Cortana support going away in Windows 10 versions at 'end-of-support' dates

Cortana Windows 10
Cortana Windows 10 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft announced today that Cortana support is going away on older versions of Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 releases that have reached their end-of-support dates will lose access to Cortana.
  • Microsoft recommends you keep your PC updated to the latest version of Windows to keep Cortana.

Microsoft detailed several changes and improvements coming soon to Cortana with a focus on productivity. As part of the moves, however, the company revealed that it will drop Cortana support from older versions of Windows 10. Specifically, versions that have reached their end-of-support dates will lose Cortana.

"As part of our standard practice, we are ending support for Cortana in older versions of Windows that have reached their end-of-service dates," Microsoft says. "We recommend that customers update their devices to the latest version of Windows 10 to continue using Cortana."

The move makes sense as Microsoft transitions Cortana to more of a productivity tool, rather than an assistant. This requires a number of changes that won't make their way to older versions of Windows 10 that are no longer supported, including Windows 10 Mobile.

In addition to dropping support from older Windows 10 versions, Microsoft also revealed that it is essentially eliminating Cortana skills and Cortana will be dropped from Microsoft Launcher on Android by April.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl