Windows 10 May 2020 Update updates Windows Search experience, improves the overall experience and it also brings more changes to Cortana. With last year’s update, Microsoft added a new search box in Windows 10 and Cortana is now being moved to a separate app updated from the Microsoft Store.
In Windows 10 version 2004, Cortana is getting a new look, improved chat-based experience, and Microsoft plans to offer it in more regions outside the United States.
Cortana is also getting a new focus—productivity and it’s not exactly good news if you enjoyed using Cortana’s music integration and other consumer-friendly features. Cortana still supports lists, reminders, emails, calendars, and you can also launch apps with both texts and your voice.
According to Microsoft, new Cortana offers support for continuous conversations and deep integration with Microsoft 365 services.
Microsoft will offer Cortana in the US, UK, Canada, India, Japan, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Spain. You can use Cortana in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. For these regions, Microsoft will also offer Bing Answers and Assistant Conversations.
Windows 10 May 2020 Update has undocked Cortana from the taskbar, allowing you to move and resize it like other apps.
Microsoft has decided to temporarily remove some skills and casual conversation from Cortana, but you’ll able to ask her jokes, view Bing answers and check the weather.
It’s worth noting that the company hasn’t given up on consumer-focused features entirely and some features might return back in the near future.
Microsoft is also planning to introduce support for Surface Headphones, Alexa Echo, and Invoke in a future update, which will be released via Windows Store.
Microsoft promises that it will update Cortana app regularly via the Windows Store and the digital assistant will naturally blend into user workflows.