Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update codenamed Redstone will reportedly showcase more Cortana integration with the Windows ecosystem. The Halo-inspired digital assistant made its debut on Windows 10 when the OS launched back in July, and now the Redmond giant is working to make Cortana more functional and powerful. Reports suggest that Microsoft is apparently testing a feature that’ll have a floating Cortana around the Windows 10.

Hence, Cortana will become a contextual tool that’ll appear within apps and provide related information and assistance spontaneously. In addition, the company is also planning to further integrate Cortana with its Office 365 suite of apps, facilitating with tasks across the different smartphone platforms and provide contextual information.

Apart from making Cortana more powerful, the report also adds that Microsoft is planning to strengthen the Windows 10 Notification Center (Action Center) with added functionality. In the future, we can expect the notifications hub in Windows 10, added with more features such as “widget-like functionality.” While for smartphones, Microsoft is developing an on-tap service for Cortana, which would be something similar to how Google Now functions allowing users to find useful contextual information when searching.

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Going forward, we can expect Microsoft to further integrate Cortana with its other core apps which include Mail, Calendar, Maps, Edge, and others. Thus, we can see Microsoft continually trying to evolve some of the key highlights of its Windows 10, which include Cortana, Universal apps along with the Continuum feature.

The Redstone update is expected to arrive early next year, and is deemed to be a massive update that’ll significantly improve the overall Windows 10 experience. It is also expected to include the much-awaited extensions support for the latest Edge browser. Though what we’re really looking forward to is the Continuum feature that allows users to integrate their PCs with their smartphones, pretty similar to the OS X Continuity like features offered by Apple.


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