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Cortona beta lands on iPhone to kick Siri out of her own home

Microsoft’s popular Cortana assistant is now available on the Apple iPhone in beta form.

TechCrunch reports the voice-powered app can be downloaded form Apple’s TestFlight platform, but the test may only be limited to 2,000 participants at this stage.

Those lucky enough to receive an invitation to test Cortana will be able to call on Siri-like personal assistance, plus reminders, alarms, weather updates, sports scores, and more.

Naturally, there’ll be no access to the ‘Hey Cortana’ functionality that appears on Windows 10 devices, because Apple doesn’t take too kindly to folks attempting to replace Siri on her own patch.

The idea behind the iPhone app, according to the description, is to assist interoperability between the PC and the iPhone.

For example, users will be able to set up a reminder on their Windows 10 PC and receive it on their iPhone.

See also: Windows 10 review

Cortona will also retain much of the charm from Windows devices, with Microsoft claiming she’s “always up for a little chit chat.”

The planned release follows a beta launch for Android devices back in August, where it is currently going up against Google Now

Microsoft hasn’t revealed when the app will go public on either platform, but the firm has previously stated it’ll arrived before 2015 is out.

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