26 Sep 2017

Ford brings Microsoft HoloLens to Design Studio; Drives speed, creativity and collaboration

Author: Lorraine Bardeen
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Microsoft has a proven track record of transforming productivity: empowering people and organizations to achieve more. As part of the digital transformation that the modern workplace is currently undergoing, mixed reality is providing new ways for companies to visualize and interact with 3D data. This improves their ability to innovate, collaborate and make critical business decisions more quickly. Today, I’m thrilled to share our latest collaboration with Ford, who is expanding testing of Microsoft HoloLens after a successful pilot the past year in their Design Center to improve creativity, collaboration and time to market. Ford is embracing the digital transformation of the modern workplace across the company to make people’s lives better in vehicles today while exploring evolving mobility solutions such as autonomous vehicles of tomorrow. Design will become an even more important differentiator in this exciting time and HoloLens and mixed reality are seen as key to standing out.

Unleashing creativity in design

Designers at Ford make thousands of decisions to design just one vehicle, let alone a fleet cars, trucks, and SUVs. These decisions are made in close collaboration with their partners in engineering and management. Traditionally, a lot of this work is done using clay models, which are expensive and time-consuming to develop, and costly to change. While these models will continue to be an extremely important part of the design process, the team needs to feel confident in their design decisions early on before they are built at scale in clay. With HoloLens, Ford designers are blending 3D holograms digitally with both clay models and physical production vehicles. This allows designers to experiment much more quickly without having to physically build every design prototype in clay, which can limit creativity with longer steps. This new technology allows them to create and iterate more freely and quickly. They also envision the potential to use HoloLens in multiple areas of vehicle development, including early product creation, the design process and later engineering studies of designs. In their early work in grille theme development, they proved that what used to take days with multiple physical models could take only hours using a HoloLens and one physical model.

“It’s amazing that we can combine the old and new – clay models and holograms in a way that both saves time and allows designers to experiment and iterate quickly, to dream up even more stylish and clever vehicles. Microsoft HoloLens is a powerful tool for designers as we continue to reimagine vehicles and mobility experiences in fast changing times.”

— Moray Callum, vice president, Design

New ways for global teams to collaborate

Due to the highly confidential nature of vehicle design plans, designs are limited to a select few viewers. This makes collaboration across teams challenging. Engineers are often working to ensure fit and function without ever being able to visualize the full model design on which they are working. Using HoloLens, design and engineering teams across the company can more easily collaborate, without the risk of leaks of highly confidential designs – which happens to be one of the automotive industry’s biggest competitive advantages. This allows everyone working on the product to better understand tradeoffs and to reflect customer experiences throughout the entire development process. For example, now a designer and engineer can evaluate in real time how a new side mirror design not only affects the aesthetics but also the customer’s view – a process that can be completed in a day when previously designers and engineers had to go back and forth for days or weeks.

“Microsoft HoloLens allows a whole team of people to collaborate, share and look at ideas together. It is
exciting because it helps our designers and engineers communicate effectively and ideate to see the
future earlier in the process by mixing virtual and physical models. This allows great freedom and
efficiency in how prototypes are created or changed.”

— Elizabeth Baron, Ford virtual reality and advanced visualization technical specialist

Two men wearing Microsoft HoloLens looking at a hologram of a Ford vehicle.

I am so inspired to see Ford truly embracing the digital transformation of the modern workplace as part of their design process. We know how important it is to honor the way that companies of all types work today while helping them extend their investments for tomorrow. With HoloLens, we are empowering people and organizations to achieve more through the power of bringing the digital and physical together with mixed reality. Ford is honoring tried-and-true approaches of building some of the most innovative vehicles on the market while embracing a more creative and collaborative future for their teams tomorrow. Find out more about what Ford has to say about the collaboration in their Medium post, and explore how our customers are using HoloLens at HoloLens.com/commercial.

-Lorraine

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26 Sep 2017

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16294 for PC

Author: Dona Sarkar
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Hello Windows Insiders!

Tonight we are rolling out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16294 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring only (not Skip Ahead). This build might not be available for everyone as it rolls out so just be patient.

IMPORTANT NOTE (ADDED 9/21): You will be unable to install *new*/additional language packs on this build. Pre-existing language packs (language packs you’ve installed previously) will carry over and work just fine.

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

  • This build has the fix for the bug that was causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to end up in a “unbootable” state where the Windows OS will not load and it appears to be stuck on a “spinning dots” screen. After installing this build, Surface Pro 3 devices should no longer get into this state. If you have a Surface Pro 3 in a bad state – follow the instructions on this forum post to get back up and running.
  • We fixed an issue on Dutch builds where explorer could go into a crash loop if an app-requested downloads notification popped up from OneDrive.
  • We fixed an issue where expand.exe couldn’t expand CABs that contained Japanese characters in the file name.
  • We fixed a race condition that could result in window content being transparent (but showing the window frame) or stale after unlocking your desktop.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing error 0x800B010C when attempting to upgrade to the last few flights.
  • ADDED 9/21: If you were hitting a 0x80070057 or 0x8007071 error trying to install Build 16291, see this blog post for details.

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

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20 Sep 2017

The Better Together Update for Minecraft is here

Author: Aubrey Norris
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Say goodbye to “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” or “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” and hello to a universal “Minecraft!” This update introduces cross-platform play, essentially creating a version of Minecraft that’s consistent no matter what device you’re playing on.

In the Better Together Update, we’ll also have three community server partners that will be accessible from within the game, bringing dozens of new minigames for people to play with millions of other players. Players on consoles will be able to access tons of player-made content on Marketplace for the first time – and anything unlocked from the Minecraft Store on one device will be available on all the other devices linked to that person’s Xbox LIVE account.

Totally new items will also be hitting the Marketplace tomorrow, complete with community made adventure maps, worlds, texture and skin packs. We’re also excited to make it easier for people on mobile or Windows 10 devices to invite others to play with them in their realm with Invite Links.

For players using Windows 10 PC, we’ll have integration with Paint 3D and Remix3D.com, making it easy to export and share your Minecraft creations with our 3D community at Remix3D.com.

You can get the Better Together Update for free if you already own Minecraft on one of the Bedrock Engine platforms, and you can read more about the update over at Minecraft.net!

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19 Sep 2017

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16291 for PC

Author: Dona Sarkar
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Hello Windows Insiders!

Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16291 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.

What’s new in Build 16291

Resume from phones to PC with Cortana: Cortana users can now resume articles, news from their iPhones and Android phones to PC from within the Cortana app. This exciting feature comes in addition to the existing features where users can sync reminders, notifications and SMS across their devices and stay connected on the go!

Resume articles, news from their iPhones and Android phones to PC with Cortana! Resume articles, news from their iPhones and Android phones to PC with Cortana!

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue where sometimes after an upgrade Windows Update’s update history would be missing a listing for the feature update you’d just done.
  • We fixed an issue where scrolling with touch or precision touchpads wasn’t working with the F12 Developer Tools.
  • We fixed an issue where pin reset above lock (“I forgot my PIN”) would only work the first time the password was reset.
  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash if you added a Favorite to a Favorites folder and then immediately sorted that folder by name.
  • We fixed an issue with the indexer from recent flights that could result in Outlook 2016 search failing to index the body of messages.
  • We fixed a recent issue resulting in the Skype UWP app not being launched if it was minimized when you clicked an incoming call notification.

Update for Insiders with a Surface Pro 3

If you are a Windows Insider who has a Surface Pro 3 and hit the bug causing the device to end up in an “unbootable” state where the Windows OS will not load and it appears to be stuck on a “spinning dots” screen – click here and read this forum post on how to get your Surface Pro 3 up and running again.

Team Updates

Next week, our entire team is going to be at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. Please do come by the Windows Insider booth as well as our two sessions WIP 100 and WIP 300 for some 1:1 time with us. We’re SO looking forward to meeting you!

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

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19 Sep 2017

Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16288 and Mobile Emulator Build 15240 Released

Author: Clint Rutkas
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Today, we released a new Windows 10 Preview Build of the SDK and the Mobile Emulator to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 16288 or greater). The Preview SDK Build 16288 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area.

The Preview SDK and Mobile Emulator can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.

For feedback and updates to the known issues, please see the developer forum. For new developer feature requests, head over to our Windows Platform UserVoice.

Things to note:

  • This build works in conjunction with previously released SDKs and Visual Studio 2017.  You can install this SDK and still also continue to submit your apps that target Windows 10 Creators build or earlier to the Store.
  • The Windows SDK will now formally only be supported by Visual Studio 2017 and greater. You can download the Visual Studio 2017 here.

Breaking Changes

  • ecmangen.exe removal from the SDK:  Ecmangen.exe will no longer ship with the Windows SDK. Developers who rely on ecmangen for event manifest creation are advised to install the Windows Creators Edition of the SDK to obtain the file. Developers may also use notepad or other XML editor of choice for manifest creation. A schema file is available on MSDN to aid in manifest creation, for tools that support it.

API Updates and Additions

When targeting new APIs, consider writing your app to be adaptive in order to run correctly on the widest number of Windows 10 devices. Please see Dynamically detecting features with API contracts (10 by 10) for more information. 

There have been no changes since build 16278 to the API surface.

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19 Sep 2017

Take control of your personal brand with Office

Author: the Office 365 team
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These days—with so many social media channels competing for our attention—creating a personal brand is the best way to stand out from that vast crowd vying for attention online. According to Mel Carson of Seattle-based Delightful Communications, crafting your personal brand statement can help you take control of where you want your career to go.

Mel has helped everyone from pet groomers to Fortune 500 CEOs develop their personal brands. “A personal brand statement is your shopfront to the hundreds of people looking to hire, partner, and connect with you,” says Mel. “Spend some time crafting your personal brand statement properly and it will stand you in good stead until the day you retire.”

Profile image of Mel Carson, of Seattle-based Delightful Communications.“Find your mission—having a mission in the public domain acts as a signpost and filter as well as gives personal accountability,” says Mel. “Create a mission statement that gives anyone reading it no doubt of where you want your career to be headed.”

Another pointer from Mel is to remember you do have great value—it may come in all sorts of accomplishments, so it’s important to articulate it in a few different ways.

“Your experience, length of time in industry, who you have worked for in the past, your educational background, and what you’re passionate about focusing on next, all give an indication of your worth to a potential employer or client,” says Mel. “Including some value indicators, both from your own and your current businesses/company’s perspective, is an easy—but often overlooked—way of perfecting a more compelling personal brand.”

One crucial thing to keep in mind is to avoid buzzwords and hyperbole when describing who you are and what you do.

Mel will tell you he’s not a fan of using big, fancy filler words in a personal branding statement or LinkedIn profile. “Take some time to craft a statement that shows the real you— intelligently and honestly—without seeming overblown or a lacking self-awareness.”

It’s also important to use the right tools to help you track the goals you’re working toward. For instance, Mel not only uses Excel in his business for project management, budget forecasting, vacation tracking, and client reporting, he’s also found it’s super valuable for building a digital personal brand, because it lets you take advantage of data and analytics.

Mel advises keeping track of your metrics to see how well you’re doing with your personal branding. “We use a number of tools to measure influence and use Excel to download and manipulate data and report certain KPIs (Key Performance Indicators),” says Mel. “Extracting data from social media channels helps tell great stories about people’s personal brands and makes Excel a valuable asset.”

At home, he uses Excel for tracking monthly budgets and “working out where all our money goes!” he laughs. (Mel’s two daughters are just learning how to play Bingo. His five-year-old is starting to do chores to earn money, so the Kids Budget Bingo template for PowerPoint is something he’s keen to explore with her.)

Mel’s final advice: Once you have your personal brand statement written, get it out to the virtual world and find out what works and what doesn’t. Use Office 365 apps like Excel to help make the feedback you receive accessible and understandable. Above all, keep honing your message so it accurately reflects the real you.

Ready to check out some extra features we’ve developed to help you on your career path? If you have Office 365, take a look at our Excel templates.

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19 Sep 2017

Automated Response for Windows Defender ATP

Author: Rob Lefferts
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From C-level execs to Sec-Ops pros, our customers tell us they are overwhelmed with the rapid pace new cyber threats are released in the wild. That’s why at Microsoft staying ahead of the security challenges our customers are facing and shifting the industry to next-generation security defenses are critical strategies to addressing these threats.

Today, we’re announcing Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will include automated investigation and remediation capabilities later this year. This takes enterprise security to a new level enabling our customers to move faster from device, data and insight to action against modern-day threats.

Understanding the security challenge

Since we announced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, it has continually evolved with new detection capabilities, investigation and hunting tools and response options. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,  new prevention capabilities were added, as well as capabilities to stop attacks as they happen, enabling companies to use the full power of the Windows security stack for preventative protection. We also enhanced our single pane of glass experience so security operations (SecOps) teams get full visibility into their Windows endpoint security and a rich toolset to take action using the Windows Defender ATP console.

Now 18 months since launching Windows Defender ATP, customers have more visibility into threats than ever before. In fact, Windows Defender ATP processes 970 million malicious security events per day per day from across the Microsoft enterprise and consumer eco-system, making the Intelligent Security Graph richer every day. This staggering figure shows the magnitude of the threat landscape being surfaced to customers, yet visibility is simply not enough.

From visibility to action

While detecting threats is half the battle, security teams are struggling to follow up on the volume of alerts they see. Research from analyst firm EMA found that 88 percent of organizations receive up to 500 alerts per day that are classified as “severe” or “critical”, and 60 percent only had three to five full-time employees (FTEs) working those alerts. 88 percent of participants said their teams could investigate only 25 or fewer severe/critical events per day. This leaves what David Monahan, research director for Security and Risk Management at EMA calls “a huge, and frankly insurmountable, daily gap.”

We can help – with built-in security automation in Windows Defender ATP

Following the recent acquisition of Hexadite, a leader in security automation, we are happy to announce we have successfully integrated Hexadite’s innovative security automation technology into Windows Defender ATP. This enables Windows Defender ATP customers to leverage state of the art AI technology to solve their alert volume challenges by letting Windows Defender ATP automatically investigate alerts, apply artificial intelligence to determine whether a threat is real and to determine what action to take, going from alert to remediation in minutes at scale. With this addition, Windows Defender ATP now covers the end-to-end threat lifecycle from detection to investigation and response automatically.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming:

With the new security automation capabilities, Windows Defender ATP can not only find breeches; it can fix them.

With the new security automation capabilities, Windows Defender ATP can not only find breaches; it can fix them. These actions can be run automatically for simple, clear-cut cases, or can be reviewed prior to execution. Either way, time and effort is saved by SecOps, enabling those talented professionals to focus on more complex and strategic problems. In addition, the organization’s security team moves faster, thereby better executing on their critical mission.

Try Windows Defender ATP today

The new WDATP automated response capabilities will be available for customers to preview later this year. Sign up for a 90-day trial of Windows Defender ATP today or enable Preview features on existing tenants.

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