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New Surface Studio audio driver enables “Hey Cortana” wake functionality

Microsoft has released yesterday a new update for Surface Studio PCs that already have the Windows 10 Creators Update installed. If you’re one of those users, you can now download a new audio driver in Windows Update which will enable a new feature described by Microsoft as “Wake On Voice from Modern Standby” (via The Verge).

For those unfamiliar, Wake on Voice is a feature that is supported on PCs with Intel’s Skylake processors, but is also available on high-end Windows 10 Mobile handsets as well as the Xbox One. It’s also expected to be one of the key features of the Harman Kardon Cortana-powered Speaker that should soon compete with Amazon’s various Echo products.

As for the Surface Studio, it’s still one of the most beautiful and versatile all-in-one PCs you can buy today, and being able to wake it up with Cortana should make it even better. As a reminder, the Surface Studio is also going on sale today in Australia, Canada and New Zealand along with the Surface Book i7 with Performance Base, which is now available in 13 new markets.

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Do you think Wake on Voice is a useful feature?