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Microsoft Is Killing Off Cortana For iOS And Android in Certain Markets

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Microsoft has revealed its plans to kill off its Cortana app for iOS and Android next year in January. The software giant posted a new support article for Cortana users in the UK, Canada and Australia that reveals Cortana for iOS is disappearing at least in those markets.


“To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps,” reads the support note in the UK. “As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market.”

“At that point the Cortana content you created-such as remainders and lists will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app or Microsoft Launcher, but can still be accessed through Cortana in Windows. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you can download to your phone for free,” reads the support note.

Microsoft has not made it clear if the Cortana app on Android and iOS will continue to operate in the US after January 31. The full support note reveals that Cortana will be disappearing from the company’s Android launcher app after January 31 in UK, Canada and Australia.

The company first launched Cortana for iOS and Android back in December 2015. Initially designed to connect Windows 10 PCs and mobile phones it evolved to be full fledged personal assistant. However, it failed to compete with other digital assistants on the market like Siri and Alexa. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed earlier this year that the company sees Cortana as a competitor to these personal assistants.

Microsoft is now focusing on integrating its Cortana into more business-focused parts of Microsoft 365. The personal assistant is also being integrated directly into Outlook for outlook for iOS and Android, so that it can helps in tasks like reading emails aloud on the go.

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