Microsoft Kills Cortana on Mobile

Posted on March 31, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Smart Home, Windows 10 with 41 Comments

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Following through on its July 2020 announcement, Microsoft has ended support for the Cortana app on Android and iPhone.

“As we announced in July, we will soon be ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS, as Cortana continues its evolution as a productivity assistant,” a Microsoft support document notes. “After March 31, 2021, the Cortana mobile app on your phone will no longer be supported.”

Starting today, any Cortana content you created—including reminders and lists—will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app, though Microsoft says they can still be accessed through Cortana in Windows. Furthermore, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are also synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which is still available on mobile.

Microsoft revealed that it would be killing Cortana on mobile last summer, noting that it was shifting the personal digital assistant “toward a transformational AI-powered assistant experience in Microsoft 365,” and that, as a result, it needed to make “changes to some U.S. consumer-centric features and functionalities with lower usage.”

The death of Cortana on mobile follows its removal from the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker earlier this month, which was also first announced last July.

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