Microsoft had earlier rolled out Cortana for Android and iOS in an effort to give it voice-assistant a broader appeal. But it seems, the company failed to garner much enthusiasm from users. That being the case, we’ve learned Cortana will no more be seen on Android and iOS platforms.
Microsoft ends support for Cortana on Android and iOS
With Cortana, Microsoft had hoped to bring the power of conversational computing and productivity to other platforms and make the digital voice-assistant as helpful as possible. It had even planned to integrate Cortana deeper into Microsoft 365 productivity apps for Android and iOS.
Any content you created using Cortana will stop functioning in the app, including Lists and reminders on mobile. However, it will still be accessible through Cortana on Windows 10 and Microsoft’s To-Do apps, available for both Android and iOS.
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. As of March 31, 2021, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app, but can still be accessed through Cortana in Windows, mentions a Microsoft support page.
Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To-Do app, which you can download to your phone for free. After March 31, 2021, the Cortana mobile app on your phone will no longer be supported. It added further.
We hope, it doesn’t turn out to be an April Fool prank. The truth is, Cortana never really took off in the battle of virtual assistants due to due to established, easier-to-reach competition from Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. Android users had little to no reason to pick Cortana when Google Assistant was built-in, while iOS users preferred Siri. Moreover, if they wanted a device-independent alternative, they chose Amazon Alexa.
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