Microsoft appears to be planning to remove Cortana from its Microsoft Launcher app. According to a recent post from Zac Bowden on Twitter (via Neowin), the software giant no longer sees a future for the digital assistant on the Android app, and the Cortana integration is expected to be removed in the coming months.
Cortana was originally available on the Microsoft Launcher in the early months of 2018, and since then, the feature received a number of updates, but now, it seems that Cortana will cease to exist in the experience very soon.
However, it’s not the case that Microsoft is giving up on the assistant. Instead, the software giant is shifting focus and making Cortana a productivity feature and something a little more for businesses.
You can already see some of these changes with the new features, such as new male voice option and Outlook and calendar integration, that Microsoft announced during its Ignite conference.
If you use Cortana on your Android phone with Microsoft Launcher, after the assistant is removed, you may still be able to download the dedicated Cortana app for Android. However, it’s unclear if this app will be discontinued as well.