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Next Windows 10 update touts Cortana’s newfangled language skills

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The next preview version of Windows 10 is now available for some Insiders within Microsoft’s "fast ring".

The headline act is Cortana’s new-found proficiency in languages. Build 14279 features three new languages with regional flair.

The personal assistant now supports Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil) and French (Canada).

In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft wrote: “For each new market and language, the Cortana Team works to develop a custom experience that is relevant in each individual market and language.

“For instance, in Brazil – Cortana is fond of pastéis, which is a common food found in many regions across Brazil. In Mexico, we added local flavor to reflect the accent and language of the country.”

Beyond languages, Microsoft has improved Cortana’s ability to help Windows 10 patrons remember more stuff.

In instances where users don’t have time to set detailed reminders, they can quickly ask Cortana to “remind me.”

In the blog post, the firm added: “With Cortana, you can now save useful information like the name of a book you want to read (ex: “remind me to read [insert book name]”), or a to-do item without a due date (ex: “remind me to wash the car”). You have the option to set specific details such as location, time, and people at a later time so that Cortana will surface it when it's most relevant.”

Related: How to use Cortana

Elsewhere, there’s an updated logon experience that merges the lockscreen and the logon screen into a single background. The change mirrors the experience on Windows 10 Phone devices.

“If you have a custom lockscreen background set, you'll see that it is now used for both the lockscreen and logon screen,” the firm added.

Along with a host of bug fixes, Sway is now integrated within the photos app and there’s a new Xbox beta app featuring a Gamerscore Leaderboard and an updated Featured section.

Are you a fan of Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.

Dead Words

March 4, 2016, 9:34 pm

Hey TrustedReviews, I'm just wondering why you decided to write an article about this particular Redstone Build for the Windows Insider Program? It's hardly the first such built and it isn't all that spectacular.

Micaylah

March 5, 2016, 2:10 pm

One sentence...
Win10 sucks.

kevdog

March 5, 2016, 5:10 pm

One question: are you actually using it?

toboev

March 6, 2016, 8:33 am

What, you should keep upgrading until you're using the version that sucks? Kind of like the Peter Principle?

kevdog

March 6, 2016, 1:52 pm

Learn to use a VM. Or don't comment on things you haven't used. Either way is fine.

Hamish Campbell

March 7, 2016, 9:56 am

Well, I don't want to be pedantic....ok I do...that's only one new language. They already had Spanish and French.

Kalides

March 7, 2016, 4:02 pm

well, perhaps you are not using it, for me windows 10, is so much better than any other OS out there, it is silly. i wonder if you are also voting for trump.

Mosquito

March 8, 2016, 5:04 pm

When I first downloaded windows 10 I experienced a few problems. They seem to have been sorted now and I find it works faster than windows 7 which was my previous setup.

Micaylah

March 9, 2016, 7:40 pm

I'm using it and I have had a pc since they landed in people's homes. Remember DOS? Actually even before that as the Cdn govt had one on everyone's desk by 1985.

I liked 7, and even transitioned to 8.1 rather seamlessly. 10 has too much open content and I have disabled quite a lot of it. It's none of MS business what I do on my comp or where I take my browser. :)

Micaylah

March 9, 2016, 7:41 pm

Yes for a while now.

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