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Microsoft Releases Beta Version of Updated Cortana App for Windows 10

The new beta app, which was originally spotted last month, is now available to testers, and it supports text

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The company is testing a new chat-based UI for Cortana on Windows 10 PCs. Pixabay

Tech giant Microsoft has released a beta version of the updated Cortana app for Windows 10.

The company is testing a new chat-based UI for Cortana on Windows 10 PCs. The new beta app, which was originally spotted last month, is now available to testers, and it supports text and voice queries, The Verge reported on Friday.

These new updates come just days after Microsoft announced it is changing the look of the Xbox One’s Home screen and how one can control the console via Cortana.

In addition to most of the existing Cortana features, the app also supports light and dark themes in Windows, a less intrusive screen for “Hey Cortana” queries, new speech and language models, and better performance.

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Tech giant Microsoft has released a beta version of the updated Cortana app for Windows 10. Pixabay

This new feature is currently being rolled out to Insiders in the US with more regions becoming available at a later date.

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This Cortana app is available in the latest Fast Ring preview of Windows 10, build 18945. It would eventually debut to all Windows 10 users in the first half of 2020, the report added.
(IANS)

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Microsoft Launches Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Preview for Xbox Users

It is time to put Project xCloud to the test in a broader capacity, with a range of gamers, devices, network environments

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Public preview is a critical phase in our multi-year ambition to deliver game streaming globally at the scale and quality of experience that the gaming community deserves and expects. Pixabay

Tech giant Microsoft has finally launched Project xCloud game streaming service preview for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea.

The preview includes four games: Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves.

“Public preview is a critical phase in our multi-year ambition to deliver game streaming globally at the scale and quality of experience that the gaming community deserves and expects,” The Verge quoted Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s cloud gaming chief on Monday.

“It is time to put Project xCloud to the test in a broader capacity, with a range of gamers, devices, network environments and real-world use-case scenarios,” he added.

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The preview includes four games: Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves. Pixabay

The company began accepting sign-ups last month for the preview.

As per report, a user need an Android phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or above with Bluetooth 4.0 support, a Microsoft account, and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controller to use Project xCloud.

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Meanwhile, US based search engine giant Google is all set to launch its Stadia game streaming service in November in 14 countries. (IANS)