It’s no secret that Microsoft has been redesigning its Cortana strategy in recent months. Instead of trying to compete against Google Assistant, Alexa, Bixby, etc., they decided to reuse it as a productivity tool in its Microsoft 365 suite. So their latest announcement is hardly surprising given all of this. They’ll be making changes to Cortana over the next few years, including ending support for the Cortana app on Android devices and ending support for third-party skills.
The first change they’ll implement is to end third-party skill support for Cortana by September 7. After that, the next step will be the Cortana app on Android devices, but that will be in early 2021, not yet a specific date. . Indeed, Cortana is already included in Windows 10, Outlook mobile and soon, the Microsoft Teams mobile application. Users will be able to use it for productivity purposes like managing calendars, emails, joining meetings, etc.
If you own a Harman Kardon Invoke speaker, there is bad news for you. Support for Cortana on this particular device will end in January 2021. They are now working with the brand to create a “Bluetooth-enabled transition plan” so you can still listen to your music, podcasts, and radio stations. Owners will also receive a $ 50 Microsoft gift card for each active Invoke speaker they have, if you send a Cortana voice request after July 31, 2019.
Those with a Surface headset will still be able to use Cortana through the Outlook mobile and Play My Emails features, but support for the previous version in the first version of the headset will be removed by 2021. They will also receive a Microsoft gift card. of $ 25. . Support for new Cortana features will also be available on both versions of the Surface headphones and the new Surface headphones.
If you depend on Cortana as a digital assistant, you still have a few months to try out Google Assistant or others. They haven’t said exactly when in 2021 they will stop supporting the app, but January is a good bet since those are the other dates they’ve specified.
Source: Android Community