Do you use Microsoft’s Cortana features to manage your computer? You may need to change your habits soon, as Microsoft has just announced that some of Cortana’s skills are going away. This decision is part of a larger strategy to redefine Cortana.
What Will Microsoft Remove from Cortana?
As per Microsoft’s post on the matter, they report:
We’ve tightened access to Cortana so that you must be securely logged in with your work or school account or your Microsoft account before using Cortana, and some consumer skills including music, connected home and third-party skills will no longer be available in the updated Cortana experience in Windows 10.
This means that the majority of Cortana’s entertainment features will soon vanish. If you use Cortana with third-party skills, it’s a good idea to plan around this latest news.
Cortana is also being removed from other operating systems. This move is potentially due to competition from Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. These two smart home assistants have dominated the market, and manufacturers develop hundreds of devices for these two smart helpers. As such, Microsoft may aim to bring Cortana out of the competition.
What Will Microsoft Add to Cortana?
So if Microsoft is stripping Cortana of features and changing their game plan, what’s in the cards? Microsoft wants Cortana to have a productivity focus instead of a consumer one. The update will move Cortana closer to Microsoft 365 and Office 365, Microsoft’s productivity plans. This includes redesigning Cortana to obey Office 365’s terms of service, which means you need to log into a Microsoft account to use Cortana.
Cortana will use a chat-like UI that lets you set reminders, find people or files, and get information on meetings. You can still use Cortana to load apps or adjust Windows settings, and she can still crack a joke during downtime; however, Cortana will focus on productivity first and foremost.
At first, only U.S. users will get the update. Over time, however, Microsoft will roll out these changes to its international audience.
When Will Cortana Update?
Microsoft has only revealed that this update will arrive Spring 2020, so it won’t be long until it drops. As such, if you’re a big fan of Cortana, now is a good time to change how you use it so that you won’t be hit so hard when your favorite features are removed.
Changing Cortana’s Core
Microsoft is changing how Cortana works, presumably because the entertainment-aimed smart assistant market has still competition. The new Cortana will instead have a business focus, helping people get work done and remember important dates.
Will this change affect your life? Or do you not use Cortana at all anyway? Let us know below.
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