Microsoft silence Cortana for Windows 10 Setup in Enterprise

Cortana has become a somewhat unwelcome feature in Windows 10, and Microsoft has been making increasing moves to distance themselves from their own voice assistant.

The latest is disabling the Cortana voice-over when setting up Windows 10 for the first time in an enterprise setting.

The changelog for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18309 notes:

Based on feedback, if you clean install Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows, the Cortana voice-over will be disabled by default. Screen reader users can still choose to start Narrator at any time by pressing WIN + Ctrl + Enter.

It appears the feature will still be available for Home users.

The cacophony of PCs being set up automatically all reciting the same Cortana phrases has been a running joke this last year. Experience the horror in full below.

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Via the WC