December 31, 2018

Microsoft’s Cortana – Features & How to Update it on Windows 10

Microsoft’s Cortana is now available in India which is a newly added best feature for Windows 10 users. Cortana is a personal digital voice assistant, in simple words, it is an app that provides you to do anything on your mobile or PC just by giving commands using your voice. Till now, this feature is only available for Windows 8.1 users and now Microsoft announced that it rolling out Cortana to India and three other regions via Windows 10 Insider Preview who are on the build 10532 and higher versions. Here is a complete guide about Cortana, it’s features, working procedure and how to update or enable it on Windows 10. Have a look!

What is Cortana?

Cortana is a Personal digital voice assistant, which is just like your silicon secretary who can help make your life easier. Cortana is a Microsoft launched app for the Windows users of both PC and Mobile devices. Cortana can do everything which is similar to other voice control apps like Siri and Google Now. Cortana is an app that does all your work on your device only through your voice. It follows the commands given by the user through their voice.

What is Microsoft Cortana - Available on Windows 10

Cortana reduces your search for things on your mobile device or PC, so that you can do your work with much ease. Instead of searching for things by yourself, you can ask Cortana so that it will give whatever information you require on your device. Suppose, if you wish to make a call to your mom, then you need to tell it to Cortana as “Call mom” and it listens, understands your voice and makes a call to your mom. Not only making a call, it can also set a reminder for you, set an alarm, send a text message and many more.

Features of Cortana

Cortana is a voice-activated personal digital assistant which is capable of listening to the user’s voice commands and act according to it. Cortana is a Microsoft launched feature for the users of Windows on their smartphones and PC’s. Cortana can help you do various things just by typing your commands or verbally speaking with it. Cortana can make your life easier without having to search for things vigorously. Here are the greatest features of Cortana that can help you do following things:

  • Set Reminder for an important task

Set Reminders using Cortana

  • Real-time Translation
  • Sends automatic replies for callers when you don’t want get disturbed

Cortana - Quiet hours

  • Checks your location and gives directions

Get Directions using Cortana

  • Tracks and records your every move and can respond to all relative questions.

Cortana -Tracks every move of the user

  • Maintains a notebook that includes all your Frequent visited restaurants and other preferences

Cortana - Notebook

  • Set Alarms

Set alarm using Cortana on Windows 10

  • Get Weather Information

Cortana - Weather Information

  • Filters your search as per your Preferences

Cortana – Now Available for Windows 10 Users

Cortana was earlier available for the Windows 8.1 users and now Microsoft introduced the personal digital voice assistant to the desktop platform with Windows 10. It is now available in India, Japan, Australia, and Canada to Windows Insiders as an optional download for the users who have participated in the Windows Insider program. The users must be on the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10532 and higher versions. The new feature of Cortana on Windows 10 is more comprehensive and it offers numerous languages than before that includes Bulgarian, Swedish, Korean, Japanese and Klingon.

How to Update Cortana on Windows 10?

As Cortana is available in India for all the users of Windows 10 Insider Preview who has build 10532 and above versions. Here is a simple way of how to enable Cortana on your Windows 10. You need to just follow the below given steps and try to enable it on your device. You can enable this feature only on your Windows Technical preview.

Step 1: In order to use Cortana, you need to create a Microsoft account.

Step 2: After successfully creating a Microsoft account you can now use Cortana on your device.

Step 3: To activate Cortana, initially press and hold the search key on your Mobile device. If you’re using a PC, just click on the search box located in the Taskbar.

Windows 10 Search - Cortana

Step 4: When the search windows displays on the screen, click on Notebook icon present on the left side of the window.

How to update Cortana on Windows 10

Step 5: Now, Click on Settings from the list of Notebook options.

Step 6: Under the Settings Window, you can see a button to enable Hey Cortana. Toggle the button towards the ON position.

Cortana Settings on Windows 10

Step 7: You can now use your computer as usual and if in case you need Cortana to perform any of your task, you can do as follows:

  • Initiate by saying “Hey, Cortana,” which is followed by your command given through voice.
  • You have to give any command as soon as the Cortana activation prompt.
  • Then it indicates listening and performs that particular task.

Step 8: That’s it, you can now start using your Personal Digital voice assistant, Cortana.

This is all about Cortana – your Personal digital assistant that is now available on your Windows 10 operating system. Now, you can update Cortana on Windows 10 as it is now available in India and start using it so as to ease your life. Hope this tutorial guides you to know everything about Cortana, it’s features and steps to update it on your Windows 10. Enjoy using Cortana!

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Imran Uddin

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