Microsoft is trying to tighten and make Cortana an exclusive feature. Only the new Microsoft browser, Edge, and Bing search will now be able to work the virtual assistant, according to a statement released by Microsoft on Thursday.
The news should not be taken as a deterrent to other developers such as Opera and the Chrome browser to stop working for the Windows 10 system. It is still possible to configure the system to put third party browsers as the default browsers.
But the news implies that when one starts a search using Cortana then the answer would come via Edge browser and the Bing search platform.
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
Ryan Gavin, the general manager of search and Cortana, wrote.
The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable.
Microsoft claims that one of the only ways they can bring everything out from Cortana is by integrating it with Bing and Edge. This was one way they could bring in the personalized end to end search experience for its users.
The news has so much significance, and whether Microsoft can deliver what it says it will deliver by integrating its products then that’s up for debate. As it was back in 1998 when the government sued Microsoft for monopoly after they had joined the Windows platform and Internet Explorer together.
The joining of the three Microsoft platforms does have its benefits. Microsoft did provide other examples of how the integration could be useful for the Microsoft users. The feature is mostly useful if you are looking for shops to buy certain things from.
Microsoft said they were looking for ways that the new incorporation of the three of their features could then be used to for example search for tickets at a Rihanna show, and it will offer you the best prices for it.
The verdict is out for the new system as people have shown in the past that they don’t like having stuff forced on them.