Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, runs out of support on Android

The Redmond company has confirmed the exact moment in which its virtual assistant will cease to have support on mobile devices.

The virtual assistants they are already integrated into the day-to-day life of the vast majority of people. Siri, Cortana, Alexa or the Google Assistant They are some of the most used virtual assistants in the world today, although not all have had an easy path. Specifically Cortana, the virtual assistant of Microsoft, a company that has officially announced the end of its support on Android.

The Redmond company has confirmed through an official statement some of the changes that its virtual assistant will undergo with the aim of continuing to redefine its nature with new experiences based on artificial intelligence in Microsoft 365 that accelerate productivity to help the user save time. and focus on more important things. Therefore, Microsoft has made a number of changes to some features and functionality focused on the United States consumer and the first change is to end support for all third-party Cortana skills on September 7.

Cortana for Android

Cortana on an Android smartphone.

On the other hand, Microsoft has also confirmed that, in early 2021“We will stop supporting the Cortana application for mobile devices (iOS and Android)” “. The reason, users can now manage their calendar and email, join meetings, and more features through company-focused productivity experiences such as Cortana integration into the Outlook mobile app, and coming soon. in the Teams app.

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Android support for Cortana will cease next year

Cortana in Microsoft Launcher

Cortana in Microsoft Launcher.

Microsoft has also confirmed in the statement that they have decided to end support for the integration of the Cortana service in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021. For those users using the device, the firm has been working closely with Harman Kardon to create a transition plan for Bluetooth-enabled devices to ease the change. Also, customers who receive a Harman Kardon firmware update in early 2021 will still be able to continue listening to music, podcasts, and the radio on their Invoke via Bluetooth connection, although they will not have Cortana.

The company also Cortana support on original Surface headphones ends in 2021, but the rest and the new ones will have the virtual assistant. Microsoft will send a $ 50 gift card to any active Invoke owner (anyone who has sent at least one Cortana voice request after July 31, 2019), and owners of Surface Headphones will also be offered a $ 25 gift card.

The technology giant understands that these changes can be harmful to some usersBut they hope to continue innovating in the ways that Cortana can help in the future. However, the cessation of support on Android of the virtual assistant is not news that catches us by surprise, since the firm has been slowly reducing Cortana over time and that the vast majority of users of these devices use Google Assistant.

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