Microsoft has shut down its Cortana app for iOS and Android. It’s the latest in a series of steps to end support for Cortana on multiple devices, including Microsoft’s own Surface Headphones. The Cortana app for iOS and Android is no longer supported and Microsoft has removed it from both the App Store and the Google Play Store.
“As announced in July, we will soon end support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS as Cortana continues its evolution as a productivity assistant,” reads one Microsoft support note spotted by MacRumors“As of March 31, 2021, the Cortana content you created, such as reminders and lists, will no longer work in the Cortana mobile app, but can still be accessed through Cortana on Windows.” Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are now available in the Microsoft To Do app.
Microsoft launched Cortana for iOS and Android in December 2015. The app was originally designed to connect Windows 10 PCs and mobile phones, but it failed to gain traction despite a major redesign. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recognized the company’s difficulties in competing with other digital assistants a few years ago, revealing that Microsoft no longer saw Cortana as a competitor to Alexa and Google Assistant.
Microsoft once envisioned a future full of Cortana-powered refrigerators, toasters, and thermostats. That dream ended earlier this month when the first and only Cortana speaker removed Microsoft’s digital assistant. Other devices, such as the Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat, are also no longer powered by Microsoft’s digital assistant.
However, Cortana is not completely finished. Microsoft still sees value in conversational AI and the company is trying to reposition Cortana as an assistant who can improve Microsoft’s enterprise-focused offering.