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After the new Start menu, this might be Windows 9’s second killer feature

Updated Aug 11th, 2014 1:21PM EDT
Windows 9 New Features Cortana

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The return of the Start menu and other core desktop features is enough to make many PC users excited for Windows 9’s big release next year but now Neowin reports that Microsoft’s next big OS is getting another killer feature: Cortana.

Cortana, the voice-enabled personal assistant that Microsoft unveiled earlier this year with Windows Phone 8.1, is apparently a prime candidate to make the transition to Windows 9 and Neowin says that the software “is no longer in the phase where it is ‘let us see if this works’ to a ‘let us push this forward and see if we can ship it’ stage.”

For the moment, Neowin says that the desktop version of Cortana isn’t a full-screen app like the one on Windows Phone but is merely relegated to a “smallish window” where you can type or talk to ask it questions. Neowin also says that the integration into Windows 9 at the moment isn’t all that deep although that’s expected to improve vastly in the months leading up to Windows 9’s release.

Cortana has earned some rave reviews from early adopters and it seems as though Microsoft really has built a genuine competitor for Siri and Google Now. Being able to get this great feature on your desktop computer could be a great way to hook more people into the Windows Phone ecosystem as well.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.