Almost a year ago, Microsoft has launched the Android version of Cortana, its intelligent digital assistant and yesterday, the company has announced that the application is not available in the UK. The developers have changed the look of Cortana app and users will receive the new update in the next days. Afterwards, “in the coming weeks”, iOS users will receive the same update.
So, Microsoft has revamped the user interface of Cortana and now it includes “Quick Actions”, offering users quick access to common actions, like checking reminders, the most recent news, meeting schedules, or the weather forecast.
Also, users will be also able to set up new reminders and do other things with a simple tap of the finger.
The big makeover will be noticed immediately, as the interface is brighter instead of dour (the stark black, white, and blue color combination has been replaced with a purple gradient background), and when users will ask Cortana questions, such as “What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?” the info will be showed on the screen in full page view. Compared to earlier versions, Cortana has a cleaner interface and the improvements that have been made under the hood will offer a faster overall performance.
Soon, the application will be updated on iOS as well, and Cortana will be available in the UK on both platforms. Microsoft is trying to expand Cortana’s geographic reach, but so far, the company has been rather slow to do that.
Microsoft is aware that it needs to prioritize the iOS- and Android-powered devices because they have more users than smartphones, and it’s very hard to compete in a crowded market where Cortana is battling against other popular virtual assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.
If you’re an Android user, you can find the updated Cortana app on the Google Play store.
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