Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Cortana Android and iOS Apps

Bill Mount

Microsoft has finally retired the Cortana app on iOS and Android, with support ending as March came to a close. This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone because Microsoft announced it would be pulling the plug in July last year, but at the time no official end date […]

Microsoft has finally retired the Cortana app on iOS and Android, with support ending as March came to a close.

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone because Microsoft announced it would be pulling the plug in July last year, but at the time no official end date was set beyond “early 2021.” In an update on its support website, Microsoft confirmed, “After March 31, 2021, the Cortana mobile app on your phone will no longer be supported.”

Cortana users haven’t been left completely out in the cold, though. Microsoft explains, “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. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you can download to your phone for free.”

Recommended by Our Editors

Development of the virtual assistant began in 2009. Cortana first appeared for Windows 10 and Windows Phone in early 2015, and Android and iOS apps arrived soon thereafter. Six years later and the consumer focus is gone, with Microsoft looking to the enterprise for a more business-focused conversational AI offering going forward.

Next Post

Intel and John Deere pilot AI and computer vision program to detect manufacturing defects

The system taps a neural network to register problems associated with welding and pauses production so these components can be corrected. Image: John Deere Agtech capabilities are bringing traditional farming into the 21st century. These solutions range from sprawling LED-equipped indoor farming facilities to robotically plucking ripe produce off the […]