It seems that the arrival of the “Copilot” robot on “Windows” may mean the end of “Cortana”, as “Microsoft” announced in a support document yesterday, Saturday, that it will stop supporting the “Cortana” standalone application in “Windows” in late 2023.
Microsoft launched Cortana, a voice assistant for Windows mobile devices, in 2014. It was supposed to be a competitor to Apple’s Siri that preceded Amazon’s Alexa, but it never achieved their level of popularity.
Throughout the year, Microsoft scaled back its plans for the voice assistant, until it stopped its apps for Android and iOS in 2021.
The company removed Cortana from partner manufacturers’ devices, such as smart speakers.
And for Windows, Microsoft introduced the voice assistant as an app for PCs, and it’s the one we’re saying goodbye to by the end of the year.
In its announcement, Microsoft indicated that users will still have access to productivity features in Windows and Edge, which have increased with artificial intelligence capabilities, according to it.
The company specifically mentioned the new Bing, which is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 artificial intelligence model.
In late May, the company revealed at a conference that it was working to make artificial intelligence part of Windows 11 by placing the Copilot bot in the platform’s sidebar.
Users can ask Copilot to perform tasks within the operating system, such as changing the computer’s wallpaper, or even editing photos and summarizing documents, without having to launch applications or search for specific settings, so maybe a few users will miss Cortana.