Microsoft is separating Search and Cortana options in the Windows 10 taskbar, so that both the options can innovate independently.
The new experience is expected to be available in April this year with the major Windows 10 update. After the update, when users will click the search box in the taskbar, it will offer enhanced search experience. On the other hand, clicking Cortana icon will launch a voice-first digital assistant experience.
Aim of the new experience is to best serve the target audiences and use cases, by handling voice queries separately from typing in a search box.
The other settings available with Search and Cortana will also be separated, along with the familiar group policies.
“This change is one of several we’ve made throughout this release to improve your experience in this space, including updating the search landing page design, enhancing your search results, and integrating Microsoft To-Do with Cortana,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post.
Another change coming to Windows 10 is simplifying and insulating Start option from potential issues. Currently, the Start is hosted by ShellExperienceHost.exe. Microsoft is now shifting it to StartMenuExperienceHost.exe, to deliver the best possible Start experience.
Microsoft has unveiled these updates as a part of its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18317, accessible to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. Earlier this month when the tech giant released the Build 18309, it brought a number of new interesting features including revamped Windows Hello PIN reset experience, password-less phone number account, and more.
It’s something to notice that Microsoft is putting best of its efforts to make Windows 10 the most suitable operating system for desktop devices. The company wants to ensure that everyone shifts to modern desktops. As a part of this initiative, it has also announced that support for Windows 7 will not be provided after January 14, 2020.