Will I Need A Microphone To Use Cortana?

A reader had a question about Cortana, the digital assistant in Windows 10 that you can control with voice activation. “Do you have to have a microphone to install and speak with Cortanta?”

You don’t have to have a microphone to use Cortana. You can simply type in your questions or commands for her, just as you would with any other search feature.

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One neat thing about Cortana, even without voice control, is that she understands natural language. That means you can just ask her, “How do I change the picture on my desktop?” instead of searching for “Desktop settings.”

Of course, Cortana won’t be able to hear you without a microphone. The voice controls are fun, but not necessary to use Cortana.¬† However, microphones don’t have to be expensive. I’m using a pretty cheap model attached to a headset for Cortana and it works pretty well.

You should be able to find  an inexpensive stand microphone for less than $10 and headsets with microphones are available for just a little bit more.

Also, many laptops actually already have built-in microphones that you may not be using.

Bottom line, a microphone is nice to have and Cortana is fun to use, but it’s not necessary to use Windows 10.

~ Cynthia

0 thoughts on “Will I Need A Microphone To Use Cortana?

  1. I have had Windows 10 for a week now and would never go back to windows 8, I would XP if it was supported.
    I could, with effort, live with its start button & menu but tried Classic Shell and could not find an avenue to the APPs. It has an Apps selection, but it is empty. I found Start 10 from Stardock and it is pretty good and has a selection for ” Modern UI Application” which shows the Apps.
    Problem with 10 is finding the control for things. Like switching from speakers to bluetooth headset. It is a very cumbersome thing to do. Also I am yet to find the speaker volume control that shows a slide for each sound source. I know it is there because it poped up once while I was trying to get the computer to go to the head set.
    All in all, a Windows 8.1 hater is much happier with windows 10.

  2. You can buy a USB microphone for $1.67 including shipping at a popular auction site. The bad news is, it comes from China and takes 2 to 3 weeks to get it. I just bought one, so, I can speak to Cortana.

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