Originally Posted by eXe.Lilith
Actually, when you sign out of Cortana in the Anniversary upgrade, you get back to regular search (ie your files on your computer, your files on your OneDrive and a basic Bing search, all at once). It basically acts like the search bar from Win 8.1. You no longer have the personalized crap & ads that come from Cortana being linked to your Microsoft account.
Edit: And you can still disable it via GPO if you're running Win 10 Pro or Enterprise. The way they changed Cortana in the Anniversary upgrade is to harmonize it across all platforms (Windows, iOS, Android). Sure the fact you no longer have a "turn off" button on PC is making people go crazy but honestly, whether you turn Cortana off in 1511 or you sign out in 1607, in the end it's the exact same thing. And if you're not convinced, well idk just use one of the usual work-arounds to make sure searchui.exe no longer runs on your computer....
That doesn't make it any better. Home users are out of luck, Pro users may soon be too
and regardless of version, people will only have their privacy preserved if they use something else entirely. You're admitting to what I said earlier, there is no longer a strictly local search function (it existed before, also on 8.1), everything you search is beamed to Microsoft's Bing servers and I find that, by their own "Scroggled" campaign standards
, completely unacceptable.
Originally Posted by ronnin426850
Can anyone explain why you would want to disable Cortana if your personalization option have already disabled her "assistant"-related stuff and she's basically a glorified Bing
Because of that. Why should your local search queries now be mandatorily sent to Microsoft's servers? Do you see where this is going? This is a very underhanded way for them to know what's on your local storage. It's the grossest privacy violation coming from Redmond that I can remember.Edited by tpi2007 - 7/30/16 at 1:10pm