As expected, at the ongoing Build conference 2016 Microsoft has shared details regarding the upcoming major update Windows 10, appearing earlier under the code name Redstone. So, straight to the point – “Anniversary” update (Anniversary update) will be released this summer, all current licensed users of Windows 10 will be able to set it free. By the way, the patch release was announced by the head of Department of Microsoft on development of Windows Terry Myerson.
Mr. Meyerson allowed himself slightly to make fun of Apple, saying from the stage that Microsoft offers everyone, regardless of their devices, “whether it’s a new PC, a 5 year old PC or a completely new Mac, switch to Windows 10. Xbox One owners will also be able to install the update Anniversary Update, which will not only bring application support Windows 10 and Cortana voice assistant, but also transform the game console into a powerful tool for developers.
In the foreground in the Anniversary update is update center Windows Ink and stylus support. Windows Ink is designed to help people better Express their ideas and to work more productively together. Part of this center is a new working environment Ink, which includes the most popular app Ink, as well as tips and tricks. Voice assistant Cortana and Bing search is now closely linked with the technology of handwriting recognition, so every time you write notes “for tomorrow” Cortana creates an event in the calendar, and Bing in order to automate all kinds can find different objects and locations. Environment Ink also includes other extra tools, including a digital scale with the ability to scale and rotation, the opportunity to work on the lock screen. Thus, it is possible to do the outline and create notes without leaving the lock screen.
After its release on iOS, Adobe has added Dropbox in Acrobat Reader for direct transfer of PDF files. Thus, from Acrobat you can upload a file into your Dropbox.
In turn, the Dropbox appears in the item menu to work with PDF files. That is, feedback with Acrobat Reader there is also.
Continuing the theme of new products and features announced by Microsoft during yesterday’s plenary presentation at the Build developers conference 2016, not to mention Microsoft Bot Framework, and new features in Skype. Let’s go in order.
Microsoft Bot Framework is a set of tools, using which, it is claimed, anyone can create their own robot companion. To demonstrate the capabilities of the platform Bot Framework, Microsoft has created a chat bot for Domino. In this example, the chat-bot for Domino software giant demonstrated the possibility of replacing the standard forms for ordering goods or services online more advanced conversational interfaces. This vision places the chat-bots to today’s Internet was outlined before, but Microsoft wants to give everyone the tools to create these robots.
The “brain” for these bots provided by Microsoft will serve as a “cognitive micro-services” — small portions packaged intelligence that will enable robots to understand human language. The base of the platform are old and new developments of Microsoft. It is reported that the number of APIs available for developers increased from 5 to 22. They will all be available for free.
Created using Microsoft Framework Bot bots can easily be added to Skype, Slack, Telegram and many more apps. By the way, already very soon will appear in Skype’s tight integration with voice assistant Cortana.
Using the capabilities of Cortana, Skype users will be able to perform actions such as ticket booking, shopping, planning personal schedules, etc. Also mentioned the possibility of Cortana interaction with other bots, such as bot service delivery. Actually, Skype Cortana will always know the user needs, find the right bots, and then remove them from your contact list. Aside from chat bots Skype will also receive a so-called videobot. Development tools chat bots already available for developers, and videobuy, reportedly, is already running.