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Microsoft is holding up a press conference at MWC 2019. The company sent out press invites for the event which is going to take place in Barcelona on February 24. Microsoft is planned to launch its set of Cortana powered speakers at the event. Microsoft might also be planning to finally break cover on the second […]

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Microsoft MWC 2019

Microsoft is holding up a press conference at MWC 2019. The company sent out press invites for the event which is going to take place in Barcelona on February 24.

Microsoft is planned to launch its set of Cortana powered speakers at the event. Microsoft might also be planning to finally break cover on the second iteration of its mixed reality headset – HoloLens 2. There are rumors that the next iteration of HoloLens might adopt Qualcomm’s new XR1 and AI platform.

We can’t surely say if or not HoloLens 2 is nearing its launch, but we will have a lot to say next month at MWC 2019.

Keep following for more updates about Microsoft and MWC 2019.

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Windows 10 Insider Build 18317 – Cortana Separated from Search https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/16/cortana-seach-build-18317/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/16/cortana-seach-build-18317/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:55:29 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34620

Microsoft is finally separating Cortana and Search in the latest Windows Insider Build 18317. The update adds many more under-the-hood changes regarding Search, Fonts and Windows Console. What’s new in Build 18317 The Big Change – Separating Search and Cortana Going forward, we’ll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience […]

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Microsoft is finally separating Cortana and Search in the latest Windows Insider Build 18317. The update adds many more under-the-hood changes regarding Search, Fonts and Windows Console.

What’s new in Build 18317

The Big Change – Separating Search and Cortana

Going forward, we’ll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases. Some Insiders have had this update for a few weeks now, and we appreciate all the feedback we’ve received about it so far! For those new to this update, when it rolls out to you, you’ll find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.

The next step in improving Start reliability

As some of you may already know, up until now Start in Windows 10 has been hosted by something called ShellExperienceHost.exe. In order to provide you with the best possible Start experience, we’re separating it into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces. This has been running as an experiment for a few weeks now and we’ve seen measurable improvements in the reliability amongst those that have the change, so we’re rolling it out to everyone.

We’re also making a change so that Start no longer suspends, which improves launch time.

A Better Font management experience in Settings

Insiders today can now drag and drop font files from File Explorer into the modern Settings > Fonts page to install them. After installation, click on the font in the Font page, to view the different font faces associated with the font and all the details of the font. You can also uninstall the font from this font details page. Drag and drop font installation by default is installed as a per-user font which does not require elevation, hence it will not be available for other users. To install the font for all users in the device, use the “Install for all Users” option by right-clicking the font on file explorer.

Windows Console Updates

We’ve made several fixes & improvements in Windows Console in and leading up to build 18317, including:

  • Fixed GitHub issue 296 where the incorrect mouse button ID was being reported when a mouse button was released, resulting in an “unexpected mouse-drag behavior” regression
  • Fixed GitHub Issue 313, enabling colors above index #15 to be set via VT OSC 4
    • Colors <= 99 fixed in this build
    • Colors > 99 fixed in up-coming build
  • Corrected sizing issues for Linux alt-buffer apps (e.g. vim, emacs, etc.) resulting in more reliable resizing
  • Fixed some issues with Consoles growing in height if scroll-forward is disabled
  • Fixed ConPTY, enabling underline VT sequences to now pass correctly, allowing ConPTY-enabled apps (e.g. VSCode’s integrated terminal) to correctly receive and display underlined text
  • Made ConPTY flush its output buffer before terminating ensuring apps receive all input and display correct output
  • When running Tmux, correctly restore state after Win + D, resulting in Tmux’s last line of text rendering correctly
  • Fixed Console to preserve a Console window’s currently colored text when executing Cmd.exe
  • If using raster fonts, Console now correctly preserves the user’s font after running .NET Core code (which defaults to UTF-8 codepage 65001)
  • Correct how Console scrolls text region, fixing how text is rendered in Linux’ `screen`
  • Significantly improved performance of ConPTY – perf now very close to “raw pipe”

So these were the key features of Build 18317. As always, you can read about General changes, improvements, and fixes on the Windows Experience Blog!

 

 

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Cortana Will Remain Silent During Windows 10 Setup https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/04/cortana-silent-windows-10-setup/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/04/cortana-silent-windows-10-setup/#respond Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:27:57 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34484 Cortana Windows 10

Having Cortana introduce herself was a welcome as well as horror for Windows 10 users, setting up their devices. But with the latest Insider Build 18309, things have changed. Microsoft has silenced Cortana by default on the  Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows. (via Windows Central) Here’s what the Build’s changelog notes – Based on feedback, […]

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Cortana Windows 10

Having Cortana introduce herself was a welcome as well as horror for Windows 10 users, setting up their devices. But with the latest Insider Build 18309, things have changed. Microsoft has silenced Cortana by default on the  Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows. (via Windows Central)

Here’s what the Build’s changelog notes –

Based on feedback, if you clean install Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows, the Cortana voice-over will be disabled by default. Screen reader users can still choose to start Narrator at any time by pressing WIN + Ctrl + Enter.

However, for those using Windows 10 Home, you can still enjoy the takeover of Cortana during setup. Enjoy this video of many PCs reciting the same Cortana phrases.

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Cortana for iOS and Android is Getting a New Visual Design https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/17/cortana-for-ios-and-android-is-getting-a-new-visual-design/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/17/cortana-for-ios-and-android-is-getting-a-new-visual-design/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:19:36 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=33342

The Cortana app for iOS and Android will be soon getting an update, which will change the look and feel of the app, visually. For those who have enrolled in Microsoft’s Beta Program, the Version 3.0 is available. (via WindowsCentral) The new beta version includes an updated UI which lets you have “conversational experiences” with […]

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The Cortana app for iOS and Android will be soon getting an update, which will change the look and feel of the app, visually. For those who have enrolled in Microsoft’s Beta Program, the Version 3.0 is available. (via WindowsCentral)

The new beta version includes an updated UI which lets you have “conversational experiences” with Cortana. This is similar to what we see with Siri and Google Assistant. The app now also has support for music and podcasts across both the phone and connected Bluetooth devices. Additionally, you can also manage your calendar, set reminders, create meetings, and ask to join Skype or Teams meetings.

Image – @YRH04E

The app is divided into three tabs – Discover, Upcoming and Devices. With Discover, you can start chatting with Cortana and/or give it voice commands. Upcoming, which already exists in the app, is now clean with less space between its cards. And finally, the Devices tab lets you set up your Cortana powered devices like the Surface Headphone.

Learn more about the Surface Headphones

Microsoft seems to be pulling hard to make Cortana a better product. It even acquired an AI startup called Semantic Machines partly in an attempt to make Cortana sound more human.

Do you use Cortana? Let us know in the comments below.

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Microsoft Translator picks up Cortana Integration https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/05/02/microsoft-translator-picks-up-cortana-integration/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/05/02/microsoft-translator-picks-up-cortana-integration/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 07:45:28 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=31011

Microsoft has released a new update for its Translator app. This update includes many new features including Cortana Integration, Inking Support, Live feature and more. Here’s what’s new in Translator: Cortana integration: With this new Cortana integration, you can ask Cortana to start or join a conversation. For example, you can tell “Hey Cortana, start […]

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Microsoft has released a new update for its Translator app. This update includes many new features including Cortana Integration, Inking Support, Live feature and more.

Here’s what’s new in Translator:

  • Cortana integration:

With this new Cortana integration, you can ask Cortana to start or join a conversation. For example, you can tell “Hey Cortana, start a conversation in Translator”. Chinese Simplified, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese languages are supported for this feature. However, Chinese Simplified supports additional commands like “Hey Cortana, ask Translator to start a conversation” and “Hey Cortana, ask Translator to join conversation {CONVERSATION CODE}”.

  • Inking support:

If you have a Windows 10 device with Inking support, you can now do text translation by writing with your mouse or stylus.

  • Advanced offline translation:

Microsoft is bringing the neural network-powered offline language packs to Windows 10 devices. This was released for iOS and Android devices last month. You can now download these offline language packs to translate when you don’t have an internet connection with greater accuracy.

  • Phrasebook & dictionary:

This feature will allow you to access 200+ essential phrases and words. You can also save commonly used phrases to your Favorites list.

  • Live feature:

You can now start or join a live, translated conversation across multiple languages.

Users should also note that this update does not support ARM (mobile). Users can download the update from Store link below:

Übersetzer (Kostenlos, Windows Store) →

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Adaptive Cards now supported by Cortana Skills Kit https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/02/19/adaptive-cards-now-supported-cortana-skills-kit/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/02/19/adaptive-cards-now-supported-cortana-skills-kit/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:55:29 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=29289

Microsoft introduced Adaptive cards back at Build 2017. Adaptive cards are simple cards that are authored once but used anytime on multiple supported platforms. Adaptive cards follow open card format developed by Microsoft, available as an open source project. Initially, the cards only supported Skype, Microsoft Teams, websites and such. Last week, Microsoft announced that […]

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Microsoft introduced Adaptive cards back at Build 2017. Adaptive cards are simple cards that are authored once but used anytime on multiple supported platforms. Adaptive cards follow open card format developed by Microsoft, available as an open source project.

Initially, the cards only supported Skype, Microsoft Teams, websites and such. Last week, Microsoft announced that Adaptive Cards will now be coming to Cortana as well. Cortana Skills now supports Adaptive Cards, Skill developers can make use of it to make their apps more engaging.

Why developers should prefer Adaptive Cards:

  • Input controls: Existing card formats (hero, receipt, thumbnail, and sign-in) do not support input fields. With Adaptive cards, you can add input controls for text, date, number, time, toggle switch and choice set.
  • Richer text: Text in the cards is not limited to title, subtitle, and text fixed formats. You can make it richer and suitable for cards context with various font sizes, weight, and color.
  • One card language for all your card needs: You can bring in your existing cards (FactSet instead of receipt cards or image control with buttons for replacing hero card) and extend them with richer controls using one common schema.

Try out Adaptive cards here.

Read more at Adaptive Cards for Bots documentation.

 

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Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with new iPad design https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/02/07/microsoft-updates-cortana-ios-new-ipad-design/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/02/07/microsoft-updates-cortana-ios-new-ipad-design/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:26:03 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=29187

Microsoft has been putting a lot of focus to other platforms recently, and it is evident by the recent update for Cortana on iOS. The app has been updated with brand new iPad design. Here’s the changelog for version 2.6.8: Happy Valentine’s Day! We wish you a great 2018 with Cortana, your smart digital assistant. […]

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Microsoft has been putting a lot of focus to other platforms recently, and it is evident by the recent update for Cortana on iOS. The app has been updated with brand new iPad design.

Here’s the changelog for version 2.6.8:

Happy Valentine’s Day! We wish you a great 2018 with Cortana, your smart digital assistant.
What’s new:
Introducing a brand-new Cortana for iPad design. Enjoy an exclusive layout and interface for your iPad.
Cortana now launches 20% faster! Enjoy a lightning-fast experience.
In the new update, Cortana has gained a new UI design for bigger screens in iPad, as well as general performance to make her 20% faster on iOS devices.
Get the update from below:
The app was not found in the store. 🙁

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Cortana Spotify integration now available for all Windows 10 PC users https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/01/07/cortana-spotify-integration-now-available-windows-10-pc-users/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/01/07/cortana-spotify-integration-now-available-windows-10-pc-users/#respond Sun, 07 Jan 2018 15:05:36 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=28800

Cortana recently lost its Groove integration which led to no music ID service, as a replacement Microsoft seems to be working with Spotify to bring back the features. Now Cortana can control music playback using Spotify according to your query. /u/farhazmsft who appears to be a Microsoft developer works on Cortana announced this feature in […]

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Cortana recently lost its Groove integration which led to no music ID service, as a replacement Microsoft seems to be working with Spotify to bring back the features. Now Cortana can control music playback using Spotify according to your query.

/u/farhazmsft who appears to be a Microsoft developer works on Cortana announced this feature in a reddit post. Earlier this was only limited to Harman Kardon Invoke but now all PCs running Windows 10 which are on RS2+ builds will have an option in Cortana to add Spotify. Users need to add Spotify in music section of Cortana’s notebook.

Needless to say you’ll need Spotify app installed on your PC for it to work. Any account free/premium would work as long as you’re in a supported country.

Cortana Spotify commands include:

  • Play Christmas music on Spotify
  • Play my discover weekly playlist on Spotify
  • Play <Artist/Track/Title/Genre/Mood> on <AppName>
  • Play some Drake
  • Play focus music
  • Play rock music
  • Play my tracks
  • Hey Cortana, what’s playing?

This should now be working for all users irrespective of whether they’re Windows Insider or not. If you want to try it out install Spotify from Microsoft Store or Spotify.

Spotify Music (Kostenlos, Windows Store) →

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Cortana loses its music recognition feature as Groove Music retires https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/01/04/cortana-loses-music-recognition-feature-groove-music-retires/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/01/04/cortana-loses-music-recognition-feature-groove-music-retires/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:55:27 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=28780

Following the shutdown of Groove Music service, Cortana’s music recognition ability which was dependent on it is lost too. Microsoft hasn’t officially addressed this situation, but Cortana developer did confirm the feature’s demise on Twitter. Hi @faltermayer, that is correct: due to the shutdown of the Groove music service, Cortana's music recognition functionality has been […]

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Following the shutdown of Groove Music service, Cortana’s music recognition ability which was dependent on it is lost too. Microsoft hasn’t officially addressed this situation, but Cortana developer did confirm the feature’s demise on Twitter.

Music ID has been available in Windows Phone since WP7.5. It was introduced in Cortana AI back in 2014. The identification was based on AI and the search result would link to Groove’s Music Store. However, since there’s no Groove now pressing the icon only shows “Song unrecognized” in the result. Additionally, you also get “on: this service is retired” and “by: music continues” in the result.

Microsoft has not yet released any updates to fix to hide the icon despite this being known months beforehand. They can either permanently discontinue this feature or integrate other music services such as Apple, Google or Spotify.

For those who’ll miss this feature, there are alternatives available for both desktop and mobile. SoundHound’s mobile app(link below) has been available since WP8 and still works on many devices. For desktop, you can use web-based services such as Midomi on your browser.

Get SoundHound for mobile:

SoundHound (Kostenlos, Windows Store) →

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Bing, Cortana and Office 365 now more refined with Microsoft AI tech https://www.onetechstop.net/2017/12/14/bing-cortana-office-365-now-refined-microsoft-ai-tech/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2017/12/14/bing-cortana-office-365-now-refined-microsoft-ai-tech/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:18:37 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=28600

Today at Microsoft AI conference, Everyday AI, Microsoft publicly announced many new upcoming features coming to Bing, Cortana and Office based on AI technology. Microsoft’s search engine, Bing would get smarter in finding the result for your query with support from AI. Not only it would retrieve the answer to your question, it would also […]

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Today at Microsoft AI conference, Everyday AI, Microsoft publicly announced many new upcoming features coming to Bing, Cortana and Office based on AI technology.

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing would get smarter in finding the result for your query with support from AI. Not only it would retrieve the answer to your question, it would also compare the possible positive side and negative side for such questions. In the image below, you could see that asking “is coffee bad for me” brings you both the sides of consumption of caffeine, a distinction between good and bad which only AI could achieve.

Through machine learning, Bing will also be able to provide more information to users via prompts. The suggestion will be based on your recent search history and will be helpful when you’re not sure enough what you’re looking for.

Reddit, a social networking website will now be working closely with Microsoft to use its AI tools. Reddit, an extensive mine of data will use AI technology to transform it into useful information. This information will power Bing to provide more detailed results, such as showing recent AMA Q&As for prominent personalities, retrieving subreddit related to query and answers to question from popular Reddit threads.

Cortana, which is already an AI-based assistant, will get smarter with coming features. She’ll now be able to sort your inbox and provide the summary for the important ones. She’ll not only book your tickets but also add the dates to calendar thanks to “skill chaining” feature coming to Cortana soon. Cortana just extended its support to Gmail and Google Calendar to appeal to more users.

Microsoft will be releasing preview for Office Insights that relies on machine learning to analyze Excel spreadsheet data to create pivot tables, charts, and other easy-to-digest analytical information. Word Online will soon get an Acronym extension that’ll help you expand abbreviation specific to your organisation by sifting through your documents.

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