Cortana can now find and open files on the latest Windows 10 Insider Build

Cortana can now find and open files on the latest Windows 10 Insider Build

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build for those in the Dev Channel. While there’s a shortlist of bug fixes and also some known issues, the highlight of this release is a new Cortana skill.

Microsoft said Windows 10 users can now instruct Cortana to find and open files. Not only is Cortana’s new skill convenient, but it should cut back on the time you spend searching through your folders to find a file. Corporate accounts can use the assistant to search for files stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint along with files saved locally on their PCs.

Here are a few examples of what Cortana can do in the latest build of Windows 10:

  • Parts of file names (Example: “Hey Cortana, opening marketing deck.”)
  • Author names (Example: “Hey Cortana, open budget Excel from Anthony”)
  • Find a document you have been editing (Example: “Hey Cortana, find my recent files”)
  • Find a document of a particular type (Example: “Hey Cortana, find my recent pdfs”)

The outcome should make users more productive when finding and opening files. I guess it goes without saying that if you work in an office, be aware of what you name your files because you don’t want to give Cortana any inappropriate instructions.

Here’s are some other fixes and improvements in the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build:

  • The new “Advanced View” checkbox in Optimize Drives is now up and running and checking it will display volumes previously not visible in this window (for example system and recovery partitions).
  • Using the touch keyboard in a portrait posture on a 2-in-1 touch device now supports split keyboard mode. (This was released to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel as part of the recent Windows Feature Experience Pack update.)
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some dialogs, such as Properties, displaying black text on dark backgrounds in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in certain apps unexpectedly closing when clicking the Maximize button in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in printers with Japanese characters in their names not displaying correctly in Printers & Scanners Settings.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in some delay logging into your PC on devices with a large number of users.

In addition to fixes, Microsoft also lists known issues, from issues installing a new build to error messages 0x80070426. Cortana’s new capability comes on the heels of Microsoft’s Windows Feature Experience Pack, which aims to introduce more consistent feature updates to Windows 10. You can visit the Windows blog to see what else is new in the latest release.

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.