Google Android and iOS customers will quickly be stopped from accessing a preferred app from their smartphones.
Microsoft has simply introduced it’ll quickly kill off its Cortana private assistant app on these platforms.
Cortana has been downloaded over a million occasions alone on the Google Play Retailer so this information might come as a shock to some.
Nonetheless, it appears the US know-how agency now desires to focus on integrating Cortana into its Microsoft 365 apps as an alternative of getting a stand-alone utility.
This huge change will happen on January 31st when will probably be faraway from shops within the UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India.
In a publish on its assist web page, Microsoft mentioned: “To make your private digital assistant as useful as attainable, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productiveness apps.
“As a part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending assist for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market.
“At that time, the Cortana content material you created–reminiscent of reminders and lists–will not perform within the Cortana cell app or Microsoft Launcher, however can nonetheless be accessed via Cortana on Home windows.
“Additionally, Cortana reminders, lists, and duties are routinely synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you’ll be able to obtain to your cellphone without cost.
“After January 31st, 2020, the Cortana cell app in your cellphone will not be supported and there will probably be an up to date model of Microsoft Launcher with Cortana eliminated.”
Cortana initially arrived on iOS and Android in 2015 with its primary goal to assist these non-Microsoft telephones provide higher integration with the Home windows 10 working system.
Nonetheless, Cortana by no means made a large enough dent on this aggressive market and it struggled to maintain tempo with rival assistants.
At a media occasion earlier this yr Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella revealed the corporate not sees Cortana as a competitor to the vastly common Alexa service and Google Assistant.
It’s at the moment unclear if all markets will see the top of this app however it definitely seems thousands and thousands will probably be left unable to obtain it from January 31.