Cortana now acts as your personal DJ in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Want to hear a song, but don’t have time to search for it online? Well, why don’t you just tell Cortana to play that song for you? With her ability to do so direct from Groove Music, all you need to do is ask.

The latest Preview build 14352 for Windows 10 brought a couple of improvements for Microsoft’s virtual assistant, including the ability to command it to play any song. This is a part of improved integration with Groove Music, meaning Cortana can play absolutely any song from Windows 10’s music app. This option is even more powerful if you have a Groove Music Pass, because with it you can play any song that’s offered via Groove subscription service.

To play a song with Cortana, you just need to tell her “Hey Cortana, play <song name>,” and she’ll start it immediately. Besides playing a single song, you can also tell Cortana to play songs from a certain artist by saying “Hey Cortana, play <artist name>,” or a custom playlist by saying “Hey Cortana, play <Groove Music playlist name>” Finally, you also can pause the currently playing song by saying “Hey Cortana, pause the song.”

This feature is currently only available to Insiders running the latest Windows 10 Preview build 14352. However, we expect it to arrive in the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview with some of the future builds, and to regular users with the Anniversary Update this summer. This option is only available to U.S. English version of Cortana, but Microsoft promised to support more languages in the future.

Tell us in the comments below: did this option work for you? What is your favorite song to play with Cortana and Groove Music?

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