Microsoft: Cortana for Android beta will launch 'publicly in the next few weeks'

A few hours after a private beta of Cortana for Android was leaked to the Internet, Microsoft has now sent out a new statement saying that the official public beta for the digital assistant will be made available for Android owners sometime "in the next few weeks".

The leaked version of the beta actually came from a unknown member of Microsoft's Windows Insider program. According to ZDNet, an email sent to members of the program that are testing Windows 10 asked them to take a survey, after which a limited number of people got selected in the US and China to download the Android Cortana beta.

Today, ZDNet received a statement from Microsoft after the beta was leaked:

"In the spirit of the Windows Insider Program, we're testing the Cortana for Android beta with a limited number of users in the U.S. and China before releasing the beta publicly in the next few weeks."

The Microsoft Answers forum has a link to that short survey for anyone who is interested in being selected for the private Android beta. Microsoft also plans to release a version of Cortana for iOS sometime later in 2015.

Source: ZDNet

John Callaham