At the end of January, the Cortana app is apparently booted in the cemetery of the Microsoft Assistant. At least the poor Clippy will now have a business.
This is from a support article from released by Microsoft this week, but only users in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada can expect this. Say goodbye to the language assistant for the time being. No such message is currently hosted on the US Microsoft Web site. It is uncertain if the Cortana app will be available to Android and iOS users after the specified shutdown date, January 31. We asked Microsoft for clarification.
"To make your personal digital assistant as useful as possible, we integrate Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity applications," notes the note. "As part of this development, we will end support for the Cortana app for Android and iOS on your market on January 31, 2020."
After this date, any reminders or lists that users currently have in the Cortana app can Access is via the free to-do app from Microsoft, which is automatically synchronized.
The move is not surprising. Microsoft has gradually shifted its focus to Cortana as a standalone language assistant. In January, CEO Satya Nadella said Cortana no longer considered Amazon Alexa's competitor or Google Assistant, despite massive attempts to rename the Voice Assistant in 2018. This time last year, it was the retirement of the Cortana Chief, Javier Soltero, when Microsoft built the language assistant from the company's AI and research department into his Experiences and Devices team and more of a role than digital Assistant took over.
Part of what made this pivot possible is the company's collaboration with another technology giant, Amazon. Microsoft welcomed its language assistant Alexa to their products as of last year (and vice versa) and opened their online and retail locations for Amazon Products such as Echo and Echo Dot. The language assistant has also seen a limited role in the entire Microsoft ecosystem . Earlier this year, the company announced that it would be to disable Cortana's Help on certain installations of Windows 10 by default. Later it was completely removed from the search bar.
Man, it's so sad to hear that Cortana gets the ax after nearly five years. Alexa, go ahead: Meet it.