Windows 10 Guide Updated: 07/29/16

Cortana and Search

Cortana

Cortana is Microsoft's "personal assistant" software - a program that will respond to your requests, track and remind you of events and schedules, display the news and the weather, and otherwise try to support your everyday life.

Cortana can be addressed using either keystrokes or spoken commands - in the latter case, you need to have a working microphone configured on your device. This puts Cortana into the class of similar "artificial intelligence" devices from other companies.

Search

If you're not interested in making use of Cortana, you can simply use the Search bar in the traditional way: type keywords into it and perform a search.