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Microsoft Upgrades Edge Browser, Cortana at ‘Build’

the software giant also highlighted an Augmented Reality (AR)-based mobile Minecraft game that is in the making and would be revealed on May 17

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Kick-starting the company’s Build 2019 conference at Seattle, Washington, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made major announcements concerning products including Edge browser and Cortana among others.

According to Nadella, the company is not only working an Internet Explorer mode that would make sure Edge works for business users, the company is also making it easier for users to control how sites can track them across the web with three levels of privacy controls, Windows Central reported on Monday.

To facilitate more natural interactions with Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, is software giant has decided to integrate Cortana with new Conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.

“If it works as advertised, the flow of interacting with Cortana will feel like talking to another person, following the conversation through multiple turns,” the report said.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

The announcements further revealed that Microsoft was expanding its app design language — Fluent Design System — developed in 2017 across Windows, Android, iOS and the web to create a consistent app development experience across devices for creators.

“Developers will now be able to take advantage of aspects of Fluent Design, like blur effects and drop shadows, no matter where they build their apps,” the report added.

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As part of an incredibly short teaser at the end of Nadella’s keynote today, the software giant also highlighted an Augmented Reality (AR)-based mobile Minecraft game that is in the making and would be revealed on May 17. (IANS)

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Microsoft Interns Make English Learning App

In addition, the app comes with three games that would help the users practice saved words

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Eight interns from Microsoft’s Garage Intern Team have developed an Android app – Read My World – for people willing to learn the English language.

The app requires and allows users to take a photo to identify an object from a library of over 1,500 vocabulary words, the company wrote in a blog-post on Thursday.

Using syllabification and text-to-speech features, the user can hear and see the spelling of the object as a vocabulary word, then add it to a personal dictionary for practice later.

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The app would let users see the spelling and hear the phonetic pronunciation of identified vocab words.

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Read My World would also give users the option to save photos with corresponding identified word to a personal dictionary for later reference.

In addition, the app comes with three games that would help the users practice saved words. (IANS)