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Windows Developer Day in London – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK Availability

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update provides a developer platform that is designed to inspire the creator in each of us – empowering developers to build applications that change the way people work, play and interact with devices. To truly fulfill this platform promise, I believe that our developer platform needs to be centered around people and their needs.  Technology should adapt and learn how to work with us.
As we showed at Microsoft Build in May, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK delivers thousands of new capabilities and improvements that support this promise. Today, at Windows Developer Day in London, we’re celebrating three areas that help you, our developer partners:
Create inspiring experiences using the next revolution in technology – Mixed Reality
Modernize applications for the modern workplace
Build and monetize your games and applications
I’m pleased to share with you that you can get started now by downloading the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK. Windows 10 adoption has been incredible – with more than 500 million monthly active devices. We are also seeing devices staying current with the latest updates faster than ever, with the majority of devices running the latest updates in less than 6 months, and over eighty percent of devices running the latest update in less than a year. We can’t wait to see the next wave of innovation enabled by the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK.
Create inspiring experiences using the next revolution in technology – Mixed Reality
The next revolution of computing is Mixed Reality. Microsoft is the only company embracing the entire continuum for mixed reality, from augmented reality to virtual reality and everything in between. Windows 10 was designed from ground up for spatial interactions and the next wave in this journey is Windows Mixed Reality, uniting the digital and real world to create a rich, immersive world. As humans, we interact with space constantly, and Windows Mixed Reality will feel the most natural for users. With HoloLens, we have already demonstrated unrivaled innovation that is transforming industries. Now, our immersive headsets offer unrivaled experiences.
For developers, Windows Mixed Reality offers unique opportunities.
Our unified platform maximizes reuse across platforms and device form factors
Windows Mixed Reality provides reach on the broadest range of devices
Our Microsoft Store provides an unrivaled discovery opportunity
Millions of people come to the Store every day to get an application from our broad catalog
Modernize applications for the modern workplace
With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, developers can easily create a new or update an existing application to support modern experiences that employees need, or customers expect.
Modernizing your deployment
The deployment system in Windows 10 has been significantly enhanced to help your users start using your application quicker and easier. This starts with the ability to only download the delta between updates, the updated bits versus the entire package to your end user. In addition, you can break up your application into components to allow streaming install. This will allow your application to work before your user has the entire application installed.
To assist with this modernization, the Fall Creators Update introduces the Windows application packaging project with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4. This new project allows developers to utilize the app packaging without having to convert your existing installer. Just add the project and you’re done. Once your application is using the modernized installer, you now have access to all the APIs that have been added to the Windows Platform. For example, integration with Windows Hello to assist with security, action center integration to assist with engagement, and cross-device capabilities provided with device relay and activity feed.
Another major investment has been the integration of .NET Standard 2.0 which enables developers to reuse their code across platforms and devices with Visual Studio and integrates the vast array of libraries available in the open source community built on .NET.
Fluent Design System
The Fluent Design System is the evolution of Microsoft’s approach to creating the very best user experiences. Experiences with Fluent Design feel natural on the device you’re using, whether it’s a large screen desktop with keyboard, a laptop or tablet with touch, a mixed reality headset, or one of many other computing form factors. Applications using Fluent Design are optimized for consuming content and are efficient and powerful to use for creating and collaborating, and they help you to achieve more… they are experiences you love to use!
For developers, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update provides a comprehensive solution for creating applications with Fluent Design in a way that’s simple, powerful and flexible to your needs. It includes UX building blocks, guidelines, samples, tools, and a community to help you build the best experiences for your customers. Here are some highlights:
The Navigation View control provides an easy, consistent home for getting around your app.
Acrylic Material gives you a rich new visual building block that helps you create information hierarchy and greater immersion in your app.
The Reveal Highlight interaction visualization built into many controls helps your experience feel natural to use across as disparate inputs as mouse, pen, touch and gaze.
Connected Animations aid usability by preserving context and increasing engagement, and are so easy to adopt incrementally.
Gesture Actions like swipe build on familiar patterns to help users efficiently and naturally get stuff done.
Learn more about all the different building blocks and features you can take advantage of at: http://developer.microsoft.com/design.
Device Relay and Activity Feed
Microsoft Graph and Project Rome enable new and exciting ways to drive user engagement across apps, devices and platforms. Device relay allows your customers to continue what they’re doing right now, but on a different device and Activity Feed, allows them to pick up an activity they were doing in the past, and continuing it now or sometime in the future.
Helping your customers stay connected to what they need to do right now isn’t as easy as it used to be. People have multiple devices they switch between and they expect them to all work together. Using the Remote Systems and Remote Sessions APIs, you can do truly delightful device relay scenarios to help your customers use the right device for the task.  The Remote Systems APIs enable you to communicate with the user’s devices across Windows, Android and iOS.
With the Activity Feed, you can keep your customers engaged and help them resume what they need to do next. Your customers can’t always finish what they were doing in a task or session in your app, but you can still help them pick up where they left off between devices and experiences by simply adding an activity to the Activity Feed using the UserActivity API.
Build and monetize your games and applications
Lastly, with the Expanded Resources feature in the Fall Xbox One Update, we’ve made another investment in the promise to open Xbox One to UWP game developers who want to build more immersive experiences. Now, developers will automatically have access to 6 exclusive cores, 5 GB of ram and full access to the GPU with DX12! We designed Visual Studio 2017 with game developers in mind! We built a brand-new work-load based installer in Visual Studio 2017, which optimizes the install experience for game developers, so you get everything you need and nothing you don’t.
We recently launched the Xbox Live Creators Program, and this gives anyone the ability to build and publish games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs. You don’t have to go through concept approval, and the certification is simplified. What’s more is that you are able to leverage select Xbox Live features like stats, leaderboards and cloud saves. We have added more monetization options and tools in Microsoft Store. Interactivity is the future of live streaming and Mixer is our fast and interactive live streaming platform. We have the Mixer SDKs for the major game engines and languages and you can make something cool in less than an hour. Our goal is to create a community of indie game developers. We want to foster open discussions between developers and Windows, and each other. With that in mind, we are bringing back Dream.Build.Play in 2017. The 2017 Challenge has a prize pool over $225,000 (USD), with several categories.
Community and thanks
We were pleased today to have been joined on stage in London by two creative partners building UWPs for unique and innovative experiences.  Black Marble, a UK based developer is building on its history of simplifying law enforcement experiences with a new Mixed Reality UWP to bring MR to courtrooms. Texthelp, another UK based company, showcased a UWP application and Edge extension that helps improve reading and writing comprehension for children with dyslexia and students learning in a second language. Texthelp has also announced a new app, EquatIO, which assists learning in mathematics.
Whether you’re building immersive experiences for Windows Mixed Reality, games, education or business applications, community is crucial to the Windows developer platform. I’d also like to take a moment to thank all developers who are participating Windows Insiders Program and have been using the Fall Creators Update Preview SDK. We value your insight and suggestions, as well as your feedback.
I look forward to seeing what you create with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK. The Windows Dev Center is open now for submissions to the Microsoft Store! For more details, go to dev.windows.com.

This Week on Windows: Apps for back to school, gamescom and more

It’s been an action-packed week with all the news out of gamescom! In case you missed it, get ready for back to school with discounted apps and STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Store, check out our Windows 10 Tip on three ways to get started with OneNote or, keep reading for what’s new in the Windows Store. Our This Week on Windows video team is at gamescom this week, and we’ll be back with a new episode of the show next week!
In case you missed it:
Clash and win weekly in League of Legends with ASUS ROG Arena at Microsoft Store

Microsoft Store is teaming up with ASUS Republic of Gamers and HyperX to host weekly League of Legends events at Microsoft Store locations across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. We’re inviting gamers at every skill level to unite with others in their local community to form teams and battle against one another on high-powered Windows 10 ROG G752VS gaming laptops with ROG Gladius mice, Whetstone mouse pads and HyperX Cloud II headsets. Sign up individually or with a team to compete in a single-elimination bracket tournament for a chance to win unique prizes and participate in giveaways. Register today to challenge local players each Saturday, beginning Aug. 26 making it easier than ever to jump in – all you need is an active League of Legends account. Head over to Xbox Wire to read more!

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:
Eye-Catching Designs in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

Here we are at the penultimate week six of car announcements coming to Forza Motorsport 7 and we’re shining the spotlight on a truly unique batch of cars. The Forza world fell in love with the custom built special models that debuted in Forza Horizon 3 and we’re pleased to say that Forza Edition cars, as they’re now known, will be a part of the fun in Forza Motorsport 7!
Not only do these cars look great and drive well, but Forza Edition vehicles also offer advantages to progress your career and increase your credit balance. Each Forza Edition vehicle has built-in multipliers that will enhance your credit reward for racing and winning with it, as well as increase the XP gained while you are behind the wheel. These are tools of your racing trade that will deliver a big payoff, race after race. Head over to Xbox Wire to learn more!
Halo Wars 2: YapYap THE DESTROYER Leader Pack

The strategy gameplay of Halo Wars has a formidable new element in the new Halo Wars 2: YapYap THE DESTROYER Leader Pack ($5.99). The combat is as explosive as ever, but now there’s a new leader in town: YapYap the Destroyer. Once a Grunt, now lording over all the Grunts in service to the Banished, YapYap is a tactical genius with a range of powers and units at his disposal.
The Mummy

From her tomb beneath the sand, an ancient princess will rise to reclaim the destiny that was taken from her – bringing with her unimaginable horrors. Get The Mummy ($14.99 HD/SD) now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, three weeks before it comes to Blu-ray.
Have a great weekend!

Get ready for back to school with discounted apps and STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Store

Visit the Back to School Discounted Apps Collection in the Windows Store to see all the apps in the collection.
As students everywhere pull on their backpacks and head back to class, we’re here to help shake the summer cobwebs off and get them back into learning mode with our Back to School Discounted Apps Collection. Now you can get heavy-hitters like Complete Anatomy with 20% off Upgrade (Free, with upgrade ), letting you bring the human body to 3D life for less. Get creative in film school or just experience your personal videos in a completely new dimension with Movie Edit Pro Windows Store Edition (50% off; $29.99, regularly $59.99). And in your downtime, create music – beats, loops, even full multi-track songs – with Stagelight, now 30% off select IAPs (Free, with IAP options). But that’s just the beginning of what’s discounted and ready to go for fall.
Or for an afternoon of hands-on learning, check out STEM Saturdays which are returning in September to a Microsoft Store near you. This month, get ready to test your engineering and data science skills during STEM Saturdays, when The Education Workshop in partnership with Mattel Hot Wheels® Speedometry ™ brings their Forces and Motion project to your local Microsoft Store. During these free, drop in workshops, participants will explore the physics underlying cars competing on iconic Hot Wheels orange track. To learn more about the return of STEM Saturdays head over to the Microsoft Education Blog.
Here’s a roundup of our top ten app picks from the Back to School Discounted Apps Collection
1. Adobe Photoshop Elements – 40% Off

You take pictures of all your special moments and milestones. Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 automates the organizing and editing so you can have fun creating and sharing your amazing photos. Make one-click fixes or use Guided Edits for help along the way. Add artistic effects, create collages, slideshows, cards and more.
2. Complete Anatomy – 20% off Upgrade

Transform traditional 2D learning material into 3D and bring anatomy to life with features like nerve path tracing and tools that help to visualize complex functions, such as nerve supply to muscles, layer guides to identify bone parts/surfaces and muscle origin/insertion points.
3. Drawboard PDF – 50% Off

Need to mark up and annotate your local PDF documents? Replace pen and paper with an app that feels like pen and paper! Avoid printing documents for markup ever again with Drawboard PDF’s uniquely intuitive user interface and experience, smooth and natural pen inking, stylus and touch input separation, and an impressive array of annotation tools.
4. Grapholite – 75% Off

Grapholite is an all-in-one diagrams designer aimed to create all types of business graphics and technical drawings from simple drafts and sketches to complex professional looking documents. The unique “sketch” mode allows single-click styling of any figure as if it is sketched by hand.
4. Earth 3D – 67% Off

This interactive 3D globe features wonders of the world, political and physical maps, and weather. Discover a lot of fascinating facts and useful information about our planet! Original and colorful graphics, user-friendly interface and accurate information – this is what Earth 3D is all about!
6. Skyscrapers by Tinybop – 33% Off

Find out what keeps skyscrapers standing tall and people happy in them all. Test your building’s engineering when dinosaurs invade, lightning strikes, or the earth quakes.
7. Movie Edit Pro – 50% Off

You can enjoy a video editing program that is fun to use. Import video material from all standard cameras and with a resolution of up to 4K in no time at all. When editing your recordings, you can choose between simple Storyboard mode (perfect for beginners) and the advanced and detailed Timeline mode.
8. Virtual Robotics Toolkit – 30% Off

The Virtual Robotics Toolkit (VRT) is an advanced simulator designed to enhance the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® experience. An excellent learning tool for classroom and competitive robotics, the VRT is surprisingly easy-to-use and is approved by teachers and students.
9. Stagelight – 30% Off IAP

With Stagelight, you can make beats, mix loops or even create full multi-track songs with drum, instrument, audio and vocal tracks. Lessons and tutorials including: – Building a beat – Learning how to record instruments – Editing audio and MIDI – Style lessons – much more!
10. Human Japanese– 50% off

Human Japanese presents the Japanese language from square one in a warm, engaging tone. Going much deeper than the canned phrases and vocab of other apps, it approaches the language in an integrated way, with discussion, recordings, animations, illustrations, photos, reviews, and more. Key concepts are explained with warmth and humor, drawing you into the nuts-and-bolts that you need to understand Japanese while keeping things down-to-earth and engaging.
Find your nearest Microsoft Store for information about STEM Saturday events taking place in your area.
Visit the Back to School Discounted Apps Collection to check out all the awesome discounted apps in the collection! You can find your nearest Microsoft Store for information about STEM Saturday events taking place in your area in September, beginning Saturday, Sept. 9. Anyone, including teachers, students, and parents can attend, in addition to the range of free programs Microsoft Store hosts year-round that empower youth by providing direct access to technology and hands-on learning. Learn more about Hacking STEM and our lesson plans here.
*Available 8/15/17 -8/28/17 on select apps. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions and limits may apply. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue any offer at any time.