Microsoft to discontinue Cortana services by the end of April
Tech giant Microsoft announces to remove Cortana from its launcher app.
Microsoft will make productivity the focus of the digital assistant, Cortana will lose some of its more consumer-facing features.
The features include the ability to play music and control smart home devices.
However, the move is part of a larger shift in Microsoft’s Cortana strategy.
According to reports, rather than being an assistant across devices, Microsoft would focus the AI backbone of Cortana towards making people productive.
According to the tech giant, it will discontinue Cortana services by the end of April.
“This next step in Cortana’s evolution will bring enhanced, seamless personal productivity assistance as a free update to the latest version of Windows 10, coming this spring,” the company said.
Microsoft Working on New Outlook Feature Called Spaces
Earlier, Microsoft has started working on a new feature called “Outlook Spaces.”
Outlook Spaces would allow users to organize emails, meetings, calendar appointments, to-do lists, notes and documents into easy-to-follow project areas.
With the ‘Spaces’ feature, users can also include any relevant links and more at one single place, thus improving productivity at work.
“Outlook Spaces” will also use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist consumers.
The feature pulls together your documents, emails and events using the search terms you provide here.
In upcoming releases, we’ll be using AI to assist in discovering and grouping work items into Spaces.
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