Microsoft has revealed that its visual assistant Cortana will no longer be supported on Android and iOS devices. Beginning March 31, Microsoft will uninstall the Cortana app from both the App Store and Google Play Store. People who already had the app installed, however, could still use it. Microsoft will stop funding Cortana fully on March 31, 2021.
“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,” reads a Microsoft support note spotted by MacRumors. “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.” Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are now available in the Microsoft To Do app instead.
In November 2019, Microsoft stopped selling the standalone Cortana app in markets other than the United States, including India, the United Kingdom, China, Spain, and Canada. “Cortana needs to be the skill for someone who is a Microsoft 365 subscriber,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in January 2019.
Microsoft revealed that it has developed a Bluetooth-enabled product transition plan after ending support for Cortana integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker. Customers who receive a firmware update from Harman Kardon in early 2021 will still be able to listen to music, podcasts, and radio stations on their Invoke devices via Bluetooth, but Cortana will be unavailable.
Invoke speaker owners who used Cortana between July 31, 2019 and July 31, 2020 were also eligible for a $50 (roughly Rs. 3,700) Microsoft Store gift card, redeemable until July 31, 2021, according to Microsoft.