Microsoft is working on a new conversational UI for Cortana, similar to Google’s Assistant app on Android.
If you’re a huge fan of how the Google Assistant looks on Android, we may have some good news for you. Several sources familiar with the matter have told Windows Central that Microsoft is working on a brand new UI for Cortana that will introduce a similar conversational UI that’s found in Google’s Assistant app on Android
Conversational UI is designed in such a way to mimic a text conversation, as if you were texting a family member or friend. Instead of encouraging the user to use their voice, this takes a more familiar approach of encouraging typing, something we all do all the time on our phones and PCs. You’d simply type you query, hit send, and it’ll popup in the UI just like a text message. Cortana will then respond back to you in the same way.
Of course, voice input will also be possible, just like on the Google Assistant. The user has the choice of using their voice, or typing, and the assistant understands that. The same goes here for the new Cortana. If you use your voice, your message will still show up as text, as will Cortana’s, but Cortana will reply back with her voice in addition to the text.
A report from Thurrott appears to confirm similar hearings, with additional info which claims Microsoft may in fact be moving Cortana into the System Tray rather than next to the Start button. This move makes sense if Microsoft is bringing a conversational UI to the assistant, as the “search” bar would no longer make sense for an Assistant that uses a chat-based design.
The new Cortana UI is still in the early stages of development and it isn’t clear when the new feature will be released to the public. The changes are believed to be quite dramatic, so there are small chances of the new UI being completely cut.