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Microsoft Cortana won’t work with third-party browsers anymore

by Killian Bell | April 29, 2016April 29, 2016 5:10 am PST

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Microsoft is clamping down on hacks that allowed Cortana to work with third-party browsers like Google Chrome. Going forward, all the searches you make will open in Microsoft’s own Edge browser only, which promises to deliver a better experience.

“Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana,” reads a post on the Windows Blog.

Microsoft says that this results in a compromised experience that’s not as reliable as Cortana is designed to be, and “less predictable.” The company adds that certain features are “disrupted” if Cortana can’t depend on Edge and the Bing search engine.

“The only way we can confidently deliver this personalized, end-to-end search experience is through the integration of Cortana, Microsoft Edge and Bing – all designed to do more for you,” Microsoft adds.

From now on, then, searches performed in Cortana will only open inside Edge, powered by Bing — and there’s nothing you can do to change that. However, you can still choose your own browser and search engine in Windows 10 for everything else.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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