Cortana, Microsoft’s clever digital assistant on Windows Phone 8.1, makes the jump to PCs with Windows 10, where she assumes control of the operating system’s search functions. Cortana will want to access your personal info, then use that info along with her Bing-powered cloud smarts to intelligently surface information you’re looking for and perform other helpful tasks.
Cortana can help you find all sorts of online information via natural language queries you ask using text or voice commands. Cortana can also apply those natural language smarts to search your hard drive, OneDrive, and business network for files that meet certain filters, like “Find pictures from June.”
The digital assistant can also play music, create reminders, set alarms, and even crack jokes; the Anniversary Update adds more contextual awareness for Cortana across several apps, and adds the digital assistant to your PC’s lock screen. Read PCWorld’s ultimate Cortana guide for the full lowdown.