Two Reasons Why Cortana Might Launch With Windows 9

A second update for Windows 8.1 is already on its way, but the real deal is still Windows 9, the next full version of the operating system that, according to some, will see daylight in early 2015.

And judging by which way the wind is blowing, this version of Windows looks set to bring some heavy changes in terms of looks, performance and features. In fact, Microsoft seems all too contend with saving any and all big features for this landmark version of its flagship operating platform.

Admittedly, a lot of this has got to do with marketing — everyone loves a shiny new operating system with lots of new features. Now, keeping in mind what Windows 8 vanilla had to go through, this here is not the worst idea ever.

With news that the Start Menu has been delayed, and might only return in Windows 9, we now have another hint that Cortana will be made part of operating system.

As Marcus Ash, the group program manager working on the Cortana project tweeted over the weekend, the company is indeed developing a desktop version of the digital voice assistant.

But it will only be released after the Windows Phone build is complete.

Which, considering the fact that it is still a couple of bases off, and is yet to launch internationally, might take the next six months. In effect, the year. Development for the Windows port is yet to begin, in fact, it will only start after the mobile flavor is refined.

And integration a digital voice assistant in an operating system is no small matter. You can bet the farmhouse that even though the service will appear on Windows, it will be Windows 9, not the second update to Windows 8.1.

This, again, brings us to the point that matters the most — marketing.

Prepare for Cortana for Windows.

But on Windows 9.

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  • Emily Williams

    I think you’re on to something here! 🙂 It makes sense for them to be packaged together, plus neither are THAT far off. I hope this happens!

  • Jake

    There are some rumors that Cortana will be released in other nations later this year, so Cortana being released in early 2015 alongside of windows 9 makes sense. I wouldn’t be shocked if this comes to fruition.

  • Leonard

    So it sounds as though Cortana’s main or at least most important use at this point is to be a phone assistant. I’m more excited to see what it has to offer for computers, but if you’re right, we won’t have to take too long.

  • Kelsy Martin

    Mobile -> Computers -> then what? Do they have Cortana planed for anything else like XBOX one?

    • Cliff14

      Because of the Kinect feature and importance of Xbox as Nadella has stressed, I would have to imagine Cortana will be available on the Xbox at some point in time.

  • Lars

    That Cortana picture still creeps me out! Very lifelike/avatarish. Anyhow, Cortana on 9 sounds perfect to me!

  • StevenR

    When Cortana comes out and blows Siri out of the water. I can’t wait for Microsoft to start to get the respect they’ve been deserving of the last few years.

  • Melissa Lamb

    I’m not a fan of Siri at all. I love the commercials of Siri and Cortana talking. Excited for the response of Apple once Cortana hits the market.