Could Cortana Launch on Other Operating Systems? Microsoft Says ‘The Short Answer Is, Yeah’

Microsoft's digital 'personal assistant', Cortana, launched with the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1
November 13, 2014 Updated: November 13, 2014

Microsoft’s digital ‘personal assistant’, Cortana, launched with the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1, and will soon be available in Windows 10 too.

But as Microsoft makes more of its services and products available on other platforms, there has been much speculation over whether Cortana might also make its way to iOS and Android – a possibility that Microsoft has previously played down.

It seems that it may only be a matter of time before that finally happens and Microsoft frees Cortana to extend her reach to other platforms beyond the Windows ecosystem.

Business Insider reports that Microsoft held a meeting with a small group of journalists and analysts last week, at which the company’s chief experience officer (and former head of Windows), Julie Larson-Green, spoke about Cortana and how the assistant can be used for multiple tasks.

She was then asked if that meant that Cortana would eventually be made available on other operating systems, to which she reportedly replied: “The short answer is, yeah.”

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