Cortana could be running on Android and iOS devices before the end of the year, according to a new report from Reuters. Microsoft is apparently already hard at work on standalone apps for both platforms.
Cortana will make the jump from mobile to desktop with the release of Windows 10 before it launches on competing mobile platforms. Microsoft hinted at similar plans last year, though recent reports suggest Cortana could come integrated into a cross-platform version of Office instead.
The big question is how well Cortana will really work on a competing operating system. The rumored app won’t have the same deep access that Siri gets on iOS or Google Now gets on Android. Then again, Microsoft could draw information from its own cross-platform apps, like Outlook for email or Sunrise, a popular calendar app the company bought last month.
Reuters also reports that Microsoft is working on a new version of Cortana codenamed Einstein, though the company didn’t offer any details on how it plans to improve the service. Maybe we’ll learn more at its Build Developer Conference, which kicks off next month on April 29.