Microsoft is again adjusting its Xbox One dashboard design and removing the Cortana digital assistant. The software maker has begun experimenting with what it describes as a more "streamlined user interface" for the launch area of the Xbox One dashboard. This is the area that you immediately see when you turn on an Xbox One console. The new design includes faster access to Xbox Game Pass titles, the Mixer service from Microsoft, the Xbox Community feature and the Microsoft Store.
"We have heard your feedback and have penetrated Home to get you into your gaming experiences faster and to keep more content central," explains Bradley Rossetti, Microsoft & # 39; s Xbox Insider chief. "With this new experimental Home design, the first thing you notice is that we've removed the Twists from the top of Home in favor of individual buttons that launch your gaming experiences."
This should make it easier to access commonly used games on the home screen. Microsoft is testing this new home screen with Xbox Insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead rings and the company is looking for feedback. Microsoft has revised its Xbox One dashboard several times since the console was launched to improve the often clumsy user experience. There was a Fluent Design update in 2017 and a major redesign in 2015 that preceded a new focus on speed.
In addition to this latest home update, Microsoft also removes Cortana from the Xbox One. Microsoft says it's moving to cloud-based assistants, which means "you can no longer talk to Cortana through your headset." You can still enable an Xbox One via the Xbox Skill for Cortana on iOS, Android or Windows, just like the existing Alexa integration.
It's no surprise to see Cortana disappear from the Xbox One. Microsoft has a new focus for Cortana on more business scenarios and the company is working on improving Cortana in conducting conversations. Microsoft has previously disconnected Cortana from searching in the recent Windows 10 May 2019 update, and now the company is bringing Cortana to the Microsoft Store as a separate app. Removing Cortana from the Xbox is a new step in the downfall of the digital assistant on the consumer side of Microsoft's software and services.