Windows 10: A closer look at Cortana integration with Spartan (with video)

Posted 4 days ago ago at WinBeta with 5 recent echos

Microsoft announced back in January that Windows 10 would ship with two browsers, the regular IE11 for backwards compatibility, and Spartan. Spartan is the companys take on what modern browsing should be, a competitor to Google Chrome and Firefox, and the default browser in Windows 10. Spartan includes a number of neat little features, including a reading mode, extensions, annotation abilities, and Cortana integration. Cortana integration is one feature that stood out to me when Microsoft...

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Microsoft: no flagship Lumia until Windows 10 is ready

Posted 4 days ago ago at The Verge with 4 recent echos

While Microsoft is unveiling new low end Lumia handsets at Mobile World Congress today, the software maker continues to skip the high end market. In an interview with , Microsoft director of phone marketing, Neil Broadley, confirmed that the company is waiting on Windows 10 before any new flagship hardware. We remain completely committed and focused on new flagship products, says Broadley. That said, certainly we believe the best time to bring those flagship devices to market is when we have our...

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 preview will include the Project Spartan browser

Posted 4 days ago ago at The Verge with 3 recent echos

Microsoft is planning to let Windows 10 testers experiment with its brand new Internet Explorer replacement, Project Spartan, very soon. While Microsoft firstdemonstrated the new browser at its Windows 10 event in January, testers have been waiting eagerly to try Project Spartan. Microsoft technical lead for Windows universal apps, Kevin Gallo, confirmed at Mobile World congress today that the company will release a test version of the browser in the next Windows 10 preview. It not clear exactly...

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Xbox 360 Preview Program

Posted 4 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 3 recent echos

Starting in early March select invitees will be able to join the Xbox 360 Preview program. This will work much like the Xbox One preview – and selected customers will be able to sign up directly from their Xbox 360. Look for a special Xbox Live message then head to Settings, then account then under account management d, youll see Xbox 360 Preview Registration. Sign up there and enroll your console. Nothing will happen yet, but well let you know when the Preview is ready to begin through a Xbox...

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Xbox 360 Owners: Start building your Xbox One Game Library for free

Posted 4 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 3 recent echos

Starting today, Xbox Live Gold Members who dont have an Xbox One yet can start building their library of Xbox One games directly from Xbox 360 by taking advantage of the Games With Gold program.   You have always been able to do it this via the web and my monthly Games With Gold posts. But now, on  your Xbox 360 console head to the special Games With Gold section from the link on the home page of the console and you can  ‘purchase it there. See the video above that will show you exactly...

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer successor demonstrated in leaked video

Posted 3 days ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

Most of the Cortana integration is similar to what Microsoft showed back in January. Cortana bounces rapidly in the address bar when it detects a site it has further information on, including an address and opening hours for retail sites. The video demonstration shows how Cortana will provide directions within the browser or even information on locations. Theres even an ask Cortana option in the context menu thats similar to Apples define feature in OS X. Cortana is also integrated into the...

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Windows Server 10 build 9926 leaks onto the internet

Posted 5 days ago ago at WinBeta with 1 recent echos

Microsoft is yet to release a newer build of Windows Server 10 for Windows Insiders, as the company is working on a number of different things for it release. Still, that hasnt stopped build 9926 of the Windows 10 Server Technical Preview to leak out onto the internet! Not much is known about this release, however the leak does come from WZOR. Considering it wasnt released to the public we assume this build is not stable enough and doesnt include a complete set of new features. As per all leaks,...

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Microsoft is at the Games Developer Conference talking about the future of gaming on Windows 10, and Xbox head Phil Spencer is on stage revealing the new details. The first big announcement is that Microsoft is planning on bringing the full power of Xbox Live to Windows 10. Microsoft will do this by introducing the Xbox Live SDK for Windows that will support the same API set across both the PC and the console. Microsoft wants to ensure that Xbox Live is accessible to all Windows games,...

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