Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana has arrived on Macs before Siri
Engadget reports that the latest version of Parallels, the popular visualization software for Mac OS X, includes support for Windows 10 bringing with it an ability to access Cortana. Apple has not yet made Siri available to OS X users which means that those who wish to control their computer via voice commands could end up using Microsoft's software.In a video, a Parallels 11 developer asks Cortana questions about the weather, time zones and currency conversion and the responses are quick and accurate. One of the noticeable points about this integration is that Cortana can work from within "Coherence mode," a setting that allows Windows apps to run 'natively' on OS X, i.e. without having to jump into a different operating system.
Besides bringing a virtual assistant to Mac before Apple's own Siri, Parallels 11 can load Windows up to 50% faster and includes a new Travel Mode which can use up to 25% less battery.Parallels 11 is available today as a one-time purchase of £64.99 with a beefier Pro Edition that costs £69.99 a year.
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