Moments after we brought you the first exclusive look at a private beta version of Cortana for Android, we have some commitment from Microsoft that a public beta of the same will be available in coming weeks as the company prepares to make the bold step of introducing its famed personal digital assistance on competing platforms Android and iOS.
In the spirit of the Windows Insider Program, we’re testing the Cortana for Android beta with a limited number of users in the U.S. and China before releasing the beta publicly in the next few weeks.
The decision by Microsoft to make sure all (or at least most of them) its applications and services are available on all the major platforms does not sit well with quite a number of hardcore Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10 Mobile) enthusiasts who believe it is diluting and makes it meaningless to own a Windows smartphone anymore. Just like it has done with other services like OneDrive and Office which have beautiful and fully functional applications on both iOS and Android, Microsoft’s future plans involve courting users anywhere regardless of platform. It’s upcoming operating system, Windows 10, is expected to be at the centre of the experience unification process.
While you wait for the public beta, you can have a look at the private beta we leaked several hours ago that has taken the entire world by storm here on our Google Drive page.