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Microsoft won't let you Google search from Cortana any more

By Scorpus ยท 60 replies
Apr 29, 2016
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  1. Microsoft is sick of people ignoring its home grown web browser and search engine, so it will no longer allow people to search using Google via Cortana in Windows 10 any more. Instead, any searches performed by Cortana will use Bing from within Windows 10's stock internet browser, Edge.

    The reasoning behind this change, at least according to Microsoft in their latest blog post, is that blocking third party search engines will provide an "integrated search experience designed for Windows 10". Apparently when other search providers "circumvent the design of Windows 10", the resulting experience is "compromised [...] less reliable and predictable".

    Microsoft makes it clear in the blog post that you can still use your browser and search engine of choice in Windows 10. It's just that these choices won't apply to Cortana, which will be stuck using Bing and Edge even if you would much rather use Google and Chrome.

    There are some tasks that will work best with Cortana using Bing and Edge, as Microsoft has specifically designed some of Cortana's actions to harness the features of their search engine and browser. But there are also some other times where users may simply want to use Cortana to quickly search on their favorite engine; something that won't be possible in Windows 10 beyond today.

    It's especially interesting to see Microsoft make this move when it wasn't easy to force Cortana to use Google in the first place. The company has been giving users a lot of choice in Windows 10 lately, though Cortana is one area that Microsoft clearly wants to lock down and control.

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  2. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    Isn't this the kind of thing that gets MS is hot water with regards to the EU's anti-trust laws?
    RobStow, Raoul Duke, trgz and 2 others like this.
  3. Cortana: I don't want you hanging around those other search engines anymore.

    Ditch the bi..... buy an Apple product.
  4. Doomish

    Doomish TS Rookie

    It's what Google's in hot water for this very moment. We'll see how this plays out.
    In the meantime, I'll be waiting for someone's program that changes this.
    Darth Shiv and Puiu like this.
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,062   +1,187

    Hoping we will soon see Gracie (possibly modeled by the immortal Gracie Allen - "The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.") for Google. Frances for Firefox could be modeled after Jane Curtin (Queen of the Deadpan - Charlene in The Librarians).

    Bing drives me up a wall and I see no reason to use it. I have dabbled with Edge, but it keeps falling off the workbench. Too much fuzz and buzz and media hype for me.
  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,832   +678

    Another reason not to use 10
    Wendig0 and BSim500 like this.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I don't think this will annoy too many people, who the hell uses Bing, Edge and Cortana anyway? Nobody I know.
    ikesmasher, Wendig0 and Darth Shiv like this.
  8. scouter

    scouter TS Rookie

    You don't know anyone that uses Siri?
  9. Megalithic

    Megalithic TS Rookie

    Windows edge is now on the road to windows explorer Obsolete!.
  10. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 155   +90

    If Apple is the answer, you are asking the wrong question.
    mgwerner, ikesmasher, m4a4 and 3 others like this.
  11. Megalithic

    Megalithic TS Rookie

    Also not to mention noone uses it, I Personally used the software that disables cortana, windows search, Bing,
    and windows spying.
    andrewyoung likes this.
  12. Cortana is under the impression there aren't any other girls out there. Going out with Siri demonstrates otherwise.

    Hate all you want, people love bad girls.
  13. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,979   +2,283

    I like to use Bing, but it has increasingly grown in its results that are irrelevant or assume that I want to buy something. This, unfortunately, is not unlike the results from google or elsewhere.

    I upgraded to 10, but I turned off Cortana and I've set Waterfox as my default search engine.

    I've also shut down all the "send what I am doing to Microsoft" garbage.

    Shutting down all that stuff is not all that hard to do with 10.

    Personally, I don't care about the integrated experience with 10.

    I suspect that the blog post is not at all about what it says it is about, rather, it is about trying to force users to submit to the invasive data collection so that M$ can market to the end users.

    I am sure that this practice will inspire some users to find another alternative.

    Absolutely agree. The US Justice Department, should have, in my opinion, broken M$ up when they had their last antitrust suit against them.
    Adhmuz likes this.
  14. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    Thank you for reminding me to do this, holy hell are there a lot of toggles that need be set to off...
    Darth Shiv and wiyosaya like this.
  15. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,979   +2,283

    I agree. It is really amazing just how many of those need to be turned off.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  16. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Still not telling me I'm glad I stuck with vista? All others upgrade to windows 10. This is just ridiculous. And cortana thus will never be siri either. Next step win 10 won't use ie entirely nor firefox. Some businesses still have legacy apps on internet explorer 6 with xp, like where my brother works at molex. I heard fox uses windows 2000 (IE5?) in some of their video switching. My dentist's crown maker (company called serak) uses xp, ie6 - not upgradable like this. This is past the blow to business. Business, what's that?
  17. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,962   +577

    Yep they are completely oblivious to what made them succeed in the first place and have the blinkers on like it's a contest to become the touch screen desktop experience with voice controls and social media wrapped around our lives.
    Raoul Duke and BSim500 like this.
  18. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 284   +99

    And why should I care, since I turned or disabled all this crap like "Cortana" in Windows 10??
  19. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Evangelist Posts: 324   +113

    Just looking at these comment, one would think you could use Bing in Google Now.
  20. I use Edge browser, Google as homepage, Edge won't allow you to choose the page that opens when you open a new tab. Options are 'Top sites and suggested content', 'Top sites' and 'blank page which really isn't blank. Try to submit feedback (browser allows it by a setting) and you are stopped if you don't have a Microsoft account.
    Welcome to how we do business at Microsoft.
  21. nigel

    nigel TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +7

    As Bing is a disaster for me in finding the correct information (apart from images) and that includes Bing results within Microsoft's Office product, I have to assume that Cortana is a disaster as well and have switched it off.

    The last time I used Edge on Microsofts own Windows 10 catalogue, I was told that the site only supported Internet Explorer.

    This looks like another own goal by Microsoft again.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  22. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,962   +577

    Yeah still just don't have good experiences with the quality of the results from Bing. They simply have to get that right before Cortana could possibly be valuable.
    Raoul Duke and trgz like this.
  23. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,832   +678

    Thing is most folk just get Win 10 and don't know squat so it works for MS
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,388   +5,015

    I don't use nor do I care about Google, but I think this is just wrong.
  25. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,559   +550

    Told ya just another internet explorer bing blunder. It's bad enough they adware ie as default and bing your default search engine. Now this.... Instead of getting better they make sure you can't vote oh wait that's republicans. Apples over priced crapola is starting to look better.

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