Microsoft has shut down its Cortana application for iOS and Android. It’s the most recent in a series of moves to conclusion assistance for Cortana across a number of equipment, together with Microsoft’s possess Surface Headphones. The Cortana application for iOS and Android is no for a longer time supported, and Microsoft has eradicated it from equally the Application Shop and Google’s Engage in Shop.
“As we introduced in July, we will shortly be ending assist for the Cortana application on Android and iOS, as Cortana continues its evolution as a productivity assistant,” reads a Microsoft support notice spotted by MacRumors. “As of March 31, 2021, the Cortana material you created–such as reminders and lists–will no for a longer time functionality in the Cortana cellular app, but can still be accessed by means of Cortana in Home windows.” Cortana reminders, lists, and duties are now readily available in the Microsoft To Do application as an alternative.
Microsoft very first launched Cortana for iOS and Android in December 2015. The application was initially intended to hook up Home windows 10 PCs and cell telephones, but unsuccessful to obtain traction even with a massive redesign. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella regarded the company’s troubles in competing with other digital assistants a couple of many years back, revealing that Microsoft no lengthier observed Cortana as a competitor to Alexa and Google Assistant.
Microsoft experienced the moment envisioned a future total of Cortana-driven fridges, toasters, and thermostats. That dream came to an conclude before this thirty day period when the initial and only Cortana speaker taken off Microsoft’s electronic assistant. Other devices like the Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat are also no for a longer period run by Microsoft’s digital assistant.
Cortana isn’t totally finished, although. Microsoft nevertheless sees worth in conversational AI and the corporation is hoping to reposition Cortana as an assistant that can boost Microsoft’s organization-focused choices.