Welcome to the Configure Applications with Microsoft Edge and Cortana Practice Lab. In this module, you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Manage Microsoft Edge
  • Exercise 2 - Configure Cortana

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Configure settings and learn new features of Microsoft Edge
  • Get familiar with Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Configure native applications and tools - Configure Microsoft Edge, configure Cortana

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Manage Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 introduces Microsoft Edge as the new web browser which replaces Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Edge is faster than IE as it provides a consistent interface across all the Windows 10 devices with the use of synchronization feature. Therefore, web browser settings remain the same when using other devices that run Microsoft Edge such as tablets, laptops, and phones. To get the most out of the synchronization of favorites, reading list, top sites and other settings across Windows devices, you must configure Microsoft Edge to use a Microsoft account like outlook.com or your work account.

Microsoft Edge user interface is remarkably lightweight with new and improved features such as:

Reading list feature that simplifies the web page layout view without the clutter. This is a good feature that lets you read long documents without the usual distractions like navigation bars and banners. Hub feature consolidates the Browser History, Downloads, Favourites, Reading List and so on. Add Notes feature provides tools to create notes, drawings, highlight web pages and so on. In this exercise, you will learn how to manage Microsoft Edge settings such as Reading list, how to share a web page, work with annotations and explore other features to customize your experience when working with the newest web browser.

Exercise 2 - Configure Cortana

Cortana is Microsoft’s voice-driven virtual assistant that made a leap from the Windows Phone to the Windows 10 desktop. It helps you set reminders, manage calendar, track schedules of the appointments and even helps you to send text messages. You can communicate with Cortana not through voice alone as you can type to ask the virtual assistant to do something for you.

Upon signing in to Windows 10, Cortana is activated by default. Therefore, you can immediately start using it by clicking in the Type here to search box in the taskbar. If your computer is fitted with audio and microphone, a simple “Hey Cortana” will make the virtual assistant listen to instructions.

To get the most out of the virtual assistant, Cortana must first be enabled to listen to your voice by changing privacy options such as speech, typing and location settings.

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