With Microsoft almost out of the consumer phones business, it’s working harder to find a new home for its intelligent assistant, Cortana. After initially making it available to Android users six months ago, it has now updated its health app so that you can access Cortana through the Band 2 fitness wearable.
With Cortana on your Band, you can access your personal assistant for instant notifications of important events, communications, and voice-active info without reaching for your phone. Speak into the mic on your Band to Cortana to take actions for you …
You’ll of course need to have the Cortana app installed on your phone, and for now the capability is limited to the USA. Those in other countries shouldn’t feel too left out, however: we tested it back when it was in beta, and found that it wasn’t very good.