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Microsoft enables Cortana with Windows IoT flight 15002

11 January 2017 2

A couple of days ago, Microsoft started pushing Windows 10 PC build 15002 to Fast Ring insiders. The update brought a lot of new features, changes, and fixes but now, it's time for Windows IoT update. Microsoft has now released Windows IoT flight 15002 for Insiders.

The major addition in the latest Windows IoT flight release is that Microsoft has now enabled the Cortana feature. To make use of this, you will need to visit Windows Device Portal -> Settings and select the "Start Cortana on Boot" option. Once this is done, simply restart your device and go to Device Settings -> Cortana & Search Settings. Here, you will have to give your consent for using Cortana and once you do that, you are all set to use Cortana. And if you want to make most of the Microsoft's voice-based digital assistant, you are advised to sign-in.

As for other changes included in Windows IoT flight 15002, here is the official changelog:

  • Changes were made to the GUID of the UEFI file system volume for the DragonBoard
  • Updates were made to Cortana on IoT to address reports of errors when listening
  • Changes were made to the visual layout of Windows Devices Portal (WDP/Web Management)
  • Cortana feature has been enabled. See the Cortana section below for more details
  • The Dragonboard BSP in the provided FFU has been updated to build 2110 as provided by Qualcomm
  • The Windows Device Portal (WDP/Web Management) has been extended to add a quick run portal for IoT Samples
  • A fix was made to the Class Extensions for Hardware Notification (hwnclx) and USB Function (usbfnclx) packages so that they would be included in the default IoT Core images
  • Changes were made to IoTShell to enable waiting for PPKG provisioned package installation to complete
  • Updates were made to the GPIO Interrupt Buffer API
  • Changes were made to Applyupdate.exe to add the blockrebooton/blockrebootoff flags
  • A fix was made to the power state API to ensure the wakeup timer is cancelled upon exiting from connected standby
  • Universal Write Filter (UWF) has been added as an option to the Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD)
  • The BluetoothLE stack has been updated to address the issues seen when calling GattDeviceService.GetCharacteristics
  • Issues with NanoRDP connecting have been addressed

And there are also some known issues with the latest flight:

  • The package version for some inbox applications may not match the installed version
  • NanoRDP does not render correctly on some platforms
  • The MinnowBoard Max firmware 0.93 has a known issue which can lead to network connectivity failure.
  • BluetoothLE paired devices may throw and exception and fail to function properly

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