Windows 11 Update Removes Cortana App: Microsoft Ends Support for Virtual Assistant

Windows 11's most recent update has eliminated the Cortana app, as Microsoft has decided to discontinue support for Cortana on Teams by the end of this year. The virtual assistant, Cortana, is no longer available on Windows 11.

Microsoft has recently released an update for Windows 11 that includes the removal of the standalone Cortana app. This decision was confirmed by Microsoft on a support page, where they also mentioned that Cortana will no longer be available on Teams mobile Teams display and Teams Rooms starting this fall. However, Cortana will still be accessible through Outlook mobile.

First introduced in 2014 for Windows Phone as a competitor to Apple's iPhone and Siri, Cortana is a virtual assistant inspired by the character of the same name from the Halo series. About a year later, Microsoft began to gradually make Cortana available on Windows 10, mobile devices, and even the Xbox One.

Over the past few years, Microsoft has gradually discontinued support for its Cortana virtual assistant app. This included removing Cortana from the Xbox dashboard through a console update in July 2019, as well as removing the Cortana apps for Android and iOS in March 2021.

As Cortana's support is being gradually phased out by Microsoft, the company is focusing on developing its AI tools. One of their notable projects is Windows Copilot, an AI-powered assistant.

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