Microsoft Shutting Down Cortana App for iOS and Android

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Microsoft today announced plans to "shift toward a transformational AI-powered assistant experience" in its Microsoft 365 apps, which will involve refocusing its "areas of innovation and development."


As a result, Microsoft is ending all support for third-party Cortana skills and eliminating the Cortana apps for iOS and Android devices. Third-party Cortana skills will be deprecated on September 7, while the iOS and Android apps will stop being supported in early 2021.

Microsoft says that the Cortana Windows 10 experience, Cortana integration in Outlook mobile, and upcoming Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app can be used to do things like manage calendar and email and join meetings.

Microsoft also plans to end support for the Cortana integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021. Speaker owners who used Cortana are eligible for a $50 Microsoft gift card as compensation.

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BeatCrazy

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I was an early buyer of the original Surface Headphones, which are somehow (?) also impacted by this. I never used Cortana.

I went to the Microsoft site, put in my Surface Headphones serial number, and was immediately give a $25 Microsoft account credit code. No complaints here, thanks Microsoft!


 

ApostolisApo

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Google assistant on iOS seems to be doing fine and has to be launched manually.
no it does not. There is a shortcut that you can assign a manual phrase to and trigger it vocally.
What I do is I invoke Siri, then say “hey assistant” and then Google Assistant is triggered. it takes a little longer than using Siri itself but hey, it’s better late (Google Assistant) than never (Siri) 😁
 
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rp2011

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As to using Siri, the only time I’ve thought of using it is when I needed to ask a hands-free question, which is when I am driving. Turns out it won’t allow asking a question while I’m driving. Probably a easy workaround but I never think about Siri again until actually do need a hands free question, and that’s usually only while I’m driving
 
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Infinite Vortex

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While on the surface of it this is fab. The assistant that sucks to the same level Cortana is Bixby so hopefully that'll come to an end just the same. However, the part where I wonder if this is an overall good thing is if they replaced the AI with Google Assistant.
 
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nfl_brah

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As to using Siri, the only time I’ve thought of using it is when I needed to ask a hands-free question, which is when I am driving. Turns out it won’t allow asking a question while I’m driving. Probably a easy workaround but I never think about Siri again until actually do need a hands free questio, and that’s usually on only while I’m driving
Most Siri use I have is for directions and setting timers/reminders. Curious what others use it for
 
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