Microsoft to shut down Cortana app for Android, iOS in January 2020

Ruben Fields
November 17, 2019

Update 11/16 6:35PM ET: Microsoft tells Engadget that the Cortana app is also shutting down in China, India, Mexico, Germany and Spain.

Microsoft's changing Cortana strategy is about to have consequences for some phone users. "As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we're ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market", said Microsoft on its support page. The Cortana experience in the Microsoft launcher will also cease to function. We tried looking for support articles but only found articles on Microsoft Australia, Microsoft Canada and Microsoft UK websites.

All the content created by users in the Cortana app including reminders and to-do-lists won't be accessible in the Cortana app in Android and iOS. That includes reminders, and lists, as well as the Cortana integration in Microsoft Launcher.

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Microsoft won't support the Cortana mobile application after January 31, 2020 anymore and Microsoft Launcher won't support Cortana anymore as well after that day. All the reminders and lists will be automatically synced to the Microsoft To Do App, which can be freely downloaded on one's smartphone.

Cortana will be integrated into Microsoft 365 productivity apps according to Microsoft. Starting next year, the company will no longer support Cortana on either iOS or Android in certain markets. It's definitely not surprising to see Microsoft killing Cortana's mobile apps, though.

The virtual assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 10, Windows 10 mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Invoke Smart Speaker, Microsoft Band, Surface Speakers, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Windows Mixed Reality and Amazon Alexa, have been in the news for a long time.

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