Microsoft is rethinking its Cortana assistant, announcing it will shut down current iOS and Android apps, terminate Cortana support for the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker, and remove Cortana’s original functionality from first generation of Surface Headphones starting in 2021.
These changes are still a few months away, but it marks another big step for Microsoft to turn Cortana away from Google Assistant or Alexa an alternative to a more specialized, productivity-focused assistant – changes the company has already begun to make. on the Windows 10 version of Cortana earlier this year. (To that end, Microsoft also put a Sept. 7 data on the sun that it had already announced of third-party Cortana skills for Windows.)
Instead, Microsoft will be focusing on its productivity features that re-release Cortana as part of the Microsoft 365 software suite, citing the revamped Windows 10 functions and Cortana features built into the Outlook apps and Teams as substitutes. It’s not as complete as the original Cortana – which offered additional features such as smart home controls and music integration – but by offering a less extensive set of features, Microsoft hopes to create a product that better complements its existing software. and compete less directly with established players such as Google and Amazon.
Microsoft is offering a $ 50 gift card consolation offer to Harman Kardon Invoke owners, who will be hardest hit by the removal of Cortana – which will effectively replace the device’s smart device. the Expensive Bluetooth Speaker When the Firmware Update Comes Next Year . Owners of the original Face Headphones (who also see their Cortana experience removed) are also being offered a $ 25 gift card to make up for the missing service.