Microsoft has announced the Cortana Virtual Personal Assistant software for Android and iOS phones will no longer be supported beginning in 2020.
Microsoft said in support reports from the UK, Australia and Canada markets it will no longer support Cortana’s IOS and Android digital assistant applications on January 31st, 2020. Alternatively, Microsoft will incorporate Cortana into the collaboration features of Office 365.
Any Cortana content generated at that time, such as reminders and lists, will no longer function within the app, but will be available on Windows in Cortana.
Microsoft states that if lists and tasks are downloaded, they will also be synced automatically to the Windows To Do app.
“To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps. As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market. At that point, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app or Microsoft Launcher, but can still be accessed through Cortana on 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.”
Once Cortana apps are out, Microsoft will also release a new Cortana-removed Microsoft Launcher update.
It is currently unknown whether this change affects all markets or only Great Britain, Australia and Canada.
With regard to other markets that could be impacted, We contacted Microsoft and will update the story if we hear back.