With the release of the latest update to the operating system "Windows 10", which was named "May 2020", the "Microsoft" digital voice assistant "Cortana" has just become a productivity aid tool, placed in the Office 365 cloud service, and some of the services of "Microsoft Azure" Other clouds such as e-mail, which means that Cortana suffered a major setback, and he actually moved from the wide arena to compete with his counterparts, such as "Apple Siri", "Amazon Alexa", and "Google Assistant", to the narrow corner of the work as a little follower Importance, looks at e-mail, and schedules meetings within the company.

This came in an analysis conducted by the network «ZDNet» specialized in technology, after a detailed technical review of the amendments that took place in “Cortana” with the latest update for Windows 10, which was launched earlier this month, and its results were published recently.

ZDNet analysts described those modifications as a "sharp dwarfing and miniaturization" of Microsoft's voice assistant.

Flight retreat

Analysts reviewed the decline in the Cortana application since its appearance in 2014, noting that the documents published by Microsoft on their support pages were optimistic for Cortana, until early last year.

They mentioned that the main title of the support articles for "Cortana" used to say "(Cortana) is your smart assistant throughout your life." Then the article talks about that "Cortana" helps you wherever life happens, as he works with everything from calendar to music and services. Smart Home also has skills that you can use to help you, just look at all of these third party skills for music, home automation, and insurance services.

Productivity Assistant

But after launching and running the Windows 10 May 2020 update, known as the “2004 Edition”, the situation changed, according to analysts, as Cortana’s support articles titled: “Cortana” is the personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365 ), As I came to talk about “Cortana” as an experiment designed for use with the Azure AD cloud computing platform, and it came to a set of skills, such as catching up with e-mail, coordinating meetings, and preparing expense reports. The analysts added that the tasks related to music, fitness and home automation are no longer present, but rather appeared among many of the old tasks in the section «Features and functions removed from (Windows 10)».

Radical changes

According to the technical review that was conducted on the application’s situation after the amendments that were mentioned in the latest “Windows 10 update”, “Cortana” witnessed several changes that can be described as root, as the properties or capabilities that made him able to deal with music files have been canceled, in terms of research and playback And the offer, after receiving the relevant voice commands from the user, and the capabilities that make him able to deal with the information network responsible for managing smart homes, and the associated devices, were canceled, and Cortana was also removed from the field of work inside smart cars, similar to What happens with "Siri", "Alexa", and "Google Assistant".


Another important change is that the link between Cortana, third-party software, or programs and applications produced by companies other than Microsoft has been reduced and perhaps omitted to perform specific tasks.

In this context, analysts said, "The Cortana notebook has been dumped into the digital waste bin," and is no longer running.

In exchange for all of this, analysts pointed out that a process of repositioning of Cortana has been carried out to work as a productivity tool supporting the Office 365 cloud service through which the Office Office software package is run as a service, and also to support some other services. Related to the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, all within the scope of business support for companies and institutions, not individuals.

Voice aid

The Microsoft Cortana application appeared for the first time in 2014, as part of a wave of smart digital voice aids, based on artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, which included the Siri assistant from Apple, the Alexa assistant from Amazon, and the Google Assistant Digital, ”then Bixby followed it from Samsung. This group of aid caused a sensation in spreading voice transactions through it, especially while working in institutions, companies and homes.