Windows 10: Cortana gets deeper integration with the Start menu (video)

New Cortana integration Start menu on Windows 10

As we get closer to the Windows 10 RTM, Microsoft continues to improve its new operating system. This time a new video uploaded to YouTube shows how the software giant is improving Cortana’s UI by making the search box look like an app surfacing options and further integrating the experience with the Start menu.

The new changes come after a number people complaint about the feature, as such Microsoft is now modifying how search + Cortana work when the Start menu opens.

Using an undisclosed leak version of Windows 10, WinBeta demos the new search experience, you’ll see that doing a search from the Start menu will transition into Cortana with a new animation with the list of results.

In addition, Cortana features a menu bar on the left hand side with a hamburger menu button in the top-left corner, which makes search more integrated into the operating system. Users will even be able to change Cortana’s height by adjusting the height of the Start menu.

These are small changes, but they are certainly welcome changes that improve the search experience and make the feature more integrated into Windows 10.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.