Cortana Learns New Languages, Tricks – PC Magazine

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Microsoft on Friday announced details of the next Windows 10 update, which brings improvements for Cortana, a new log-on experience, and a few other goodies.

Windows 10 Bug ArtThe update—Build 14279—is rolling out today to Windows Insiders in the “Fast” ring, with three new languages for Cortana — Spanish for those in Mexico, Portuguese for Brazil, and French for Canada.

“For each new market and language, the Cortana team works to develop a custom experience that is relevant in each individual market and language,” Microsoft said. “For instance, in Brazil—Cortana is fond of pasteis, which is a common food found in many regions across Brazil. And in Mexico, we added local flavor to reflect the accent and language of the country.”

Microsoft encouraged those running the Windows 10 Insider Preview in these languages to give Cortana a try, and provide feedback about how it works.

With this update, Cortana can also help you save information you need to remember. Just say, “remind me to read [that book everyone has been talking about]” or “remind me to wash the car” and Cortana will make sure you don’t forget. You can set specific details like a location, time, and people if you wish, so that Cortana will surface your to-do when it’s most relevant. You can view and edit these in the same place you see your reminders in Cortana today.

Meanwhile, if you have a custom Lock screen background set, you will now see this image on the login screen as well, Microsoft said. Besides that, Microsoft is integrating its Sway tool with the Photos app in Windows 10, letting you quickly turn your albums into interactive, Web-based presentations. You’ll be able to easily add section headers, text narration, cations, and other details to add some pizazz to your images. Plus, an update to the beta Xbox app for Windows 10 will include some new features like a Gamerscore Leaderboard and an updated “Featured” section.

Cortana Learns New Languages, Tricks – PC Magazine