Rumored for some time, the disappearance of the application Cortana on Android and iOS is confirmed. Microsoft is definitely struggling to impose his voice assistant against Google Assistant and Siri.
Officially available since December 2015 on Android and iOS, and since February 2018 on the Microsoft Launcher, Cortana is already preparing to disappear of these platforms and the launcher. Microsoft has confirmed on several pages dedicated to the support of the voice assistant.
For example, the Australian, Canadian and English sites warn: “To make your personal digital assistant as useful as possible, we integrate Cortana into your Microsoft 365 applications. As part of this evolution, January 31, 2020 , we stop supporting the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market. At this point, the Cortana content you have created – such as reminders and lists – will no longer work in the Cortana mobile app or in Microsoft Launcher, but will still be accessible via Cortana on Windows. In addition, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synchronized with the Microsoft To Do application, which you can download for free from your phone. ”
Microsoft loose Cortana on mobile early 2020
Therefore and as of February 1, 2020, the mobile phone application Cortana will no longer be supported. Microsoft Launcher will be updated, but without Cortana. It will still be possible to use the wizard, provided you have one of the versions of Microsoft 365 (mainly dedicated to businesses). The measure concerns Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. At the moment, it is not known if Microsoft intends to withdraw Cortana in the rest of the world, but it’s a safe bet that it expands rapidly on other support sites. Whether on Windows 10, Xbox One and now on Android and iOS, Microsoft is unable to impose its voice assistant against the competition.
Microsoft has tried by all means to force the user to call his assistant, but nothing has done. On Windows 10, Cortana is no longer integrated into the search field, but is in the form of a separate button that can easily be removed. It is even a question that Microsoft makes an application to download on the Windows Store. And on the Xbox One, Cortana can be replaced by Google Assistant. Slowly, but surely, Cortana is eclipsing the environment. But how many users, across all platforms, will they really complain?