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Microsoft unveils Project Spartan and previews free Windows 10


Microsoft on Wednesday previewed the latest pre-release build of Windows 10 and unveiled the new browser that will replace Internet Explorer. The January Technical Preview Build includes Cortana integration and is available to users for download.2015-01-23-image-8

The new browser has been code-named Project Spartan while the early builds will include a new Start menu with full screen features. Cortana, the voice-based assistant will be added to the taskbar and can search the web, access settings and files through voice inputs. Office applications will be touch-enabled and the Settings menu has been revamped, making it quite similar to the Control Panel.

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“A lot of this is about making a sharper message to the consumer,” said Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on the early preview build.

The pre-release build of Windows 10 will also bring in new Xbox, photo, Maps apps and Windows Store Beta. Based on the internal feedback of the company, minor bugs like non-working of Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock have been fixed. Microsoft has added an option to choose the default folder while opening File Explorer and has changed the working of ALT+TAB.

However the update will not include the new Spartan browser that will support Music Locker based on OneDrive. Users will be able to annotate websites using touchscreen and can send and share comments through social media. Microsoft stated that Windows 10 will be provided for free to Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Phone users during the first year of sale.

Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President mentioned that the software will be distributed as a service to keep the customers’ versions up to date and supported. The company has not announced the release of Windows 10. The latest version is expected to be user-friendly unlike the confusing Windows 8 which had a combination of touch and mouse/keyboard based usability.

Check out the Windows 10 experience video below:

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