Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistance wants to be a big part of your life when shopping online. Going forward, Cortana will help you compare prices of goods online whenever you are shopping, Microsoft has announced.
The new feature being added to the digital assistance, will be rolled out by Microsoft first as a pilot test. Cortana will pop up as the best price as well as the availability of similar products to enable you enjoy savings on your purchase. When shopping the websites of select retail stores in the US, the pop up notification will appear from where you can compare prices from stores like eBay, Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, and the likes.
The new feature has been designed to work in Microsoft web browser, Edge, and have the Windows 10 Creators Update installed. How Cortana’s latest feature works: When viewing a product detail page online, the digital assistance will alert you of the presence of better deals via the Edge browser’s address bar.
The goal is to help you find the best price, and this works by helping you to search across multiple online stores supported by Cortana’s new feature. It takes all the hard work off your shoulder by helping you find the best price from different supported sites—searching from one retail store to the other until it finds what’s suitable for your budget. The good thing is, Cortana’s new feature will only alert you when it finds a lower price.
The deals will appear in a pane on the right side of your window, but not until you have clicked on the Cortana icon in the address bar. Appearing with the lane will be links that take you to the product page of what you want to buy.
Currently only available on Microsoft Edge, and shoppers in the US, Microsoft said the pilot test will only accommodate 14 stores at the moment, with more stores to be added soon.
Here is a statement on Microsoft’s official blog announcing the new feature added to Cortana on Friday:
“With Cortana and Microsoft Edge, we hope to continue offering features that will help you save time and money when shopping online using the Microsoft Edge web browser. To that end, we recently released a pilot feature that helps find the best pricing for the product you are viewing. However, Cortana will only notify you if the relevant details are available at the time of your visit. We are just beginning to roll this out to everyone on Windows 10 Creators Update to get feedback. Currently the feature supports 14 retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and eBay, within the US. We will be increasing availability and the number of retailers we support in the months ahead, so stay tuned for more updates”
The feature is still being tested, and still not available to users outside the US. However, if you are reading this and live in the US, you can share your experience with us by using the comment box below.