Microsoft: There are no plans to bring Cortana to iOS/Android

At a conference in Seattle, Marcus Ash, a Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, said that Microsoft was considering bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The statement has been running rampant in the Windows Phone community as many see this as Microsoft taking its crown jewel on Windows Phone and giving it to other platforms.

To clear up the confusion, Ash took to Twitter to provide further commentary on his statements. He said that the top priority at the moment is to make Cortana the best possible personal digital assistant for Windows Phone customers and to push it out to more countries. He said that Cortana will be coming to the UK and China, in the coming weeks, not months.

He stated that the 'showcase experience' will always be on Windows Phone, which makes sense because even if Cortana showed up on iOS and Android, Microsoft does not have the low-level access they need to deeply integrate on those platforms. Further, it will only be after they nail down the execution on Windows Phone will they consider bringing the digital assistant to Windows.

The Tweets seem to make it quite clear that the idea of bringing Cortana to other platforms, besides Microsoft products, is just that, an idea. Which makes sense, Microsoft is always asking the 'what if we did this' question and the idea of Cortana on iOS/Android is an interesting proposition.

For now, though, Cortana will be staying on Windows Phone and will likely make its way to Windows in the future.

Source: Marcus Ash

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As far as improving data, MS will soon be putting Cortana in Windows 9 starting in beta later this year. My assumption is that it will also show up in XBox One as well. Being able to mine that data, also with user info with account linking setup, will be powerful. And Windows is increasingly becoming a very mobile platform with tablets, hybreds, and 2:1s.

good. Should be exclusive to Windows Phone. It is a good selling point . not a lot of people will buy it just for Cortana but some will

If it doesn't leave WP, that's totally fine. They need SOMETHING to sell people on Windows Phones after all, even if it's features that have already been done.

I don't care if it was an idea, the person we who thought this *might* ever be a good idea should be fired.

I'm starting to think Microsoft employees Apple and Google fan boys, because none of this porting Microsoft products makes very little long term success for their platform.

This also concerns me as a Windows developer, Windows user.

Lol Siri it's a joke. Amazing how it was Apple that started the things: Personal assistants, retina etc and now they are most backward in these offerings.

AsherGZ said,
Lol Siri it's a joke. Amazing how it was Apple that started the things: Personal assistants, retina etc and now they are most backward in these offerings.

Apple popularized some of those things. The company did not start, or invent, them.

I'd be surprised if it did come to iOS or Android given that it is a key point of differentiation between Windows Phone and the othe phone operating systems on the market.

They don't need to put cortana on iOS/android. Google now and siri does the job well. What Microsoft needs to do is to add an app that will grab information from those programs and use it for cortana so she will have a better information on the user.

ACTIONpack said,
They don't need to put cortana on iOS/android. Google now and siri does the job well. .

You miss the point. The whole discussion is all about how Cortana simply blows these other products out of the water. So why would MS want to prop up inferior platforms?

Because no one would use it on those platform. It's a waste of time. An Android and Apple user like to stay in those ecosystem. I'm using WP8.1 and would not want to use Siri or Google Now on my WP some goes with my Nexus 7. I would not use Cortana if it was on my Nexus 7. I want to use Google Now but would love if Cortana could get my information of location, search and other information so that I can use it on my WP.

Apple & Google (it might be technically possible on Android but it wouldn't be by supported means) are not going to allow a third party to access this data with their own app.

In fact though, Apple already do give a lot of data to Microsoft through Siri, since it's search capabilities are powered by Bing Search.

ACTIONpack said,
Because no one would use it on those platform. It's a waste of time. An Android and Apple user like to stay in those ecosystem. I'm using WP8.1 and would not want to use Siri or Google Now on my WP some goes with my Nexus 7. I would not use Cortana if it was on my Nexus 7. I want to use Google Now but would love if Cortana could get my information of location, search and other information so that I can use it on my WP.

Take a look at the video here:

http://www.wpcentral.com/video...ing-cortana-ios-and-android

The whole reason this came up is that MS question whether people are as committed to ecosystems as you suggest. They use the example of a person who uses Cortana on their Windows PC but don't have access to it on their Android phone and then reason that Cortana would be able to do more for the user on Windows if it knew what the user was doing on their phone.

singularity87 said,

In fact though, Apple already do give a lot of data to Microsoft through Siri, since it's search capabilities are powered by Bing Search.

Just to be clear, its scrubbed data, all personal information is removed before sending it to MS for information return from Bing.

Weird, this is exactly what I and others were saying about the original comments on the subject.

I was beginning to give up hope that Neowin and other 'news' sites on the internet were capable of reading comprehension.

It is nice to see this tweet/story reported properly, I once again have some hope for humanity. ;)

Javik said,
Thanks, but I'm happy enough with Android without Cortana so this bothers me little.

Yes, me too. There's not even a single malware program available on Windows Phone. On Android we have millions of billions.

Major_Plonquer said,

Yes, me too. There's not even a single malware program available on Windows Phone. On Android we have millions of billions.

That's interesting, given that there aren't even that many apps available for Android. Think you might want to re-think your math there pal ;)

And Android is about choice. I was just expressing my choice to keep my Android experience free of Microsoft crapware ;)


Major_Plonquer said,

Yes, me too. There's not even a single malware program available on Windows Phone. On Android we have millions of billions.

Again with the malware FUD. 99% is in Asia and Russia because of rampant pirating. If you do not turn on side loading and only use the Google Play store, you chance of infection is almost nil.

Javik said,

That's interesting, given that there aren't even that many apps available for Android. Think you might want to re-think your math there pal ;)

And Android is about choice. I was just expressing my choice to keep my Android experience free of Microsoft crapware ;)

Not sure about those millions upon billions of android apps that fellow spoke about above but your comment about "Microsoft crapware" is very amusing.

Is that a personal statement or can you back that up with facts? Or is that a general hate-fueled comment others seem to have around here.

On the one hand, iOS and Android already have alternatives, so why bother? But on the other hand, they're not going to be able to collect data/habits from users of those devices, so a bit of a missed opportunity.

I'm sure they use data about user habits to improve the flow of their apps and services, and also sell (anonymized?) data to third parties, even if they don't use it themselves.

Geezy said,
I'm sure they use data about user habits to improve the flow of their apps and services, and also sell (anonymized?) data to third parties, even if they don't use it themselves.

MS bought and then sold at a huge lose aQuantive, which is a data mining ad company. There was a very big upheaval internally at MS when buying this company as if MS wanted to be involved in this kinda business. In the end, they decided no.

Your data is more private in MS and Apple if you have those concerns as they tend to only use it internally.

techbeck said,

that made no sense


Translation: Thank you Microsoft for fighting against the competition and winning.

Not that I agree with him, mind you.