Microsoft has announced that it will be removing Cortana from Windows 11 preview builds. The company says that the decision was made after careful consideration and that it is no longer necessary to have Cortana integrated into the operating system.

Cortana was first introduced in Windows 10 as a virtual assistant that could help users with tasks such as setting reminders, making appointments, and searching the web. However, the assistant never really caught on with users, and it was often criticized for being intrusive and buggy.

“Starting in August 2023, we will no longer support Cortana in Windows as a standalone app,” reads a June Microsoft support bulletin.

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“However, you can still access powerful productivity features in Windows and Edge, which have increased AI capabilities.”

“This means you can still get help with your tasks, calendar, and email, but in new and exciting ways.”

The removal of Cortana from Windows 11 preview builds will begin in the coming weeks. Users who have already installed the preview build will be able to continue using Cortana until the end of the year. After that, Cortana will be discontinued and removed from the operating system.

The removal of Cortana from Windows 11 is a significant change, but it is not unexpected. The assistant has been struggling for years, and it is clear that Microsoft is no longer interested in investing in it. The company’s decision to focus on other AI-powered products is a wise one, and it is likely that Cortana will eventually be discontinued altogether.

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