It has only been a couple of years since Microsoft announced Cortana, its personal digital assistant, and the company has made no secret of its ambitions to offer it across multiple platforms and form factors. It features heavily in Windows 10 which is due for release next month and is also going to arrive on the Xbox One. Microsoft had previously confirmed that it would release Cortana apps for iOS and Android, it has revealed that Cortana for Android beta release is going to take place next month.
Obviously Cortana on Android won’t offer all of the features that you’ll get from it on Windows, Microsoft says that the app will basically work as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC.
The companion app, as Microsoft describes it, will be able to sync information across multiple platforms aside from performing other tasks. For example you can ask Cortana for Android to remind you to walk the dog at 8 pm, and if you’re watching a movie on your Xbox at 8 pm the movie will automatically be paused and you’ll be reminded that it’s time to take the dog out for a walk.
If the app proves to be good at this in real life then it’s really going to make life easier for people who don’t want to use Windows 10 Mobile handsets but would still like their life to be synchronized with all of the other devices they use that happen to run on one of the many forms and manifestations of Windows.