Microsoft's digital assistant to head to Android, Apple devices
Plans are underway at Microsoft to create an advanced version of Apple’s Siri using research from “Einstein” (an artificial intelligence project), Reuters reported on Friday.
According to Reuters, Microsoft will put the new version of its “personal assistant” Cortana which it has been running on its windows phone for over a year now on the desktop this autumn with the arrival of its windows 10 phone.
It is expected that the cortana will later be available as a standalone application that can also be used by people who have tablets as well as phones which are powered by Google’s Android as well as Apples iOS operating system.
"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 the managing director of Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz during an interview at the company’s headquarter in Redmond, Washington.
The move by Microsoft to come up with a software that can be able to work on the devices of other rival firms is seen by many as a new front in which Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, seeks to increase the sale of its software, rather than forcing their customers to use their windows devices.
This is not the first time that Microsoft is trying its luck with digital assistance, back in 1995 Microsoft Bob was released and its purpose was to make the use of the computer much easier, but it ended up disappointing many.