The newly announced Windows 10 Phone Companion App will let you link your Android or iOS devices to Windows 10, but that’s not all. It will also give users of those rival mobile operating systems access to Cortana.
I’ve used both Siri and Cortana, and I much prefer Microsoft’s virtual assistant over Apple’s. Having access to both (or Cortana and Google Now, in the case of Android), is great news for consumers.
To make use of Cortana you’ll need to have Windows 10 installed on a PC, and the Cortana app for iOS or Android. This isn’t available yet, but Windows Insiders will be able to try out the Phone Companion app in a future Windows 10 Insider Preview Build which is set to arrive in the coming weeks.
The Android app will arrive at the end of June, and the iOS version later in the year.
Although Cortana will be much the same as she is in Windows 10 and on Windows Phone devices, she won’t have all of the functionality. Joe Belfiore corporate vice president, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft says:
"Most of the things"? So what's missing? Belfiore explains:
So Windows Phone users will still have the better Cortana experience initially, but for how long remains to be seen.