If you follow Microsoft’s mobile operating system Windows Phone, you probably know a lot about Cortana. The virtual voice assistant comes with the Windows Phone 8.1 update. Microsoft has already said that they will be bringing Cortana to Windows 8 on the desktop and will integrate the phone and desktop experiences. But what if a user has a Windows PC and perhaps a iPhone? Or maybe an Android device? The program manager for Cortana asks the same question.
“If I’m a Windows PC user and I have a Kindle tablet and an Android phone, how good is the Windows Cortana experience going to be if it doesn’t know anything about what I’m doing with those devices? It’s really a difficult question that we’re spending a lot of time trying to figure out. Clearly we want people to buy Windows, we have a bunch of Windows customers, hundreds of millions that have Windows PCs and would love for them to have a great Cortana experience because once they have that they will probably consider other devices and say ‘Well, I want to match them up.’ But how do we get Android users or these other iOS users that use Windows to have a great experience?”
For the time being, Cortana is going to stick to Windows Phone since it wouldn’t be to easy to get the app working on other operating systems as seemlessly. However there is still hope that the service will be coming to Android and iOS someday.