In 1984, Apple booted up the original Macintosh, which famously said “Hello!” to the new computing age. Ever since, the top technology companies in the world have been locked in constant battle, always competing to roll out newer, better features. A few years ago, Apple introduced the world to Siri, another talking computer.
By 2013, the digital assistant came standard on all iPhones and iPads. That year, 63% of cell phone users regularly went online using smartphones, often with Siri’s help. And with Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows 10 operating system finally coming online this August, many consumers will meet Microsoft’s answer to Siri, the digital assistant Cortana.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, not everyone is happy with Cortana’s preferred choice of search engine — Bing. Like Cortana was Microsoft’s answer to Siri, Bing was Microsoft’s attempt to rival Google, which dominates the search engine market the way Bill Gates once dominated the PC world.
So far, the response to Bing has been lackluster, although Windows 10 has received generally positive reviews. Windows might lack the “wow” factor that drives people to line up for days to get the latest iPhone, but the company has an impressive 1.5 billion daily users.
But unfortunately for Microsoft, again, it didn’t take long for resourceful Google loyalists to find a way to get Cortana to ditch Bing and use Google instead. Previously, the Cortana software only worked on mobile devices. Now that “she” has gone to the desktop with the launch of the new Windows system, a browser extension allows users to force Cortana to opt for Google instead.
According to Gizmodo, there are actually several browser extensions that will redirect Cortana to Google, including one called Chrometana.
“Note that the extension is also going to redirect Bing searches that you run through your browser directly — you will get a completely Bing-free experience,” promises Gizmodo writer David Nield.
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