Monday 24 October 2016

Microsoft cuts Cortana off from Google

Daniel Anderson

Published 29/04/2016 | 15:47


Microsoft has made it impossible for its own digital assistant Cortana to perform searches using rival platform Google

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Google pretty much is the internet, so much so that it's become a verb in itself for those talking about searching the world wide web. But Microsoft doesn't think it has to be that way.

From this week, if you're using the Cortana digital assistant on Windows 10 you'll only be able to search online using Bing and only with Microsoft's own Edge browser.

That's a pretty big change for the vast majority of people who automatically head to Google online but Microsoft does have a justification for it. They say that the Cortana experience has been programmed from the ground up to work at every level inside Bing and Edge, and any other software or service wouldn't deliver the same level of quality in responses.

It's certainly a good way to get more people using Bing, especially if they're already interested in what Cortana has to offer. In a blog post, Microsoft goes on to say that many people who have used the digital assistant in the past might not have seen the best of the software if they were using other software.

"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."

That's something Microsoft is free to do but the good news is that you can use whatever search engine you want when you're actually browsing, even on Edge, just so long as you don't use Cortana.

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