Microsoft’s Cortana mobile app was decommissioned today, as planned. As a result, Microsoft has stopped promoting third-party Cortana skills and discontinued the Cortana software for iOS and Android.
Cortana is Microsoft’s version of Siri or Alexa, an AI-based personal assistant that can answer questions and complete simple tasks. The eponymous mobile app was first released in November 2018, but it seems that it never attracted a large enough user base for Microsoft to deem it worth keeping.
According to a Microsoft support page, the mobile app will no longer be provided as of today, March 31, and reminders and lists will no longer be accessible inside the app, but they can still be accessed via Cortana in Windows. Reminders, lists, and tasks created by Cortana are automatically synced with the Microsoft To-Do app, which is available for free on iOS and Android.
The apps were set to be retired in July 2020, when Microsoft revealed that it would be transitioning to a “transformational AI-powered assistant experience” in its Microsoft 365 apps, which would necessitate refocusing its “areas of innovation and growth.”
Cortana’s integration in Microsoft 365 has since been enhanced, with customized, actionable briefs in Outlook for Exchange users and Cortana being added to the Teams mobile app to access schedules, email, and attend meetings.
Microsoft ended support for the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker’s Cortana integration in January 2021 and developed a Bluetooth-enabled system transition plan for Invoke owners to keep listening to their favorite songs, podcasts, and radio stations. Additionally, owners of Cortana-enabled speakers are eligible for a $50 Microsoft gift card, redeemable until July 31, 2021.