Microsoft Is Planning To Turn Windows 10 PCs Into Amazon Echo Competitors to Eventually Connect to Smart Devices as a HomeHub #AceNewsDesk – @AceFriendsNews


#AceNewsDesk – May.14: Speaking of Amazon’s Echo devices, it appears Microsoft also wants a slice of this nascent market #AceNewsDesk

Microsoft Is Planning To Turn Windows 10 PCs Into Amazon Echo Competitors Published on May 09, 2017 at 08:40AM Verge’s Tom Warren claims that Microsoft has been working on a feature for Windows 10 that would allow it “to better compete with devices like Amazon’s Echo.” Dubbed HomeHub, the feature is designed to create “a family environment for a PC with shared access to calendars, apps, and even a new welcome screen.” He adds: Microsoft is even planning to support smart home devices like Philips’ Hue lights, to enable Windows 10 to act as a hub to control and manage smart home hardware.

While we’ve heard about HomeHub before, The Verge has obtained internal concepts of exactly how Microsoft is imagining HomeHub will work. The major addition is a new welcome screen that includes an “always on” digital corkboard to let families use to-do lists, calendars, and notes.

The welcome screen is really designed for kitchen PCs and new smaller hardware with screens that will support Cortana voice commands from across the room.

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Microsoft will make its Edge browser faster in the next Windows 10 update #AceNewsDesk – @AceFriendsNews


#AceNewsDesk – May.14: Microsoft is focusing on performance and responsiveness for its Edge browser in the next major Windows 10 update #AceNewsDesk

Microsoft will make its Edge browser faster in the next Windows 10 update // The Verge reported during a developer session at Build recently, the software giant outlined its priorities for the next release as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Top of the list is making sure opening and closing tabs are a lot smoother. If you’re familiar with Edge, you’ll probably be aware of the slight lag when opening a new tab and typing a URL occasionally. It spoils the experience, and Microsoft is aiming to eliminate this.

Alongside performance improvements, there are some subtle design changes on the way. As part of Microsoft’s Fluent Design System, we’ll start to see some more modern design touches in Edge. A new favorites animation is part of that, alongside visuals for when you click on objects in Edge. Most of the changes are really minor on the design side right now, but Microsoft clearly has bigger overall plans with the Fluent Design System to gradually overhaul its Windows user interface.

Microsoft is also bringing progressive web apps (PWAs) to Edge. Google engineer Alex Russell coined the PWAs term, and they’re essentially websites that progressively become apps. That should mean that websites will be able to offer more app-like experiences in the future, with improved notifications and offline support. It’s still early days for PWAs, but it’s encouraging to see that Microsoft is ready to support them.

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