Cortana app on Windows 10 version 2004

Cortana likely to become Microsoft 365 Assistant

Microsoft is reportedly planning to change the Cortana name to Microsoft 365 Assistant, and it's working to integrate the assistant into Teams.

Microsoft recently announced that is shifting the focus of Cortana from an all-in-one assistant, such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to a productivity centric artificial intelligence (AI). According to a new report from Petri reveals that the company may also be planning to change the Cortana name to “Microsoft 365 Assistant,” and it’s already using the new name internally.

The Cortana name came from the of a character from the Halo game that the company owns but seeing the new direction of the assistant as a productivity tool and Microsoft 365, the name doesn’t make much sense anymore. As a result, the new Microsoft 365 assistant seems a more logical rebranding.

In addition, the company is working in some other features evolving Cortana (Microsoft 365 Assistant). According to the same report, Microsoft is working to expand the “Play My Emails” feature for Outlook with more features under the “commute” group for earbuds. And it’ll allow the assistant to play emails, read calendar, and other audible interactions with your agenda as you commute to work. The feature will even tell you when you need to pull up your phone when the message has a lot of visual content.

Also, Microsoft seem to be working to integrate its assistant into Teams, allowing it to send files or create chats on the service. It’s not clear where the assistant will be integrated, but it’s likely that Cortana will appear as a search box in the top bar of the Teams app.

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