Microsoft is neutering Cortana

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Andrew Shuman, corporate vice president of Cortana, said the new Cortana experience will feature a chat-based UI that’ll help users better manage their schedule and tasks. For example, you’ll be able to ask about the next entry on your calendar, get a reminder about the next weekly report and add items to your task list.

“And Cortana will continue to help you get answers from Bing, set alarms and timers, open apps, adjust settings, or give you a joke you can share with colleagues, friends or family,” Shuman added.

Arguably more important, however, is the functionality that Cortana is losing.

Shuman said some consumer skills like connected home, music and other third-party skills will no longer be available. Microsoft is also ending support for Cortana in older versions of Windows that have eclipsed their end-of-service dates and will be turning off Cortana services in the Microsoft Launcher on Android by the end of April.

What’s more, Shuman notes that they are tightening access to Cortana. With the update, you’ll need to be securely logged in with your work or school account or your Microsoft account to use the digital assistant.

Microsoft put a positive spin on the changes, saying how it was excited about how the update will help users stay on top of things, save time and do their best work. But with far less functionality than before, it's hard not to see this as anything short of Microsoft throwing in the towel.

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I guess everyone who was around for Mr Clippy had left microsoft when the "smart" people thought up cortana. Basically my thoughts of anything technology related stamped as "smart" or "AI". About as stupid as it can get. /facepalm
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Google Assistant, Alex, Siri, Cortana and Bixby - far too many! It was always going to be a case of which one (or, more likely, two) would be ended. I thought that it would be Bixby but it seems that MS were the first to blink.


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Cortana used to be awesome. Totally worthless now, unless you’re tied into O365. I was recently thrown off that she couldn’t even access the default Windows 10 mail or calendar apps, and wanted me to link an Exchange or 365 account to access my info. No thanks, I’m really trying to stay away from the cloud.


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Smart assistants. Even the good ones are dumb, but the natural languate processing behind them remain a monumental achievement.
I think Cortana was a good idea but poorly implemented, I always found her useless to be honest, never getting anything right lol, I always disabled Cortana on every PC I build. I think Cortana should just be taken out of existence.

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One of the first things I do to any machine I maintain is to disable Cortana. The second thing is to install Classic Start Menu.

I guess maybe M$ is starting to read all those feedback questionnaires they keep sending me emails about.
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