The Cortana for iOS beta on a home screen - Image Credit Warenotice
The first waves of the Cortana for iOS beta are now rolling out to testers, as I have already gotten my hands on it.
Microsoft first began allowing users to sign up to get the Cortana for iOS beta a few weeks ago, when it published a survey for Windows Insiders interested in the beta to fill out. If you would like to download the Cortana for iOS beta but are yet to complete the survey, you can fill it out here.
After you have signed up to get the Cortana for iOS beta, you should receive an invitation to download it to your device. The amount of time that it takes for you to receive the invitation may vary, but if you signed up for the beta when the sign-ups were first opened a few weeks ago, there is a good chance that you’ll gain access to the beta shortly. However, this is not guaranteed; it just was what occurred when after I had signed up for the beta around the time when its sign-ups were initially opened. Keep in mind that Microsoft is using TestFlight, Apple’s platform for circulating iOS and tvOS beta applications to volunteer testers, to distribute Cortana for iOS to curious users.
TestFlight has a few unfortunate stipulations, such as the fact that it sets a limit of 2,000 testers to each application. A single application can also only be tested for a 60-day period. This could potentially mean that only a relatively small group of lucky people will get to test out the Cortana for iOS beta, unless Microsoft finds a way around these limits.
Although it is unclear when and how many people will be able to try the Cortana for iOS beta, it is clear that it is at least becoming available to some people due to the fact that I have already received my invitation to download it.
Update: Watch Our Review of the Cortana for iOS Beta Below: