The Microsoft Windows 10 update scheduled for spring 2019 could separate Cortana from Windows search, claims a WindowsLatest report. This report cites a Twitter user named Albatross, who has also shared screenshots of the possible change to Windows 10 19H1.
The update will provide two different taskbar icons for Windows search and Cortana, as well as separated functions. One of the tweets from Albatross comes with the post “In 19H1, Microsoft is planning to separate Windows search from Cortana”.
The first of three screenshots shared shows the drop-down menu that appears after right-clicking the taskbar appears. Among the various options, one can spot the ‘Show Cortana button’ option, indicating that the Cortana option will work independently, and so will Windows search. The latter is also visible, and the Windows 10 update will allow users to hide the search button.
Check out the tweet below
In 19H1, Microsoft is planning to separate Windows Search from Cortana, a smart decision in my opinion. Here’s a small preview: pic.twitter.com/1TZvQFNInV
— Albatross (@thebookisclosed) November 10, 2018
This can be seen from the subsequent screenshots, in which Albatross shows the Windows search menu without Cortana, while keeps a fluid search for files, documents, apps and more. One can also see the Cortana option open from the Home Tab in the Windows 10 19H1 Start menu. This suggests that Cortana will be made to function purely as a digital assistant, which could help on portable devices with Windows 10.
Further tweets from Albatross indicate that the new Cortana user interface could be labelled into its own chat window, that will be named Conversation Canvas. Explaining the feature, they state that the Conversation Canvas UI could create an “assistant-like experience with little to no content obstruction.”