Microsoft to shut down its artificial-intelligence powered digital assistant soon

Cortana, an AI powered digital assistant by Microsoft will be shut down soon but may live on in the USA app stores.

Microsoft has told us that it wants to kill off its Cortana app for the Android and iOS devices come January 2020. It posted this in an article for Cortana users in the UK, Australia and in Canada.

In stores like UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India on January 31st, Microsoft revealed it will remove the app Microsoft has also confirmed this to The Verge.

“Cortana is an integral part of our broader vision to bring the power of conversational computing and productivity to all our platforms and devices,” says a spokesperson at Microsoft; in a statement to The Verge. “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.”

We don’t know how long Cortana will run on Android and iOS but we know for now, it’s till January 31st, 2020.

Cortana can be used to configure settings and update the firmware for devices lime Surface headphones and users in the UK will still have access to these cool features.

Microsoft originally launched Cortana for iOS and Android back in December 2015, and it was originally designed to connect Windows 10 PCs and mobile phones.

Microsoft launched Cortana for iOS and Android so users can connect to Windows 10 PCs and Mobile phones. But ever since, it’s struggled to keep up with competitors like Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri.

Microsoft is now focused on integrating Cortana into more business-focused parts of Microsoft 365. Cortana is also being integrated directly into Outlook for iOS and Android so it can read emails aloud on the go.

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