14 May 2018
14 May 2018

Windows 10 Tip: Organize your busy lives with a family notebook in OneNote

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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Clicking through the Family Notebook tabs "Chores" and "Plant Care"

Grocery lists. Vacation planning. Shared notes. Families share information every day, and often, it’s challenging to capture it all and keep it up to date. That’s where a family notebook comes in.

Share to-do lists, recipes, vacation plans, and more

Once your notebook is created, it will be automatically shared with your Microsoft family. Whatever you choose to add to your family notebook, it will be in one place that everyone in your family can access.

We’ve started you off with some examples for Household management, Food, Vacations, and more.

A "Home Maintenance" page in a family notebook

Add new sections for your family’s favorites

Track your favorite TV shows, home projects, or any other information you want to share – in one convenient place. Here are some more great ideas for your family notebook:

  • Budgets
  • Neighbor info
  • Restaurant and take-out menus
  • Family projects
  • And more…whatever your family wants to share!

Getting started is easy

If you have Microsoft accounts set up for everyone in your family, you can create your family notebook now. If you don’t yet, go here to set one up – it’s quick, and once you do, you’ll have access to other great stuff like settings for keeping kids safe online, setting screen time limits, and more. To learn more, head over here!

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14 May 2018

HP announces two new lines of laptops, desktops and All-in-Ones powered by Windows 10   

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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Today, HP unveiled two lines of premium devices in a variety of form factors designed for wherever work and life take you with amazing battery life, security, collaboration and entertainment tools and more. Let’s take a look.  

 HP Elite 1000 Series  

The HP Elite 1000 series is an ideal match for the person who wants sleek design and durability, industry-leading security, and collaboration tools as they weave in and out of their work day. Powered by Windows 10, these devices arrive with your digital personal assistant Cortana,* comprehensive protection with secure and manageable PCs and Windows Defender, and new ways to talk and share faster with the people you talk to the most.

  HP EliteBook x360 1030

HP EliteBook x360 1030weighs only 2.76 lbs. and is 15.8 mm thin and has up to 18 hours of battery life so you can work easily on-the-go, plus 4G Cat9 LTE connectivity for the ultimate in connectivity. HP EliteBook x360 1030 is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $1,449.  

 HP Elite x2 1013

HP Elite x2 1013 now fits a 13-inch display into a 12-inch chassis, HP Sure View to protect against virtual hackers, Intel Quad Core vPro processors and 4G Cat9 LTE. HP Elite x2 1013 is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $1,499.  

 HP EliteBook 1050 

HP EliteBook 1050is an ultra-slim business notebook with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, boasting powerful performance with optional hexacore processing and up to 4 TB of SSD storage and up to 16 hours of battery life for all-day connectivity and productivity. HP EliteBook 1050 is expected to be available in May for a starting price of $1,899.  

  HP EliteOne 1000 AiO

HP EliteOne 1000 AiO is a 34-inch curved AiO purpose-built for collaboration. It’s is an ideal video conferencing solution, with an FHD pop-up webcam, integrated collaboration keys, powerful audio and HP Noise cancellation. HP EliteOne 1000 AiO is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $1,279.  

  HP EliteDisplay S14

HP EliteDisplay S14 is a 14” USB Type-C Portable Display, bringing the power of dual screen productivity in a sleek package for those on the go. The portable display is powered by a single USB Type-C connection for easy connectivity to other devices. HP EliteDisplay S14 is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $219.  

 HP ENVY Portfolio  

The ENVY portfolio is packed with amazing features that go beyond basic performance and battery improvements, including Gigabit Wi-Fi streaming for fast connectivity, Audio by Bang & Olufsen for powerful sound, optional fingerprint readers or IR cameras that light up Windows Hello to keep information safe and secure and OneDrive Files On-Demand, so you can access all your files in OneDrive without having to download them and use storage space. 

 HP ENVY 13 Laptop

HP ENVY 13 Laptop  offers exceptional power in a sleek, stylish, all-metal design available in pale gold or natural silver and 8th Generation Intel Quad Core processors, optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics and up to 14 hours of battery life so you can multitask on-the-go. HP ENVY 13 Laptop is expected to be available in May at HP.com for a starting price of $999.99.  

 HP ENVY x360 13 i

HP ENVY x360 13 is the newest device to the HP ENVY portfolio: a 13-inch convertible with AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics, multi-threaded processing, powerful integrated graphics and up to 11 hours of battery life. HP ENVY x360 13 is expected to be available in May at HP.com for a starting price of $759.99.  

 HP ENVY x360 15

HP ENVY x360 15 is an ideal device for seeking more creative experiences through touch and pen. With Microsoft Edge, you can pin your favorite websites to the taskbar, preview your tabs or set them aside, annotate books, and, with the optional touch screen, write or highlight on webpages and use Windows Ink. This device is also available with either Intel or AMD processors, powerful storage and memory options, and up to a 4K display.  HP ENVY x360 15 is expected to be available in May at HP.com for a starting price of $749.99 (AMD version) and $869.99 (Intel version).  

 HP ENVY 17 Laptop

HP ENVY 17 Laptop is one of the few desktop replacements with the everyday content creator in mind, with an optional 4k display, NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics, optional Intel Optane Memory and up to 10 hours of battery life. HP ENVY 17 Laptop is expected to be available in May at HP.com for a starting price of $1,049.99.  

 HP ENVY Curved AiO 34 

HP ENVY Curved AiO 34 are curved all-in-ones designed to get things done, with an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics. The AiO has a wireless charging built into the base that is three times more powerful than the previous generation and added security with a pop-up privacy camera. HP ENVY AiO 27 is expected to be available in May at HP.com for a starting price of $1,399.99. The 34-inch curved version of the device is expected to be available later this year.  

 HP ENVY Desktop

HP ENVY Desktop is designed with modern, minimalist details and performance features including 8th Generation Intel Core multi-core processors, optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, and optional Intel Optane Memory for better system responsiveness without sacrificing storage capacity. HP ENVY Desktop is expected to be available in May at HP.com for a starting price of $799.99.  

Head over here to learn more about the new HP ENVY line and HP Elite 1000 Series! 

*Cortana available in select markets. 

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11 May 2018
11 May 2018

Introducing the Microsoft Edge DevTools Protocol

Author: Brendyn Alexander
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Today’s web developers face more challenges than ever before. New frameworks spring up left and right. The number of devices capable of running the web multiply by the day. And we strive as creators to enable an inclusive and trustworthy world where fundamentals like accessibility, privacy, performance, and security are key to success.

These challenges are an opportunity for builders and consumers of devtools, requiring our solutions to enable innovation and scale. We need to provide web developers and tool vendors targeting Microsoft Edge, including other Microsoft teams, flexibility in solving these tough problems.

With the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, we’re taking the first major step on our journey by introducing the Microsoft Edge DevTools Protocol, a set of REST and JSON-RPC/WebSocket APIs, which enable clients to diagnose and debug Microsoft Edge tabs. In addition, we’ve worked with our teammates from Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and the Microsoft Edge DevTools to integrate with, and validate the interoperability of, these new capabilities within those apps.

In this post, we’ll elaborate on why we’ve taken this approach and the exciting progress we’ve made so far. We’ll provide resources throughout to help you get started using these new technologies. At the end, we’ll look at our next steps and share the many ways you can provide feedback to help us shape the future of the Microsoft Edge DevTools Protocol.

Screen capture showing the Microsoft Edge DevTools Protocol documentation open in Microsoft Edge

Get started with the new local and remote debugging scenarios with the new documentation from aka.ms/edp-docs. Requries the Windows 10 April 2018 Update or the Microsoft Edge DevTools Preview app.

Rebooting the Microsoft Edge DevTools platform

A year ago, we set out to re-architect the Microsoft Edge DevTools platform with two general customer scenarios in mind: growing the number of devtools that work with Microsoft Edge, and expanding support for debugging Microsoft Edge on new device form factors.

Expanding opportunities in local and remote scenarios is a key motivator for the new architecture. More details on the components in the diagram above are provided below.

To tackle the realities described above and achieve both local and remote support, we came up with a short but impactful list of guiding principles:

  • Decouple the platform and client components and release the client separately to allow for faster UX improvements and innovations
  • Build the platform interfaces on standard technologies to foster a larger ecosystem of devtools with support for Microsoft Edge
  • Build the platform in a way which allows devtools running locally to target instances of Microsoft Edge on remote Windows devices
  • Align with other browser vendors to support ecosystem portability and efficiency

This work will span multiple releases, but we’ve already made some exciting progress. Let’s dive in.

Decoupling the Microsoft Edge DevTools platform and client

To enable us to deliver customer value more rapidly, we first looked to take the Microsoft Edge DevTools app and ship it separately from the Windows OS as a Store application.

But to ship via the Microsoft Store, we needed to build only on APIs which are publicly available to others. This lead to the creation of the new Edge DevTools Protocol (EDP). The protocol is comprised of two sets of APIs: REST and JSON-RPC via WebSocket. Through EDP, devtools can build experiences around invoking methods and subscribing to diagnostics and debugger events.

The REST APIs are primarily used to discover information about EDP such as the version, available targets, and the supported API surface. All response values are formatted as JSON objects.

https://gist.github.com/kypflug/969e26460cf5c90e66a0d5bbb0d6a456

The WebSocket APIs are used to issue debugger and diagnostics commands and subscribe to correlated events. The APIs are broken down into Domains, which further break down into Methods, Events, and Types. A simple example would be the Debugger.setBreakpointByUrl API. A client would issue a JSON-RPC command looking something like this to set a breakpoint based on a JS file URL and location:

https://gist.github.com/kypflug/24668bf10759b579c62022582fcc5937

By switching to this publicly documented APIs, we’ve begun the process of shipping a new Microsoft Edge DevTools Preview app which runs in part on EDP. You can read more about the new DevTools Preview app here.

Fostering an ecosystem of Microsoft Edge DevTools

By decoupling the client from the platform, we’ve started the work to achieve our second goal of enabling an ecosystem of devtools which support Microsoft Edge. HTTP and WebSocket are ubiquitous technologies in native and web development environments. This means clients written in many programming languages can integrate. We hope this vastly reduces the barriers to entry for those who want to build devtools for Microsoft Edge.

In addition to calling APIs, from within those tools developers will need a way to launch the Microsoft Edge DevTools Server. We’re excited to announce that in the April 2018 update, we’ve introduced a new command line parameter and Edge UX for doing that. Check out the capture below for a preview of that experience:

Animation showing the DevTools Server launching via command line.

The animated gif above shows the new Microsoft Edge DevTools server command-line launching functionality added in the Windows 10 April 2018 update.

These command-line parameters for launching the Microsoft Edge DevTools Server, along with available HTTP and WebSocket APIs, can be found in the Microsoft Edge DevTools Protocol documentation. Combined, these capabilities enable developers to more easily build devtools which target Edge.

To prove the viability of this approach, we on the Web Platform team partnered with the Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code teams to support F5 debugging of JavaScript running in a Microsoft Edge tab. We look forward to sharing more on that front soon!

Supporting remote debugging

In addition to wanting to foster a community of devtools which target Microsoft Edge, we want to enable those tools to target Microsoft Edge running on a remote Windows device. Though this specific scenario is not yet supported, it shows our long-term thinking:

Imagine you’re a HoloLens developer working with WebVR. Trying to debug your web app in Microsoft Edge on the HoloLens would likely be a time-consuming activity. Without a mouse and keyboard, navigating of devtools would be a cumbersome experience. Much better would be to run devtools on your local dev machine and remotely target Microsoft Edge instances running directly on the HoloLens.

To accomplish that, we built a plugin for the Windows Device Portal (WDP) which hosts the same Microsoft Edge DevTools Server that runs locally when launched via the command-line utility explained above. When you enable WDP in the Windows For developer settings, this will automatically install and activate the EDP plugin.

Screen capture showing the "Developer features" page in Windows Settings.

With your device in Developer mode and the Windows Device Portal turned on, the EDP plugin is automatically installed and HTTP and WebSocket servers started.

Using the Remote tab in the new Microsoft Edge DevTools preview app, you can connect to a remote device, view its targets, and connect to and debug them. You can read more about that here and here.

Note: At this point we support remote devices (and virtual machines) running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update or higher on PCs.

Aligning with the devtools protocol community

When we set out to build the devtools protocol for Microsoft Edge, we had a choice: build something which aligns with industry precedents or create our own approach tailored for our browser. The choice was obvious to us so we opted to align with the Chrome DevTools Protocol (CDP).

In the early winter of 2017, we met with fellow web experts from Google, Mozilla, Apple, VS Code, and others to discuss how better to align our work around devtools protocols. The result of that discussion is the DevTools Protocol Web Platform Incubator Community Group (WICG). Through this new group, we hope to publicly explore what alignment looks like and how best we as devtools protocol vendors can benefit the community.

Screen capture showing the WICG DevTools Protocol page on GitHub.

Participants from Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and VS Code drove the first draft of the WICG goals.

Separate from the WICG, we’ve worked hard as we’ve implemented EDP to validate that our API surface and method/event semantics mirror CDP. By releasing version 0.1 with support for three clients (Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio, and Edge DevTools preview app), we’ve achieved a high degree of interoperability. Where needed due to platform differences, we’ve introduced Microsoft Edge-specific methods and properties, all prefixed with ms and safely ignorable by any client not requiring them.

Lastly, though we’ve committed to testable interoperability, we know there will be bugs, and we hope you will help us find them! We look forward to your feedback as you build great devtools using EDP.

Next steps

This release is the first major step on a multi-milestone journey. We’re passionately committed to building the best Microsoft Edge developer tools and platform APIs to enable our customers to be more efficient and to fix bugs in Microsoft Edge. In terms of what’s next for EDP, here’s a quick look:

  • More devtools: we have more features to migrate to EDP within the Microsoft Edge DevTools, and are actively migrating the most-used tools to the new APIs. In parallel, we’re investigating how tools like Sonarwhal and WebDriver can integrate, as well.
  • More devices: the first release supports Windows Desktop SKU devices (including VMs of that flavor), and we plan to expand the Windows SKUs and devices supported for remote debugging.
  • Interop improvements: as more devtools on-board and we grow our API surface, we’ll continue to invest in ensuring we’re working with the larger DevTools Protocol community to align our efforts.

That’s a rough and quick run through our thoughts about the future. We’ll continue to evolve these priorities as we interact with our developer communities to build new platform capabilities together.

Providing feedback

If you’d like to provide feedback, we’d love to hear it and recommend several channels:

  • Feedback Hub: You can file feedback using the Microsoft Edge category and the Developer tools sub-category in the Feedback Hub app on Windows 10—just press Win+F to get started. Whether it’s a bug or suggestion, this is the easiest way for us to receive, track, and communicate around issues you bring to our attention.
  • Edge DevTools UserVoice: We monitor and use requests as an important signal informing what we do, and to help prioritize the order in which we implement new features. Please add requests or upvote your favorites.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about the new Microsoft Edge DevTools Protocol and our vision for a rich ecosystem of Microsoft Edge devtools. We hope you’re as excited as we are. Happy coding!

Brendyn Alexander, Senior Program Manager

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10 May 2018

Microsoft Store announces PC digital game gifting

Author: Elana Pidgeon
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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition page in Microsoft Store

Last Fall, the Microsoft Store enabled gifting of select Xbox One digital games, Xbox One downloadable game content (durables only), and Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. This feature has been a huge hit with our fans and has made buying presents for friends and family even easier, especially around the holidays.

Today, the Microsoft Store team announced over at Xbox Wire that they’ve expanded digital gifting to include PC games and PC downloadable game content (e.g. map packs, skins). Further, all Xbox One games are now eligible for digital gifting. Head over here to learn how to get started!

Microsoft Store announces PC digital game gifting

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10 May 2018
10 May 2018

Windows Developer Awards: And the 2018 winners are…

Author: Windows Apps Team
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The excitement at Microsoft Build 2018 kicked off on May 6 with the annual presentation of the Windows Developer Awards, which acknowledge the hard work that goes into making great applications.

In a room full of the some of the best and brightest Windows developers, recognition went to Application Creator of the Year, Game Creator of the Year, Reality Mixer of the Year, Design Innovator of the Year, and Ninja Cat of the Year.

Apart from the Ninja Cat of the Year award, which was selected by an internal team of Windows experts, the top applications were voted on by the developer community.

Application Creator of the Year: Leveraging the latest Windows 10 capabilities

Winner: Affinity Designer 

Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, and most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether for work or fun, the application revolutionizes the creation of everything from marketing materials and websites, to icons and UI. Features and functionality include real-time performance, perfect color and output, and multiple disciplines.

Game Creator of the Year: Outstanding game contribution to the Microsoft Store

Winner: Luna

Using Windows Mixed Reality, Luna immerses you in “Bird’s” peaceful summer, interrupted by it swallowing the last piece of the waning moon and getting blown far from home. Players unscramble celestial puzzles and create miniature musical worlds. The aim is to unlock each level‘s tree, plant, and animal spirits to help Bird reunite the fragmented moon and find its way back home.

Reality Mixer of the Year: Creator demonstrating a unique mixed reality experience

Winner: Space Pirate Trainer

Space Pirate Trainer transports users to the 80s arcade cabinet games of yesteryear, using today’s immersive experience. Through Windows Mixed Reality, users can fight off relentless waves of droids, with all the weapons and gadgets a Space Pirate could ever need.

Design Innovator of the Year: Beautiful look and feel

Winner: Huetro for Hue

Huetro for Hue easily connects with the Hue lighting system and syncs across Windows 10 devices to create new experiences. The colorpicker enables users to select specific colors or create new scenes using favorite memories. Ambiences allow for dynamic light shows. Alarms, Cortana, or NFC can be setup for home automation.

Commercial Developer of the Year: Focused on an enterprise audience

Winner: Wrike

Wrike mission “is to make teams insanely productive.” A SaaS work management and collaboration platform, Wrike supports millions of users, in more than 15,000 enterprises in 120 countries to manage work streams and organize everything needed to complete projects in one spot.

Ninja Cat of the Year: Special recognition

Winner: Oren Novotny

Oren Novotny is the chief architect of developer operations and modern software at application maker Blue Metal. He was selected as Ninja Cat of the Year for his contributions to the Windows community and efforts to make life easier for other developers. He serves on the .Net Foundation Advisory Council, is a member of the Visual Studio ALM Rangers, and has been a Microsoft MVP for the last four years.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Look for full profiles of each of them on our Medium channel in the coming weeks.

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09 May 2018

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