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Update: Belfiore took to Twitter once again to clarify that existing 7-inch devices will still be able to keep the desktop and take advantage of Continuum (thanks to everyone who tipped us on this).

Even after the recent Windows 10 event and the quantity of new information we received, there are still questions to be asked. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has clarified in a Twitter conversation which devices will see the desktop with Windows 10.

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If there is one thing we like around here it is polls. With an average response of nearly 5,000 votes, you seem to like them too.

Last night, we broke some news about some names that Microsoft is considering for their new Project Spartan browser destined for Windows 10 in the coming months. The names were obtained through a research firm working on behalf of Microsoft to see which ones people seemed to enjoy. There is only one problem: none of them were 'Spartan'.

Interestingly though, all the names began with 'e', which suggests Microsoft is heavily considering a name that evokes Explorer but is still different enough to imply a big change to the browser. Using Microsoft, IE or Internet Explorer before the new name are also under consideration, demonstrating that Microsoft is open to dropping the baggage that 'IE' or 'Internet Explorer' evoke from public perception.

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The Spartan browser, or more accurately understood as 'Project Spartan' is a next-generation web browser for Windows 10. Its main features include being a Store app for dynamic updates, using the older IE11 rendering engine for legacy websites, Cortana integration, and the ability to annotate right on the web page for document sharing.

However, Spartan is not the final name, just the internal codename that Microsoft is currently using for the project. The question is, what will Microsoft call the browser upon its final release? A new report suggests a few names are being kicked around and we have the list.

The information comes from a person who participated in an online survey from a company acting on behalf of Microsoft. Although 'Spartan' was not named specifically, it was referred to in the description including "Writing on webpages", "A built-in digital assistant" and the fact that it is a browser from Microsoft launching later this year. No doubt that the survey is referring to Project Spartan.

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Windows 10 is shaping up to be a big OS shift for many reasons, including the addition of a new web browser codenamed Spartan. Spartan is still very experimental and as such, it is not included in the current Preview for Windows 10. However, bits of the rendering engine can be engaged in the older Internet Explorer 11.

AnandTech forced the new Edge document mode in IE11 through a simple trick using about:flags. They then compared the new rendering engine to legacy IE11, Chrome 40, and Firefox 35. The results are very impressive so far, demonstrating that even in these early stages, what powers Spartan could be quite powerful.

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Yesterday, Microsoft let loose the latest overhaul of the nascent Windows 10 operating system aka build 9926. There are hundreds of changes throughout – some big, some small – but one interesting find you may not yet have noticed is the new OneNote for Office Touch.

Although it was known that the new Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint would not be in this build, the status of OneNote was not heavily discussed. Most of us presumed that the same touch-friendly version of OneNote would be included, but instead we are getting a peek at the new Touch Office version.

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One of the prominent new features in the task bar in the Windows 10 Technical Preview is the Cortana search box to the right of the Start button. It's a really great tool to have close at hand, but, it does also use up quite a bit of real estate. So, it's understandable you might want to make it go away – especially if you can't use Cortana right now.

Fortunately, that's really simple.

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Microsoft caught us off guard somewhat with an earlier than anticipated release of the new Windows 10 Technical Preview. Due to land next week, it pushed out earlier today to Windows Insiders allowing eager enthusiasts to get their own first look at the latest incarnation of Microsoft's operating system.

But, while all insiders can download and install it, that doesn't necessarily mean that they did, or are going to. So, did you install the new Windows 10 Technical Preview?

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One of the many new parts to Windows 10 is the Store. In the latest Technical Preview we get a first look at the redesign. Functionally it's basically the same as the existing Windows 8.1 Store at the moment but with a substantial visual overhaul. Gone is the green and in its place comes flat gray tones.

It's still in beta – as is pretty much everything in Windows 10 right now – so anything and everything is still subject to change. But here's how it looks right now.

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If you are on the brand new build of the Windows 10 January Technical Preview and you are also in the US with US English enabled, you are lucky enough to have Cortana too. Cortana is Microsoft's increasingly universal personal assistant found on the phone and now Windows (she also powers Maps too in a future update).

Did you know Hey Cortana is also available? Found on the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 with the Lumia Denim update (see our demo), Hey, Cortana lets you call up the assistant just using your voice. The feature is disabled by default, but here is is how to enable it.

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If you want to see the brand new Xbox app for Windows 10 but haven't got it installed yet, fear not! Xbox's Larry Hyrb, Major Nelson to you and I, has posted a video tour of the new app with Richard Irving from the engineering team. It's the first time we've had the pleasure of a dedicated Xbox gaming app on Windows – not counting Smartglass, of course – and is something we're really excited to put through its paces.

While there's still a ton of work to be done, there's a lot of good stuff in this early build. Here's what we've got.

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Today, Microsoft pulled a mini surprise by announcing the early release of the Windows 10 January Technical Preview (JTP) to those enrolled in the Windows Insider Program.

Although many of you are already familiar with the Windows Insider Program, and new aspects of the Windows 10 operating system, several of you are also likely to encounter questions and problems about the release. Luckily, we have a solution.

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