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Windows 10 Tip: Watch 360° videos with the Windows 10 Creators Update

With the Creators Update, the Movies & TV app* expands your viewing horizon from 2D video to 360° video. You can explore new immersive 360° video content from partners like GoPro, Baobab Studios, LIFE VR, NextVR, Littlstar and more. Go skydiving with a bombsquad, see a rocket launch from up close, visit Portugal, watch the NBA games from the best seats courtside, or even climb Mount Everest; a few of the many immersive experiences featured in the app. Stay tuned as content refreshes frequently. Want to create your own stories? Windows 10 supports a variety of 360° cameras for capturing your own content, so now you can also watch your personal 360° video creations in the Movies & TV app.

Here’s how to get started:

Launch the Movies & TV app, and head to the “360° videos” section.

Launch the Movies & TV app, and head to the “360° videos” section.

Click on a video to start playing it. If you’re viewing from your Windows PC, simply drag your mouse around to view the 360° videos.

Click on a video to start playing it. If you’re viewing from your Windows 10 PC, simply drag your mouse around to view the 360° videos.

If you’re on your Windows Phone or Windows 10 tablet, you can swivel around in all directions to enjoy 360° of video. Come Holiday 2017, you can take it up a notch and step into mixed reality entertainment with your Windows Mixed Reality headset.**

Have a great week!

*App availability and experience may vary by region and device; some content sold separately.
**Headsets sold separately.

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Windows 10 Tip: Browse books in the Windows Store with the Windows 10 Creators Update

Did you know that with the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’ve added a new digital category in the Windows Store called books,* joining games, apps, movies/TV, and music?

With books in the Windows Store, you can discover and read e-books from your favorite authors across genres you love – from sci-fi to thrillers, to children’s books, and everything in between.

Here’s how to get started:

To get started, open the Windows Store from the Start menu or by searching, then click on “Books” at the top to start browsing.

Open the Windows Store from the Start menu or by searching, then click on “Books” at the top to start browsing. Books is available across Windows 10 devices, from laptops to 2-in-1s, desktops, and mobile.

Once you’ve purchased a book from the Windows Store, you can start reading immediately with Microsoft Edge, which supports offline reading without an internet connection. What’s more, in Microsoft Edge you can easily personalize your reading experience with custom font sizes, layouts, and themes. Microsoft Edge has integrated Learning Tools accessibility features like Read Aloud and text spacing to make it easier for everyone to read, including people with learning differences like dyslexia and English Language Learners.

Have a great week!

*US only

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Windows 10 Tip: Organize your Start files with new tile folders

Happy Monday! Today, we’re going to show you how you can organize your Start files with tile folders, new to Windows 10 with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Here’s how to get started:

Simply click and drag one icon onto another to create a tile folder with both. Then, you can add any other icons you’d like by dragging them onto the folder, or resize it by right-clicking on it.

Have a great week!

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Windows 10 Tip: Manage music playback on your favorite music apps with Cortana

With Cortana, it’s easier to stay on top of your schedule, your commitments, and all the important things you need to remember to keep your day running smoothly. And now, with the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can use Cortana to control music playback on more of your favorite music apps.*

Here’s how to get started:

First, make sure Groove is enabled by going to the Music tab in the Cortana Notebook.

Groove supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity so you can say, “Hey Cortana, play me some workout music.”

Groove now supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity so you can say, “Hey Cortana, play me some workout music.”**

Groove supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity so you can say, “Hey Cortana, play me some workout music.”

We’ve also enabled natural language compatibility for the iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio apps. This will work both above the lock screen (when your PC is locked) as well as below!**

Try saying things like:

  • Play Drake on iHeartRadio
  • Play Top 40 on iHeartRadio
  • Play NPR Hourly News on TuneIn
  • Play jazz music on TuneIn
  • Play Z100 on iHeartRadio
  • Play KUOW on TuneIn

And, if you are wondering about what song is playing, just say “Hey Cortana, what’s playing?” and Cortana will find the answer for you.

Have a great week!

*Cortana available in select markets; this feature available in US only
**Requires Groove subscription 

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Windows 10 Tip: Watch a video while using another app with mini view

Did you know that, with the new mini view feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can now keep an ever-present small window on top of what you’re doing?

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, watch a video while using another app with mini view

This means you can do things like watch your favorite show, carry on a Skype conversation or control your music, regardless of what else you’re working on. Go ahead, have your movies keep you company while you’re cranking through the PowerPoint presentation.

Here’s how it works:

Launch the Movies & TV app and click a movie, trailer, or TV show to start playing it. Click the “Play in mini view” button in the bottom right-hand corner, and the “Leave mini view” button when you want to exit.

The mini view will stay on top of any other windows you have open. You can click and drag to move it around your screen, or click a corner and drag to resize the window.

Have a great week!

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Windows 10 Tip: Import data from another browser to Microsoft Edge in one step

Here’s how to import your data:

Microsoft Edge displaying the Windows Blogs and showing the menu for importing data from another browser to Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, click on the three dots in the upper-right-hand corner, then on Settings.

Under “Import favorites and other info,” click the “Import from another browser” button. Then, choose the browser from which you’d like to move your data.*

Have a great week!

*Microsoft Edge can import browsing history, passwords, and other data only from Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Favorites can be imported from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and 360.

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Windows 10 Tip: Lower the blue light emitted from your PC with Night light

By reducing the blue light emitted by your screen, the Night light feature helps you sleep better. With Night light, when you’re working late, your brain is better ready to power down for a good night’s sleep. Smartphone users love this feature and now, it’s coming to Windows 10 with the Creators Update.

Here’s how to get started with Night light:

To get started with Night light, go to Settings (or Windows key + I), click on System, and, under Display, click to turn Night light on or off.

Go to Settings (or Windows key + I), click on System, and, under Display, click to turn Night light on or off. You can also customize the color temperature or schedule by clicking “Night light settings.”

Have a great week!

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Windows 10 Tip: Get the most power out of your Windows 10 PC with Game Mode

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’re introducing a new feature called Game Mode. Game Mode provides a better and more consistent gaming experience on Windows 10, by dedicating more system resources to your game. Game Mode’s performance gain is found in providing, on average, more sustainable framerates for gamers, particularly when your hardware is experiencing resource contention.

Game Mode can be activated from the Game bar. To use Game Mode, make sure it’s turned on for each game you play.

Game Mode can be activated from the Game bar. To use Game Mode, make sure it's turned on for each game you play.

To turn on Game Mode:

  • Press Windows + G to pull up the Game bar
  • Click Settings
  • The new Game Mode option will appear, to enable the feature on a per-title basis
  • Check the box to enable Game Mode for the specific title; once checked, Windows 10 will save this enablement setting for future use. Important note: if at any time you wish to disable Game Mode, you will need to reverse this step (un-check the per-title enablement within the Game bar) in order to deactivate it.
  • Some games may have Game Mode turned on automatically. If the game is already running Game Mode, the check box will already be selected.

Game Mode can be activated from the Game bar. To use Game Mode, make sure it's turned on for each game you play.

With the Creators Update, Game Mode is enabled system-wide by default.  To view or change this setting at any time:

  • Go to Start, and click on “Settings”
  • Select “Gaming” from the settings menu (the Xbox logo)
  • Select “Game Mode” from the left-hand menu.

Have a great week!

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Windows 10 Tip: Keep track of your tabs with Microsoft Edge

It’s easy to lose track of what’s in your tabs, especially if you have many tabs open from the same site that all look alike. The new tab preview bar and “Set these tabs aside” features in Microsoft Edge with the Windows 10 Creators Update allow you to easily manage and navigate your tabs.

Keep track of your tabs with the new tab preview bar:

The new tab preview bar in the Windows 10 Creators Update gives you a visual preview of every tab you have open without leaving your page.

The new tab preview bar gives you a visual preview of every tab you have open without leaving your page. Quickly manage your tabs using the preview bar without waiting for the pages to load by clicking on this Tab preview bar in Microsoft Edge icon next to the open tabs. You can also scroll through the previews with touch, mouse wheel, or a touchpad.

Set tabs aside for later:

Microsoft Edge makes it easy to sweep aside all the tabs you have open into a collection that you can restore at any time. Just click the “Set these tabs aside” button on the upper left-hand corner of your browser. Click the button next to that to see tabs you’ve set aside, then click “Restore tabs” to jump back in.

Head over here to learn more about getting the best out of Microsoft Edge, and have a great week!

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Windows 10 Tip: Five ways to get started with Paint 3D

In the Windows 10 Creators Update, you have a new, free, built-in app called Paint 3D that allows you to unleash your creativity. Anyone can experience, create, and share in a new dimension. Make 3D masterpieces or 2D scenes, all with a stroke of your digital pen.  You can also access an online 3D community, Remix 3D, to pull and remix models from within the Paint 3D app!

Today, we’re going to show you a couple ways you can get started with Paint 3D:

Easily create a scene in 3D

With pre-made 3D models and objects, it’s easy to get started right away and begin personalizing in the app.

With pre-made 3D models and objects, it’s easy to get started right away and begin personalizing.

  • Click on 3D objects in the top task bar
  • Select one of the pre-made 3D models from the tool bar on the right, such as a fish, dog or cat
  • Or click on “Get More Models” to access Remix 3D and search away!

You can also personalize your 3D objects with our new modern brushes.

  • Click on the Tools icon on the task bar and select marker.
  • Choose a color and scroll down to polished metal for a cool effect.
  • Select the object and use the rotation handles to spin it so you can paint on all sides.

You can also layer different pieces to add depth. Select a 3D object in your scene and use the Z-axis left-hand button to drag the object back and forth, and move items front to back.

Transform any drawing into 3D with the 3D doodle tool

 With the 3D doodle tool, watch your creation instantly turn into 3D.

Sketch a drawing with the 3D doodle tool and watch it instantly turn into 3D.

  • Click on the 3D icon in the task bar
  • Select 3D doodle from the tool bar.
  • Use your digital pen to draw a cloud shape, connecting the lines at the blue circle, and watch your 2D cloud puff up into a 3D shape.

Personalize with Magic Select and stickers

 Use the "magic select" tool for creating cut-outs from your favorite family photos, BFF selfies, or pet pics with magic select, then using them as stickers to personalize your creations.

The “magic select” tool lets you easily crop the background of any picture to turn into a sticker to wrap or tile onto 3D objects. Here’s how it works:

  • Click on Insert and choose one of your favorite photos.
  • Use the “select” tool to drag and select the area that you want. The magic select button will appear.
  • Use the add and remove button to draw onto areas that you want to add or remove.
  • Once finished, click on the green check mark and the selection will pop-out as a separate layer.

You’ll love creating cut-outs from your favorite family photos, BFF selfies, or pet pics with magic select, then using them as stickers to personalize your creations.

You can make this a sticker by clicking on “make sticker”.

Find your spark with Remix 3D

Discover thousands of 3D models from the Remix3D community that can help you bring your creations to life at Remix3D.com

Discover thousands of 3D models from the Remix3D community that can help you bring your creations to life.

  • Click on the Remix 3D icon from the task bar to access Remix3D right from within Paint 3D*
  • Sign in with your Microsoft Account
  • Use the search bar to find the perfect 3D model in our library for you to personalize and remix.
  • Or browse Staff Picks and the community for inspiration

You can even upload your own creations to give back to the community and showoff your 3D artwork.

Finally, set the scene with lighting and materials

. With our History export feature, you can rewind your entire creative process and export a video to share with friends on social media.

When you’re done with your artwork, click on effects on the top tool bar so you can choose a great lighting finish.   Set the perfect mood with fun lighting filters, from Mist to Taffy.

Now, click at the bottom of the screen the “View in 3D” button, so you can interact and see your creation from any angle.

When you’re done with your artwork, click on effects on the top tool bar so you can choose a great lighting finish.

The best part is that the fun doesn’t need to end in Paint 3D.  With our History export feature, you can rewind your entire creative process and export a video to share with friends on social media.  For additional tutorials, please visit this link.

*Remix 3D is available in select markets. 

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