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Microsoft's Cortana sleeps with the fishermen / Boing Boing

Many people feel good about allowing a useful wiretap in their lives. I'm not one of them. Neither. So when I heard that Cortana was being sent to pasture land by Microsoft, I was pretty excited. The dismantling of surveillance devices that are brought into our daily lives makes me always feel a little healthy.

From Gizmodo:

This is according to a support article that Microsoft published in several regional markets this week, but a spokesperson later clarified to Gizmodo that only users in the following areas can expect to say goodbye to the voice assistant: UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada and India. Although the app is released in these regions, Cortana itself remains "an integral part" of the company's business model for integrating "conversational computing and productivity" into its products, Spokesman says, so Microsoft doesn't seem to be closing the coffin entirely.

According to Gizmodo, at least in North America, we must meet the company's post-Clippy assistant on our smartphones until January 31, 2020.

Cortana's death has been a long time coming. Last year, Microsoft's CEO admitted that the company's virtual assistant could keep up with Alexa or Siri.

Rate one for us who do not want our gadgets to listen to us. I can only hope that Halo's Master Chief can quickly deal with the loss of his longtime companion and move on with his life.

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Seamus Bellamy is a full-time hobo who writes about technology, travel and dark, delightful things as he travels the world with his partner and their puppy, Boudica.

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