As Microsoft continues its strong focus on integrating AI capabilities across its offerings, there is news about another program being impacted by this development. Cortana, the popular language assistant, is changing. In a recent press release,
Microsoft announced that Cortana will no longer be supported as a standalone app within Windows operating systems starting from the end of 2023. However, it is important to note that Cortana will still be available in Teams virtual rooms, Teams mobile, Teams display, and Outlook mobile, at least for now.
Advanced speech recognition via AI should also work offline
Windows 11 introduces enhanced voice recognition capabilities powered by AI, allowing users to conveniently open or switch between apps by using voice commands. This new AI functionality enables users to easily perform various tasks, including reading and writing emails. Additionally, speech recognition can be utilized to browse the internet, providing a practical and hands-free experience while navigating the World Wide Web.
For voice assistant Cortana, that was it
As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to bid farewell to Cortana, the beloved assistant serving users since 2014. Introduced as a competitor to Google Now and Apple’s Siri, Cortana has been a prominent figure in the world of virtual assistants. However, Microsoft had already started phasing out Cortana for iOS and Android almost two years ago, signaling the beginning of the end for this iconic assistant.
Interestingly, the name Cortana is derived from the popular video game series “Halo,” where an AI character bears the same name. While the gaming series is expected to continue producing new titles, Cortana will soon retire from its role on Windows, leaving behind a legacy of assisting users with their daily tasks and inquiries.