Microsoft retires Cortana support on iOS and Android

Remember Cortana? The digital assistant that Microsoft built-in into the corporate’s Windows 10 working system? Microsoft went all in on the digital assistant when it first launched Windows 10 and even made Cortana one thing that users could not remove anymore when it launched the Anniversary Update for the working system.

Cortana was launched for iOS and Android, and additionally built-in into the Microsoft Launcher utility. The digital assistant was by no means launched for earlier variations of Windows, nonetheless.

Reports began to look in early 2019 that Microsoft deliberate to alter how Cortana was used fundamentally.


A brand new Microsoft support article confirms that Microsoft will retire Cortana support on iOS and Android, and additionally within the Microsoft Launcher utility.

To make your private digital assistant as useful as potential, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productiveness apps. As a part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market.

Microsoft will not support the Cortana cell utility after January 31, 2020 anymore and Microsoft Launcher will not support Cortana anymore as properly after that day.

The firm notes that customers should still entry reminders and lists by Cortana on Windows, and that reminders, lists and duties are synced routinely to the Microsoft To Do utility which is accessible for cell gadgets.

At that time, the Cortana content material you created–resembling reminders and lists–will now not operate within the Cortana cell app or Microsoft Launcher, however can nonetheless be accessed by Cortana on Windows. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and duties are routinely synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you’ll obtain to your telephone without cost.

Microsoft plans to interchange the built-in Cortana with a Cortana utility on Windows 10 gadgets sooner or later.

Cortana shall be built-in into Microsoft 365 productiveness apps in keeping with Microsoft. The transfer limits entry to Cortana as Microsoft 365 is just obtainable to Enterprise and small enterprise prospects on the time of writing.

Closing phrases

The retiring of the cell Cortana purposes and the elimination of Cortana from Microsoft Launcher appears like an admission of defeat. The transfer just isn’t the top of Cortana as Microsoft plans to determine it as an Enterprise/Business resolution. For shoppers, Cortana will play much less and much less of a job although sooner or later.

Have you used Cortana or one other digital assistant up to now?

Now Read: Why I won’t be using digital voice assistants anytime soon. (through Deskmodder)

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