Everyone that loves interactive apps is probably familiar with Windows 10‘s very own Cortana. This voice assistant has been with users ever since the first version of Windows 10, acting as Microsoft’s version of Alexa or Google Assistant.
It received numerous updates throughout the years, some ore or less successful, but it seems that things are about to change.
In a recent post, Microsoft stated that they are planning to turn Cortana into a productivity assistant for Office 365:
The upcoming update to Windows 10 will include access to a new Cortana experience with an emphasis on productivity, helping you quickly find the information you want across Microsoft 365. The new Cortana experience in Windows 10 features a chat-based UI that gives you the ability to interact with Cortana using your voice or the keyboard.
Cortana will lose some key features
As part of the new revamp brought to Microsoft’s voice assistant, some features that aren’t very work-focused will be dropped.
For example, Microsoft mentioned that some consumer skills including music, connected home and third-party skills will no longer be available in the updated Cortana feature in Windows 10.
The end-goal for these changes is to finally transform Cortana into a full-fledged work assistant that will focus more on productivity, helping you quickly find the information you want across Microsoft 365.
Cortana will gain some new skills
Of course, Cortana is also getting some new ones as well. New versions will allow you to type or speak out requests to find people or files, or quickly create or queue up emails.
You can also use it to check out yout calendar, set a reminder, or add entries to your lists in Microsoft To Do. With these changes, Microsoft hopes that work productivity will increase while making it a bit more interactive and engaging.
The main reason behind these changes is most likely Microsoft’s plan to replace Cortana as the default voice assistant in Windows 10x.
Given how something newer would replace it, the only logical choices would have been to either give Cortana a new purpose or remove it altogether. However, the program is still quite popular among Windows users, and that is probably why Microsoft didn’t choose the latter.
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