Important: Cortana in Windows as a standalone app is deprecated. To learn about support for Cortana in Teams, as well as new and exciting ways to get help with your email, calendar, and tasks, see End of support for Cortana in Windows and Teams
Cortana is Microsoft’s personal productivity assistant that helps you save time and focus attention on what matters most.
To get started, select the Cortana icon on the taskbar. If you’re not sure what to say, try asking, "What can you do?"
Here are some things Cortana can do for you:
Manage your calendar and keep your schedule up to date
Join a meeting in Microsoft Teams or find out who your next meeting is with
Create and manage lists
Set reminders and alarms
Find facts, definitions, and info
Open apps on your computer
How to invoke Cortana with a wake word
Open Cortana, select Settings , and then under Talk to Cortana switch the wake word toggle to On.
Note: The wake word has been re-enabled in the latest version of Cortana in Windows. If you're on Windows 10, May 2020 Update, be sure that you've updated to build 19041.329 or later to use the wake word with Cortana. For earlier builds, you can still click on the microphone button to use your voice with Cortana.
To use the Cortana wake word in Windows 10, November 2019 Update and earlier versions, see our support topic.
Note: Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. A list of regions and languages Cortana is available in can be found here.