Microsoft finally to plug off its Cortana digital assistant for both Android and iOS Smartphones
Cortana is a virtual assistant developed by Microsoft, which uses the Bing search engine to perform tasks such as setting reminders and answering questions for the user. Microsoft began reducing the prevalence of Cortana and converting it from an assistant into different software integrations in 2019. It was split from Windows 10’s search bar in April 2019 and was removed from the iOS app store and Android Google play store on January 31st the following year.
Now the company is ending support for Cortana on all Android and Smartphone smartphones, as the digital assistant continues to be primed for Microsoft 365. Microsoft said that it will end support for third-party Cortana skills on September 7, which will be followed by the shutdown of the digital assistant’s iOS and Android apps in early 2021. Mobile device owners are advised to utilize Cortana’s integration in Windows 10, Outlook mobile, and soon in the Teams mobile app.
As we make this shift toward a transformational AI-powered assistant experience in Microsoft 365, we need to adjust our focus areas of innovation and development to give our customers assistance where they need it most. As a result, we are making changes to some U.S. consumer-centric features and functionalities with lower usage.
However, the company decided to end support for the Cortana service integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021. Moreover, the company has been working closely with Harman Kardon to create a Bluetooth-enabled device transition plan that the company hopes will help ease the impact of this change.
Additionally, we are offering the opportunity to receive one Microsoft $50 gift card per active Invoke to the owner of the latest U.S.-based Microsoft account used to set up an Invoke speaker that sent a voice request to the Cortana service after July 31, 2019, and prior to this announcement. You can see additional details of this offer on the Invoke support page.
In the end, the company’s digital assistant isn’t as comparative to Android Google assistant and Apple’s Siri. Focusing on enterprises, on the other hand, is something that perfectly aligns with the company’s long-term strategy going forward, not just for Cortana but for all the other products in its lineup. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.