Cortana will be a permanent part of Windows 10 after the anniversary update

July 28, 2016

You’ll be stuck with Cortana while you use Windows.

Let’s face it, virtual assistants like Siri are fun but I’m sure only a few actually use them regularly. On my iPhone, most of the time I just end up turning the feature off. For Windows 10 users however, that may no longer be an option as the upcoming anniversary update will force all users to use Cortana since it will be on by default.

When the anniversary update comes to Windows 10 PCs on August 2nd, Cortana will be one permanent feature that you can’t turn off – meaning that she’ll be there offering suggestions on searches and other parts of the operating system. It might not be as obtrusive as it sounds, though we will know once the update drops next week.

“With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana. Customers can expect the same great search experience powered by Bing and Microsoft Edge with the added benefit of Cortana’s personality. We know consumers want choice and we make it easy to customize Cortana’s personalization or opt-out of Cortana’s suite of personalized services. Cortana works best when you sign in, but if you choose not to, you can still use her to chat, search the web and your Windows device. If you like, you can also easily hide Cortana and the search box in the taskbar altogether,” said Microsoft in a statement.

Do you use Cortana on your Windows 10 machine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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