Death date: Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 10 Mobile in December 2019

Microsoft No Longer Sees Cortana as a Competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant

"Because Cortana needs to be that skill for anyone who is a Microsoft Office 365 subscriber".

While phased rollouts have commenced, Microsoft says the there are four software/hardware configurations that won't receive the automatic update. Rather than continuing to be its own thing, however, Satya's comments reflect Microsoft's repositioning of the assistant as a "skill" that can now be tapped from within Alexa or Google Assistant instead of continuing to push Cortana as a standalone option. Or should we try to compete with Alexa? Microsoft released the update weeks early in order to announce it at live hardware event in October, despite numerous reports of bugs and other quality issues. We, quite frankly, decided that we would do the former. However, until that happens, one can at least be sure of not seeing any Microsoft-branded smart speaker.

It's also not clear at the moment what Google thinks of this public invitation at cooperation.

Australian Open 2019, Day 1: Match Points
Fellow American Danielle Collins also enjoyed a first-round win, the world number 35 beating 14th seed Goerges 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. Croatian pair Donna Vekic and Petra Martic have been seeded at a Grand Slam event for the first time, at 29 and 31 respectively.

He noted that Microsoft had to consider what would be the best move for Cortana: "We are very mindful of the categories we enter where we can do something unique. To me the challenge is, exactly what would we be able to do in that category that is going to be unique?", said Nadella to Business Insider. Usually, however, this approach simply leads to needlessly fragmented markets until the also-rans finally call it quits.

Microsoft notes that, after this date, device backups for settings and some apps will continue for three months until 10 March 10th, but warns that "some services including photo uploads and restoring a device from an existing device backup may continue to work for up to another 12 months from end of support". Many consumers prefer this to the siloed approach most companies have taken with their services.

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