New Delhi: After Android and iOS, Microsoft has announced to shut down its digital assistant Cortana app on Windows 11.

While Cortana in Windows as a standalone app is depreciated, the support for Cortana in Microsoft Teams display, Microsoft Teams Rooms, and Teams mobile will end in the fall of 2023.

“Cortana in Outlook mobile will continue to be available. We understand this may affect the way you work, but there are new and exciting ways you can get help with your tasks, calendar, email, and more,” The company said in a statement.

Initially, Cortana started as a digital assistant in Windows Phone. Later, it was integrated into Windows, with support for reminders, voice commands, and the ability to open applications.

However, Cortana struggled to compete with rivals like Google Assistant or Alexa.

In 2019, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admitted that Cortana had fallen behind competitors.

Microsoft discontinued its Cortana apps for Android and iOS, three years ago.

Microsoft said there are new features that are better than the Cortana experience.

“Voice access in Windows 11 is a new feature that lets you control your PC and write text using your voice. You can use voice commands to open and switch between apps, browse the web, and read and write emails,” said the company.

Bing, the new AI-powered, lets users ask complex questions and get concise answers from reliable sources on the web.

A new feature, Microsoft 365 Copilot, uses AI to turn your words into a powerful productivity tool. Copilot uses Microsoft 365 data — such as your emails, calendar, meetings, chats and documents — to help users create, edit, share content, and more.

Available in preview for Windows 11 in June, Windows Copilot provides centralised AI assistance.

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