Windows 10 Download Build 10041

New Windows 10 beta version has more Cortana, but still no Spartan

By on March 19, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

New Windows 10 beta version has more Cortana, but still no Spartan

After teasing a few days ago that it’ll roll out faster updates to Windows 10 Insiders who want faster access to the newest features even if buggy, Microsoft on Wednesday released build 10041 of the upcoming operating system, which brings several improvements and features, but also includes some issues and inconsistencies that are yet to be ironed out. Most notably, Microsoft’s newest software initiative – a completely new browser meant to make Internet Explorer only a distant, painful memory – is not included in this build. As for Cortana, that’s a different story. More →

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Cortana for iPhone and Android

Microsoft has an amazing plan to take over your iPhone or Android

By on March 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

Microsoft has an amazing plan to take over your iPhone or Android

Microsoft might be having a difficult time convincing people to buy Windows phones – though some of its latest offerings are definitely worth considering – but Reuters has found out the company has come up with a clever way of taking over your iPhone or Android device.

The company’s secret weapon is a tool that might be powerful enough to impress you and ultimately get you to embrace many other apps made by Microsoft. More →

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Siri Cortana Recording Conversations

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

By on February 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

We’ve written extensively about security concerns in recent weeks, but this might be the most shocking development yet. Reddit user FallenMyst posted on Tuesday that he had recently started a new job with a company called Walk N’Talk Technologies.

At his job, he is asked to listen back to seemingly random bits of audio and provides feedback on how they match with the text that the device outputs when translating the audio ‚ and you won’t believe where the audio comes from. More →

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Cortana for Windows 10 Features

Video: Check out one of Windows 10’s best new features in action

By on December 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Video: Check out one of Windows 10’s best new features in action

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is coming next year to a variety of devices, including desktops and mobile devices, with users already having access to a developer’s preview of it. However, the highly anticipated desktop version of Cortana for Windows 10 is not yet included in the Windows Technical Preview, but that didn’t stop WinBeta from scoring some time with it on a Windows 10 machine. More →

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Cortana vs. Siri Commercial

Video: Cortana takes on Siri yet again in Microsoft’s new commercial

By on November 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Video: Cortana takes on Siri yet again in Microsoft’s new commercial

Microsoft might not be able to compete with Apple when it comes to smartphone sales, but that isn’t stopping the PC giant from repeatedly claiming that its personal assistant is superior to Siri. In the latest commercial from Microsoft, Cortana and Siri have yet another conversation.

This time around, Cortana is curious to find out how Siri has changed since moving over to the iPhone 6 Plus. As expected, Siri’s answers are less than satisfying.

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Cortana vs. Google Now vs. Siri

Check out the 60 complex questions that confused Cortana more than Siri and Google Now

By on October 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Check out the 60 complex questions that confused Cortana more than Siri and Google Now

The three main mobile operating systems all have their respective voice-based virtual assistants to help users with various tasks during the day. Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana have been compared in many tests since the latter was unveiled earlier this year, with most of them suggesting that all three assistants generally perform well, with Google Now having certain advantages when it comes to the things it can offer users, and Cortana being able to keep up with its older rivals. More →

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Google Now Siri Cortana Study

Which voice assistant is best for answering questions? If you guessed Siri, you’re wrong

By on October 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Which voice assistant is best for answering questions? If you guessed Siri, you’re wrong

Depending on the type of smartphone or tablet you own, the chances are you’ll stick to one voice assistant app for answering your questions. If you have an Android, you’ll use Google Now. If you have an iPhone, you’ll use Siri. And if you have a Windows Phone, you’ll use the recently released Cortana. They’re all programmed to answer your questions as quickly and helpfully as possible, but which one of them is the best?

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Windows 10 Features: Cortana

Cortana is coming to Windows 10, but it’s not ready for the Technical Preview

By on October 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

Cortana is coming to Windows 10, but it’s not ready for the Technical Preview

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled Windows 10 — not Windows 9, as users were expecting — and revealed various Windows 10 features, although not all of them. Microsoft focused on assuring existing Windows users that it understood their main concerns with Windows 8, and showed off various user interface changes that are supposed to offer both future desktop and tablet Windows 10 users a much better experience than Windows 8. More →

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Cortana Vs. Siri Vs. Google Now

Here’s one way Cortana is well ahead of Siri and Google Now

By on September 29, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Here’s one way Cortana is well ahead of Siri and Google Now

Microsoft has been touting Cortana as a key reason for people to buy Windows Phones and by all accounts it’s an extremely impressive voice-enabled personal assistant — and now it looks like there’s one way it’s clearly ahead of Siri and Google Now. Nokia is touting a new series of products from connected home company INSTEON that promise to let you control key home appliances such as thermostats and Wi-Fi enabled cameras using voice commands issued through Cortana. More →

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Windows 9 Features Cortana

The first Windows 9 Cortana screenshots leak

By on September 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

The first Windows 9 Cortana screenshots leak

The closer Microsoft gets to unveiling Windows 9 and releasing its first Technical Preview of its next major desktop OS update, the more leaks revealing Windows 9 features hit the web. After posting videos showing how the new Start menu button is supposed to work, and detailing new features including the Notification Center and multiple desktop support, German publication WinFuture is back with screenshots showing the Cortana voice-based personal assistant in action for Windows 9. More →

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Windows Phone Cortana

Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

By on September 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Following her World Cup triumph, Cortana now tries her hand at making NFL picks

Cortana is swiftly proving to be the most adamant sports fan of the mobile virtual assistants. First it was soccer score predictions during the World Cup — now Microsoft has updated Cortana once again to predict the outcome of every NFL game this season. In order to get a prediction from Cortana, simply ask “Who will win Team A or Team B?” (with your teams of choice in place) and Cortana will provide an answer. More →

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Cortana vs Siri HTC One M8

Cortana makes fun of Siri in brand new TV commercial

By on September 2, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Cortana makes fun of Siri in brand new TV commercial

Microsoft is back at making fun of Apple products in a new TV ad that stars Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the two voice-activated virtual assistants available on iOS and Windows Phone, respectively. In the new commercial, Microsoft is actually using the verbal duel between the two assistants to promote the HTC One (M8) for Windows – a recently released high-end handset – by comparing it to Apple’s existing flagship handset, the iPhone 5s. More →

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Cortana vs Siri vs Google Now

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

By on August 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

All three major mobile operating systems now have a virtual assistant, but there still isn’t a final verdict on which is the best. In fact, with such frequent updates, it might be impossible to ever declare a winner, but that doesn’t mean we can’t constantly compare the three anyway. Earlier this year, WPCentral posed the same questions to all three assistants at once in order to see which was more effective. More →

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