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This Week on Windows: Microsoft Store’s 12 Days of Deals, Always Connected PCs and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to learn more about Always Connected PCs, check out Microsoft Store’s annual 12 days of deals, catch up on our Windows 10 Tips on getting started with Continue on PC in the Microsoft Edge mobile app and bringing your stories to life with the reimagined Photos app – or, keep reading for more of this week’s news!
In case you missed it:

Here’s what’s new in Microsoft Store this week:
Forza Motorsport 7 – Doritos Car Pack

From classic racers to rough-and-tumble SUVs ready to tackle any conditions you throw at them, the Doritos Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7 features seven vehicles from six different decades. Learn more on the Forza Motorsport blog.
Affinity Photo

Affinity delivers two serious tools, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, for creative professionals at a Microsoft-exclusive 25% discount through Dec. 11. Faster, smoother and more powerful than ever, Affinity Photo ($37.49 through Dec 11; regularly $49.99) continues to push the boundaries for professional photo editing software. Packing a huge toolset specifically engineered for creative and photography professionals, it’s a leader in power and performance.
Have a great weekend!

Behind-the-scenes at Panasonic: factory to field

TOUGHBOOK CF-33
In the world of devices, when you hear the Panasonic name it brings to mind our line of rugged TOUGHBOOKs. For the past 20 plus years, TOUGHBOOKs and TOUGHPADs have been used globally to enable public safety organizations, utility companies and manufacturing businesses to work both efficiently and securely in the field. At Panasonic, we take great pride in the fact that these industries are the backbone of communities and they rely upon our technology to maintain smooth day-to-day operations.
Quality Begins at the Factory
Panasonic is committed to quality and continual innovation – both in the products we create and how these products are applied to real-world situations. To help communicate the meaning of our commitment, we invite you to watch our behind-the-scenes factory tour filmed in Kobe, Japan and featuring our recently launched TOUGHBOOK CF-33. The Kobe Factory is known as our “mother” factory where all new products are originally built and then best practices are distributed and assigned to our other facilities worldwide.

Innovation in Agriculture
We have a vision for another vital component of every community – agriculture. Agriculture is a necessity to every population, but the industry has not broadly transitioned to modern technology. We believe having a device in the field is key, so files and resources can be accessed in real-time and more precise crop maintenance can be administered. Ultimately, this should drive a higher consistency in crop yield and quality. Already built for extreme conditions, our line of TOUGHBOOK and TOUGHPADS are dustproof, waterproof, and military-grade rugged. Plus, our latest TOUGHBOOK CF-33 comes standard with Windows Hello which allow you to login via facial recognition. (Meaning, no need to awkwardly type passwords with gloves.)
To further explore this concept, we caught up with a Japanese rice farmer out of the Mie Prefecture who is currently using the TOUGHBOOK CF-33 and has a vision for advancing technology in the industry. Takeshi Tsuji, who owns Tarafuku Rice Farm, was previously an engineer in the aerospace industry and transitioned to working at his family’s farm several years ago. He immediately began modernizing his farming process with the help of Panasonic, Drone Japan, and Microsoft products to maximize his crop output.

Stay Connected
We are excited at Panasonic to be part of advancements and modernizations across a variety of industries. We will continue to innovate to further enable current and future customers to support their local communities. For those companies who are already Panasonic customers and are looking to stay connected in an increasingly global workplace, we recently launched Panasonic P.180. P.180 is a seamless end-to-end platform that uses eSIM technology to connect to Tier 1 LTE access through networks spanning over 180 countries. P.180 can be used with select TOUGHBOOK and TOUGHPAD devices.
Get Started
For more information on the TOUGHBOOK CF-33 with Windows 10 Pro, please visit the Panasonic website.
For those who are already TOUGHBOOK or TOUGHPAD customers, we encourage you to learn more about P.180 and how you can better connect your workforce.

Microsoft Announces Simplygon Cloud; Optimizes Mixed Reality Development

Earlier this year, we announced the acquisition of Simplygon, a leader in 3D model optimization based in southern Sweden. As we continue our journey to bring the benefits of mixed reality to everyone, Simplygon is an important accelerant that makes it easier, faster, and cheaper to develop in 3D.
Introducing Simplygon Cloud
Today, I am excited to announce the launch of Simplygon Cloud on Azure Marketplace. Simplygon reduces complexity in the creation and extensibility of 3D models through optimization. Simplygon supports GLTF, FBX and OBJ file types for ingestion; rendering engines including Unity 3D and Unreal Engine; and all major mixed reality platforms, including Windows Mixed Reality, iOS and Android. 
How it works
Historically, 3D asset optimization has taken days or weeks of manual effort and is one of the tasks that artists and developers dislike the most. With Simplygon, you can create 3D assets once – at full visual fidelity – and automatically optimize them to render smoothly on any platform – within minutes, saving valuable time and money.

As an example, the above left 3D model of a couch was built with 584,000 polygons. To render this content on a lower GPU device, Simplygon optimized this down to 5,000 polygons, which greatly reduces the file size, while maintaining the ideal visual fidelity for the intended device.
How To Get Started
Simplygon Cloud is now available in the Azure Marketplace. To get started, visit our Azure Marketplace home to learn how to deploy the Simplygon Cloud virtual machine and start optimizing your 3D assets. Please also visit our documentation for examples and more information on how to integrate this into your workflow today.
We look forward to sharing more in the months ahead. This is a very exciting time for everyone who is developing in the era of mixed reality!

Windows Template Studio 1.5 released

We’re extremely excited to announce the Windows Template Studio 1.5.
In this release, we finalized our work for localization, added in some new features, and started work on a bunch of new features and pages.
What’s new:
Full list of adjustments in the 1.5 release, head over to WTS’s Github.

New Features:
Share source, share target
Multi-view
Feedback hub (added in v1.4)
Template improvements:
Minor tweaks for Fluent
Caliburn.Micro Support (added in v1.4)
Improvements to the Wizard:
Localization in all Visual Studio supported language
Adjusted the feature categories
Lots of under the hood bug fixes and code improvements
Much more Visual Basic engine work
Work for supporting multiple projects in a single solution
Work to support Prism
Bug fixes
How to get the update:
There are two paths to update to the newest build.Already installed: Visual Studio should auto update the extension. To force an update, Go to Tools->Extensions and Updates. Then go to Update expander on the left and you should see Windows Template Studio in there and click “Update.”
Not installed: Head to https://aka.ms/wtsinstall, click “download” and double click the VSIX installer.
What else is cooking for next versions?
We love all the community support and participation. In addition, here are just a few of the things we are currently building out that will in future builds:
Image Gallery feature (In nightly)
Web to App Link feature (In nightly)
Visual Basic support (In nightly)
Drag and drop service (in nightly)
Prism support (Soon in nightly)
Improved update system to help increase speed of startup and file size download
Improved user interface in-line with Visual Studio
Continued refinement with Fluent design in the templates
Ink templates
Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
With partnership with the community, we’ve will continue cranking out and iterating new features and functionality. We’re always looking for additional people to help out and if you’re interested, please head to our GitHub at https://aka.ms/wts. If you have an idea or feature request, please make the request!

Windows PCs see strong growth in EDU, gaining share worldwide and in the US

We’ve been on a journey at Microsoft to empower every student to create the world of tomorrow through delivering technology that offers limitless learning. In classrooms around the world, we have seen the empowerment that comes with increased reading and language skills when students have personalized tools for learning. We’ve seen imaginative problem-solving skills come to life through coding and STEM. And, we’ve seen how new worlds can open up for students when their creativity is sparked with immersive 3D and mixed reality experiences. Teachers are some of our greatest heroes and we’re on a mission to save them time with integrated planning tools, a digital hub for collaboration for easily finding and distributing content, and rich data and analytics tools to measure each student’s progress and help them stay on track.
Of course, this technology can best serve our schools when delivered on the best devices. We believe these devices should offer innovative capabilities, while also helping schools make the most of class time with security and reliability they can trust. We’ve worked hard to offer more affordable, easy-to-manage devices so schools can stretch their budgets and set up a classroom in under an hour.
Today, Futuresource’s quarterly report validated the feedback we’ve been hearing from the education community in the last year. We’re excited to see the worldwide education market’s 15 percent growth year-over-year. It’s fantastic that more students than ever are able to learn with the latest technology.
We’re also particularly proud to see more and more schools choosing Windows.
In K-12 schools in the US in the last year, Windows device share grew 4.3 percent on devices under $300 and 8.2 percent on devices over $300, as more and more schools are choosing Windows over competitive offerings.
Globally, we also saw large sales increases in markets like India and Argentina, where hundreds of thousands of students will soon be unlocking limitless learning potential on new Windows devices.

On Windows PCs*, schools can get important features that help students learn like touch, inking, and 3D, on devices built to run Office – the productivity software most frequently used in today’s workplace with skills required on more than 80 percent of current job listings. This combination of affordability and functionality – on a platform students will never outgrow – makes Windows the most complete and powerful ecosystem for schools.
And schools have more amazing choices than ever before, with affordable Windows 10 PCs like the Lenovo N22 and HP Stream 11 offering industry-leading security, management, and creativity tools, without the compromises of our competitors. I love seeing how schools like Eltham High School in Australia are using Windows 10 devices and Office 365 to build students’ digital literacy skills and teach new ways to work.
We are seeing schools choose other Microsoft Education services to help their students succeed, including:
On Windows, students can use software for the classroom like Minecraft: Education Edition which just reached more than 2 million licensees and in partnership with Hour of Code, has taught nearly 70 million people around the world the basics of coding.
In just a few months since the new school year began, nearly 10 million new student notebooks have been created in OneNote and Teams for the classroom is helping more classrooms go paperless and give even the quietest students in the classroom a voice.
For the majority of classrooms around the world who have students with learning differences, Learning Tools is built into our software for no additional charge, and we are seeing test scores increase by 10 percent in some early studies.
We are also seeing educators use our software to build critical social and emotional skills for students – skills that will continue to grow in importance as future jobs require more collaboration and social savvy. Last week I joined our annual Skype-a-Thon and saw firsthand what 91 percent of teachers already know – that Skype is a powerful tool to teach compassion and empathy by connecting classrooms around the world to learn from one another.
With the recently released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the release of affordable Windows Mixed Reality Headsets, we’re enabling all new ways for students and teachers to learn and teach. With Windows 10 and more immersive mixed reality experiences on a PC or headset, students can explore the surface of Mars or dissect the human body without ever leaving the classroom. The potential for mixed reality in education is endless, and we can’t wait to see what innovative educators like Doug Bergman will do next.
We are energized by the number of students who are embracing Microsoft Education technologies for limitless learning. Ultimately, our greatest goal is to empower students to reach their full potential. At Microsoft, it’s our greatest opportunity to help move our world forward and we are committed to delivering innovation for all students, everywhere.
*PC references are non-desktop form factors only.

Hot holiday savings are here during Microsoft Store’s annual 12 Days of Deals

Holiday shopping is well underway and, for those that haven’t found that perfect gift, Microsoft Store has you covered with its annual 12 Days of Deals unwrapped daily at midnight ET through Dec. 17 – featuring an exciting deal every day on the hottest products from Surface to Xbox to Windows Mixed Reality – from Microsoft and its partners.
Check out today’s Day 1 Surface Pro bundle deal and get a sneak peek into tomorrow’s Day 2 savings on select Xbox games available at your local Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com where you can track all the deals. Plus, take advantage of picking up a purchase in store made online and free shipping and returns on every item, every day.
Here’s a look at the first two deals – stay tuned for more!
Day 1 (Dec. 6): Save $329 on Surface Pro i5 128GB bundled with a black type cover, plus get a free select sleeve, now for $799.
Day 2 (Dec. 7): Save up to 50 percent on select Xbox games like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.
Receive a Limited-Edition Xbox Holiday Ornament

While you’re shopping this weekend, Dec. 8 through Dec. 10, visit your local Microsoft Store to receive a Limited-Edition Xbox Holiday Ornament with a purchase of an Xbox One S or Xbox One X. Starting Dec. 15 through Dec. 17, you can get the exclusive ornament with any in-store gaming purchase of $50 or more. If you want to skip the holiday lines, get select Xbox digital games, downloadable game content, and subscriptions as the perfect gift that anyone can download instantly right from Microsoft Store on the Xbox One family of devices, Windows 10, or on Microsoft.com. Limitations apply. See Terms and Conditions.
Give back this holiday season with the Microsoft Wish Machine

Give back this holiday season by turning a wish into action that impact’s someone’s life when you visit the Microsoft Wish Machine at any Microsoft Store across the U.S., Canada and Sydney, Australia.*** Share your most inspiring wish – big or small – for a chance to have yours granted and inspire friends, family and your community to do the same.
Happy shopping!
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*12 Days of Deals – Each offer valid for 24 hours (until the next deal goes live), while supplies last. Promo period: Dec. 6 – Dec. 17. Deals on Microsoft.com will be available starting 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET, and during local Microsoft Store hours of operation. Deal availability varies in select markets. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply. 
**Limited-Edition Holiday Xbox Ornament – Offer valid from Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17 or while supplies last. Available at physical Microsoft Store locations. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or promo code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Limit of 1 offer per customer. Other exclusions and limits may apply. See store associate for details.
***Microsoft Wish Machine – NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to 50 U.S. (D.C.), PR, Canada and Australia 13 years and older. Visit local Microsoft Store to enter by 12/31/17. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules, including prize descriptions, for U.S. click here, Canada click here and Australia click here.

Always Connected PCs enable a new culture of work

Throughout the history of personal computing, a steady wave of progress has changed how we interact with technology in both our work and personal lives. Microsoft and our partners have led many of these shifts in technology like enabling the original mobile computer – the laptop, navigating with touch, signing in with your face, detaching screens from keyboards, exploring mixed reality, and storing your files in the cloud. We are again at the beginning of another major technology shift: the ability to be connected anytime, anywhere with Always Connected PCs that are instantly on, always connected with incredible battery life.
Terry Myerson, Windows and Devices Group Executive Vice President, shares his personal experience with Always Connected PCs at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit.
New Always Connected PCs unveiled
Last year at this time, I was with many of our hardware partners at the WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, where we painted a new vision for connected computing with built-in LTE connectivity, devices that are instantly on and battery life that went beyond hours into days and weeks. We also set a goal for us to begin delivering on this promise within one year.
Today, at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, I stood with Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Chips, and we delivered on the promise that we made then. Along with our hardware partners HP and ASUS, we showed the world the first full-featured Always Connected PCs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running Windows 10 and a new, optimized version of Office 365. ASUS and HP have worked hand in hand with us to deliver on pushing the boundaries of what a PC can do, and we continue to work closely with Lenovo as they build their own Always Connected PC.
ASUS NovaGo is the world’s first Gigabit LTE laptop, with superfast download speeds allowing users to download a 2-hour movie in just 10 seconds. Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform with X16 LTE, the NovaGo is always on, always connected with a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use.
The HP ENVY x2, an Always Connected PC, combines the best of a smartphone experience with the best of a Windows PC. Impossibly thin and incredibly durable, the HP ENVY x2 offers lightning-fast 4G LTE2 and Wi-Fi. With up to 20 hours of active use battery life, the detachable PC provides flexibility and connectivity to perform daily tasks while on the go.
Instantly on, Always Connected, and a week of battery life is liberating
One of the favorite parts of my job is trying out new products. Seeing the innovation, understanding how all the components work together, how it looks and feels, and ultimately how the customer will experience the product.
For the last few months, I have been using an Always Connected PC, running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. In the last week, I watched the movie Moana with my daughter, worked in PowerPoint, browsed the web every day, reviewed budgets in Excel, checked email while waiting to pick up my son from soccer, marked up a few PDFs with Ink, played some games on the plane – all of this without plugging in my power cord all week.
The PC is fast and responsive when I am using it and quickly goes into standby being incredibly battery efficient when I’m not using it.

This new Always Connected PC is ultrathin, beautifully designed, running Windows 10 and a new, optimized version of Office 365. But beyond the full experiences you’d expect in a PC, this new Always Connected PC has fundamentally transformed how I work, because of three significant advantages over my other PCs.
The screen is instantly on whenever I pick up the device. I never have to wait for it to wake up, it’s just on.
Being always connected wherever I am whether I am in the car, airport or coffee shop, always being connected just feels like the most natural, safe and secure way to work with teams and be creative.
Lastly, the battery life is just awesome! I am finding myself charging it once a week. When I was using a wearable that needed to charge every day, I didn’t really rely on it. Once I moved to a Fitbit that only needed charging once a week that was game changing for me. Not carrying around power cords is liberating.
Once you start using this new category of PCs that are instantly on, always connected with a week of battery life and the full Windows 10 experience, you can really feel what a big shift this will be for consumers.
Always Connected PCs enable a new culture of work with better security at a lower cost
Always Connected PCs also have three huge benefits for organizations
New culture of work: IT is always thinking about the culture of work they enable through the technology they choose: how a given device enables teams to collaborate and be productive. The Always Connected PC is a cultural shift, enabling teams to work effectively, whether they are on a corporate campus, visiting customers or on the bus commuting, freeing a real constraint on the creativity of employees today.
Better security: IT also must manage increasing security threats and is responsible for protecting an organization’s information. Security has been a huge focus for Windows 10. But there are still these public Wi-Fi hotspots out there, which every day unknowing users connect to and could put hackers in control of the data coming and going to their device, potentially enabling hackers to steal corporate data and invade user privacy. The Always Connected PC is real security progress enabling safe connectivity everywhere, bypassing untrusted networks.
Lower costs: Today IT organizations are spending millions of dollars installing, updating and maintaining Wi-Fi antennas and repeaters throughout their buildings, and upgrading those every few years to make them even faster. At the same time, mobile operators have invested billions in building fast 4G networks. The United States alone is now 98% covered by 4G. And mobile operators have now embarked on even faster 5G network build outs that will be even faster.
Just like IT is now leveraging the massive investments in cloud compute and storage in data centers like Microsoft Azure, moving networking to the cloud will lower IT costs. Today’s global mobile operators are professionally maintaining, managing and updating their networks with massive investments in speed and security. Always Connected PCs are key for IT leaders to unlock the benefits of this global networking and provide employees with a modern workplace they want at a lower cost.
With the introduction of the Always Connected PC, IT now must ask themselves: how can they leverage the public networks of Sprint, AT&T, Orange, and others – and reduce their investment in their private antennas – to give employees faster connectivity at a lower cost than they enjoy today?
For IT, the Always Connected PC enables a new culture of work, a real step forward in security and an opportunity for massive cost savings, as the local network moves to the cloud. More on this shift is detailed in Accelerating the Move to the Cloud with Always Connected Computing.
Always Connected PCs are modern Windows 10 devices with Windows Hello, touch, pen and Ink, with thin, light, elegant designs that are more secure, instantly on, always connected with a week of battery life. When I think about organizations and whether they are going to leverage the massive networks of mobile operators and adopt these new PCs – the answer is simple: It is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when and how fast all mobile PCs become Always Connected PCs.
Terry
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Announcing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17046

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are releasing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17046 to Windows Server Insiders. This build is the second preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows Server. For more information on the Semi-Annual channel, please see the Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel overview
Available Content
Server Insiders have the choice of Server Core Edition in ISO or VHDX format. The images are pre-keyed –  no need to enter a key during setup.
Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server. As before, matching Windows Server container images will be available via Docker Hub. For more information about Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here.
This Server Insider pre-release build will expire on July 2nd, 2018. For the best experience, the Windows Server team recommends a clean install.
What’s New in Build 17046 for Windows Server
There are no new features to announce for this build.
How to Download 
To obtain the Insider software downloads, registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.
It’s all about your feedback! 
The most important part of a frequent release cycle is to hear what’s working and what needs to be improved, so your feedback is extremely valued. Use your registered Windows Insider device and use the Feedback Hub application. In the app, choose the Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. Please indicate what build number you are providing feedback on.
Known issues with Windows Server build 17046
[NEW] Dynamic disks fail I/O with STATUS_INVALID_DEVICE_REQUEST, resulting in failures to mount or format a volume. The contents of an affected volume will be available after updating to a build that fixes this issue, so reformatting and restoring data from backup is not necessary.
Upgrading to recent pre-release builds of Windows Server is not currently an option. However, upgrading will be supported in the future.
The Health Attestation CSP fails with error message 500 when attempting to get a certificate.
Data corruption may occur on some NVM Express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSD) if scatter-gather list (SGL) functionality is enabled.
The base filtering engine (BFE) service may fail to start, which prevents the Windows Defender firewall (MpsSvc service) from starting.
A system crash may occur because of a kernel security check failure (bug check 0x139) from a corrupt list entry in a deferred free pool.
Hyper-V isolated containers will fail to start with an error of “The description string for parameter reference (%1) could not be found. (0x3ab6)”. Users can work around this by temporarily disabling our cloning optimization by creating a registry key and rebooting or restarting the vmcompute service.
reg ADD “HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionVirtualizationContainers” /v TemplateVmCount /t REG_DWORD /d 0
Although installation will continue successfully, the product key will not activate.
 Terms of Use
All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use, which takes precedence over any license agreement that may be in the product.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,
Dona

Introducing the Web Media Extension Package with OGG Vorbis and Theora support for Microsoft Edge

We’ve heard requests from many of our customers to support additional open-source formats in order to access a broader set of content on the web. To address this, ,we recently added support for the WebM container format and the VP9 and Opus codecs on supported hardware.
Today, we’re excited to announce a new mechanism which will allow our customers to add more formats on demand and increase our agility to add new formats in the future: Media Extensions. Alongside this mechanism, we’re releasing the Web Media Extensions package to the Microsoft Store as a free Media Extension for Microsoft Edge.
Media Extensions
Media on the web has been evolving at a furious rate for the last few years. Adaptive video streaming is now common, providing a simpler mechanism for professional-quality video under changing network and device conditions; HTML5 Premium Media provides the tools for interoperable, plugin-free protected media; plugin-free video and audio conferencing is now routine with tools like WebRTC and ORTC.
We’re proud to be at the leading edge of these features, providing a modern set of capabilities with more efficient and higher quality video in Microsoft Edge. At the same time, we’re always looking to make sure Microsoft Edge meets the needs of our customers and web developers alike, and to provide a seamless playback experience on the web.  The rapid growth in media capabilities has naturally resulted in a need to support more media formats in web browsers.
Media Extensions are Media Foundation components designed to extend the core Windows platform and enable Windows apps including Microsoft Edge to support an ever-increasing range of formats. Media Extensions, much like browser extensions, allow customers to extend their device beyond the core experience shipped as part of Windows 10. It also allows the developers of media technologies to update and enhance media components independently of the Windows 10 release schedule. This allows us to work with the community to deliver high quality, interoperable codecs to Edge customers quickly and reliably.
The Web Media Extensions Package
The Web Media Extensions package adds support for the open source OGG container and the Theora and Vorbis codecs, and it expands support for WebM VP9 to work with Theora in simple video elements.  Our support for these formats is based on proven implementations from the well-known FFmpeg codecs using the FFmpeg Interop library. We expect this set of formats to be useful for enthusiasts and customers with specific format needs and we’re excited to bring support for these FFmpeg formats to Microsoft Edge!
Our initial release of the Web Media Extension package is focused on supporting these developers and customers who know they need support for these formats – the seekers and enthusiasts on the web. In the spirit of flighting, this will allow us to learn and improve based on your feedback before we expand support to the broader range of Edge customers on the market today. Long-term, we expect to expand distribution of the Web Media Extension package to all Windows 10 devices so that these formats become a trusted and reliable part of the web platform available to developers.
Getting started
Developers and customers can get started with these new formats in Microsoft Edge by simply installing the Web Media Extension Package from the Microsoft Store. You can also find the package under the Microsoft Edge Extensions collection in the store. This package extends the base media platform in Windows, so the formats will be available to Windows apps and Microsoft Edge with no further action from the user.
We encourage you to install the extension and try it out today! Going forward, we intend to expand distribution, release more formats as Extensions and work with third parties on new formats for Microsoft Edge – your usage will help validate this approach and help us identify potential issues as we evaluate opportunities to provide these capabilities to our customers.
We’re passionate about providing a high-quality, interoperable media experience in Microsoft Edge. This extension package is a first step forward broadening Microsoft Edge’s playback capabilities while providing new mechanisms for us to deliver expanded support in response to the diverse needs of customers, devices, and different browsing contexts. We look forward to hearing your feedback as we work with the community to move our media platform forward!
— David Mebane, Senior Program Manager, Windows Media Platform— Jerry Smith, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with Continue on PC in the Microsoft Edge mobile app

You know those websites, searches and articles that you pull up on your iPhone or Android phone? With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now forward them to instantly open on your PC, so you can continue what you’re doing – researching that project, shopping for those shoes, finishing that article – with all the benefits of the bigger screen.
Here’s how to get started:
Head to Settings, click on Phone and Add a phone. You’ll need to sign in with your Microsoft Account, if you haven’t already. Type your phone number, and click send.

Once you click send, you’ll receive a text with a link to the app store to download and install an app.
Now, for a seamless browsing experience across your phone and PC, you can download the Microsoft Edge mobile app for free and try out the Continue on PC feature this way! If you’re looking at a website in the app that you want to continue looking at on your PC, simply find the Continue on PC icon on your iPhone or Android phone. Sign in with the same Microsoft Account you’re using on your PC.

Next it will ask you if you want to “Continue now” or “Continue later.” If you choose “Continue now,” the website will open on the linked PC. If you choose “Continue later,” the website will show up under Action Center for you to get to later when you’re ready.
Head over here for more on what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!