Tech giant Microsoft revealed that it’ll soon be shutting down the Cortana app. This news was revealed by Microsoft in their support pages. The application will be axed for some huge markets, like the UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India.
The support page mentions that Cortana for iOS and Android will be taken down from the respective stores by January 31st. However, Cortana for iOS and Android app will continue to operate in the US after January 31st.
A Microsoft spokesperson said, “Cortana is an integral part of our broader vision to bring the power of conversational computing and productivity to all our platforms and devices. To make Cortana as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana deeper into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps, and part of this evolution involves ending support for the Cortana mobile app on Android and iOS.”
This news will be disheartening for the owners of Surface Headphones as Cortana also doubles as an app where users configure settings and update the firmware. Microsoft hasn’t mentioned how exactly Surface Headphones owners in the Cortana-blacklisted countries will receive these features.
Cortana was launched back in December 2015 for Android and iOS which was designed in mind to connect Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices. Fast forward to 2019, Cortana failed to make its mark as Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri are still the rulers in the AI world. This was eminently made clear by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella early this year when he said that the company no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to Alexa and Google Assistant.
According to Microsoft, it is focusing on integrating Cortana into more business-focused parts of Microsoft 365. A report also suggested that Cortana will be directly integrated into Outlook for Android and iOS wherein the AI could read emails on the go.