Cortana now has a limited beta program for its iOS app

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 Beta

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.

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.

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