Cortana in USA has received an “update” and I use quotations around updated because I don’t think that Cortana has become any better, in fact a lot worse.
When I went to search Cortana to check weather for tomorrow, I asked, “What will the weather be like tomorrow” as I usually do, and I expected an almost immediate response. Instead, I was hit with a ‘searching’ page that said “searching for, ‘What will the weather be like tomorrow'” and got a Bing result instead of the usual weather diagram. If I ask, “Weather tomorrow”, then I get the correct visual but also the searching page. Every time I ask something, Cortana will read my statement back and that can get annoying very quickly. Even simple things like, “tell me a joke”. Although the joke was amusing, this new Searching For: page is not.
Another error I am finding is with the ‘hamburger’ or Cortana’s notebook. Every time I click it, Cortana will freeze for a while, then crash. It seems like this is Microsoft’s worst update for their voice assistant yet, and ideally they would get a fix out soon.
Hopefully Microsoft will change this behaviour to only happen with real web searches. Do readers agree?