Microsoft re-adjusts the Xbox One dashboard design and uninstalls the Cortana digital assistant. The software manufacturer began to describe the home section of the Xbox One dashboard in a more streamlined user interface. This area is the area that is immediately visible when you turn on your Xbox One console. The new design includes an Xbox Game Pass title, Microsoft's Mixer service, Xbox Community features, and quick access to the Microsoft Store.
"I've been repeating it at home to get your feedback and experience your game experience faster – keep content front and center," explains Bradley Rossetti, chief executive of Microsoft's Xbox Insider. "The first thing that stands out in this new experimental home design is the removal of a separate button that removes the twist from the top of the home to start the game experience."
This makes it easy to access your favorite games on your home screen. Microsoft is testing this new home screen with Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead Ring with Xbox Insiders and the company is looking for feedback. Since the release of the console, Microsoft has worked hard to revise the Xbox One dashboard several times to improve the user experience. There was a fluent design update in 2017, and there was a big redesign in 2015 before a new focus on speed.
With this latest home update, Microsoft is also removing Cortana from the Xbox One. Microsoft is moving to a cloud-based assistant. In other words, "You can not talk to Cortana anymore through your headset." You can keep your Xbox One powered on through Cortana's Xbox technology for iOS, Android, or Windows, just like the existing Alexa integration.
It is not surprising to see Cortana disappear from the Xbox One. Microsoft has a new focus on Cortana in business-related scenarios and Cortana is working to improve Cortana on maintaining the conversation. Microsoft has also previously removed Cortana from its recent Windows 5 update, and is currently offering Cortana as a separate application on the Microsoft Store. Removing Cortana from the Xbox is yet another step in the digital subsystem that is missing from the consumer side of Microsoft's software and services.