Microsoft is accelerating its divestiture of Windows 10 after announcing Cortana’s strategic transformation. In the past, Cortana was integrated into the search box of the Windows 10 system taskbar, ready to answer questions from users. Now it has been replaced by a non-personalized Windows Search Bar, essentially putting a small web browser into the panel.
Since the advent of Windows 10, few Windows users have used the platform’s search bar. This may simply be because the feature does not provide any features that search directly in Windows File Explorer. Over time, however, the search bar gained more features, and it wasn’t Cortana that really landed them, it was Bing.
Windows Search Bar isn’t just for searching for files, you can enter any trivia questions and even be able to do calculations. You can view the news now or visit certain websites. If you’re familiar with these behaviors, it’s easy to think that’s not what Google Search and browsers (and maybe even Google Chrome) do.
Windows Search, supported by Bing, could be Microsoft’s way of attracting more users to Bing and Edge. You can’t easily search for and then install Windows apps in Chrome, and you can’t manage files like Explorer. However, with Windows Search Bar, users can do this without opening the browser.