With a new version of Windows 10 coming up and it set to be released this spring, Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant will lose some consumer skills and third-party skills related to music and connected homes,media reported. This is very much in line with Microsoft’s new interest in Cortana, but it may be a surprise to some loyal Cortana fans.
In addition, Microsoft will shut down its Cortana support on Launcher on Android by the end of April, and its service to Cortana in older versions of Windows will be terminated.
As the company explained last year, its main concern now is to provide Cortana services to corporate users. The new Cortana will be entirely about productivity, for example, it will be deeply integrated into Microsoft’s suite of office tools. In this case, consumer services will only distract the company from product development, and Microsoft will then leave the market to companies such as Amazon and Google.
Because the new Cortana experience is about the Microsoft 365 subscription service, which includes access to office tools, email, and online storage, the new feature for this e-assistant will provide users with a calendar, Microsoft To Do It’s not surprising that features such as notes are not surprising.
While some consumer features are disappearing, Microsoft stresses that Cortana can still tell consumers a joke, help set alarms and timers, and answer them through Bing.
Currently, all of this is only available to English-speaking users outside the United States, and most productivity features will be available in the future.