugged into Google services.
Humm, let me think about that. No, sorry, not interested. I’m only surprised they didn’t call this “Miri.”