There have been reports that the Cortana Voice Assistant is set to move to the iOS and Android platforms. This is the rival to Apple’s Siri and Android’s Google Now. Microsoft has started moving outside its own platform boundaries, in keeping with its need to improve the capabilities on the new product. Apparently, the company has got its sights set on pushing AI into a future version codenamed as Einstein. This is coming from sources who actual have knowledge of the project.
There have been complex apps brought out into the mobile scene, and most of them by rival companies, leaving Microsoft behind in a significant way. CEO Satya Nadella made it clear last year that mobile would play a bigger role in the company’s operations from now on. And the voice-activated virtual assistant falls smack in the middle of that. That is why it is a part of Windows 10.
We are talking about the kind of tech that can read your email and understand what it says. This will be a basic part of the Cortana rollout, according to the research managing director Eric Horvitz. And the name of the software, as you have probably guessed was derived from a like character with the same name in the Halo video game series. You will probably hear the same thing if you call up the Windows Live support phone number.
Cortana is one of Microsoft’s biggest projects, and letting it out before they are done with it, is not something you would have expected them to do. It seems they get the point that this is what is needed to get it more exposed, and that the AI project must take precedence. But the practical implication would be that your iPhone will have more than one voice assistant after this, and you will get to choose which one to use.
Far as the AI is concerned, Microsoft is betting on speech recognition, search and machine learning. The main idea was to come up with a software which could guess users’ queries, and grows along these lines with each subsequent version. Users can know more on this by calling the Windows Live support phone number.
Microsoft’s distribution strategy derives from the company trying to bring in more customers, than existing services can draw in at this time. For example, if the user wants to search for something on the web, Cortana uses the Bing engine to look it up. This type of set approach is something that iOS and Android also feature. Cortana needs to avail Microsoft in expanding the use of its other services, and if that does not pan out as they hoped; it is only logical to let it operate on other platforms.