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Windows 10 Build 10158: Edge udpates, Cortana for Office 365

Windows 10 Build 10158: Edge udpates, Cortana for Office 365

We are now on the verge of counting down the days to Microsoft's most anticipated, whether with excitement or with dread, Windows 10 release. But before that ball starts rolling, the company has a few more builds for its Insiders to try out. By this time, major changes to functionality should already be minimal in order to prepare for the final release. And that indeed shows in this latest 10158 build, which focuses more on polishing the user interface and getting things to work just right.

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Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Microsoft seems to be developing a habit of announcing big features related to Windows 10 but neglecting to mention the critical fine print that would impact if you're even eligible to get the feature. That has happened, and is still happening, with details about upgrades to Windows 10 and now it's also happening here with Windows 10 for the Xbox One. In particular, one of the nicer features to descend on the console. In order to use that smart assistant, you'll need to have an Xbox One Kinect.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

With Windows 10 for desktops and tablets nearing completion, Microsoft seems to be showering some well-deserved attention to Windows 10 Mobile, which still doesn't have a release date. The latest build, number 10136, brings in some interesting new features and, thankfully, implements some long-standing wishes from Windows Phone insiders. But as interesting and as good at this update might be, it also brings in some headaches for the brave souls who volunteer to take these early versions for a spin for the rest of us.

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Cortana for Android arrives in July

Cortana for Android arrives in July

We have known for a little while now that Cortana would be coming to Android and iOS, and word had it the Android version would be arriving toward the end of this month. In a blog post today related to Cortana and the Xbox, however, Microsoft slipped in a little detail: Cortana for Android will be arriving some time in July. Next month will bring around the beta test for the Android Cortana app, says the company; it isn't clear when the beta will end.

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New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

All your base is belong to Cortana! Whether it be your smartphone, your tablet, or your PC, Microsoft's personal assistant is there to serve your every voiced need. And now, she's on the Xbox One too! Microsoft has just demoed the latest dashboard experience and it showed off the new and improved interface. While things are arguably better for hunting down friends and remembering what game you last played, one of the most interesting new features is probably one that you hardly expected: Cortana.

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Hound is a voice search platform aiming to take on Siri, Cortana

Hound is a voice search platform aiming to take on Siri, Cortana

SoundHound, the music recognition app that never quite took off like rival Shazam, has just launched a new, natural-language voice search app that attempts to do what digital assistants like Siri and Cortana can only dream of. Simply called Hound, the app is now available as a beta on Android, and offers to handle tasks like internet and local searches, navigation, weather, geography, news, flight status, stocks, time zones, and much more.

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Windows 10 available July 29: Microsoft

Windows 10 available July 29: Microsoft

The summer news that Windows users have been eagerly waiting for is finally here: Microsoft has announced that its newest operating system, Windows 10, will be available to all on Wednesday, July 29. As has been discussed before, the new OS will be free for existing Windows 7 and 8 users (unless, of course, they're running pirated versions). Also, this launch is to be only for the PC and tablet versions of Windows 10, while a timeframe for the smartphone release hasn't been mentioned yet.

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Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Microsoft has been working hard to expand its presence on devices, including its recent announcement of 20 additional Android device partners that will bundle the maker’s productivity apps. This evening as the Lenovo Tech World event kicks off, it has been announced Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software. By mixing the two, Cortana is able to facilitate more extensive access to data for Lenovo users, leveraging REACHit’s ability to hunt for data across a bunch of big-name cloud services and any Lenovo tablet/PC running Windows 10.

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Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Sounds like Siri is in for some competition. Over on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that its own voice-powered assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android platform. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to have Cortana graduate from Windows-exclusivity, and exist as a cross-platform app on non-Windows devices. We were only treated to a few quick glimpses of the app in a video, but the voice assistant appears to work much like it does on the Windows Phones of today.

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