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Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Cortana Android and iOS Apps

Microsoft has finally retired the Cortana app on iOS and Android, with support ending as March came to a close.

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone because Microsoft announced it would be pulling the plug in July last year, but at the time no official end date was set beyond “early 2021.” In an update on its support website, Microsoft confirmed, “After March 31, 2021, the Cortana mobile app on your phone will no longer be supported.”

Cortana users haven’t been left completely out in the cold, though. Microsoft explains, “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. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you can download to your phone for free.”

Development of the virtual assistant began back in 2009, with Cortana first appearing for Windows 10 and Windows Phone in early 2015. Android and iOS apps arrived later that same year. Six years later and the consumer-focus has gone, with Microsoft looking to the enterprise for a more business-focused conversational AI offering going forward.

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