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Cortana coming to iOS and Android

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Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its smart voice assistant Cortana will soon be available for iOS and Android, marking the service’s first launch on a platform other than Windows.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore explained how Windows 10 will connect to Android and iOS devices in a short video clip published Tuesday. In it, he discusses a “Phone Companion for Windows 10″ application that will prompt you to install the right software in Windows 10 for managing your music and photos on your mobile device. Then he noted that, one of the main features of Windows 10 is Cortana, so Microsoft will release a standalone app for Android and iOS.

Any reminders you set from your PC will then come through on your Android or iOS device, and you’ll be able to use Cortana in the same fashion that you’re used to in Windows 10, too. Cortana will be available for iOS and Android in late June, which suggests that Windows 10 might launch around that time, too.