Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant is one of the biggest developments that the tech giant has been able to bring about. Adding it in Windows 10 is one thing, but sharing it with other browsers is a different ball game altogether. One of the most important declarations that Microsoft has recently made about its AI is that, the software would be available on Windows 10 or Windows 10 based devices on for the Edge browser, which is the default application for internet usage on the latest Windows OS.
So does that mean that the OS is actually trying to ban other browsers? Certainly not. The company knows that different users would have different tastes and that not many are quite convinced with the Edge browser. So other browsers like Mozilla or Opera would work with this OS, but they would be sans Cortana support.
The search box which summons Cortana to fetch you results will even work when you have these browsers open, but the results would only be fetched through the Edge browser. Might sound a bit partial, but it is true; after all, Microsoft also has to defend its ground, which it successfully did by explaining to the masses that the company only made this a mandate because only Edge and not other browsers were designed to work with Cortana. So when another app opens up Cortana in its environment, the end results that consumers get are ‘compromised’.
The most interesting part comes next. Mozilla firefox has already found a way around it. when it is installed on Windows 10, it makes modifications in such a way that the results returned by cortana are not on Edge but on Firefox itself! We’re only waiting to see if Google Chrome and Opera would do something this bold or not.
Perhaps Windows users are indirectly helping to generate revenue this way, by having the results declared through Bing and then making way for further purchases through the app for various purposes.