Microsoft: Cortana on Windows 10 users will work with only Bing and Edge

Microsoft: Cortana on Windows 10 users will work with only Bing and Edge

In a Thursday announcement, Microsoft said that it is bringing a change to its Cortana digital assistant on Windows 10. The change announced by Microsoft is that Cortana will no longer work with third-party search engines and web browsers.

The announcement implies that Windows 10 users who use Cortana for conducting a search which requires them to use a search engine in a web browser will now have to use the Microsoft Bing search engine and the Microsoft Edge browser.

Previously, Windows 10 users using Cortana for search had the option of selecting any search engine and browser. About the reason behind the move to remove the ability for Windows 10 users to use third-party search engines and web browsers with Cortana, Microsoft said that the move is essentially aimed at enhancing the search experience for users.

With regard to the decision to restrict the Cortana digital assistant to only work with Edge browser, Microsoft said in a statement that, with Windows 10 having "grown in adoption and usage," the design of the operating system is being circumvented by a number of software programs.

Highlighting the fact that software programs circumventing the Windows 10 design "redirect users to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," Microsoft said: "The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable."

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