Harman Kardon Cortana Speaker will remove Microsoft’s digital assistant

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Harman Kardon Cortana speaker
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Microsoft is planning to end its Cortana support for several platforms and devices. In that, Hardman Kardon Invoke Speaker is also one of them. Hardman Kardon Cortana speaker was the first and only Cortana-powered speaker. But with the latest update, Harman Kardon will soon remove the Cortana support from the Invoke speaker and turn it into a Standard Bluetooth Speaker.

Invoke speakers will be receiving a software update on Wednesday for removing Microsoft’s digital assistant. Interestingly Harman Kardon stated that “Users should leave the Cortana Speaker connected to the internet and keep it connected online overnight from 2 AM and 5 AM local time”.

In the past back in July 2020, Microsoft announced a similar update. Which states that Microsoft will be cutting out Cortana, its digital assistant, from the Cortana apps on iOS and Android, and ending support for the third-party Cortana skills. Along with cutting out Cortana support for the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker. These changes can be a part of Microsoft’s shift of Cortana towards being a productivity-centered assistant.

Microsoft considers Cortana’s value in conversational AI and the company planning to reposition Cortana as a skill. Which can be Utilized anywhere rather than competing with Alexa or Google Assistant.

Here the details about the Harman Kardon Cortana Speaker update

The latest update of Harman Kardon Cortana Speaker will be released on March 10, 2021. Harman Kardon recommends that Invoke speaker users should keep their speakers connected to the internet and should maintain the connection between the timing as mentioned above 2 AM to 5 AM local time. And the update will not be available after June 30, 2021.

The Harman Kardon FAQ states that ” if your speaker isn’t connected to the Internet, it will be better that you connect as soon as possible to successfully receive the update. Also, it states that ” Please note that the Cortana service for Harman Kardon Invoke speakers will end in the upcoming months regardless of whether you get the update or not.

Along with that, the firm states that this decision to cut off Cortana’s support from Invoke speakers came from Microsoft, not from Harman Kardon. The company FAQ states that “Microsoft determined to cut off support for the Cortana integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021.

However, Microsoft has worked closely with Harman Kardon to produce a device transition plan. This plan will help in easing the impact that it has on some of our customers. Also, Microsoft informed that few users engage in the productivity tasks that Cortana is focused on. The company takes pride in providing great value to customers and this was a difficult decision they did not take lightly.

Microsoft support page stated about Harman Kardon speaker update

The windows maker stated on its Support page that “After customers get the firmware update from Harman Kardon this Wednesday, will still be able to listen to their favorite music, podcasts, and radio stations. With the help of their invoke speakers via Bluetooth. This firmware update will be received automatically for devices connected to WiFi within six months of its release.

Once the Invoke speaker is updated, the Cortana can no longer be accessible on the Speaker. If you don’t get the latest software update on 2/25/2021 then you will be getting the update in the following weeks. Because the company informed that the update started rolling out to some devices first and will also roll out to all others gradually.

Along with this, Microsoft also offers the opportunity to receive one Microsoft store $50 promotional gift card per active Invoke speaker. This offer is applicable to the owners of the latest US-based Microsoft account used for Invoke speakers. Who had previously sent out a voice request to the Cortana service after July 31, 2019, and before July 31, 2020. For additional details, you can check the Invoke Redemption Website.

Also, Microsoft says that it has taken a lot of time to think about this transition. Then informed, that these modifications can be a bit disruptive to some of our customers. Microsoft is looking forward to innovating ways in which Cortana can be used. And how it can help you navigate the modern workplace so how it can save your time and lets you focus on the things that matter most in your daily life.

Other details

After the Harman Kardon Cortana speaker received the update. The top panel touch function will be controlling the Bluetooth audio playback. Also, the blue ring that appears on the top of the Invoke speaker will removed from the top panel animations. If you want additional information about how to set up your Invoke speaker with Bluetooth and any other details you can check out the official website.

You can also use the Cortana mobile app to configure your device. But after the Cortana mobile app withdraws, you can still be able to configure and update your Invoke speaker. With the help of the Cortana Device Setup app that is available on Windows 10. Also, note that the Harman Kardon Cortana speaker will not support other digital assistants like Alexa and Google Assistance.

With all this, we can say that Microsoft is pretty excited about what the future holds for Cortana. And all the productivity assistance that it can provide for its customers in the future. Through a deeper integration into Microsoft 365 tools and services. Also, Microsoft is taking several steps to minimize the inconvenience that its users may experience.

Conclusion

Microsoft announced that the Harman Kardon Cortana speaker will cut off its digital assistance. After the update, the Invoke speaker will turn into a Standard Bluetooth Speaker. Also, Harman Kardon updated its support page for the Invoke speaker with more details. Also about transitioning the device into a Bluetooth speaker. This update will be launching on Wednesday.