Microsoft finally offered its own digital assistant to challenge Siri and Google Now earlier this year with Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 and now it looks like the wise-cracking AI could be headed to desktop computers as well as part of Windows 9. The upcoming software update, allegedly referred to as Windows Threshold internally, should offer the same voice controls and smart suggestions according to a new report from Neowin.
According to the site’s sources, Cortana’s been built into early versions of Windows Threshold for a while now but still needs some tweaking. Unlike on Windows Phone 8.1, the digital assistant reportedly runs in a smaller window on-screen but offers the same basic service. When Windows 9 does hit the market it should offer deep integration with Cortana, meaning the digital assistant will be able to access all the data you give her access to and probably offer some new features as well. A new patent suggests Apple is working on adding Siri into its OS X desktop software, too.
Unfortunately we’re not expecting Windows 9 to hit the market any time soon. Microsoft hasn’t done much to confirm the rumored software update and recent reports claim it won’t launch until more than a year from now in fall 2015. Beyond Cortana, the new desktop OS is expected to scale back some of the least popular features introduced in Windows 8 and bring back the Start menu. Threshold may also introduce a more unified version of Windows across all devices, particularly when it comes to apps, though it’s unclear if the update will extend to smartphones.