Goodbye, Cortana… Cortana Hi, Alexa?
We could see a future in which a Windows 10 user could replace the integrated voice assistant of the operating system, Cortana, with another digital helper of their choice. Take Amazon’s Alexa, for example, which Microsoft has already brought to its Microsoft Store with some notebooks and desktop PCs.
This is the latest in the Engadget rumor mill with Albacore and WalkingCat (the latter a prolific Microsoft leaker) highlighting evidence and application programming interfaces (APIs) on Twitter.
Albacore has identified fresh options for testing potentially related to voice assistants, allowing you to specify voice keywords such as’ Alexa’ to fire Amazon’s assistant via its app (the Alexa app is already on Windows 10, with the assistant being baked into several laptops carrying Microsoft’s latest operating system).
Windows 10 preview builds have already seen some tests to split Cortana and the core search functionality into two separate entities on the taskbar–for a limited set of Windows insiders–as highlighted by another Twitter denizen.
The overall theory, together with the other evidence mentioned above, is that Microsoft could eventually allow users to replace Cortana with another third – party assistant.
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This is, of course, just pieces of speculation based on titbits in the Windows 10 test versions right now, so this idea should certainly not be carried away.
It would certainly be an enormous move for Microsoft to allow Cortana to be replaced wholesale. That said, the changing winds seem to blow through Windows 10 at the moment –just look at what happened with Edge leaving its own proprietary browser engine and switching to Chromium.
So perhaps –perhaps –all this talk about enabling users to give Cortana the elbow is not so far-fetched after all.
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