Demo: Chitchat with Cortana in Windows 10 JTP Build 9926

Here’s a demo showing how Cortana responds to fun queries. This video demonstrates mostly chitchat. I also tried to demonstrate the “Hay Cortana” feature, but, sadly, I had no luck. Anyway, enjoy!

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PSA New Windows 10 Build in few Weeks

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We have a quick public service announcement to let you all know that a new Windows 10 Technical Preview build is due in a few weeks. The information comes from Microsoft’s Gabe Aul, who works in the Windows Division to help make Windows 10 a reality. He notified one user via reply that a new build is arriving soon. Continue reading

Windows 10 Media Controls for Desktop Apps

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In Windows 10, Microsoft seems to be extending the modern media playback controls to desktop apps. In Windows 8, if you changed your PC’s volume using a hardware volume button on you device or on the keyboard, you got an on-screen volume control display. If you had a modern (Windows Store) application playing a media file, you got an on-screen playback controls in addition to the volume control. This feature was mostly aimed at touch tablet devices running Windows. It is also similar to how Windows Phone behaves. With Windows 10, this functionality seems to be extended to desktop applications as well. Continue reading

Enable the New Engine in IE in Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879

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Windows 10 comes with an updated version of Internet Explorer that includes a new rendering engine, and in Build 9879, we can switch between the old and new rendering engines. Brad Sams from Neowin notes that, according to his sources, Internet Explorer in Windows 10 will ship with two different engines. One will be the engine from IE11 and will have legacy components to allow older websites to work and the other will be an updated engine that is more lightweight and modern. Sams explains that website in compatibility mode will use the older engine while everything else will use the newer engine. Continue reading

New Windows 10 Public Preview Build is Coming Soon

Microsoft had released Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview on October 1. The build number was 9841, which was compiled sometime in mid September. If you are running the Windows 10, prepare to het a newer build any day, now. Continue reading

Announcement: New Partnership with Windows on Windows

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Hi, this is Nazmus Khandaker, the associate administrator of McAkins Online. I have some great news to share with our readers. I am pleased to announce a new partnership with Windows on Windows.

Windows on Windows is a YouTube series that explores the development of Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is run by a user named MajorSky17. He takes beta builds of various releases of Microsoft Windows and does a demonstration of them through videos on YouTube.

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Internet Explorer Dev Channel and more for the week of June 16, 2014

Internet Explorer Dev Channel and more for the week of June 16, 2014

A lot happened this week. Microsoft releases Internet Explorer Developer Channel. Facebook Beta for Windows Phone gets a big update. Surface Pro 3 is now on sale. Amazon announces a phone about which I couldn’t care less. Let’s get to it! Continue reading

False Alarm! Office 365 Preview Doesn’t Expire Yet

I posted a couple of days ago of the potential that Office 365 preview that Microsoft launched last summer would expire today. However, it appears that we had a false alarm! A news reporter of Neowin.net, John Callaham, noted that different people were seeing different expiration dates for Office 365 preview. Newoin, hence, contacted Microsoft about the issue. Microsoft had this to say:

Your trial will not expire but in fact renew automatically. However, the trial will still expire 60 days after the next version of Office becomes available…..people who see the notification in their billing section will not have to reset anything, it will be done automatically. If people have not checked the billing site until now then they wouldn’t have known that something similar has happened in previous months.

I apologize for any inconvenience you may have had. You can still continue to use Office 365 preview or download a trial version of Office 2013 Professional Plus for free until the final version of Office 2013 and Office 365 ships.

Source: Neowin.net

Beta Test Meto Style Clock App for Windows 8 Before it Hits the Windows Store

Metro Style ClockWant to play with Windows 8 metro style apps that are not yet on the Windows Store? Here’s your chance. You can download a simple clock app for Windows 8. it is a metro style app, and not a desktop app. It is in its pre-beta stage. You can test this app before it hits the Windows Store. Continue reading

Your Guide to Getting Started With Windows 8: Tutorial 1

This is a quick tutorial to help you get started with Windows 8 with the basic features, especially with the new Metro environment. Windows 8 sports a new user experience that radically changes the way we use our PC since 1995, and, so, let’s touch up on the new ways to interact with Windows 8 and its apps! This tutorial shows you how do this with mouse, keyboard, and touch. But first, here’s a quick video demo from Microsoft!

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Facebook is Finally Rolling Out Timeline to Everyone! [UPDATE: Roll Out Has Commenced!]

According to the facebook’s official blog, facebook will finally start rolling out its new, hot, feature called Timeline, to everyone. Facebook said that they started enabling timeline for everyone in New Zeland yesterday, December 7, and will roll it out globally in the “near future”.

Facebook, in their blog, also mentions that “over a million people have signed up for the developer beta to access Timeline.” Now, that’s a good sign that it is going to be a good update. I, personally, love this feature, and, perhaps, you will/do too!

If you haven’t seen or heard about the new timeline, go here to see a preview. It will demo almost everything you will need to know about timeline.

[UPDATE:] Facebook has now rolled out the timeline view to everyone. If you still haven’t gotten it for one reason or another, Mashable has guide to help you out. Click here for it.