Virtual assistants have their days numbered. Cortana is the first to fall. The rest will follow. One after another.
Microsoft today announced the end of Cortana in Windows 10 and Windows 11.. It is the inevitable end of the classics virtual assistantsreplaced by ChatGPT-like generative artificial intelligence.
Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual assistant, which was born in 2014 with the aim of competing with the Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa, both on mobile (when Microsoft was still in business) and on home devices.
It was a flop, so Microsoft forced it into Windowsand also on other platforms such as Microsoft 365, or the Xbox console.
On Windows it was completely ignored by userssince a mobile type assistant does not make sense, designed for a device without a keyboard, or for when you are driving or walking down the street, if you have a computer with a keyboard that you use sitting down, and you can search for everything faster.
Cortana will die in 2023
Still, Microsoft has continued to install default Cortana in Windows, and it is difficult to erase it completely. It also exists in the form of an app.
But we can finally get rid of him forever, at the end of the year. In a press release, Microsoft announces the end of Cortana in Windows:
“We’re making some changes to Windows that will affect users of the Cortana app. Starting in late 2023, we’ll stop supporting Cortana in Windows as a standalone app. However, you’ll still be able to access powerful productivity features in Windows and Edge, which have greater AI capabilities.”
It is no coincidence that Microsoft has announced the end of Cortana just a week after announcing Windows Copilot, its AI-like ChatGPT that you already use in Bing con IAbut now it is going to extend to all of Windows.
He windows copilot will be available before the end of the year, which coincides with the goodbye cortana. Few will miss him.
It’s important to know that Cortana disappears from Windows, but will continue to work in Offic… sorry, in Microsoft 365. Although we doubt it will last long there. Only until Microsoft fully integrates its AI into its online office suite.
The GPT-like generative artificial intelligencemuch more advanced, will force the retirement of the old virtual assistants. Cortana says goodbye to us in 2023but surely Alexa, Siri, the Google Assistant and company, will soon follow the same path.