Microsoft opens up Cortana for iPhone to limited number of testers

Microsoft today announced that a limited number of iPhone owners in the United States and China can now sign up to test-drive the first public beta of its personal digital assistant, called Cortana. “Over the coming months, we’ll continue to deliver frequent updates to the app to expand the features and functionality,” notes the Windows maker.

“In the spirit of the Windows Insider Program, we’re looking for a limited number of people to get their hands on an early version of the app,” Microsoft explains. “It’s important to keep in mind that this is the first public release of the Cortana for iOS beta. And that for now, Cortana for iOS is only available in the U.S. and China.”

To get your hands on Cortana early, you need to answer Microsoft’s short survey, which asks which iPhone you’re using, which iOS version it is running, and questions like “How often do you use Cortana on your Windows 10 PC?” There are only six questions, so it should only take a minute.

According to The Verge, Cortana for iOS looks “just like the Windows 10 Mobile and Android equivalents, and works in a very similar way.”

“Some Cortana features require access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms,” Microsoft said this summer.
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