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Leaked screenshots reveal an early version of Cortana in Windows 9. Microsoft has plans to release the first beta of Windows Technical Preview on September 30.

Back in April, Microsoft introduced its personal digital assistant, Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1. And yesterday, the German site WinFuture.de caught a glimpse of Cortana in Windows Technical Preview Build 9834.

The website has published a series of screenshots, highlighting Remind Me app that sets reminders based on location, time and person’s details. To no surprise, it is a part of “Satori” knowledge repository powered by Bing.

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However, Cortana in build 9834 is limited with mediocre user interface, and perhaps, it may be available worldwide/or select regions when Threshold hits RTM milestone. Likewise a version of Windows Phone 8.1’s digital assistant, Microsoft will continue to improve Cortana at backend and push updates regularly. So it’s no secret that the search button, placed next to Start button, is the Cortana launcher.

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Speaking of leaks, Microsoft has been hard at work and will bring virtual desktops feature and other noteworthy things from Windows Phone 8.1 including Storage Sense, Wi-Fi Sense and Notification Center. Besides, Microsoft has already previewed a new version of Start Menu for desktop users alongside window-ed modern apps at Build 2014.

And lastly, Microsoft sent out invites the press for its Windows 9 event on September 30 in San Francisco, where a lot of changes and features are inbound for consumers and enterprises.

Is Cortana going to be the next big thing? Share your thoughts in comments.

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