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Cortana Is No Longer a Part of the Search Process in Windows 10

One way in which Microsoft plans to completely transform the search in Windows is by decoupling Cortana and search in the taskbar in Windows 10 OS. This doesn’t imply that Cortana is eliminated completely; it is just that both are given individual capabilities and flexibility of use.

Now, Windows 10 has a single text box that can be used to perform both searches and send commands to the voice assistant Cortana. If you type one or two phrases, it starts the Start menu or Settings. However, if you type a command, it will not open the search menu; instead, it will send it to Cortana toperform the action.

In the latest update in the next version of Windows 10, the text box is separated solely for search purpose and to use Cortana, you have to click on the Cortana button and speak to it.

“This is one of the most significant changes that we made to improve the user search experience,” says Dona Sarkar, the Insider chief of Microsoft Windows.

The main aim was to bring more logic to the Windows interface as the combination of both was often criticized. Its designers and users didn’t find much sense in keeping them together. Not only this, Microsoft has also enhanced the landing page of the search, integration of Cortana and the search results.

Previously, many users had called the company to ask them to implement a more powerful search tool for Windows. Fortunately, the new feature has been launched a few weeks ago to the insiders and the feedback is just overwhelming!

Rumours have it that the button on the taskbar might not be the permanent home for Cortana. Sources have found that it may ultimately be moved into the Action Center.

The new build 18317 also has the new facility of dragging and dropping fonts into the Settings > Fonts page instead of importing them manually. It is only applicable for the users using Windows currently but can also be applied to other users as well.

Windows 10 October Update: A Shocker in Store

A new update for Window 10 has been launched. Do not feel agitated if you are not in the batch of people who have received it, feel relieved! Those who have installed the update on their machines are regretting as it has resulted in wiping out large amounts of data that was backed up on the devices, but not on Onedrive.  Sadly for them, rolling back to the previous version also will not help them to restore the lost files.

Apparently, such incidents had been reported by the testers of Windows 10 update (version 1809). A windows insider reported “The files I had in my local documents folders are gone, this includes application that I was using. Now that folder is empty after the update. I didn’t delete them, the update did. Windows should never do that,”. Another affected user advised people to ensure data back up on Onedrive before trying to install the latest update.

This is not the only issue being faced. There are compatibility issues with the local drivers as well. Due to this, some devices have been barred from downloading the latest update. Compatibility issues with the Intel Display Audio drivers have been reported. The glitch seems to be causing an “excessive processor demand and reduced battery life.”  The latest updates on devices are being blocked until the latest Intel Device Drivers are made available. This is to ensure a smooth transition.

To make sure that you do not accidentally install the update, disable the option of automatic download in the Settings.

The latest update released for Windows 10 is the second biggest since April this year. There are many new features and improvements included herein. One of these is a “Your Phone App” which permits you to see your Android Device on a PC. There are various useful features added to Outlook, Skype, Microsoft Edge, Swiftkey, Word and Powerpoint.

Though the features seem tempting and would be interesting to have them on your PC, it is advisable to wait for them as the update could result in a disastrous exchange.

Windows 10 Creators Update to Make its Debut this Month

The Windows 10 creators update will be rolled out for tester by this month end. Microsoft promises this huge update gets a range of additions and improvements which help the platform better than ever.

This Windows 10 creators update allows anyone to share, create, connect people faster to those they care about most, experience in 3D and mixed reality, and empower every gamer to be a broadcaster. Microsoft has reached the conclusion in developing and is not unveiling publicly about when the Creators Update will be made available.

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Windows latest update will include 3D Paint, new Game Mode, a picture-in-picture mode, mixed reality headsets support, and improvements to Microsoft Edge’s tab mode. The Game mode gives a better gaming experience for users with faster performance. Besides that, Microsoft will also release “Arena” on Xbox Live which you can create your own or play in organized tournaments.

Microsoft is also planning to ship the “Mixed Reality” headset later in this month for a better experience. This could make Windows 10 a complete platform across all the devices.

 “When we begin the phased rollout of the developer kits this month, the kits will include the Acer headset, along with documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to enable developers to build mixed reality applications,” said Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headset packs a couple of high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440 resolution. Apart from that, it also has a single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display), built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity.

Gemalto Launches eSIM Technology for Windows 10 devices

Global digital security firm Gemalto on Tuesday announced it will make available its On-Demand Connectivity and eSIM technology for Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices.

The eSIM is designed to be remotely provisioned by mobile network operators with subscription information and is globally inter-operable across all carriers, device makers and technology providers implementing the specification.

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Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity solution gives service providers the capability to deliver a seamless customer experience for connecting consumer and industrial devices.

“eSIM technology remains an important investment for Microsoft as we look to create even more mobile computing opportunities,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager (Strategy and Ecosystem), Microsoft.

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The joint effort by Gemalto and Microsoft is aimed at providing end users a secure connectivity experience.

“Gemalto has created a complete range of subscription management software and services to manage the eSIM life cycle in mobile devices,” said Rodrigo Serna, Senior Vice President of Mobile Services and IoT Americas at Gemalto.


Microsoft’s Project Neon Official look Unveiled

US tech giant Microsoft is planning to refresh Windows 10 user interface(UI) later this year. Called Project NEON, the upcoming UI upgrade will introduce animations and other elements for visualisations.

“Project NEON aims to add fluidity, animation and blur to apps and the operating system and will also include a focus on Microsoft’s 3D efforts in Windows 10, HoloLens software,” as per the reports.

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The company will fully detail its Project NEON plans at its Build developers conference in May. Project NEON should benefit all types of Windows 10 devices, including Windows 10 Mobile, HoloLens and even Xbox.

With Project NEON, Microsoft’s goal is to let developers seamlessly make apps in Windows 10.Microsoft is also working on a new Game Mode feature for Windows 10 that will enhance the PC gaming experience of users making it run faster.

The company will also release Arena on Xbox Live, where you can play in organised tournaments or create your own, making eSports available for everyone.

Microsoft Introduces a Universal Translator for Group Chatting

In 2016, Microsoft acquired Beam, a live streaming video platform that focuses on video gaming, including playthroughs of video games and allows viewers to interact with the streams.

Beam will connect to your Xbox Live account, making it easy to stream your favourite games to Beam and your Xbox Live community. No extra software is needed and viewers anywhere will be able to watch your streams and interact with your broadcast.

The company is also adding updates to the Activity Feed, so you can connect and share more with your gaming friends.


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