Previously called Spartan, Windows 10 has a new name Microsoft Edge. The web browser is designed to put websites in the frontline and eliminate everything else — including icons and menus that could potentially slow page loads.
Microsoft Edge is “a browser built for doing” with “built-in note taking and sharing” a slide stated. As proof, Edge will support extensions that are designed for Firefox and Chrome with just a few modifications.
Microsoft Edge also has its voice assistant Cortana directly integrated. While Cortana will be baked into Windows 10 at a system-wide level, it will work a little differently in Microsoft Edge. For starters, Cortana in Microsoft Edge doesn’t talk to you at all. When you type certain keywords into the address bar or select topics on a website, it’ll jump into action, serving up relevant information such as the weather, maps and other extras in a window pane. Microsoft Edge will replace Internet Explorer. With Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge, Microsoft finally has a clear strategy for winning back users who turned to Firefox & Chrome.
Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government’s hand on issues such as privacy, data security, and advertising.
The $61 million used for lobbying between the ten companies is an increase of 16 percent since 2012, in which they spent a collective $52.78 million. 2013’s biggest spender remained Google, but the $14.06 million the search giant put towards Washington was actually a decrease in outlay of 14.7 percent from the previous year, when it was the target of an antitrust investigation. The firm’s lobbying costs looked to be trending upwards at the end of 2013: after a decrease in relative third quarter spending, Google’s fourth quarter expenses rose from $3.35 million to $3.98 million. In November, the Facebook CEO took his political advocacy to ABC’s This Week, discussing NSA surveillance and directly criticizing the government’s Healthcare.gov.
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