Microsoft ending support for Cortana on Windows


In a move that comes as no surprise, Microsoft has announced its decision to end support for Cortana on Windows. The company recently revealed its new Windows Copilot tool, which will soon replace Cortana with its advanced AI capabilities.

Cortana was introduced to Windows 10 in 2015 as a voice-powered assistant for setting reminders, opening applications, and answering questions. However, over the years, Microsoft has been gradually phasing out Cortana from the Windows experience. With the release of Windows 11, Cortana lost its prominent position on the taskbar, and it was also removed from the initial boot experience. Microsoft further discontinued the Cortana app on iOS and Android in 2020, along with ending support for Cortana on Surface headphones and other devices.

The discontinuation of Cortana on Windows highlights Microsoft's focus on expanding its suite of AI tools, including the newly unveiled Windows Copilot. This powerful tool, integrated into the Windows taskbar, utilizes AI to assist users with a wide range of tasks, such as content summarization, text rewriting, question answering, and system settings adjustment.

While the exact date for Cortana's removal from Windows is yet to be announced, Microsoft confirms that Cortana will still be available on Outlook mobile, Microsoft Teams mobile, Teams display, and Teams rooms. However, the long-term availability of Cortana on these platforms remains uncertain.

Microsoft's decision to end Cortana on Windows reflects its commitment to enhancing user experiences with cutting-edge AI tools. As the company continues to innovate, users can look forward to the powerful capabilities offered by Windows Copilot and other AI-powered solutions from Microsoft.

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