What you need to know
- Microsoft is today ending support for Cortana on mobile.
- The app is no longer available for download, and reminders and lists will stop working.
Microsoft, as promised, has ended support for its Cortana mobile app on both iOS and Android from Wednesday, giving up its fight against Siri on the iPhone.
As announced in July and confirmed by in-app reminders last week, Microsoft stated it would end support for Cortana on iOS and Android. From our friends at Windows Central:
Microsoft details the upcoming discontinuation in a support document:
As we announced in July, we will soon be ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS, as Cortana continues its evolution as a productivity assistant.
As of March 31, 2021, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app, but can still be accessed through Cortana in Windows. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you can download to your phone for free.
Microsoft says the app will no longer be supported from today, and the app is no longer available to download. Microsoft started phasing out Cortana in some markets way back in November of 2019, as part of its plan to integrate Cortana into Microsoft's 365 productivity apps. Wednesday, March 31 sees Cortana come to its final resting place.
Despite its flaws, Siri remains the best and most-integrated smart voice assistant for most users on iPhone and iOS thanks to its support for Apple Music and other content platforms, as well as its HomeKit integration and compatibility, making it great for controlling the best Siri Shortcut-supported smart home gadgets.