The most recent blow to the world’s biggest Halo shout-out, Microsoft exposed through assistance pages that it’ll quickly be closing down the Cortana app– not for everybody, however definitely for a few of its most significant markets.

The modification was silently exposed in a Cortana assistance post on Microsoft’s website. Microsoft stated it’s “ incorporating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 efficiency apps” and for that reason terminating the app itself. Beginning January 31, you’ll no longer have the ability to download the Cortana app. According to Microsoft, the app will be pulled from the Google Play and App Stores in UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India at that time. The app will still be offered in the United States, however I’ll bet for very little longer after that.

When It Comes To why it’s making this modification, a Microsoft representative informed TNW:

Cortana is an essential part of our wider vision to bring the power of conversational computing and efficiency to all our platforms and gadgets. To make Cortana as handy as possible, we’re incorporating Cortana deeper into your Microsoft 365 efficiency apps, and part of this development includes ending assistance for the Cortana mobile app on Android and iOS.

For those who utilized the service to produce lists and jobs, Microsoft states, “ Cortana tips, lists, and jobs are immediately synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you can download to your phone totally free.”

Microsoft’s been slowly-but-surely eliminating Cortana over the in 2015– or, provided the “much deeper combination” they discussed, maybe “reducing” is more precise to state. The voice assistant has actually been eliminated from the Windows search bar and from Xbox One, and now it’s no longer going to have its own app. Apparently the elimination of the latter was because, according to an Xbox officer, the console’s instructions “ moving far from on-console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences.” Cortana’s obviously not one of those cloud-based assistants, however Microsoft did just recently include Google Assistant assistance

When It Comes To what the business prepares to do with Cortana now, Andrew Schuman, Microsoft’s head of Cortana (what a title) informed Windows Central that it works finest with Outlook: “ We have 100 million active users in Outlook Mobile. Users are utilizing Outlook as a center every day. Entering numerous times a day, constantly examining what’s following. It is a a lot more natural invocation of an assistant, particularly given that an assistant has to do with handling time, individuals, and jobs.”

In addition to leaving the shops, Microsoft states “ there will be an upgraded variation of Microsoft Launcher with Cortana got rid of” on January 31.