Microsoft to mute Cortana during Windows 10 setup

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 16:26, Jan 05, 2019 | Updated : 16:30, Jan 05, 2019

Microsoft is getting rid of Cortana's voice walkthroughs for Windows 10 installation on Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions.

The tech giant moved for muting their operating system’s in built artificial intelligence assistance during installation based on users’ feedback, engadget reports citing a recent blog post by the company.

Is says that user can, however,activate the voice narrator at any time by pressing ‘WIN + Ctrl + Enter.’ Home users, on the other hand, will still have Cortana enabled by default, it added.

The change will come into effect with the next Windows 10 feature update, codenamed 19H1, which is expected in April this year.

Initially when Microsoft introduced Cortana integration during Windows setup last year, it was somewhat appealing to specially Windows 10 newcomers, as it allowed users to deligate some tasks to the AI helper with voice commands. However, most of the user feedbacks suggest, Windows users rather prefer Cortana silent during the setup process.

Google acquires ‘Superpod’ to boost its AI’sabilities

Google has acquired a start-up named Superpod that built an app for users to post questions and receive answers from experts quickly.

Integrating Superpod’s features will help boost Google Assistant's ability to answer users' questions more accurately. 

According to a report in Axioson Thursday, Google paid nearly $60 million "acqui-hire" the founders and purchase some of Superpod's assets, reports IANS.

Google later confirmed the acquisition to Fortune but declined to disclose financial details.

Superpod shut down its Q&A app in September last year.

"We can't share any details at this time, but we're trekking onwards toward the same north star and are very excited about the future," Superpod founders wrote in a message.

Google is constantly working on to improve its Assistant's capabilities to take on its competitor voice-based services like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.