See how Cortana works on Windows 10

Windows 10 is here and with it is Cortana. General release marks the first time that our favorite digital assistant has graced our PCs and tablets and its a mighty useful thing to have around. Sure, not everyone can get it yet, but those that can should check it out.

If you're interested in learning more, this short video is a great place to start.

And of course, if you want to know more about Cortana or Windows 10 as a whole, definitely check out our epic review and the other links below for everything you need to know.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Cortana is coming to India via Windows Insiders program to Windows 10 PC.
  • I hope she come to Latin America by 2017
  • I hope she comes to Latvia one day :P
  • Does Cortana on Win10 fetch the info (notebook) from my Windows phone? I ask because so far my Cortana has an empty notebook on my PC.
  • Yup.. Works on mine using the same Microsoft back.
  • Richard are you hiding your real name from Cortana just incase she does take over the world? ;)
  • Wen in India?
  • Today. Today. Today. Shut up.
  • Cortana and store crashes frequently on my surface pro 3 piece of crap
  • I was waiting to use cortana in my Pc but I just found out My Windows version is Home SINGLE LANGUAGE :( - My Pc is set to use only spanish Language and I can´t download anything (related with with English speach and text)  Any Help?
  • How do I set up the "Hey, Cortana" command?
  • Open cortana, on the side pane, you have a couple options. I think it's the 3rd tab, but in there, there is the option for Cortana to learn your voice. Select that, she will have you say some phrases, and then it should work. It works great on my SP3. Posted from the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Thanks. For some reason I overlooked it when I was going through the first couple of times lol
  • Is the Music Identification option missing from everyone's Cortana hamburger menu or just mine?
  • Cortana is great guyss
  • Anyone who knows when Cortana will come to Europe / Belgium?
  • Nothing about a tailored version of Cortana for Belgium, but Marcus Ash said on twitter:
    "​Good feedback. We are just starting to explore how to use a version of Cortana (e.g. Cortana in France) in other countries."
  • Cortana doesn't work very well on my PC. A lot of "something went wrong" messages.
  • I am loving Cortana on my Lumia 1020 but cant get her to work on my Surface Pro 3 now on Windows 10. So I am in South Africa but have changed region and language settings to enable her. Get an error stating that my group policy does not allow for Cortana. Can anyone help?
  • I'm in the same boat. My Cortana settings jump from "Policy disabled" to "not in your region" when I switch between English UK and English US. Completely not working (sadly). Don't know any fix for this and it's driving me mad.  
  • I didn't manage to use her UK version but I did manage to use her US version, make sure to download everything US related.
  • So, now the question is: Which Cortana?   I'm at my desk and want to make a call on my phone, so I say: "Hey Cortana, call Will" as I put my Bluetooth headset in. Of course, as of this morning, while my Cortana on my 1520 dutifully dials my friend, Cortana on my Surface Pro explains that she can only make calls from a phone.   Ah! The difficulties of life in the first world. 
  • Error states: "Cortana is disabled by company policy" Please help!
  • I have this problem too :(
  • same issue here. Everything set to United States English. Not working.
  • So I have figured it out.  You need to be sure that hte Speech setting is also set to US English, not just the Language setting.  It is a little hidden, but go here: Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language.  Now this is where the trick comes in: Under Languages, click on English (United States).  The Options box appears.  Click on this and you will find Speech Settings.  Be sure this is set to English (United States).  If it is not there, you will need to download the US Speech options. Hope that helps - worked for me.  Also, be sure that you set all language and speech settings in the usual settings tabs from old Windows 7 style, and restart computer.