Category: Computer Operating Systems

Top 50 Funniest Cortana Commands & Questions

We bet almost everyone has heard about Cortana by now. In some of our recent articles we’ve shown you how to interact with her and we’ve also seen some of the most useful commands and questions Cortana can do or answer. But what if you don’t feel like working, and you already got bored reading magazines, watching videos or scrolling till the end of Facebook? Even in such a situation, Cortana is there for you: talk to her, and she’ll talk back! She’s always ready to chit-chat, tell you jokes or even sing for you!

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Windows 10’s Wi-Fi Sense draws security concerns and questions

Wi-Fi Sense is a Microsoft Wi-Fi connection program that was first introduced in Windows Phone 8.1, and is now being ported to Windows 10. Microsoft considers Wi-Fi Sense a convenient and simple way to connect to Wi-Fi networks. However, any time the word convenient is associated with software, security pundits get nervous, and this time is no different. Let’s look under Wi-Fi Sense’s bonnet and see what has the pundits worried.

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Top 16 Most Useful Cortana Commands & Questions

Recently we promised you that we’re going to take a detailed look at what Cortana, your personal Windows 10 assistant can do for you. It’s time for us to keep our promise, so in this article we’re going to show you the most useful the commands and questions you can ask Cortana to do or answer. As you’ll see, she’s not only able to understand what you tell her in writing, but she’s also very talented when it comes to understanding your spoken commands or questions.

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How To Use Cortana On A Windows 10 PC, Notebook Or Tablet

Cortana is one of the best new features brought by Windows 10. She’s your personal virtual assistant and she can help you be more productive in lots of ways: she can make searches for you, she can set reminders, launch apps, take notes and even tell you jokes or sing songs. Last time we talked about her, we showed you the first steps in configuring her. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at what she can do for you and how you can work with her.

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Screenshots: A preview of Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop

Here is the Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop. It looks very much like a Windows 8 Desktop.

One difference is the “Ask me anything” section of the taskbar–that’s Cortana listening for those magic words: “Hey Cortana!”

You might also notice that there are some Microsoft Office 2013 icons on the taskbar, along with the familiar icon for the Chrome browser. Those were installed on this PC when it was running Windows 8.1, and they were there when Windows 10 finished its install. Windows 10 is basically a Windows Update.

By the way, I’m using an aging HP Pavilion Entertainment notebook PC (HP DV7t 1000) for this gallery. Windows 10 runs smoothly albeit a bit slowly.

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Will Microsoft be able to successfully deliver Windows 10 to millions?

Distributing Windows 10 to millions sounds like a logistical nightmare. On July 29, 2015, we will see if Microsoft can do it or if they are just dreaming.

As announced earlier in the year, on July 29, 2015, Microsoft will begin distributing Windows 10 for free to individuals and businesses that have requested a copy and met the perquisite requirements. The company’s stated goal of having one billion devicesrunning the new operating system within three years creates what can legitimately be described as a logistical nightmare. Microsoft says it has a plan of action for the Windows 10 rollout, although the details are a bit vague.

At your service

To refresh everyone’s memory, the reason Windows 10 is a big deal is that, for the first time, Microsoft Windows will be delivered as a service. So, if you’re updating your installation of Windows 7 or Windows 8, you have essentially purchased your last Windows operating system. That is, if you update within the next year (Figure A).

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How To Access, Use & Customize Quick Actions In Windows 10

Windows 10’s notifications are a whole new way of always being up to date with what’s happening on your device. In a previous tutorial we already talked about the notifications, and among others, we also mentioned that the new Windows 10Action Center includes a set of quick actions which you can use in an easy manner. In today’s article we’re going to focus on these quick actions and see what they do, how you can use them and how to customize them to your liking. So without further ado, let’s get started:

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How To Setup Cortana For The First Time, in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with lots of new features, and Cortana is one of the most interesting of the lot. Cortana is a program that acts as your personal digital assistant that can help you interact in a more human way with your Windows 10 device.Because of that, and also because Microsoft refers to Cortana as “her”, we’ll do the same. You can tell her to do various things, like launching apps, take notes, remind you when you have an appointment or even ask her about the weather prognosis or whether she likes Siri or not. And these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Cortana can do for you. But before you’re able to interact with Cortana, you must first go through a first time setup. In today’s article, we’re going to show you the steps required for you to do that.

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The Windows 10 wallpaper and other operating system special effects

Over the holiday weekend, I visited the Blogging Windows site and watched the Windows 10 Hero Desktop Image | Behind the Scenes video that chronicles the making of the amazing new Windows desktop wallpaper that appears in Build 10162, which is the most recent build of the Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview. To create this distinctive piece of art for their new operating system, Microsoft contracted with Bradley G. Munkowitz, a Design Director for the motion graphics industry, who is known for his work with Adobe Logo Remix, the title sequence for the Flash On The Beachconference, and creating holographic content for the feature film TRON: Legacy; just to name a few of his endeavors. Seeing how the Windows 10 Hero Desktop Image was created makes for a very interesting experience, and I encourage everyone interested in Windows 10 to take a look at it.

And, some other articles about Windows 10

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Windows 10: The end of computing as we know it

Microsoft and I have been “partners” in computing since my father brought home a strange beige box with MS-DOS 2.11 installed. I remember a few years later shuffling through a half-dozen 3.5-inch floppy disks and watching in amazement as my C:\> prompt was replaced with the seemingly magical Windows 3.0 user interface, kicking off years of computing bliss (and occasional frustration) with the famed Wintel alliance at my side.

Much as my early days of computing were defined by Microsoft, CIOs, and even average computer-using “civilians,” hung on the company’s every announcement. A Service Pack release, let alone a new version of Windows, was a cornerstone item in most IT project portfolios. In the past few years, a confluence of developments brought us to today, where Windows 10 — Microsoft’s soon to be latest and greatest OS update — barely registers on most CIOs’ radars.

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