Microsoft today ended its Cortana mobile app. Subsequently, the organization hosts finished all help for third-party Cortana abilities and eliminated the Cortana application for iOS and Android gadgets.
For those new to Cortana, it is Microsoft’s version of Siri or Alexa, an AI-based personal assistant that can answer questions and complete small tasks. The eponymous mobile application was initially launched in November 2018, however clearly never acquired a client base large enough in its short lifetime for Microsoft to think of it as worth keeping up.
As clarified in a Microsoft support page, from today, March 31, the mobile application is not, at this point support, and updates and lists are not, at this point accessible within the app either, in spite of the fact that they can still be accessed through Cortana in Windows.
Likewise, Cortana updates, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To-Do application, which is accessible as a free download on iOS and Android.
The planned closure of the applications was reported in July 2020, when Microsoft said it would be moving toward a “transformational AI-powered assistant experience” in its Microsoft 365 applications, which would include pulling together its “areas of innovation and development.”
The organization has since improved Cortana’s integration in Microsoft 365, for example, presenting personalized, actionable briefs in Outlook for Exchange clients, and adding Cortana to the Teams mobile application to do things like manage calendars, email, and join meetings.
In January 2021, Microsoft finished help for the Cortana integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker, and made a Bluetooth-enabled gadget change plan for Invoke proprietors to have the option to keep tuning in to their favorite music, podcasts, and radio stations.
Likewise, speaker proprietors who used Cortana are additionally qualified for a $50 Microsoft gift card, which is redeemable up to July 31, 2021.