Microsoft gives Bing users a taste of its Cortana personal assistant

Microsoft's personal assistant Cortana was designed to make Windows Phone smarter and more helpful, but its features won't be limited to smartphones. Today the company announced that Bing now offers some of the same features that make Windows Phone 8.1 feel more "personal." New cards that appear on Bing's homepage will track news headlines, local weather, flight status, and stock performance...

Clippy replaces Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 Easter egg

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 update was released only yesterday, but Cortana users have already discovered a number of funny responses from Microsoft's new personal digital assistant. The best Easter egg is the return of Clippy, Microsoft’s assistant from Office. While Clippy doesn’t fully replace Cortana, he will show up temporarily if you ask "do you like Clippy?"

Other "chit chat" responses include "do you like Steve Ballmer?" to receive a developers, developers, developers reference, or "do you like Satya Nadella?" to get Cortana’s take on Microsoft’s new CEO. Cortana will also respond to "tell me a story" or "tell me a joke" with equally witty responses. "What’s the best phone?" provides one of the more Halo-like responses. Cortana is part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update which is now available for developers to download and install.

One of many funny responses

The most hated browser in the world is finally dead

After the release of Windows XP in 2001 and for a few years that followed, Internet Explorer 6 was the biggest, most important browser in the world. And for longer, it has been the buggy browser that's overstayed its welcome. Microsoft announced it would support IE6 through April of this year back in 2009, and today (along with XP and Office 2003) is the last day Microsoft will provide updates. Unless you're an old user who couldn't care less or are somehow nostalgic for a broken web, it's...

Microsoft announces professional-grade Skype TX for broadcast industry

Skype has been an essential tool in the production of podcasts and newscasts for years, and today Microsoft has announced a professional-grade version of the app designed specifically for the media industry. It's called Skype TX and is intended to be used in studio environments; you won't be using this to record a podcast in your bedroom. Skype TX is described as an "easy-to-use hardware and software combination that allows Skype video calls...


Microsoft is finally catching up to the future

"We started out as a company that was focused on developers…we’re again in that era now," proclaimed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage at the company’s Build conference last week. The stakes are high: long renowned for its great relationship with developers, Microsoft is now watching them slip away. Last week’s dev-focused event was Nadella’s chance to prove that he would fight to win them back. In this moment of crisis, he stands...

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