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Toshiba will build a Cortana button into its Windows 10 laptops

Mark Hachman | June 15, 2015
Cortana will be one of the major features to come to Windows 10, and at least one PC vendor plans to treat her especially well. Toshiba's Windows 10 laptops will feature a dedicated Cortana button, for launching Microsoft's digital assistant from your keyboard.

As Bob O'Donnell of TECHnalysis Research points out, Toshiba is a niche PC vendor — fifth in the United States, with a 6.5 percent share, according to IDC — that could use an idea like this to distinguish itself from the competition. And the company may do just that: So far, no other PC vendor, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell, have publicly indicated that they, too, plan to use a hardware-based Cortana button.

O'Donnell said he's installed Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3 and an HP Spectre, and found that the Cortana integration was "just OK." O'Donnell has hardy given up on Cortana at this point, though. "It's hard to pass judgement on that," he said. "They're going to keep working on it up until the last minute."

 

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