Harman Kardon’s Invoke was the first speaker to use Microsoft’s Cortana speaker, so when it turned out later, the last also. In 2020, Microsoft said it would end consumer support for Cortana on iOS, Android and Invoke by early 2021 and use the AI assistant exclusively for business apps like Microsoft 365. Day has come that, as Harman Kardon has announced that it will soon release a software update that disables Cortana and turns the Invoke into a regular Bluetooth speaker, Thurott has reported.
The update will arrive, so in a FAQ, Harman Kardon advised owners to leave the speaker “linked to the web and kept online overnight between 2 AM and 5 AM local time.after June 30th ” The update will end, 2021, however the Samsung-owned company noted that “Cortana service… will result in the coming months of whether you obtain the update regardless.”
The Invoke was a good smart speaker when it found its way to 2017, with excellent sound device and quality compatibility, though Cortana’s insufficient skills was a weak spot. Harmon Karman noted that it had no choice in the matter as it was Microsoft’s decision to end support. Once the software giant announced that it could remove Cortana from Invoke first, it did offer buyers a $50 gift card as an olive branch, however. Microsoft will end Cortana support alone Surface headphones soon, too.