We would have never thought it possible for Microsoft and Apple to intertwine this way, but it looks like Siri is going to have a sister. Microsoft has made a bold move by adding Cortana into the iOS system. It will be soon launched as a Beta test and iOS users will be able to decide whether Siri remains their most preferred iPhone friend or if they will move to Cortana. This event is truly unique so let’s look at how it might change these two tech giants’ history.
Let’s start with what’s actually mind-blowing: Apple actually accepted this test. We are all very aware of how Apple has this exclusive policy for their users. Everything made by Apple just has a totally different feeling and some could actually say that what’s done in Apple stays in Apple. So there might have been two things that changed the exclusive policy: there is either good money involved (offered by Google for the test) or Apple might not care altogether because they simply know that Siri cannot be beaten.
Cortana is, to a certain extent, just like Siri in terms of utility. It accepts voice commands, it can schedule events for you (and alarms, but let’s not talk about those) and it can pretty much look for anything you need using the browser. The thing about the Beta test is that it is only available to a very small population of around 2000 people.
The iOS release is actually the one that was most difficult to deal with. The Android release took place in August this year (and there are few people testing that one as well), so the challenge was to convince Apple into accepting the deal. Also, developing the app for the iOS was no easy task, especially since iOS has rigorous standards that have to be met.
In case you want to test Microsoft’s Cortana, you will find a mail in your box with a specific survey and a download link. Microsoft is interested in making as many changes to it as possible, all for the better, so it needs anybody willing to test Cortana give feedback on how they feel about her.
Microsoft have made it clear that they want to spread Windows 10 across the world and they meant it. They won’t be spreading Widows 10 into Apple devices, but Siri is going to have a sister, so that’s a good start.
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