A relatively quiet week as we head into December with announcements on Cortana, Surface devices, and Window 10 driver incompatibilities.
- Microsoft is changing the focus of Cortana from a general digital assistant to a digital assistant focussed on Microsoft products. The change has been evolving over time, starting with the decoupling Cortana and Search into separate functions on the Windows taskbar and last week’s announcement that the Cortana app on Android and iOS will be retired. The future for Cortana appears to be complete separation from the Windows taskbar into a standalone app that integrates with Microsoft 365 apps.
- Microsoft has provided access to a number of recorded sessions from the Ignite 2019 conference covering Surface devices: Autopilot; Surface Hub; and various other Surface related topics.
- Microsoft has blocked Windows 10 version updates applying to computers with certain versions of Qualcomm Wi-Fi device drivers. The block applies to 1809, 1903, and 1909. To resolve the block the device drivers must be updated.