Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021

Microsoft’s plan for Invoke audio system is more likely to trigger essentially the most resentment. The corporate will push a firmware replace to the sensible system to show it right into a Bluetooth speaker. “The firmware replace might be delivered robotically to units related to WiFi inside six months of its launch,” the corporate stated. 

As an olive department to Invoke homeowners, Microsoft plans to ship them $50 present playing cards. To be eligible, you may should have used your Invoke speaker to ask one thing of Cortana between July 31st and earlier than right now’s announcement.   

As talked about above, Microsoft additionally plans to take away the present iteration of Cortana from its first-generation Floor Headphones in early 2021. As soon as the change goes by way of, you may nonetheless have the ability to use the digital assistant, however solely by way of the combination that comes with Outlook Mobile. First-generation Floor Headphones homeowners can get a $25 present card.

“We have spent quite a lot of time pondering by way of this transition and perceive that these adjustments could also be disruptive to a few of our clients,” the corporate stated. 

As The Verge points, the adjustments mark one other step in Cortana reinvention as a productivity-focused digital helper. Cortana is not going away, however Microsoft is tweaking the software program to raised praise apps like Outlook and Groups. In doing so, the corporate seemingly hopes to carve out a distinct segment for the digital assistant away from the likes of Assistant and Alexa. In fact, all of that’s small comfort in the event you purchased into the corporate’s authentic imaginative and prescient for Cortana.