Microsoft has disabled the Cortana app for Android and iOS devices. This step is the latest in a series of moves to eliminate Cortana support on several platforms, including Microsoft Surface Headphones. The Cortana app is no longer supported on Android or iOS and has been removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
“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,” Microsoft said in a support note. “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.” The note adds.
Cortana lists, tasks, and reminders are now handled through the Microsoft To-Do app.
Microsoft launched Cortana for Android and iOS in December 2015. The app was designed to connect devices to Windows 10 PCs and smartphones but didn’t gain much traction – even after a huge redesign.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recognized that the company had difficulties competing with other digital assistants, revealing that the company no longer considered Cortana a competitor to Alexa and Google Assistant.
Microsoft has scaled back its dreams of fridges, thermostats, toasters, and other appliances backed by Cortana. This dream ended when the only Cortana speaker on the market lost support for the digital assistant. Not even the Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat uses Cortana anymore.
The assistant isn’t completely done just yet, as Microsoft still sees the value of conversational AI. Microsoft plans to reposition Cortana as a virtual assistant to improve Microsoft’s enterprise solutions.