As reported by Windows Central, Microsoft has started rolling out Cortana version 3.0 in beta to iOS and Android users, that brings a redesigned UI focused on conversational experiences, new music, and podcast connections, as well as the ability to join Skype and Teams meetings by using the voice-activated digital assistant.
Though Microsoft has announced the update to beta testers, we’re not seeing it just yet, so it may be part of a slow rollout. However, if you want to get in line to test out everything that’s new, you can register to become a beta tester for Cortana on Android at Google Play. Cortana users on iOS will have to be enrolled in the limited TestFlight program to take part.
Here’s a list of what’s new in Microsoft Cortana 3.0:
- An update to the UI enabling conversational experiences with Cortana and a new place to manage and set up your Cortana devices
- Listen to music and podcasts on the go. Just ask Cortana to play your favorite tunes and podcasts with Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn on your phone or through a paired Bluetooth device
- Stay organized and on task. Set reminders, timers and create meetings with your voice
- Join your next Skype or Teams meeting by simply asking Cortana. You can also manage your calendar or send a quick email by voice
Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired an AI startup called Semantic Machines partly in an attempt to make Cortana sound more human, and it has also recently previewed an update that integrates Cortana with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.