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Cortana for iOS

By Microsoft Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Dec 21, 2015

Cortana for iOS provides intelligent voice assistance and up-to-the-minute news and weather.

Pros

Works across your PC and iPhone: Set a reminder in Cortana on your Windows 10 PC, and Cortana will later remind you of it on your iPhone.

Reminders: In testing, Cortana's Reminders function worked very well. Each time we asked Cortana to create a reminder, it was done to our satisfaction.

Local news, top news, and current weather: Launch Cortana for iOS and you'll discover local and global news articles as well as local weather on the homepage.

Privacy focused: Modify what Cortana remembers in the Notebook section (where Cortana stores what you tell it about yourself and what you'd like done) or in the cloud. You can clear your voice data to reset the identifying codes on your device tied to your voice. You can also disable Cortana on your iPhone at any time by signing out.

Cons

Slow and unreliable: When testing Cortana on iOS, we experienced major connection issues, even at full Wi-Fi connectivity. When we were connected, we had only a 50-50 chance of getting our questions answered properly anyway. When we posed the same questions to Siri, Apple's native intelligent voice assistant app, we fared far better.

A lot of info needed: To use Cortana, Microsoft requires your location, location history, contacts, voice input, search history, calendar details, and other info. If you use the app on more than one device, shared info will be synced across devices to improve reminders and suggestions. Fortunately, you may modify or clear much of this data.

Microsoft account required: To use Cortana, you must register for a Microsoft account. At least the process doesn't take very long.

Bottom Line

Cortana for iOS did not perform as well as Siri in our tests, so we see no need to replace our native personal assistant for Microsoft's.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.5.0

  • We improved the user experience so Reminders are easier for you to create and manage.
  • Fixed internet connection issue for iOS 9 devices

General

Release October 6, 2017
Date Added October 6, 2017
Version 2.5.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements iOS 9.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,565
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

Get Cortana and never miss a beat. Bring your personal assistant to your phone to help you keep track of the important stuff wherever you are, across your devices. Set a reminder on your PC to pick something up at the store and she'll alert you on your phone when you get there. If traffic's a mess and you need to leave early to make that meeting, Cortana's got your back. If you need to find a fast answer or info on a flight or package, just ask. And Cortana is a truly personal assistant who gets to know you better all the time so she can help track the things you're passionate about, like your favorite artist or sports team, and give you smarter recommendations.