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Cortana coming to Android and Xbox!


Cortana on Xbox One

Cortana really gets around. A beta version of Microsoft’s digital assistant will arrive on Android next month, before coming to the Xbox One this fall.

Microsoft in May announced plans to extend Cortana to iOS and Android devices as a companion to the service on Windows.

The iOS and Android app can do most of the things Cortana does on a PC or Windows Phone, save for toggling settings, opening apps, and turning on hands-free access. The Notebook feature—where you set up interests, calendars, and a daily routine—will sync across all devices. Microsoft did not announce a specific Android launch date, but Windows 10 arrives on July 29.

On the Xbox One, meanwhile, Cortana will arrive “this fall” in the U.S. and U.K. Once rolled out, the digital assistant will be able to accomplish common tasks via a simple voice command. Use Cortana to invite friends to play, record and share game clips, find information, and earn achievements. Or test her knowledge by asking what tomorrow’s weather will be like.

“Cortana is there to connect your worlds and works for you across your devices, in ways that are specially tuned for the device you’re on,” Microsoft’s Marcus Ash wrote in a blog post. “Regardless of the operating systems you choose across your devices, everything important to you should roam across the products you already own.”

Cortana is also getting some updates on Windows Phone. Redmond on Tuesday unveiled the new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build for Windows Insiders, which includes “a rich set of improvements” for Cortana. Folks with a Windows Phone 8.1 handset who opted into the Fast ring can test out the new mobile features, like one-handed mode (for phones 5-inches or larger).