May 2, 2016
Microsoft is changing up the way users will be able to utilize its digital assistant.
The software firm will no longer allow third-party searches through Cortana. Now, all searches are powered exclusively by Bing and links automatically open with Edge, Microsoft’s new browser.
“Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
“The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable. The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can’t depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser. The only way we can confidently deliver this personalized, end-to-end search experience is through the integration of Cortana, Microsoft Edge and Bing – all designed to do more for you.”
Microsoft said users can still utilize any search engine they choose, such as Google or Yahoo, as well as the browser of their choice on Windows 10.
It is not an unusual move by Microsoft. Voice search via Siri and Android are also designed to use a default search engine.