Microsoft wiped out the Cortana app for iOS and Android

Microsoft wiped out the Cortana app for iOS and Android
Microsoft wiped out the Cortana app for iOS and Android
The world of technology saw the emergence of so-called virtual assistants a few years ago. The technology had at its base software capable of performing tasks or services for an individual. Examples are from the simplest tasks, such as telling the weather, to more complex actions, such as creating routines for interacting with third-party devices. The best known virtual assistants are Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana.

Now it is precisely the latter that now comes to an end in the service using the application for iOS and Android. Microsoft discontinued Cortana on the main platforms in the mobile market.


As expected, Microsoft today discontinued its Cortana mobile application. As a result, the company ended all support for the third party Cortana activity and eliminated the Cortana app for iOS and Android devices.

But what is Cortana?

In a nutshell, for those unfamiliar with Cortana, this is Microsoft's version of Siri or Alexa. In fact, it is a virtual personal assistant based on artificial intelligence who can answer questions and complete small tasks.

Your application, with the same name, originally launched in November 2018, apparently never gained a large enough user base in its short life for Microsoft to consider it worth keeping. If other players, like Apple, Google or Amazon, have great difficulties in having an active assistant to be an asset, Microsoft's, it would certainly have a lot more difficulties.

As explained on a Microsoft support page, starting today, March 31, the mobile app will no longer be supported. Thus, all tasks that existed dependent on this platform, cease to exist.

But be careful, Cortana will not stop, at least for now, being available through Windows. In the Microsoft operating system, the assistant keeps functionalities, such as reminders, or tasks, active.

These features, to be used on mobile devices, will now have to use another company tool, the Microsoft To Do app, which is available for free download on iOS and Android.

An announced death

Plans to end this tool were announced in July 2020. As is known, Microsoft said it would be changing the direction of its applications to deliver an “AI-powered transformational assistant experience” in its Microsoft 365 applications, the which would involve redirecting its “areas of innovation and development”.

Since then, the company has improved the integration of Cortana in Microsoft 365, such as the introduction of customizable and actionable summaries in Outlook for Exchange users and the addition of Cortana in the Teams mobile app to do actions like managing calendars, email and participate in meetings.

In January 2021, Microsoft ended support for the integration of Cortana in the Harman Kardon Invoke column.

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