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Microsoft separates Cortana from the search bar

It seems Microsoft has finally heard the millions of Windows 10 users who wanted to get rid of Cortana. Windows users will no longer have to face the annoying pop-up of the digital assistant.

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In the latest build of the Windows 19H1 Insider 18317 software, which can be tested by users, Microsoft has announced that it will separate Windows search from the digital assistant on the taskbar.

For Windows Insider users, this means that the search bar will be separated from Cortana. At the same time, the digital assistant will have a separate icon that will instantly provide its services with one click.

Dona Sarkar, head of Windows Insider, writes: "This separation will allow each function to operate and develop independently to better serve users on a case-by-case basis."

Η Microsoft has been criticized many times for the coexistence of Windows and Cortana searches, as these two functions have different purposes. Frequently, search functionality is a barrier to Cortana during a search query, and vice versa. However, this will soon be a story after the release of Windows 19H1, scheduled for April 2019.

Let's say that Microsoft has big plans for Cortana. In one of the previous builds, the company linked the functionality of the digital assistant to those of Microsoft To-Do and Outlook. And that's just the beginning. Many reports indicate that Microsoft is trying to turn Cortana into an integrated assistant, where it can cope with other digital assistants from Google and Apple.

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