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Microsoft has officially discontinued its Cortana mobile app, which no longer works on iOS and Android.
From today, the Cortana mobile app – which was removed from the App Store and Google Play in November – is no longer supported. This means that lists and reminders will no longer be available through Cortana apps on mobile, though Microsoft days these can still be accessed via Cortana on Windows 10 and Microsoft’s To Do apps, available for both Android and iOS.
“As we announced in July, we will soon be ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS, as Cortana continues its evolution as a productivity assistant,” reads a Microsoft support note spotted by Macromer’s
For Windows 10, Microsoft has promised that Cortana will still receive new features, and it will get better with regular updates via the Microsoft Store.
The planned shutdown of the app was first announced in July 2020, when Microsoft said it would be shifting toward a “transformational AI-powered assistant experience” in its Microsoft 365 apps, which would involve refocusing its “areas of innovation and development.”
The company has long accepted defeat in the AI wars, too, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella saying in 2019 that Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant.
“Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber,” said Nadella. “You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.”
In the past year, Microsoft has also removed Cortana from Xbox One, Skype and Windows 10 Search. Earlier this month, Harman Kardon also started removing Cortana from its Invoke smart speaker, a showcase device for Microsoft’s Halo-inspired digital assistant.
By: Summaries World