The newest build of Windows 10 preview contains some new Cortana settings
Microsoft's latest public build, 9879, of its Windows 10 Technical Preview, contains some settings that show the company is planning to add more integration with its Cortana digital assistant feature.
One of Windows Central's readers sent over a couple of screenshots showing the new Cortana features in the zPC Settings section of Windows 10, which has been set up by Microsoft as a way to test new features they may or may not add to the operating system in the future. One of the selections in zPC Settings, Speech, mentions that Cortana is not configured when setting up text-to-speech in Windows 10.
zPC Settings also has a "Cortana and Speech" section in the Privacy sub-folder. It mentions that any personalization data can be used by Microsoft to improve both speech and Cortana features. Windows 10 users who don't want that kind of data sent to Microsoft can click the "Clear" button to delete it from their PC and turn off speech and Cortana from their computers.
While Cortana itself is not yet enabled, this new build does show that Microsoft is planning to add it in a future Windows 10 update, perhaps as part of the consumer preview version that's due for launch sometime in early 2015. Would you use or disable Cortana when it is fully enabled in Windows 10?
Thanks to Daniel for the tip and the screenshots!
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The prospect of Cortana on PC is AWESOME, and the potential implementation of her abilities there, I'm sure get most of us really thinking. But there is an even more INTRIGUING PROSPECT.
What will be interesting to me, and I'm sure many of YOU is how Cortana on PC and Phone will WORK TOGETHER!:-)
I would love to see her on my PC or the Xbox. It's a nice gimmick on the phone, but I really don't use her in public, that's kinda weird.
But at home that would be great, especially for productivity! When I do some stuff for university, I could just tell her to play some music or to show me information about my study stuff. Or maybe there will be third party apps using cortana, for example for food delivery or so. "Cortana, order 2 No.10 Pizzas from Pizza Hut and let them deliver it at 9pm" Great stuff, I love it!
The article states its for future add-ons
Bring back Smart Files!
This contains actually the Search app, but it even holds:
remindersserver.exe I tried to start one of the exe's, but all of them failed. Only if you call ms-cortana:// in the browser, the search app starts. There should be a possibility to access the reminders app, but I failed so far
Select some text anywhere browser or document.
Click Cortana read this for me. I really hate to read long articles.