08 Aug 2018

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17733

Author: Dona Sarkar
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Hello Windows Insiders!

Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17733 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

What’s new in Build 17733

Dark Theme in File Explorer

With Build 17666 we started our journey bringing dark theme to File Explorer. Today’s build marks the turning point where we’ve finished what we set out to do for this release. Thank you to all Insiders that have shared feedback during this time!

Switching to Dark Theme in File Explorer.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Thanks everyone for your feedback about the XAML shadows we added recently. We’re taking them offline for the moment while we work on addressing some of the things you shared with us. You will also notice that the acrylic has been removed from some popup controls. They will be back in a future flight.
  • We fixed an issue from recently flights where the touch keyboard might become invisible on the screen.
  • We fixed an issue in recent flights where components of a notification with a progress bar (like the one when using nearby sharing) might flash every time the progress bar updated.
  • We fixed an issue where on certain devices if you reset your device and chose to keep files, after logging back into Windows the Sound Settings page would be unresponsive.
  • We fixed the issue where the High Contrast dropdown flashed when the values were changed.

Improvements and fixes for Narrator

  • We fixed the issue where Narrator couldn’t access all the emoji in the Touch Keyboard’s emoji panel.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator didn’t say “selected” after image was selected using the keyboard.
  • We fixed the issue where Touch Narrator’s focus remained on the word even after deselecting it.
  • We fixed the issue where the Narrator key got sticky when using the Mouse Mode command.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator’s Command Restore Default dialog was not read by Narrator.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator’s copy and paste feature would say “selection removed” but the selection remained.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator automatic dialog read the Command key Assignment dialog twice.
  • We have improved the Narrator experience when moving by character and announcing phonetic pronunciations.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator focus and keyboard focus got out of sync after navigating TreeView controls.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator misread the Calculator app’s display on focus for values over 100.
  • We fixed the issue where when launching Narrator QuickStart using the link in Narrator Settings, the Narrator icon would appear in the taskbar.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator couldn’t read the label of the Word document recovery dialog.
  • We fixed the issue so Narrator can now navigate the New Notepad Status Bar contents.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator Scan mode navigation didn’t progress after tabbing onto a link.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator navigated out of the Microsoft Edge browser window using Scan mode on some web pages.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator crashed when Developer Mode was in use and the generated string to display was null.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator continuous reading got stuck on a table element in some HTML emails.

Known issues

  • Your PC will bugcheck (GSOD) when deleting a local folder that is synced to OneDrive.
  • Clicking a link to launch one app from another app may not work for some Insiders. We’re investigating.
  • When you upgrade to this build you’ll find that the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) no longer have an acrylic background.
  • When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
  • On Windows 10 in S Mode, launching Office in the Store may fail to launch with an error about a .dll not being designed to run on Windows. The error message is that a .dll “is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again…” Some people have been able to work around this by uninstalling and reinstalling Office from the Store.
  • When using Narrator Scan mode you may experience multiple stops for a single control. An example of this is if you have an image that is also a link. This is something we are actively working on.
  • When using Narrator Scan mode Shift + Selection commands in Microsoft Edge, the text does not get selected properly.
  • We’re investigating a potential increase in Start reliability and performance issues in this build.
  • After setting up a Windows Mixed Reality headset for the first time on this build with motion controllers, the controllers may need to be re-paired a second time before appearing in the headset.
  • When using a Windows Mixed Reality immersive app, saying “Flashlight on,” may fail to activate the flashlight feature even though the status appears as active on the Start menu.

Known issues for Developers

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

Insider Community

Have you read our latest story? An old discarded PC is gold to this Windows Insider, who revives old computers and donates them to community members in need.

Basilio Kalpakian is an eye surgeon by day and a computer surgeon by night. His hobby and passion is bringing old PCs back to life and loading them up with Windows 10.

And every Windows feature has a story. One of our favorites is the development of Eye Control, which Microsoft has been working on with the help of Steve Gleason, an NFL football player who is now living with ALS.

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

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08 Aug 2018

Announcing Windows Community Toolkit v4.0

Author: Nikola Metulev
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The Windows Community Toolkit recently reached over 1 million downloads across all nuget packages. This is a very big milestone for the community and I’m very excited to announce yet another major update to the Windows Community Toolkit, version 4.0. With the help of the Windows community, this update introduces several new additions and improvements, specifically:

  • New DataGrid with fluent design for all UWP developers
  • Two new Microsoft Graph controls. PowerBIEmbedded enables embedding PowerBI dashboards in your UWP apps and PlannerTasksList allows users to work with Microsoft Planner tasks
  • The Twitter, LinkedIn, and Microsoft Translator services have moved to the .NET Standard services package and available to even more developers, including desktop and Xamarin developers
  • Strong-named packages for those developers that require strong-named assemblies
  • Dark theme support for the sample app and theme chooser for each sample

These are some of the biggest updates in this release and I encourage you to view the full release notes on our GitHub. Let’s take a look at some of these updates in more details.

The latest updates to Windows Community Toolkit.

New fluent DataGrid control

We had introduced a preview of a fluent DataGrid control for Windows 10 in Version 3.0. In the past several months, we have added a few more features based on community feedback, ensured more reliability and better accessibility for the DataGrid control. We are now pleased to announce the general availability of the DataGrid control.

The DataGrid control is a robust control that provides a flexible way to display a collection of data in rows and columns. It retains the programming model for DataGrid from Silverlight and WPF so it is familiar to XAML developers who have used the DataGrid control in older XAML technologies. Developers can now create highly flexible tabular visualization of data with editing, data validation and data shaping functionalities with a few simple lines of code in Windows 10:


&lt;controls:DataGrid x:Name=&quot;dataGrid1&quot; 
    Height=&quot;600&quot; Margin=&quot;12&quot;
    AutoGenerateColumns=&quot;True&quot;
    ItemsSource=&quot;{x:Bind MyViewModel.Customers}&quot; /&gt; 

Create highly flexible tabular visualization of data with editing, data validation and data shaping functionalities with a few simple lines of code.

Make sure to visit the DataGrid documentation to learn about the capabilities of the DataGrid control with detailed guidance documents and How-Tos with code samples. DataGrid comes in a standalone nuget package that you can download and add reference to.

New Microsoft Graph controls

Version 3 of the toolkit introduced a new category of UWP controls to enable developers access the Microsoft Graph. With few lines of code, developers can add UI to enable users to log in to the Microsoft Graph, search for coworkers and friends, browse SharePoint files and more. Version 4.0 introduces two new Microsoft Graph controls: PlannerTaskList and PowerBIEmbedded.

The PlannerTaskList enables developers to integrate tasks directly in their apps and allow users to interact with the Microsoft Planner tasks. Teams and individuals depend on Microsoft Planner to get organized quickly, work together effortlessly, and stay on the same page.

The PlannerTaskList enables developers to integrate tasks directly in their apps and allow users to interact with the Microsoft Planner tasks.

The PowerBIEmbedded control enables developers to embed a rich PowerBI dashboard directly in their apps and allow users to interact with the rich data directly.

Moved Twitter, LinkedIn, and Microsoft Translator services to .NET Standard

The Windows Community Toolkit contains APIs to make it easy to work with web services such as Twitter, OneDrive, LinkedIn, Microsoft Graph and more. Originally only available to only UWP developers, with this update, most services have moved to our .NET Standard services package (Microsoft.Toolkit.Services). These services are now available to any framework implementing .NET Standard 1.4 and above, which includes UWP, the .NET Framework (including WPF and WinForms), Xamarin, .NET Core and many more.

Get started today

As a reminder, you can get started by following this tutorial, or preview the latest features by installing the Windows 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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07 Aug 2018
07 Aug 2018

What’s your monetization strategy?

Author: Microsoft Store Team
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Selecting how to monetize your app is a big part of any development process. Different kinds of apps can have very different opportunities and needs—so your monetization strategy can inform not just your business model, but your app’s final design, content, and code.

Microsoft Store offers a variety of different ways to add monetization to your app. Here’s a quick breakdown of our 4 biggest earners and how they can work for you.

Base price

Charging an up-front base price is a one-time transaction: you offer a product and the user pays for it. Microsoft Store allows you to change your base price at any time, in any market, so you can always experiment with your numbers and see how your target audience responds.

A general rule of thumb for setting a base price is to scope out the competition. Once you know what the market has paid in the past, you can set a price point for your own unique product.

You can see from the data below that charging a base price is the most used option in the Microsoft Store for apps.

Graph showing that charging a base price is the most used option in the Microsoft Store for apps.

In-app purchases

In-app purchases are microtransactions that allow customers to purchase additional content within an app itself. These small fees can build up to big returns—a Gartner Research report revealed that customers will spend 24% more on in-app purchases than they would to buy an app outright. Once a customer sees value, they have an incentive to pay.

Content is king for in-app purchases. The more your customers use or enjoy your app, the more likely they are to purchase new content that is bigger, better, or simply more.

In-app purchase is the most chosen method to monetize for games within the Microsoft Store, as shown below.

Graph showing that in-app purchases are the most chosen method to monetize for games within the Microsoft Store.

Subscriptions

With subscriptions, customers pay a recurring, scheduled fee to access your app. You select the amount, the schedule, and if it covers your entire app or applies to digital products within your app, like features or content.

The subscription model is ideal for apps that offer continuous content and services. In addition to a reliable revenue stream, you also gain access to a quantifiable base of loyal users.

Display mobile ads

Mobile advertising is one of most profitable app revenue models for developers with nativebanner, and interstitial formats heading the list.

If you elect the ad route, include your designers so they can fold your advertising formats seamlessly into your app experience. You can find test ads and more information on best practices here.

And finally…

No matter which monetization strategy you choose, be sure to check out how you get paid. Comment below on which monetization strategy you’re using!

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06 Aug 2018

Bring your film libraries together through Movies Anywhere, now available on Xbox and Windows 10

Author: Athima Chansanchai
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When you connect your Microsoft account with your Movies Anywhere account, you can enjoy all of your eligible movies from Microsoft across your favorite screens at no extra cost. This includes Xbox and Windows, iOS and Android, smart TVs and streaming devices.

You’ll also be able to watch eligible movies you previously bought from other participating digital retailers through the Movies & TV app on Xbox and Windows 10.

As part of this launch, you can add “X-Men: Days of Future Past” for free to your digital collection, for a limited time, if you connect your Microsoft account to Movies Anywhere for the first time.

Head over to Xbox Wire to find out more.

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06 Aug 2018

Save your files to OneDrive for expanded ransomware protection

Author: Athima Chansanchai
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If you want an additional layer of protection from ransomware, try saving your files in OneDrive. It’s part of the new experiences that arrived with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

Here’s how it works: If a ransomware threat is found on a device, Windows Defender will notify you of the threat, help you remove the ransomware from your device, and give you options to recover your OneDrive files to the state they were in before the attack occurred.

2 open boxes shows dragging one file into OneDrive

Save your files to OneDrive

 

For Office 365 Home subscribers, Office 365 Personal subscribers, and OneDrive for Business users, that includes OneDrive Files Restore, which can be used to restore your OneDrive to a previous point in time within the last 30 days. The date and time that Windows Defender detected the attack will be pre-selected in Files Restore, making the process simple and easy to use.

Learn more about the protections from online threats available to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers.

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

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06 Aug 2018

Microsoft Pay is now available with Masterpass

Author: Ori Bar-Niv
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Microsoft Pay symbol

“We are deeply committed to powering a secure and optimized shopping experience that consumers and merchants deserve. Integrating technologies like Microsoft Pay with Masterpass will help the industry move to standards-based payments. Microsoft is a great partner and we will continue to collaborate with Microsoft to make shopping a better experience on all devices,” says Raj Dhamodharan, senior vice president of Digital Solutions at Mastercard.

Now U.S.-based consumers using the latest Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 devices can sign in to their Microsoft account and use Microsoft Pay to make secure purchases wherever Masterpass is accepted online. More broadly, Microsoft Pay allows for a seamless and convenient consumer experience within the Microsoft ecosystem, including paying bills in Outlook, and buying goods or services in apps or bots.

“We are always seeking to enhance our users shopping experience in a secure and simple manner and this latest release does that by leveraging the growing Masterpass network,” says Will White, partner group program manager at Microsoft. “We will continue to seek opportunities to enhance the shopping experience by leveraging standards and working with innovative partners like Mastercard.”

Microsoft Pay and the integration with Masterpass is another step forward in the continued effort to provide consumers with a Microsoft account – a fast and easy way to pay at more places than before.

Learn more about Microsoft Pay with Masterpass.

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03 Aug 2018

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17730

Author: Dona Sarkar
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Hello Windows Insiders!

Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17730 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

REMINDER: Our second RS5 Bug Bash continues to run through to August 5th, 2018. Keep doing all the Quests!

What’s new in Build 17730

Your Phone app is now LIVE!

Android phone users, you can finally stop emailing yourself photos. Drag and drop that photo from your phone onto your PC. Copy, edit, or ink on that photo, right from your PC. With Your Phone app, live today for Windows Insiders, you get instant access to your Android’s most recent photos on your PC. Try it out by opening Your Phone app. You will receive an app from Microsoft which you must download to your mobile phone and follow the setup prompts. Build 17723+ is highly recommended for the best experience. Android 7.0+ are compatible with Your Phone app. For PCs tied to the China region, Your Phone app services will be enabled in the future.

For iPhone users, Your Phone app helps you to link your phone to your PC. Surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to pick up where you left off to continue what you’re doing–read, watch, or browse with all the benefits of a bigger screen. With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is one share away.

A Faster Safer Internet with HTTP/2 and CUBIC:

The Internet is part of our daily lives both at work and at home, in the enterprise and in the cloud.  We are committed to making your Internet experience faster and safer, and in this blog, we discuss how the features in Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 brings those goals to reality.

  • Windows 10 Microsoft Edge clients will take advantage of connection coalescing for HTTP/2 as supported in Windows Server 2019
  • Improved security on Microsoft Edge browsers by guaranteeing HTTP/2 preferred cipher suites
  • Improved performance on Windows 10 thanks to Cubic, the new default TCP congestion provider

For a full writeup detailing this improvement, please see our announcement A Faster, Safer Internet.

Aligning the Insider Feature Update experience with Retail

When you are asked to restart for new flights, you will now receive the same notifications and experience as what we plan to provide to our retail customers. Depending on your ring, you will be asked to schedule your restart for the first couple of days, then we will ask if we could automatically schedule restarts outside of your active hours. Your participation in this experience will help us understand rough edges to improve before we release to retail.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We have fixed the issue impacting WDAG, Remote Desktop and Hyper-V. Remote Desktop Client (mstsc.exe) users should no longer see an error dialog complaining about low virtual memory when a connection is being established. And users can use enhanced sessions in Virtual Machine Connection (vmconnect.exe) again.
  • Thank you everyone who has given us feedback on the “Block Suspicious Behaviors” feature that was recently added to Windows Security. For the time being we’re removing it from the build while we work on addressing some of the things you shared with us.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the volume slider in certain apps performing poorly with touch in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps, like the Twitter app, not rendering content when navigating after a while.
  • We fixed an issue where expanding the Driver Updates dropdown in View Update History in Settings didn’t list anything (even when there were items to list) in recent builds.

Known issues

  • Clicking a link to launch one app from another app may not work for some Insiders. We’re investigating.
  • We’re progressing in our work on adding dark theme in File Explorer and the Common File Dialog, but we still have a few things left to do. You may see some unexpectedly light colors in these surfaces when in dark mode and/or dark on dark text.
  • When you upgrade to this build you’ll find that the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) no longer have an acrylic background.
  • When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
  • When you set up Microsoft Edge as your kiosk app and configure the start/new tab page URL from assigned access Settings, Microsoft Edge may not get launched with the configured URL. The fix for this issue should be included in the next flight.
  • You may still see the notification count icon overlapping with the extension icon in the Microsoft Edge toolbar when an extension has unread notifications.
  • On Windows 10 in S Mode, launching Office in the Store may fail to launch with an error about a .dll not being designed to run on Windows. The error message is that a .dll “is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again…” Some people have been able to work around this by uninstalling and reinstalling Office from the Store.
  • When using Narrator Scan mode you may experience multiple stops for a single control. An example of this is if you have an image that is also a link. This is something we are actively working on.
  • When using Narrator Scan mode Shift + Selection commands in Microsoft Edge, the text does not get selected properly.
  • We’re investigating a potential increase in Start reliability and performance issues in this build.
  • After setting up a Windows Mixed Reality headset for the first time on this build with motion controllers, the controllers may need to be re-paired a second time before appearing in the headset.
  • When using a Windows Mixed Reality immersive app, saying “Flashlight on,” may fail to activate the flashlight feature even though the status appears as active on the Start menu.

Known issues for Developers

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

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

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03 Aug 2018

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