Microsoft set to kill Cortana voice assistant app for Android and iOS
New Delhi : Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa have been the market leaders when it comes to the voice assistant apps. There have been several other options like Apple's Siri, Samsung's Bixby and Microsoft's Cortana.
Earlier, Cortana was limited to only Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and Microsoft’s ecosystem in general, but to match up with the competition, the company extended it to iOS and Android too.
It has been learned that the company has now decided to not continue the app on the mobile devices and it is likely to get discontinued from the markets by the early next year.
Microsoft has confirmed they will pull support for Cortana on third-party platforms like Android and iOS on January 31st, 2020, as part of a series of changes to Cortana-related services.
Post this date; the application will be removed from the stores in the UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India. Although it will continue working in the US for an undetermined amount of time after January 31st, 2020,
Furthermore, an update to the Microsoft Launcher app on Android—which also had Cortana integration—will remove Cortana. Microsoft says they aren’t planning on completely killing Cortana, however, as it will be integrated with the Microsoft 365 suite of productivity apps (such as Outlook). and Windows 10 will still keep it as its voice assistant.