Microsoft’s Windows Store operating system is trying to put itself in a position where users can find whatever app they need. The company has made strides, but there are still glaring shortcomings, especially when it comes to Windows 10 laptops, desktops, and 2-in-1s. Uber is one of the most popular ready-to-go transportation apps in the world. Currently only available on smartphones running Windows 10.
Windows 10 users can walk across the room and grab their smartphones to order an Uber, but Microsoft has another trick. The company’s Cortana personal assistant is getting new features at a steady pace these days. Microsoft’s Windows 10 November Update adds packet tracking and ways to leave a note with a pen for Cortana, as well as other minor upgrades. The most exciting of these features is the ability to order an Uber directly for an appointment without picking up a smartphone.
Here’s how to order an Uber with Cortana in Windows 10.
What is Uber?
Before you get started, you’ll need a few things. First, it’s probably a good idea to know a little about what Uber is. Truly equal parts app and service. Uber allows anyone who needs a ride to check if a vehicle is available in their area. The application manages all payments and shipments. You can see where your Uber driver is relative to where you need to go, how long it will take them to get to you, and how long it will take to reach your destination after they pick you up. Uber offers a black car and van service, but most of the time, you get a driver who works with the app and uses their own fairly modern vehicle to drop people off.
you will need become a member For an Uber account, link that account to Cortana on Windows 10. Depending on local laws, Uber may not be available in your city, town or country.
What is the Windows 10 November Update?
Second, you will need the Windows 10 November Update. Microsoft began allowing users to download the Windows 10 November Update in early November, before the holiday shopping season kicks off. If you buy a new device running Windows 10 this holiday, chances are it won’t come pre-installed out of the box. To manually check for and install updates, go to the Update & Security area. It may not be available to you yet, as Microsoft will roll out the major OS update over time.
This update is free for anyone with Windows 10 installed on their device. Windows 10 is a free upgrade for users running Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Settings and Ordering Your Uber
Now let’s move on to the installation process. Note that things may look different if you are in Tablet Mode.
Ask Cortana to do it. You can do this with your voice or by writing a note to Cortana.
For our example, we type the request into the search box on the Taskbar.
Tap or click Order an Uber.
You must have already created an Uber account to use it on your Windows 10 device and smartphone. If you haven’t signed up yet, tap or click Sign Up. We have already created an account, so we choose
Now fill in the information in the popup to link Cortana to your Uber account. You must provide your account’s email address and the password you have associated with your account. Tap or click .
Review the terms for linking two accounts. Now tap or click.
Now click Yes or Skip depending on whether you want Windows to manage your passwords so you don’t have to type your passwords yourself.
When you need an Uber, Cortana uses location information to give the service an idea of where you are, which we’ve deleted here for security purposes. Once you provide information about where you are going, they will contact the service and help you choose a vehicle option.
With the Windows 10 November Update, Microsoft also added Cortana’s ability to track specific appointments, reminding you to send an Uber and give yourself enough time to book appointments. This works on movie tickets and confirmations for events sent to any email you give them access to. You can remove Cortana’s Uber access from within Notepad at any time.