In Windows 10 19H1, Microsoft rolled out a new update to the Windows Search experience. The firm separated Cortana from Search and enhanced on-device search so that both Cortana and Search could perform at their peak potential.
“Going forward, we’ll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases,” Microsoft’s Insider team said back in January. “[W]hen it rolls out to you, you’ll find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.
Microsoft, cognizant of the fact that not all users are on the latest Windows 10 Update, has backported this feature back to devices running the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
Here’s how it should look once you get this new search experience:
Users on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update should receive this shortly over the next couple of weeks.