Cortana is getting massive change in Windows 10 Creators Update

In the upcoming release of Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has decided to make significant changes to the built-in digital assistant, Cortana. The Redmond giant prepared a bunch of new features, which were discovered in the recently leaked Windows 10 build 14997.


Universal Clipboard

The most interesting and exciting feature is the Universal Clipboard. It will give the user the ability to sync the clipboard's contents across different devices. Currently, Windows 10 build 14997 comes with two options which can be turned on. The first one turns on a preview of the clipboard contents that you wish to sync. The second one enables a notification about the sync progress.

Cortana is also getting voice commands for these features. Currently, the command seems to be "Copy to".

Here are a number of strings that are embedded in Cortana related system files and resources in Windows 10 build 14997:

  • Select the device you want to copy your content to
  • Pop up toast to inform user the content copied from other device is ready for use
  • When this is on, Cortana will inform user the readiness of copied content from other device.
  • Display the copied content preview
  • When this is on, Cortana will display the content preview you copied to the destination device.

Notification Sync

Another interesting feature is Notification Sync. The feature will sync all notifications you receive across all your devices that have Cortana installed. For example, you will be able to read notifications from your phone on the PC and vice versa. To get it working, devices have to be registered as "trusted" in Cortana's settings. Here are a number of strings which show the presence of the Notification Sync feature.

  • Let this device get notifications from other devices
  • Upload notifications from this PC to the cloud
  • This helps prevent you from getting the same notification twice.

Unlock your PC with your phone

Finally, Cortana is getting an ability called 'Unlock your PC' which will allow you to unlock it using your phone. This is the only feature from the ones mentioned above which can be configured using Group Policy. Source: mspoweruser.

So, what do you think about these features? Are you excited about them? Tell us in the comments.


1 thought on “Cortana is getting massive change in Windows 10 Creators Update

  1. genialityofevil

    Is it just me or are most of the feature updates just about trying to get you to buy a Windows phone? How about features that allow me to actually use my PC? You know, the thing I have Cortana on. It doesn’t even have dictation, you have to use that crappy old XP program.


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