The latest update, while productivity-focused, actually looks more like Microsoft paring back Cortana's capabilities. It has decided to "temporarily" remove some skills that don't relate to productivity, including Bing Instant Answers, jokes and other assistant conversations, and the ability to set timers.
The company says these non-productivity skills will soon make a return after it gives them a "fresh coat of paint".
Microsoft promises that the updated Cortana app will be a better companion that naturally blends into user workflows. To achieve this goal, it's undocked Cortana from the taskbar, allowing users to move and resize it like other apps.
Users can also go to Settings > Talk to Cortana to choose whether the default input is typing or speaking.
For email, Cortana can help create email and ask Cortana to find emails from a contact. The calendar skill allows users, for example, to ask it to 'Set up a 1:1 with <name> at <time>' or 'What's my next meeting?'.