Microsoft confirms Cortana is going away on Android and iOS in certain markets
What you need to know
- The Cortana app on Android and iOS is going away.
- This includes the Cortana experience inside Microsoft Launcher.
- Micrososft has not said which markets will be affected.
Microsoft has today announced that the Cortana app on iOS and Android, including Cortana inside the Microsoft Launcher, is being phased out early next year in certain markets. I reported last week that Microsoft was planning to remove Cortana from the Microsoft Launcher in certain markets, and now Microsoft has confirmed these plans in a support document. (opens in new tab)
The Cortana app on Android and iOS will cease to function on January 31, and this includes the Cortana experience via the Microsoft Launcher, just as I had mentioned previously. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not provided a list of markets where this change will be put into affect. I can confirm that Cortana will stop working on mobile platforms in Canada and the United Kingdom, but there's no word on if this will extend to the United States as well.
This is a real shame, as it means the few users trying to be part of the Microsoft ecosystem will not be able to use Microsoft's assistant as default on Android. Instead, Microsoft expects users to use Cortana inside Microsoft 365 enabled productivity apps such as Outlook and Teams, but that means Cortana will no longer be an option when wanting to ask simple questions like "what's the weather like?" or "how tall is the Empire State building?"
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Microsoft says that the removal of Cortana on Android and iOS is specific to mobile platforms, and that Cortana on Windows 10 will remain for users who wish to use it. That makes sense, as Microsoft is currently in the middle of building out a brand new Cortana experience for Windows 10 with the 20H1 release expected in the spring of 2020. What are your thoughts on this change? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks for the tip, CeeTalks
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Regarding the tasks and lists feature from Cortana, I'm happy to see them focus on To-Do. Cortana can do a lot of good there. It never made sense having lists and to-do lists in two different places. It drives me crazy getting multiple notification for reminders.
and yes... I've developed for Windows 10 IoT on the Raspberry... and no I'm not happy that there is no path to use faster 3+ and 4 hardware.... yet another example of me following Microsoft down the rabbit hole and getting burned.
If MS can be so kind to launch Cortana in Office365 also in Swedish, this will be fine. I'm used to find out the weather forcadt and the height of Empire State Building, 381 meters. Ask Cortana how much that is in feet! 😉
Yeah, keep talking about how important Microsoft is in the business space, while always looking behind, never forward. LOL, Microsoft's future is in business, not in mine!