Windows 10: Search will relocate to the Start menu in upcoming builds

Microsoft to combine the search experience and the Start menu in upcoming builds of Windows 10.

Windows 10 search (Cortana)

Microsoft has been constantly introducing new features to improve the user experience in Windows 10, many of which came from user feedback. Today, a new report from Neowin, states that Microsoft is making changes that might appear on future builds that improves how search works when using Cortana.

In Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926, to perform a search, you click on the search box located in the taskbar (where Cortana lives), and then an overlay interface will appear with the results and several options to refine your search. However, experience doesn’t look right, in part is because the feature still under development, but this experience is about to change in future builds.

According to sources familiar to the development, Microsoft is integrating the search box inside the new Start menu rather than having a separate feature to search.

This is a logical change.

It would be confusing for some users to have two experiences to accomplish the same thing. Besides users are already accustomed to search within the Start menu, and seeing that the box will be relocated, it could also indicate that Cortana may move as well.

While it’s uncertain when the new change will be reflected on a Windows Insider build, we’re expecting a new Windows 10 preview build possibly this week, but this build is likely not to ship with the change.

Although, relocating a search box doesn’t look like much, it’s an important change worth pointing out, as it shows how Windows 10 is evolving and improving to simplify how users interact with the operating system with the only goal of making it more productive.

Source Neowin

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