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Windows 10 Anniversary preview makes Cortana your phone’s best friend

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Microsoft has released the first preview build of the forthcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update, announced at last week’s Build 2016 expo.

The new build, which is available for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring from today, offers a first look at many of the features explained during the keynote.

Microsoft is debuting some new abilities for Cortana, like the improved integration with Android and Windows Mobile 10 smartphones.

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Users will receive low battery notifications, while they’ll also be able to access a Find/Ring my phone feature that’ll help them find their devices through geo-location. Another boost to Cortana is the ability to share map details across devices.

Today, we’re breaking down one of those barriers by enabling you to access navigation details across devices through Cortana. Tell Cortana “directions to < place>” on your PC and she’ll send those same directions to your phone,” wrote Microsoft’s Gabe Aul in a blog post.

Elsewhere there are new and updated extensions for Microsoft Edge and a brand new Universal Skype app.

Windows 10 users will be able to run the Linux Command line ‘Bash’ natively through Ubuntu on Windows, something heavily touted during the keynote.

There’s also new personalisation options that makers it easier to switch between dark and light modes across the operating system.

Last but not least there are some updated emoji, that fit within the Microsoft Design Language and also abide by the Unicode standard.

For a full run down of the changes coming in the Build 14316, check out the full blog post.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will arrive this summer.

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