The spotlight is probably the best feature in Apple’s Macbook. It makes searching incredibly easy and doesn’t let the user get off from what they are doing. Seems like Microsoft is bringing a similar interface to Cortana. According to Aggiornamentilumia, this new layout is coming with Redstone 4, and it’s going to be one of the major features for the next big version of Windows 10.
That said, the interface is not entirely new. This had been there Windows 8.1 which was removed with Windows 10. and while Cortana has similar implementation already, but its limited to the restricted search box that shows up in the UI. Spotlight on Mac also remembers your previous search if you had made a quit in between. Below is the video:
Interesting to note that you can enable this feature in the latest Windows Insider Fast Ring Build 17040. MSPU was able to figure out the registry hack, and here are the complete steps:
- Open Search and type “regedit” to open Registry Editor.
- Once opened, head to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting
- Now Right-Click on Flighting and select New>Key and name it “Override”.
- Select the “Override” folder and go to Edit>New>DWORD and rename it “ImmersiveSearch”.
- Now Double-Click on “ImmersiveSearch” and set the “Value Data” to 1.
- Now open Task Manager and Restart Windows Explorer.
You will have to use Windows+S to access the new Cortana, just like how Macbook users do it with Command + Spacebar.