What you need to know
- The Cortana apps on iOS and Android will be discontinued on March 31, 2021.
- The apps now show a warning about their upcoming discontinuation.
- Microsoft has shifted Cortana towards productivity.
The Cortana app on mobile devices isn't long for this world. We already knew that the Cortana apps on iOS and Android will be discontinued on March 31, 2021, but now the apps are reminding people of it. Twitter user Rohit Yadav shared a screenshot of the Cortana app on Android warning about its upcoming discontinuation. We also see the warning on an iPhone.
Hi @Daniel_Rubino, @zacbowden, @windowscentral, the Cortana mobile app on Android now shows a banner stating the app will stop working by this month end. 😔 pic.twitter.com/vSrNGqNYwZHi @Daniel_Rubino, @zacbowden, @windowscentral, the Cortana mobile app on Android now shows a banner stating the app will stop working by this month end. 😔 pic.twitter.com/vSrNGqNYwZ— Rohit Yadav (@rty2423) March 23, 2021March 23, 2021
Microsoft details the upcoming discontinuation in a support document:
Microsoft has shifted Cortana towards productivity, such as helping people get things done through Microsoft 365. When Microsoft announced the upcoming end of the Cortana apps on iOS and Android, the company also announced the end of support for Cortana on Harman Kardon Invoke speakers.
Our senior editor Zac Bowden explained why Microsoft needs to embrace Alexa and Google Assistant now that Cortana is "dead" on traditional devices.
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