New Windows 10 build silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

The latest Insider build of Windows 10, 18309, expands the use of a thing that Microsoft has recently introduced: passwordless Microsoft accounts. It’s now possible to create a Microsoft account that uses a one-time code delivered over SMS as its primary authenticator, rather than a conventional password. In the new Windows 10 build, these passwordless […]

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Calendar search and Cortana Show Me voice queries

After spinning up possibly the last Windows 10 build from the RS4 branch two days ago, Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Calendar search and Cortana Show Me voice queries. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release much later […]

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Cortana and Windows Mixed Reality improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Cortana improvements and Windows Mixed Reality fixes. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is expected to ship in April). There is no new build from the RS5 branch today, […]

Microsoft is testing Cortana in Outlook on iOS and Android

This is Cortana. (credit: Cortana) Cortana is coming to the Outlook email and calendar app for iOS and Android, according to The Verge. The publication cites sources “familiar with Microsoft’s Outlook plans.” Microsoft is reportedly testing a feature internally that would allow users to verbally ask the virtual assistant Cortana to read their emails to […]

Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

Microsoft keeps striving to find Cortana a place in the crowded smart assistant market, and despite losing a minor feature, it’s still adding functionality. Today, Cortana added IFTTT, and launched with interactions to link it up with 550 apps and devices. Cortana lags behind some of its peers in this field, too: Google Assistant added […]

Cortana for iPad takes full advantage of the larger screen

Microsoft updated its Cortana app and it now features native iPad support. The interface makes use of the bigger iPad screen, but otherwise it’s largely similar to the iPhone version. The update, spotted by MacRumors, also notes that the app now opens 20 percent faster. “Introducing a brand-new Cortana for iPad design. Enjoy an exclusive […]

Microsoft finally brings Cortana to iPad, promises 20% faster launches

More than two years after bringing its Cortana digital assistant to iPhones, Microsoft today debuted Cortana for iPad, including a new interface specifically optimized for 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch screens. The app also boasts 20 percent faster launch times than the prior iPhone-only version, which is important, given that iOS device users will likely […]