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Microsoft wants Cortana to set up Windows for you

by Vishal Laul

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The Windows Insider program has taken a break – that doesn’t mean Microsoft is on a break, though; the internal Windows builds at Microsoft are still chugging along, and it seems Microsoft wants Cortana to be more in control.

The latest internal builds of Windows at Microsoft have a brand new set up experience according to Windows Central; powered by Cortana, the new “out-of-the-box” experience guides users through the Windows setup process – making the account, connecting to the WiFi, etc.

Cortana’s assistance

Cortana was always meant to be an assistant; her presence in the setup process, however, is somewhat unexpected.

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It’s clear that Microsoft wants Cortana to be in the front and center of the Windows experience; setting up Windows is where it begins.

Cortana can narrate the entire process and is always listening for user commands such as “Next” to proceed to the next steps.

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If Windows 10 and Cortana are supposed to end up on everything, they need to be able to do things without traditional input devices – or even without a screen. The Windows Devices SDK might put Cortana on your toaster, but that toaster will also be running Windows 10.

The new set up experience only requires a microphone and a speaker, making it perfect for replacing the Amazon Echo, for example.

Still for Desktop

Windows is putting itself in places it has never been in; forgetting the desktop, however, would be a grave mistake. The new experience might use Cortana’s fanciness to its advantage, but it still allows users to use the more traditional ways of doing things.

Cortana can be disabled; mouse and keyboard can be used, and the interface is overhauled for devices with a screen. Microsoft isn’t leaving anyone behind.

When will see this?

The Windows Insider program is on a hiatus until the end of this year; new Insider builds will likely start showing up sometime early January – hopefully after the great massacre of CES is over.

Whether we will see this new experience in the upcoming Insider builds, remains a mystery; however, it does seem like it would be ready by the time Creators Update starts shipping.

Image Credit: WindowsCentral.com

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