Windows 9 is VERY LIKELY to Bring Cortana to Tablets and PCs
Recently, there are rumors that Apple might have a plan to bring the mobile virtual personal assistant Siri to desktop. It looks like Microsoft wants to do the same thing with its Siri rival, Windows Phone 8.1’s, Cortana. Namely, there are rumors that Microsoft will introduce its virtual assistant for PC in Windows 9.
According to Neowin, Cortana has been running within Treshold (Microsoft’s codename for Windows 9) for some time. Neowin also explains Cortana’s development from a testing stage to “let us push this forward and see if we can ship it” stage.
It is very likely that Cortana would be available as a built-in, but separate app, and instead of running in the full screen mode, Cortana will open in a screen about one-fourth the size of your display. It’ll also be displayed directly in the center of the screen, similar thing that Apple did with its improved Spotlight function in Yosemite.
Of course, there’s also a possibility that Microsoft might decide to drop Cortana from Windows 9, because Threshold (Windows 9) is still in development phase, and many changes may appear.
Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet mentions how Cortana integration in Windows 9 would be adjusted with the company’s new “One Windows” strategy, which includes plans for “universal” apps. But one thing is for certain, Cortana would be a great addition to Windows, especially if it’s combined with a return of the start menu and removal of the annoying charm bar.
It looks like Microsoft wants to bring back traditional desktop experience with Windows 9. And this could be a great move, because mobile-like interface of Windows 8 proved to be unpopular and fans demanded something else in the new version of Windows.
If you want to know something more about features of Cortana, you can check out the Windows Phone 8.1 version, because PC version probably won’t be much different.