You can now talk with Cortana on the Lock Screen in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft constantly integrates its virtual assistant, Cortana, into more and more aspects of Windows 10 along with connectivity to other platforms and services. The latest Windows 10 feature to receive Cortana integration is the Lock Screen, with Cortana now showing up right after you turn on your computer.

With Windows 10 build 14328, every Windows Insider who installed the latest build can now interact with Cortana directly on the Lock Screen. Since Cortana integration is part of build 14328, nothing needs to be done to activate it, as it is automatic.

In the case Cortana doesn’t appear on the Lock Screen, you can easily turn this option on. Open Cortana, go to Settings, and toggle “Let me use Cortana even when my device is locked,” and the virtual assistant will appear there from now on.

To interact with Cortana on the Lock Screen, you simply need to say Hey Cortana and she’ll get ready. You can ask Cortana for various things while on the Lock Screen, like the forecast, latest news, and more. However, when we tested it, Cortana didn’t show up on a few occasions which means that Microsoft still needs to work on this feature. However, we expect more improvements in the coming Preview builds, along with the public release as a part of the Anniversary Update.

cortana lock screen

Although Microsoft introduced Cortana to the Lock Screen just a few days ago, this feature is actually not new. A few builds ago, people discovered that Cortana on the Lock Screen can be enabled in the Registry Editor even if Microsoft hadn’t formally introduced it.

Cortana won’t be limited just to Windows 10 Platform: its integration with Xbox One is ahead of us, poised to deliver some great cross-platform features. Cortana is also the main engine of communication between Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices. Sooner or later, Microsoft will even bring Cortana to products like cars or home appliances, too.

What do you think about Cortana on the Lock Screen, and what Windows 10 feature you think will receive Cortana integration next? Tell us in the comments section below!


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