15 Dec 2017
15 Dec 2017
15 Dec 2017

Calling all gamers: Here’s your go-to buying guide for gaming PCs this holiday

Author: Blake Mitchell
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Boy sitting at a desk wearing headphones and holding an Xbox controller, gaming on a Windows 10 PC

Maybe you’re thinking about purchasing a new gaming laptop this holiday but are overwhelmed by the variety of options to choose from. When shopping for new hardware, gamers often look for devices and specifications that fit their specific needs, and no two devices are the same. Whether you’re an experienced gamer or someone looking to dive into gaming for the first time, Windows 10 PCs offer something for all gamers this holiday.

This has been an exciting year for PC gaming, with new game features in the Windows 10 Creators Update and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that support gaming for all creators alike. Not to mention acclaimed, recently released titles such as Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead with even more to come in 2018 like Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.

With its built-for-gaming features, Windows 10 is the best version of Windows for gaming. Simple, built-in Mixer streaming provides exclusive near real-time, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to watch or interact with other gamers–no extra hardware required, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, including cloud save and resume. Game Mode enables gamers to dedicate more system resources to games, delivering a more performant gaming experience on Windows 10.

Let’s take a look at some Windows 10 gaming PCs from our partners that will light up gaming for everyone this holiday.

For the casual gamer looking for a PC they can not only game on, but also feel productive with Windows 10 features that may include Windows Hello, Cortana, and more, take a look at these casual gaming PCs under $1,000:

ASUS VivoBook S510UA 15.6-inch

ASUS VivoBook S510UA 15.6-inch

ASUS VivoBook S510UA 15.6-inch

Acer Aspire E5-575T-3678

Acer Aspire E5-575T-3678

Acer Aspire E5-575T-3678

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (Model 7567) notebook computer.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

HP OMEN Laptop – 17t

HP OMEN Laptop – 17t

HP OMEN Laptop – 17t

Looking for something with a little more power? A PC with faster computing and graphical expertise, maybe even a device light enough to take with you anywhere? Check out the below premium PCs:

ASUS ROG Strix GL503

ASUS ROG Strix GL503

ASUS ROG Strix GL503

Origin EON17-SLX 17

Origin EON17-SLX 17

Origin EON17-SLX 17

Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

Acer Nitro 5 Spin

Acer Nitro 5 Spin

Acer Nitro 5 Spin

For hardcore gamers who seek superior specs like 4K displays, powerful CPUs, high-end graphics cards, and more, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few top-of-the-line gaming rig suggestions to consider:

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

HP Omen X

HP Omen X

HP Omen X

Dell Alienware 17 R4

Dell Alienware 17 R4

Dell Alienware 17 R4

Razer Blade Pro

Razer Blade Pro

Razer Blade Pro

Acer Predator 21X

Acer Predator 21X

Acer Predator 21X

We’re excited about the innovation each partner brings to the Windows ecosystem, and these beautifully designed, feature-rich devices truly bring gaming to life. This holiday, experience the best Windows 10 has to offer with these powerful Windows 10 gaming PCs from our partners.

Calling all gamers: Here’s your go-to buying guide for gaming PCs this holiday

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15 Dec 2017

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations: Power through advanced workloads

Author: Augusto Valdez Ruggiero
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In the new world of work, advanced professions increasingly require high-performance computing capabilities. We’re working to ensure Windows meets your needs, even in demanding and mission-critical scenarios, which is why we announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations in August.

For data scientists transforming big data into input signals and experimenting with multiple machine learning models, processing time equals productivity. The same is true for researchers, engineers, and teams focused on predictive modeling. Content creation roles such as media professionals and graphic designers generate — and need to preserve — an enormous amount of data and intellectual property through their work.

Enter Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. With these devices, you can power through advanced workloads with server-grade data protection & performance.

These are revolutionary performance gains for desktop machines. With these new workstations, you’ll benefit from greater speed with faster processing & file transfers, greater resilience with server-grade storage, and you’ll enjoy the full power of high-performance hardware configurations.

Let’s look at the key benefits of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations:

Speed through demanding workloads & file transfers

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations supports devices with persistent memory1 (aka non-volatile memory, or NVDIMM-N) so you can speed through advanced workloads with the fastest data storage possible on workstations. In addition, persistent memory keeps your files at hand in the event of a system power loss.

You’ll also save valuable time on file transfers between Server and PC with SMB Direct2, a Microsoft solution for network adapters with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability. This technology uses RDMA capable network adapters to utilize the full throughput of high-speed networks, transferring data at line speeds. It also provides very low-latency network requests, making remote storage perform like local storage. Finally, it significantly reduces CPU utilization, so you have more computing power available to run other applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD or Adobe Creative Suite.

Slide showing work confidently with server-grade data protection on your workstation

Work confidently with server-grade data protection on your workstation

In addition to speed, you also get server-grade data protection on your workstation – a very new and highly valuable feature for anyone working with large volumes of data, including intellectual property that needs to be preserved over time.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations combines Microsoft’s Resilient File System (ReFS) with Storage Spaces to provide highly resilient storage for large volumes of data so you can rest assured your data is automatically backed up to multiple mirrored drives. In addition, ReFS detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives, and then repairs data across your drives to ensure you’re working with clean data.

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Feel the power of high-performance workstations

With Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, you can select high-performance configurations with up to 4 CPUs (previously limited to 2 CPUs) and add massive memory up to 6TB (previously limited to 2TB), and it is required for server-grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors. We’ve also rolled the workstation capabilities into Windows 10 Enterprise (see diagram below).

These machines provide an enormous amount of power to run advanced workloads, with compute cycles left free so you can run other apps simultaneously.

Slide showing the benefits of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations now!

You can purchase outstanding workstation devices running Windows 10 Pro for Workstations such as Dell’s new Precision 5520 or Precision 7920 Tower. We’ll be adding more new workstations to this list as they become available, so check back often. If you’re interested in upgrading your current device3 to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, follow these steps.

Thank you to our customers and Windows Insiders for your input and feedback. We look forward to continuing to hear from you!

1 Persistent memory requires NVDIMM-N compatible hardware, ADR-enabled chipset and compliant UEFI.
2 SMB Direct requires RDMA capable network adapters on both endpoints of the connection: client/device and server.
3 The minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations are the same as Windows 10 Pro.

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14 Dec 2017
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14 Dec 2017

Can You Really Afford Not to Have a Backup Plan?

  
 
According to Symantec SMB, 50% of SMBs admit to having no backup and disaster recovery plan in place. 41% of those surveyed confessed that they had never even given much thought to implementing a disaster recovery or business continuity plan. If you are one of them, then you really need to think about whether you can afford the status quo. Answering these questions will help you decide.
 
1. How often is employee productivity and customer accessibility or service stalled each day from a downed network or system?
 
2. How much downtime can your business truly afford and what kind of backup or recovery solutions are in effect when systems are unavailable?
 
3. What level of IT support can be accessed? Can it be accessed quickly enough to minimize damage? Are you confident that your business can either be back online or be able to access lost data with minimal disruption, no matter what?
 
4. Is your most critical data frequently backed up? Is the data on the personal laptops, iPads or Blackberrys of employees backed up? Are all backups stored in a location off-site and quickly accessible in the event of theft, fire or flooding? Are you using any custom installed software and is the supplier still in business should this software need to be re-installed or updated? Are account details, licensing agreements, and security settings somewhere on record, and is it duplicated off-site?
 
5. Are your systems truly protected from theft, hackers, and viruses? Are passwords to sensitive data changed whenever employees leave the company or business unit?
 
6. When was the last time you tested backup processes to ensure they are working properly? How quick were your back ups?
 
Answering these questions will help you understand if you are needlessly bleeding money every day by subjecting your business to the high hourly rates, service charges, trip fees and wait times of on-call IT support. If you are an SMB, you don’t have to fear technology failure. A trusted MSP can help you resolve these challenges in a more effective and efficient manner.
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14 Dec 2017

This Week on Windows: News from Samsung, Mixer and more

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! You can visit this blog post to learn more about Always Connected PCs, visit this post to learn more about Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android, and read more about the artists bringing their visions to life in mixed reality. You can check out our Windows 10 Tip on what’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!

In case you missed it:

New Mixer app available now

Mixer mobile features

Exciting news from the Mixer Blog today! Just months ago, Mixer announced they we were rebuilding the Mixer app for Android and iOS. Since then and with the help of the community, they’ve built the best version of the app to-date, and are excited to announce it’s available for download today on Android and in the coming days on iOS. To learn more about this news from Mixer, head over to their blog.

Samsung announces new Notebook 9 and Notebook 9 Pen with Windows 10

This week, Samsung announced the new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and three new versions of the Samsung Notebook 9 (2018), offering a mobile computing experience that matches how people are using their PCs: whether at work, on the go and everything in between.

The new Samsung Notebook 9 with Pen

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen: Superb flexibility, portability with S Pen and convertible hinge

The Notebook 9 Pen brings a thoughtfully refined design to the 2-in-1 PC. Its full metal chassis with a premium magnesium aluminum alloy called Metal12 provides durability while keeping it super light at 2.2 pounds. The 360-degree hinge provides flexibility to convert to a tablet from a laptop with ease by rotating the keyboard behind the screen for convenience. The Notebook 9 Pen has a built-in, refined S Pen that gives you the freedom to doodle, write, sketch, paint and more with Windows Ink. The S Pen is battery-free, built into the device and designed for immediate use.

Samsung Notebook 9 (2018): Powerful design, yet lightweight and thin

With three different versions offering a 13.3” to a 15” screen and enhanced graphics capabilities, the Notebook 9 (2018) weighs up to only 2.84 pounds and measures 15.4mm. The bezel around the screen measures 6.2mm providing a more immersive experience. This means great portability without sacrificing screen size, as well as a stronger, more durable metal body featuring Metal12. The device also provides always-on power thanks to the 75Wh Hexacell battery.

Availability: The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) will be available in select countries starting in December 2017 in Korea, and in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S. Both the Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) will be displayed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. To learn more visit Samsung’s newsroom.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now available on Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now as a console launch exclusive on Xbox One! Since we first announced PUBG would be coming to Xbox at E3 2017, it’s been amazing to see the excitement and anticipation fans have shared and on behalf of everyone at PUBG Corp., we want to thank you for your support.

PUBG is a battle royale-style game which puts up to 100 players on the remote island of Erangel for a winner-takes-all showdown. Each game starts the same – you jump out of an airplane over an island, look for a safe (or dangerous) place to land, scramble for armor, weapons and health kits, and try to stay alive as the safe zone becomes smaller and smaller, forcing players to keep moving to survive.

We chose to bring PUBG to console on Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program, as it’s the only console platform that gives us the opportunity to partner with the community and build the game together, much like we did with the PC version. The experience you have in PUBG on Xbox One today will be somewhat similar to what we shipped back in March on PC, but with a few updates. In addition, to support for third-person solo, duo, and squad gameplay on the current Erangel map, PUBG on Xbox One will also feature vaulting at its launch into the Xbox Game Preview program. On Xbox One X, the game will be enhanced to include HDR support and 4K resolution, with more details to come.  While in the Xbox Game Preview program, PUBG on Xbox One will continue to receive new content updates including the new desert map, “Miramar,” optimizations and more. Our goal is to unify the feature set and product roadmap of the PC and Xbox versions of the game as soon as possible.

Read more about the news over at Xbox Wire!

Here’s what’s new in Microsoft Store this week:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 Sale

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018

We take more pictures today than ever before, which means we need an efficient, easy way to organize, find and share them. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 ($69.99 Sale Price, $99.99 Regular Price) is here to help. Now on sale for 30% off through Jan. 6, Adobe PSE 2018 makes photo and video organization, editing, creating, and sharing as simple as it gets.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk movie art

Trapped on the beach and surrounded by enemy forces, 400,000 Allied soldiers face impossible odds in Christopher Nolan’s epic masterpiece Dunkirk ($29.99 HD). Don’t miss one of the best-reviewed films of the year, available in the Movies & TV section of the Microsoft Store one week before it comes to Blu-ray. Plus, for a limited time, purchase Dunkirk and get a free game add-on for World of Tanks! For full details, visit: aka.ms/Dunkirk.

Have a great week!

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