Cortana for Android was release a couple of weeks ago as a public beta and some people saw it as a big surprise from Microsoft. Cortana, Microsoft’s response to Siri, is definitely one of the perks you get with a Windows Phone and putting this artificial intelligence on the Android platform is a move a lot of people do not understand.
What exactly does Microsoft get from putting it’s proprietary artificial intelligence on a competing platform? It’s obvious Microsoft wants customers to have an integrated experience across their devices. That’s one thing Microsoft has been saying in its Windows 10 campaign and a lot of people see this strategy as a way to lure more users into Windows 10. Microsoft is striving to allow customers have a unified experience across all devices, no matter what platforms they are. It appears Microsoft’s target are customers with a Windows PC and a non-Windows smartphone.
We recently installed the public beta of Cortana for Android and compared it with Siri in this video:
How to get Cortana for Android (Public Beta)
1. Follow this link (it may later be removed when it’s publicly released as stable).
2. To proceed, you have to agree to become a beta tester.
3. Follow this link to install. Note that the link may not work if you didn’t agree to become tester.
Setting up requires a Microsoft account but the steps are pretty easy. Using Cortana on your Android device already? Let’s know what you think about it.