It quite unfortunate that Microsoft would silence Cortana. You don’t have to feel bad because the company is only pulling Cortana from Android and iOS devices.
We weren’t sure of the move would take place after Redmond notified users that the voice-search and personal assistance tool would come to the end of its current iteration in 2021. But I guess it’s all been settled now.
It’s Curtains for Cortana (on Smartphones)
Beginning from March 31, 2021, Microsoft has limited its support for its productivity assistant on Android and iOS devices. Here is the actual statement on the official Microsoft Support Site.
“As of March 31, 2021, 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.”
Note, Cortana’s departure on iOS and Android devices will take your existing lists and reminders with it. This means you should export any existing lists or otherwise from Cortana into a separate app.
Microsoft Silences Cortana for Customers
The company took this action as part of a wider shift in the tool’s functionality, nonetheless, you can still use Cortana on other devices. Cortana will continue development with a pivot towards productivity, product integration, and some of Microsoft’s more business-focused tools and software.
By the company’s own admission, Cortana was no longer a competitor with Siri or Google Assistant, not forgetting Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant surging onto the scene during the same period.