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Microsoft’s Nadella Previews Windows 10, Unveils New Web Browser

The Microsoft logo prior to a meeting in Beijing.

The Microsoft logo prior to a meeting in Beijing.

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Microsoft Corp., seeking to use the next version of its Windows software to win back consumers and keep business customers happy, gave a detailed look at the new operating system and took the wraps off a revamped Web browser.

At an event Wednesday to preview Windows 10, the new iteration of its flagship personal-computer software, Microsoft showed the browser that will succeed Internet Explorer, code-named Project Spartan. The update to Windows, coming later this year, will also bring Cortana, the voice-activated digital assistant, to PC desktops, and will have touch-enabled Office applications such as Word and Excel built-in for smartphones and tablets.