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Friday, July 31, 2020

Microsoft Backing from Cortana

Microsoft seems to continue to fall back from having Cortana  as a general assistant.  but has implied they want to tp continue it as a  productivity aid for their business tools.   They are removing it from a number of well known third parties.   Decreasing support for skill development.   Would think they would continue to keep the presence to learn from it.

Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021
It will also remove the digital assistant from Harman Kardon Invoke speakers.
Igor Bonifacic, @igorbonifacic    in Engadget

We already knew Cortana’s days as a consumer-facing digital assistant were numbered after Microsoft said earlier this year it would remove the AI from its Android launcher app. But the company has now detailed additional cuts that users are likely to feel more keenly.

The changes won't happen all at once. To start, Microsoft will end support for third-party Cortana skills on September 7th, 2020. In early 2021, Microsoft then plans to discontinue the Cortana apps on iOS and Android, as well as remove the current Cortana functionality the first-generation Surface Headphones feature. Sometime in early 2021, Harman Kardon Invoke speakers will lose access to the digital assistant as well.   ... " 

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