Microsoft launches free, 90-day trial of Windows 10

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Windows 10 is Microsoft’s excuse to unleash a powerful new Internet browser. “Cortana will be made available to Insiders (developers with Microsoft) in the coming weeks and to its consumers,” Microsoft India director Vineet Durani said.Cortana, Microsoft’s smart, snarky digital assistant, is one of the highlight features of Windows 10, imbuing the operating system with a sense of presence that never existed in previous versions of Windows.If you were hoping to use Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated digital assisstant in Windows 10 as soon as you upgrade, here’s some bad news: you’re going to have to wait.

Cortana’s natural language search capabilities rock, and her intelligent surfacing of news and notifications that matter to you help to tailor Windows 10 to suit your specific needs. Microsoft went wrong with Windows 8/8.1, and the all-new Windows 10 shows how the company gracefully accepted the mistake and made the right amendments. While some feel it may not be a super hit, despite a free update for those with versions above Windows 7, others say it will prove more of use on devices other than personal computers, like smartphones, tablets and other handhelds. Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s previous browser, has gained a reputation as insecure, incompatible with many websites, and prone to crashing, and because of this Microsoft has fallen behind Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in the race for the best Internet browser—and Edge feels like Microsoft’s attempt to avenge its fallen soldier. Microsoft, which unveiled its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system globally and in-built Cortana today, has held back from launching the Siri rival in India.

While Internet Explorer is not dead yet (Internet Explorer 11 comes with the new Windows 10, you just have to search for it), its memory will live on in Edge’s nearly identical icon. Nevertheless, Windows 10 will also help those with pirated versions of Microsoft operating systems to migrate to an authentic version, making room for a wide range of applications to choose from. “At the enterprise level, adoption will vary. The more Cortana knows about you, your location, your friends, and your calendar and email, the better she’s able to provide a personally tailored experience.

It is also about security, compatibility and manageability,” said Vishal Tripathi, research director at Gartner India. “Organisations use legacy- and custom-based applications than regular plug-and-play software. Fortunately, Microsoft provides you with tools to disable Cortana and erase your footprint in its servers if you’re so inclined. (And Microsoft deserve props for doing so!) Here’s how.

To begin with, the Start Menu that users love is back. “Microsoft is keeping the Live Tiles it introduced in Windows 8, but it’s put them inside the Start menu. That being said, if you are looking for a specific feature that you don’t see in periphery of the browser window, you’ll have to click the ellipses icon in the top right corner. Those that recently migrated to Windows 7 will not move away too quickly, while others will wait and watch,” Tripathi told IANS According to Prasanto K.

Available as a free upgrade for existing users of Windows 7 and 8.1, the new operating system is part of Microsoft’s attempts to compete with rivals like Apple and Google. Roy, a noted technology writer and chief editor of Trivone, a media and digital services company, Windows is an overhaul of the previous version that had flopped. While an estimated 1.5 billion machines run Windows, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android based smartphones and tablets have emerged as strong competition to the Redmond-based firm.

But getting enterprises to upgrade to it will be near-impossible. “This apart, PC sales are also weak and Windows users don’t upgrade the way Mac OS users (or iOS users) do when a new OS is launched. However, it still needs some fixes. ” Unlike Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge isn’t stable – the browser crashes pretty often, and you’ll see that the browser freezes every now and then. Another analyst, Kiran Kumar of IDC, said India has an installed base of 55-60 million personal computers, out of which some 55 percent are with individual consumers while the remaining are with businesses and institutions. “An increase of even 1.5-2 percent in PC volumes will mean around 10 million additional volumes. You’ll want to press the Clear buttons in the “Clear personal info” and “Other Cortana data and personalized speech, inking and typing” sections.

It will help IT leaders work in a better manner as there will be seamless syncing across devices,” Gartner Principal Research Analyst Vishal Tripathi said. To add to the reading list, go to the page of your choosing, click the star icon (☆) to the right of the reading view icon, and then click the reading list icon. Instead of expecting normal users to know they could just start typing anywhere on their home screens to search, Microsoft has provided Cortana as a visual cue. But by clicking on a “My Stuff” tab that pops up at the bottom of the Cortana pane once a user starts typing a query, users can refine their results to local or Web,” Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet writes. “Her desktop incarnation isn’t tremendously different.

The search area remains in the Windows taskbar sans Cortana’s “Ask me anything” verbiage, but be warned: You won’t be able to use any of its Cortana-enabled services, like setting reminders, getting personalized news, receiving up-to-date travel info, or asking goofy questions. The tension between the desire for agility versus stability poses a huge challenge for IT Pros,” Microsoft said. “The new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

If you ever change your mind and bring the digital assistant back to life via the search settings, don’t worry: Cortana will welcome you back with open arms.

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