Microsoft will ensure Cortana is disabled during Windows 10 setup

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School administrators and IT admins for enterprises and educational facilities will soon be able to breathe a massive sigh of relief: Microsoft is muting Cortana during Windows 10 setup.

Small Cortana iconCortana, the virtual assistant built into Windows 10 similar to the likes of Small Siri iconSiri, Small Google Assistant iconGoogle Assistant, and Small Amazon Echo (Alexa Voice Service) iconAmazon Echo (Alexa Voice Service), had a nasty habit of speaking up during initial setup of all versions of Windows 10. What this meant for IT administrators setting up multiple machines can be described as nothing short of horrifying. This will soon no longer be the case.

According to Microsoft's official Windows Experience Blog post about the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, the following change will be implemented:

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.

This means, however, that Cortana will still speak during the initial setup of Windows 10 Home, which should be okay: After all, users of Windows 10 Home will likely only be setting up one or two machines with Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10 at a time, a far cry from the potentially dozens of machines that IT admins may need to set up with Windows 10 Enterprise or Education.

The Windows 10 build with this change, Build 18309, is now available on the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program.

Further coverage:
Windows Experience Blog
Windows Central
Engadget
The Verge

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