31 May 2018
31 May 2018

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17682

Author: Dona Sarkar
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Hello Windows Insiders!

Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17682 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring in addition to those who opted in to Skip Ahead.

What’s new in Build 17682

Sets Improvements

We’ve heard your feedback and have been hard at work updating the new tab page to make it more obvious you can launch apps. When you click the plus button in a Sets window, you will now see apps included in your frequent destinations list. You’ll also find that we’ve integrated the all apps list into this page so you can browse your apps, rather than just using the search box – apps that support Sets will launch into a tab when clicked. If you have News Feed selected, simply click the “Apps” link next to “News Feed” to switch to the all apps list.

Sets’ new tab page, shows apps listed like File Explorer and Word.

Note: This is a server-side change flighting up for Insider who is on recent builds.

Managing your wireless projection experience

One of the things we’ve heard from you is that it’s hard to know when you’re wirelessly projecting and how to disconnect if your session especially if started from file explorer or from an app. In today’s build, just like remote desktop you’ll see a control banner at the top of your screen when you’re in a session. The banner keeps you informed of the state of your connection, allows you to quick disconnect or reconnect to the same sink and allows you to tune the connection based on what you are doing. This tuning is done via the settings gear, which optimizes the screen to screen latency based on one of the three scenarios:

  • Game mode minimizes the screen to screen latency to make gaming over a wireless connection possible.
  • Video mode increases the screen to screen latency to ensure the video on the big screen plays back smoothly and without glitching.
  • Productivity modes strikes a good balance between game mode and video mode where the screen to screen latency is responsive enough that typing feels natural, while ensuring videos don’t glitch too often.

By default, all connections start off in productivity mode. Stay tuned to this space as even more functionality is coming to the banner! Can’t wait to hear what you think of banner. Let us know via the Feedback Hub!

The new banner when projecting.

Microsoft Edge improvements for web developers

Web Authentication preview: Microsoft Edge now includes unprefixed support for the new Web Authentication API (a.k.a. WebAuthN). This evolves our previous support for the WebAuthN specification to enable the updated version of the API by default.

Web Authentication provides an open, scalable, and interoperable solution to facilitate authentication, which replaces passwords with stronger hardware-bound credentials. The implementation in Microsoft Edge allows users to use Windows Hello (via PIN or biometrics) and external authenticators like FIDO2 Security Keys or FIDO U2F Security Keys, to securely authenticate to websites. We’ll have more to share about Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge soon!

RSAT is now available on demand!

What does that mean? You no longer have to manually download RSAT every time you upgrade! Just go to “Manage optional features” in Settings (the fastest way there is to search for that) and click “Add a feature” – you’ll now see all of the RSAT components listed. Pick the ones you want, and the next time you upgrade Windows will automatically ensure all those components persist the upgrade (just like any of our other on-demand features, like speech resources or OpenSSH). Thanks to everyone who logged feedback asking for this! We’d love for you to try this out on today’s build and let us know what you think.

Showing Add Optional Features page in Settings will RSAT listed.

Note: The “Add an optional feature” page will take a long time to load the features the first time you go to the page. This is still a work in progress, and you may find that some of the RSAT components fail to install and/or launch. We are working to address this. If you do encounter installations issues, deleting this registry key may resolve them: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesServicingLocalSourcePath.

Post-upgrade setup

You may see this window showing after you upgrade. Don’t worry – all your stuff is still there! We know some of you bought and setup your devices a long time ago – the features available in Windows have changed since then, so we’re giving you an opportunity to go through the setup questions you may have missed to ensure your device has the best setup possible. Click “Let’s Go” to go through those setup questions or click “Skip for now” if you want to go straight to your desktop. The conditions for showing this page are cloud programmable and may change over time.

Full screen setup window saying “Let’s make Windows even better – this shouldn’t affect what you’ve already set up.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed the issue for Windows Insider Program for Business folks where PCs using AAD accounts to receive new flights (via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program) where they would see a “Fix me” option presented and couldn’t to receive the latest flights.
  • We’re experimenting with adding tips and suggestions to the Settings homepage. If you see one of these, you can choose to opt out by clicking the “…” in the top corner.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some apps missing pinned and recent items when you right-clicked their icons in the taskbar.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in File Explorer showing blank/generic icons for any file type associated with a UWP app.
  • We fixed an issue where Alt + Tab would sometimes unexpectedly have duplicate entries for app windows in recent flights.
  • We fixed a crash when asking Cortana to play any music in recent flights. This issue also impacted the ability to launch apps using voice commands.
  • We fixed an issue where if the taskbar jump list didn’t show (for example if you clicked away before it finished launching), the next time you watched a video full screen the taskbar would unexpectedly appear on top of the video.
  • We fixed an issue where you couldn’t scroll to the end of the clipboard items list (WIN + V) using mouse wheel/touchpad.
  • We fixed an issue where the wallpaper and app preview thumbnails were unexpectedly flipped when using Task View in Arabic or other bidirectional display languages.
  • Screen snipping (WIN + Shift + S, or other entry points) will now default to rectangular snipping. Your most recent mode selection (rectangular or freeform) is preserved across invocations, so you may not notice a change if you have already been using this experience.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the “Add a feature” page in Settings not finding any features in the last few builds.
  • We fixed an issue where text written using OTF fonts wouldn’t show up when printed.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some apps failing to launch recently with application error 0xc0000005 when certain antivirus software programs were installed.
  • We fixed an issue impacting certain touch-capable devices where all Bluetooth accessories would periodically stop working until the screen was touched.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some explorer.exe hangs when using Remote Desktop, projecting your screen, or having multiple monitors in recent flights. This issue may also have led to Microsoft Edge hangs.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in multiple Win32 apps and system components becoming unresponsive after waking from sleep in the last two flights.

Known issues

  • We’re working on adding dark theme in File Explorer and the Common File Dialog, but we still have some things to do. You may see some unexpectedly light colors in these surfaces when in dark mode.
  • After updating to this build, Mixed Reality Portal will reinstall the Mixed Reality Software and environment settings will not be preserved. If you need your Mixed Reality home experience to persist, we recommend skipping this build until these issues are fixed.
  • Some Insiders may find increased reliability and performance issues when launching Start on this build. We’re investigating.
  • Some Insiders may experience some bugchecks (GSOD) on this build with “Critical Process Died” error.
  • If you have a Surface Studio, it will fail to update to this build with a “Your PC hardware is not supported on this version of Windows 10” error.

Known issues for Sets & Office

  • Sets UX for Office Win32 desktop apps is not final. The experience will be refined over time based on feedback.
  • The top of some Win32 desktop app windows may appear slightly underneath the tab bar when created maximized. To work around the issue, restore and re-maximize the window.
  • Closing one tab may sometimes minimize the entire set.
  • Tiling and cascading windows, including features like “View Side by Side” in Word, will not work for inactive tabs.
  • The Office Visual Basic Editor window will currently be tabbed but is not intended to be in the future.
  • Opening an Office document while the same app has an existing document open may cause an unintended switch to the last active document. This will also happen when closing a sheet in Excel while other sheets remain open.
  • Local files or non-Microsoft cloud files will not be automatically restored, and no error message will be provided to alert the user to that fact.

REMINDER: Upcoming Bug Bash

We are excited to announce the dates for the next Bug Bash: June 22nd – July 1st. And we will hold a Bug Bash Webcast on our Mixer channel on June 27th – exact timing will be announced closer to the date. We’re excited to do another Bug Bash with our Windows Insiders!

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

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31 May 2018

Microsoft gives parents peace of mind with new family features across devices

Author: Shilpa Ranganathan
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We live in a time of both great opportunity and great responsibility. Our children have access to more information, entertainment and more ways to connect than ever before, but with that comes plenty of new things that parents like you and I need to worry about and new ways to distract their attention. Today, we are excited to introduce new features that make it easier and safer for families to interact with technology and, each other, across devices and platforms.

Woman sitting at table with two little girls working on a PC.

Creating tools and features that empower both parents and kids has always been an important part of our work and is becoming increasingly vital, not only to us as a business, but to us as individuals – parents, aunts and uncles, siblings and friends. As a mother to a young and curious daughter, I deeply understand the need for tools to help balance the use of technology in the home as well as out of the home. It’s especially near and dear to me as leader of a team building experiences for mobile devices. We emphasize the idea of transparency as a guiding principle for these new experiences. Today, I am happy to share new features that will help create greater transparency between parent and child, as well as between Microsoft and parents in what to expect from our tools.

Updates to Microsoft Launcher for Android

We’re bringing new features to the popular Microsoft Launcher app for Android with two new mobile experiences, currently in preview, that give parents more peace of mind for their family and a look at your child’s activity across their devices – Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One devices, and now their Android phone.

With Microsoft Launcher installed on your family’s Android devices and a Microsoft family group of accounts set up, parents can:

  • Stay up to date on kids’ whereabouts. At home and on the go, you can use Microsoft Launcher to get an update on your kids’ location and rest easier knowing they are safely where they should be. You can see your child’s (or children’s) last known location and time.
  • Be aware of which apps your kids are using. Check in on your kids’ app activity on their Android device, including which apps are accessed and time spent on each app. With Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC set up in your family portal, you can also view their activities on those devices through Microsoft Launcher.

Microsoft Launcher is the only launcher that gives parents this visibility across Android, Windows 10, and Xbox One devices. Children and parents always have the option to toggle features off and on at any time and, best of all, it’s free. If you have a Microsoft family group, you can install Microsoft Launcher on your family’s Android devices. If you don’t have a family group set up yet, it’s easy – here’s how.

Microsoft Microsoft Launcher for Android

Site blocking in Microsoft Edge for Android

With Microsoft Edge, the ability to allow or block websites has always existed on your PCs. Now, we are extending this feature to you and your family’s Android devices. If you have set up a Microsoft family group, any websites you have already tagged as allowed or blocked for your kid(s) will carry the same settings as they try to access websites in Microsoft Edge on their Android devices. The update will begin rolling out today.

A site blocked in Microsoft Edge for Android

MSN Kids brings curated, kid-friendly news to the web

We are also excited to announce MSN Kids, currently in preview, a curated news site created specifically for children in the elementary and middle school age group. We saw a need for a place for kids to learn about the world in a safe, trustworthy and fun environment. The site offers editorially curated, age-appropriate news and features from partner publishers such as Time for Kids, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic, and USA TODAY.

MSN Kids brings curated, kid-friendly news to the web

MSN Kids brings curated, kid-friendly news to the web

Content is kid-friendly and helps children find things of interest to stay engaged, learn, and have fun – with no sponsored content or advertising. Kids can learn about animals, the world around them, kids like them doing interesting things around the globe and more. When using Microsoft Edge, kids can also use pen and read aloud to engage with puzzles or assist with reading articles. Check out the preview today at msnkids.com.

Family experiences across devices and platforms

These new experiences are the next step in a long history of creating products, features, and settings with families in mind, spanning gaming to mobile to PC and the web.

  • Family safety settings in Windows 10 and Xbox One:  With families today owning more personal devices than ever, including kids at increasingly younger ages, we’ve invested in family settings that work across devices and platforms. A core set of family safety settings – including the ability to block mature content and apps, set screen time limits, and review kids’ purchase requests – have long been available for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One devices. These settings help parents keep kids safer, while also fostering independence and letting kids do homework, research, and be creative, using technology as a powerful learning tool.
  • Safer online spending with Ask a parent:  One especially useful setting, called Ask a parent, lets parents avoid surprise spending on Xbox or the Microsoft Store by receiving notifications when kids want to make a purchase. Parents can decide whether to approve based on the maturity level, cost, and whether it fits within screen time allowed. From the kids’ perspective, it’s a good way to let Mom or Dad know what cool new game they want. From the parents’ perspective, it’s a good way to help kids manage temptations (such as in-app purchases) and make good choices.
  • Shared family notebook in OneNote: Earlier this month we released the new family notebook in OneNote. We know families are busier than ever and with a family notebook your whole family can stay in sync and organized – from shopping lists to vacation planning, the whole family can share, edit and access information in one place.

These are just some of the many great features across our devices and services that empower families with peace of mind, tools to learn, grow and, of course, have fun. More information can be found at this page. Please download Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft Edge for Android and give the new features a try. We look forward to hearing your feedback so we can empower you with the best tools to create the safest, most productive and fun experiences for our families.

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31 May 2018

New to Microsoft 365 in May—empowering and securing users

Author: Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365
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Each month on the Microsoft 365 Blog, we highlight key updates to Microsoft 365 that build on our vision for the modern workplace. This month, we introduced a number of new capabilities to help individuals produce accessible content, work together in real-time, and create a secure and compliant workplace.

Here’s a look at what we brought to Microsoft 365 in May.

Empowering creative teamwork

Create accessible content in Office 365—We enhanced the Accessibility Checker to streamline the process of creating quality content that is accessible to people with disabilities. Now, the Accessibility Checker identifies an expanded range of issues within a document, including low-contrast text that is difficult to read because the font color is too similar to the background color. The checker also includes a recommended action menu and utilizes AI to make intelligent suggestions for improvements—like suggesting a description for an image—making it easier to fix flagged issues from within your workflow.

GIF showing the Accessibility Checker being run from the Review tab in a Word document with black text on a grey background and an image of a forest. Accessibility Checker inspection results show that the image is missing alternative text and the user clicks the recommended action: Add a description to fix this. This opens the Alt Text pane and the user types the image description in it. The user then clicks the Low contrast text warning in the Accessibility Checker inspection results and clicks the recommended action and changes the page color to white. The inspection results now show no more accessibility issues.

Accessibility Checker alerts you in real-time of issues that make your content difficult for people with disabilities to access.

Work in mixed reality with SharePoint—This month, we unveiled SharePoint spaces—immersive, mixed reality experiences built on SharePoint—which enable you to interact with and explore content in new ways. Now, Microsoft 365 subscribers can work with 3D models, 360-degree videos, panoramic images, organizational charts, visualizations, and any information on your intranet to create immersive mixed reality experiences. SharePoint spaces make it easy to create virtual environments with point-and-click simplicity to help viewers digest information that might be too numerous or too complex to experience in the real world or in a two-dimensional environment.

Create immersive virtual environments in seconds with SharePoint spaces.

Find relevant content faster in SharePoint—The new Find tab in the SharePoint mobile app makes it easier to access the information you need when looking for expertise, content, apps, or resources on the go. The Find tab uses AI to automatically surface sites, files, news, and people relevant to you without having to search—including documents and sites that you were recently working on from across your devices. The Find tab also refines search results as you type, and leverages AI to provide instant answers to questions you ask based on information from across your intranet.

A screenshot of the SharePoint Find tab.

By learning from your existing content and organizational knowledge, AI provides instant answers, transforming search into action.

Run efficient meetings with Microsoft Teams—This month at Build, we demonstrated a range of future capabilities in Microsoft Teams that utilize AI to make meetings smarter and more intuitive over time—including real-time transcription, Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices, and automatic notetaking. Today, we’re announcing new capabilities for mobile users that make it easier to participate in meetings on the go. Now, you can quickly share your screen with others in the meeting directly from your mobile device, or upload images and video from your library. These improvements make everyone a first-class meeting participant—regardless of location or device.

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Extend meeting capabilities with Surface Hub 2—Earlier this month, we introduced Surface Hub 2, a device built from the ground up to be used by teams in any organization. Surface Hub 2 integrates Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10, and the intelligent cloud into a seamless collaboration experience, which extends the capabilities of any meeting space and allows users to create—whether in the same room or separated by thousands of miles.

Creating a secure and compliant workplace

Achieve GDPR compliance with the Microsoft Cloud—This month marked a major milestone for individual privacy rights with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that took effect on May 25, 2018. Over the last few months, we introduced new capabilities across the Microsoft Cloud to help you effectively demonstrate that your organization has taken appropriate steps to protect the privacy rights of individuals. To learn more about these capabilities, read our summary of Microsoft’s investment to support GDPR and the privacy rights of individuals.

Microsoft 365 customer INAIL leverages Azure Information Protection to classify, label, and protect their most sensitive data.

Work securely with external partners in Microsoft 365—We introduced several new capabilities in Azure Active Directory Business-to-Business (B2B) collaboration that make it easier to work safely and securely with people outside of your Microsoft 365 tenant. B2B collaboration allows administrators to share access to internal resources and applications with external partners while maintaining complete control over their own corporate data. Starting this month, first-time external users are welcomed to your tenant with a modernized experience and improved consent flow, making it easier for users to accept the terms of use agreements set by your organization.

We also improved Business-to-Consumer (B2C) collaboration, making it easier to invite external partners who use consumer email accounts like Outlook and Gmail while protecting your organization’s data and improving the process of setting access policies.

A screenshot from Azure Active Directory's Review permissions tab.

Track terms of use agreements in Azure Active Directory B2B by tracking when users consent.

Other updates

As companies seek to empower people to do their best work, a cultural transformation isn’t just inevitable—it’s essential. This month, we released a white paper outlining how Microsoft is partnering with customers to foster a modern workplace that is productive, responsive, creative, and secure. To learn more, read the New Culture of Work white paper.

Check out these other updates from across Microsoft 365:

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30 May 2018

Announcing Windows Community Toolkit v3.0

Author: Nikola Metulev
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I’m excited to announce the largest update to the Windows Community Toolkit yet, version 3.0.

As announced a few weeks ago, we recently changed the name of the community toolkit to better align with all Windows developers, and today we are releasing our biggest update yet which introduces:

  • A new package for WPF and WinForms developers that includes the new Edge WebView
  • A new package for all XAML UWP developer to enable usage of eye gaze APIs in XAML
  • A new package for all .NET UWP developers to help in writing runtime API checks
  • A new package introducing new controls to access the Microsoft Graph
  • New controls and APIs in existing packages
  • Fluent updates to existing controls with support for light and dark theme
  • Updated documentation, including code examples in Visual Basic
  • Many improvements and bug fixes

Let’s take a look at some of these updates in more details.

A new modern WebView for .NET and WPF apps

Microsoft is bringing the latest Microsoft Edge rendering engine to .NET WinForms and WPF apps. However, working with the WebViewControl and WebView API may feel foreign to native .NET developers, so we’re building additional controls to simplify the experience and provide a more familiar environment. These controls wrap the WebViewControl to enable the control feel more like a native .NET WinForms or WPF control, and provide a subset of the members from that class.

A new modern WebView for .NET and WPF apps

The WinForms and WPF controls are available today in the Microsoft.Toolkit.Win32.UI.Controls package. This means that upgrading from the Trident-powered WebBrowser control to the EdgeHTML-powered WebView in your WinForms or WPF app can be as easy as dragging in a new control from the toolbox.

Visit the docs for the full documentation.

New Gaze Interaction Library to integrate eye gaze in all XAML apps

Gaze input is a powerful way to interact and use Windows and UWP apps that is especially useful as an assistive technology for users with neuro-muscular diseases (such as ALS) and other disabilities involving impaired muscle or nerve functions. The Windows 10 April 2018 Update now includes Windows eye tracking APIs. And to enable developers leveraging those APIs in their XAML apps, we are introducing the Gaze Interaction Library in the Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp.Input.GazeInteraction package. For example, to enable eye gaze on your xaml page, add the following attached property:


xmlns:gaze=&quot;using:Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp.Input.GazeInteraction&quot;
      	gaze:GazeInput.Interaction=&quot;Enabled&quot;

The API allows you to control the customize how the eye gaze works with your UI. Make sure to read this blog to learn more and visit the docs for the full documentation.

Platform Specific Analyzer

When writing platform adaptive code, developers should ensure that code checks for presence of API before calling it. The platform specific analyzer, available through the Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp.PlatformSpecificAnalyzer nuget package, is a Roslyn analyzer for both C# and Visual Basic that can detect when you are using APIs that might now be available on all versions of Windows 10 and help you add the appropriate code checks.

Example of the Platform Specific Analyzer

Just add the nuget package to your app and the analyzer will automatically check your code as you are developing.

Microsoft Graph controls

As part of the new Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp.UI.Controls.Graph package, we are adding four new controls to enable developers access the Microsoft Graph in their XAML apps.

ProfileCard and AadLogin

The ProfileCard control is a simple way to display a user in multiple different formats using a combination of name, image, and email. The AadLogin control leverages the Microsoft Graph service to enable basic Azure Active Directory (AAD) sign-in process.

Example of the ProfileCard control

PeoplePicker

The PeoplePicker control allows for selection of one ore more users from an organizational AD.Example of PeoplePicker

SharePointFileList

The SharePointFileList control allows the user to navigate through a folder and files and displays a simple list of SharePoint files.

The SharePointFileList control allows the user to navigate through a folder and files and displays a simple list of SharePoint files.

New controls and helpers

In addition to the new packages, the toolkit is also adding new controls and helpers to existing packages which are worth mentioning here.

CameraHelper and CameraPreview

The CameraHelper provides helper methods to easily use the available camera frame sources to preview video, capture video frames and software bitmaps. With one line of code, developers can subscribe and get real time video frames and software bitmaps as they arrive from the selected camera source.

The CameraPreview XAML control leverages the CameraHelper to easily preview the video frames in your apps.

In your xaml:


&lt;controls:CameraPreview x:Name=&quot;CameraPreviewControl” /&gt; 

In your C#


await CameraPreviewControl.StartAsync(); (); 
CameraPreviewControl.CameraHelper.FrameArrived += CameraPreviewControl_FrameArrived;

Read the docs for the full documentation.

UniformGrid

The UniformGrid control is a responsive layout control which arranges items in an evenly-spaced set of rows or columns to fill the total available display space. Each cell in the grid, by default, will be the same size. If you are moving UniformGrid XAML from WPF, just add the namespace prefix for the toolkit.


&lt;controls:UniformGrid&gt;
      &lt;Border Background=&quot;AliceBlue&quot; Grid.Row=&quot;1&quot; Grid.Column=&quot;1&quot;&gt;&lt;TextBlock Text=&quot;1&quot;/&gt;&lt;/Border&gt;
      &lt;Border Background=&quot;Cornsilk&quot;&gt;&lt;TextBlock Text=&quot;2&quot;/&gt;&lt;/Border&gt;
      &lt;Border Background=&quot;DarkSalmon&quot;&gt;&lt;TextBlock Text=&quot;3&quot;/&gt;&lt;/Border&gt;
      &lt;Border Background=&quot;Gainsboro&quot;&gt;&lt;TextBlock Text=&quot;4&quot;/&gt;&lt;/Border&gt;
      &lt;Border Background=&quot;LightBlue&quot;&gt;&lt;TextBlock Text=&quot;5&quot;/&gt;&lt;/Border&gt;
      &lt;Border Background=&quot;MediumAquamarine&quot;&gt;&lt;TextBlock Text=&quot;6&quot;/&gt;&lt;/Border&gt;
      &lt;Border Background=&quot;MistyRose&quot;&gt;&lt;TextBlock Text=&quot;7&quot;/&gt;&lt;/Border&gt;
    &lt;/controls:UniformGrid&gt;

Example of the UniformGrid control

Read the docs for the full documentation.

InfiniteCanvas

The InfiniteCanvas control is a canvas that supports infinite scrolling, inking, formatted text, zooming, undo and redo, and exporting and importing canvas data.

Example of the InfiniteCanvas control

Read the docs for the full documentation.

There is more…

Make sure to visit the release notes to get the full list of updates for this release. The community continues to work enthusiastically together to add value for all Windows developers and version 3.0 is the biggest effort so far. The toolkit would not be possible if it were not for the hard work of our contributors.

As a reminder, you can get started by following this tutorial, or preview the latest features by installing the UWP Community Toolkit Sample App from the Microsoft Store. If you would like to contribute, please join us on GitHub! To join the conversation on Twitter, use the #windowstoolkit hashtag.

Happy coding!

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30 May 2018

Survey of business leaders highlights the importance of digitally enabling Firstline Workers

Author: the Microsoft 365 team
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Today, there are more than two billion Firstline Workers, who are often a customer’s first point of contact, making them the first to represent a company’s brand. Microsoft partnered with Harvard Business Review Analytic Services to survey the roles and importance of the Firstline Workforce within the context of digital transformation.

Of the 383 business leaders who responded to the survey:

  • 78 percent responded that connecting and empowering Firstline Workers is critical.
  • 67 percent think increased efficiency is their top driver.
  • 60 percent will adopt advanced analytics in the next two years.

Read the full analysis of the survey, Building for success at the Firstline of business, to learn more.

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HP announces the most powerful OMEN 15 Laptop yet

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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OMEN 15 Laptop

The OMEN 15 laptop arrives with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, 8th Generation Intel Core i+ H-series quad or six-core CPUs and stunning visuals on a 15.6-inch diagonal 144hz or 4k display. With Windows 10, this laptop also has simple, built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It’s also Xbox Adaptive Controller compatible, supporting accessible gaming towards connecting more gamers than ever before.

Top features include:

  • Astonishing graphics with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with MAX-Q Design
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i+ H-series quad or six-core CPUs and up to 32GB DDR4-2666 RAM will power the latest titles and manage multi-tasking and memory intensive programs with ease.
  • A flexible variety of storage options up to HDD + Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration.
  • Engineered for the heat gaming generates with larger fans, a 3-phase motor and fluid dynamic bearings to create less friction and more consistent fan speed control in all configurations.
  • Stunning visuals on the 15.6-inch diagonal 144hz 1080p, 60Hz 4k, or 60Hz 1080p display, with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology on select configurations.
  • Vibrant sound blasts through stereo speakers powered with audio by Bang & Olufsen along and a discrete audio amplifier.
  • Do-it-yourself additions are made easy through Phillips-head screws on the base of the laptop along with single panel access for storage and memory.

OMEN 15 Laptop is expected to be available in July 29, 2018, via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $979.99.

In addition to the new OMEN 15 Laptop, HP also announced a range of professional-grade gaming accessories today, including the OMEN by HP Mindframe Headset, OMEN by HP Sequencer Keyboard, OMEN by HP Reactor Mouse, OMEN X by HP Transceptor Backpack, and more. Head over to HP.com learn more!

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