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Dropbox app finally drops on Windows phones and tablets

Dropbox app finally drops on Windows phones and tablets

One of the most cited flaws of Windows' mobile platforms is the distinct lack of top and topnotch apps in the Windows Store. That apparently hasn't daunted Dropbox from catching up now. Better late than never, right? In the spirit of Microsoft announcing good things with Windows 10, including the availability, or at least the promise, of the same apps on both desktop and mobile, Dropbox is announcing that its app is now available for both Windows "modern" tablets and smartphones.

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10 things to know about Windows 10

10 things to know about Windows 10

Now that Microsoft’s Windows 10 event is wrapped up, we’re left reeling by all the promise their cross-device single platform holds for us. Also impressive is the scope Microsoft imagines the digital world in, and their new technology on deck. While we were happy to find ourselves learning about Windows across platforms, we also get a lot of great new things to look forward to. From today, here are the top ten things you probable need to know about Windows 10.

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This is Microsoft HoloLens

This is Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft has revealed its first virtual reality headset, the Microsoft HoloLens, delivering what the company calls "holograms" but what we perhaps know more as augmented reality. The headset, which resembles an oversized pair of ski goggles, overlays digital graphics onto the real world using transparent lenses and Windows 10. With the headset, Microsoft says, everything from gaming, through streaming media in apps like Netflix, to productivity apps, Skype video calling, or even creating virtual 3D objects in the new HoloStudio app - think Paint for the 21st century - are possible in a full standalone wearable computer.

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Surface Hub puts Windows 10 on 84″ 4K digital whiteboard

Surface Hub puts Windows 10 on 84″ 4K digital whiteboard

Microsoft has revealed its latest Windows 10 form-factor, the Surface Hub, a huge 84-inch screen intended to replace the traditional whiteboard with a digital alternative. The 84-inch, 4K resolution touchscreen looks at first glance like a simple LCD display, but in fact it has onboard processing and support for both finger-touch and a digital stylus. Microsoft believes it's the future of business communication and collaboration, with baked-in sharing and streaming support too.

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Windows 10 for phones coming in February for ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 for phones coming in February for ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 is meant as Microsoft’s bridge for all platforms. Rather than imagine the desktop differently from the tablet and/or phone, Microsoft wants to put all their digital eggs in one Windows basket. When will you be able to get your hands on the new Windows, though? That much we don’t know. What we do know is that Windows 10 for PC is coming out next week. then, in February (after the Super Bowl), Windows 10 for phones will be released to Developers.

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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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