Microsoft has officially closed down its Cortana app for Windows 11. A fresh update is now being released for Cortana, which effectively turns off the digital assistant. This comes three years after Microsoft also discontinued its Cortana apps for iOS and Android.
If you try to open Cortana on Windows 11, you'll receive a notification explaining that the app is now deprecated. There will be a link provided to a support article detailing this change.
Microsoft intends to stop supporting Cortana in Teams mobile, Microsoft Teams Display, and Microsoft Teams Rooms by the fall of 2023. Surprisingly, Cortana will continue to be available within Outlook mobile, as stated by Microsoft.
Originally, Cortana emerged as a digital assistant for Windows Phone and was later integrated into Windows 10 in 2015. It was deeply woven into the Windows 10 taskbar, allowing voice commands, reminders, and the ability to launch applications.
However, Microsoft removed Cortana from the Windows 11 taskbar and its initial boot experience. The standalone app persisted until this recent development.
In the end, Cortana faced challenges in competing with rivals like Alexa or Google Assistant, despite receiving a major redesign for iOS and Android. The destiny of Cortana was closely tied to Microsoft's struggles with Windows Phone. In 2019, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella acknowledged that Cortana had fallen behind its competitors.