24 Oct 2017

11 Windows PCs that light up the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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The PCs we’re sharing today range in a variety of form factors and price points, so whether you’re an artist, student, or gamer, there’s a device for you. Purchasing a new Windows PC is a great way to take advantage of all the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Microsoft Store can help with free workshops and personalized assistance to get your PC set up. To learn more about what’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, visit this blog post.

11 Windows PCs that light up the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

  1. Acer Spin 5
  2. Acer Predator 21 X
  3. ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370
  4. ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA (Available at Best Buy, ASUS.com or Amazon)
  5. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1
  6. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
  7. HP Omen 15 (Available at Microsoft Store and BestBuy.com)
  8. HP Spectre x360 13’’
  9. Lenovo Yoga 920 
  10. Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower
  11. Samsung Galaxy Book 10’’

 

  1. Acer Spin 5

 Acer Spin 5

Lightweight and portable, the Spin 5’s versatile, convertible form factor makes it a great platform to create and share content, while also utilizing productivity. The Spin 5 features 8th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to 13 hours of battery life. It also works with an optional Acer Active Stylus that offers creativity and stability through Windows Ink. (13-inch & 15-inch models starting at $799.99) Available from Acer.com

  1. Acer Predator 21 X

Acer Predator 21 X

The Acer Predator 21 X is packed with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, five cooling fans and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs for a supreme graphics performance. This monster gaming laptop offers a curved 21-inch screen and delivers an immersive gaming experience with Tobii eye-tracking technology. Designed for the heaviest gaming needs, and equipped with native, live game streaming through Mixer in Windows 10, its processors can handle Windows multimedia entertainment and productivity needs with ease. (Starts at $8,999.99) Available from Acer.com

  1. ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370

ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370

ASUS ZenBook Flip S combines convenience and versatility with a 360° convertible display and a thin and lightweight body. Intel’s 7th Generation i7 allows you to sail through everyday computing tasks with ease. The FHD multitouch NanoEdge display supports an active stylus that combines a high quality visual experience with the convenience of interactivity. In addition, a fingerprint sensor allows instant, one-touch login via Windows Hello in either laptop or tablet mode. (Starts at $1,099.99) Available at Microsoft Store

  1. ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA (Available at Best Buy, ASUS.com or Amazon)

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA

Thin, light and flexible, the ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA is packed with key Windows 10 features that help keep you productive at a value price. A built-in fingerprint reader allows for a more secure login with Windows Hello, while the included stylus with Windows Ink lets you takes notes and draw in OneNote and Sketchpad. With a detachable keyboard and stepless 170-degree kickstand, the Transformer Mini can be used as a tablet or laptop. The device is powered by Windows 10 and has an 11-hour battery. (Price starts at $384). Available at Best Buy, ASUS.com or Amazon

  1. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1

The new Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 brings powerful performance to the flexibility of a 2-in-1, all with a small footprint. A Dell Active Pen is also available for a natural feel with digital drawing, writing and note taking with Windows Ink. (13-inch models starting at $879.99 and 15-inch models starting at $849.99) Available from Dell.com

  1. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

 Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

The 13.3-inch Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop offers a 360-degree hinge, making it a workhorse for productivity. Used as a laptop or a tablet, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has up to 15 hours of battery life* with FHD and Quad HD+ InfinityEdge touch display. It is compatible with Windows Hello for password-free logins, and boasts 7th Gen Intel Core processors with Dell Dynamic Power Mode, delivering short bursts of performance when you need it, all with the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 on the planet. (13-inch model starts at $999.99) Available at Microsoft Store with a free Wacom Bamboo Ink Stylus*

  1. HP Omen 15 (Available at Microsoft Store and BestBuy.com)

 HP Omen 15

Designed to deliver an immersive gaming experience, the Omen 15 sports full HD and 4K IPS display options as well as Wide Vision HD and Intel RealSense Cameras, which enable Windows Hello. Powered by Windows 10 – complete with native, live game streaming through Mixer – and with NVIDIA GTX GeForce graphics and immersive audio, this laptop is equipped for any gaming challenge. (Starts at $879.99) Available at Microsoft Store and BestBuy.com.

  1. HP Spectre x360 13’’

HP Spectre x360 13’’

The HP Spectre x360 utilizes the best of Windows 10 with Windows Ink, Cortana** and Microsoft Edge. Whether you’re at home or on-the-go, the convertible Spectre x360 will keep you up and running with its 2.85lbs weight and up to 15 hours of battery life. The laptop optimizes Intel’s 7th Generation Core processors and the new micro-edge display bezel design that reduces the overall footprint by eliminating almost 10mm from each side of the screen. (Starts at $1,049.99) Available at HP.com

  1. Lenovo Yoga 920 

Lenovo Yoga 920

The Yoga 920 is a lightweight, all-metal, ultra-thin device that arrives in platinum, copper or bronze color options and is available with an optional 4k display. Cortana, your personal voice-activated digital assistant, helps you get things done more easily and quickly – from up to 4 meters away, even in standby mode. The Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink allows you to easily draw on photos and documents, add notes to a map, or highlight and markup webpages in Microsoft Edge. Windows Hello’s integrated fingerprint reader enables quick and easy biometric authentication, as well as fingerprint payments with PayPal and Visa. (Starts at $1,329) Available from Lenovo.com

  1. Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower

Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower

Survive battlegrounds and blast through an alien invasion with the Lenovo Legion Y720 tower. Powered by Windows 10, complete with native live game streaming through Mixer, and upgradable without tools, this tower offers the complete package with fast computing, processing and graphical expertise. It is VR-capable and loaded with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics, giving mainstream players reliable performance. (Starts at $899.99) Available from Lenovo.com

  1. Samsung Galaxy Book 10’’

 Samsung Galaxy Book 10’’

The Samsung Galaxy book delivers a premium, flexible design and offers mobile professionals full PC functionality anytime, anywhere. Weighing less than 2lbs and packed with Windows 10 features, this detachable 2-in-1 is a great mix of tablet and laptop. Sporting a touchscreen that can be used with Windows Ink, you can markup, doodle or draw on website with Microsoft Edge while Cortana, your personal assistant, keeps you organized. (Starts at $629.99) Available at Microsoft Store

Now is a great time to take advantage of everything the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has to offer with a new PC! You can also take advantage of Windows Help Me Choose, an interactive tool on Windows.com that makes it easy to find the best PC that meets your needs. To check out even more great Windows 10 PCs from our partners, and to discover what the Fall Creators Update has to offer with free demos and workshops, visit your local Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com.

*Limited-time offer
**Cortana available in select markets

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19 Oct 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and mixed reality headsets available today; Announcing Surface Book 2

Author: Yusuf Mehdi
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Woman wearing Windows Mixed Reality headset running on Surface Book 2

From the initial launch of Windows 10, we’ve been on a mission to empower the creator in all of us. We believe in the fundamental human need to create to propel the world forward.

Today, we deliver the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update offering breakthroughs in creativity – from bringing mixed reality and 3D to the masses, to faster broadcasting for gaming, to turning photos and videos into real memories, and so much more. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can be experienced on a wide variety of Windows 10 PCs and on a range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets available for the first time today.
We believe the PC is the ultimate canvas for creativity and can empower people to create like never before. This is why we are building Surface to be the ultimate laptop and are delighted to introduce the Surface Book 2, the most powerful Surface yet.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is packed with new innovations including, new Inking experiences like inking directly on PDFs, a new Find my Pen feature, Continue on your PC with Cortana or your phone’s browser including, Microsoft Edge for seamless Windows experiences across devices, enhanced security and privacy features, and improvements in accessibility, including Eye Control. I’m excited about these innovations and in particular four big bets that deliver on our vision for creativity:

Mixed reality for the masses

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, we introduce mixed reality to the masses. With mixed reality, we seek to fundamentally improve the way you create, communicate and play. You can transcend time and space and immerse yourself in any environment, helping ideas break free from the boundaries of paper or screens.

Welcome to Windows Mixed Reality welcome screen running on Windows 10

Until now, any practical use of mixed reality required the use of a headset and for immersive virtual reality, you had to mount cameras in the corners of your home. And you couldn’t take your headset with you to a friend’s house or your workplace.

Collage of Windows Mixed Reality headsets including, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Samsung

That changes with the availability of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. For the most immersive mixed reality experience, our partners, Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are launching the very first Windows Mixed Reality headsets today, beginning at $399 for headsets bundled with advanced motion controllers. Samsung’s innovative mixed reality headset, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, will become available on November 6th. Windows Mixed Reality headsets are the only headsets that don’t require you to drill holes into your walls and you can take them on the go.

The Fall Creators Update also includes the Mixed Reality Viewer, which brings mixed reality to the PC. By simply using the camera on your PC, you can see 3D objects mixed into your actual surroundings – people, places, things, or anything you can imagine.

Mixed Reality Viewer

It’s so exciting to see so many components coming together to introduce the world to mixed reality, from innovative and affordable new Windows Mixed Reality headsets to technology to experience mixed reality on your PC. Now you can enjoy travel, sports, live concerts, and gaming like never before in your own virtual home with content from over 20,000 apps in the Windows Store.

3D offers next boost to human productivity

3D will offer the next major boost to human productivity, enabling a next generation of computing that moves far beyond the 2D world we’ve been confined to. This is so powerful because 3D is truly representative of the world you live in – improving the way you comprehend, retain, and learn.

3D in Office shown on a large desktop with a hand touching the screen.

With the Fall Creators Update, we enable anyone to create in 3D. Over 100 million people use Microsoft Paint every single month and now with Paint 3D they can all become 3D creators – easily manipulating objects, creating and sharing in 3D. With the Fall Creators Update, you can now bring 3D objects into your Office files, including PowerPoint presentations and Word documents, to dramatically improve your storytelling and improve comprehension. Objects can rotate and animate within your presentation. And with the Mixed Reality Viewer, you can easily drop your 3D creations into the physical world. 3D is great for students, professionals or anyone who wants to create.

Gaming becomes even more interactive

Gaming is the fastest growing form of entertainment because it is incredibly interactive. And, gaming has never been more popular on Windows, with nearly 200 million monthly active users gaming on Windows 10.

In fact, with an explosion of interest in eSports and interactive game streaming, more people spend time watching gameplay than actually playing games. We launched Mixer, the only near real-time, interactive game streaming service, to help everyone broadcast, watch or interact with other gamers.

Game Bar shown on Forza racing game

With the Fall Creators Update, we are making Mixer even better – you can now launch and jump into a game stream faster than before. And Game Mode enables gamers to access more power of the PC and dedicate it to games, delivering a more performant gaming experience on Windows 10.

The next era of gaming is coming this fall with the new improvements in the Fall Creators Update, immersive gaming experiences for mixed reality, and the upcoming launch on November 7 of Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console built for true 4K gaming.

Creating memories with photos & videos

Photos and videos have never been more popular on Windows, with more than 250 million active users of Photos on Windows 10. Trillions of photos and videos exist digitally, but how do we ensure these precious images can be retained as memories?

Tablet sitting in someone's lap while they use the new Photos app

Our Photos app is totally reimagined in the Fall Creators Update, so you can easily convert photos into memories and stories with personalized 3D effects, Ink, transitions, and video – no editing experience required. You can take photos from your vacation and simply and easily edit them into a collage of photos and videos with a soundtrack, theme, Ink, and cinematic transitions. And with 3D, you can make objects dynamic, like a soccer ball bursting into flames as it passes the goalie and soars into the net.

Announcing Surface Book 2

The PC is the platform to power the next wave of creativity and Surface is the tip of the spear of innovation to help drive this next wave forward.

One of the most powerful ways to experience the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is on the Surface family of devices. We are building Surface to be the ultimate laptop, infusing versatility, performance, and design into every product we make and creating a stage for the best of Windows and Office. More than ever there is a need for a class of high-performance devices that don’t compromise the versatility and style of a laptop customers want.

Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest in the Surface family: Surface Book 2 – a powerhouse laptop with amazing graphics and up to 17 hours of battery life. Now available in a 13” and 15” option, Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface we’ve ever built. With the latest 8th Generation Intel Dual-Core and Quad-Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, Surface Book 2 has up to five times the graphics performance of the original Surface Book and is twice as powerful as the new MacBook Pro.

But more than just raw power, Surface Book 2 is built for the way you work and create. It gives you the power of a laptop, the versatility of a tablet and the freedom of a portable studio all in one beautifully styled device.

Surface Book 2 is powerful enough to run professional software like Adobe, Autodesk, and Dessault flawlessly and plays popular PC games at 1080p, 60 FPS, including demanding titles like Forza Motorsport 7 and Gears of War 4.

Surface Book 2 joins Surface Laptop and Surface Pro to round out a strong portfolio of laptops that are designed to not only allow people to experience Windows Mixed Reality and gaming, and be productive anywhere, but to empower the artists, designers, developers, and engineers who are leading the next wave of creative innovation.

The new Surface Book 2 laptops start at $1499 and will be available for pre-order on November 9th in the US, with the 13” also available in additional markets. To learn more about Surface Book 2, visit Panos’ blog post.

The need to create has never been more important. We want Surface to continue to inspire and enable creativity and we’re excited to work with our partners to deliver incredible modern devices. The Windows ecosystem fosters incredible innovation, and this holiday, there will be a range of beautifully designed and feature-rich devices. These include new Windows 2-in-1s, laptops, all-in-ones, gaming PCs that feature Intel’s new 8th Generation Intel Core processors, the latest NVIDIA GPUs enabling Windows Mixed Reality experiences, long battery life, and OLED and 4K screens for the most stunning visuals.

From new PCs from Surface or our partners, new Windows Mixed Reality headsets and motion controllers – to the world’s most powerful console in Xbox One X – you can choose a Windows device to empower the creator in you.

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18 Oct 2017

New Map Control features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Author: Pablo Candelas Gonzalez
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The Maps team has been busy making improvements and adding new features to the Maps platform for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. In addition to performance and visual improvements to the 3D engine, we are introducing features requested by users, like the ability to import 3D models into the map and support for layering and binding for map elements. We also are making enhancements to the styling API to allow clients to specify base map styles and visual states for their own map elements. Finally, we are announcing a places API to see relevant information of a place right within the current context of the calling app.

Without further ado, please see the highlights below and keep your feedback coming!

3D Buildings

You might recall that some 3D buildings were missing in the previous release. We have been working hard since then to bring them back (and improve the ones that didn’t look correct) with this update.  Keep an eye out for more 3D buildings in the next few months!

3D Objects

We are adding a new MapElement called MapElement3D. Along with MapModel3D, this new API can be used to import and display 3D objects with ease. Think about fancy 3D push pins, cars, planes, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Here are some great examples of MapElement3D displaying 3D models at a specific location, orientation and scale on the Windows 10 Map Control:

Avatars

Cars

Clouds

Map Layering APIs

We also are adding a new MapLayer class, the first derivation of which is MapElementsLayer. Unlike the existing MapControl.MapElements API, this can be used to manipulate groups of elements independently as a unit or to designate a joint purpose.

Bind your data to the map using MapControl.Layers

You can bind elements on the map to your own custom collections of business objects with the Map Control.Layers API.

See How To: Display points of interest (POI) on a map.

Map Styling APIs extensions

We are extending the current set of Map Styling APIs for Windows 10 Map Control. In the previous release, we added the MapStylesheet API to allow you to dynamically change the look and feel of the map in real-time. In this release, we are adding support for two new properties on MapElement: MapStyleSheetEntry and MapStyleSheetEntryState, which can be used to more deeply customize the appearance of your map elements using one of the default style entries and states or custom ones.

See How To: Customize Your Map Elements

Here are some examples of the customization that can be done of map elements using the new styling extensions on the Windows 10 Map Control:

Integrate your elements better with the base map using MapStyleSheetEntry

You can make your map elements look like they are part of the base map by setting their style to an existing entry in the map style sheet such as Water. See MapStyleSheetEntry for the full list of entries you can chose from.

Bing logo is rendered by the Windows 10 Map Control through changing the map polygon’s MapStyleSheetEntry property to Water.

Implement states on your map elements using MapStyleSheetEntryState

You can further modify the appearance of your map elements by leveraging default states like Hover and Selected in the map style sheet, or override them to create your own. See MapStyleSheetEntriesStates for the full list of states you can chose from.

Bellevue Square, City Center and Meydenbauer POIs are rendered by the Windows 10 Map Control through overriding the scale of the existing UserPoint entry and changing the map icon’s MapStyleSheetEntryState property to a custom state that extends the existing Hover and Selected entry states.

Place Info

Finally, we are happy to announce the new PlaceInfo API that allows you to see rich relevant information of a place without the need of switching context, in a pop-up UI, right within your own app.

https://github.com/Microsoft/Windows-universal-samples/tree/dev/Samples/MapControl

API Updates and Additions

For a list of the APIs added since Windows 10 Creators Update, please see here the following resources:

For more details on all new APIs go to MSDN.

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18 Oct 2017

This Week on Windows: Marimekko, Surface, Middle Earth: Shadow of War and more

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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This Week on Windows, we’re celebrating a milestone, showcasing new Surface designer accessories and we’re showing off Middle Earth: Shadow of War! Head over here to learn more about Marimekko and Microsoft Surface, check out our Windows 10 Tip on how to work more efficiently with MyAnalytics or keep reading to see what’s new in the Windows Store.

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

Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths. In the epic new story of Middle Earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition ($99.99), nothing will be forgotten.

 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Episode 4

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

The fate of the Eternity Forge has been decided, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4 ($4.99; $19.99 for a Season Pass) from Telltale Games opens with the Guardians more bitterly divided than ever. This growing tension is temporarily sidelined, however, by a more pressing problem: escaping a dark and treacherous cavern before they all are eaten alive.

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

In the trilogy’s stunning final chapter, Caesar and his apes will face an army of humans on the battlefield in an epic confrontation that will determine the fate of both their species…and the fate of the planet itself. War for the Planet of the Apes is available now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.

Have a great weekend!

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13 Oct 2017

Black Marble uses Microsoft HoloLens to help revolutionise Crime Scene Investigation with tuServ

Author: Leila Martine
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Black Marble, a member of Microsoft’s HoloLens Mixed Reality Partner Program (MRPP), is one of many agencies creating ground-breaking applications for HoloLens. It has seen the potential benefits that mixed reality brings to the enterprise, by blending virtual and physical worlds, enabling revolutionary experiences to improve business processes and efficiency.

Through the use of HoloLens, employees are able to transform the manner in which they communicate, create, collaborate, and explore to provide a better customer experience, improve business collaboration and much much more.

Through Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Black Marble has developed an award-winning application, tuServ, that’s transforming today’s approach to digitizing modern policing. It wanted to push the boundaries of what is possible with a Universal Windows Application, and has developed an innovative proof of concept solution that gives police forces the ability to capture content at a scene of crime, in real time.

tuServ’s Scene of Crime application has been developed with operational police officers, for operational police officers. It is revolutionising how both officers out in the field, and staff in the police station, are approaching the scene of a crime. Today, evidence contamination is a primary concern for crime scene investigation teams, and transparency in the investigation process is key for maintaining public confidence in police activity. Using Microsoft HoloLens, officers in the field can place virtual markers, trace 3D objects, and gather multi-media evidence eliminating the risk of disturbing the physical evidence at a scene. The aim of tuServ is to provide crime scene investigators more accurate and tangible evidence, and virtually transports officers back to the scene of a crime. Here, markers placed, evidence gathered, and object mesh captured can be viewed as they were at the time of investigation, giving a genuine view and understanding of the scene.

Black Marble

However, it’s not just officers at the scene of a crime who reap the benefits of HoloLens applications. Back at the station, officers can view the captured media evidence with tuServ via Windows devices in real time or on demand, or through the tuServ HoloLens Command and Control App. This bolsters a force’s ability to collaborate even when working remotely, and enhances communication by empowering officers to not only be verbal, but also demonstrative. The application is truly redefining the ways in which police forces operate, ensuring improved data quality and the efficient use of resources. Yet still, Command and Control Units are empowered to go one step further. tuServ’s HoloLens Command and Control App gives units the possibility to go completely portable, harnessing the power of HoloLens to view officers and incidents on a map interface, giving a comprehensive overview of everything happening in the area.

Nick Lyall, Superintendent, The Bedfordshire Police says, “As a public order and firearms commander I can say that without doubt its use, through tuServ, will revolutionize policing for years to come. As a detective I can also say that its ability to scan crime scenes and create a mapped 3D version will allow for a reduction in cross-contamination issues and allow for investigators to visualize in real time the scenes of major crime.”

“The vision and innovation of Black Marble is ground-breaking, and I look forward to taking this forward of behalf of UK policing and policing worldwide.”

— Nick Lyall, Superintendent, The Bedfordshire Police

Black Marble

Communication, collaboration and cooperation are the basis of any police operation, and through tuServ’s HoloLens Command and Control App, Command and Control units are rapidly mobilised to react to an incident at a moment’s notice. Units can assign officers to incidents, communicate with those on the ground, and build a clear and inclusive view of every component in play at a scene. Combined, these features deliver the agility that a force needs to be responsive and reactive in a high-pressure environment where every minute counts.

This is just the beginning for mixed reality in the sector, with HoloLens applications holding real potential for the future of policing and crime scene investigation. By transforming data into visual information, HoloLens is expanding the horizons for new and exciting applications that can revolutionize the ways we think and work.

Visit HoloLens.com to learn how other industries and customers are applying the transformative power of mixed reality.

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13 Oct 2017

Microsoft Edge and SEQUENCE partner to highlight traditional artisanal techniques with 3D and AR

Author: Divya Kumar
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Behind every bracelet and tote created by the young artists of SEQUENCE is a compelling story of creativity and lasting community change. At retail stores, this story and its meaning might not be conveyed to customers, so SEQUENCE’s founder, Ariela Suster, partnered with Microsoft Edge to create a web experience to do just that. The new SEQUENCE Collection website launched today brings visitors into the SEQUENCE world, giving each visitor the experience, feeling, and mission of what SEQUENCE is about.

SEQUENCE

Ariela Suster grew up in El Salvador during the civil war, and her family experienced violence firsthand. Ariela fled the violence, while being determined to one day change it. Ariela went on to forge a name for herself in New York’s fashion industry, holding senior editorial positions at InStyle, Lucky and Harpers Bazaar. Returning to El Salvador, she saw an opportunity to make a difference.

Ariela established SEQUENCE to disrupt the story of violence in her home country by employing – and empowering – a group of at-risk youths to create beautiful, handcrafted artisanal accessory products in their own community. Through employment, young people avoid the influence of gangs, and create a career path for themselves that enriches and supports their culture and community. SEQUENCE invests in the personal and professional development of each artist through educational opportunities in computer literacy and artisanal techniques to expand the business and promote long-term sustainable change. ​

One of the biggest goals for SEQUENCE is to reach more customers across the world in order to create more jobs for at-risk youth. The Microsoft Edge team came to Ariela with many ideas and solutions for this challenge. Working closely with SEQUENCE, Microsoft Edge is bringing 3D and Augmented Reality capabilities  to showcase the craftsmanship, opportunity to create personal designs and virtually try on the jewelry on the website. “The partnership with SEQUENCE is an incredible opportunity for us to amplify Ariela’s vision with Microsoft Edge technology. We wanted to help her create a unique shopping experience for customers to design a custom piece of beautiful hand-crafted jewelry from anywhere in the world. We are extremely proud to contribute to the SEQUENCE project’s mission of disrupting the cycle of violence in El Salvador,” says Leslie Chen, Microsoft Edge Program Management.

Ariela

Utilizing the native support for 3D and AR technology in Microsoft Edge, the website links the young artisans in El Salvador with people worldwide. Now anyone can customize a bracelet from a palette and view in 3D, plus virtually try on a bracelet using AR, as if they were in the studio. These innovations empower the young artists to give their customers holistic experiences through the web, which in turn will help grow their business and transform their community further. Discover these new features on the SEQUENCE Collection website:

  • 3D Customizer. Create your own bracelet using the new 3D customizer. Choose your four threads and a tie from a palette of colors that reflect the passion and positivity of El Salvadoran culture, and make it unique for yourself or a gift. View your design from any angle in 3D, just as you would if you visited the workshop on a sunny afternoon.
  • Augmented Reality. We believe the world is adopting AR more each day, to provide richer experiences and convey information that previously wasn’t possible. Now you don’t have to wait for your bracelet to arrive to try it on. Simply print a sticker, apply it to your wrist, and see how your design looks on you.
  • Explore our studio. Get to know where the SEQUENCE Collection is created. Enjoy the 360 view of our studio with hotspots pointing out what we’d tell you on an in-person tour.

SEQUENCE

 3D customizer

Partnering with SEQUENCE offered the Microsoft Edge team a unique opportunity to use web technology to showcase a more personalized and connected experience of the SEQUENCE story, the SEQUENCE Collection pieces, and the workshop where it all began and continues to flourish. We are immensely excited to support SEQUENCE’s work to establish a productive contribution to the lives of young people in El Salvador and their local economy.

Ariela is thrilled with the new website, saying, “Having this website will really help customers connect to the purpose behind our product, feel part of this experience and part of the journey to create change.”

Visit the SEQUENCE Collection website now to try out the new features, and learn more about the individual artists and the SEQUENCE mission.

About Microsoft Edge Web Showcase

Microsoft Edge Web Showcase is dedicated to partnering with organizations around the world to highlight extraordinary and exciting new ventures. This program explores opportunities to contribute to a diverse set of literacy programs and to develop partnerships to showcase web technology.

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12 Oct 2017

This Week on Windows: Forza Motorsport 7, Windows Mixed Reality headsets 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, learn how to pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headset or how you can export your Minecraft creations to Remix3D.com.

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Dell introduces new Inspiron 5000 Series powered by Windows 10

Dell announced the new Inspiron 5000 series

This week, Dell announced the new Inspiron 5000 series laptops offering the perfect blend of style and entertainment. The new Windows 10 devices, available now in 15 and 17 inches, are thinner and sleeker with more sophisticated color options including platinum silver, black, sparkling white, rose gold and recon blue*.

Other features include:

  • A brilliant FHD resolution screen and Dell’s exclusive Smartbyte technology. Smartbyte is a network optimization software that prioritizes streaming and conferencing above other network activities
  • MaxxAudio Pro, an audio solution that allows your favorite music and movies on your laptop to sound just like they do in the theatre or studio
  • The new Intel 8th Gen Intel Core processors, optional GDDR5 discrete graphics and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM
  • In addition to traditional HDD and SSD drives, the Inspiron 5000 series is future-ready with NVME SSD and Intel Optane memory options
  • Windows Hello, so you can bypass the password and log in with the optional fingerprint reader located on the power button

The Inspiron 5000 Series is available at Dell.com, and start at $699.99 USD for the 15-inch and $549.99 US for the 17-inch, with multiple upgrades and options available to meet your entertainment and everyday computing needs.

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

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Preview)

Gwent

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Free) is a different type of collectible card game – one based on skill rather than luck. Command customizable armies, hone your strategy and prepare to use deception to defeat your opponents. As you sling powerful unit and spell cards and summon heroes with game-changing abilities, remember that your clever tricks are fair game in Gwent.

Cuphead

Cuphead

Cuphead ($19.99) has arrived on Windows 10 & Xbox One! 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.

Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 2

Batman

The death of a villain was just the beginning. Now, as Batman: The Enemy Within ($4.99 Episode 2; Season Pass Ep 2-5, $19.99) opens, explosions are rocking Gotham. Batman races to face a new foe but will the force he meets cause even the Dark Knight to fall?

Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition

Get ready for the thrill of motorsport at the limit. Gear up for the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. Forza Motorsport 7 is here, available worldwide today on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Read more over at Xbox Wire!

Pinball FX3

Pinball FX3

Pinball FX3 (Free, with IAP options) is the biggest, most community-driven pinball game ever – and for pinball fans, that means it’s full of multiplayer matchups, non-stop tournaments and league play with endless opportunities for pinball competition. What started with 68 tables has grown and grown, with new tables released regularly. And now, updated graphics deliver dynamic lighting and real-time shadows for even more realistic play.

Have a great weekend!

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12 Oct 2017

Windows 10 IoT enables the complete IoT lifecycle

Author: David Campbell
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Microsoft recently announced the public preview of the Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service. The Device Provisioning Service is a new service that works with Azure IoT Hub to enable “zero-touch” device provisioning to an IoT hub. Using this service, devices can be created with a common image, and when booted for the first time in the field, the Device Provisioning Service will automatically provide the device specific provisioning information, including the correct Azure IoT Hub location and identity where the device can be further provisioned and customized using Azure device management. The Device Provisioning Service is designed to support very high device volumes, enabling the provisioning of millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner, automating what historically has been a complex and time-consuming process for customers handling high volumes of connected IoT devices. You can read more about the Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service in this blog post and on the Device provisioning documentation center.

The Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service aligns well with our Windows 10 IoT device scenarios and features. Along with the Device Provisioning Service public preview, we are also providing sources for a complete Windows 10 IoT client that implements a client service with the required functionality to quickly enable a device to use the Device Provisioning Service, requiring only minimal configuration information. When used in conjunction with the existing Windows 10 IoT Azure Device Management client, it forms a complete device provisioning and management solution, covering the complete lifecycle needs of an IoT device.

The Windows 10 IoT device provisioning client is provided as a source that can be used as is, to provide basic scenario functionality, or customized if desired. The implementation as provided requires a supported Windows 10 IoT TPM to be present, which is used to securely store device identification and authentication information. The same configuration information is used by both the device provisioning and the device management client samples, enabling both to work in concert with one another.

The Windows 10 IoT client for the Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service is located at https://github.com/ms-iot/iot-azure-dps-client, including a step by step process for building and using the client service with the Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service public preview.

Microsoft is committed to providing the most productive and secure IoT platforms and services enabling you to quickly and confidently bring your IoT solution to market. Visit the Microsoft IoT page for more information on Microsoft’s complete IoT solution offerings!

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12 Oct 2017

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android: What developers need to know

Author: Sean Lyndersay
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As you may have read on the Windows Experience blog, Joe Belfiore announced today that Microsoft Edge is coming to iOS and Android, bringing the best browsing experience on Windows 10 to more pockets around the world.

Joe’s post has everything you need to know about availability and features of the preview app experiences. Here, we want to talk a bit about these new apps from a web developer point of view.

Photo showing Android and iOS devices running Microsoft Edge

Getting the preview apps

As any developer can appreciate, testing and learning is a crucial part of launching a new product. It’s something we don’t take lightly. As such, we are beginning with a limited preview to get feedback and learn.

The iOS app is available today for a limited audience in Apple’s TestFlight system, and the Android app will be available shortly via Android’s Play Store Early Access. Consistent with our engineering approach for Windows 10, we’ll be listening to feedback throughout our preview and will update the apps regularly with fixes and new features. When our telemetry (and feedback) shows that the quality is great, we’ll make the apps available for public download – our goal is to do so later this year.

Engines and Platforms

One of the most common web developer questions we’re expecting is – what engine are you using? Did you port EdgeHTML to iOS and Android?

Our choices are directly related to how we think about the goals of the EdgeHTML engine itself on Windows 10.

A web platform is a complex piece of technology that in many respects duplicates aspects of an entire operating system in a single app. Part of our strategy with EdgeHTML is to build an engine that, instead of replicating (and, in some senses, competing with) the underlying platform, integrates and works with it to deliver the best possible security, accessibility, battery life, interactivity, just pure raw performance on that platform. We are proud of the work we’ve done with EdgeHTML on Windows 10, all while driving the web forward with new capabilities and supporting interoperable standards. We are fully committed to continuing to do so into the future, across the full spectrum of Windows 10 platforms and form factors.

Taken in that light, it should then not be a surprise that we have chosen to adopt the core web platform technologies on each of the app platforms we are announcing today.

On iOS, we are using the WebKit engine, as provided by iOS in the WKWebView control. That means that from a compatibility perspective, Microsoft Edge for iOS should match the version of Safari that is currently available for iOS.

On Android, we are using the Blink rendering engine from the Chromium browser project. This approach gives us more control and better performance than using the Android WebView control, but means that we are shipping our own copy of the rendering engine in the app. Much like other Android browsers based on Chromium, we expect to keep up with Chromium releases. You can expect that, from a compatibility perspective, Microsoft Edge for Android will match the version of Chrome that is currently available for Android.

User Agent String

A highly related question is – how can I detect Microsoft Edge from my site?

In most cases, you shouldn’t need to do anything different for your site to just work in Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android. But, we know that in some cases (for example, for analytics, or for choosing the right text in an onscreen instruction related to the browser experience), you might want to know that the user is using Microsoft Edge on an iOS or Android device.

Right now, the apps are using User Agent strings that exactly match the strings used by the primary browser on that platform.  Very soon, we will update the preview apps to include a new token in their user-agent strings, as below:

Microsoft Edge for iOS user agent string

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 10_3_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/603.2.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/14F89 Safari/603.2.4 EdgiOS/41.1.35.1

Microsoft Edge for Android user agent string

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 8.0; Pixel XL Build/OPP3.170518.006) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/58.0.3029.0 Mobile Safari/537.36 EdgA/41.1.35.1

A few notes:

  • The app/OS identifier is chosen so that it does not contain the string “Edge.” This is to avoid triggering any existing UA detection logic that might accidentally decide that these browsers are Microsoft Edge for Windows 10, resulting in a desktop site or something equally confusing.
  • The version number “41” is the app version number aligned across all current versions of Microsoft Edge (note that for simplicity, the app version number is not currently exposed in Microsoft Edge for PC; only the EdgeHTML engine version number is exposed).
  • The sub-version number is a platform-specific version number that internal version number of the app on that platform.

Stay tuned

We are excited to be releasing these preview apps, bringing the Microsoft Edge ecosystem to the devices in your pockets with the features you expect, and plenty of unique new features to come.

Stay tuned to this blog (or follow us on Twitter) for more updates on Microsoft Edge, and be sure to try out the preview apps for yourself and let us know what you think. Help us build the best browsers we possibly can!

You can find out more about the preview apps on the preview site.

– Sean Lyndersay, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

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11 Oct 2017

Announcing Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher

Author: Joe Belfiore
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You’re standing in line at a coffee shop. Your right thumb is stre-t-ch-ing to drag out words on your phone’s keyboard while you squint to read the text on the web form you’re filling out. It’s amazing what’s possible today—but don’t you wish your phone could magically send that task to your Windows 10 PC where you could luxuriate in a big screen and hardware keyboard?

With the new preview apps we’re launching for iOS and Android – you can. Introducing Microsoft Edge for iOS/Android and Microsoft Launcher for Android, two apps designed to make it easy to move what you’re working on between your phone and PC.

We are excited to continue the work we announced at Build to make Windows 10 PCs work great with your phone. Microsoft Edge for iOS is available starting today in preview, with Microsoft Edge for Android available soon in preview. And, Microsoft Launcher is available starting today in preview as well. Continue on PC functionality in both apps comes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Introducing Microsoft Edge for iOS/Android and Microsoft Launcher for Android

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android

One of the most common requests we hear from people who use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs is “we want our browser experience to move to our phones”. You spoke, we listened.

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android shown on an iPhone and Android phone

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you. But what makes Microsoft Edge really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC—or save it to work on later.

Continue on PC with Microsoft Edge, shown on an Android phone, iPhone and a Windows 10 laptop.

 

Beginning today, iOS users can test the preview app via Apple TestFlight, and Android users can sign up to be one of the first to test the preview app which will be available soon. Go here to sign up to test the Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android preview apps.

A few more details about the preview: Initially Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android will launch only in US-English, but we’ll ramp to other countries/languages as we expand the preview. And some features—like roaming passwords and support for iPads/Android tablets—aren’t available at preview launch but will come in the future.

Microsoft Launcher for Android

Microsoft Launcher for Android shown on two Android phones

Android phones have a feature that iPhones don’t – they allow customization of the “launcher” that’s displayed when you push the phone’s home button. How nice! Today, we are also launching a preview release of our new Microsoft Launcher for Android. We think it’s the most beautiful (based on Fluent design), customizable, powerful launcher available. With Microsoft Launcher, your recent photos, documents and more can all Continue on PC as well.

And – just like on Windows 10 – with Microsoft Launcher you can put icons of your favorite people right on the home screen so they’re quickly and easily available.

Microsoft Launcher Feed shown on three Android Phones

  • The Feed: Info at your Fingertips. With just a quick swipe-to-the-right, Microsoft Launcher offers a tailored feed of your important events, top news, recent activities, favorite people and most frequently used apps.

Microsoft Launcher themes phone on three Android phones

  • Beautiful and customizable. Launcher has wide-ranging ways to let you personalize your phone, it’s easy to set colors of backgrounds—and our new ‘gesture’ support will let even hard-core customizers create the environment that makes them most productive.

Continue on PC shown on two Android phones

  • Continue on PC. And of course, Microsoft Launcher has been designed to make it easy for you to seamlessly continue what you’re working on – whether it’s photos, documents and more—on your PC.

Microsoft Launcher represents the “graduation” of the 4.6-star rated “Arrow Launcher” project that was developed in our Garage – we’re making a big update to Arrow and changing its name. Everyone on the Arrow Launcher beta will automatically get the Microsoft Launcher today, and any other Android users can join the preview of Microsoft Launcher beginning today as well.

Go here to access the Microsoft Launcher preview. 

We hope Windows Insiders will try these preview apps alongside their Windows 10 PCs and provide feedback and ways to make them even better. As has been our approach with Windows 10, we’ll continue to try new things, learn and build the best experiences possible. We look forward to bringing these experiences more broadly to you later this year.

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