The company is removing the virtual assistant in a few markets starting next year.
Microsoft’s own virtual assistant Cortana, named after the popular Halo character, is now saying farewell. The company has announced that the service is being discontinued in a few markets by the end of January next year.
Cortana users in the UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India are all being advised that the service will soon be shut down by January 31st, 2020. It was highlighted that users in the US would still be able to access Cortana since no shutdown notice was posted.
Cortana will instead be integrated into the Microsoft 365 productivity apps, supposedly living as the new ‘Clippy’ where it would occasionally suggest tips and tricks on the files you are working on. Whether it will be most useful compared to its previous iteration is something we may have to wait and see.
Cortana has initially launched as a direct competitor to other similar virtual assistants like Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa. While these assistants have found their own audiences thanks to dedicated devices that support it, Cortana was somehow left out.
Microsoft did admit that they are already reducing the focus on Cortana as a standalone assistant and will instead focus on moving it into apps.
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