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Microsoft will be trying to take on Apple's Siri and other similar voice-based systems in the living room, by bringing Cortana to the Xbox One this summer. The digital personal assistant is being rolled out to Microsoft's game console in a number of countries under an opt-in preview program, with players able to use Cortana to power verbal commands of the console instead of the existing and long-running voice recognition system.
There were intelligent assistants on iPhone before Siri, and there are now many of them on every phone, but Siri is the Hoover or Coca-Cola of them. It is the one you're talking about when you refer to speaking to your phone and getting sarky comments back. It's the one that has gone the further to making this Star Trek-like technology mainstream.
There must've been a day, perhaps even one specific hour, in which everything changed for the idea of Siri-like digital assistants at Microsoft. Up to this particular coffee break, Microsoft derided Siri as something nobody would ever use, and anyway it's just marketing hype. After washing up the mugs, it became the Microsoft derided Siri as not being as great as its own version, Cortana. Microsoft has done well with that impression: you expect Cortana to be better. Now Cortana 1.2.1 is on iOS, and we can see for ourselves. Short version: shrug.
Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant competing with Siri and Google Voice Search, is being made available on other mobile platforms than Windows Mobile for the first time. Following after a period of testing, Cortana is now downloadable on iOS with Android to follow later today and CyanogenOS support set to start from later this month, with the United States and China the initial launch countries that Microsoft is making the app available within.
Microsoft has reportedly started to test a version of the Cortana voice-powered virtual assistant on iOS. Following after earlier reports the software producer was accepting signups from "Windows Insiders" in the US and China for the trial, the Windows-centric rival to Siri is apparently undergoing a closed beta test via TestFlight, with a lot of the core functionality of the assistant apparently being included in this initial release.
Microsoft is planning to bring its Cortana voice-powered personal assistant service to iOS, and is looking for a pool of iOS users to help the company beta-test the technology. The company is now accepting signups in the US and China from "Windows Insiders," or those who helped beta-test Windows 10, and will limit the number of people who can get early releases of the software. Microsoft has been testing Cortana for iOS for six months already, and there is no known release date for a final version.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the Cortana virtual assistant is revealed as coming to the Xbox One in the future, EA prepares to ship a free update for Battlefield 4, Ex-Critierion developers hint at creating a spiritual successor to EA's Burnout franchise, and Ubisoft delays Trackmania Turbo until early next year.
Users of Windows 10 on OS X may be able to use Microsoft's digital assistant, if they are using Parallels' Desktop for Mac. A leaked product page for version 11 of the virtualization software allegedly suggests that Cortana's voice commands will continue to be usable by Mac users running the Microsoft operating system on their desktop, even if Windows 10 is not the foremost application at that time.
Microsoft will be making Windows 10 more useful to smartphone owners, by making it easier to set up their desktop and mobile device to connect together and share files. The added mobile support is also supported by a second announcement that the Cortana virtual assistant will be available to download and use on other platforms than Windows Phone, with both iOS and Android set to receive access in the future.
The incoming Windows 10 release was teased further at the Build developer conference, with Microsoft showing off more of what to expect from the operating system. New changes to the Cortana virtual assistant were previewed, while the Spartan browser replacement for Internet Explorer has been renamed Edge and given a few neat tricks its predecessor does not have.