31 Aug 2017

This Week on Windows: IFA 2017, Wonder Woman and more

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! In case you missed it, catch up on the news coming out of IFA this week, check out our Windows 10 Tip on five ways to personalize notifications on your PC – or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store.

In case you missed it:

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

Race to the finish line in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

Forza Motorsport 7

In the final week of the “Forza Motorsport 7” Garage, you can check out cars that span more than 50 years of racing history, all of which you’ll be able to explore, customize and drive in “Forza Motorsport 7.” From the early days of racing history to modern high-tech marvels, this lineup is drawn from nearly every major racing series in the world.

The game includes classic racers like the 1966 Ford #2 GT40 Mk II Le Mans and the 1991 Mazda #18 Mazdaspeed 787B, among many others legendary race cars. Fans will also experience the latest technology and designs from Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, Aussie V8 Supercars and Formula E.

Head over to Xbox Wire to check out the cars unveiled during the last week of “Forza Motorsport 7” Garage and an infographic that encapsulates the diversity and breadth of the game’s more than 700 car lineup, and, as always, stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for the full list of announced cars that you will find in Forza Motorsport 7 when it becomes available on Sept. 29 for Ultimate Edition, and Oct. 3 for Standard and Deluxe Editions.

ReCore Definitive Edition

ReCore Definitive Edition ($19.99) launched this week, adding enhanced visuals (increased resolution and HDR support), a brand-new adventure, “Eye of Obsidian”, new weapon modes for Joule, new gear for all Corebots, more enemy types, the long-awaited T8-NK Corebot (“Tank”) and many other gameplay and performance enhancements. New players get the entire package as either part of Xbox Game Pass or for $19.99 from the Microsoft Store or your favorite retailer, while owners of the existing ReCore game will receive the “Eye of Obsidian” adventure, the T8-NK Corebot, and all the other enhancements, for free, as an online update.  Read more about today’s news over at Xbox Wire!

Wonder Woman

 Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Amazon princess. Raised in a secluded paradise as a fierce warrior, Diana receives news of a terrible war in the outside world and leaves her home behind to join the fight. Wonder Woman ($29.99 UHD, $19.99 HD, $14.99 SD) is available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store three weeks before Blu-ray – watch Patty Jenkins’ highly acclaimed blockbuster today!

Labor Day Sale

Labor Day Sale

Summer may be ending, but these deals are heating up with the Labor Day Sale! Save up to 65% on hit new releases, movie bundles, and TV season passes. Don’t miss amazing deals on titles like Kong: Skull Island, Logan, and Fear the Walking Dead. Shop the Labor Day Sale now through Sept. 4 in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Groove Music Labor Day Deal

 Groove Music

Get the Groove Music Labor Day Deal through Sept. 4! Buy 1 month for $9.99, get 2 FREE 3-month promo codes. Give a code a to a friend or keep for yourself and start listening to your favorite end of summer hits.

Have a great weekend!

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31 Aug 2017

Best practices for using video ads in Windows apps

Author: Anusha Subramanian
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Interstitial videos are a highly engaging ad format that, if used right, have much higher monetization potential as compared to more traditional ad formats. Interstitial videos are typically 15-60 seconds long and take up the full screen space, getting the user engaged in the brand or app being advertised and result in much better conversions compared to standard ad formats.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for using interstitial videos in your app for maximum yield:

DO’s

  1. Have a clear user experience defined in the app or game to the point where the video ad is shown – Since the video ad overlays the app screen completely, it must be used with caution and should never disrupt the user during game play or app usage. Typical examples of usage of interstitial ads are in between game levels or switching to a new tab in a content app.
  2. Set the ad unit mediation configuration to ‘Automatic’ – This allows Microsoft to determine the best waterfall order of ad units for every incoming ad request, giving developers maximum revenue potential from their apps.
  3. Maintain good viewability of the video ad – The Media Ratings Council defines video viewability as, “At least 50% of the pixels in the ad are on an in-focus browser tab on the viewable space of the browser page; the pixel requirement is met for at least two continuous seconds or more at any point in the ad.” Many advertisers only pay when the impression is viewable, for better yield and to avoid fraud. Make sure that when you display the video ad in your app, it plays fully and is not hidden under any other screen in the app.

DON’Ts

  1. Pre-caching for long time periods – Video ad demand is transient by nature. An ad that is available at a given moment may not be available to play a few seconds later from the same ad provider. Given this, app developers should minimize the ad pre-fetch to less than 8 seconds before they are ready to display the ad in the app.
  2. Fire multiple requests repeatedly – In case of a No Ad response, it is recommended that the developer should not fire multiple ad requests constantly. By firing multiple requests and not showing an ad when available, the ad unit becomes more likely to get marked as low quality, further decreasing the chances of getting an ad in the future. Make the next ad request only when it is aligned with the user flow in the app or game and you are ready to show an ad again.

We are working closely with our partner ad networks to bring the best demand to Windows apps and improve fill rates and monetization for our publishers. To know more about adding video ads in your apps, read the article here. Stay tuned for more announcements in this space!

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30 Aug 2017
30 Aug 2017

IFA 2017: ASUS announces Windows Mixed Reality headset and new laptops with Windows 10

Author: Mollie Ruiz-Hopper
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Let’s take a closer look at these devices:

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset

The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset is powered by Windows 10 and designed to bring you immersive real-world and virtual experiences. It features a beautifully unique design with a pattern of hundreds of 3D polygons and a glossy tone-on-tone effect. Weighing under 400g (less than one pound) and featuring a balanced-crown design that that reduces pressure on the nose and face, the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset is cool and comfortable to wear for extended periods.

The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset features innovative inside-out tracking with two built-in front-facing tracking cameras with 6 degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) position tracking. The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset doesn’t need external sensors or additional software, making the initial setup simple so you’re up and running in minutes.

ZenBook Flip 14

ZenBook Flip 14

ZenBook Flip 14 (UX461) is an extremely thin 2-in-1 laptop with high-performance discrete graphics. Only 13.9mm thin and weighing just 1.4kg, ZenBook Flip 14 features a 360° touch screen and ASUS Pen support, which allow you to do everything from drawing on and highlighting web pages in Microsoft Edge, to drawing on your memories in the Photos app or adding notes to your map route with Windows Ink.

Other features include:

  • The latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, a 512GB PCIe x4 SSD, and a Harman Kardon audio system
  • 14-inch NanoEdge Full HD display
  • Up to 13 hours of battery life
  • Equipped with a fingerprint sensor for quick and secure one-touch login with Windows Hello
  • Available in two stylish colors: Icicle Gold and Slate Grey

VivoBook Flip 14

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 Windows 10 PC

The all-new VivoBook Flip 14 (TP401) is a 14-inch convertible laptop that is just 15.4mm thin and weighs 1.5kg. The device features a NanoEdge design that fits a 14-inch Full HD display into a frame that is the size of a typical 13-inch laptop, giving VivoBook Flip 14 a 74.3 percent screen-to-body ratio and a larger display area for more immersive viewing. The Full HD display has 178˚ wide-view technology and can be used as a laptop, tablet, or anything in between. The 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor that powers VivoBook Flip 14 provides powerful, energy-efficient performance. VivoBook Flip 14 has a clever fanless design that keeps noise levels down, even at full power, so you can conduct presentations or watch movies without distractions. ASUS Pen support enables intuitive interactivity with Windows Ink.

ZenBook Flip 15

ZenBook Flip 15

The all-new ZenBook Flip 15 (UX561) is a powerful and versatile 2-in-1 laptop designed with the convenience and versatility of a 360°-rotatable 15.6-inch display in a stunning new design that is easy to carry anywhere.

Other features include:

  • The latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of fast, 2400MHz DDR4 RAM to deliver up to 2X faster performance than the previous model.
  • Gaming-grade NVIDIA GTX1050 graphics, up to a 2TB HDD and 512GB SSD, USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 and a powerful quad-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
  • NanoEdge 4K UHD or Full HD touchscreen display has 178° wide-view technology and precision-stylus support, perfect for drawing on and highlighting web pages in Microsoft Edge or using with Windows Ink.
  • Available in two colors: Smoky Grey and Pure Silver.

ZenBook 13

The new ZenBook 13 (UX331) is an elegant 13-inch notebook with a stunning crystal-like finish and a sophisticated modern design that places it in a class of its own.

  • Just 13.9mm thin, weighs only 1.12kg and features a slim-bezel 4K UHD NanoEdge touch screen
  • High-performance NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU
  • Powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor — which can be boosted to 3.7GHz when needed — with 16GB RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD

VivoBook S14

ASUS VivoBook S14 Windows 10 PC

VivoBook S14 (S410) is a stylish 14-inch thin-and-light laptop that has an 18.8mm profile and weighs just 1.3kg, perfect for those who are constantly on the go. A premium Icicle Gold or Star Grey finish provides stylish looks and a NanoEdge display with a slim 7.8mm bezel gives users a larger display area for more immersive viewing. VivoBook S14 is powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.

ROG Chimera gaming laptop

ROG Chimera gaming laptop

ROG Chimera gaming laptop with an ultra-responsive 144Hz wide-view display and a 7ms gray-to-gray response time, delivering smooth and seamless visuals never seen before on a laptop. It’s powered by Windows 10 and the latest unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics.

ROG Chimera brings together the best of laptop and console gaming: take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere and enjoy built-in support for Xbox Wireless, which allows you to connect your favorite Xbox accessories to the PC without the need for multiple adapters, and without having to swap controllers when switching between console and PC.

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, the ROG Chimera arrives equipped with native, live game streaming through the Game bar with MixerGame Mode, to battle system resource contention, your gaming community through the Xbox app, DirectX 12 support, and more.

ROG Strix XG35VQ curved monitor

The brand-new ROG Strix XG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440×1440) curved monitor with a 100Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync technology and a 21:9 aspect ratio. It features Aura Sync lighting on the back that can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities.

The brand-new ROG Strix XG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440×1440) curved monitor with a 100Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync technology and a 21:9 aspect ratio. It features Aura Sync lighting on the back that can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities.

Learn more about everything ASUS announced today, and head over to this page on the Windows Blog to follow along with more coming out of IFA.

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30 Aug 2017

New WinDbg available in preview!

Author: Andy Luhrs
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We are excited to announce a preview version of a brand new WinDbg. We’ve updated WinDbg to have more modern visuals, faster windows, a full-fledged scripting experience, built with the easily extensible debugger data model front and center. I’ll start this by saying that WinDbg Preview is using the same underlying engine as WinDbg today, so all the commands extensions and workflows you’re used to will still work just as they did before.

Getting started

I know a lot of you are going to want to dive right in and try it out, so here are the things you should know before doing so.

  • Installation – You can install the WinDbg Preview from the Store if you have Windows 10 Anniversary Update or newer at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/windbg/9pgjgd53tn86 – WinDbg Preview uses some features from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so that’s required for now. The Windows Store lets us release bug fixes and updates to you faster than we’ve ever been able to before, so make sure to stayed tuned to our blog and MSDN to learn the latest about the preview.
  • Feedback – Familiarize yourself a bit with the Feedback Hub! We’ve still got a long way to go before we cover all WinDbg features, and we’ll be using the Feedback Hub to help us prioritize what you want us to work on. The Windows Insider website has a great overview on how to give good feedback – https://insider.windows.com/en-us/how-to-feedback. Once you’ve read that, just hit the ‘Feedback Hub’ button on the home ribbon.
  • Questions – You’re bound to have a lot of questions, so feel free to post them on this blog post, send feedback in the Feedback Hub or tweet @aluhrs13 and I’ll do my best to answer. We’ll be posting an FAQ on our blog sometime in the upcoming weeks.
  • Documentation – We’ve got some early documentation up on MSDN that’s preliminary and subject to change at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=854349. You can give us feedback or propose edits to that documentation by hitting “Comments” or “Edit” on any page. Also keep your eyes on our MSDN blog for more updates and tips.
  • Videos – We went to the Channel 9 studio and recorded a couple episodes of Defrag Tools to help explain some of the basics of WinDbg Preview.
    • Defrag Tools #182 – Tim, Chad and I go over the basics of WinDbg Preview and some of the features
    • Defrag Tools #183 – Nick, Tim and Chad use WinDbg Preview and go over a quick demo
    • Coming Soon – Bill and Andrew walk through the scripting features in WinDbg Preview

What’s New

There are a lot of major changes, some of them under the hood and some of them really obvious. Here are my favorites or the things that people have told me they like the best.

Less intimidating

One of the words people often use to describe WinDbg is “intimidating.” When you first open it, you get a dull gray screen and very little indication of what to do next. Once you’re going outside of the stepping icons, it’s difficult to tell what toolbar button or menu is what you want. With WinDbg Preview, we’ve taken a few steps to make it a bit easier for beginners.

  • Ribbon – Ribbons are great when icons don’t do a great job of describing an action and when there are a lot of different contextual actions that are only sometimes relevant. Right now our ribbon is pretty barebones with the basics, but over time we’ll be adding more ribbons for specific contexts while you’re debugging.
  • Re-worked file menu – The new file menu makes it much more clear which options you have for starting and configuring your debugging session. The attach dialog is much cleaner and more organized now and, there’s even a new option to launch your Store App or background tasks without needing to set it up with PLMDebug.exe.
  • Familiar source windows – Source windows now are better in pretty much every way and should look more like the source windows you’re used to seeing in every other modern editor.

Quality of life improvements

WinDbg has gone a long time without any major quality of life improvements or modernizations. This has led a lot of people to doing registry hacks to get a prettier theme, or having a dozen icons pinned to their taskbar for each thing they debug often. We’ve taken some of these work-arounds and made them easy to access.

  • Dark theme – This one is pretty self-explanatory. A lot of people use dark themes in their editors and then flip over to the glaring brightness of WinDbg. Now it can match!
  • Recent targets – Instead of having to have your KDNET key and IP on a sticky-note on your monitor, WinDbg Preview will now remember all your recent sessions and some of the settings that you had during that session. You can quickly access them again from the recent targets list in the file menu.
  • Various window improvements – Many windows have gone a while without updates or just have glaring bugs. Some of the notable things we’ve done differently are that the disassembly window keeps its highlighting in the right spot when scrolled, and the memory window has better highlighting and scrolling. Many windows are also asynchronous now and loading can be cancelled by running another command.

Data model front and center

Hopefully you’ve heard about the debugger data model by now. If you haven’t check out some of my older blog posts and our MSDN docs linked above. Up until now, the data model was only accessible through JavaScript and the dx command. With WinDbg Preview, we’re putting the data model under the vast majority of what you see, making it much more extensible.

  • Extensible locals and watch – The data model is now powering the locals and watch windows. NatVis and JavaScript extensions that extend the data model will be reflected in those windows. You can even put LINQ queries into the watch window!
  • Model windows – There’s a new type of window called a model window. Model windows will show the results of any model query in a normal hierarchy view or a table. You’ll see in the FAQ that WinDbg Preview doesn’t have a modules window, but you can use a model window to make your own with @$cursession.Modules! This also has the benefit that if you make a JavaScript extension that extends modules, it’ll automatically update your window.
  • Built-in scripting environment – One of the biggest complaints with scripting and extending the debugger is having to go into an IDE to write and iterate on it. With WinDbg Preview you can write and execute your JavaScript and NatVis directly from the debugger. The script window has error highlighting, IntelliSense and easier execution of scripts.

Restrictions and other things worth noting

While we’ve got that big list of what’s new and awesome, this is still a preview, so there’s some things that you should be aware of:

  • At this point in the preview, we’re only offering WinDbg Preview through the Windows Store. That means only devices running Windows 10 Anniversary Update can install it.
  • You might hit errors when trying to do something that requires elevation. You’ll have to manually launch WinDbg Preview elevated.
  • The concept of a workspace is going to be changing a lot. A workspace in WinDbg Preview is vastly different from one in WinDbg. The MSDN documentation linked above has more information.

That’s where we are today. The core experiences are there and we’ll be releasing improvements faster than our normal pace now that we’re shipping from the Windows Store. Please don’t hesitate to send us feedback and feature requests in the Feedback Hub or in the comments below. We want your input as we move forward!

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30 Aug 2017

IFA 2017: Acer announces gaming desktops, all-in-ones and detachables with Windows 10

Author: Mollie Ruiz-Hopper
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These devices light up the best of the Windows 10 Creators Update, including the all-new Paint 3D app and Remix3D.com community, Windows Defender Security Center, Night lightmini view and more. They also arrive built-in with Microsoft Edge for fast and secure browsing, your digital personal assistant Cortana* and comprehensive protection with Windows Defender. With some, you can also login quickly and securely with Windows Hello using a built-in fingerprint reader or draw on your memories in the Photos app and add notes to your map route with Windows Ink.

Let’s take a closer look at these devices:

Acer expands Predator Gaming arsenal with powerful PCs and a 35-inch HDR Monitor

Acer Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktops

Powering virtual reality apps with ease and supporting over 8K UHD, the Acer Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktops feature up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor, up to 4-way AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics in SLI. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can easily take advantage of unlocked frame rate, native, live game streaming with Mixer through the Game bar, DirectX 12 support, join your gaming community with Xbox Live through the Xbox app, and more.

Other features include:

  • Liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0 keep the temperature down while the game heats up. IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management solution that cleverly separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to expel heat.
  • Up to 4-way AMD Radeon RXVega cards to deliver near-photorealistic imagery
  • Up to a cutting-edge Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor and up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory, making computing faster and smoother than ever. Excellent connectivity includes two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C and one Type-A), eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C and seven Type-A), and two USB 2.0 ports (Type-A).
  • Supports three M.2 slots and four PCIe x16 slots provide ample expansion for video cards.
  • Pricing and Availability: The Acer Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktops will be available in North America in December with prices starting at $1,999; and in EMEA in November starting at €1,999.

Acer Predator X35

Acer Predator X35

This 35-inch, 21:9 monitor sports an immersive 1800 curve and a brilliant (3440 x 1440) WQHD resolution. Featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC, Acer HDR Ultra and quantum dot technologies, it also provides the best possible contrast quality with high dynamic range.

  • 4 ms response time and high 200 Hz refresh rate combined with NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • Outfitted with Predator GameView, there are eight pre-set display modes to optimize visuals for different types of action.
  • Acer BlueLightShield technology lets you reduce blue light emissions by selecting from four different filter settings via the OSD menu.
  • Pricing and Availability: The Predator X35 display will be available in Q1 2018

Predator Galea 500 gaming headset

Predator Galea 500 gaming headset

The Predator Galea 500 gaming headset puts you right inside the game, giving you the ability to hear and not just see the exact location of elements within the game. Acer TrueHarmony 3D Soundscape technology recreates the acoustic space based on the orientation of the player’s head, convincing the brain that sound is coming from a fixed direction.

Acer launches new ultraslim, convertible, and detachable devices: the Swift 5, Spin 5 and Switch 7 Black Edition

Acer also expanded its portfolio of ultraslim convertible and detachable devices powered by Windows 10 with the next generation of Swift, Spin and Switch models. The powerful additions all feature the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors, more secure biometric technology supporting Windows Hello, and usability features that provide next-level functionality for both professional use and entertainment.

Switch 7 Black Edition

Switch 7 Black Edition

The pioneering Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is a super-stylish detachable, fanless 2-in-1 notebook for the modern professional who values mobility, performance and stylus input capabilities.

  • Acer’s Dual LiquidLoop technology fanless cooling system
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics
  • Weighs less than 1.15 kg (2.5 lbs.) with the keyboard detached.
  • Features Acer AutoStand: a kickstand that can be auto-deployed and auto-retracted
  • 5-inch IPS display with 2256×1504 resolution
  • Embedded battery-free stylus powered by Wacom EMR technology for more authentic writing and sketching experience with Windows Ink.
  • Supports Windows Hello with an under-glass fingerprint sensor design that allows you to login instantly with just one touch.
  • Pricing and Availability: The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition will be available in North America in December with prices starting at $1,699; and in EMEA in December starting at €1,999.

Swift 5 with Windows 10

Swift 5 with Windows 10

The new Swift 5 with Windows 10 and 8th Generation Intel Core processors is designed for superb portability and solid performance; the elegant chassis weighs less than 1 kg, making it ideal for work on the go.

  • 8-hour battery life and 2×2 802.11ac wireless allows you to work effectively on the go all day – even at night, thanks to the backlit keyboard.The new Swift 5 with Windows 10 and 8th Generation Intel Core processors are designed for superb portability and solid performance; the elegant chassis weighs less than 1 kg, making it ideal for work on the go.
  • Interactive multi-touch Full HD IPS touchscreen and narrow bezel design maximizes the viewing experience.
  • Premium technology provides powerful and clear audio while Skype for Business certification ensures crisp video conferencing and a great experience with Cortana.
  • Pricing and Availability: The Acer Swift 5 will be available in North America in December starting at $999; in EMEA in December starting at €1,099; and in China in November starting at ¥7,499.

Spin 5 with Windows 10

Spin 5 with Windows 10

Lightweight and portable, the Spin 5’s versatile, convertible form factor makes it a perfect platform to create and share content.

  • Easy to carry around, the 13-inch model of the Spin 5 weighs in at 1.5 kg and measure in a 15.9 mm thin, while its 15-inch sibling is just over 2 kg in weight and 17.9 mm thin.
  • Engineered to pack a punch with 8th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, up to 13-hours of battery life, and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics option for the 15-inch model
  • Works with an optional Acer Active Stylus for incredible precision, offering greater control during work and increased usability through Windows Ink
  • Acer’s omnidirectional ExoAmp Antenna optimizes the Spin 5’s antenna position to ensure a stable wireless signal
  • Acer TrueHarmony, Dolby Audio Premium technology and two-front facing speakers for a crystal clear and immersive audio experience; the Spin 5 integrates four array microphones combined with far-field voice-recognition technology that allows users to access Cortana from up to four meters away. This enables them to get quick, hands-free answers, check the weather or traffic, set a reminder, get an overview of their daily schedule, and more—all just by using their voice..
  • Pricing and Availability: The Acer Spin 5 will be available in North America in September with both the 13-inch and 15-inch models starting at $799; and in EMEA in September with the 13-inch model starting at €899 and the 15-inch model starting at €999.

Acer pushes the boundaries of the desktop with new Aspire S24

Aspire S24

Designed with elegance in mind, the ultra-slim Aspire S24 is all-in-one desktop has a display with a side profile of only 5.97 mm – making it Acer’s slimmest ever – a 178-degree Full HD IPS screen, and an ultra-narrow 2.7 mm bezel that provides a 90% screen-to-body ratio for more screen to see.

  • The wireless charging base allows you to seamlessly power their mobile device and supports wireless charging for Qi-enabled devices
  • The latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors with optional Intel Optane memory enables the Aspire S24 to power through everyday tasks with ease, while delivering a smooth computing experience.
  • Wireless connectivity powered by Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC (802.11ac 2×2 MIMO) technology provides fast and reliable network connections
  • 1 channel subwoofer coupled with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology the desktop for a powerful deep base audio experience
  • -5 to 30 degree tiltable display combined with Acer ExaColor technology for accurate colors, and BluelightShield and Flickerless technologies that may help prevent eye fatigue
  • Up to 256 GB SSD and 2TB HDD of storage space
  • Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire S24 will be available in North America in January 2018 starting at $999; and in EMEA in November 2017 starting at €999.

These innovative new Windows 10 devices were unveiled today at the next@acer press event held in Berlin, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions. For more information, visit acer.com/nextatacer.

*Cortana available in select markets.

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29 Aug 2017

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16278 for PC

Author: Dona Sarkar
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Hello Windows Insiders!

Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16278 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring only (not Skip Ahead). As we mentioned in last week, we are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to the world. This means that we intend to release new builds to Insiders more quickly and that these builds will include mostly bug fixes. You’ll notice that this build continues to include a bunch of good bug fixes Insiders will enjoy.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue where upgrading to recent flights would fail if you had a speech for a secondary language installed.
  • We fixed an issue where printing from 32-bit apps running on 64-bit versions of the OS was broken when using v3 print drivers on recent builds.
  • The ability to take HDR screenshots on your PC via the Xbox app has been removed starting with this build. We plan to re-introduce this feature again in the future.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in drag and drop onto websites intermittently not working in Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash after choosing to pin certain websites to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where a tab in Microsoft Edge could get in a state where it displayed a tab preview thumbnail even though your mouse wasn’t hovering over the tab.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge for certain websites where after watching an embedded video full screen then using Esc to return to the page would result in the video controller no longer being visible.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge where pasting an image to Imgur.com from your clipboard wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel’s tooltips could become mixed up.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in precision touchpads potentially dropping gestures after coming out of sleep.
  • We fixed an issue where the battery flyout might incorrectly show “PC not charging” while the device was changing in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue where fonts using shortcuts would become unusable and disappear from the Fonts folder.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in multiple apps crashing in the previous flight if you tried to log into the app using Facebook.
  • We fixed and issue where Delivery Optimization Group Policy / MDM policy for DOMinFileSizeToCache was ignored and the service defaults were used instead.

No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,
Dona <3

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29 Aug 2017

ReCore Definitive Edition available today on Windows 10 and Xbox One

Author: Joseph Staten
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New players get the entire package as either part of Xbox Game Pass or for $19.99 from the Microsoft Store or your favorite retailer, while owners of the existing ReCore game will receive the “Eye of Obsidian” adventure, the T8-NK Corebot, and all the other enhancements, for free, as an online update. Gamers are the center of everything at Xbox, and this Definitive Edition is the result of listening closely to ReCore players about how we could improve and expand a game they love.

On behalf of the entire ReCore team, thank you to all our fans for your enthusiasm and support, and we hope everyone enjoys adventuring through the world of Far Eden. Read more about today’s news over at Xbox Wire!

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29 Aug 2017

Steigenberger Airport Hotel transforms back-of-house operations with Windows 10 IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT

Author: Skand Mittal
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“Room 1484 needs feather pillows……Room 3203 ordered room service and needs another set of flatware. The VIP guests have arrived earlier than expected and their suite is not ready…..”

For hotel management, tracing the appropriate staff members to fulfill the guest’s needs in a timely manner can cause logistical challenges and operational inefficiencies that ultimately affect both the guest experience and the overall business.

In the hospitality industry, it is all about anticipating and accommodating the needs of guests to ensure they feel relaxed and right at home. Stellar customer service comes down to a team of management and staff members who are equipped with the right tools to deliver timely and hospitable service.

In order to improve the communication between the employees, they can now use the new IoT wearable by Trekstor, powered by Windows 10 IoT Core and Microsoft Azure IoT, to help them optimize their back-of-house operations and ensure superior guest experience.

The Trekstor IoT wearable is more than a traditional smart watch. With its lightweight, rugged housing, it will become part of an employees’ daily gear. It is both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, has plenty of storage space and has the processing power and battery life to perform its line-of-business functions.

A Steigenberger Airport Hotel employee uses the new IoT wearable called Smartagent by Trekstor and powered by Windows IoT Core and the Microsoft Azure IoT to help them optimize their back-of-house operations and ensure a superior guest experience.

The first hotel group to adopt this wearable is German-based Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, which operates 56 hotels worldwide and is known for its premium top-notch customer service.

In order to keep up with the demands of customers and maintain its reputation, it is turning costly housekeeping challenges into opportunities by leveraging the SAMFEX property management solution running on the IoT wearable. The Steigenberger Airport Hotel property in Frankfurt is the first to pilot the wearable device.

The wearable allows various functions to be reported to the right place without any communicative detours, and messages can be transmitted silently in real-time or verbally via voice messages. This means that housekeeping can create efficient, real-time, back-of-house operations. At Steigenberger, the management team is generating up-to-the-minute service and cleaning plans so the guests who show up early or the guests who need pillows or flatware can be taken care of in no time thanks to the wearable.

“We have a well-trained, motivated and enthusiastic team, but to get to an even higher level of service, we decided to implement a technology solution that allowed them to perform at an even greater level of productivity.”

— Michael Weil, Manager of Hotel Operations, Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt

A Steigenberger Airport Hotel employee uses the new IoT wearable called Smartagent by Trekstor and powered by Windows IoT Core and the Microsoft Azure IoT to help them optimize their back-of-house operations and ensure a superior guest experience.

Learn more here on how Windows 10 is transforming the Hospitality Industry.

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28 Aug 2017

Windows 10 Tip: Five ways to personalize notifications on your PC

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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To get started, head to Settings > System > Notifications & actions‌ – or, if you’re on a Windows 10 PC, click here to open notifications & actions.

First, send notifications, reminders and alarms directly to the action center by right-clicking action center in your taskbar, then selecting Turn on quiet hours.

Turn on quiet hours.

Stop notifications from showing during a presentation by turning on Hide notifications when I’m duplicating my screen. Or, keep them from showing on your lock screen when you’re not logged in by turning off Show notifications on the lock screen.

Show notifications on the lock screen.

If you’re tired of seeing notifications from a particular app, turn them off next to the app under Get notifications from these senders – or, click on the app for more options.

Get notifications from these senders

You also always have the option to stop getting notifications on your PC by turning off Get notifications from apps and other senders.

Get notifications from apps and other senders.

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s Windows 10 Tip:

Have a great week!

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