Microsoft CEO Nadella earned more than $18 million for 2015

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Leaked Windows 10 preview begs users not to switch to Chrome or Firefox.

In a newly-leaked Windows 10 preview build, users who try to switch away from Edge as their default browser will see a pop-up message, prompting them to “Give Microsoft Edge a shot,” The Verge reports.In an upcoming version of the operating system, the computer will watch for when users attempt to install an alternative internet browser, like Chrome or Firefox. This message appears in the default apps section of Windows 10 settings, and includes a few bullet points on Edge features, such as page annotation, distraction-free reading view, and Cortana assistance. Only Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer come installed with Windows, and other browsers must be manually downloaded and then changed to become the default app.

On Windows, it’s a 52MB download with optional language-pack downloads as well (more on those later), so Windows Phone users may want to plug in a microSD memory card and use the Storage Sense app to install it there. Microsoft has run into trouble with them in the past — receiving anger from Firefox-maker Mozilla when it became harder to change Windows’s default browser. Pressing a button in Chrome to set it as the default, for instance, merely dumps you into the Windows Settings menu, where you must manually select Chrome under the “Web browser” section. In the 1990s, Microsoft was also involved in the “browser wars”, where companies were said to have made it more difficult to use third-party software and over which Microsoft ended up in court.

According to an earlier report, Microsoft has claimed its latest browser Microsoft Edge is faster than Chrome and Safari in their own benchmark tests! The underlying engine powering Translator is the same technology that powers translation in Microsoft Office, Bing, SharePoint, Yammer, and Skype Translator. If anything, it’s best for the browser ecosystem that Microsoft, otherwise known for Internet Explorer has spruced up its browser performance with a more efficient EdgeHTML engine than the dominating WebKit. But the bigger challenge for Microsoft will be getting people to keep using Edge after they’ve given it a shot, as market research shows users trying and quickly abandoning the new browser. While Edge looks slick, it’s missing some basic features (such as a “Save As” and “View Image” options), and there’s no timeframe on the arrival of extension support.

The Microsoft app includes some unusual typed choices, such as Klingon, Queretaro Otomi, and Yucatec Maya, but lacks some more-common ones like Armenian, Tagalog, and Yoruba. I also tried playing some foreign-language movies into the app, and sometimes it responded, ‘Sorry, I didn’t catch that,’ sometimes I got some nonsensical text, but just as often there was a clear translation. The Google app is more hands-free: It listens and translates automatically, whereas with Microsoft Translate you press Start Listening and Stop buttons, after which you see the written original and translation. I am sorry to see fewer non-Roman alphabet languages in this mode—no Arabic or Thai, for example—though it does have Simplified Chinese, Greek, and Russian. One cool feature is that the overlayed translation text resizes on the fly to match the text in the photo, so you can have large and small text in the same image.

The Translator can handle text input with no limit that I can find—I tested with 20,000 characters—so if you want to cut and paste from another app or website, you can.

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