Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10049 this week, and while there are some minor feature updates and bug fixes, the story that’s stealing the show is Project Spartan. Here’s a visual tour of it’s features and some of what to expect.
Highlight a word or phrase on a webpage, right-click and get more information from Cortana
Cortana in Project Spartan
Cortana is built-in with Project Spartan and runs in the background. And with it, when you highlight text, and select Ask Cortana, a pane pops out from the right, and it can find a lot of helpful information without leaving the page or opening another tab. For example, in the screenshot below I typed: Amsterdam
And it gives me basic data from Wikipedia, the current weather, points of interest, a map of the city, and much more.
Keep in mind that this is the first version of the new browser that’s been made available to Windows Insiders, so you can expect missing features, bugs, crashes…etc.
Microsoft explained where the browser is at in its blog post announcing the first build of its new web browser:
It’s important to note we’ll have more features and many improvements coming to Project Spartan before we make it broadly available. This preview is NOT a polished, ready-for-everyone release.
Have you been testing Windows 10 and been playing around with Project Spartan? If so, leave a comment below and tell us what you think. And, if you’ve found some cool features or tricks, let us know that too.