January 25, 2022

Microsoft Starts Shifting Cortana’s Functions Away from Previous Smart Home Skills to User Productivity

Microsoft’s most recent update to Cortana shows the company is moving away from skills like smart home controls to user productivity…

The freshest Cortana experience on Windows 10 has some big changes. With the update comes a new direction, which puts its focus on user productivity, rather than consumer-facing skills, like managing smart home devices.

Latest Microsoft Cortana Update Emphasizes User Productivity Features

The newest Cortana iteration for Windows 10 by Microsoft pivots toward skills like managing personal schedules, adding to-do items, sending email, and similar tasks. Gone are abilities such as controlling music, managing smart home devices, and more.

However, not all skills are being stripped away. Users can still do things like communicate with the digital assistant via voice or text, as well as setting alarms and timers, along with quick access to answers.

As part of the evolution, Microsoft will remove Cortana from the Microsoft Launcher on Android near the end of April.

Andrew Shuman, Corporate Vice President, Cortana, writes:

“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.”

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