We’ve known for some time that Cortana has become a second-class citizen in Windows 10, and with Microsoft focusing more on business, that’s about the only market the digital assistant would ultimately be focused on.
And the latest version of Windows 10 brings new features to Cortana in the enterprise market, as the assistant can find and open files in the cloud. You can simply ask it to open a recent file, a file by a certain author, or a particular type of document (eg PDFs or Word documents).
“You can now use Cortana on your PCs to translate their thoughts into direct actions to open and find files and save time spent browsing applications/folders to locate and open files,” read the article on the official Microsoft blog.
“Business users who sign in to Cortana with their corporate credentials (for example, AAD) can search for files saved to OneDrive For Business and SharePoint as well as files saved locally on their PC (this setting can be found under Settings> Search> Search in Windows). Users using a Microsoft account (for example, ending in Outlook or Hotmail) can use Cortana to find files saved on their PC. This feature is currently available to our English speaking users in the United States,” Microsoft explains in the release notes for the latest build Insider.
To use Cortana to open or find files, you can turn to commands that include parts of filenames, author names, documents that have been recently edited, or with a specific format.
Only for Insiders in the United States
These enhancements do not come with a specific release date, so they are not tied to a Windows 10 feature update. In other words, no one knows exactly when they are supposed to go live but Microsoft may well activate them for users using a server side button when they are ready.
As for Windows 10 feature updates, the next one is slated for spring, and it will likely be another minor release that will mostly focus on minor improvements rather than new features.