When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts)—that helps personalize your experience. This information improves your device’s ability to correctly recognize your input, such as your pronunciation and handwriting. You can turn the Speech, inking, and typing setting (which is called Getting to know you) on or off in Settings.
If you want to use Cortana, you must have Getting to know you turned on.
We also collect your typed and handwritten words to improve character recognition and provide you with a personalized user dictionary and text completion suggestions. Some of this data is stored on your device and some is sent to Microsoft to help improve these services. You can turn the Send Microsoft info about how I write setting on or off in Settings.
There are two settings you can turn on or off to manage speech, inking, and, typing settings.
Getting to know you
Send Microsoft info about how I write
Yes, you can clear your speech, inking, and typing data from your device and from the cloud.
You must have Getting to know you turned on if you want to use Cortana and dictation. Both services allow you to use speech commands in the cloud as well as on your device. If you turn off Getting to know you that also turns off Cortana and dictation (you’ll still be able to use Narrator and Speech Recognition on your device).
Yes, if you turn off Getting to know you or Cortana, speech services on your device such as Narrator and Speech Recognition will still be available.
No. Microsoft doesn’t collect speech data when you use Narrator and Speech recognition.
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Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn't available or is turned off, you can still use search.