At the moment, Cortana is a Windows Phone-exclusive, but we already know that Microsoft is serious about bringing it to Windows tablets and desktop units with the release of Windows 10. But there’s a chance that Microsoft’s virtual assistant could become so knowledgeable that it could take on iOS and Android devices.
Julie Larson-Green, who is currently chief experience officer at Microsoft, has recently hinted that Microsoft is already working on bringing Cortana to other operating systems. During a meeting with a small group of journalists and analysts last week, Larson-Green said that Cortana could eventually come to other operating systems.
Of course, this answer is rather vague, and Windows 10 and Xbox alone are enough to quality for ‘other operating systems’, but we want to believe is that the Microsoft executive was referring to iOS and Android.
Microsoft’s recent moves clearly show that its strategy is shifting to appeal more to cross-platform users. The biggest surprise is the fact that Microsoft Office has been made free for iPhone, iPad, and Android. So one thing’s clear now – Microsoft is not just open to bringing its apps and services to rival hardware, but it’s also interested in doing so, mainly to increase the awareness surrounding its products.
The single way for Microsoft to bring Cortana to iPhone, iPad and Android devices is through an application, of course. While Siri is the domestic virtual assistant for iOS devices, they can make use of Google Now, as well, with the Google Search application. But we must agree that using Cortana on your iPhone, as it stands right now, looks a little bit exotic. But it’s not impossible.
However, my personal guess is that Microsoft is deeply focused in developing Windows 10 and unifying its operating system across all devices. And potentially bringing Cortana to Xbox and the next Windows version is easily part of what the company is doing. The release of Cortana to other mobile ecosystems could also be on the cards, but at the moment, I think not only is it risky and but also quite hard to do.
To be able to ‘extract’ all that Cortana can currently do inside Windows Phone and embed it in a standalone app is pretty hard. At least at the moment.