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What are Instant Answers?

When using an Internet browser or Cortana, Instant Answers show up at the top of your search results, offering the most relevant information to help you find what you are searching for without the need to click on a result. This is especially useful if you are looking for movie show times, flight status, weather, stock quotes or local listings.

Instant Answers

Real-life scenario

You are going on a short trip to New York City over the weekend and you would like to know the weather to prepare for the clothes you need to pack accordingly.    

What to do?

Go to Cortana and simply enter “weather New York”. Cortana will display prominently the actual weather and the 7-days forecast for New York City without the hassle of having to navigate to another page.

   

   

More examples

Instant Answers are available for a variety of other topics and scenarios, such as flight status, checking stock prices or converting units. Try for example the flight number “UAL320”, “define hypothalamus”or “12 inches in cm”.

   

   

In addition, Cortana can often leverage your physical location to answer these queries. No longer do you need to type “Dallas weather” or “Chicago weather". Simply type weather and you will get the weather conditions and forecast for the area you live in.

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