Microsoft and Cyanogen Shake Hands to Re-introduce Cortana with Revamped Functionalities

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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PALO ALTO, CA: The Android Operating System Cyanogen- first Operating System that established true integration with Cortana, the Siri-like virtual assistant announced its partnership with Microsoft to bring in notable Microsoft services across the Cyanogen Operating System. The Operating System turned out to be very efficient as it is immune to many issues that pestered users otherwise relying on other Android Operating Systems. This alliance spans across core categories, viz., productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services and plans include integration and distribution of Microsoft’s consumer apps and services on the Cyanogen Operating System. “People around the world use Cyanogen’s operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices,” said Kirt McMaster, CEO, Cyanogen.

CyanogenMod, is an Operating System based on Android but with no affiliation to Google. CyanogenMod 12.1 is custom-built for mobile devices with some advanced functionalities such as toggling network modes, putting the device to sleep, or turning the device off, and a number of other small and useful alterations. Cortana’s efficient integration into the Operating System provides an altogether new dimension to utilize voice command feature for performing day-to-day activities, basically allowing users to reliably direct their devices using voice-prompts. Cyanogen is one of the very few Android devices supporting Cortana and simultaneously adding new and improved features to their toolkit roster. Noteworthy Microsoft services included are Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.

“We aspire to have our tools within arm’s reach of everyone, to empower them in all aspects of their lives. This partnership represents another important step towards that ambition,” said Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Microsoft.