Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. The company's decision to do so is part of a broader effort by Microsoft to bring features and services from Windows 10 to non-Windows smartphones.
Microsoft is going to release Windows 10, its next-generation, cross-device software platform, later this summer. But don't expect it to show up on smartphones immediately. The company is focusing on getting it onto PCs first, with other devices like phones and Xbox gaming consoles to follow.
Microsoft released an early "technical preview" version of Windows 10 for smartphones to those who have registered for its "Insider" program, but only made the software builds available to customers with a few mid-range, Lumia-branded Windows Phones.
Microsoft demonstrated how its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system will work on phones and tablets as well as PCs and other devices, and previewed several key features on devices powered by the next generation of the company's main software platform. The software giant is creating a unified operating system that will let developers write universal apps for multiple device sizes, in a bid to jumpstart Microsoft's weak market position in mobile.
Microsoft has attracted 50 new hardware partners that are making Windows-based smartphones and tablets, a senior executive said. The influx in partners comes after the company decided in April that it would make Windows free for devices with screens smaller than nine inches.
SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft announced its new, voice-activated personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, called Cortana, a move that brings Windows Phone on par with--and in some cases ahead of--Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft announced a number of new firms are planning to use its Windows Phone software, many of which were initially skeptical about the mobile OS. The announcement of new partners comes just ahead of Microsoft finalizing its $7.4 billion deal for the handset division of Nokia, the largest maker of Windows Phones.
Microsoft is making several advancements to its Windows Phone 8 platform, including the ability to support larger screen sizes, which will open the door to new Windows Phone "phablet devices" of between 5 and 7 inches.
Microsoft is convinced it now has the high-end hardware and a rising number of the top applications to make a convincing push into the smartphone market with Windows Phone 8, according to a senior Microsoft executive.
Microsoft formally unveiled its new Windows Phone 8 software, demonstrating several new features, and also emphasized the carrier support the platform is receiving from AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and, perhaps most importantly, Verizon Wireless.