Windows 8 gets closer to dummy-proof

May 1, 2014: 3:39 PM ET
windows 8 search
The search tool inside Microsoft Windows has been updated to understand your conversational questions.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

In 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 (MSFT) 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 (GOOG) Now, Apple's (AAPL) 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.

Related: Siri is a gimmick. Google Now and Cortana are the future

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

Join the Conversation

Search for Jobs