Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Killing Cortana: How to disable Windows 10's info-hungry digital assistant

Brad Chacos | July 31, 2015
Cortana, Microsoft's smart, snarky digital assistant, is one of the highlight features of Windows 10, imbuing the operating system with a sense of presence that never existed in previous versions of Windows. Cortana's natural language search capabilities rock, and her intelligent surfacing of news and notifications that matter to you help to tailor Windows 10 to suit your specific needs. I'm in love already.

You will, however, be able to search for files, system settings, and terms as before. (Oddly, if you search for a general term--like "Windows 10"--files related to the term won't appear unless you manually click the "My stuff" button at the bottom of the web search suggestions.) That said, you won't be able to tap Cortana's smarts to perform natural language queries like "Find pictures from June" either, so narrowing down file search results may take a bit more work.

If you ever change your mind and bring the digital assistant back to life via the search settings, don't worry: Cortana will welcome you back with open arms.

 

Previous Page  1  2 

Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.