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Microsoft Cortana Can Assist You In Saving Money During Online Shopping

Online shopping can now be a fun and budget-friendly with the help of Microsoft’s virtual assistant called Cortana. In today’s digital world many people opt for online shopping which saves the time and also helps the user to grab the best product.Microsoft Cortana Can Assist You In Saving Money During Online Shopping

With the help of Microsoft Cortana, the user can effectively save money and it will assist the users in comparing the prices of different products. Microsoft has announced the new pilot feature on June 9 which will help the user to find the best price for the product while you are viewing.

Cortana, when paired with Microsoft Edge, can help the users to find the cheapest price on the items. When you are shopping online using the Edge browser, the Cortana will display a sidebar that shows up the similar products and their prices from different online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot etc.

As of now, the tool shows up the price comparison from 14 different retailers like Amazon, Walmart, eBay in United States and the number of retailers is expected to increase further. The new feature is similar to deal finding feature will was released in 2016. This feature was able to display the deals and coupons present on different products but it did not include a sale or special prices.

If you are visiting the website of supported retailer you will see a list of similar products at cheaper price. By tapping the Cortana icon, the products will be displayed on right side of the same window. But there are few limitations of this feature like if you have free shipping via Amazon Prime but not through Home Depot then you may end up in paying more amount. The software just displays the product which has a lower price but it cannot display the things like buy-two-get-one-free and other offers.

Also, the Cortana cannot provide the information regarding return policies, warranties, shipping time but it will just display the price. In simple words, this tool is useful but not completely reliable. Cortana installed on Windows 10 Creators Update has been equipped with this feature and it is available only for the Edge browser which has only 5% of the market.

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Firmware Update To Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Brings Enhanced Battery Life And Improves The Touch Functionality And Much More

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 which was announced on October 6, 2015, along with Surface Book has now undergone new maintenance update. Among the list of updates, changes in hibernation and sleep mode are the noticeable one.Firmware Update To Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Brings Enhanced Battery Life And Improves The Touch Functionality And Much More

The users of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will enjoy the new firmware update as it is available for their tablet device. The tweaks to hibernation and sleep modes will result in improved battery life and better system stability. This firmware update also allows the user to control the brightness and overall system functionality.

The improved standby times the user will have more battery life for disposal. During the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft had claimed that it would also bring various firmware updates and it has Kept its promise. Another interesting thing is the adjusting the screen’s brightness every morning when the users wake up since most of us are not that bright when we wake up.

Microsoft unveiled the firmware updates on May 25 for it Surface Pro 4 device. Other important updates to Surface Pro 4 device are Intel Precise Touch Device, Surface System Aggregator Firmware, and Surface Integration drivers. The list of updates is currently available for Windows 10 Creators Update, Windows 10 November Update, and Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 update has revamped its drivers for Surface Touch Servicing ML, Surface Embedded Controller Firmware, Surface UEFI, and Surface Touch.

The Surface Embedded Controller Firmware boosts the battery life when the device is in the sleep mode. The Intel® Precise Touch Device disables the touch when laptop cover is closed and not in use. Due to Surface Integration, the hibernation is adjusted by default. Surface System Aggregator Firmware adjusts the screen brightness when the system restores back from sleep mode.

The Surface Pro 4 users can download the firmware updates using Windows Update service which is delivered in stages to the users, hence the update will reach different devices at a different time.

Also, the users who can’t wait for the automatic update can download and install the updates by visiting the Microsoft Windows Update page.

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Microsoft Brings Out New Mail And Calendar Features For Windows 10 Gmail Users

Microsoft is constantly working hard to improve its Windows 10 platform. Recently, the company has launched new Mail and Calendar apps.Microsoft Brings Out New Mail And Calendar Features For Windows 10 Gmail Users

All the Microsoft Windows 10 users will be prompted to update their account settings soon. The mail and calendar featured were introduced to Windows 10 back in February, but the features were not compatible with Gmail accounts.

What does the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar Update include?

Microsoft has introduced many new features to its Windows 10 platform. The mail and calendar update will be available soon to the Gmail users also.

The calendar feature will have following features:

  • Color codes for various events: With the help of this feature, the user can distinguish between various events using the color codes
  • Interesting calendars: users will be updates about specific events
  • Bing can now be used to suggest locations and users can add common addresses to it for faster navigation
  • Office 365 accounts support
  • Faster and enhanced search along with the ability to track travel and package details

Coming to the next feature called ‘Focused Inbox’

As the name suggests the Focused Inbox feature is based on machine learning algorithm, that auto-guesses which mails are important to the user and places them under “focused” tab present in the inbox.

Also, the emails that have less importance are filtered and moved to “Other “tab. Hence, this will help users to concentrate only on high-priority emails.

This focused inbox and calendar feature have been made available since a long time for Outlook.com and recently the Microsoft have launched this features to Gmail users also.

One more interesting feature that is rolling out to Microsoft Windows 10 Focused Inbox feature will amaze users. This feature seems to be the enhanced version of Clutter that makes email communication a way better. With this feature, when the user’s types @ symbol anywhere in the email’s message body, he can view a list of users to whom they want to refer. This feature is commonly seen in social networking sites namely Facebook.

Microsoft is also waiting for user’s feedback about the Focused Inbox feature. Anyone who likes or dislikes the feature related to Gmail accounts can give their feedback to Microsoft. To do so, Go to Settings, then Feedback in the Mail and Calendar app and enter your feedback here. Also, users need to check the notification tab to see is the feature is available to its platform.

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Microsoft Cortana can assist you to set up Windows 10 Creators Update using voice commands

Microsoft is making easier for its users to set up a new Windows Machine. The recent addition of Cortana on Windows platform have proved to be a boon for Windows users and simplified their tasks.Microsoft Cortana can assist you to set up Windows 10 Creators Update using voice commands

Recently, the users can download Windows 10 Creators Update and set up their PC by firing voice commands to digital assistant called Cortana.

The new Microsoft Cortana is the voice-based digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Also, amazon Alexa is most commonly used in smart home devices like smart speakers.

All three companies are trying hard to acquire a large number of users attention by adding various alternative options to traditional input methods.

Here’s how you can set up Windows 10 machine using the digital assistant:

The latest machines that support Windows 10 Creators Update have inbuilt Cortana support that tells users the basic steps to get started. The digital assistant will also help users to set up Wi-Fi networks, connect to it and sign in with Microsoft account.

How to Clean install Windows 10 Creators Update or setup a new PC with Cortana?

If you want to perform the clean install of your PC just restart the machine. Click on Windows key, go to settings, then click on Update and Security option. In that click on Recovery tab, present in “Reset this PC” section. In this section, you can remove your files or remove files and wipe drive option, which you can choose as per your need.

After that hit the reset button and you have successfully done the clean install of Windows 10. At this point, Cortana will pop-up. If Cortana is not able to listen to your commands that you can use keyboard and mouse for the setup process.

Whenever users want to use Cortana they can start by saying “Hey Cortana” followed by the command. It’s good to see that Microsoft is making users task quite easier every day with the addition of new features.

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Authentication issues currently being faced by Microsoft Outlook, OneDrive and Skype

Users all over the world have reported the authentication issues on March 21, when they were signing into Skype, OneDrive, and Outlook along with different other Microsoft accounts. The same issue had troubled users a few days ago when they were not able to sign-in to their cloud services.Authentication issues currently being faced by Microsoft Outlook, OneDrive and Skype

Also, the Xbox Live site have reported signing in issues and limited access. The users faced troubles while purchasing and downloading items using Xbox Live.

Managed Service Accounts (MSA) is Microsoft’s single sign-on program, with which users can be authenticated and can log into different Microsoft services.

Currently, MSA does not include Azure Active Directory for any authentication. It is claimed that Microsoft is preparing to merge the two authentication services. However, the issue faced by users presently may not be due to this.

A similar issue was reported, two weeks ago, the Skype Heartbeat site posted a comment saying that users may face a problem while signing in.

Microsoft resolves issues, services restarts

After the issue was reported, Microsoft started working on it and has found out a solution so that users can resume their signing in process.

At first, the Office 365 status page for signing into Outlook.com and OneDrive showed issues. About 3.25pm ET, Microsoft said that it was planning a fix to restore services. At around 3.30pm ET, some users said that they could sign-in to their accounts.

The final update has taken place around 4.30pm ET and it was seen that Azure was no longer experiencing any sign-in issues.

For the time being, only the Outlook issues have been fixed and OneDrive users continue to face the problems. The Microsoft website stated that it is working on resolving the OneDrive problems. The next update can be released by 12.30 pm ET on March 22.

“Users may be periodically unable to sign in to OneDrive,” says the status report.

It is yet to be seen how long it takes for Microsoft to regain its normal functionality of OneDrive. By looking at the things, users may need to tolerate this inconvenience for a bit longer.

As the problems have occurred in such a short span, the company has not shared any firm reason behind these issues.

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Microsoft’s Cortana On iOS Will Experience A Major Update

iOS app for Microsoft’s Cortana has recently got a major update, with the addition of new features and a sleek look for its users.Microsoft's Cortana On iOS Will Experience A Major Update

iPhone users already have Siri digital assistant but, it has a number of limitations. So, some iPhone users have opted for Microsoft’s Cortana. Cortana is the most popular digital assistant having some unique functionalities to perform various tasks. It is user-friendly and quite beneficial and it now gets a new revamp on iOS.

What’s New In Cortana For iOS?

The recent update for Cortana on iOS which is released on Friday, March 10 has exciting new features to offer to its users along with the sleek look. The first thing that you will notice is the redesign due to which the app looks more stylish. The core functionality remains same, but the modern look is now more pleasing to the eye of the users.

The company has made an attempt to deliver smoother and faster performance for its users. The new Cortana for iOS will now show cards on the smartphone’s home screen, providing relative information such as the local weather, traffic details, sports scores, order tracking information and much more.

On the left corner of the screen, users can view a persistent button for various actions that don’t need voice commands. Users can click on this icon from various places within the app to bring up the quick action buttons. The potential applications of this feature include setting up reminders and alarms and organizing meetings, among others.

Next to this persistent button, on right side, is a microphone icon that helps users to start a conversation with Cortana and give voice commands for different tasks.

The new Cortana has default settings for listening questions and voice commands, which makes the app to load faster and run more smoothly. Microsoft has also squeezed reminders, calling and texting functions for Cortana on iOS.

Limitations Of Cortana On iOS

Cortana is far less accessible compared to Apple’s Siri, because of the restrictions laid down by Apple.

Furthermore, these limitations prevent Cortana from being triggered outside of the app or experiencing a number of native iOS services.

The updated Cortana app can be downloaded from the Apple’s App Store and this app is compatible with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices running iOS 9 or later.

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Microsoft OneDrive Ads On File Explorer Of Windows 10 Are Making Users Unhappy

Microsoft OneDrive AdsMicrosoft OneDrive Ads On File Explorer Of Windows 10 Are Making Users Unhappy

Microsoft’s self-promotion has greatly expanded and has turned a great deal more apparent. But, users are not happy and keen about viewing this ad on their windows 10 operating system. Many users are discussing on Twitter about this self-promotion stunt by Microsoft. The ads for its OneDrive service show up on File Explorer of Windows 10. Users are claiming that the notification shows up on the Explorer’s Quick Access screen, informing them that OneDrive and Office 365 can be purchased for just $6.99 a month.

Microsoft Claims That These Adds Are Meant To Enhance The User’s Experience

Microsoft stated in an email saying that the ads prompt are not disturbing as most people are claiming. Instead, the company elaborates it as a “tip,” and that users can easily stop the pop-ups altogether according to their preference. Microsoft claims that the pop-ups offer “quick, easy information” for Windows 10 customers, which is used to “enhance the experience related to storage and cloud file management.”

Even if the user completely turns off these ads, they may still find it intrusive and disruptive at first view, because OSes have typically been free of any form of advertisements, save for prompts of software updates when available.

There is also the concern of already buying the price of the OS when a user buys the computer it’s running on, so it’s comprehensible why users are unhappy about Microsoft’s ads for OneDrive.

Paul Thurrott has written an excellent material showing how to turn off the ads completely, which is a must-read article for those who wants to get rid of their OS of intrusive ads for good cause. As of now, you can turn it off by going to the “View” tab within File Explorer, clicking on “Options,” then choosing “Change folder and search options.” In that, go to the “View” tab, then scroll until you get to “Show sync provider notifications.” Uncheck it and it’s done.

Ads popping up Windows 10’s File Explorer are among many ads that have appeared in the OS. There have been ads in the taskbar, the Start menu, and even the lock screen, which reveals the company’s self-promotion act. But, users are now noticing and are speaking negatively about these ads.

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Microsoft Announce Fixes To Windows 10 In Build 14383

Microsoft Filed Lawsuit Against US Government in Seattle Federal CourtMicrosoft have recently announced in their blog about massive improvements in the operating software Windows 10, after many users complained about bugs and drawbacks in the working.

Improvements and fixes for PC

  • The link to “Get more extensions from the Store” under the Extensions pane in Microsoft Edge now takes you directly to the Store to download available extensions.
  • Changed the keyboard shortcut to invoke Cortana in listening mode to Win + Shift + C based on feedback from Insiders experiencing a large number of unintended activations of Cortana while in listening mode. Speaking “Hey Cortana”, when enabled in Cortana Settings, continues to invoke Cortana in listening mode as it always has.
  • Going forward from this build, updates to the Quick Action area of Action Center shall be preserved across upgrades.
  • Fixed the issue where disconnecting the Surface Book from an external monitor set as primary resulted in the Surface Book screen showing in portrait rather than landscape until having detached and reattached the screen.
  • Fixed the issue where the Settings app showed media controls in the taskbar preview window.
  • Fixed the issue where dragging the file comparison or manage library dialogs between two monitors with different DPIs resulted in the dialog content no longer displaying correctly.
  • Fixed the issue where the checkmark used to indicate a selected state in app bar toggle buttons wasn’t visible in high contrast.
  • Fixed the issue where connecting to a PC using Remote Desktop when a maximized window was immediately behind the Remote Desktop dialog would result in the subsequent the Credential UI window being displayed behind the maximized window.
  • Fixed the issue where, with certain monitor configurations, Explorer.exe would hang after a tooltip was being displayed.
  • Fixed the issue resulting in certain Bluetooth mice accelerating erratically when moving the cursor across the screen.
  • Fixed the issue where on certain web-pages in Microsoft Edge when Narrator was in Scan mode and going line by line through a list of hyperlinks, Narrator wouldn’t announce the fact that these were hyperlinks.
  • Fixed the issue with certain websites potentially causing a memory leak and becoming unresponsive in Microsoft Edge when the LastPass extension had been enabled.

The improvements shall be included in the update for the software. For more details, visit https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/07/07/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-14383-for-pc-and-mobile/

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WhatsApp Standalone Application for Windows and Mac OS Desktops Launched

After releasing the Wildly popular Android and iOS messaging app, the WhatsApp become the most famous tech company and later acquired by Facebook. Some time ago, they launched the Web Version of WhatsApp, which allows users to access the WhatsApp from Web browsers. And now, they’ve launched a Standalone Application for the Windows and Mac Operating Systems. Means, the WhatsApp is now available on Computers with a Native Software.

The Interface of WhatsApp software is similar to the Android or iOS versions of the App, but it is on PC, and that is the much different thing. The Cross Platform Social messaging app is helping millions of people to communicate with each other free of cost. WhatsApp announced about the Desktop Applications for Mac and Windows Operating Systems in the blog post. The WhatsApp for PC and Mac is no different from the Web version, but the Standalone application allows you to log in through the smartphone without being connected to WhatsApp on Smartphone all the time.

Whatsapp SecurityThe Log In Process of the WhatsApp PC and Mac is same and the Web Version. A User has to Scan the Random QR Code appeared on the Screen, and it Will Open the WhatsApp Chats on PC. Users now have the option to choose “desktop alerts”, “Sounds” and “Message Previews” on PC. The WhatsApp for PC is available for Windows 8 and Windows 10 Operating Systems and the MacOS Devices. The WhatsApp for PC can be Downloaded from the Official WhatsApp website.

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Windows Store for Businesses will Allow Bulk App Orders for Companies

Windows StoreThe App developers who are developing software for the Windows 10 operating system have the better way to sell apps to businesses. The Developers will now have access to the Windows Store for Businesses, which will allow developers to list their apps and then sell them to companies in Bulk.

The Windows Store for Business is the store which allows companies to distribute the paid software to their employees over the web. The Windows Business Store for Windows 10 is the step which will help both, Business and Developers. The Developers can list their Paid Software Programs on Windows Store and present it in Front of the Big Enterprises. Also, it is easy for businesses to purchase the software in bulk and distribute it among their workforce computers which have Windows 10 Installed in it.

The Microsoft is offering the Bulk Purchase discount for the large enterprises, to encourage the good paid app installs on the work computers of the business. The companies who have Windows 10 Enterprise edition installed in their work PC’s can avail this feature. Also, the service is only available in the 35 countries, which will be expanded soon to other nations. The Initial release of the Windows Store for Business will have features like Organizational Licensing, App Distribution over licensed computers with Windows Enterprise and the volume discounts for bulk purchases.