Tech 5 for May 2, 2014 – Windows 8 Gets Closer to Being Dummy-Proof

windows-8-searchIn an attempt to make the slow, steady transition to Windows 8 more user-friendly, the
Windows search function now understands when users speak or write to it conversationally.

For example, if you can’t figure out how to disable your Wi-Fi inside Microsoft Windows, you can type, “How do I disable my Wi-Fi” into the search tool. Windows 8 will scan the question for the applicable keywords and route the user to the best place.

It’s kind of like an on-board customer support technician.

Of course, this is still a pretty basic utility. Windows isn’t capable of just completing the task for the user, but it does get the software one step closer to being dummy-proof.

This is the latest in the push for many consumer-facing tech products. Google¬† Now, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s other mobile-facing product, Cortana, all focus on speaking the language of its users, rather than users having to speak the complex language of the software.

Although the latest Windows 8 search feature may not be the most major update, it’s a step in the right direction.