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Continued: MICROSOFT EVENT: Microsoft unveils latest Windows adjustments at San Francisco conference

  • Article by: RYAN NAKASHIMA , AP Business Writer
  • Last update: June 26, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Scan a business card with a camera, and optical-character recognition software can read it and have contact information translated from Spanish into English.

Pall says, "Apps are going to have eyes. They're going to have ears. They're going to have a mouth."

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10:15 a.m.

Microsoft shows off several devices from Lenovo, Acer, Samsung and others. Some cost less than $400. Microsoft praises the ability to bring touch controls to devices at various price points. Microsoft also shows off its own Surface Pro tablet and says all developers at the conference will get one.

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10:10 a.m.

Windows 8.1 will update apps automatically, and the Bing search engine will recommend new ones for you based on what you've used before.

Windows 8.1 also supports 3-D printing. On stage, Leblond starts printing a vase using a MakerBot device.

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9:50 a.m.

As previously announced, Windows 8.1 offers more ability to run multiple apps at once. With Windows 8, you can have two — one taking two-thirds of the screen, and the other the remaining third. The update no longer constrains you to that split, restoring functionality available with past versions of Windows. You're also no longer constrained to just two apps.

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9:45 a.m.

Larson-Green says Windows 8.1 revamps search so that it's not just a list of links, but all the things you can do. Search for a band, and you get that band's music along with cover art and links to its website. You can hear a snippet through Xbox Music if you don't already own that song.

Windows 8.1 also has picture editing built in and the ability to do a video chat over Skype from the lock screen. You can also see a slideshow of your photos from that screen. She says Microsoft is making all programs much easier to get to.

There's also a hands-free mode, which can be useful while cooking. Instead of touching the device with messy hands, Microsoft says, you simply wave your hand over the camera to flip through a recipe.

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