Microsoft’s plan for Invoke speakers is likely to cause the most resentment. The company will push a firmware update on the smart device to turn it into a Bluetooth speaker. “The firmware update will be automatically delivered to WiFi-connected devices within six months of its release,” the company said.
As an olive branch to Invoke owners, Microsoft plans to send them $ 50 gift cards. To be eligible, you must use your Invoke spokesperson to ask Cortana something between July 31and prior to today’s announcement.
As mentioned above, Microsoft also plans to remove the current Cortana urination from the first generation Surface Headphones in early 2021. If the change continues, you will also be able to use the digital assistant, but through only integration that comes with Outlook Mobile. First-generation Surface Headphone owners can get a $ 25 gift card.
“We spent a lot of time thinking through this move and understand that these changes may be disruptive to some of our customers,” the company said.
As Verge points, the changes marked another step in Cortana reinvention as an assistant focused on digital productivity. Cortana will not go away, but Microsoft tweets about software to better compliment apps like Outlook and Teams. In doing so, the company is likely hoping to carve out a niche for digital assistants away from the likes of Assistant and Alexa. Of course, all of that is a little comfort if you buy into the company’s original vision for Cortana.