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    Microsoft to kill Cortana app for both iOS and Android on Jan 2020


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    In case you don’t know what is Cortana. Cortana is a virtual personal assistant which helps you to complete your task on your phone. It is similar to Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. The name Cortana was originated from the game called Halo. If you have played the game you might know who is Cortana. It is an assistant in the form of light which travels with you in the game.

    However, a few days ago, Microsoft announces that it will be killing off Cortana app for both iOS and Android. Some of you after reading this might be curious to try on Cortana. Now is the right time to try it before it disappears from the App Store or Google Play Store. Microsoft has officially updated its support article saying that Cortana for iOS and Android will be disappearing in UK, Canada and Australia. Besides these countries, TheVerge has also confirmed that Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India is part of the countries which will be seeing the disappearance of the Cortana app.

    Cortana is not dead yet

    Actually, Microsoft didn’t really mean to kill Cortana completely. Eventually, Cortana will still continue under the Microsoft umbrella. According to Microsoft, it will integrate Cortana into the Microsoft 365 productivity apps. This means, once Microsoft announces Cortana for Microsoft 365 productivity apps, you can imagine how people are going to use it widely.

    Back in December 2015, Microsoft launches Cortana for iOS and Android. Originally it was designed to connect Windows 10 PCs and mobile phones. However, due to other digital assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft fails to compete with them. That’s when the CEO itself, Satya Nadella says Cortana is not a competitor to other digital assistants.

    In a nutshell, January 31st will be the last day of Cortana for iOS and Android devices. After that, Microsoft will fully integrate Cortana under the Microsoft 365 productivity apps.

    Raaj Lokanathan
    A software engineer as a profession. A tech blogger as a passion.

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