Windows 10 Will Allow Other Assistants to Launch from the Lock Screen

The upcoming Windows 10 19H2, which is due in September, will introduce a new change over the way digital assistants work on the operating system.

Beginning with this update, third-party assistants will be allowed to run even if the device is locked, which means they are permitted to launch from the lock screen.

Until now, this was an exclusive feature of Cortana, the native Windows 10 digital assistant, but now Microsoft is opening the operating system to more of its rivals, including Amazon’s Alexa.

In fact, Alexa is the first one to benefit from this new approach. Amazon launched its Alexa app for Windows 10 last year, and a few months ago, Microsoft started allowing the company to offer this digital assistant pre-installed on Windows 10 devices.

With today’s update, users can invoke Alexa by simply shouting its name, even if the device is locked.

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Juniya Sankara

Juniya Sankara

I love everything to do with Microsoft Windows, and the new Windows 10 is great so far. I love to spend my time researching on how viruses and bacteria work in my personal lab. I also enjoy history and comics.