Cortana, Microsoft's voice-controlled virtual assistant from Windows Phone 8.1, may appear in the final retail release of Windows 10, according to a report. Though it was not demonstrated during the Windows launch event yesterday, it is claimed Microsoft is actively testing the feature in internal builds of the operating system.
The Verge claims the assistant would be part of the search function, one that Microsoft showed off yesterday. Reportedly shown in an early implementation, Cortana would in theory allow users to set reminders and perform localized searching, just as with the smartphone version, and would work alongside the existing offline and online search within the Start Menu.
It is expected the preview version of Windows 10, set to be made available today, will only include the basic search functionality. In its current state, Cortana is apparently not suitable for public testing on desktops as of yet, but could still appear in preview builds in the coming months before the formal Windows 10 release.