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Report: Cortana will plug into Android and iOS

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Cortana, Microsoft's Siri-like digital assistant, is headed to Android and iOS as a standalone app sometime after Windows 10's release this fall, Reuters reports.

Citing "people familiar with the project," Reuters says that a platform-agnostic Cortana is in keeping with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's goal of bringing Microsoft services wherever its customers are, regardless of device or platform. Office for iOS, which was released last year for Apple mobile devices, is an example of that strategy. The company's longtime email client, Outlook, was released on Android and iOS earlier this year.

Cortana arrived last year on Microsoft mobile devices. Named for the Halo franchise's faithful AI companion and powered by Microsoft's Bing search technologies, she can assist users by interacting with their contacts, calendar, music, messages, notes, reminders and more. Jen Taylor, who voices Cortana in the Halo games, is also the voice of the Google Now-like digital assistant.

At a January 2015 event, Microsoft detailed Cortana's Windows 10 integration. When Windows users say, "Hey, Cortana," she'll be able to give the weather forecast, show photos, play music and more.

For more on Microsoft's plans for Cortana, Windows and gaming, be sure to browse Polygon's StoryStream from the January event and read our recent analysis.

Verge Video archives: Hands-on example of Cortana on Windows Phone (2014)