New York (The Verge) — Microsoft drops Cortana consumer skills in new Windows 10 update trib.al/lBQd0qf.
Microsoft is updating Cortana on Windows 10, removing third-party skills, music functions, and smart home controls as it refocuses the smart assistant with a great focus on productivity features.
Microsoft is removing some of the older consumer-facing functionality like the ability to control music, manage a smart home, or support for third-party Cortana skills. In other words, Microsoft is going to stop trying to have Cortana emulate Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and focus more on features that fit in with the rest of Microsoft’s software suite.
Microsoft isn’t removing everything from Cortana — you’ll still be able to communicate with the assistant through voice or text, and more basic smart assistant functions like alarms and timers, settings, or conversational answers will still work, too. As part of Microsoft revamping Cortana, it’ll also be removing Cortana from the Microsoft Launcher on Android at the end of April. — Chaim Gartenberg/@verge