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Microsoft restricts Cortana

Microsoft restricts Cortana 

People who attempt to do a Web search using Cortana will find that they can only do so through Bing and Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft said it has resorted to this restriction to protect the integrity of users’ searches.

“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.,” wrote Ryan Gavin, general manager of search at Cortana, in a blog post. “The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable.”

Microsoft has heavily invested in providing users with a “comprehensive, end-to-end search capability,” that makes Windows 10 “more personal and intuitive,” he said. Cortana was designed to with Edge and Bing.

For example, said Gavin, if a user searches for Pizza Hut in Cortana, the user is brought to the Pizza Hut Web sites in Microsoft Edge. Once on the site, Cortana can show the user the closest Pizza Hut location to the user.

Search for the latest on the U.S. primaries in Cortana and Microsoft Edges opens to Bing. A dynamic reading list is created with the latest election news for the users Microsoft Edge reading list, said Gavin.

The user, of course, can still default to their browser or search engine of choice on Windows 10.

Third-party browsers like Opera and Chrome can still work with Windows 10 though. Users can still configure their operating system to launch such browsers by default.

Users can go to Microsoft’s centralized default manager to choose their preferred default program for everything from browsing to email, and configure the search default setting in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

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