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Cortana comes to India; in public beta for Android and iOS

Microsoft has launched an update to its Windows 10 OS for PCs and mobile devices, which includes making available its digital personal assistant Cortana in India, Canada, Japan and Australia, reports NDTV. The company claims that Cortana has been customized to work with the Indian voice and accent and speech patterns, but is only available in English. In India, Cortana has been designed to work with apps such as BookMyShow and Gmail, while features like booking a cab on Uber are available only in the US. Cortana also recognises Indian festivals and customs, remind the user of upcoming events and reschedule meetings. Cortana will work across the PC and phone, and is also integrated into Microsoft’s new browser Microsoft Edge, which replaces Internet Explorer, which was officially unveiled in January this year under the codename ‘Spartan’. Cortana Australia features: Cortana can respond to a text message, look up the flight time, sing a song, aggregate Bing search results, calendar entries, contact and email details to provide results. According to Microsoft, the digital assistant, which has been named after an Artificial Intelligence character in its Halo game series, will get more personalised as one uses it more, since it will learn the user’s natural language patterns, interests and digital schedule. Phone Companion bundle: In May, the company had also announced the availability of an app bundle called Phone Companion for the PC, which would let Windows 10 users install Cortana on Android and iOS devices. On launching the Companion, users would be…

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