Windows 10 Details Leaked: Preview Build Reveals Cortana Interaction, Xbox App

By Connor Sears , Updated Dec 15, 2014 05:56 PM EST

The release of Windows 10--Microsoft's next operating system upgrade--is still several months away, but new information about its features is starting to pop up every now and again. This time, a leaked build of the software reveals Cortana functionality and a new Xbox app.

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According to The Verge, the leaked preview build shows the removal of the Windows Control Panel in favor of a beefier Settings app. It also shows that the Windows Store could be planning on absorbing other Microsoft online markets like Xbox Music and Xbox Video into its fold.

Windows 10 is still early in development, but the operating system's Cortana integration looks to provide the same kind of features that Microsoft's voice recognition software offers on Windows Phones. Using their voice, Windows users will be able to set reminders, edit their schedules and get directions, all while staying on their desktop screen.

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Also new to Windows is an Xbox app that should let gamers on Windows keep up with the goings-on of their Xbox Live account right from their PC. After logging into the app with their Xbox Live information, Xbox players will be able to see their Activity Feed, monitor their friends list, browse through their collection of Achievements and other distractions that will no longer require you to be in front of your Xbox to complete.

Microsoft has announced an event for January 21 that will go into more detail about the consumer experience offered by Windows 10. Xbox boss Phil Spencer will be on hand that day to talk about the future of PC gaming. Windows 10 is expected to launch in the second half of 2015.

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