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Hackers can summon Cortana to break into Windows 10 PCs

by Tom Warren, The Verge

Cortana on the lock screen has some security exploits.

Microsoft has issued a Windows 10 security update to prevent hackers from breaking into PCs using Cortana. Microsoft’s digital assistant is built into every version of Windows 10, McAfee security researchers discovered it could be summoned from a lock screen to execute malicious software. Any potential hacker would need physical access to a PC, and McAfee details methods to get the digital assistant to index files from a USB drive and execute them.

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Microsoft Cortana is about to become your all-purpose productivity bot

by John Brandon, Venture Beat

Microsoft Cortana has been playing catch-up with Siri and the Google Assistant, but that’s about to change.

The company Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded in 1975 has made no secret of the fact that it intends to become an AI powerhouse. Many of the recent changes in Microsoft Office have been related to productivity automation. You can click a button to create a slideshow in PowerPoint, use the Editor feature in Word to improve your writing, and find out whether you spend too much time processing email in Outlook (using Microsoft MyAnalytics). Continue reading Microsoft Cortana is about to become your all-purpose productivity bot