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Cortana Appears In Early Windows 10 Consumer Preview

by Brandon Russell | December 1, 2014December 1, 2014 2:45 pm PDT


When Windows 10 releases next year, Microsoft’s Cortana will make the transition from your phone to desktop. Humans have been using voice dictation via computer software for years, but Cortana aims to create a more seamless Her-like experience in your home. Rather than using the mechanical keyboard directly in front of them, Microsoft expects the IT leaders of the future to instead search the weather by asking Cortana.

According to Neowin, early Windows 10 testers have been given access to Microsoft’s excellent personal assistant, which combines Google Now powers with Siri sass. The technology has become a staple of the Windows Phone experience, and it only seems fitting she’ll get drafted up to the table stakes of Desktopland. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s next big bet on computer software, so it will need all the technology it can get to apologize for the Windows 8 disaster.

In the image below, one lucky user is already (allegedly) seeing the benefit of Cortana in a desktop environment. While we quip on the hilarity of someone asking Cortana for the weather, the technology could definitely be useful. Appointments and other information can easily be added to your calendar, while Cortana could collect other data to help create a smarter desktop experience overall. It’ll be more Google Now, less Siri.

We’ve already seen technical previews of Windows 10, but so far Microsoft hasn’t officially said whether Cortana will play a part in the company’s desktop future. From what we’ve seen, a lot of the changes coming to Windows 10 involve a mix of Windows 7 and Windows 8. But Cortana may yet prove to be the software’s killer feature. As we get closer to the arrival of Windows 10, we’ll keep our eyes on any further developments.



Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...