Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana is evolving and it’s here to stay, but it’s no secret that many Windows 10 users aren’t really big fans of Cortana.

Starting with the release of Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Cortana is now a standalone app and it’s no longer an integral part of the platform.

By default, Cortana ‘app’ is added to the Startup programs which are automatically run when you turn on your PC. If you don’t use Cortana or you want to disable its background presence on Windows 10, you can switch off the feature by following these steps:

  1. Open Task