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Cortana app from Windows officially available for Android, iOS and OnePlus One


Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana is finally out of beta. For starters, the app will be available in the US and China, but more competing markets will emerge later. Starting today, if you are in the US or China you can download the virtual assistant for your Android device, for the iPhone and for the Windows 10 smartphone. Cyanogen OS-powered devices will also be able to get in on the fun as OnePlus One will integrate support for the VI with the 12.1.1 Cyanogen OTA.

Cortana app

Basically, Cortana lets you track reminders and notifications across platforms, plus you can ask your own questions. You also get different features based on which platform you use the app.

Cortana for Android lets users ask questions via the “Hey Cortana” command. This feature is available in the app or on the home screen. You also get notifications on a Windows 10 PC. These features will not be available for Apple products because iOS will not be opened fast enough to make support for them. You also get the option of testing features on your Android device.

Cortana features:

• Set and get location and time reminders across your PC and phone.
• Get notified and send a quick text reply from your PC if you miss a call on your phone*.
• Track packages, flights, scores, stocks, and other important info across your PC and phone.
• Use Cortana’s Notebook to view, edit and manage your interests.
• Get information and answers to all kinds of questions. If you’re looking for it, Cortana can help find it.
• Have a little fun in your down time — ask anything, get jokes, and much more.

When it comes to Cyaongen, the app will be pre-installed and it will allow the usage of the Hey Cortana command in any app or screen. The virtual assistant can be used at doing things like powering down the phone or putting it into silence mode or changing network modes. The app does work best on Windows phones though, because there is where it offers the most features, but Cyanogen phones come pretty close.

In order to run the Cortana app you need a device running on Android 4.1.2 or iOS 8. Give the app a look below if you are interested in this virtual assistant that works cross-platform:

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Facebook virtual assistant M to reach some devices today!

Facebook virtual assistant wishes may seem like a dream or a joke, but it is actually coming to life! Facebook wants in on the fun and popularity of Google Now, Siri and Cortana. But it is also trying to do something different, which is why it created M, its newest virtual pal program. This little feature will wait for you to use Messenger to introduce itself to you. You will be able to look for stuff from your Messenger app and when it will not be able to find answers to your questions, people working behind screens may be able to.


Facebook virtual assistant



The Facebook virtual assistant is said to be trained and supervised by people, real people! M does not just help you with facts and usual information, but it is supposed to help you get reservations and place orders wherever you need.


Facebook seems to think that using real people to help you find or do things via your smartphone will keep you closer to their services as opposed to a situation when, if you cannot get the answer you need with the help of a virtual assistant, you may fall back to searching for something manually or switch to Microsoft or Google VIs.


M will become available to a few hundred users in the San Francisco Area for now, and the update will be rolling out as we speak. If this little test is successful we can expect a global release of this new Facebook virtual assistant.



Cortana voice assistant available in public open beta in the US

Cortana voice assistant is now more available than ever! When you have an Android device and you don’t want to trust Google to the point of giving it all of your questions and information, you can try the Microsoft alternative.





The early version for this voice assistant AI has been available since last month, and now the public beta program is ready to get more users. The most recent update for the app gave Cortana the ability to launch via the Google Now “swipe up” gesture. You can also get future updates without having to keep searching for the APK files or for Microsoft requests to get approved.


Cortana invite


The Cortana public beta program is now available for any citizen of the US who has an Android device. In order to get in on the action, you will have to fill out this form. Have a good time with your new virtual assistant!


Source: Windows blog

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Cortana virtual assistant – Microsoft is bringing personality to Android

Cortana virtual assistant is almost here for the taking, folks! You can already use voice commands to navigate the Interwebs, but how about something with a little more personality and flair? In a few weeks we will all enjoy the beauty and sass of Microsoft’s new and improved virtual assistant.




The feature is named after the AI in the Halo series and it will be a competitor to Apple’s Siri. It is based on conversational interactions, has its own personality and can help you with various things.




Cortana is an app on Android that will come to the Play Store in just a few weeks, with an iOS support app to come later this year. In order to issue commands you will have to launch the app itself – note that it can help you with reminders, search queries and note taking. Below you can see the app in demo mode towards the end of the video.


Source: Microsoft.