Microsoft Shuffles the Deck Again, Cortana Finds a new Home
Microsoft loves to make software, sell it as a service, re-org the company and make employees change buildings. According to those with direct knowledge of the company’s plans, Microsoft is shuffling the deck once again.
This time around, it’s part of Harry Shum’s AI org that is being moved around with the end result being that Cortana is no longer under the company’s AI org and is now nested inside of Office.
For some time, the Office team has been pressuring Shum to move Cortana over to their unit, especially after it became apparent that the digital AI was no longer going to be a stand-alone product. With Cortana now fully inside of Office, expect the assistant to gain new features related to the productivity suite but I also believe that Cortana will simply become another tool for Office, rather than it’s own product.
Earlier this month, I wrote about where I thought Cortana was headed following Ignite and this seems to align to that plan.
With this change, Cortana is being moved out of the AI and Research organization which paints the picture of how the company now looks at the digital assistant. At this time, the charter for Cortana isn’t clear internally and the dust hasn’t even started to settle on this announcement but understand that going forward, Microsoft is significantly changing the way it thinks about and utilizes Cortana.
What I don’t fully know at this time is how widespread the re-org is inside of Microsoft. AI & R is certainly being overhauled and I had heard whispers that the former Windows org would undergo additional changes once RS5 was completed; Microsoft wrapped up development on this feature release a couple weeks back.
If I hear of any further changes, I’ll keep this post updated but for now know that Microsoft has repositioned Cortana internally which likely signals the company is moving away from the platform as being a competitor to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant and instead is using it as a tool for its own productivity software.
More in Office 365
M365 Changelog: (Updated) Loop components in Outlook Mail Preview
Jun 3, 2022 | Rabia Noureen
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Gets Differentiated Protection for Priority Accounts
Apr 14, 2022 | Rabia Noureen
Microsoft 365 Non-Profit Plans to Get a Price Hike in September
Apr 11, 2022 | Rabia Noureen
Microsoft to Launch Office 365 Government Secret Cloud in Mid-2022
Mar 29, 2022 | Rabia Noureen
Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera Arrives to Help with Hybrid Work
Mar 16, 2022 | Rabia Noureen
Microsoft’s New Office.com UI Now Available for All Business and Education Customers
Mar 11, 2022 | Rabia Noureen
Most popular on petri