That is Cortana.
Cortana is coming to the Outlook electronic mail and calendar app for iOS and Android, in accordance with The Verge. The publication cites sources “accustomed to Microsoft’s Outlook plans.”
Microsoft is reportedly testing a characteristic internally that might permit customers to verbally ask the digital assistant Cortana to learn their emails to them in each iOS and Android. This is able to be significantly helpful for commuters who depend upon Outlook for his or her electronic mail and who wish to get caught up whereas driving into work.
Google Assistant doesn’t supply related performance with Outlook. Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant constructed into iOS, already does this, however not with the Outlook app. Usually, you should use Apple’s personal Mail app to entry these sorts of options.
Asking Siri to learn you your mail simply directs you to the Apple Mail app should you’re utilizing one other electronic mail app.
Microsoft already presents a Cortana app on iOS and Android.
Microsoft Outlook for iOS was born out of Microsoft’s acquisition of Acompli. One of many co-founders of that firm now manages Microsoft’s Cortana.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has beforehand described the corporate’s cell technique as one during which the Home windows expertise comes first, however options and experiences could be translated throughout further platforms as wanted, like iOS and Android. As such, Cortana has beforehand been obtainable as a standalone app on iOS and Android, and it nonetheless is.
If this characteristic survives the inner testing course of, it might graduate to a public check and eventual launch. It isn’t the one Outlook initiative Microsoft is engaged on, after all; the corporate can be overhauling the consumer interface for Outlook on the Mac, to deliver it extra consistent with Mac UX conventions and aesthetics.
Just some weeks earlier than we realized of this characteristic, Microsoft positioned Javier Soltero in control of Cortana’s growth. Soltero had joined the corporate when it acquired his electronic mail startup Acompli. That acquisition led to the Outlook app for iOS and Android, with Soltero main that undertaking.