We all know that Microsoft will bring its Cortana to other platforms at some point in the future. Today, Reuters confirmed that Microsoft is bringing Cortana to iOS and Android later this year. Cortana will be available as a standalone app, usable on phones and tablets powered by iOS and Android. Microsoft is also working on an advanced version Cortana, using research from an artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.”
“This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next roll out of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame,” said Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and a part of the Einstein project, in an interview at the company’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters.
“We’re defining the competitive landscape… of who can provide the most supportive services that make life easier, keep track of things, that complement human memory in a way that helps us get things done,” said Horvitz.