Microsoft blocks Google Chrome & other browsers from Cortana in latest Windows 10 release

Sorry, Google. You, Firefox, Opera and anyone else with a web browser that competes with Microsoft’s Edge will no longer be able to work within Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant in Windows 10.
Microsoft buried the news today in a blog post about Cortana’s personalization of search results. It gave a few examples of how Cortana already integrates into Edge and Bing — nothing new, as far as I can tell, despite the blog post’s “Delivering Personalized Search Experiences in Windows 10 through Cortana” headline.
Instead, talking about Cortana personalization is really a set-up for the actual news, euphametically put under a sub-headline of “Protecting the Integrated Search Experience in Windows 10.”
Cortana: Now for Edge only
In that section, Microsoft explains that apparently some software programs are somehow “circumvent the design” of Windows to redirect to other search engines “not designed” to work with Cortana. Here’s the key section:
Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some

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Milestone: Bing Now Profitable As Windows 10 Success Boosts Usage

Amid the flurry of earnings released yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant milestone: Bing is now profitable. On the earnings call, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood said “In search, we expect Bing’s strong trajectory to continue, remaining profitable for the remainder of the year.”
According to comScore, Bing’s US market share is 20.7 percent. Microsoft reported yesterday that “search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs grew 29 percent in constant currency with Bing US market share benefiting from Windows 10 usage.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella remarked on the earnings call that Microsoft saw roughly $1 billion in search ad revenue for the quarter. He added that “Windows 10 users [have asked] Cortana more than 1 billion questions.”
Windows 10 has been the most popular and best-received Microsoft operating system update of the last several cycles. Bing is deeply integrated into Windows 10.
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With Windows 10, Bing Ads Anticipates 10 To 15 Percent More Search Volume By September

With Wednesday’s launch of Windows 10, Bing Ads General Manager David Pann has outlined the benefits advertisers should expect to reap from the ways in which search is woven into the new operating system in a new blog post. Overall, Pann’s message is that Bing Ads advertisers should see lots of opportunity for more search volume as adoption of Windows 10 spreads. Here’s why.
More Volume From New And Current Users
“We’re estimating query volume gains from 10 to 15 percent as early as September — not only from new users, but from existing Bing users who will now use Bing more frequently.”
Because Windows 10 makes search a much more integral aspect of the user experience — and without a doubt, it does — performing regular searches will feel more intuitive. In Windows 10, users don’t have to launch an app or browser to access Bing or Cortana. Instead, they can use a task bar to speak or type Web searches.

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