Just deleted Cortana


Being in the UK means Cortana never really functioned completely. It took years to be properly supported on my Windowsphone(s) and, although it did most of what I wanted, it didn’t quite get “British sports”, news and other things that worked in the USA. Flight information was “iffy” and no smart speakers either. It needed to work everywhere but it didn’t work well anywhere.

So reading here, and elsewhere, that Cortana’s death as a standalone assistant was happening I removed her. I got a iphone 8 plus secondhand a while back so it’s just an app. It’s also now part of the retreat from Microsoft consumer. Cortana is rebranded as “clippy 2.0” for Office. Not so much AI as “I see you are making an appointment would you like some help?”.

From your most personal assistant on your Windowsphone to merely a bit of help on an app, It’s OK. It never worked properly outside the USA. It never worked at all in most of the the world. Professionally, as someone who works as an Office 365 Admin, Microsoft is great. As a consumer it’s heading for zero interest.

Cortana I hardly got to know you at all. With only slow decline to watch I am putting you out of your misery and deleting you today.

Comments (12)

12 responses to “Just deleted Cortana”

  1. Brad Sams

    But you will soon be saying hello to the Microsoft Assistant.

  2. johnh3

    To bad. When Microsoft pulled out of mobile I had the impression that they would not misses the next trend In computing so to speak.

    And with Cortana they was early up in the smart assistent/speaker game. So I was hopeful. And yet they seems to screw things up..

    Now its basicly a two player industry with Amazon and Google. Apple have not been sucessful but I guess we might see some new stuff there in time.

    • wright_is

      In reply to johnh3:

      I'm still waiting for Cortana on Android or iOS to be released... The official story is that they don't have the backend infrastructure to cope with it!

      This, even though Cortana on the desktop and on Windows Phone was available, if very limited in functionality and that Microsoft's "big thing" is Azure, which is expandable cloud delivery... Yet Azure obviously isn't expandable enough to cope with the few Cortana users in non-English speaking regions.

  3. frostywinnipeg

    This is how the Covenant wins.

  4. harmjr

    PONSAELIUS do you use a digital assistant any where else? If so which one and how often.

    I dont find that I use them at all. Matter of fact I find they slow me down from doing what ever it was I was going to ask them to do.

    • ponsaelius

      In reply to harmjr:

      Yep. We have Alexa in the house. I use it to listen to music, alarms when I am cooking, my calendar, and a few other things. I did use Cortana for reminders on the move and some kinds of searches. However, I am in the UK and some Cortana functions have always been brain dead. I was looking forward to a Cortana skill on a Alexa but that will probably never arrive.

  5. ErichK

    The main thing that frustrates me about digital assistants is when you ask them a question and instead of answering because they don't know, they say, "Here's what I found on the web..." Argh. They all seem guilty of that.

  6. robincapper

    Sad when Microsoft talk so much about their Azure/AI systems being able to deploy and scale rapidly they could, or chose, not to do that with Cortana.