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Microsoft is now dropping support for Windows 10 Cortana

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Microsoft is now dropping support for Windows 10 Cortana

Windows Latest found that Microsoft has just released update 4.2308.1005.0 in the Release Preview Channel, ending support for Cortana on Windows 10.

Microsoft will follow up by betting on digital assistant features on Windows 11, enhancing software like Windows Copilot, Microsoft 365 Copilot, Bing Chat, and more.

Microsoft used to call Cortana a “personal productivity assistant,” but the company has also announced that Cortana is out of the running for the smart home market in 2020, as it pivots to AI and recognizes that it can’t compete with Amazon’s Alexa and Siri in smart home functionality.

On Windows 11, Microsoft replaced Cortana with various AI tools such as Microsoft 365, Edge, and Bing, however, Microsoft does not offer a corresponding option on Windows 10 as the company has stopped developing new features for Windows 10.

The Cortana app in Windows will no longer be supported starting in August 2023, Microsoft said.

We're making some changes to Windows that will affect users of the Cortana app. Starting in August 2023, we will no longer support Cortana in Windows as a standalone app. However, you can still access powerful productivity features with enhanced AI capabilities in Windows and Edge. That means you can still get help with tasks, calendars, and email, but in new and exciting ways. This change only affects Cortana in Windows, and Cortana, your productivity assistant, will continue to be available in Outlook Mobile, Teams Mobile, Microsoft Teams Display Room, and Microsoft Teams Meeting Room.

We realize that this change may affect some of the ways you work in Windows, so we want to help you make a smooth transition to the new options. Now, instead of clicking the Cortana icon and launching the app to start using your voice, there are different tools you can use to use your voice and meet your productivity needs. Here are some resources to learn more about the alternatives:

Voice Access in Windows 11: This is a new feature in Windows 11 that can be used to control your computer and write text using your voice. You can use voice commands to open and switch between applications, browse the Web, and read and write e-mail. Voice Access works offline and uses advanced speech recognition to understand speech and help you get things done.

New Bing: Ask complex questions and get concise answers from trusted sources on the Web with new AI-powered Bing. You can type or speak your question and Bing Chat will provide you with a concise answer citing multiple trusted sources.

Microsoft 365 Copilot: This is a new feature that uses AI to transform your words into powerful productivity tools. Copilot uses Microsoft 365 data, such as calendars, emails, chats, documents, and meetings, to help you create, edit, share content, and more. Copilot adheres to Microsoft's AI principles and Responsible AI standards to ensure that data is secure and private.

Windows Copilot: Windows Copilot launched in preview in June for Windows 11 and provides centralized AI help. With Bing Chat and first- and third-party plug-ins, you can focus on bringing ideas to fruition, completing complex projects, and collaborating without having to spend energy looking, launching, and working in multiple apps.

We're excited to keep innovating and using AI to help you work smarter and faster. We hope you enjoy new ways to use AI to save time and focus on what matters most.

The Microsoft Cortana virtual assistant began to sprout back in 2014. The name comes from the artificial intelligence in the game Halo series, and Microsoft later popularized Cortana by preloading it on Windows Phone and Windows 10 systems.

However, with Microsoft’s change in strategy, Cortana is gradually being unbundled from PCs and is now part of the Microsoft 365 office scenario.