Microsoft’s immersive Cortana search was discovered earlier this week. The firm is planning to free Cortana from being tucked into a little corner on the left side of the screen, and moving it to a central space in the middle of the screen when in use just like Apple’s Spotlight and Google’s search on their respective operating systems.
With the latest Windows Insider build, Microsoft now supports more features for this Cortana, including new tabs for mail and contacts (Giving credit to the Italian Blog Aggiornamenti Lumia for being the first to spot this)
Now, with Cortana in immersive mode, you can now search your email and contacts at the same time as you would your files, the web, and app list.
While many have compared this update to Apple’s spotlight, we would be remiss not to point out that Microsoft’s Cortana/Search in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 respectively is similar to what Microsoft is pushing now. Smartsearch was a comprehensive search experience for Windows, allowing you to search even your text messages, emails, photos, local files and more on your Windows 8.1 powered device. Microsoft is bringing this feature back to Windows, and we will all be better for it.