Microsoft has been slowly adding more email intelligence to its Cortana digital assistant, but has resisted integrating it directly into mobile Outlook. That is about to change, soon. Sources familiar with Microsoft's Outlook plans tell The Verge that the company is currently testing Cortana within Outlook for iOS and Android.
The integration of Cortana will allow users of the popular mobile email client to listen and respond to emails with their voice. This will be particularly useful during car trips, and Microsoft is testing the integration of Cortana directly into the Outlook mobile phone that will work through Bluetooth and read messages aloud. Users may ask Cortana phrases like "what is my email?" Or simply read messages from specific contacts.
Currently, Microsoft is testing internally its integration with Cortana, and if the comments are positive, the function should open the way to beta and public versions of Outlook for iOS and Android. The news of the integration of Cortana in Outlook occurs only a few weeks after Microsoft's Outlook for iOS and Android went to supervise Cortana's digital assistant. Javier Soltero, who first joined Microsoft when the software maker acquired the Acompli email application, will report to Harry Shum, head of artificial intelligence and research at Microsoft.