The end of an era! That is what will happen this year as Microsoft announced that it will end support and direct relationship with Cortana, its virtual assistant, in Windows 10 and 11. This is just one step in the direction of artificial intelligence where the company it is already spearhead.
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Cortana will say goodbye to Windows 10 and 11 this year
Through a statement on its official support site, Microsoft announced that at the end of this year it will end support for the Cortana virtual assistant application in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Although it is not the final end of this female avatar that accompanied the user experience for a decade (because it will continue to be available in other applications) its departure from the operating system warns of an important change.
In this regard, Microsoft points out: “We are making some changes in Windows that will affect users of the Cortana application. Starting at the end of 2023, we will no longer support Cortana in Windows as a standalone application. This change only affects Cortana in Windows, and its productivity assistant, Cortana, will continue to be available in Outlook mobile, Teams mobile, Microsoft Teams Display, and Microsoft Teams Rooms. We know this change may affect some of the ways you work in Windows, so we want to help you make seamless transition to the new options. Instead of clicking the Cortana icon and launching the app to start using your voice, you can now use your voice and meet your productivity needs through different tools.”
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) May 23, 2023
This announcement comes days after Microsoft announced Windows Copilot, its AI tool that will accompany the user experience in the operating system. The company has been ahead of the race for this technology and today is ahead of its biggest competitor, Google.
Cortana was introduced as an assistance application in 2014, originating from the synthetic intelligence we met in Halo. At that time, Microsoft was trying to position itself in the sector by offering an interactive experience through voice commands that would compete with Amazon’s Alexa, but especially with Apple’s Siri, which had already rocked the industry 3 years earlier.
In this way, there are a few months left to experience Cortana support in Windows 10 and 11 and then give way to Windows Copilot in the AI era.
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