Microsoft’s Cortana

Cortana is Microsoft’s equivalent to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. Cortana is Microsoft’s digital voice assistant that will be available in Windows 10. Cortana voices are going to be customized to the user’s home country. Initially, it will be available in the US, UK, China, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The rest of the world would have to wait. If you like to hear some voice samples, here is Time’s article about Cortana.

Windows 10 Editions

Windows 10 is coming. Not quite as good as Winter is coming, but nevertheless, it will be here this summer.

Microsoft just revealed the 5 different editions.

  1. Windows 10 Home – consumer-focused desktop edition
  2. Windows 10 Mobile – smart phones and tablets
  3. Windows 10 Enterprise – Windows Pro equivalent for medium and large corporations
  4. Windows 10 Education – for administrators, teacher and students
  5. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise – smart phones and tablets for the enterprise

By the way, since my other computer runs Windows 7 Pro, I can upgrade my system to Windows 10 Enterprise.

Cloud Computing Market Share

Cloud Computing is a $20 billion yearly business. In the latest poll, Amazon Web Services dominates the market with a 28% market share. Microsoft Azure is gaining share at 10%, and there’s the rest of the pack lagging behind. Not only that, cloud revenues are increasing yearly. In 2014, cloud computing has gained 48% over the year before.  ReadWrite’s article even mentions Digital Ocean as a favorite for web developers.

Xbox May Be Spying On You

First it was the Samsung TV, now they’re saying your Xbox may be spying on you as well. And it doesn’t stop there, sources are now saying that Microsoft and Apple devices, and Samsung phones are also snooping on their customers.

For the Xbox, Microsoft uses Kinect to activate spoken commands for the console. Unfortunately, Microsoft is able to listen to conversations as well. Read the article.