Google Assistant is more or less the default digital assistant that many Android users use on their phone, but there are other options available. One of those options was Microsoft’s Cortana, which has received far less attention than Microsoft would have liked, but it seems that no longer matters as the app has been killed off.
Microsoft had actually announced their plans to kill off the Cortana app on iOS and Android back in July 2020, and that time has finally come. The app will no longer be supported starting on the 31st of March, 2021 and according to Microsoft, this is what it means for those who had used it in the past:
“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.”
In a way it’s kind of sad to see Cortana go. While it was not quite as popular or as useful as Google Assistant, it did at the very least give users options when it comes to digital assistants. Cortana is far from dead though. It will still be available and accessible on Windows computers, as well as through Microsoft’s computer applications and services, it’s just that it will no longer have a mobile presence.