29 Sep 2017

Microsoft Edge extensions, one year later

Author: Microsoft Edge Team
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It has been a little more than a year since Microsoft first shipped the number one requested feature for Microsoft Edge – extensions! Today, we are excited to share a few updates on the progress we have made since then, and a quick look at what’s planned for the future, as we continue to listen to feedback from customers and partners.

We heard loud and clear that extensions like ad blockers, password managers, and key productivity enhancements are important to our customers to make the browser meet their needs. Throughout 2016, we worked closely with a small group of partners to launch a core set of highly-requested extensions through the Windows Store as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The first extensions in the Windows Store were AdBlock, Adblock Plus, Amazon Assistant, Evernote Web Clipper, LastPass, Mouse Gestures, Office Online, OneNote Web Clipper, Page Analyzer, Pinterest Save Button, Reddit Enhancement Suite, Save to Pocket and Translator for Microsoft Edge.

Logos from a selection of Microsoft Edge extensions currently in the Windows Store

Enabling more powerful extensions

When we shipped this first batch of extensions, the response from our customers and enthusiasts was tremendous. Still, many of you were immediately ready for the list to grow, and have often asked when a personal favorite extension will show up.

Before we could enable a wider ecosystem of extensions for our customers, we needed to improve the capabilities of our extensions platform to allow new categories of extensions and more features for existing extensions. Over the past year, we’ve been focused on a few key engineering investments to add new capabilities:

  1. Native Messaging (supported from EdgeHTML 15) allows an extension to communicate with a UWP application installed on the system, enabling apps to integrate with more sophisticated functionality outside of the browser, which enables more advanced password management and other features.
  2. Bookmarks (supported from EdgeHTML 15) allowing an to access your favorites (with associated permissions.)
  3. Improved APIs – In addition to new APIs like bookmarks, we improved and fleshed out the existing API classes already supported, which combined meant we support over 30% more APIs than in the initial release.
  4. Fundamentals – Astute observers of our release notes and active testers in the Insider program may have noticed that some preview builds break extensions temporarily. The Insider program is key for us to see how experimental features are working on a build with real users, including helping us where we were falling short. We have used that data to improve the reliability and performance of our extension platform and will continue to focus on improving these fundamentals in future releases.

We’re always evaluating additional API support for future releases. You can see the extensions APIs that we currently support at our Extension API roadmap, as well as those that are under consideration (for example, Downloads and Notifications). We’re keen to hear your feedback on what’s most important to your extensions – let us know on UserVoice or via Twitter at MSEdgeDev.

Building a thoughtfully curated ecosystem

We have taken a purposefully metered approach as we onboard new extensions. Extensions are one of the most substantial features in a new browser, and we have a high bar for quality. Because extensions interact so closely with the browser, we have been very attuned to the security, performance, and reliability of Microsoft Edge with these extensions enabled. Starting with a small group of the most popularly requested extensions has allowed us to mature our extension ecosystem as alongside our extension platform, as well as to build a smooth onboarding experience for developers over time.

As we’ve continued to work on the extensions platform, we sometimes get questions asking why the list of extensions isn’t growing faster. What gives?

We are extremely sensitive to the potential impact of extensions on your browsing experience and want to make sure that the extensions we do allow are high-quality and trustworthy. We want Microsoft Edge to be your favorite browser, with the fundamentals you expect – speed, power efficiency, reliability, security. Poorly written or even malicious add-ons for browsers remain a potential source of privacy, security, reliability and performance issues, even today. We want users to be confident that they can trust extensions in Microsoft to operate as expected. As such, we continue to evaluate each extension submission to ensure that it will bring value to our users and support our goals for a healthy ecosystem.

A growing catalog of trusted extensions

Today, in the Windows Store, our partners are offering over 70 extensions worldwide, and are adding more every week – including popular extensions like Grammarly, which launched earlier this week! As this list grows, we will continue to preview new functionality and experimental extensions starting with Windows Insiders for testing and feedback, followed by a broader release via the Windows Store, to ensure the quality of the end-to-end experience.

Looking forward, we continue to work closely with our developer partners to onboard new extensions into the Store. We continue to prioritize what APIs we should support, and what partners we should work with from user feedback, so please keep it coming! Thanks to our users and partners for a great year!

Colleen Williams, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

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29 Sep 2017

Cuphead available today for Windows 10 and Xbox One

Author: Chad and Jared Moldenhauer and The team at StudioMDHR
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Cuphead

You can get the all-cartoon Magical Wondergame, on Xbox One and Windows 10 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title (buy once to play on both console and PC)! We are a mixed bag of emotions to be able to bring you something we only dreamt of creating since we were kids.

Get Cuphead on Windows 10

Cuphead is a side-scrolling action platformer with a heavy focus on boss battles. Traverse the interactive overworlds to help Cuphead and Mugman repay their debt to the devil on a bet they shouldn’t have made. This game was hand crafted using painstaking methods straight from the golden age of animation to capture the aesthetic of classic Disney and Fleischer Studios cartoons.

You can read more over at Xbox Wire. Above all, we hope you simply have fun with Cuphead!

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29 Sep 2017

Play Forza Motorsport 7 four days early with today’s release of the Ultimate Edition

Author: Brian Ekberg
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Forza Motorsport 7

In addition to early access to Forza Motorsport 7, Ultimate Edition owners receive the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass, VIP membership and cars, and both the Hoonigan and Fate of the Furious car packs.

Download the free Xbox One demos from the Windows Store!

In Forza Motorsport 7, players on the Xbox One family of devices will experience racing at silky smooth 60 frames per second, HDR (Xbox One S and Windows 10 PCs), and 4K on Windows 10 PCs while collecting over 700 Forzavista™ cars, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis in any racing game. With over 30 world-famous environments and tracks featuring dynamic weather and race conditions that change every time you return to the track; no two races are the same. And with Xbox One X coming Nov. 7, even more players will experience gorgeous graphics in native 4K, at 60fps and HDR, too.

In celebration of the game’s launch, on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. PDT, Tanner Foust – professional driver whose awards include four X Games gold medals, three Global Rallycross championships and two Formula Drift national championships –  will go head-to-head with 2017 Indy Car Season Champion Josef Newgarden in the all-new Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox Live Sessions, an interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel. For even more details on the livestream, check out our Xbox Wire post from earlier this week.

Download the free Xbox One demos from the Windows Store here. See you on the track!

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29 Sep 2017

All workers welcome with Microsoft 365

Author: Bryan Goode
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Today’s post was written by Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365.

Today at Microsoft Ignite, we unveiled a new vision for empowering Firstline Workers in the digital age and introduced Microsoft 365 F1—a new offering that brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security to deliver a complete, intelligent solution to empower all workers.

The modern workplace requires companies to meet new employee expectations, connect a more distributed workforce, and provide the tools that allow all employees to create, innovate, and work together to solve customer and business problems. A truly modern workplace brings out the best in employee ingenuity, creates a culture of innovation and action, and welcomes and empowers all workers from the executive team to the Firstline Workforce.

Firstline Workers comprise the majority of our global workforce. Numbering two billion people worldwide, they are the people behind the counter, on the phone, in the clinics, on the shop floor, and in the field. They are often the first to engage customers, the first to represent a company’s brand, and the first to see products and services in action. They form the backbone of many of the world’s largest industries, and without them, the ambitions of many organizations could not be brought to life.

We see an opportunity for technology to give Firstline Workers a more intuitive, immersive, and empowering experience. Microsoft is in a unique position to help companies tap into the potential of their Firstline Workforce with our commercial product offerings, spanning Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Microsoft IoT, Microsoft AI, and Microsoft HoloLens and the Windows Mixed Reality ecosystem.

The introduction of Microsoft 365 F1 represents a significant next step towards our vision of involving the Firstline Workforce in digital transformation by empowering every worker with technology.

Transforming the Firstline Worker experience

Microsoft 365 F1 includes the capabilities and tools to enable every worker to turn their ideas into action. It fosters culture and community, with Skype Meeting Broadcast for interactive townhall meetings and Yammer to help employees find and share best practices across the company.

Microsoft 365 F1 makes it easy to train and upskill employees, with Microsoft Stream to share dynamic, role-based content and video, and SharePoint to easily distribute onboarding and training materials and manage institutional knowledge in one secure place.

It supports firstline productivity and digitizes business processes, with Microsoft StaffHub, a purpose-built app for Firstline Workers to manage their workday and Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to automate everyday activities. Today, we’re announcing new capabilities coming to StaffHub, including the ability for employees to clock in/out and track tasks. We are also making it easier for employees to stay connected in StaffHub, by integrating messaging with Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork, and highlighting corporate announcements made in Yammer. Finally, we’re enabling customers to connect StaffHub to workforce management systems and other tools with the availability of general APIs.

Microsoft 365 F1 streamlines IT management, minimizes cost, and extends security to all employees and endpoints. Azure Active Directory provides management of employee identity and access; Microsoft Intune helps secure devices; and new features in Windows 10 simplify the management of Firstline Workers’ experiences, supporting locked down single purpose devices with Windows Assigned Access and automated deployment with Windows AutoPilot.

Finally, we recognize the importance of providing Firstline Workers streamlined and secure devices that minimize total cost of ownership. Today, we’re announcing new commercial devices with Windows 10 S from our OEM partners HP, Lenovo, and Acer. Starting as low as $275, these devices benefit from cloud-based identity and management and are ideal for firstline environments.

We are incredibly excited about our opportunity to empower Firstline Workers and we are just getting started!

To learn more about our vision, please visit our new Firstline Worker page and see the table below to learn what’s included in Microsoft 365 F1.

—Bryan Goode

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29 Sep 2017

Advancing intelligence, management, and security to empower the modern workplace

Author: Kirk Koenigsbauer
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Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Building on our vision for the modern workplace, today at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, we’re announcing the expansion of Microsoft 365 as well as a number of new product capabilities that empower everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

Expanding Microsoft 365 to new audiences

In July, we announced Microsoft 365, which brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, delivering a complete, intelligent, and secure solution to empower employees. It represents a fundamental shift in how we design, build, and bring our products to market to address customer needs for a modern workplace. Starting October 1, 2017, we are bringing Microsoft 365 to several new audiences.

Microsoft 365 Education—A new offer that combines capabilities across Office 365 for Education, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Minecraft: Education Edition, to provide students, faculty, and staff everything they need to create and work together securely in the classroom. Microsoft 365 Education is offered in two plans—Microsoft 365 A3 and Microsoft 365 A5. In addition, we’re excited to announce a new Microsoft 365 plan for non-profit organizations.

Microsoft 365 F1—A new Microsoft 365 Enterprise plan designed to maximize the impact of the Firstline Worker. Numbering two billion worldwide, these are the individuals behind the counter, on the phone, in the clinics, on the shop floor, and in the field who form the backbone of many of the world’s largest industries. This new plan helps foster culture and community, train and upskill employees, digitize business processes, and deliver real-time expertise while minimizing risk and cost. We’re also adding new product capabilities to StaffHub and Windows 10 to keep everyone connected, automate device deployment, and manage single purpose devices.

We also recognize the importance of providing Firstline Workers with streamlined and secure devices that reduce total cost of ownership. Today, we’re announcing new commercial devices with Windows 10 S from our OEM partners HP, Lenovo, and Acer, with availability starting later this year. Starting as low as $275 (ERP), these devices benefit from cloud-based identity and management and are ideal for firstline environments.

New capabilities to unlock employee creativity

Work today has quickly shifted from simple execution of routine tasks to creative problem solving. Microsoft 365 provides the tools people need to express their ideas effectively, build on the work and expertise of others, and create compelling content.

New intelligent capabilities in Excel—We’re harnessing the power of AI to make Excel more powerful. Coming in early 2018, Excel will understand new data types, beyond text and numbers, and augment that data based on public and enterprise information. For example, Excel will know that “India” is a country and “MSFT” is a stock. Insights—a new service coming to Office Insiders this year—also uses AI to find and recommend patterns, helping you derive additional insights from complex data.

Intelligent, personalized searchNew search capabilities enable you to discover people and information from across your organization and beyond. We’ve made improvements to help you quickly find the content and expertise you need across SharePoint and Office.com, and you can even search for people and content directly from your Windows taskbar. Bing for business, now in private preview, brings internal sites and content into Bing search results to help you find the right information and resources. Wherever you start your search—you get consistent, personalized results powered by the Microsoft Graph.

LinkedIn profile integration—Today, we’re announcing the ability to view LinkedIn profiles in Microsoft apps and services. This new experience, rolling out now to first release customers, provides rich insights about the people you’re working with—inside and outside your organization—right from within Office 365.

LinkedIn profile information shown from Outlook, on both a phone and tablet.

See LinkedIn profile information from Microsoft apps and services.

The universal toolkit for teamwork

One of the hallmarks of the modern workplace is the shift from individual productivity to dynamic teamwork. Microsoft 365 addresses the complete set of needs you have across your organization by providing a universal toolkit for teamwork with a broad set of purpose-built apps, all on a secure platform.

Intelligent communications with Microsoft Teams—Today, we’re announcing a new vision for intelligent communications to transform calling and meeting experiences by bringing comprehensive voice and video capabilities into Teams, along with cognitive and data services, and insights from the Microsoft Graph. As a result, Teams will evolve as the primary client for intelligent communications in Office 365, replacing the current Skype for Business client over time.

Enhanced content sharing with OneDrive and SharePoint—The new unified sharing experience, now in Windows, Mac, web, and mobile, will come to the Office apps in the coming weeks. The new experience provides a simple, consistent, and secure way to share and control access to files across Office 365. And you can now securely share files with people outside your organization who don’t have a Microsoft account. In addition, you can customize the look and layout of SharePoint pages, add dynamic content from over 100 new web parts and connectors, as well as share those pages on SharePoint sites or as a tab in Teams.

Cross-org connections with Yammer—We continue to invest in Yammer as the best way to connect with people across your organization. Today, we’re announcing deeper integration with SharePoint, new group insights for community managers, and enterprise-grade compliance with local data residency.

A tablet displays Yammer group insights.

Yammer group insights show trends for group members and non-members.

Simplifying IT management

In the modern workplace, the role of IT has never been more important. Microsoft 365 is designed to meet business needs and minimize total cost of ownership across the IT lifecycle, from deployment to management and ongoing servicing. Only Microsoft delivers a complete solution for your entire productivity infrastructure.

Simplifying management—Beginning in early 2018, Lenovo, HP, Panasonic, Fujitsu, and Toshiba will join Surface in supporting Windows Autopilot on new Windows 10 devices, automating new device deployment and configuration. This fall, we’ll also introduce new capabilities in Microsoft Intune to manage Windows 10 devices with Office 365 ProPlus, configure Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, and deploy Win32 apps.

New migration capabilities—To help customers on their transition to the cloud, this fall, we’ll introduce co-management, a new set of capabilities to help customers migrate to cloud-based management of Windows 10 devices with Microsoft Intune. We’re also announcing FastTrack for Microsoft 365, which provides planning, guidance, and assistance to help IT professionals drive adoption and usage across Microsoft 365.

New proactive insightsOffice 365 Usage Analytics, generally available in early 2018, will enable IT professionals to analyze and visualize service-wide usage data in Power BI. On the desktop, we’re updating Windows Analytics this fall with new update compliance and device health capabilities to help proactively identify and address new issues that may impact user experience and productivity.

A tablet displays the user analytics dashboard in Power BI.

The new usage analytics dashboard uses Power BI to unlock rich insights about service adoption.

Intelligent security and compliance updates

As employees embrace a new culture of work across devices and cloud apps, their interactions can become more difficult to secure. Updates to Microsoft 365 provide broad security capabilities, powered by Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Graph, to help protect people and sensitive data from new, sophisticated threats, and to help you meet compliance obligations.

Expanding conditional access—To help you better secure the “front door” of your organization, we’re expanding conditional access capabilities. To secure sessions inside SaaS apps and protect sensitive documents, we are integrating across Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Cloud App Security, and Azure Information Protection as well as extending multi-factor authentication to include third-party support.

A tablet displays the Cloud App Security dashboard.

The Microsoft Cloud App Security dashboard.

Information protection—Microsoft 365 helps you detect, classify, protect, and monitor your data, regardless of where it is stored or shared. Today, we’re announcing the integration of Azure Information Protection with Office 365 Message Encryption, which makes it easier to send protected emails and documents to recipients using consumer email services such as Outlook.com and Gmail.

Phishing protection and automatic remediation—Today, we’re unveiling new threat protection capabilities built on the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph. New Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection features help mitigate content phishing, domain spoofing, and impersonation. We’re also announcing a limited preview of Azure Advanced Threat Protection to help detect attacks on user identity sooner, and the integration of our recent Hexadite acquisition into Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to automatically help investigate, assess, and remediate threats.

Compliance Manager—We’re also announcing the upcoming preview of Compliance Manager, a tool to help organizations meet compliance obligations like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It performs a real-time risk assessment with a score that reflects your compliance position against data protection regulations when using Microsoft Cloud services, along with recommended actions and step-by-step guidance.

A tablet displays the Compliance Manager dashboard.

Compliance Manager helps organizations meet compliance obligations.

With over 700 sessions at Ignite this week, there’s plenty more news to come. If you didn’t register before the event sold out, you can still be part of Microsoft Ignite online.

—Kirk Koenigsbauer

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28 Sep 2017

This Week on Windows: Hit Refresh, Ignite, Halo Wars 2, Excel 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, read all about the news from Ignite, and check out our Windows 10 Tip how you can work better together with Microsoft Excel.

In case you missed it:

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

GAMES

Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition & Awakening the Nightmare Expansion

The explosive, real-time strategy of Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition ($59.99) is here and includes Halo Wars 2, Halo Wars 2 Season Pass and the Awakening the Nightmare expansion released today (included with Complete Edition, or $19.99 Standalone), delivering new blur cinematics and five campaign missions, including fight against the Flood from the Banished’s perspective.

Raiders of the Broken Planet (Free, with IAP options)

Raiders of the Broken Planet

Challenging missions and playing for good or evil are the key elements of Raiders of the Broken Planet. Whether you’re playing 4 vs 1 or solo, whether you’re competing for valuable rewards or not, the world of Raiders offers epic battles against human invaders and warriors who know no fear.

MOVIES & TV

Game of Thrones Season 7

Game of Thrones Season 7

As new alliances are forged, and old enemies meet each other on the battlefield, the Night King and his terrifying army of the undead threaten all of Westeros from the North. Watch every thrilling episode of the penultimate season of Game of Thrones ($27.99 HD, $20.99 SD) available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.

Star Trek: Discovery on CBS (Subscription Required, Free Trial Available)

Star Trek: Discovery on CBS

Fifty years ago, Star Trek debuted on television and an entertainment genre was born. Now, Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS All Access (Subscription Required, Free Trial Available) to show us what happened in the years leading up to Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise. That means a new ship, new characters and new missions. Watch it today with the CBS app for Windows 10.

Spider-Man: Homecoming ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

With guidance from his mentor Tony Stark, Spider-Man begins to navigate his new identity as a superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Watch the hit film tonight, available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store three weeks before Blu-ray. Plus, for a limited time, purchase Spider-Man: Homecoming and receive a free add-on for the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite game on Xbox One! For full details, visit: aka.ms/mmtv

Have a great week!

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28 Sep 2017

New Office 365 app launcher and Office.com help you be more productive on the web

Author: the Office 365 team
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More than ever before, users expect an unparalleled productivity experience on the web. As we continue to expand the broad set of online productivity tools available to Office 365 customers, we are also committed to improving the experiences that help you understand, navigate, and collaborate across the entire Office 365 ecosystem.

Today, we’re announcing a redesigned web experience for Office.com, an easy-to-remember URL to help you sign in to Office 365 and get to all your apps, documents, sites, and people. We’ve also simplified the Office 365 app launcher to help you open and switch between your web apps easier. Finally, we’re introducing the new Office 365 gallery to provide Office 365 users with personalized information about the apps, tools, and services already in their subscription.

Get started faster with Office.com

Office.com is the fastest and easiest way to get started with Office 365—by getting to your favorite app quickly, opening your Office documents, starting a new project, or seeing the activity across your shared files. We are also improving the Office.com search experience to allow you to find Office 365 documents, apps, people, and sites directly from Office.com.

Screenshot of the home page of Office.com.

Office 365 app launcher

Updates to the Office 365 app launcher make opening and switching between your web apps easier than ever by highlighting the most used apps in Office 365. The simplified design provides smarter defaults that are relevant to the type of work you do and allows you to access recent online Office documents from anywhere in Office 365.

Screenshot of the new app launcher in Office.com.

Explore your apps

You can now explore and learn about the full range of applications you already have access to with the new Office 365 gallery. Based on your subscription and usage patterns, the gallery provides suggestions on the right app to use for what you are trying to accomplish. You’ll see descriptions, resources, and quick access to install desktop or mobile versions. Click Explore all your apps from Office.com or the Office 365 app launcher to access the gallery.

Image of the new Office 365 gallery, where you can explore apps.

Office 365 customers will see these changes roll out soon. Watch the Microsoft Mechanics session below to learn more. If you’re attending Microsoft Ignite this year, be sure to check out BRK1050—New web experiences in Office 365 that empower your users to get an inside look at these new experiences.

—The Office 365 team

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28 Sep 2017

Personal finance—lessons learned from an online shop

Author: the Office 365 team
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Mastering personal finances can often start with something as simple as holding a garage sale or opening an online shop. Keeping track of what it takes to manage sales helps you figure out what’s needed to make sure your own finances stay in order.

Sisters Devin, Quinn, and Alexis decided to try their luck with an online shop when they were left with a house full of antiques after their grandmother passed away. They started Bachelor’s Button Vintage to sell all the marvelous old things they inherited but didn’t need.

Sisters Devin, Quinn, and Alexis of Bachelor’s Button Vintage.

Each sister brought her unique skills to running the online store. Quinn, a teacher, used her writing skills to write product descriptions. Photographer Alexis lent her ability to create great shots needed for their items, and Devin added her design experience to put a shop together. Their collective experience made them realize how important their own personal finances were and how a tool like Excel could really help them keep track of their own budgets.

They’ve found that running a small business can wreak havoc on personal finances if they’re not mindful of how fast expenses can add up.

“You have to be especially careful when you’re paying for a lot of things out of your own pocket. Of course, you want to grow your business, but you also need to strike a balance with your personal life,” says Quinn.

Work, friends, and family keep the sisters all super busy, so they like to keep it as simple as possible.

“We use Excel to track our monthly expenditures tied to our Etsy shop, flea market booths, and marketing efforts,” says Alexis.

“We’ll never be finance gurus, but we have learned a few things about work-life balance,” says Alexis. “It seems overwhelming when you look at the big picture, but you just have to tackle it one item at a time, day by day. We would say to first decide what you want to do and start with the fun stuff to get you excited—like coming up with a name and a logo and researching your products. It also helps not having a hard deadline to launch so it takes the pressure off to do it right. Excel was the perfect way to get all the information on one page and share it,” she adds. They also find that at work or at home, their to-do lists can get pretty long, and they soon realized how important it is to stay on top of things and complete tasks right away or make note of it in the moment. Devin, in particular, likes to color-code items in the monthly budget.

“Graphs and charts make it easy to understand where we’re at and where we’re headed at a glance. We keep things pretty basic—red for out of stock, green for sold, and yellow for items listed for sale,” she says.

Between inventory, household expenses, mortgages, and car payments, there’s so much data that can inform financial planning. Excel helps them visualize their accounts and expenses, so they can keep track of their progress and make better financial decisions.

The sisters are eager to use Excel’s money management features, like Financial Vision, Budget Wheel, or Bill Paid Tracker.

Here are some tips from Alexis, Devin, and Quinn to help you with your personal finances:

Strike while the iron is hot—Track your spending in the moment, on the go, wherever you are.

Focus on what matters to you—In their case, the sisters agreed to set their shop’s sales goals to reflect their personal goals, so they could enjoy treats like vacationing in the tropics during freezing Chicago winters.

Visualize your future—Add visuals around key goals to remind you where you’re headed.

While starting Bachelor’s Button Vintage has taught them how business and personal finance are two sides of the same coin—Excel was the tool that got them all on the same page. For Devin, Alexis, and Quin, tracking the past, staying mindful of the present, and saving for the future are the keys to their financial success.

If you have Office 365, take a look at our Excel templates to help you stay on top of your finances.

Visit Bachelor’s Button Vintage on Facebook and take a peek at their online shop.

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28 Sep 2017

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16299 for PC

Author: Dona Sarkar
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Hello Windows Insiders!

Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16299 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring only (not Skip Ahead).

As we mentioned previously, 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 are releasing 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 some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC.
  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge might crash when scrolling embedded PDFs.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue where using the Automatic File Download notification to block an app from downloading files wasn’t working for UWP apps.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Defender potentially downloading files selected to be online-only after using the file picker dialog and viewing their thumbnails.

Team Updates

It’s an incredibly exciting week for us. For the FIRST TIME EVER, the entire Windows Insider Team is at a conference to meet all of you. We are all at Ignite in Orlando this week. It’s been such an honor and a privilege to have gotten a chance to meet you all online all these years and this week it’s been simply magical to meet face-to-face. SO MANY of you have come by our booth, our round-table and our sessions to say hi and to talk to us about the program. You have given us hundreds of new ideas of things we want to do with you—and it’s only Tuesday! We’ll have a full trip report article on our website soon.

This morning, we had a really fun 300-level session where all of us got on stage and had a chance to engage in conversation with you.

Thank you for everything you do—even getting on planes to come see us. We love you.

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

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28 Sep 2017

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare now available on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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The hotly anticipated arrival of Halo Wars 2’s new expansion is finally here and with it, a new opportunity to take one of humanity’s oldest adversaries: The Flood. Awakening the Nightmare is a brand-new full expansion for Halo Wars 2, featuring new campaign missions played from a Banished perspective, two new multiplayer leaders, two new multiplayer maps, and Terminus Firefight – a unique new cooperative mode where players build both bases and armies to defend and survive against an onslaught of enemy forces.

With the release of the new expansion and several months of updates to Halo Wars 2 since launch, the Ultimate Edition of the game will be replaced with Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition. The Complete Edition includes the base game, all Season Pass content and the Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare expansion, making this a great package for anyone who is looking to jump into the Halo Wars 2 experience.

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is available now for $19.99 USD exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Read more over at Xbox Wire!

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