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On Tuesday Microsoft announced that Windows Insiders could begin signing up to get a beta version of Cortana for iOS. To sign up to get the beta when it's ready, simply fill out Microsoft's Cortana for iOS beta survey to let them know that you would like to try it out.
The survey asks for your Windows Insider email and Apple ID email. It also asks which iPhone you mainly use, what version of iOS the iPhone runs, how frequently you use Cortana on your PC, and what country you live in. According to Microsoft, you will be sent an email with the download link in a few weeks after completing the survey.
The Cortana for iOS beta will contain many (but not all, at least in its early stages) of Cortana's features from Windows 10, such as sending emails, searching with Bing, creating calendar events, and managing your reminders. It will likely be received with much fanfare, as consumers who use Windows 10 devices and own iPhones would likely want to use the same personal assistant across both of their devices.
Although the addition of Cortana to iOS is great, keep in mind that there are a few downsides to its beta release. For instance, Microsoft says that it is allowing only a limited number of users to test out Cortana for iOS before its final release. Further shrinking the number of people with access to it, the beta is only available to people in either the United States or China. In addition to only being available to a select group of people, the Cortana for iOS beta also lacks support for some of Cortana on Windows 10's features at the moment. A feature that's currently missing is "Hey Cortana," which is a hands-free way to signal Cortana to begin listening to you by saying the phrase "Hey Cortana."