It looks like a new server-side update is rolling out to
Cortana in Windows 10 October 2018 Update with noticable
changes. The latest server-side update to Cortana revamps the
homepage interface to bring it in line with the changes
that have been tested by Microsoft in preview builds of Windows
Microsoft insists Cortana is here to stay and updates are
released to the digital assistant with every Windows 10
release. While Cortana is helpful, many users aren’t really big
fans of the digital assistant and they prefer to use the
digital assistant for basic stuff like searching the web,
finding the relevant settings, setting up reminders and alarms.
Windows 10 version 1903 will separate Windows Search from
Cortana and both features will have their own dedicated
space on the desktop. The new Windows Search in Windows 10
version 1903 has a slightly tweaked interface. For
example, most frequently used apps appear in a ‘Top Apps’
Today’s server-side update to Cortana in Windows 10 October
2018 Update introduces the same look that Microsoft tested with
Insiders. As you can see in the above screenshot, there is a
new ‘Top Apps’ section above your recent activities.
The top apps section allows users to quickly access the most
used apps and it’s part of Microsoft’s effort to allow Windows
Search to help you find the things you need. Here’s a
comparison of the new and old look of Cortana.
In our testing, we discovered that Microsoft is testing the new
Cortana update with select users in select regions. When we
switched the region to the United States from India or the
United Kingdom, the new look of Cortana disappeared. Reverting
the region settings brought back the updated Cortana homepage.