Microsoft confirms the departure of Cortana from Android, iOS and Microsoft Launcher

Yolanda Curtis
November 17, 2019

Microsoft went all in on the digital assistant when it first launched Windows 10 and even made Cortana something that users could not remove anymore when it launched the Anniversary Update for the operating system. The change means that there will be no Cortana mobile app, and integration will be removed from the Microsoft Launcher. As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we're ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market. The Cortana experience in the Microsoft launcher will also cease to function.

According to the support article, January 31st, 2020 will be the last day for Cortana on mobile devices.

Cortana was once positioned as a serious competitor to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but these days it feels more like a Windows add-on - and now the Cortana app for Android and iOS is disappearing in certain regions. However, users can access the content in the Windows app of Cortana.

Microsoft also posted a support page on its website where it stated that Cortana would be integrated into Microsoft 365. It's unclear how broadly the app will be removed - based on Microsoft's message, it will happen in at least three countries. You can still expect Cortana material to show up in the To Do app, but you won't have a central place to create it on your phone.

The company notes that users may still access reminders and lists through Cortana on Windows, and that reminders, lists and tasks are synced automatically to the Microsoft To Do application which is available for mobile devices.

The virtual assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 10, Windows 10 mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Invoke Smart Speaker, Microsoft Band, Surface Speakers, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Windows Mixed Reality and Amazon Alexa, have been in the news for a long time.

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