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  1. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft is bringing Cortana to fridges, toasters, and thermostats

    Microsoft is planning to allow fridges, toasters, thermostats, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices to access Cortana. The software giant is bringing Cortana to IoT devices with its Windows 10 Creators Update, due in March next year. ZDNet spotted a presentation about the plans at...
  2. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

    When I first saw Mr. Spock talking to the Enterprise’s computer, I thought it was so cool. I still do. But the more I look at Cortana, Windows 10’s inherent virtual assistant, the more creeped out I get. Let’s start with Cortana’s fundamental lust for your data. When it’s working as your...
  3. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10

    Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. Like, a lot. So much so that if you leave your PC to its own devices for too long, you might come back and find that Cortana has settled in and made itself at home. If you want to hang on your Windows 7 or 8 install without having to live in fear of...
  4. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Personal digital assistants are on the rise (and they want to talk)

    NEW YORK—You may already be on a first-name basis with Siri, Cortana, Google or Alexa, the Fab Four of voice-activated digital assistants. Now that relationship is expanding from one device (typically a smartphone) to many. The major tech companies are putting these digital assistants, powered...
  5. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Windows 10 will no longer let you Google search from Cortana

    Microsoft is closing off one of the easiest ways to Google search in Windows 10. The company has announced in a blog post that starting today, it will block the ability to perform third-party searches through the Cortana digital assistant, as part of an effort to maintain an "integrated search...
  6. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Skype is getting Cortana and crazy bot messaging

    You'll soon be able to use Skype to books trips, shop, and plan your schedule, just by chatting with Cortana. During its Build conference, Microsoft demoed how Skype users will soon be able to start a chat with Cortana and get things done just by having a conversation. "Cortana is brokering the...
  7. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft highlights what Macs can’t do in new Windows 10 ads

    Ahead of the Oscars, Microsoft has started airing a series of ads that focus on Windows 10, gross bugs, and the features Windows machines have that Macs don't. The spots all feature a pair of women discussing how Windows 10 helps their business — they highlight Cortana, touchscreens, and Windows...
  8. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft’s Edge browser may be storing private browsing data

    When Microsoft’s Edge browser arrived this summer alongside Windows 10, it was seen as a major step forward, incorporating new features like Cortana Assist alongside tricks that had become popular elsewhere, like Reading List and the new InPrivate browsing mode. But now, new research suggests...
  9. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft really doesn’t want Windows 10 users to switch to Chrome

    Microsoft has a new trick to convince Windows 10 users to stick with its new Edge browser over Chrome or Firefox. In a newly leaked Windows 10 preview (build 10568), the software giant has added a new prompt targeting users switching default apps. If you have Microsoft Edge set as the default...
  10. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    How to Keep Windows 10 From 'Spying' on You

    Despite what you may have read, Windows 10 is not spying on everything you do. So feel free to remove your tin-foil beanie. However, Windows 10 could potentially collect a ton of data about you — probably more personal information than any operating system in history. That’s due largely to...
  11. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Cortana markets will be added slowly so that the experience is right for each country

    When a large business operates internationally it can introduce many challenges. One of the biggest is understanding cultures and how certain behaviors or activities can be unacceptable in that country and yet be OK in others. An example of this is Microsoft's Personal Digital Assistant...
  12. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft Edge gets a dark theme in latest Windows 10 leak

    Microsoft is close to finalizing Windows 10, and a newly leaked build today shows off some of the last-minute changes that are being added before the July 29th launch. Microsoft's Edge browser now has its new logo in build 10147, complete with a new look. You can enable a special dark mode...
  13. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Windows 10 Availability Tidbits

    Last week ended with the release of Windows 10 build 10130 to Insiders – the second test build released to those on the Fast Ring in a nine-day period. This week kicks off with the official announcement from Microsoft that Windows 10 will be available for Windows 7 and 8.1 users to download for...
  14. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Is Windows 10 Free? Yes And No. An Explainer

    Microsoft is set to release Windows 10 later this year and users of current versions of the operating system will get an upgrade free of charge. That's what Microsoft said and made abundantly clear last January when it presented key consumer features of the new OS including Cortana, Project...
  15. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft's New Browser Has A Name Only A Mother Could Love

    Microsoft announced the name of its Windows 10 browser last week. While the code name, Project Spartan, was exciting and invoked visions of dominance and strength, the final name Microsoft picked is totally dull and mundane. Microsoft Edge is the successor to Internet Explorer, but the software...
  16. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Cortana On Windows 10 Is About To Get More Powerful

    When Cortana first arrived in Windows 10 preview builds, it was rough. Features, general usability, and the look and feel was really early, but Microsoft has been steadily improving things ever since. The software giant is now testing out even better ways of bringing some of the popular features...
  17. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Leaked Windows 10 Screenshots Show New UI And 3D Live Tiles

    Microsoft stripped out Aero Glass — a transparent and blurry glass effect — from Windows 8, but it looks like it’s making a slight return in Windows 10. Leaked screenshots from Chinese site IT Home reveal that the latest internal builds of Windows 10 include a new blurred transparency effect on...
  18. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Introducing Project Spartan: The New Browser Built for Windows 10

    Today I’m excited to share more details about “Project Spartan,” the new browser we are introducing in Windows 10. Project Spartan will be available across the Windows 10 device family. It is fast, compatible, and built for the modern Web. Project Spartan is designed to work the way you do...
  19. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    You Can Now Test Project Spartan, Microsoft's Internet Explorer Successor

    Microsoft is releasing a preview of its Internet Explorer successor, Project Spartan, today. The new browser, which will be the default web experience in Windows 10, is part of an update to the PC Windows 10 preview. Microsoft promised faster builds for testers, and it’s delivering on that...
  20. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Project Spartan Makes Its Formal Debut Today Inside New Windows 10 Build 10049

    The wait is over. Microsoft has been teasing the capabilities of Project Spartan for months. Those that have held their breath with news of each new Build release can finally exhale. Today, Microsoft is rolling out a brand new Windows 10 build to Fast Ring Windows Insiders, build 10049. And...