Google Android and iOS users will soon be stopped from accessing a popular app from their smartphones.

Microsoft has just announced it will soon kill off its Cortana personal assistant app on these platforms.

Cortana has been downloaded over one million times alone on the Google Play Store so this news may come as a shock to some.

However, it seems the US technology firm now wants to concentrate on integrating Cortana into its Microsoft 365 apps instead of having a stand-alone application.

This big change will take place on January 31st when it will be removed from stores in the UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India.

In a post on its support page, Microsoft said: “To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps.

“As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market.

“At that point, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app or Microsoft Launcher, but can still be accessed through Cortana on 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.

“After January 31st, 2020, the Cortana mobile app on your phone will no longer be supported and there will be an updated version of Microsoft Launcher with Cortana removed.”

Cortana originally arrived on iOS and Android in 2015 with its main aim to help these non-Microsoft phones offer better integration with the Windows 10 operating system.

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However, Cortana never made a big enough dent in this competitive market and it struggled to keep pace with rival assistants.

At a media event earlier this year Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella revealed the company no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to the hugely popular Alexa service and Google Assistant.

It’s currently unclear if all markets will see the end of this app but it certainly appears millions will be left unable to download it from January 31.



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