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As Microsoft pushes voice commands, notifications onto the PC, Google dumps them

Mark Hachman | Oct. 19, 2015
Say goodbye to Google's notification center and voice search, at least in the Chrome browser.

Google presumably could integrate those notifications with the notifications centers built into Windows 10 and Mac OS X, although the company hasn’t said whether or not it will. An email asking for comment was not immediately returned. 

Likewise, users can still search via voice by visiting the page and clicking the mic button. (Previously, voice search would work on almost any page, provided that Google was your search provider.) Users can also orally search via their phones, and notifications will slide in on Android phones as they normally do. And if you use a Chromebook powered by Google’s Chrome OS, none of these changes should affect you: you’ll still see the notifications center and have access to voice search.

Still, we’ve asked Microsoft for comment on how Google’s decisions will affect Windows 10 users. Do you search orally via Cortana on your PC? How often do you look at the notifications center on Windows 10—or did, in Chrome? Tell us in the comments.


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