Cortana on the iOS is getting something Android have had for a while: a beta program. Microsoft’s digital assistant is everywhere: from Windows 10-powered desktops and laptops to the Xbox One and all of the major mobile operating systems.
If Microsoft’s plans are fruitful, it would soon be in a toaster – heck, it’s already in a mirror and a refrigerator. It’s even available for the DIY-ers with Windows IoT for Raspberry Pi. Soon, it will compete against Alexa head-on.
You see where we are going with this? Microsoft’ has great things planned for Cortana, but great things are achieved by accomplishing smaller things.
The iOS beta, therefore, is a collective effort to achieve greatness; announced on Twitter by Marcus Ash, a Group Program Manager for Cortana, the beta is only available for the Americans and British folks.
Aside from being only available in U.S. and the U.K., the beta also has a limit of up to 1000 people; that’s all Microsoft wants to deal with.
Ok, let's try that again. DOH! New beta for Cortana iOS app, no sign-in required, go here if interested — https://t.co/KVzqbN50DB
— Marcus Ash (@marcusash) January 28, 2017
To get into the beta, a user must fill up and submit this survey. The survey asks common questions: what platforms the user uses Cortana on, the OS versions, how often they use Cortana, whether they are willing to provide extensive feedback, and so on.
Once – and if – selected, the user will receive further instructions via email. These instructions will include the mystery of how to enroll into the beta.
The iOS beta is not surprising – after all, Android has one too – but it’s obviously at a much smaller scale, compared to Android.
Cortana’s Android beta serves a lot more enthusiasts; the iOS beta, with its limit of 1000 people – that too only from U.S. and the U.K. – will not have as big of an impact. Though, of course, a smaller sample size means these 1000 people might receive some really experimental features.
Whatever the case may be, those who like to stay on the edge of technology just got a little happier today.