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.
Category: Windows 9-10
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.
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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.
As we have already explained, Skype is going to discontinue the “Modern” Skype app and make its users migrate to the Skype for desktop app. This action is an attempt to simplify the your user experience with the help of a single application that works with either a keyboard and mouse or a touchscreen. This tutorial continues our series of articles about the Skype for desktop app and is aimed at making your transition between the two versions of this VoIP application more pleasurable. So read on to understand how to easily manage all aspects of your Skype account and user profile.
NOTE: This tutorial about using the Skype for desktop app applies to both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. That being said, we will be explaining how to manage your Skype profile with the help of screenshots taken in Windows 10.
If you enrolled in the Windows Insider program and installed Windows 10, you might have noticed something new and different from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: a small icon found in the system tray, that opens a notifications sidebar. Any smartphone or tablet user knows and regularly uses notifications, but for a desktop user, this is something completely new. If you want to know more about Windows 10’s notifications, read this guide to find out how to open, view and clear them out.
The days of Windows being a system hog are gone.
So modest are the requirements for Windows 10, you may be able to run it on machines that shipped with Windows Vista eight years ago.
But just how low can Windows 10 go when it comes to PC specs? Since Microsoft released the OS for testing last year people have been loading Windows 10 onto hardware dating back to 2003 – eons ago on the PC refresh timescale.
Here are the low-end and long-in-the-tooth machines that proved capable of running Windows 10.
A while ago, Microsoft pushed the “Get Windows 10” app via its Windows Updatechannels. The app is supposed to help you reserve a Windows 10 copy for your computer, once it is officially released to the general public. However, many users didn’t get this app and couldn’t reserve their Windows 10 copies, even if, theoretically, they met all the requirements. This article will help you check if you meet the requirements for being eligible to a free Windows 10 upgrade, and also troubleshoot some issues that may stop your device from getting the reservation app.
Note: This guide is sharing information on how to enable the “Get Windows 10” app on a Windows device that didn’t get it yet. If you already have the app in your system tray, then these two guides might prove useful to you:
If you used Windows 7 or Windows XP, you know that these operating systems allow you to create ad hoc wireless connections between computers. You could use those connections to create a wireless network between multiple computers or to share the Internet connection that was available on one of them. If you use Windows 8.1 or if you just migrated to Windows 10, then you might have noticed that this can no longer be done, at least not using a visual interface. However, with the help of theCommand Prompt and a few commands, you too can turn your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 laptop or hybrid device into a WiFi access point. Here’s how:
In last week’s article, “The Get Windows 10 program has hatched!,” I showed you how you can use the Get Windows 10 program to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 upgrade from your Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 system. As you may know, the free upgrade will move you to the same edition of Windows that you’re currently running. As Microsoft puts it on the Windows 10 Q&A page:
“When you upgrade, you’ll stay on like-to-like editions of Windows. For example, Windows 7 Home Premium will upgrade to Windows 10 Home.”
However, what if you get Windows 10 Home and then decide that you would like Windows 10 Pro? How much will it cost to upgrade? What if you are running Windows Vista or XP? Or, what if you are planning on building your own system and want to install Windows 10 from scratch? How much will you have to pay for Windows 10? Let’s take a closer look.
Hello World: Windows 10 Available on July 29
We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms. We designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things.
Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love. Windows 10 is faster than ever before, with quick startup and resume. And Windows 10 provides the most secure platform ever, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection, and being the only platform with a commitment to deliver free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device