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Microsoft shows off Spartan, their Chrome/Safari challenger

Microsoft shows off Spartan, their Chrome/Safari challenger

Spartan was shown off at Microsoft’s event today, and we now know how Microsoft envisions the browser. After acknowledging that there was indeed something called Project Spartan, we were told all the fun things Spartan will bring us. We will get the ability to mark-up those marked-down webpages, and and migrate efficiently between touch and keyboard interactions. There is also a new reading list, and Cortana is at your side, as always. Rather than re-build the browser, Microsoft is taking the better parts on others and combining them into one.

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Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

The team behind Microsoft's presentation of Windows 10 have done a fair job in making it appear that the entire experience will be slick. Not only easy, that is to say, but looking VERY similar no matter what device you're using. The Photos app will exist in Windows 10 for desktop, Windows 10 for mobile devices (phones at least), and on desktop-like devices in-between. That's convertible devices, tablets, and so forth. One system will provide cross-device browsing of photos and videos no matter where you happen to be.

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Windows 10 for phones gets better Action Center, PC integration

Windows 10 for phones gets better Action Center, PC integration

Windows 10 is great on the desktop, but what about the phone, or small tablet? Microsoft is ‘evolving’ Windows there as well, but also typing it right back to your desktop. A new feature for Action Center will tie directly to your PC, and the settings menu looks quite a bit more polished to us. Windows 10 on your phone or sub 8-inch tablet is still very mobile, though, and has some features that will likely have some heads turning.

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Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to a new place for Windows 10, making certain the public understands that with more than just this one system, your computing service is going to be cross-platform. To do this, Cortana has been shown on the desktop's task bar. This is more like a search bar than anything, replicating what we've seen in the past on Windows Phone 8, here now on the bottom of our screen for desktop machines with Windows 10 - all in cool blue, of course.

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Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

After one year of the Windows 10 platform being released to the general market, you'll have to start paying for it - if you've not already upgraded, that is to say. Just so long as you've got Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 now, or at the time at which you'd like to upgrade your machine to Windows 10, you'll be able to do so for free. It'll be a one-time update and you'll never have to pay for it beyond that.

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Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

In just a few days, Microsoft is expected to reveal what consumers can expect from Windows 10. But some fans might be more interested in what Windows 10 means outside the desktop, since Microsoft has been selling this latest version as one that puts device convergence at the top of the list. And while we wait what Windows 10 for phones or Windows Mobile 10 or Windows Phone 10 will indeed look like, some new leaked photos show an interface that does seem to borrow a thing or two from Microsoft's other interfaces.

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Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive might be the best cloud storage solution there is. It’s available anywhere, securely tucks your files away, and is free to use. For mobile, it’s amazing. For the desktop, Drive is fairly utilitarian, but that’s about to change. Today, Google is announcing a few changes to Drive for PC and Mac, which will give users more control and a new menu. The new-look drop-down menu provides updates on uploads, and even gives you access to recently synced items.

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Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here have teamed up to create a new point-of-sale solution for small businesses and sole proprietors that need a convenient way to get paid by customers. Microsoft and PayPal Here note that many businesses have realized that tablets allow them to interact with their customers and untether from the cash register. Microsoft says that in the past this meant that the business needed two devices.

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Windows 10 dark theme, Spartan browser (allegedly) surface in screenshots

Windows 10 dark theme, Spartan browser (allegedly) surface in screenshots

Microsoft introduced Windows 10 back in September 2014, and though we won't be seeing it arrive until the end of this year, the company has dropped some details about it. Never one to be content, the Internet has fished around and procured its own details, usually in the form of rumors and speculation, and that trend holds true now that we're into the new year. A couple of screenshots have surfaced of what are said to be Windows 10's dark theme, as well as its rumored and codenamed Spartan browser.

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