Windows 10 Creators Update: What’s new with Cortana

Dave W. Shanahan


We already know that the Windows 10 Creators Update will be bringing a ton of new features and improvements, including new Windows 10 interface improvements (with a new lock screen interface for Cortana) and new gaming improvements to Windows 10. Cortana will be getting new features and improvements too with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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With the Creators Update, you can use Cortana to turn off, restart, or lock your Windows 10 PC. You can even put your Windows 10 PC into sleep mode using Cortana. Cortana will also include voice commands to raise and lower your PC volume. Cortana also supports voice commands for audio playback controls on Windows 10 apps such as iHeartRadio, NPR One, Audiobooks from Audible, and more. If you are interested in what song is playing, you can ask Cortana and she will tell you the artist and song title.

With the Creators Update, Microsoft included the ability for app developers to add their own Cortana commands that are specific to the apps they develop for Windows 10. You can take a look at what commands are available for a Windows 10 app by typing the app name in the Cortana search box. From there, you will see a list of app commands “Powered by Cortana.” Here’s an example of what app commands are listed when you type in “Netflix.”

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In addition, you can use Cortana to set up your new Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 , or Windows 10 PC, just by using your voice with the Creators Update. Cortana is now integrated as part of the “Windows Out-of-Box Experience.” Instead of using your keyboard or touchscreen, you use Cortana to set up your Windows 10 device, just by using the sound of your voice.

Cortana’s reminders will also be better in the Creators Update. You will be able to set recurring reminders with Cortana to repeat every week, month or year to remind you of birthdays, anniversaries, or your monthly (or in my case, weekly) manicure appointment.

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Here are a few other interesting features coming to Cortana in the Windows 10 Creators Update:

  • Universal Clipboard: Cortana will provide the ability to sync content on your clipboard to another device. On your smartphone or Windows 10 PC, Cortana will provide you with a preview of the contents of your clipboard that you are syncing and Cortana will notify you when the sync is complete. Cortana will recognize the “Copy To” voice command (or typed in the Cortana search box) to copy content from one device to another.
  • Notification Sync: This Cortana feature will allow you to sync notifications between your phone and your Windows 10 PC or your Windows 10 PC and phone. In order to sync notifications, you will need to go to Cortana’s settings to register your device as a “trusted” device. Notification sync will allow you to receive notifications from other devices on your phone or vice versa, so you never miss anything important when at work or play.
  • Unlock your PC with your phone: This Cortana feature is fairly self-explanatory. If you do not have a Windows 10 PC that is Windows Hello-capable, you can use your phone to unlock your PC using your phone. If you have an Android or iOS device, you will likely need the Cortana app to unlock your Windows 10 PC using your phone. For those still using a Windows 10 Mobile device, Cortana will be able to unlock your Windows 10 PC natively.

What Cortana features and improvements are you looking forward to using with the Windows 10 Creators Update? Let us know in the comments.