It's been years since the launch of Cortana and Windows 10, and it seems Microsoft is ready for a change. According to Windows Central's Zac Bowden, the company will move its digital assistant out of the Start Menu and to the Action Center, alongside a major overhaul. Part of that could be the rumored chat-based interface known as Conversational UI. Like Google Assistant, Cortana will apparently interact with users through text. The idea is to persuade users who don't want to speak into thin air. In terms of notifications, Bowden reports that user will be able to filter between Cortana's cards and notifications, while quick settings will move to a dedicated control panel. We've already begun to see evidence of this in the latest Insider build, which brings some of Cortana's cards to the Action Center. Despite this, she will still power Windows Search. Users shouldn't see a change in results the returned, it's just that Cortana won't be visibly involved. She'll act solely as an assistant, rather than trying to do many things at once. Instead, we'll probably see the Spotlight-like search experience seen in Redstone 4 builds.
Microsoft to Give Cortana a New Home in the Action Center, Say Reports
Cortana will allegedly get a chat-based AI in the Action Center, while quick settings will move to their own dedicated control panel. The change will remove the influence of Cortana from the Start Menu.