Microsoft will shut down the Android and iOS apps for Cortana on January 31, 2020, as the digital assistant will instead be integrated into Microsoft 365.
Microsoft has revealed that it’s planning to permanently bury Cortana app for iOS and Android in January.
Microsoft said that content created on Cortana, such as reminders and lists, will no longer be available on the mobile app and on the Microsoft Launcher for Android, which will receive an update to remove Cortana.
The Cortana-created content will still be accessible through the Windows version of the digital assistant. Reminders, lists, and tasks on Cortana are also automatically added to the Microsoft To Do app, which is available as a free download for smartphones.
The Cortana app is used for settings configuration and firmware updates for devices such as the Surface Headphones though, and it is unclear how these features will be accessed after the app’s shutdown.
Earlier this year, Microsoft started working on a standalone Cortana app for Windows 10 PCs, freeing it from the operating system so that updates for the digital assistant would be quicker.
Cortana was not mentioned at all at Microsoft’s Surface event in October, despite the opportunity for its integration in the Surface Earbuds.
The digital assistant, however, was present at the recent Ignite 2019 conference, where it was announced that Cortana will be integrated into Microsoft 365 starting with Outlook mobile.
The Cortana-powered Play My Emails has rolled out to Outlook for iOS, with the feature to arrive on the Android version of the app in spring 2020.
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