Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed plans to bring it’s personal digital assistant Cortana — rival to Google Now and Siri — to iOS. The company shared a survey with users who are interested in trying out Cortana on their iOS devices. Microsoft further mentions in the survey post that selected users will be sent a download link via email once the beta is ready for roll out.
The company has now started contacting beta testers who signed up for the list via email with the download link for Cortana for iOS (via TechCrunch). The report from TechCrunch mentions the beta release is being distributed among users through Apple’s TestFlight platform, which also means that the first wave of beta testers are not as big. Apple’s TestFlight is limited to 2,000 users per application so it seems the initial batch of beta testers are quite small.
Cortana for iOS offers almost a similar functionality on iPhone such as setting up reminders, managing schedules, alarms, track flights, communicate with the digital assistant and much more. However, as mentioned before, there are some limitations as well such as “Hey Cortana” which doesn’t work on it yet.
There’s no word from the company about the public release for Cortana for iPhone, but it shouldn’t be too far away. So much for being exclusive to Windows.Further reading: Cortana, iOS, iPhone, Microsoft