Cortana is limited to Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS and functionality is limited to Microsoft ecosystem. The tech firm launched Cortana app on Android and iOS in 2015. However, it failed to attract the users due to the availability of dedicated and more robust Google, Apple’s voice assistants on these platforms.
Microsoft has decided that it will pull support for Cortana voice assistant on third party platforms like Android and iOS starting January 31, 2020. The move is part of series of changes to Cortana related services. After this date, Cortana app will disappear from app stores in the UK, Australia, Germany, India, China, Spain, Mexico, and Canada. Cortana will continue to work on Android and iOS in the US.
The spokesperson said,
“Cortana is an integral part of our broader vision to bring the power of conversational computing and productivity to all our platforms and devices. To make Cortana as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana deeper into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps, and part of this evolution involves ending support for the Cortana mobile app on Android and iOS.”
Cortana is also used to configure settings and update firmware for devices like Surface headphones. Microsoft has not mentioned how Surface Headphones owners in UK and elsewhere will continue to get access to these features.
The company is not shutting down Cortana project. It is more focused on integrating Cortana into business focused parts of Microsoft 365. The voice assistant will get deeply integrated into Outlook for iOS and Android.