In October 2017 Microsoft launched the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana-powered speaker for $199.
Right now Harman Kardon is successfully killing the speaker with a brand new replace that disables all good performance.
The replace disables response to Hey Cortana or tapping the highest button, and likewise disables any WIFI performance, turning the system right into a Bluetooth speaker. Even the sunshine which pulses in response to the beat of the music will probably be disabled.
The replace has in fact lengthy been coming, and Harman Kardon notes:
Please observe that the Cortana service on the Harman Kardon Invoke will finish within the coming months no matter whether or not you obtain the replace.
Microsoft realized in 2019 that there was no revenue in competing with Amazon and Google, and restricted the good assistant performance of the speaker two years in the past. In compensation, Microsoft additionally provided Invoke customers a $50 present card which house owners can nonetheless declare.
To try this, learn the FAQ concerning the replace, which is rolling out on the tenth March 2021, right here.
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