In a move to make Cortana, the Microsoft AI used for easier searching within a system’s hard drive or around the World Wide Web (which is also Master Chief’s helpful assistant in the Halo videogames), the tech giant blocks off their intelligent personal assistant from accessing information from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and other browsers. It will now only work with Microsoft’s own Edge Browser and with Bing, the world’s largest software maker said.
Microsoft’s Cortana Will Only Produce Internet Results Derived From the Edge Browser and From the Bing Search Engine
According to Microsoft in an official blog post, “Starting today, to ensure we can deliver the integrated search experience designed for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will be the only browser that will launch when you search from the Cortana box.” The previous statement was made by General Manager of Search and Cortana Ryan Gavin.
This means that Microsoft’s Cortana will no longer get search results from Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and the Google Chrome web browsers. Furthermore, the artificial intelligence and personal assistant will now only get results from Bing instead of getting answers from Yahoo or from Google. The aforementioned elements are those that competes with the Microsoft Edge browser or the tech giant’s owned Bing search egine.
This move was made in a counter-response to Google’s. Being one of Microsoft’s direct rivals, the search engine giant wants to establish itself as the dominant, and if not the default, search engine within the world of Microsoft.
“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. The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable. The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can’t depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser. The only way we can confidently deliver this personalized, end-to-end search experience is through the integration of Cortana, Microsoft Edge and Bing,” said the post.
Even with Cortana now getting results from Bing and can now only be used with the Microsoft Edge browser, it doesn’t mean that Google, along with the other search engines, are already completely taken off the grid. Microsoft Windows 10 users are still able to access the search engines by means of a conventional browser search.