Microsoft Will Shut Down Cortana on Android and iOS in Early 2021

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Microsoft Will Shut Down Cortana on Android and iOS in Early 2021
Microsoft is rethinking its technique for Cortana, its digital voice assistant, and has now determined to finish assist for its cellular apps, third-party abilities, and equipment. Yes, the Cortana that we all know proper now’s going away and can flip its focus in direction of private productiveness. The firm hasn’t been in a position to make Cortana probably the most interactive and viable voice assistant for its big 1 billion-strong userbase.

The firm has been charting this course for the reason that starting of the yr. Microsoft first introduced that Cortana might be faraway from its Android launcher in February. The Cortana cellular apps, nonetheless, have been first revealed to have been killed earlier final yr -including India. It was nonetheless accessible to US customers in order that they’ll configure the Surface Headphones.

Microsoft has now confirmed that it’s ending assist for Cortana not just for cellular customers however its {hardware} customers as effectively. Starting off, the corporate is ending assist for all ‘third-party Cortana skills’ on September 7. This means you’ll not be capable of ask Cortana to play music by way of Spotify, management your sensible house, and different duties that you’d depend on a voice assistant for.

Cortana Android & iOS App

Next up, we now have the Cortana cellular apps that might be shut down in early 2021. In an official support page, Microsoft explains the shut down saying, “We’ll stop supporting the Cortana app for mobile (iOS and Android), because you can now manage your calendar and email, join meetings, and do so much more via our new productivity-focused experiences.”

The new productivity-focused experiences embody the Cortana integration in Outlook, Microsoft Teams, and effectively, the Windows 10 Cortana app. Yeah, the corporate has now separated its voice assistant from the OS and may push new updates by way of the Microsoft Store. You not want to attend for bi-annual Windows 10 updates to check out newer options in motion.

Invoke Speaker & Surface Headphones

4. Harman Kardon Invoke

If you didn’t already know, Microsoft too debuted a sensible speaker in partnership with audio large Harmon Kardon again in 2017. The Harmon Kardon Invoke was backed by Cortana however that adjustments in January 2021.

Microsoft has now revealed that it’s ending assist for Cortana integration in Invoke audio system in January subsequent yr. It has determined to rework the customers’ Invoke speaker from a Cortana-enabled sensible speaker to a normal Bluetooth speaker. The official assertion from Microsoft reads as beneath –

We know that almost all of our clients primarily use the Invoke to play music due to its premium high quality sound. To be sure to can hold listening to music or your favourite podcasts, we’ve labored intently with Harman Kardon to create a Bluetooth-enabled system transition plan that we hope will assist ease the influence of this transformation.

What’s extra stunning is that the first-gen Surface Headphones are set to lose the prevailing Cortana integration in 2020. You will nonetheless be capable of entry Cortana on the Surface Headphones, in addition to the Surface Earbuds, with its Outlook Mobile integration.

Since Microsoft is aware of this isn’t the expertise you had signed for, it can ship $50 present playing cards to Invoke customers and a $25 present card to Surface Headphone customers. This looks as if the tip of the road for Microsoft’s formidable voice assistant on cellular and {hardware}. It might be fascinating to see Cortana’s pivot in direction of extra productivity-focused options inside its apps and Windows 10.

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