Microsoft recently released Windows 10 Creators Update(Redstone 2) build 14986 for PC, which brings tons of new features. Cortana also received new features with this insider build.

One of the most exciting feature Cortana gets with this build is the ability to use the digital assistant to shut down, restart, sleep, and lock your PC using voice commands. You can also raise or lower the volume using voice commands. You can now say the following new voice commands:

  • Shutdown my PC
  • Restart my PC
  • Sleep my PC
  • Lock my PC

The latest Insider build also brings UI improvements to Cortana. Now Microsoft’s digital assistant go full-screen if you say “Hey Cortana,” when your PC is unlocked and idle. The Cortana will only go full-screen if the device is idle for 10 seconds. The new full-screen mode is similar to Cortana above the Lock screen.

Now Cortana can control your music on iHeartRadio and TuenIn Radio

Apart from this, Microsoft’s digital assistant received more abilities to control music playback on more apps. Now, you can use your voice to control your music on iHeartRadio and TuenIn Radio. However, the functionality is currently only available for users in the United States.

You can use these commands:

  • Play <Artist/Track/Title/Genre> on
  • Play Drake on iHeartRadio
  • Play Christmas music on iHeartRadio
  • Play NPR Hourly News on TuneIn
  • Play jazz music on TuneIn
  • Play <Frequency/Call Letters> on
  • Play 90.3 on iHeartRadio
  • Play KUOW on TuneIn

Cortana can now remember the last app you used to play music, so you don’t have to repeat the name of the app every time. Windows Insiders can try all these new features in Build 14986. Check out what else new in Insider build 14986.


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