Sleuthing finds that Cortana just might come to Windows 9

There's more evidence that Microsoft plans to build in a version of its Cortana digital assistant in Threshold, the code name for the next version of Windows, thanks to a look deep inside the files in an early version of the OS., which claims to have obtained a copy of this early Technical Preview build, found some resource files labeled as "Cortana". They also took screenshots that show an early user interface for Cortana with reminders of time, location and people.


Microsoft has already hinted that Cortana, which made its debut as part of Windows Phone 8.1, would be put into the next version of Windows, thanks in part to some job listings at the company that were spotted a few months ago. More recent rumors claim that Cortana currently runs as an app inside Threshold in early builds.

Microsoft may not include Cortana support when it launches a public technical preview of Threshold. That is expected to happen sometime in late September or early October. We may have to wait for the final version of Threshold, which may or may not be called Windows 9, to access Cortana from our desktops, laptops, and tablets. That release isn't expected until sometime in the spring of 2015.

Do you think it's a good idea to add Cortana support to regular Windows?