Microsoft is apparently gearing up for a significant Cortana
update on Windows 10. The company has quietly published a
new Cortana app in the Microsoft Store that would allow
faster development and quicker update cadence.
An independent Cortana experience has plenty of benefits and it
gives the company the opportunity to improve Cortana without
shipping updates to Windows 10 operating system.
With Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Microsoft decoupled Cortana
and the search box to innovate both features
independently. Previously, Cortana and search were
inseparable, and Microsoft couldn’t focus on any of the two
In October 2018 Update or older, Microsoft transformed the
search homepage into a way to search your PC and Internet, and
Cortana took a back seat. After giving Cortana its own
home in Windows 10 version 1903’s taskbar, Microsoft is now
planning to bring Cortana to Windows Store.
By re-launching Cortana as an app on Windows 10, Microsoft
could finally develop the digital assistant independently.
Cortana beta app comes with a new conversational user interface
that would allow users to interact with the digital assistant
through texts. The new beta experience was first spotted hidden
in Windows 10 20H1 and
we’ve reviewed it here.
Cortana app can be installed from Microsoft Store on Windows 10
May 2019 Update or newer, but the app is not functional at the
moment. The app currently greets users with a thank you a
We’ll probably learn more about Cortana’s new experience in an
upcoming announcement from Microsoft.
You can find the app in the Store from here.