Last summer we learned that Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, could be headed to Android and iOS. Now, the company’s plans are starting to come into focus, and they may depend on its most popular product to date: Office.
The Verge said Friday that Cortana will soon be integrated in Office productivity software on both mobile and desktop. At first that might be restricted to Windows-powered devices, but down the line we could see the same new features arrive on Office apps for Android and iOS. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, especially considering how much emphasis Microsoft has put on cross-platform apps in the past year.
It’s unclear exactly how Cortana for Office will work, though sources tell The Verge it’s still just a prototype called “Work Assistant.” No, it’s not the rebirth of Clippy. The app, which is actually available in the company’s app store for Windows Phone 8.1, lets you open, edit and even share files using just your voice.
This could be the start of a bigger plan to put Cortana everywhere. The digital assistant is already making its way to Windows 10 and Microsoft’s new Spartan browser. Office is likely just the next step in the company’s plans.