Windows 10 Mobile is about to get more intelligent than ever
Microsoft finally appears to be getting back behind Windows 10 Mobile.
The PC giant has released a range of new updates for its smartphone software that it hopes will improve the user experience for its mobile fans.
Windows 10 Mobile has endured a torrid few months as bigger competitors such as Android and iOS streak ahead.
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The new features are included in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, which is available to download now for users signed up to Microsoft’s fast ring circle.
Build 15025 looks to make Windows 10 Mobile devices smarter than ever before, thanks to a couple of useful update to the company’s Microsoft Edge browser.
The program is now able to speak to Windows 10 Mobile users thanks to a new “read aloud” button.
Similar to Apple’s Siri feature, Microsoft Edge will now be able to read out your e-books, which were enabled on Windows 10 devices earlier this year.
Simply open up the document you were ready, and press the “read aloud” button in the top-right corner to start.
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The update also allows Microsoft Edge to show off full-colour emoji for the first time when visiting websites.
The includes the newly-updated list of emoji released recently, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy all your favourites on your Windows 10 Mobile device.
The news followed a similar release for Windows 10 PC devices earlier this week, which also brought a number of improvements to Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge now boasts a new tab management feature that lets users save and restore sets of tabs.
It can also preview open tabs with a variety of visual thumbnails, something which is sure to make life easier if you're used to juggling a plethora of tabs.
Extensions are also bound to improve following the latest release, with Microsoft now allowing third-party developers to access 30 per cent more features than in its initial release of Microsoft Edge.
And following the update to Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft Edge will also support 3D content.
Microsoft brought e-books to its Edge browser earlier this week
Yesterday, the BBC revealed that it would be closing the Windows Phone version of its iPlayer app within the next few weeks.
Microsoft does not reveal how many Windows 10 Mobile devices it ships each year, but its latest earnings call stated that a revenue group entitled "More Personal Computing" dropped some five per cent year over year due to “lower phone revenue”.
However Microsoft will be hoping to turn around its dwindling market share with the long-rumoured Surface Phone.
The Intel-powered smartphone is expected to ship alongside the next blockbuster update to Windows 10 Mobile, dubbed Redstone 3.
Surface Phone is believed to be a flagship smartphone with an industrial design similar to the Surface Book and Pro 4 tablet, along flagship-level materials and a premium price tag to match.