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Microsoft will end support for Cortana on Windows later this year

Microsoft will end support for Cortana on Windows later this year

Microsoft is ending support for Cortana in Windows. In a support page spotted by XDA Developers and Windows Central, the company says that it "will no longer support Cortana as a standalone app in Windows starting later this year".

The discontinuation of Cortana on Windows should come as no surprise. During its Build conference in May, Microsoft announced its new Windows Copilot tool, which will live in your taskbar and use AI to help you do all that — and more — when it's widely released. Cortana will do. does after. This includes summarizing the material, rewriting the text, asking questions, adjusting your computer settings, and more.

Microsoft first brought Cortana to Windows 10 in 2015, allowing you to set reminders, open apps, and ask questions using voice commands. However, over the years, Microsoft has been slowly phasing Cortana out of the Windows experience. The digital assistant lost its prominent position on the user's taskbar with the release of Windows 11 and did not appear in the first boot experience. Microsoft also discontinued the Cortana app on iOS and Android in 2020 and ended support for Cortana in its Surface Headphones and other devices.

It's unclear when Microsoft will remove Cortana from Windows. But it's clear that first priority is being given to a growing suite of AI tools, including Microsoft's Bing chatbot and Microsoft 365 Copilot. Even though Cortana is going away in Windows, Microsoft says it will still be available in Outlook Mobile, Microsoft Teams Mobile, Teams Display, and Teams Room, but who knows for how long.

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