Windows 10 - Spartan with integrated Cortana in build 10049

Oostdam logo Windows 10Upgrading towards a newer release on a Windows 10 Technical Preview can be difficult sometimes. Still, as I think this is one of Microsoft's best operating systems ever made and it's still getting better and better as the releases are going better and better, following each other up in a continuous delivery way that I have never seen before from a large company like Microsoft is. This new OS is going to give Microsoft it's boost for the next decade as it will become the single platform form device all over the world, from phone, laptop. personal computer, towards large screens, game consoles and other devices. Mark my word for it!

It has been only last week since Microsoft released a new build version, but finally they did where everyone was waiting for, for a long time. Namely the introduction of the new browser with codename "Project Spartan" with Cortana integration. I even noticed some more changes over this build, but hey, it's stil an Insiders Program and the RTM version isn't here yet. As a Windows 10 enthusiast I will describe most of the new things in this article for you. (New in build 10049 version.)  Have fun reading this article and if you like to give some feedback or want something explained further more, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will write an extra article on the topic in a couple of hours time. 

By default, the old IE browser is still present in this Windows 10 Preview build. Oostdam.Info Ask Cortana in SpartanHowever if you ask Cortana to launch the Project Spartan browser it will immediately, otherwise, start it from the start-menu. One of the features is that you can select a text, and Cortana will look it up for you. That is on Bing of course, which is not as good yet, but hey, how knows..... it might become better, as Cortana is still learning. Alright, I sound a little disappointed and yes I'm as I seem not to be invited or selected for the Insiders Contest for a free trip to Remond, all expenses paid, but maybe I get lucky another time.

Let me talk about some other things that are new in this build.
It's quit a lot this time!
Oostdam.Info - Windows 10 the new Update Screen
The update process showed some different screens during updating. I like them a lot I must admit. Finally getting ride of that old, very old style of a percentage updating which I've seen for more than 20 years now. This is new, with a clear progress circle and the sub-processes, with their different percentages, in the bottom of the screen. And certainly a big improvement in the visual way!

Okay, back to new stuff in the Spartan browser project now, as that is the most important thing in this new build release of course.
Oostdam.Info - Windows 10 Spartan Web Note
The highest visible change is the web note function. There are more, certainly underneath, but this is the most visible.
Clicking on the web-note button, provides you a purple colored toolbar that allows you to draw, annotate, highlight and comment on webpages. I showed them all in the picture above here for you. This is very handy on editing or reviewing webpages of course, but it's getting better! You are also allowed to share this page, including your notes with friends, Onedrive, OneNote or towards your reading list. Very, very handy indeed! I love it already! Selecting, copy and pasting parts of the page is still possible as well. 

Let's see how far we get with this article this evening, and I'll finish the rest of this article tomorrow evening :-) 

Have fun! Using Microsoft Windows 10 !

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Ben Oostdam picture - afbeeldingBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Started shortly with Windows NT 4, worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior System Engineer for a High Quality service organization in the Netherlands.

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