Is Microsoft Testing Work Assistant?

If sources are to be believed, Microsoft is secretly testing a new Windows Phone app called Work Assistant. The news after the debut of Cortana for Windows 10,

Though not much is known about Work Assistant, sources say, that it could be related to a project that Bill Gates is working on for Microsoft called Personal Agent.

As of now, Work Assistant currently exists as an internal beta and is designed to help users perform Office tasks on Windows Phone.
About the features of the app, it has a 2MB download on the Windows Phone Store and is compatible with devices running at least Windows Phone 8.1. Work Assistant also requires permission to access appointments, contacts, the internet and the device’s microphone to function.

A month back, when Microsoft showed off Windows 10 for the desktop, it demonstrated how the Cortana personal assistant that originally debuted on Windows Phone could be used to find Office files stored locally on the PC or on the cloud in OneDrive.

Sources say, Work Assistant could help extend Cortana’s capabilities on Windows Phone and provide deeper tie-ins with the new touch-optimized version of Office 2016 when it launches for Windows 10 for phones.

Another point of view is that Work Assistant may be part of Bill Gates’s Personal Agent project, which he revealed during his latest Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session.

It’s unclear if Work Assistant and Gates’s Personal Agent are related in the absence of any specific confirmation.

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