Cortana Won’t Ask Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo Anymore: Settles For Bing Only


Reports have stated that Cortana, the personal assistant  of Microsoft will not play nice with Google. However, there never officially supported anyway.

Microsoft on a blog post on Thursday declared that it is planning to block any work which is related to Cortana to use a search engine outside of Bing. It has also stated that the virtual assistant will refrain from working with DuckDuckGo and Yahoo.

Since the inception, Windows 10 users had always found ways to change the Cortana’s default search engine. Windows users set Google Chrome browser as the systems default browser. Later to work efficiently user would install third-party browser extension to change Cortana’s behavior, notes Fortune

Cortana has always preferred Bing and Microsoft Edge.

“Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana,” reads the post.

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The Redmond-based company argues that user preferring outside search providers affects Cortana’s effectiveness in offering personalized search results.

 “The only way we can confidently deliver this personalized, end-to-end search experience is through the integration of Cortana, Microsoft Edge, and Bing – all designed to do more for you,” said the company.

The company has also stated some of the examples on using Cortana along with Edge and Bing. The example states that Cortana can bring surface coupons to Best Buy after searching for the retail store. While Edge can be used to see the results.

Another example shows the information on typing “Bluetooth is not working” into Cortana and Bing, would help users following a Windows 10 troubleshooting video to fix any issues.

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However, users will have the option of setting another browser as default as well as the option of setting within the Microsoft Edge or the Internet Explorer. Anyway, any interactions with Cortana will lead to Microsoft’s own browser and search tool.

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