Cortana is one of the major features introduced in Windows 10 and as predicted, it is tied to Bing. Everyone knew Cortana would use Bing and Edge by default but we were optimistic that it would come with a customization tool that would let us use our browser and search engine of choice. Now that Windows 10 has been released, we realize the error of our ways. If you set a different browser as your default browser in Windows 10, Cortana will route all web searches to it but it will still use Bing. Here’s a work around for Chrome and Firefox users that will force Cortana to not just use your preferred browser but to use Google instead of Bing.
Make Cortana Use Google Chrome (Or Firefox)
This one is simple and requires a bit of tweaking in the Settings app. Open the Settings app and click the System group of settings. Go to the Default Apps tab and scroll down to the web browser option, and select Chrome/Firefox.
Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome
This requires an extension called bing2google that redirects all Bing searches to Google, and flawlessly so. With Chrome set as your default web browser, and this extension installed in Chrome, Cortana will send searches to it, and all searches will be made on Google. For Firefox users, there is a little script you can use to the same effect so long as you make sure you’ve set Firefox as your default browser first.
The logical question to ask is will it impact Cortana’s speed and the answer is No. Durings tests, the switch was absolutely flawless and without delays.