Tag Archive: Cortana


Microsoft confirms Cortana is going away on Android and iOS in some markets

What you need to know The Cortana app on Android and iOS is going away. This includes the Cortana experience inside Microsoft Launcher. Micrososft has not said which markets will be affected.

Microsoft has today announced that the Cortana app on iOS and Android, including Cortana inside the Microsoft Launcher, is being phased out early next year in certain markets. I reported last week that Microsoft was planning to remove Cortana from the Microsoft Launcher in certain markets,  [Read More…]

Microsoft to remove Cortana from Microsoft Launcher on Android

What you need to know Cortana inside the Microsoft Launcher is being removed. Users will not be able to set it as the default assistant on Android.

Microsoft Launcher users will soon no longer be able to access Cortana.

Users of Cortana have been spoiled for choice when it comes to accessing the digital assistant on Android. Today, you can do so via the dedicated Cortana app, or via integration through the Microsoft Launcher. But according to  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher 5.7 rolls out with new Cortana conversation experience

Cortana is now a little more conversational in Microsoft Launcher.

What you need to know Microsoft Launcher 5.7 is now rolling out for everyone. This update brings a new conversation experience for Cortana. It also move the feed tabs to the bottom for “easy access.”

Microsoft Launcher version 5.7 is now rolling out to everyone after a few weeks of beta testing. This update adds a couple of new notable features, including a more conversational Cortana experience  [Read More…]

Microsoft wants Cortana to complement Alexa and Google Assistant

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants Cortana to work hand-in-hand with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Cortana may not have seen the same sort of success as digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, but Microsoft now sees those platforms as an opportunity for success, not competitors. At a media event reported by Business Insider (via OnMSFT), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company wants to position Cortana as a skill for Alexa and Google Assistant,  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher beta update cleans up the feed, lets Cortana read texts

A sleeker look and text-to-speech for messages are tagging along in the latest beta update.

Microsoft Launcher beta testers are getting their hands on a fresh set of new features with the Android app’s latest update. Ticking up to version 4.13, today’s update includes a couple of major highlights and some smaller tweaks, including a cleaner feed and Cortana dictation for incoming texts.

The most visually striking tweaks are to the Launcher Feed, which will no longer  [Read More…]

Google Assistant vs. Cortana: Which is better for you?

Google Assistant and Cortana are both great at the basics of being a smart assistant, but there are some differences when it comes to platform and home automation support.

If you’re back and forth between Google’s and Microsoft’s ecosystems, one of the bigger sticking points can be the virtual assistant that each company offers. Yes, both will be able to tell you the weather, stock information, and help you navigate. But, the assistants differ when it comes  [Read More…]

How to set Cortana in Microsoft Launcher as your default Android voice assistant

Want to use the new Cortana in Launcher for Android all the time? Here is how to do it.

When it comes to Microsoft’s services on Android between Cortana – the Android app – and Cortana in Launcher for Android there is some overlap. I recently wrote about the different UI designs with the Launcher version looking much better, but the question for many is, do you need both?

Moreover, did you know you can set the  [Read More…]

Cortana looks great on Microsoft Launcher, but challenges and competition remain

Microsoft has made it easier than ever to use Cortana on Android devices, but how much does that matter?

Microsoft’s presence on Android continues to grow. There are dozens of apps available in the Play Store from Microsoft, many of which are at the top of their respective categories such as Office, Microsoft Launcher, and SwiftKey. But Microsoft is trying to bring its digital assistant, Cortana, to the forefront and compete against the likes of Google Assistant,  [Read More…]

Amazon teams up with Microsoft to integrate Alexa with Cortana

Alexa will be able to communicate with Cortana, and vice versa.

Amazon and Microsoft are teaming up to integrate their digital assistants. You’ll soon be able to talk to Cortana by saying, “Alexa, open Cortana” from an Alexa-powered device like the Echo, and vice versa.

The integration opens up new functionality for both digital assistants, giving customers the ability to access the unique capabilities of each platform. Cortana is deeply integrated with the Office suite, and  [Read More…]

Microsoft brings some Cortana magic to Skype Preview for Android

Microsoft has brought a little bit of Cortana magic to the Skype Preview app on Android.

If you use the Skype Preview app for Android, then you can now interact with Cortana alongside all of your other chats — so long as you call the U.S. home. The latest update to the app, which acts as sort of a beta testing ground for new features, adds Microsoft’s digital assistant as a bot, along with a couple of  [Read More…]