Microsoft has bid farewell to Cortana. The tech giant has confirmed that it will cease support for Windows 10 and Windows 11 later this year. This would be the final nail in the coffin of the intelligent assistant, which disappeared a few years ago from mobile devices and the Xbox One console interface.
The information can be found in support documentationwhich states that by the end of 2023, Cortana will no longer be supported in Windows as a stand-alone application. This change only affects the operating system version, as the assistant will continue to work in Microsoft Teams rooms and read voicemails in Outlook for mobile.
While Cortana won't disappear completely, its death is inevitable. Microsoft's multi-million dollar investment in OpenAI has already paid off. ChatGPT's artificial intelligence in Bing is changing the way we search the internet, while GPT-4's integration into Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook will automate many processes.
In addition, Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 will feature a new virtual assistant with artificial intelligence. Known as Windows Copilot, this feature will be available for all operating system applications. Users will be able to make queries, generate content and perform tasks that would normally require an additional application.
Windows Copilot will become what Cortana once was. The successor is powered by OpenAI technology, although it will lack one of the best features of the original assistant: Jen Taylor's voice.
Cortana to be replaced by AI in Windows
Windows copilot, the AI that will replace Cortana in Windows 11
Perhaps one of the most ironic things is that Cortana will be replaced by an AI in Windows. The virtual assistant is inspired by an artificial intelligence that accompanies Master Chief in all the Halo games. Generally speaking, Cortana is vital as an assistant for gamers, a concept that Microsoft wanted to bring to PCs.
Although development of Cortana began in 2009, its debut came in 2014, when it was introduced as one of the secret ingredients of the new Windows. The assistant was integrated natively into Windows 10, where it attempted to become the new Siri that would solve users' lives and boost productivity.
Cortana's problem wasn't just that it was launched too late, but also that it was launched on platforms that didn't take off. The assistant was part of Windows Phone, but the mobile system died soon after. The same was true of the Xbox One, a console that lost the war to the PS4 after a disastrous initial strategy.
The famous assistant would die a slow death, but that didn't matter to its creators. Microsoft has learned its lesson with Cortana, and this time is getting ahead of its competitors by integrating true AI into all its services.
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