Microsoft wants Cortana to complement, not compete with, Alexa and Google Assistant

Microsoft No Longer Sees Cortana as a Competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant

Now reports states that Microsoft is preparing to end support for the Windows 10 Mobile by the end of this year. Anyone who wants to jump on the update early can manually trigger an update in Windows 10, but we'd suggest waiting this one out.

While the Cortana AI has been around for several years, and Microsoft has the deep pockets to hone its skills, she has lacked an ecosystem of physical devices that could have helped to raise her profile. After that, it should launch publicly with the next major update to Windows 10, which is now scheduled for April.

If you somehow find yourself still using a Windows 10 mobile device, expect more disappointment.

At that point, users will no longer receive 'new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free'. Third parties or paid support programs may provide ongoing support, we're told, but these won't be publically provided updates. There will be no more product or security updates for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Once a Windows 10 Mobile device hits the end of support date, that's it. Microsoft will have officially abandoned the OS and you'll be the owner of a paperweight. Or by Microsoft finally sunsetting Windows 10 Mobile for good and even going so far as to nudge its users into shifting to iOS or Android instead. They directly want to say that there will be no service for Window phone, and just a few Window phones are capable to survive until the last date. However, features like photo uploads may continue to work for an additional 12 months after the end of support. Backup of some applications and settings of such mobiles will proceed till 10th of March, 2020 i.e. 3 months, after the removal of the provision by Microsoft till December. Skype and WhatsApp had also withdrawn their services from phones run on Windows.

Windows 10 was released as the successor to Windows 8.1 in July 2015. That too was a failure, and Microsoft eventually wrote down its $7.6 billion Nokia acquisition.

There were many efforts made by Microsoft into both the Android and iPhone, where its Office tools are available free.

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