The voice actress that lent her talents to Halo’s famous A.I. companion, Cortana, will allegedly voice Microsoft’s upcoming mobile assistant. According to MSFTnerd, Jen Taylor’s voice will beam out of future Windows Phone devices, when Microsoft releases its answer to Apple’s Siri. The software will reportedly launch in beta this April for Lumia devices in the U.S., and later come to the iPhone in a Bing app update.
As recent as last month, a report claimed Microsoft’s Cortana would launch inside Windows Phone 8.1, and include context-aware functionality, much like Google Now. Rumors of Cortana appearing inside Microsoft’s mobile OS first started popping up during the latter half of last year, revealing the Redmond company was working to introduce its virtual assistant to its biggest platforms, not just Windows Phone, including Xbox One and Windows; the latter two of which are expected to welcome Cortana sometime in 2015, MSFTnerd claims.
Not many new details were revealed other than to say the original voice actress would reprise her role as Cortana. For fans of the Halo franchise, this is a nice touch from Microsoft, and almost seems like an old friend is returning. Having Cortana constantly in your ear won’t make you into Master Chief, but it’ll be a fun nod to one of the most popular characters in video game history. Now it’ll just be a matter of Microsoft actually building solid software that can compete with the likes of Siri.