Microsoft is saying goodbye to Cortana
November 17, 2019

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.

Do you use Cortana? Tell us about your experience with Microsoft’s virtual assistant in the comments below.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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