Windows 10 news recap: Cortana joins the set up experience, leaked 14997 build and more

Welcome back to our Windows 10 news recap. We are continuing the trend of our weekly “Windows 10 news recap” series where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Leaked Windows 10 build 14997 brings new features and changes

Despite it being Christmas Day, Windows 10 build 14997 from an internal development branch has been leaked online. With this build, several improvements are made to the Settings app and Edge, as well as some new features, such as the lower Blue Light mode.

Latest internal Windows 10 builds feature Cortana during set up experience

Cortana is joining the Windows 10 set up process. The latest internal Windows 10 build shows off a new set up experience which allows input both via mouse/keyboard combo, but also via Cortana, allowing Windows 10 to be set up by voice control.

Microsoft’s over-aggressive push with Windows 10 updates “clearly a lowlight for us”

Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Capossela, reflects on what he describes as a “lowlight for” Microsoft, in which the company adjusted the Windows 10 upgrade prompt to trick users into upgrading to the latest version of Windows.

Boku brings carrier billing to Windows 10 devices in France

Windows 10 device users in France are now able to pay for items from the Windows Store via their mobile carrier, thanks to Boku now bringing support for the country. You’ll no longer need to add a credit/debit card or PayPal to make purchases in the store, instead, the amount can just be added to the monthly carrier bill, or taken off of pre-paid credit.

Future “Built for Windows 10” certification will require Precision Touchpads

Quality amongst touchpads on various laptops can vary significantly. Microsoft aimed to address this by creating the Precision Touchpad technology, which many laptop manufacturers took onboard. To further expose this, the company is said to be considering requiring a Precision Touchpad in order for a manufacturer to be able to pass the “Built for Windows 10” certification and show that sticker in their marketing material and on the products themselves.

That’s it for Windows 10 this week. We’ll be back next week with more. Have a happy Christmas!

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