Cortana for Android Public Beta Now Downloadable for All

Cortana, the Microsoft-made personal assistant, is now available for all to download on Google Play. Still sporting a beta tag, Cortana offers most of what Siri or Google Now provides you, with exception that she is powered by Bing, Microsoft’s search platform. When speaking to Cortana, you can ask her to set alarms, get calendar event reminders, and quite a bit more.  (more…)

Microsoft Translator Hits Google Play, Supports Android Wear

Microsoft has been doing big things for the Android platform, and frankly, it’s about time. This week, the company launched Microsoft Translator onto Google Play, giving users instant access to translations in 50 languages. Not only is it a solid app for your smartphone, but Microsoft also baked in Android Wear support, giving you the flexibility to use it whenever and however you see fit.  (more…)

Cyanogen and Microsoft Team Up to Integrate Microsoft’s Services (Updated)

All of those rumors of Cyanogen and Microsoft doing something together are now all somewhat correct. This morning, the two companies announced a “strategic” partnership that will integrate Microsoft’s services across the Cyanogen Operating System. In other words, when you buy a phone running Cyanogen OS, it will have Microsoft apps pre-installed “contextually” presented to you.  (more…)