Microsoft revealed this week that it will remove Cortana from Xbox One and will evolve how voice commands work on the console.
“We are moving away from on-console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences,” Microsoft’s Bradley Rossetti revealed. “This means you can no longer talk to Cortana via your headset. However, you can use the Xbox Skill for Cortana via the Cortana app on iOS, Android, and Windows or via Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker to power your Xbox One, adjust volume, launch games and apps, capture screenshots, and more —just as you can do with Alexa-enabled devices today.”
Microsoft began scaling back its support for Cortana in its core consumer platforms last year, and it specifically started adding support for third-party personal digital assistants like Amazon Alexa to both Windows and Xbox. With this change, Cortana will be no more integrated with Xbox than Alexa is, and I assume that, given recent changes in Windows 10, that will happen on the PC desktop as well.
Microsoft says that it will continue improving and evolving the Xbox Skill “across supported digital assistants—that is, Alexa and Cortana today, and probably Google Assistant, Siri, and even Bixby in the future. And it is working on a solution that will bring dictation back to the virtual keyboard on Xbox One.
<blockquote><em><a href="#444874">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>Can't wait for when you'll install windows 20h1 and you'll find cortana UWP waiting for you, with regular updates from the STORE</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#444916">In reply to Greg Green:</a></em></blockquote><p>how do you plan to do this, if will come already preinstalled? and probably without an official way to uninstall?</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#444918">In reply to dontbe_evil:</a></em></blockquote><p>all the people that downvoted, can you kindly provide some facts? … oh wait, you can't</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#444915">In reply to irfaanwahid:</a></em></blockquote><p>I consider most applications to be gimmicky since you can easily control appliances the old-fashioned way. On the other hand Cortana on the Windows phone provided a capability there was no other way to achieve – answering text messages while driving with your voice in a completely hands-free manner. So, of course, they killed it.</p>
<p>These sort of steps collectively are an unofficial abandonment of the One Windows concept IMO (not that it was ever a good idea in the first place).</p>