Microsoft to Retire Cortana App for Android, iOS Early Next Year

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 2, 2020

Microsoft has now confirmed that it is ending support for Cortana not only for mobile users but its hardware users as well. To start, Microsoft will end support for third-party Cortana skills on September 7th, 2020.

Cortana will also stop working on the Harman Kardon Invoke, which is the only smart speaker ever to support Cortana in the first place.

Microsoft today announced that some USA consumer-centric features of Cortana are being phased out soon due to low usage (via ZDNet). But owners will still be able to access some Cortana skills.

Microsoft has largely withdrawn from the smartphone operating system market, leaving Cortana without a native mobile platform to compete with Siri and Google Assistant. For example, the company highlights the Cortana experience on Windows 10.

Invoke Speaker & Surface HeadphonesWe know that most of our customers primarily use the Invoke to play music because of its premium quality sound. It added that it'll stop supporting Cortana for mobile "because you can now manage your calendar and email, join meetings, and do so much more via our new productivity-focused experiences". "Once the Invoke is updated, Cortana will no longer be accessible on the device", Microsoft said.

Microsoft is also giving $50 gift card per active Invoke to the owner of the latest US -based Microsoft account used to set up an Invoke speaker that sent a voice request to the Cortana service after July 31, 2019, and prior to this announcement. To receive that gift card, you'll have to have sent a voice request to Cortana with the device after July 31, 2019 but prior to Microsoft's announcement today. Though it'll be as feature-rich as the existing version, Microsoft is apparently hoping to refine Cortana to be a complement to its other products.

A Microsoft support document reveals that the firm will end support for Cortana on mobile, the Invoke smart speaker, and Surface Headphones.

People affected by the Surface Headphones change will receive a $25 Microsoft Store gift card.

As The Verge points, the changes mark another step in Cortana reinvention as a productivity-focused digital helper.

"We've spent a lot of time thinking through this transition and understand that these changes may be disruptive to some of our customers".

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