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There were a number of great announcements from #Microsoft at Build’s day 1 keynote with bots and the new Bot Framework given the most attention. Satya talked for a while about the new “Conversation as a Platform”, it's place within Microsoft as it intersects with all three of their strategic areas and how it'll be the future of technology.

There were examples of #Cortana interacting with bots,...

January 21st

#Microsoft held its big #Windows10 event unveiling many features, that it will work on PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, IoT devices and the #Xbox One, plus the all-important fact that for the first year it would be a free update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.

The company showed off the new #Continuum features, improved design of the OS and how Cortana would be integrated into the OS. T...

This morning I was trying out the new #Uber app on my #Lumia950 and saw that I had another app with custom voice commands, BBC iPlayer. I thought I would try those voice controls out and ended up trying "watch BBC One", just like I would on the Xbox One. Interestingly, #Cortana didn't open the iPlayer app but instead recognised the command herself but told me she can't anything with it just yet an...

Tomorrow, #Microsoft will kick off its biggest and most important conference of 2015, #Build. It's the biggest conference because Microsoft won't have a larger collection of developers, a fuller schedule of sessions or more important news all year. It's the most important because Microsoft will be showing the world why they are still important to consumers, outlining how with #Windows10 they've le...

In an interview with Reuters Eric Horvitz, managing director of #MicrosoftResearch, spoke about improvements the company is making to its digital assistant and its plans to bring it to non-Microsoft platforms.

Microsoft Research is currently working on a project, code named Einstein, to enhance #Cortana that will be rolled out later this. This is likely to be alongside the launch of #Windows10 ...

Tomorrow is the official start of #MWC15 although both #HTC and #Samsung are holding their press events later today in Barcelona and some companies have already revealed their latest devices and news. Before everything is revealed I thought I would outline a few announcements we can expect to hear over the next few days.

#Microsoft is thought to be announcing at least 2 new Windows Phones, sadl...

A recent Neowin article has highlighted how to get #Cortana working on #Windows10 outside the US and it was something I had just got working myself. It's very easy to do and offers a major new feature so I think it well worth the configuration. Right now Cortana is only available in the US and to get it working on your PC you just need to make it think you are in the US too.

First, open the Con...

"Do you want to enter Tablet Mode?" My Surface Pro 3 asks. I tap the notification and all the open apps go full screen, not just the modern apps but also the traditional desktop apps. Folding the keyboard back behind the screen prompted the PC to ask and in the new mode I can navigate around the system easily with just touch.

I tap the Start button and a full screen Start Menu presents itself w...

I have already covered the changes that are coming in #Windows10 but I thought I would also cover the specific changes that will affect #WindowsPhone users when they upgrade to the new OS. You can read about Windows 10 in depth here - http://www.piptell.com/Home/Pip/4294

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First things first, the name of the Windows 10 version for phones will be Windows 10. There had been much speculation ab...

#Microsoft's #Windows10 media briefing yesterday did not disappoint. The company showed off long rumoured features, new functions and surprised us all with new devices and experiences. Over the course of several Pips I will surmise the announcements and what additional information has surfaced since the event. I am going to start with Windows 10 followed by separate Pips about the changes coming t...

In less than 4 hours #Microsoft will be holding its much speculated about #Windows10 media briefing in Redmond. As to be expected Microsoft is live streaming the whole thing and you can watch it here - http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/

If, however, you are unable to watch the live stream or want additional coverage I will be live tweeting it from http://twitter.com/MichaelGillett I imag...

With less than a week to go until #Microsoft outlines many of its plans for #Windows10 the company has now provided information of how people can watch the event.

The media briefing will begin at 9am PDT (5pm GMT) on Wednesday, January 21st and Microsoft will be live streaming it to a new website - http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/ Once the event is over people who missed it will be abl...