Microsoft Cortana voice assistant help for Android, iOS, and some different platforms will finish in early 2021, the corporate has introduced. It additionally mentioned that the help for Cortana service integration within the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker will probably be dropped in January 2021. In the run-up to those modifications, the corporate will first finish help for all third-party Cortana expertise on September 7, which is simply over a month away. These modifications are a results of decrease utilization of the digital assistant.
According to the announcement on a Microsoft Support web page, spotted by Android Police, the corporate is making a shift in direction of a “transformational AI-powered assistant experience in Microsoft 365”, and therefore it wants to regulate its focus areas of innovation and growth to present most help to customers “where they need it most.” While some modifications will probably be launched to the US consumer-centric options and functionalities with decrease utilization, Microsoft will nix Cortana voice assistant help for Android and iOS globally.
“We’ll stop supporting the Cortana app for mobile (iOS and Android), because you can now manage your calendar and email, join meetings, and do so much more via our new productivity-focused experiences — like the Cortana Windows 10 experience, Cortana integration in Outlook mobile, and soon Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app,” Microsoft said within the announcement.
As talked about earlier, Microsoft can be ending help for the Cortana service integration within the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021. Customers will obtain a firmware replace from Harman Kardon in early 2021 and after that Cortana will now not be accessible on the gadget. Customers will have the ability to proceed listening to music, podcasts, and radio stations through Bluetooth.
Microsoft Cortana help can even finish within the first model of Surface Headphones (no help in Surface Headphones 2) in 2021. Users, nevertheless, will nonetheless have the ability to invoke Cortana through Outlook cellular to handle inbox through Surface Earbuds. The firm will probably be sending a $50 (roughly Rs. 3,700) reward card every to all lively Invoke homeowners who’ve despatched at the least one Cortana voice request after July 31 final 12 months in addition to a $25 (roughly Rs. 1,800) reward card every to Surface Headphones homeowners.
Microsoft Cortana help has already been removed from its Launcher app for Android in India, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and the UK.
Why are smartphone costs rising in India? We mentioned this on Orbital, our weekly expertise podcast, which you’ll be able to subscribe to through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or simply hit the play button beneath.