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Create and play this holiday with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming Oct. 17

The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday.
It’s great to be here in Berlin at IFA, one of the world’s oldest and largest trade shows for consumer electronics with so many of our customers and partners. Over the years, IFA has been one of the foremost destinations to see innovation and ingenuity on display. In 1930, Albert Einstein opened the 7th Great German Radio and Phonograph Show, the forerunner to today’s IFA. The 1930 exhibition marked the public debut of a prototype “television receiver”, one year before television broadcasting officially commenced in Germany. It has been an honor and a privilege to take part in this year’s exhibition.
This week has been a big one for Microsoft, on Monday we shared some exciting details about Windows Mixed Reality, including the first wave of content experiences you can immerse yourself in. On Wednesday, we announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration that will allow you to access Alexa via Cortana on Windows 10 PCs. And today, we talked about the next step on our journey with Windows 10.
We are coming up on our fourth major update to Windows 10, and our mission with these updates is to create a platform that inspires your creativity. We see students playing and learning with Minecraft, lawyers creating with words, accountants painting with numbers, designers sharing their ideas with slides, and engineers crafting in code. Creativity is universal and it’s aspirational in its nature.
Unleashing that creativity with new experiences, that is what propels us into the future. And for us, those experiences begin with Windows 10, the most-popular version of Windows on the planet, with over 500 million devices in homes, businesses, and schools helping you create and play.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that the next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available worldwide October 17
Windows Inking

Windows Inking keeps getting better, letting you ink directly onto PDF’s, making it easier and faster to comment and share with others, improving on what you could do with pen and paper alone. Smart Ink applies artificial intelligence to inking automatically making the squares you draw more perfect, or turning boxes into a table for you with no extra work. And you know how sometimes you can’t find your keys, wallet, and phone, sometimes it’s hard to find your pen to do the inking. Windows Find my Pen fixes that in the Fall Creators Update.
Photos and Videos
We have reimagined our Photos Application to deliver remixed experiences for telling your stories with photos, videos, music, 3D, and even inking.
One Drive Files On-Demand
You can save all of your creations in OneDrive Files On-Demand, accessing your cloud files like any of your other files on your PC, without using up your local storage space.
Gaming

The fuel that often inspires creativity is play. With the Fall Creators Update, we’ve updated Game Mode, which allows your games to use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console, right from a new button on the Game bar. And to take advantage of this power, we have a fantastic lineup of Xbox Play Anywhere games coming including, Cuphead, Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. And, if you love these Xbox play anywhere games, coming on November 7 you can play them on the most powerful console on the planet, Xbox One X.
Security

While you create and play, our goal is to keep you safe and secure. With the Fall Creators Update, Windows Defender is smarter and defends better than ever before. With behind the scenes cloud intelligence that enables new defenses against ransomware and exploits. I can’t talk about security without talking about Windows 10 S. Introduced last May, Windows 10 S is specifically designed for simplicity and security, with significant breakthroughs in battery life and performance. It’s off to a great start, with some of our highest customer satisfaction results yet.
This is the core of Fall Creators Update, it’s all about unleashing your creativity and having some fun while at the same time keeping you safe and secure.
Accessibility

I also want to share some exciting new technology that speaks to our mission at Microsoft to create products which are inclusive by design. With the Fall Creators Update, we are making Windows more accessible for those with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that impacts the brain’s ability to control your muscles. The one muscle it doesn’t impact, are the eyes. A new feature Eye Control implements incredible eye tracking technology that lets you type, and operate a mouse just using your eyes, this is life changing technology for those with Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is real advancement in accessibility that we are introducing to the world with the Fall Creators Update.
Windows Mixed Reality

Lastly, with the Fall Creators Update, we are enabling you to immerse yourself in a new reality, the world of Windows Mixed Reality. By combining our physical and digital worlds, we believe mixed reality is the next step in the evolution of human computing. For the first time, we are talking about a mixed reality system that fully immerses you in the experience not limited to a mobile device screen size. One that is easy to setup, not requiring you to mount cameras around the room, just put the headset on your head, plug it into your PC and get started, leaving your hands free to interact with the mixed world. It’s available from a wide range of partners around the world, like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo with headsets starting as low as $299.
I am thrilled to announce that Windows Mixed Reality headsets will start to become available on October 17 when the Fall Creators Update ships.
And if you find yourself without a headset, we will also deliver mixed reality experiences through the PC. With Mixed Reality Viewer, you can see 3D objects – either from the Remix3D.com community or your own creation from Paint 3D – mixed into your actual surroundings through your PC’s camera – and snapped and shared – for powerful ways to tell your story.
Modern devices bring the magic of the Fall Creators Update to life
Our partners announced a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices at IFA this week including, new Windows 2-in-1s, laptops, all-in-ones, and gaming PCs that feature Intel’s latest 8th generation processors, include the latest NVIDIA graphics cards that enable Windows Mixed Reality experiences, deliver all-day battery life, offer OLED and 4K screens for the most stunning visuals and much more.
Premium PCs

Powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the super-slim Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1 is just what you need to create and be productive, and, when connected to an external USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Dock it is a powerful Windows Mixed Reality gaming PC. The Yoga 920 was designed to provide more natural and intuitive experiences and includes Far-field microphones so you can use Cortana to wake the PC, play music, set reminders and more with your voice from across the room. An optional Lenovo Active Pen with 4,096 levels of pen sensitivity makes inking easy and fun, dramatically expanding the creative and cross-application potential of the PC.

The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is a fanless 2-in-1 notebook equipped with discrete graphics. With an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, it is an ideal companion for intensive tasks, creative production, and content streaming. Even though it’s powerful, Acer’s innovative Dual LiquidLoop technology keeps the Switch 7 cool and quiet. The Switch 7 Black Edition has an embedded battery-free stylus powered by Wacom EMR technology that features 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and pen tilt support to control the angle, width or shading of the stroke providing users a more authentic writing and sketching experience when using Windows Ink.
Popular PCs
Designed for the person on the go or multi-user household, the new Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 line, available in 13 and 15 inches in Era Gray brushed aluminum, features stunning visuals with a narrow border, a standard FHD 10-point touch IPS display and an optional premium 4K UHD IPS touch display. It offers powerful performance with new 8th Generation Intel processors, DDR4 memory; flexible connectivity options with USB Type-C with support for DisplayPort and Power Delivery, longer battery life and quieter performance with standard SSDs. Optional Dell Active Pen offers a natural feel when using Windows Ink to draw, write or take notes.
The Lenovo Miix 520 is a mainstream workhorse with the functionality and detachable form factor designed to give a firsthand taste of the many digital technologies and tools remaking the world in which we live. Powered by up to Intel’s latest 8th Gen Quad Core i7 processors with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 1TB PCIe SSD, the Miix 520 is a powerhouse on which you can use Windows Ink to take notes or create presentations, or use the WorldView camera to capture images and edit them in 3D.
Professional PCs

HP’s ProBook 430 G4 is a rugged powerhouse designed for business people who need to be productive in the office, or out in the field. It features a battery that will last all day, has an aluminum reinforced keyboard, and keeps apps and data secure with Windows 10 Pro.
The thin and light Dell Latitude 12 7285 2-in-1 is perfect for getting work done. It is a business detachable that features an Infinity edge display, it can charge wirelessly, comes with Windows 10 Pro, and includes Windows Hello for added security.
Student PCs
The Fujitsu Lifebook P727 with Windows 10 S is a 2-in-1 designed especially for students who need a powerful and secure device on which they can use Windows Ink and the included Active Stylus to take notes, create diagrams and the keyboard to write essays and reports. A dead battery isn’t a problem because this PC’s batteries can be swapped while the PC is in Standby mode.
The blend of beauty and performance on the Surface laptop hits all the right notes without compromising the things required to keep you productive, like all-day battery life, incredible display quality, and portability. Even the Alcantara material covering the keyboard balances its elegance with a clever design that resists spills and absorption. Every detail on this product has been thought through, and this meticulous attention extends to the software as well. Surface Laptop is made for Windows 10 S and the best of Microsoft’s products and services like Office and OneDrive.
Gaming PCs

ASUS announced the ROG Chimera, a laptop with an ultra-responsive 17.3-inch FHD IPS wide-view display that features an impressive Full HD IPS anti-glare panel with G-SYNC technology for a 144Hz refresh rate and 7ms response time. Powered by the latest unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics the ROG Chimera brings together the best of laptop and console gaming. It comes with built-in Xbox Wireless, so gamers can effortlessly connect their favorite Xbox accessories to the PC, without adapters, and you won’t have to swap controllers when switching between console and PC.
The new HP Omen X Laptop is exclusively built for gaming enthusiasts and eSports athletes seeking uncompromised performance. HP packed the OMEN X Laptop with Intel 7th gen unlocked Intel Core i7 CPU options, XMP memory options for memory overclocking and tested profiles up to DDR4-2800, and factory-overclocked graphics cards up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The high-end components, advanced thermal solutions, fast and responsive displays, a customizable mechanical keyboard, and software enhancements to push components to the limit ensures that the Omen X provides unparalleled gaming performance and a stunning design.
Windows Mixed Reality headsets
A variety of Windows Mixed Reality headsets and motion controllers will be available this holiday from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, with headsets starting as low as $299.

Acer will offer their Windows Mixed Reality Headset with motion controllers. When the headset is paired with the controllers you can take advantage of the full position and rotational tracking in the headset to easily create content or play games.
ASUS’ Windows Mixed Reality headset will be available in Spring of 2018 and will offer a unique design with a pattern of hundreds of 3D polygons and glossy tone-on-tone effect.
The Dell Visor features high resolution 1440 x 1440 LCD panels for a sharp and smooth 360° panoramic experience for an “as-if-you-are-there” view. It’s thoughtfully engineered for comfort and convenience with well-cushioned head and face padding that allow for comfortable wear, even for users who wear glasses.
The HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset will also be bundled with motion controllers to provide great Mixed Reality experiences.
The Lenovo Explorer headset is ergonomically designed and optimized for comfort so you can immerse yourself in mixed reality experiences for long periods.
All of these new devices from our partners will start to become available when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update becomes available on October 17.
Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. One of the ways we’re supporting that mission is by taking this next step in our Windows journey and empowering the creator in all of us with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
The future is before us, we’re proud to be here at IFA with our partners building the future together.
Terry

IFA 2017: Lenovo announces Windows Mixed Reality headset and new 2-in-1 laptops

The Lenovo Explorer is designed to be a natural extension of your Windows 10 PC, allowing you to easily use apps, browse online, watch shows, play mixed reality games, explore and discover through holo-tours, and enhance your video-watching experience via 360° video. Unearth the hidden secrets of Machu Picchu in 1465, glide over Rome in a hot air balloon, live through the “7 minutes of terror” Mars sequence through NASA, take in a 360-degree courtside view of a live basketball game, or just watch shows in your own virtual theatre.
The headset tracks your movements with superior fidelity and spatial awareness, so you can move around naturally in an area of 3.5 by 3.5 meters (about 11.5 by 11.5 feet) without constantly reorienting yourself. No external sensors are needed, which means you can set it up in minutes by simply connecting a cable to your PC. Use the Lenovo Explorer’s optional Motion Controllers or an Xbox controller for easy navigation.
Pricing and Availability: The Lenovo Explorer will be available this holiday. Pricing for the Lenovo Explorer and Motion Controllers will start at US $449; retail pricing of the Lenovo Explorer without the Motion Controllers is $349. Pricing and availability may vary by country.
The Yoga 920 Convertible Laptop

Weighing in at just 1.37 kg (3.02 lbs) and an ultra-thin 13.95 mm (0.55 in), the Yoga 920’s case is all-metal unibody in distinctive platinum, copper or unique bronze color choices.
It arrives built-in with Cortana, your personal digital assistant that helps you get things done more easily and quickly – whether at home, at work or on-the-go. Better yet, we’ve expanded the Yoga 920’s ability to recognize voice commands from up to 4 meters away with Cortana.
Offering pen-on-paper precision designed to give you no discernible lag, the Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink allows you to easily draw in the Photos app or add notes to your map, or highlight and markup webpages in Microsoft Edge. Working on a presentation? Use the pen’s shortcut button to open and check email for any last-minute contributions from the team, sketch them into the presentation, add some color and annotations, then send – all without setting down the pen.
Yoga’s signature watchband hinge offers incredible flexibility, including typing in laptop mode, presenting in stand mode, browsing in tablet mode, or watching videos in tent mode.
Other features include:
Up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 10, and twin Thunderbolt 3 ports – each of which support the world’s fastest data transfers and the most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while supplying power.
Integrated fingerprint reader and Windows Hello for secure, instant biometric authentication.
9-inch 4K IPS touchscreen offering dazzling visuals
Available in limited edition Gorilla Glass cover designs: Yoga 920 Vibes, Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire.
Pricing and availability: Yoga 920 will start at €1,599.99 (VAT included) in September 2017, and will be available on lenovo.com starting $1,329.99 in October 2017. Yoga 920 Vibes will start at €1,699.99 (VAT included) in October 2017, and will be available on lenovo.com starting $2,099 in November 2017.Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire will each start at €1,699.99 (VAT included) in December 2017. All products are available on lenovo.com. Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 910 models will be available on lenovo.com, BestBuy.com and select Buy Buy stores starting September. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming Yoga 920 glass models.
The Lenovo Miix 520 2-in-1 detachable with Windows 10

At home or work or anywhere in between, the Miix 520 is a workhorse with the functionality, detachable form factor, and optional LTE for always-on wherever you are. Detach the FHD IPS touchscreen to use it as a tablet, or use its cutting-edge watchband hinge and full-sized, ergonomic keyboard as a complete laptop. Tablet Mode in Windows 10 delivers a smooth, touch-first experience; your apps will scale smoothly, and onscreen features will adapt for easy navigation. Using the Miix 520’s optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 and Windows Ink, you can sketch and capture concepts on your screen with extraordinarily accurate pen-on-paper precision.
Other features include:
Powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 1TB PCIe SSD, the Miix 520 can run these applications with power to spare.
Optional integrated fingerprint reader for fast and secure login with Windows Hello
Weighs just 1.26kg (less than three pounds) with the keyboard in a slim 15.9mm (0.63 in) profile with keyboard
Pricing and availability: Miix 520 (with keyboard and Lenovo Active Pen 2 included) will start at €899 in November 2017 available on lenovo.com.  Miix 520 (with keyboard and Lenovo Active Pen 2 included) will be available on lenovo.com starting $999.99 in October 2017.
Head over here for more about everything Lenovo announced today, and stay tuned to this page on the Windows Blog for more coming out of IFA.
*Cortana available in select markets.

IFA 2017: Dell debuts new gaming rigs and rugged tablet powered by Windows 10

This week at IFA and leading into PAX, Dell announced new gaming PCs powered by Windows 10, new curved gaming monitors, and the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet – designed with the uncompromised performance, flexibility and reliability needed for the world’s toughest jobs and harshest environments.
Let’s take a closer look at these devices:
Dell and Alienware new gaming rigs and monitors with Windows 10
This week, Dell and Alienware unveiled new products across the two lines: the Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop, Inspiron Gaming Desktop with new Clear Panel with Polar Blue LED lighting, and Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitors.
New Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

Dell’s new Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop includes NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics and NVIDIA Max Q Design technology. The system has dual fans that keep the system cool and quiet while powering through challenging games. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, this laptop arrives with native, live game streaming through the Game bar with Mixer, Game Mode, to battle system resource contention, connect gamers with their gaming community through the Xbox app, DirectX 12 support, and more. Anti-glare IPS wide viewing angle FHD or 4K UHD display options provide excellent visual clarity while Waves MaxxAudio Pro software delivers precise audio imaging.
Other features include:
Built-in fingerprint reader enabling Windows Hello for safe, easy login.
New 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance while Dell’s SmartByte software prioritizes gaming and video content to keep games and videos smooth even during large file downloads
Thunderbolt 3 multi-use port connects multiple devices (including support for up to two 4K displays) to the laptop with transfers up to 40Gbps.
Available on Dell.com in the US on Sept. 12 starting at $999 and 4K configurations starting at $1,449.
Inspiron Gaming Desktop with Windows 10 and new clear side panel

Dell’s Inspiron Gaming Desktop, which debuted this past May, now offers a clear side panel option to showcase the system’s internal components bathed in Polar Blue LED lighting. The system features the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors with SenseMI, Ready for VR configs with AMD or NVIDIA discrete graphics cards, support for dual graphics, Waves MaxxAudio Pro with Performance 7.1 Channel HD audio, high-capacity hard drives with SSD and dual-drive options, plus up to five bays for storage upgrades. This built for gaming Dell desktop is equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12, can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere, and has your digital personal assistant Cortana* plus comprehensive security with Windows Defender built-in.  In the US, prices start at $599 without a clear panel and the clear panel version launches in September starting at $649 SAPP. Ready for VR configs start at $1,249.
Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitors

Alienware will offer two 34-inch curved monitors built for performance gaming with a wider viewing area and ultrathin bezels. They deliver maximum field of view and sharper, clearer graphics. Both driven by NVIDIA G-SYNC, the Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (AW3418DW) supports WQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate, and the Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (AW3418HW) supports WFHD (2560 x 1080) resolution with a 160Hz refresh rate.  Both monitors feature lightning-fast overclocked refresh rate, combined with 4ms response time, delivering ultra-smooth gameplay. Available in the US on August 30 for AW3418DW starting at $1,499 and late fall for AW3418HW starting at $1,199. Read more at Dell.com.
Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet with Windows 10

Dell also announced the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet powered by Windows 10, designed with the uncompromised performance, flexibility and reliability needed for the world’s toughest jobs and harshest environments. Whether it’s extreme cold, heat, humidity, corrosive sand or sea water, Dell’s latest Rugged Extreme tablet is designed to withstand the most brutal environments.
Other features include:
16GB of memory – double the amount of the previous generation
Your apps will scale smoothly for easy navigation with Tablet Mode in Windows 10
Up to 1TB of removable PCI-Express NVMe solid state storage for highly-mobile power users demanding best-in-class performance
Sophisticated 4th generation Dell Quad-Cool passive and active thermal management system
Freedom from wires with backwards compatible pogo docking for desk and vehicle, USB Type C connectivity with one wire docking, dedicated GPS communication and agnostic 4G LTE with double the mobile broadband performance**
A multi-touch glove capable 11.6” display with a brilliant FHD panel and etched Gorilla Glass cover and Type-C USB 3.0 I/O for docking capability
Lighter than the previous generation, weighing less than 3 lbs.
The Dell Latitude 7217 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet is now available globally. Learn more about Dell’s Rugged solutions at Dell.com/Rugged, and head over to this page on the Windows Blog to follow along with more coming out of IFA.
*Cortana available in select markets**Updated for accuracy

How to watch Microsoft’s keynote at IFA 2017

On Friday morning September 1, we will be offering a video livestream from our Microsoft keynote at IFA 2017 taking place in Berlin, Germany.

The player embedded here will show the keynote on Friday, September 1 beginning at 5:05 am PDT (8 am EDT). If you miss the live keynote it will be made available to watch on-demand.

IFA 2017: ASUS announces Windows Mixed Reality headset and new laptops with Windows 10

Let’s take a closer look at these devices:
ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset

The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset is powered by Windows 10 and designed to bring you immersive real-world and virtual experiences. It features a beautifully unique design with a pattern of hundreds of 3D polygons and a glossy tone-on-tone effect. Weighing under 400g (less than one pound) and featuring a balanced-crown design that that reduces pressure on the nose and face, the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset is cool and comfortable to wear for extended periods.
The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset features innovative inside-out tracking with two built-in front-facing tracking cameras with 6 degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) position tracking. The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset doesn’t need external sensors or additional software, making the initial setup simple so you’re up and running in minutes.
ZenBook Flip 14

ZenBook Flip 14 (UX461) is an extremely thin 2-in-1 laptop with high-performance discrete graphics. Only 13.9mm thin and weighing just 1.4kg, ZenBook Flip 14 features a 360° touch screen and ASUS Pen support, which allow you to do everything from drawing on and highlighting web pages in Microsoft Edge, to drawing on your memories in the Photos app or adding notes to your map route with Windows Ink.
Other features include:
The latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, a 512GB PCIe x4 SSD, and a Harman Kardon audio system
14-inch NanoEdge Full HD display
Up to 13 hours of battery life
Equipped with a fingerprint sensor for quick and secure one-touch login with Windows Hello
Available in two stylish colors: Icicle Gold and Slate Grey
VivoBook Flip 14

The all-new VivoBook Flip 14 (TP401) is a 14-inch convertible laptop that is just 15.4mm thin and weighs 1.5kg. The device features a NanoEdge design that fits a 14-inch Full HD display into a frame that is the size of a typical 13-inch laptop, giving VivoBook Flip 14 a 74.3 percent screen-to-body ratio and a larger display area for more immersive viewing. The Full HD display has 178˚ wide-view technology and can be used as a laptop, tablet, or anything in between. The 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor that powers VivoBook Flip 14 provides powerful, energy-efficient performance. VivoBook Flip 14 has a clever fanless design that keeps noise levels down, even at full power, so you can conduct presentations or watch movies without distractions. ASUS Pen support enables intuitive interactivity with Windows Ink.
ZenBook Flip 15

The all-new ZenBook Flip 15 (UX561) is a powerful and versatile 2-in-1 laptop designed with the convenience and versatility of a 360°-rotatable 15.6-inch display in a stunning new design that is easy to carry anywhere.
Other features include:
The latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of fast, 2400MHz DDR4 RAM to deliver up to 2X faster performance than the previous model.
Gaming-grade NVIDIA GTX1050 graphics, up to a 2TB HDD and 512GB SSD, USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 and a powerful quad-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
NanoEdge 4K UHD or Full HD touchscreen display has 178° wide-view technology and precision-stylus support, perfect for drawing on and highlighting web pages in Microsoft Edge or using with Windows Ink.
Available in two colors: Smoky Grey and Pure Silver.
ZenBook 13
The new ZenBook 13 (UX331) is an elegant 13-inch notebook with a stunning crystal-like finish and a sophisticated modern design that places it in a class of its own.
Just 13.9mm thin, weighs only 1.12kg and features a slim-bezel 4K UHD NanoEdge touch screen
High-performance NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU
Powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor — which can be boosted to 3.7GHz when needed — with 16GB RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD
VivoBook S14

VivoBook S14 (S410) is a stylish 14-inch thin-and-light laptop that has an 18.8mm profile and weighs just 1.3kg, perfect for those who are constantly on the go. A premium Icicle Gold or Star Grey finish provides stylish looks and a NanoEdge display with a slim 7.8mm bezel gives users a larger display area for more immersive viewing. VivoBook S14 is powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.
ROG Chimera gaming laptop

ROG Chimera gaming laptop with an ultra-responsive 144Hz wide-view display and a 7ms gray-to-gray response time, delivering smooth and seamless visuals never seen before on a laptop. It’s powered by Windows 10 and the latest unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics.
ROG Chimera brings together the best of laptop and console gaming: take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere and enjoy built-in support for Xbox Wireless, which allows you to connect your favorite Xbox accessories to the PC without the need for multiple adapters, and without having to swap controllers when switching between console and PC.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, the ROG Chimera arrives equipped with native, live game streaming through the Game bar with Mixer, Game Mode, to battle system resource contention, your gaming community through the Xbox app, DirectX 12 support, and more.
ROG Strix XG35VQ curved monitor
The brand-new ROG Strix XG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440×1440) curved monitor with a 100Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync technology and a 21:9 aspect ratio. It features Aura Sync lighting on the back that can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities.
The brand-new ROG Strix XG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440×1440) curved monitor with a 100Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync technology and a 21:9 aspect ratio. It features Aura Sync lighting on the back that can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities.
Learn more about everything ASUS announced today, and head over to this page on the Windows Blog to follow along with more coming out of IFA.

IFA 2017: Acer announces gaming desktops, all-in-ones and detachables with Windows 10

These devices light up the best of the Windows 10 Creators Update, including the all-new Paint 3D app and Remix3D.com community, Windows Defender Security Center, Night light, mini view and more. They also arrive built-in with Microsoft Edge for fast and secure browsing, your digital personal assistant Cortana* and comprehensive protection with Windows Defender. With some, you can also login quickly and securely with Windows Hello using a built-in fingerprint reader or draw on your memories in the Photos app and add notes to your map route with Windows Ink.
Let’s take a closer look at these devices:
Acer expands Predator Gaming arsenal with powerful PCs and a 35-inch HDR Monitor

Powering virtual reality apps with ease and supporting over 8K UHD, the Acer Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktops feature up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor, up to 4-way AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics in SLI. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can easily take advantage of unlocked frame rate, native, live game streaming with Mixer through the Game bar, DirectX 12 support, join your gaming community with Xbox Live through the Xbox app, and more.
Other features include:
Liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0 keep the temperature down while the game heats up. IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management solution that cleverly separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to expel heat.
Up to 4-way AMD Radeon RXVega cards to deliver near-photorealistic imagery
Up to a cutting-edge Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor and up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory, making computing faster and smoother than ever. Excellent connectivity includes two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C and one Type-A), eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C and seven Type-A), and two USB 2.0 ports (Type-A).
Supports three M.2 slots and four PCIe x16 slots provide ample expansion for video cards.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktops will be available in North America in December with prices starting at $1,999; and in EMEA in November starting at €1,999.
Acer Predator X35

This 35-inch, 21:9 monitor sports an immersive 1800 curve and a brilliant (3440 x 1440) WQHD resolution. Featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC, Acer HDR Ultra and quantum dot technologies, it also provides the best possible contrast quality with high dynamic range.
4 ms response time and high 200 Hz refresh rate combined with NVIDIA G-SYNC
Outfitted with Predator GameView, there are eight pre-set display modes to optimize visuals for different types of action.
Acer BlueLightShield technology lets you reduce blue light emissions by selecting from four different filter settings via the OSD menu.
Pricing and Availability: The Predator X35 display will be available in Q1 2018
Predator Galea 500 gaming headset

The Predator Galea 500 gaming headset puts you right inside the game, giving you the ability to hear and not just see the exact location of elements within the game. Acer TrueHarmony 3D Soundscape technology recreates the acoustic space based on the orientation of the player’s head, convincing the brain that sound is coming from a fixed direction.
Acer launches new ultraslim, convertible, and detachable devices: the Swift 5, Spin 5 and Switch 7 Black Edition
Acer also expanded its portfolio of ultraslim convertible and detachable devices powered by Windows 10 with the next generation of Swift, Spin and Switch models. The powerful additions all feature the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors, more secure biometric technology supporting Windows Hello, and usability features that provide next-level functionality for both professional use and entertainment.
Switch 7 Black Edition

The pioneering Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is a super-stylish detachable, fanless 2-in-1 notebook for the modern professional who values mobility, performance and stylus input capabilities.
Acer’s Dual LiquidLoop technology fanless cooling system
8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics
Weighs less than 1.15 kg (2.5 lbs.) with the keyboard detached.
Features Acer AutoStand: a kickstand that can be auto-deployed and auto-retracted
5-inch IPS display with 2256×1504 resolution
Embedded battery-free stylus powered by Wacom EMR technology for more authentic writing and sketching experience with Windows Ink.
Supports Windows Hello with an under-glass fingerprint sensor design that allows you to login instantly with just one touch.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition will be available in North America in December with prices starting at $1,699; and in EMEA in December starting at €1,999.
Swift 5 with Windows 10

The new Swift 5 with Windows 10 and 8th Generation Intel Core processors is designed for superb portability and solid performance; the elegant chassis weighs less than 1 kg, making it ideal for work on the go.
8-hour battery life and 2×2 802.11ac wireless allows you to work effectively on the go all day – even at night, thanks to the backlit keyboard.The new Swift 5 with Windows 10 and 8th Generation Intel Core processors are designed for superb portability and solid performance; the elegant chassis weighs less than 1 kg, making it ideal for work on the go.
Interactive multi-touch Full HD IPS touchscreen and narrow bezel design maximizes the viewing experience.
Premium technology provides powerful and clear audio while Skype for Business certification ensures crisp video conferencing and a great experience with Cortana.
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Swift 5 will be available in North America in December starting at $999; in EMEA in December starting at €1,099; and in China in November starting at ¥7,499.
Spin 5 with Windows 10

Lightweight and portable, the Spin 5’s versatile, convertible form factor makes it a perfect platform to create and share content.
Easy to carry around, the 13-inch model of the Spin 5 weighs in at 1.5 kg and measure in a 15.9 mm thin, while its 15-inch sibling is just over 2 kg in weight and 17.9 mm thin.
Engineered to pack a punch with 8th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, up to 13-hours of battery life, and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics option for the 15-inch model
Works with an optional Acer Active Stylus for incredible precision, offering greater control during work and increased usability through Windows Ink
Acer’s omnidirectional ExoAmp Antenna optimizes the Spin 5’s antenna position to ensure a stable wireless signal
Acer TrueHarmony, Dolby Audio Premium technology and two-front facing speakers for a crystal clear and immersive audio experience; the Spin 5 integrates four array microphones combined with far-field voice-recognition technology that allows users to access Cortana from up to four meters away. This enables them to get quick, hands-free answers, check the weather or traffic, set a reminder, get an overview of their daily schedule, and more—all just by using their voice..
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Spin 5 will be available in North America in September with both the 13-inch and 15-inch models starting at $799; and in EMEA in September with the 13-inch model starting at €899 and the 15-inch model starting at €999.
Acer pushes the boundaries of the desktop with new Aspire S24

Designed with elegance in mind, the ultra-slim Aspire S24 is all-in-one desktop has a display with a side profile of only 5.97 mm – making it Acer’s slimmest ever – a 178-degree Full HD IPS screen, and an ultra-narrow 2.7 mm bezel that provides a 90% screen-to-body ratio for more screen to see.
The wireless charging base allows you to seamlessly power their mobile device and supports wireless charging for Qi-enabled devices
The latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors with optional Intel Optane memory enables the Aspire S24 to power through everyday tasks with ease, while delivering a smooth computing experience.
Wireless connectivity powered by Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC (802.11ac 2×2 MIMO) technology provides fast and reliable network connections
1 channel subwoofer coupled with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology the desktop for a powerful deep base audio experience
-5 to 30 degree tiltable display combined with Acer ExaColor technology for accurate colors, and BluelightShield and Flickerless technologies that may help prevent eye fatigue
Up to 256 GB SSD and 2TB HDD of storage space
Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire S24 will be available in North America in January 2018 starting at $999; and in EMEA in November 2017 starting at €999.
These innovative new Windows 10 devices were unveiled today at the next@acer press event held in Berlin, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions. For more information, visit acer.com/nextatacer.
*Cortana available in select markets.

IFA 2017: Dell unveils mixed reality headset, new laptops, and 2-in-1s with Windows 10

Today at IFA, Dell revealed a suite of holiday wish list worthy devices for an immersive and comprehensive computing experience, including the Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality Headset, Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s and laptops, and performance enhancements to the XPS 13.
Let’s take a look at everything Dell announced today:
Dell Visor looks to the future

Dell announced the new, sleek and comfortable Dell Visor – its first-ever virtual reality headset for Windows Mixed Reality. Engineered with a flip-up visor for convenient transitions, it features well-cushioned head and face padding, thumbwheel band adjustment for personalized comfort, and smart weight balancing that takes pressure off.
The Dell Visor features inside-out tracking cameras, with a 360-degree panoramic view so the headset can scan surroundings instead of satellite emitters positioned inside the room. Dell Visor Controllers offer complete flexibility with six degrees of freedom of movement in a three-dimensional space, and allow total control with haptic feedback, thumb stick and buttons fully tracked by sensors in the headset.
Pricing and availability: The Dell Visor will be available this holiday in the US at Dell.com, Microsoft Store and select Best Buy stores for $359.99, or with the Controllers for $459.99.
New Inspiron Laptops and 2-in-1s offer stunning visual experiences & performance in sleek, affordable packages
 
The new Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 line, available in 13 and 15 inches, brings stunning visuals and powerful performance in a smaller footprint than the previous generation. Enjoy a beautiful visual experience with a narrow border, a standard FHD 10-point touch IPS display and an optional premium 4K UHD IPS touch display that covers 100 percent AdobeRGB and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX on the 15-inch model.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can take advantage of the all-new Paint 3D app and Remix3D.com community, Windows Defender Security Center, Night light, mini view and more. A Dell Active Pen is also available for a natural feel with digital drawing, writing and note taking, so you can draw in the Photos app or add notes to your map with Windows Ink, or highlight and markup webpages in Microsoft Edge.
Other features include:
8th Generation Intel processors, DDR4 memory
Flexible connectivity options with USB Type-C with support for DisplayPort and Power Delivery
Longer battery life and quieter performance with standard SSDs or optional PCIe NVMe SSDs on the 13” version with additional HDD, Hybrid and Dual Drive options on the 15” model.
Pricing and availability: Available in the U.S. on Oct. 3 starting at $879.99 (13”) and $849.99 (15”) on Dell.com; available at select Best Buy Stores in mid-October.
For those who prefer a traditional laptop, the new Inspiron 7000 laptops are the perfect travel companion with the slim, light and thin-bezel design. The Inspiron 7000 offers a brilliant FHD IPS display for a crisp, detailed picture. Its fast, responsive performance is powered by the latest Intel 8th-generation Quad Core CPUs and it offers quick and secure password-free login with Windows Hello, using either the infrared camera or fingerprint reader (on 13” only), as well as a range of storage options including PCIe NVMe SSD.
Pricing and availability: Available in the U.S. on Oct. 3 starting at $799.99.
Dell has also updated the Inspiron 13 and 15 5000 2-in-1s, which offers supercharged performance in a super thin design, and the Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1, the complete package with an expansive display in a flexible form factor, with the latest 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs and DDR4 memory for increased performance when multi-tasking.

Pricing and availability: The Inspiron 13 and 15 5000 2-in-1 are available in the U.S. on October 3 starting at $799 (active pen capable) and $749.99 (not active pen capable) and Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 is available in the U.S. on Oct. 3 starting at $999.99 on Dell.com. Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 will also be available at select Best Buy stores on Oct. 3.
Beloved XPS 13 now 44 percent more powerful 

The 13.3-inch XPS 13 laptop now offers the latest 8th generation Intel Quad Core processors and Dynamic Power Mode. With the new 8th gen processors, with four cores vs. two, you can experience more performance while multitasking.
With Windows 10, this device arrives built-in with Microsoft Edge; your digital personal assistant Cortana;* comprehensive protection with Windows Defender; fast and secure login with the optional fingerprint reader using Windows Hello; and more. The XPS 13 also boasts a stunning viewing experience with optional Quad HD+ InfinityEdge (optional touch) display, with sharp visuals and vivid and accurate color.
Pricing and availability: XPS 13 with Intel 7th Gen Core i3 is available in the U.S. today and starts at $799.99.  XPS 13 with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 will be available in the U.S. starting Sept. 12 for $1399.99, with additional configurations available in October.
You can read more about everything Dell announced today right here, and head over to this page on the Windows Blog to follow along with more coming out of IFA.
*Cortana available in select markets.

Windows Mixed Reality holiday update

We are on a mission to help empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and one of the ways we are doing that is through the power of mixed reality. Since January 21, 2015, when we announced Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen developers, partners, and customers innovate in ways we have never seen before. As a creator, it is inspiring to see the world embrace mixed reality; to see organizations and developers stretch the boundaries of what we can do with technology. Together we have created the most vibrant mixed reality community out there and it has been phenomenal to share in this journey with our community.  
A little over ten months ago our mixed reality journey took a leap forward when we announced that the world’s largest PC makers were working with us to democratize virtual reality this holiday with Windows Mixed Reality headsets.  
This week at IFA we will be sharing more details on Windows Mixed Reality headsets and I encourage everyone to tune into the news that will be coming out of Berlin.  
As we get ready for a big week with our partners, I would like to share with you some exciting details about our product, including the first wave of content experiences you can immerse yourself in this holiday.
Windows Mixed Reality: easy setup, affordable gear, a range of hardware choices, and immersive experiences 
Easy setupExisting high-end VR headsets with external cameras are cumbersome to set up. For more people to experience VR one of the barriers that needed to be removed was the need for external markers. That is why the Windows Mixed Reality headsets coming this holiday will be the first to deliver VR experiences with built-in sensors to track your physical position without requiring you to purchase and install external sensors in your room. You don’t need to spend hours to set up a single room in your house with a large play space, just plug and play. This also means these experiences are portable – whether you are traveling for work or visiting friends and family, just pack your PC and headset and you can share the magic of mixed reality.  
 Affordable gear
A variety of Windows Mixed Reality headsets and motion controllers will be available this holiday from HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer.  Headset and motion controller bundles will start as low as $399 and will be compatible with exciting and new PC models starting at $499. Along with our partners, we are committed to making mixed reality affordable. 
Range of hardware choices
When it comes to deciding which hardware is right for you, we know that our customers value choice in brand, industrial design, and features. That is why we created Windows Mixed Reality as a platform for you to enjoy experiences across multiple devices that meet your mobility and performance needs.  
We have talked a lot about the headsets and motion controllers, now let’s talk about PCs that will be compatible with Windows Mixed Reality. This holiday, customers can choose the PC that’s right for them – Windows Mixed Reality PCs and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs. Here is some context on what makes the two experiences different: 
Windows Mixed Reality PCs: will consist of desktops and laptops with integrated graphics.  When plugged into these devices, our immersive headsets will run at 60 frames per second.  
Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs: will consist of desktops and laptops with discrete graphics. When plugged into these devices, our immersive headsets will run at 90 frames per second.   
Both configurations will support today’s immersive video and gaming experiences such as traveling to a new country, exploring space, swimming with dolphins, or shooting zombies.  Use your Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers to enjoy a world of discovery and imagination this holiday.  
Immersive experiences
We are working with an incredible set of partners to bring the most immersive experiences to the Windows Store. First, we are excited to announce the first wave of content partners coming to Windows Mixed Reality. Second, it’s my pleasure to let you know that we are working with 343 Industries to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality.  We are not providing specifics right now, but it is going to be a lot of fun to work with them. 

In addition, I am thrilled to announce that Steam content will also run on Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Virtual reality enthusiasts know that Steam is a great place to enjoy cutting edge immersive experiences. We can’t wait to bring their content to you.   
Here is a sneak peek into what you can expect this holiday. We are just getting started and we are honored to work with world class creators and developers.  

Mixed Reality is the future, and we want everyone on the journey with us. For customers, we are creating the best, most affordable mixed reality headsets and bringing you immersive experiences that you will love. For developers, we are making it easy to create great content spanning from simple augmented reality to virtual reality and of course holograms.  
There is more in store for this holiday and I look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming weeks! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on Twitter, and please continue to share your feedback with us. 
Alex