A Week with Microsoft Edge: The only browser to stream Netflix content in 4K

This week, we’ve shared a new video and blog post every day to introduce you to the best of Microsoft Edge, and, in our final post today, we’re talking all about entertainment.

Did you know Microsoft Edge is the only browser that enables you to stream 4k Ultra HD Netflix movies and TV shows*, and the only browser on Windows 10 to support Dolby Digital Plus audio format natively? We also designed Microsoft Edge to deliver more battery life when unplugged – without any special battery saving mode or changes to default settings – so you can stream content longer than on other browsers, giving you more time to binge-watch your favorite show without hunting for an outlet.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of entertainment with Microsoft Edge:

You can catch up on other blog posts in this week’s series below.

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Thanks for tuning in this week to learn more about Microsoft Edge!

*4K Ultra HD exclusivity is limited to PC’s. 4K Ultra HD works in both Microsoft Edge and Netflix app. Only 7th Gen Intel Core processor devices can decrypt 4K DRM. Netflix Ultra HD plan required.

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Introducing a new experience for Gmail accounts in Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps

Over the past year we’ve introduced many new features in Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps for users with Outlook.com accounts—such as easily tracking travel and shipping deliveries, making emails more actionable, helping you easily track your favorite sports events, faster search, and more. We’re now excited to bring these features to our users with Gmail accounts, so you can enjoy the best of what Windows 10 Mail & Calendar have to offer.

We’ll roll out the improved experience gradually to users with Gmail accounts in the Windows Insiders program over the next several weeks.  We’d love for you to provide feedback on the experience in this phase.  After we’ve incorporated your feedback, we’ll proceed to roll out the updates to all Windows 10 users.

Bringing new features to your Gmail account

Mail & Calendar apps have long supported connecting to and managing your Gmail account. But up until now, some capabilities were only available to those with an Outlook.com or Office 365 email address. With these updates, our latest features will be available for your Gmail account, including Focused Inbox and richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries.

Try the new Focused Inbox

To power these new features, we’ll ask your permission to sync a copy of your email, calendar and contacts to the Microsoft Cloud. This will allow new features to light up, and changes to update back and forth with Gmail–such as creation, edit or deletion of emails, calendar events and contacts. But your experience in Gmail.com or apps from Google will not change in any way.

How to get started

The new experience will first be made available to Mail & Calendar users who are part of the Windows Insider program – though not all Insiders will see the new experience on their Gmail account right away. We will expand the rollout gradually over the next few weeks. You’ll know the new experience is available for your account when you are prompted to update your Gmail account settings. If you miss the first prompt, we will remind you again in a few weeks.

Your favorite features are now available for your Google account!

We’re excited for bring an improved Mail & Calendar experience to your Gmail account, and welcome your feedback as we fine tune the new experience in the coming weeks.  You can provide feedback on this and other Mail & Calendar features at any time by going to Settings> Feedback in the app.

— Windows 10 Mail & Calendar team

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Windows Developer Awards: Honoring Windows Devs at Microsoft Build 2017

As we ramp up for Build, the Windows Dev team would like to thank you, the developer community, for all the amazing work you have done over the past 12 months. Because of your efforts and feedback, we’ve managed to add countless new features to the Universal Windows Platform and the Windows Store in an ongoing effort to constantly improve. And thanks to your input on the Windows Developer Platform Backlog, you have helped us to prioritize new UWP features.

In recognition of all you have done, this year’s Build conference in Seattle will feature the first-ever Windows Developers Awards given to community developers who have built exciting UWP apps in the last year and published them in the Windows Store. The awards are being given out in four main categories:

  • App Creator of the Year – This award recognizes an app leveraging the latest Windows 10 capabilities. Some developers are pioneers, the first to explore and integrate the latest features in Windows 10 releases. This award honors those who made use of features like Ink, Dial, Cortana, and other features in creative ways.
  • Game Creator of the Year – This award recognizes a game by a first-time publisher in Windows Store. Windows is the best gaming platform–and it’s easy to see why. From Xbox to PCs to mixed reality, developers are creating the next generation of gaming experiences. This award recognizes developers who went above and beyond to publish innovative, engaging and magical games to the Windows Store over the last year.
  • Reality Mixer of the Year – This award recognizes the app demonstrating a unique mixed reality experience. Windows Mixed Reality lets developers create experiences that transcend the traditional view of reality. This award celebrates those who choose to mix their own view of the world by blending digital and real-world content in creative ways.
  • Core Maker of the Year – This award recognizes a maker project powered by Windows. Some devs talk about the cool stuff they could build–others just do it. This award applauds those who go beyond the traditional software interface to integrate Windows in drones, PIs, gardens, and robots to get stuff done.

In addition to these, a Ninja Cat of the Year award will be given as special recognition. Selected by the Windows team at Microsoft, this award celebrates the developer or experience that we believe most reflects what Windows is all about, empowering people of action to do great things.

Here’s what we want from you: we need the developer community to help us by voting for the winners of these four awards on the awards site so take a look and tell us who you think has created the most compelling apps. Once you’ve voted, check back anytime to see how your favorites are doing. Voting will end on 4/27, so get your Ninja votes in quickly.

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