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Microsoft introduced its digital assistant Cortana to iOS and Android users in 2015. This came as a surprise to many but proved that Microsoft was committed to bringing some of its Windows 10 exclusive apps to rival platforms.

Since the introduction of Cortana to Android and iOS users, Microsoft has been working on improving the application. The company has pushed out a new update for its Digital Assistant with version 3.0 for iOS and Android platforms.

The latest update comes with major UI overhaul apart from many other improvements. The update makes Cortana run faster and the UI has now been made simpler. The new UI introduces conversational experiences along with a new place to manage and set up Cortana devices.

You will also have a great music listening experience since the latest update makes playing podcasts easier on the go.

“Just ask Cortana to play your favorite tunes and podcasts with Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn on your phone or through a paired Bluetooth device,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft is also introducing support for Skype and Teams which would help users to join the meetings by just asking Cortana to take care of the process. You will also be able to let Cortana manage your calendar and send quick emails by using the voice commands.

The Digital Assistant will also be able to set reminders, timers and create meetings by using the voice commands after the latest update for iOS and Android devices.Cortana Android UI update

Here’s what changed and improved in the latest update for Cortana

  • This update has enabled a new UI conversational experiences in Cortana. It features an attractive interface that helps you chat with Cortana and there’s a new place to manage devices powered by Cortana.
  • You can ask Cortana to play your favorite songs with services such as Spotify, TuneIn and iHeartRadio through a paired Bluetooth device.
  • You can set reminders, timers and even create meetings with your voice.

The latest update is currently in beta stage and you would need to be a beta tester to be able to test the new features. You can sign in to the Beta program on Android and download the Testflight app to be able to enjoy the beta features on iOS devices.

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Akshay Waghray

Akshay Waghray, who holds a degree in Computer Science, was a former technology news reporter for Windows Latest and his area of expertise include Windows. Articles contributed by Akshay have been referred by big publications such as TechRadar, XDA Developers, Future Inc, Purge, and others over the years. At Windows Latest, Akshay has written and edited thousands of articles using his decades long experience with Windows Server and Windows Update for Business.