Microsoft, at its Build 2017 event, announced that Windows 10 is now running on 500 million active devices. At last count around September 2016, Windows 10 was active on 400 million devices. While this sounds like an achievement for Microsoft, growth seems to have slowed down after the free upgrade to Windows 10 for older devices was stopped last year. Microsoft had claimed that Windows 10 would reach 1 billion devices by 2018 but later took back its words saying that its Windows-powered smartphones didn't help in increasing numbers. Microsoft now expects to reach the 1 billion mark will reach sometime after 2018.
Microsoft is ready to kick off Microsoft Build 2017, developer s conference in a couple of days from May 10 to May 12 in Seattle at 8AM (8.30PM IST). This year, the focus will be on Cloud Edge computing or Fog Computing, artificial intelligence, Windows 10, and more. Build 2017 is expected to take Satya Nadella s cloud-first, mobile-first philosophy further. The Build conference this year promises to bring a host of much-talked about but yet to be seen features to developers. Unlike previous years, there have hardly been leaks keeping the schedule and the details under wraps till the last minute. However, from the few details floated around, here s what we can expect from Microsoft Build 2017:
Recently, I finished binge-watching the first season of HBO s popular series, Westworld. The show sheds light on machines coming of age and the extent humans can go to exploit technology. From Matrix to Ex Machina, all these sci-fi movies reveal a darker side of not only humans but also the machines. I dread the idea of machines becoming smarter than us or a day when machines lead our lifestyles. But that might or might not happen in the next century, most probably I will not live to see that time.
US tech giant Microsoft has updated its digital assistant Cortana app for iPhone with a redesigned user interface and new enhancements that offer an improved experience for the Siri competitor. Cortana helps you with tasks like sending emails, scheduling events and searching your devices, Cloud or the web.
What do you do if your product appears to lose in front of the competition? If the current technology trend is anything to go by, you embrace the rivals. After bringing its voice-controlled digital assistant Cortana to Android, Microsoft is now reportedly aiming to dethrone the native Google Now assistant as the company is looking at ways to make Cortana accessible right from the lock screen.
One day when you instruct Cortana in a state of inebriation to book a cab, it will understand your alcohol-layered lisp and call a cab for you. In what could further thin down the line between human and machine, Microsoft has developed a new speech recognition system that is capable of transcribing conversational speech with minimal error. Making a major breakthrough in speech recognition, Microsoft has been able to create a technology that not only recognizes words in a conversation with low error rate but also with an efficiency equivalent to humans.
Dag Kittlaus, a former Apple employee and one of the co-founders of personal assistant Siri just demonstrated Viv the future of artificial intelligence at the Disrupt NY 2016 event. Basically, Viv is a voice-based virtual assistant, just like Siri, Google Now and Cortana but much more evolved. It can not only understand natural language and complex commands, but also extend its functionality with the integration of third-party services.
India will be among a select group of 13 nations where an updated version of Microsoft's Cortana will roll out later this summer as part of the Windows 10 anniversary update announced by the technology giant. Apart from India, the other countries where the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available include the US, the UK, China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Brazil.
At the BUILD 2016 developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next-gen Skype update that brings video messages, emojis and Cortana integration within the app. Called Skype Bots, Microsoft introduces new ways to bring expertise, products and services into the Skype messaging app. With Skype Bots, the software giant aims to enhance your Skype experience with.
Most of the top smartphone app including Siri on Apple phones and Cortana on Windows phones cannot help you if you raise an alert to them that you are raped, want to commit suicide, feel depressed or are being abused, researchers have revealed. According to Adam S. Miner from Stanford University, California and coauthors, four popular smartphone conversational agents answer inconsistently and incompletely when asked simple questions about mental health, interpersonal violence and physical violence.
Earlier this year in May, Microsoft had promised to bring its digital personal assistant Cortana on both Android and iOS platforms. After a few beta releases, Cortana is now available to download from Google s Play Store and Apple s App Store. Along with Android and iOS, Microsoft is also bringing Cortana to Cyanogen, where it gets deeper integration.
Earlier this year in May, Microsoft announced that it will be bringing its virtual assistant Cortana to Android and iOS devices. While the app recently made its way to Android users in the US, Microsoft is now bringing it to iOS users as well.
Back in January, we learned that Microsoft is investing in Cyanogen, but in April, the company announced a strategic partnership deal to bundle Microsoft apps and services along with its Open OS platform, Cyanogen OS. The latest in this development is that both companies are closely working to deeply integrate Cortana in the next Cyanogen OS.
Microsoft has released Cortana, its personal digital assistant for PC in more locations after a limited launch. According to the Engadget, the voice assistant is now available as an optional download in Nihongo for Japan, in English for Australia, Canada and India, but only if the users are running the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build.
Back in May, Microsoft had announced that it will be bringing its digital assistant, Cortana to Android and iOS devices. A leaked build of the app had surfaced last month, but it was in closed beta. Microsoft, in a blog post announced that they have now made the app public for those who want to try it out.
Windows 10 is gaining currency among users with a majority of them particularly liking its star feature - digital assistant Cortana - a study said.
Well, Windows 10 is finally here. Microsoft promises this one to be the biggest update yet with a bagful of new features. It started the global roll out yesterday and if you aren't an Insider member, then chances are that it might take a while to reach you. If you can't wait, here's a way for you to upgrade right away. Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for free. For all those with older versions, the price of the Home version of Windows 10 in India is Rs 7,999 and the Pro version is priced at Rs 14,999.
A day after Microsoft began to roll out Windows 10 globally, the India price of the operating system for all those who aren't eligible for a free upgrade have been listed on the company's online store.
Microsoft Corporation began rolling out its new operating Windows 10 system in Japan on Wednesday. It has began with members here registering with its "Insider" programme among the first to receive the free upgrade.