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Windows 10 preview lets Cortana play music, turn off your PC

The voice assistant can also figure out what song is playing.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
December 8, 2016
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Cortana is the star of a big new Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Microsoft says that voice control of your PC was one its "top requests," so the latest update now lets you shutdown, restart, lock or sleep your system using the voice assistant. You can also use natural language to play music on two apps (iHeartRadio and TuneIn) by saying "Play Drake on iHeartRadio," for instance. Once the music starts, you can use your voice to control playback and volume.

If you request a song or genre without specifying the app, it'll remember the last one you used and play it from that. It also lets you find a track name from any music app by saying, "hey Cortana, what song is playing?" Finally, when you say, "hey Cortana," from an unlocked PC that's been idle for over 10 seconds, the app will load in a new full-screen mode, showing information like the weather.

The update also includes support for 19 more games in full-screen mode with the Windows Game Bar (including Battlefield 1, Fallout 4 and Dark Souls III). You'll also get new Windows Ink features, additional Edge extensions, a new Windows Defender dashboard, updated Narrator features, more Windows Update options and new rendering tech for Universal Windows (UWP) apps. In other words, it's a pretty big update -- check the Windows Blog for more information, or, if you're on the Insider track, you can now get it directly. As usual, beware of the release's beta nature and the bugs that entails.

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