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Windows 10 Tip: Get more out of reading online with Grammar Tools in Microsoft Edge – Windows Experience Blog

Reading online is convenient, but did you know it can also help you get more out of books and articles? Microsoft Edge has built-in learning tools that make it easier to read EPUB books and websites in Reading view: Grammar Tools.The Windows 10 April 2018 Update added Grammar Tools support that allow you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speed, such as nouns, verbs and adjectives.
These tools can improve reading comprehension through increasing fluency for English language learners or readers of other languages, and they can also help build confidence for emerging readers learning to read at higher levels. Breaking words into syllables improves word recognition, while highlighting parts of speech supports reading instruction and can improve writing quality.
Click on the image below to see how to use Grammar Tools:
When you’re in Reading view, open Grammar Tools to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speed, such as nouns, verbs and adjectives.
Want to know what else you can do? Check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Chakra documentation is joining MDN web docs – Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

Last fall, along with other browser vendors and web platform stakeholders, the Edge platform (EdgeHTML) team adopted MDN web docs as our official web API reference library. In the process, we redirected over 7700 MSDN pages for HTML, CSS, SVG and DOM APIs to corresponding reference content on MDN and joined the community in helping maintain it, including making over 5000 edits to the browser compatibility tables to reflect the latest Edge API surfaceToday the Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine, Chakra, joins the community-wide effort to make MDN web docs the web’s one-stop, premiere development reference, starting by redirecting all 500+ pages of Microsoft’s JavaScript API reference from docs.microsoft.com to their MDN counterparts and porting our legacy JS extensions reference for historical and servicing purposes.

We want to thank our community for enthusiastically embracing MDN web docs, and special kudos to everyone who helps to improve the docs, edit by edit. In the previous year alone, you helped the MDN web docs community grow monthly users by over 50%! Let’s keep documenting the web forward together.
– Erika Doyle Navara, MDN Product Advisory Board representative for Microsoft Edge

Find the perfect gift for dads and grads from Microsoft Store and our partners

June 7, 2018 9:00 am

By Annie Arnold / Microsoft Education Communications Lead

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Today, we’re highlighting gift ideas to help you find the perfect gift for the dad or grad in your life. From Xbox One S to Surface devices, here are 16 awesome deals for the dad or grad in your life.

With Father’s Day just around the corner and graduation season in full force, you won’t want to miss these steep discounts coming to Microsoft Store and other partner retailers this month! If your Dad or recent grad is a gadget geek, mark your calendar so you don’t miss out.  

1. Save up to $200 on select Surface Book 2 today through 6/16 in the US/PR.

2. Save up to $400 on select gaming PCs today through 6/24 in the US/CA.

3. Save $200 on select Surface Pro i5 beginning 6/10-6/30 in the US/PR.

4. Save on select Xbox One S 1TB ($249) today through 6/23 in the US/PR.

5. Save up to $500 on select Windows 10 PCs today through 6/24 in the US/CA.

6. Save $100 on the Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset today through 6/16 in the US/PR/CA.

7. Save up to 50% on select Belkin accessories and more today through 6/24 in the US/CA.

8. Save $20 on the JLab Audio Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds in the US/PR, and $25 in CA today through 6/17.

Microsoft gives parents peace of mind with new family features across devices – Windows Experience Blog

We live in a time of both great opportunity and great responsibility. Our children have access to more information, entertainment and more ways to connect than ever before, but with that comes plenty of new things that parents like you and I need to worry about and new ways to distract their attention. Today, we are excited to introduce new features that make it easier and safer for families to interact with technology and, each other, across devices and platforms.
Creating tools and features that empower both parents and kids has always been an important part of our work and is becoming increasingly vital, not only to us as a business, but to us as individuals – parents, aunts and uncles, siblings and friends. As a mother to a young and curious daughter, I deeply understand the need for tools to help balance the use of technology in the home as well as out of the home. It’s especially near and dear to me as leader of a team building experiences for mobile devices. We emphasize the idea of transparency as a guiding principle for these new experiences. Today, I am happy to share new features that will help create greater transparency between parent and child, as well as between Microsoft and parents in what to expect from our tools.

We’re bringing new features to the popular Microsoft Launcher app for Android with two new mobile experiences, currently in preview, that give parents more peace of mind for their family and a look at your child’s activity across their devices – Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One devices, and now their Android phone.
With Microsoft Launcher installed on your family’s Android devices and a Microsoft family group of accounts set up, parents can:
Stay up to date on kids’ whereabouts. At home and on the go, you can use Microsoft Launcher to get an update on your kids’ location and rest easier knowing they are safely where they should be. You can see your child’s (or children’s) last known location and time.
Be aware of which apps your kids are using. Check in on your kids’ app activity on their Android device, including which apps are accessed and time spent on each app. With Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC set up in your family portal, you can also view their activities on those devices through Microsoft Launcher.
Microsoft Launcher is the only launcher that gives parents this visibility across Android, Windows 10, and Xbox One devices. Children and parents always have the option to toggle features off and on at any time and, best of all, it’s free. If you have a Microsoft family group, you can install Microsoft Launcher on your family’s Android devices. If you don’t have a family group set up yet, it’s easy – here’s how.

With Microsoft Edge, the ability to allow or block websites has always existed on your PCs. Now, we are extending this feature to you and your family’s Android devices. If you have set up a Microsoft family group, any websites you have already tagged as allowed or blocked for your kid(s) will carry the same settings as they try to access websites in Microsoft Edge on their Android devices. The update will begin rolling out today.

We are also excited to announce MSN Kids, currently in preview, a curated news site created specifically for children in the elementary and middle school age group. We saw a need for a place for kids to learn about the world in a safe, trustworthy and fun environment. The site offers editorially curated, age-appropriate news and features from partner publishers such as Time for Kids, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic, and USA TODAY.
MSN Kids brings curated, kid-friendly news to the web
Content is kid-friendly and helps children find things of interest to stay engaged, learn, and have fun – with no sponsored content or advertising. Kids can learn about animals, the world around them, kids like them doing interesting things around the globe and more. When using Microsoft Edge, kids can also use pen and read aloud to engage with puzzles or assist with reading articles. Check out the preview today at msnkids.com.

These new experiences are the next step in a long history of creating products, features, and settings with families in mind, spanning gaming to mobile to PC and the web.
Family safety settings in Windows 10 and Xbox One:  With families today owning more personal devices than ever, including kids at increasingly younger ages, we’ve invested in family settings that work across devices and platforms. A core set of family safety settings – including the ability to block mature content and apps, set screen time limits, and review kids’ purchase requests – have long been available for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One devices. These settings help parents keep kids safer, while also fostering independence and letting kids do homework, research, and be creative, using technology as a powerful learning tool.
Safer online spending with Ask a parent:  One especially useful setting, called Ask a parent, lets parents avoid surprise spending on Xbox or the Microsoft Store by receiving notifications when kids want to make a purchase. Parents can decide whether to approve based on the maturity level, cost, and whether it fits within screen time allowed. From the kids’ perspective, it’s a good way to let Mom or Dad know what cool new game they want. From the parents’ perspective, it’s a good way to help kids manage temptations (such as in-app purchases) and make good choices.
Shared family notebook in OneNote: Earlier this month we released the new family notebook in OneNote. We know families are busier than ever and with a family notebook your whole family can stay in sync and organized – from shopping lists to vacation planning, the whole family can share, edit and access information in one place.
These are just some of the many great features across our devices and services that empower families with peace of mind, tools to learn, grow and, of course, have fun. More information can be found at this page. Please download Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft Edge for Android and give the new features a try. We look forward to hearing your feedback so we can empower you with the best tools to create the safest, most productive and fun experiences for our families.

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New features for extensions in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update – Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

The Windows 10 April 2018 Update includes several incremental improvements to API support, functionality, and end-user discoverability for the extensions platform in Microsoft Edge. In this post, we’ll walk through the biggest improvements, and how you can get started enhancing your extensions with new features.Extensions can now be enabled for InPrivate browsing
In previous releases, extensions could not be enabled during an inPrivate browsing session. Beginning with this release, users can now choose to allow extensions to run during inPrivate browsing on a case-by-case basis – either when the extension is initially installed (by selecting the “Allow for inPrivate browsing” checkbox), or at any later time by visiting the Settings page for a given extension.
When running inPrivate, extensions can run in either split or span mode as specified by the WebExtensions API. In span mode (the default), the extension spans both inPrivate and non-private windows; windows and tabs from an inPrivate instance are indicated to the extension with an incognito property. In split mode, a separate instance of the extension is created for inPrivate and normal browsing, and the two copies are isolated (the inPrivate copy cannot see non-private windows, and the non-private copy cannot see inPrivate windows).
Extensions are now available when browsing inPrivate
Extensions in span mode can be debugged as with a normal extension. Extensions in split mode can be debugged separately for each instance, as the background script is separate for normal and InPrivate sessions.
The background script is separate for normal and inPrivate sessions.
Introducing the Notifications API for extensions
Extensions can now display interactive notifications , including basic messages, progress indicators, lists, and more. Developers can customize the appearance of these notifications by configuring the icon, text, buttons, and button icons.
Examples of progress, list, image and basic notifications
In the sample below, we’ll demonstrate the process to create a basic notification. The first step is to define the notification options:

Next, we’ll add event listeners for various user interactions:

The notification can now be invoked:

Notifications sent from an extension use the standard Windows notification service, appearing in Action Center until an action is taken. Users have full control over notifications, and can choose to suppress notifications originating from a specific extension using either the extension’s menu in Microsoft Edge or by acting on an individual notification in the Windows Action Center.
Users can suppress notifications for an extension from the Action Center or the extension settings
Extension developers can determine if notifications are enabled or disabled using the getPermissionLevel() method:

The event onPermissionLevelChanged will be raised if the user changes the notification permission:

Support for Tabs.reload()
Microsoft Edge extensions now support the tabs.reload() method in the tabs API class, allowing extensions to directly reload a specific tab using this method.

We are continuing to make enhancements to extensions platform for future releases. You can see a snapshot of our current roadmap on Microsoft Docs at Microsoft Edge Extension API roadmap. To get started building your extension for Microsoft Edge, check out Getting started with extensions.
We look forward to your feedback on these improvements! You can vote on the most important features for your extension development on the Microsoft Edge Developer UserVoice, or share your feedback in the comments below.
– Balaje Krishnan, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge
Updated May 24, 2018 10:29 am

Windows 10 Tip: A guide to the basic tools in Paint 3D

Paint 3D is a built-in creative application that comes free with Windows 10*.  It is designed to be simple yet powerful by allowing you to create professional or fun creative projects by easily combining 2D and 3D tools. The best part is that you don’t need any design experience – Paint 3D can be used by anyone.  Its approachable interface makes it easy to customize existing 3D models from our built-in 3D library or create 3D designs from scratch.
Getting started: Paint 3D’s basic navigation

Brushes: Expand your artistic abilities with unique pens & brushes that mimic real materials without the mess. Try transparent watercolor that beautifully washes the canvas or oil painting so real that you can see the paint smudging.  These artistic brushes work both on both the canvas and on 3D models with professional effects such as polished metal and matte to help personalize your designs.

2D Shapes: It is easy to draw perfect shapes with our collection of 2D shapes and the line and curve tool. Use the control circles to manipulate the curvature to your desired angle.  You can also click Make 3D to turn the shape into a layer with additional rotation options.

Give it a go! Click here to view the circuit board model on Remix3D.com.  Bring it into Paint 3D and use 2D shapes to add the correct symbols to the circuit diagram. Then use the line and curve tool to fill in the correct waveform patterns. Watch this video for tips on 2D Shapes.
3D Shapes: There are many ways to get started in creating in 3D. Use pre-made shapes to jump start building a new model or use the 3D doodle tool to instant turn your 2D sketches in 3D models.  Simply trace a design from a photo or draw one free hand and watch as it instantly pop into a 3D model.  The sharp edge 3D doodle creates sharp lines, perfect for drawing a star.  The soft edge 3D doodle creates a soft curve, perfect for drawing a cloud.

Click here to view the chair concept image on Remix3D.com.  Bring it into Paint 3D and use both 3D doodle tools to trace around the image and pop it out into 3D. Watch this video for tips on the 3D Doodle tool.
Stickers: This is a unique and easy way to add texture to your creations. Use this tool to experiment with materials such as wood or marble or upload your own photo to create a custom texture sticker.  It will instantly wrap around 3D objects–no prior 3D knowledge needed!  You can also adjust the opacity of the sticker.

Text: Add words using our 2D & 3D text options. 2D will anchor the text to the canvas while 3D text will allow you to move it around the canvas and rotate to different directions.
Effects: Create unique moods such as calming Mist or mysterious Night by changing the environment and lighting in your 3D scenes. You can even move the sun around a light wheel to change the direction of the lighting.

Canvas: This digital canvas mimics a painter’s canvas. This tab allows you to resize and control the dimensions, including turning off the 2D canvas so you can freely design your 3D model.
Magic Select: Easy to use tool that allows you to select the part of the image that you want to cut out and remove it from the background. The tool instantly and almost magically pops out your selection onto another layer and intelligently auto-fills the background to hide any gaps.

3D library**: Browse our huge catalog of thousands of free 3D models for you to edit. Choose from our pre-curated collections to get started quickly or search for your desired model in the search tool bar.  With a tap, you can instantly import the 3D model into your project and begin recoloring and customizing right away.
History Slider: You can undo and rewind all your actions, it’s like an unlimited undo button! The history slider records every change in the scene and allows you to scroll back through time.  You can even create a video of your design process to share with friends by click on the start recording button.
3D View mode: This allows you to move around and see your content from any angle. There are also controls to help you zoom in and out of the canvas with the ability to enter a precise zoom amount.

Click here to view the shark scene on Remix3D.com.Bring in into Paint 3D and use 3D view mode to position the fins correctly. Then use the 3D doodle tool to add and position a dorsal fin.
Watch this video for tips on using 3D view mode.
Mixed Reality: This takes your 3D model from Paint 3D and launches it into the Mixed Reality Viewer application so you can visualize the 3D model in a real world context. You can snap a photo or record a short video of the 3D object interacting with your world to share with friends.
Paint 3D makes it easy to unlock your creativity and bring your ideas to life.  To check out these features for yourself, you can get started by opening the Paint 3D app. If you are new to Paint 3D, check out our video tutorials on Paint 3D here.
* To access all the latest Paint 3D features, you will need to update to the latest Windows 10 April 2018 Update.  To learn how to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, check out this blog post. 
**3D Library is available in select markets.  Check out the online library here. 

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

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.

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!

10 cool tech deals for moms and grads this month

May is a month of celebration. Whether it’s for students approaching graduation or the mothers who give us endless love, support and guidance in life, we honor loved ones with gifts that will bring a smile to their face. Whether you are shopping for the perfect gift for Mom or a new laptop for your college-bound freshman, be sure to check out the great deals at Microsoft Store and other partner retailers this month!
Save $300 on Surface Laptop devices starting on 5/12-5/14 in the US and PR.
Surface Laptop
Save up to $225 on select Windows Mixed Reality Headsets today through 5/16 in the US and PR.
HP Windows Mixed Reality headset
Save up to $50 on select Fitbit Wearables, like the Fitbit Ionic, today through 5/12 in the US and PR.
Fitbit Ionic
Save $40 on the Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds today through 5/12 in the US and PR.
Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds
Save $120 online or $140 in store at Staples on the Acer Aspire 3 (model A315-21-95KF) today through 5/12 in the US. A solid performer that provides you with a great bang for your buck by meeting everyday needs with fast processing power, a large 15.6-inch HD display and all the latest ports.
Acer Aspire 3
Save up to $100 on the ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 N580 at Best Buy today through 5/19 in the US. The ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 is a slim and lightweight high-performance laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and features a 1080p FHD display, high-quality 1050 gaming-grade graphics, audio co-developed by Harman Kardon and secure login with Windows Hello.
ASUS VivoBook Pro 15
Save 20% on the HP ENVY Laptop x360 – 15t at HP.comwith promo code ‘MSENVY20’ starting today through 5/15 in the US. Optimized for Windows Ink, the ENVY x360 draws out a more productive, more creative you.
HP ENVY Laptop x360
Get up to 20% off on the Lenovo ThinkPad E580 at Lenovo.com today through 5/13 in the US. With this economical 15” laptop,Mom will be able to hear you clearly when you Skype her on her special day as this laptop comes with Skype-certified audio.
Lenovo ThinkPad E580
Save $200 through Mother’s Day on select LG Gram models today through 5/13 in the US. The LG Gram 13’’and 15’’ are reliable, portable and powerful, with up to 19 hours of battery life and Windows 10 features like Windows Hello and Cortana*.
LG Gram 15”
Save up to $150 on the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin on Samsung.com and at Best Buy today through 5/12 in the US.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin 2018
Head over to the Microsoft Store, in person or online, to take advantage of all these great deals!
*US only. **Cortana available in select markets.

New Twitter app for Windows 10 available from Microsoft Store

Available today, Twitter’s new app for Windows 10 is better than ever. It supports features that people on Twitter love, including longer Tweets, the Explore tab to find topics relevant to your interests, and the ability to bookmark Tweets to be read later. The new app also supports unique Windows features, including a refreshed look and feel with taskbar pinning, push notifications in Action Center, and share integration with Windows apps. Additional features like night mode are coming soon.

Twitter’s new Windows app is built on open web standards, powered by the fast and efficient Microsoft Edge engine in Windows 10. As a Progressive Web App integrated with the Windows platform, Twitter enhanced the in-app experience with unique UWP differentiators like share integration, and more, while building from a common core of web code. For more on the work surrounding PWAs, see here.
The new app replaces previous Twitter Windows desktop and mobile apps**, and we encourage you to download the new Twitter app for Windows 10 from Microsoft Store today!
*Available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. To download this app, your PC or tablet must be running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or Windows 10 April 2018 Update. If you’re not sure which version of Windows your PC is running, visit this link. To learn how to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, click here.
** Support for the legacy apps will be phased out over the coming weeks.

Windows 10 Tip: Five keyboard shortcuts you may not know about

We’ve showed you 10 things you can do in Windows Mixed Reality right now and how to clear your workspace in two simple steps – today, we’re going to show you five keyboard shortcuts you may not know about!
1. Hold down Windows logo key + comma to take a quick look at the desktop

2. Lock your PC or switch accounts with Windows logo key + L

3. Press Alt + Tab to switch between all your open apps

4. Minimize all your open windows at once with Windows logo key + M

5. And use Windows logo key + Shift + M to restore all minimized windows

In case you missed it, check out five things you might not know you can do right now with your Windows 10 PC!