The New Cortana in Windows 11 and Windows 10 version 21H2
Cortana is an AI-powered productivity assistant for Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems developed by Microsoft. It helps you stay organized and get things done faster. Cortana assists you with accessing information from your PC, connecting with other people, keeping things on track, and many other things.
Cortana app is interactive in design. You make a request, and it responds immediately by providing you with the requested information or doing the task you asked. To use Cortana you speak or type a command through the app microphone or text area. You can ask Cortana for anything. You can even ask Cortana what you can do with it. For example, you can say or type “What can you do?” and Cortana will respond by suggesting what you can ask it. Every time you ask Cortana, “What can you do?” it responds with a different suggestion.
Cortana is designed to improve your work-life and boost your productivity. The Cortana app in Windows 10 and Windows 11 helps users quickly get information across Microsoft 365, using typed or spoken queries.
Cortana has Some Restricted Functionality
Currently, productivity skills for Cortana in Windows are supported only in English in the United States. That means only users in the US region can benefit fully from Cortana productivity features. However, if you’re signed into Windows with your work or school account, with a mailbox that is located outside the United States, you can still ask Cortana for definitions, calculations, and more. Cortana responds to your questions by doing a quick web search of Bing to provide answers.
In Windows 10, Cortana is docked on the left side of the taskbar by default. You can activate Cortana using the keyboard shortcut: Windows logo key + C.
For Windows 11, Cortana is no longer pinned to the taskbar by default. You can still pin the Cortana app to the taskbar as you would any other app. In addition, the keyboard shortcut that launched Cortana (Win+C) no longer opens Cortana.
You will have to sign in with your account to use Cortana. This is to ensure your data and privacy is protected.
10 Things you can do with Cortana in Windows 10 and Windows 11
1. Open Apps
With Cortana, you can save time by simply asking it to open an app on your computer. For example, type or say “Open Word” or “Open wifi settings” and Cortana will open these apps.
2. You can search for Definitions
For example, type or say “encyclopedia” or “great synonym” or “How tall is the Eiffel Tower?”
3. You can search for documents
You can search for documents located on your computer.
4. You can open Alexa using the Cortana app
To do that – install and configure the Alexa app for Windows 10 or Windows 11. You can then type or say, “Open Alexa”.
5. Calendar and Schedule assistant
Cortana can help you keep track of your schedule. For example, type or say, “I’m I free at 4.30 pm?”, “What’s next on my calendar?”, “Find time to sync with Miriam.”
6. For Calculations
You can use Cortana to make quick mathematical calculations. For example, “How much is $1,000 in pounds?”, “Calculate 1312 x 65”.
7. Meeting Help
Join meetings quickly. Join Microsoft Teams. For example, type or say, “Join my meeting.”. Type or say, “Who’s my meeting with?” to find out the specific person you are having a meeting next with. Say or type, “When is my next meeting with Kelvin?”
You can also create a meeting in a single step. For example, say or type, “Boot a meeting with [person] at [time] about [topic].
8. Find out about people in your organization
Cortana can help you learn about colleagues in your organization or school. To do that sign in with your work or school account. Type or say, “Who is George?” or “Who is Rita’s boss?”.
9. Make lists and set reminders and alarms
Cortana can assist you to keep track of the tasks you need to get done. You can create a list of tasks you need to get done or add items to an already created list.
Type or say, “Create a task list.”
“Add call Bob at 1 pm about logo design.”
“Remind me to pick up superglue after work at 6 pm.”,
“Set an alarm for 3 pm.”
10. Get weather and news updates
Stay up-to-date by asking Cortana for weather information that will help you prepare for your day. For example, type or say, “Is it going to rain tomorrow?”, “What are the top headlines?”.
To learn how to configure Cortana in Windows 10 or Windows 11 for those in the US region, go here.
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