Microsoft seemingly comes to peace with its former wishes to establish Cortana as a viable competitor against Google Assistant, Alexa, and, to a lesser degree, Siri. Now Nadella wants Cortana to reside in OS-agnostic position. Well, he probably doesn’t mind her slipping into Melancholy, eh?

We have seen the drama before not once, most recently in WinPhone/WinMobile 10 case. Sometimes failure is the only option for everything besides bean counting. Micro$oft continues its progress down IBM’s tracks, though it still has a couple of proprietary tricks up its sleeve for erstwhile underdogs to teach, adopt, embrace and extinguish. One can only hope these tricks turn out unrelated to UI design. Flat Metro UI monstrosity was more than sufficient for the day unto the evil theteof.