Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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Hot on the heels of a patch for the version of Windows 10 that Microsoft hopes will undo the woes of 2018 comes a fresh insider build to break stuff just a few days before the company's bug bash.

Build 18317 brings with it more hints as to the eventual fate of Microsoft's unloved assistant, Cortana. Avoiding the "C" word has been tricky, with the thing being invoked at the slightest provocation.

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But no more. As the Insider Team delicately puts it, Microsoft is "decoupling Search and Cortana" in the taskbar, allowing "each experience to innovate independently".

The move is interesting, both removing the shackles of Cortana from desktop search and hinting at the possibility of consumers being able to pick and choose their assistant while Cortana's technology continues to find a more comfortable home in Microsoft's productivity line.

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One online wag wondered if Siri might make an appearance, a suggestion as horrifying as it is unlikely. Amazon's Alexa, however, could easily slip into Cortana's consumer footwear.

Microsoft has also taken strides in making Start work better in Windows, splitting it into its own process. This means that when if it falls over, it shouldn't take the rest of the desktop down with it or vice versa.

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Not so reliable is the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which...
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