Although the software giant continues the work to improve the experience with its digital assistant, the company has also been making changes to strip out the assistant from Windows 10. Starting with the May 2019 Update, for example, Cortana and Search are two separate experiences, and now an app labeled “Cortana – Beta” in the Microsoft Store signals that future releases of Windows 10 could ship without the assistant. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Cortana, breaking the experience from the OS and into an app will allow Microsoft to support and add new features more quickly with regular updates from the Microsoft Store, instead of waiting for a new version of Windows 10. Microsoft hasn’t officially offered any details on the plan, but it’s likely that we’ll know more as the next release feature update approach. In the meantime, you can download the Cortana app, but it won’t do anything. You’ll only get a “Hi, thanks for taking an interest” message. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.