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Build 2014, Day 1: The highlights, the surprises

Melissa Riofrio | April 4, 2014
Announcements include Windows 8.1 updates, Cortana, new windows phones from Nokia, HTC and Samsung, and IE11 goes multi-platform.

Windows will come to other... things
Microsoft staked its claim on the Internet of Things, announcing an upcoming Windows on the Internet of Things that could operate, oh, pretty much anything, Microsoft's Terry Myerson claimed.

Whereas Windows for the PC has a reputation for getting bigger and more unwieldy with every iteration, Windows of the Internet of Things will be as small as it can be. "What kind of devices are possible when a PC runs on something the size of an eraser?" Myerson asked, rhetorically. No further details at the moment, other than that it'll be completely free.

Microsoft needed to take bold steps to regain precious ground, and the company came through. Big changes coming to Windows and Windows Phone, plus improvements to key products like IE, address many user and developer concerns and set a promising course for the future. And the conference has barely started! Watch for more updates.


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