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Introducing the new Microsoft keyboard that brings Windows Hello to any Windows 10 PC

We’re excited to introduce you to the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, a premium quality keyboard that brings the convenience and security of Windows Hello fingerprint sign-in to any PC running Windows 10, and the Microsoft Modern Mouse, a sleek simple complement to the keyboard.

Windows Hello* helps enable people to move to a password alternative that gives you a fast, convenient and exceptionally secure way to unlock your Windows devices. Studies show more than 80 percent of people use the same password across multiple web sites, managing around 20-30 different accounts. We want to make sure that everyone running Windows 10 can experience the beautiful relief that comes from letting go of your written Pa55w0Rd5! So we worked to deliver a predictable, intent-driven and simple solution for someone to quickly and securely log into their PC, or authenticate an action.

With the new Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, you can use your finger to sign into your Windows devices, and compatible apps**, with Windows Hello in less than 2 seconds – that’s 3 times faster*** than a password that you have to remember and type in.

Design and keyboard specs

On top of the convenience of effortless login, the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID gives you the flexibility of working wirelessly or through direct wired connection, as it features both a Bluetooth 4.0 and hardwire connection.

The keyboard’s sleek, low-profile design and crafted aluminum top case bring an element of sophistication to any well-thought-out desk space. With 2mm key travel, the typing experience has been carefully crafted to maximize accuracy and typing efficiency. Unlike other solutions in the market today, the new Windows Hello enterprise-grade secure fingerprint reader has been subtly and beautifully designed as a regular key.

Sold separately, you can also complete your desktop solution with the sleek, simple Microsoft Modern Mouse. As a visual complement to the keyboard, this mouse lets you set up your workspace to be both beautiful and practical.

The raised arc of the Microsoft Modern Mouse supports your palm in a natural resting position, and reduces the tension on your risk, to keep your hand relaxed as you point and click. The metal scroll wheel feels solid under your finger, and you don’t have to worry about wires thanks to Wireless Bluetooth, plus it has up to 12 months of battery life.

Keyboard specs:

Technical Specifications (Keyboard)

Connection Bluetooth® Low Energy-compatible 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2, or wired USB.
Exterior Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches

Weight: 14.6 ounces

Mechanical features: hidden fingerprint sensor

Color: Silver

Operating systems Works with Bluetooth® Smart****

Windows Hello capability available on Windows 10 only

Wireless range Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
Battery type and quantity Rechargeable (included)
Battery life Up to 4 months with each full charge
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty*****

Technical Specifications (Mouse)

Connection Bluetooth® Low Energy-compatible 4.0 / 4.1
Exterior Dimensions: 4.53 x 2.52 x 1.32 inches

Weight: 3.21 ounces (including batteries)

Mechanical features: metal scroll wheel

Color: Silver

Operating systems Works with Bluetooth® Smart*

Windows 10

Wireless range Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
Battery type and quantity 2 AAA alkaline battery (included)
Battery life Up to 12 months
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty**

The Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID and Microsoft Modern Mouse now on sale in the US, Canada and China at microsoftstore.com for $129.99 USD and $49.99 USD respectively.
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*Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
**Limited to compatible apps.
***Based on average time comparison between typing a password respectively detecting a face or fingerprint to authentication success
****Device must support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. Many Apple and Windows 7 computers use older versions.
*****In the U.S.; warranty terms vary by market.

Windows Hello in Token, a biometric ring

Token, a biometric ring

There’s a good chance you’ve received an email today saying, “Congratulations, you’ve won!” or that “Your friend has tagged a photo of you” on a social networking site and you need to check it out now. Online schemes often shift from technical to social, and you don’t need to be a tech guru to know that there are bad guys out there trying to compromise your identity.

Our online identities are presented and verified hundreds of times each day as we navigate documents, apps, services and websites. Establishing trusted identities is how a web-based economy functions, and criminals know it. What’s more, passwords can be a hassle, and most of us don’t create strong passwords or follow the best practice of maintaining a different password for every site. Often times, we create easy-to-remember passwords and typically use the same passwords across all of our accounts.

Studies show more than 80 percent of people use the same password across multiple web sites, managing around 20-30 different accounts. When the same password is used across several sites, compromising one account can expose many others to abuse. Log in credentials are such an important layer in securing your device because malicious actors can use social engineering, phishing, or keylogging techniques to steal passwords from your device, or compromise the server where the passwords are stored.

Protecting identities while simultaneously empowering people to be productive requires solutions that are engineered from the ground up to work together. At Microsoft, our approach to multi-factor authentication is a combination of a device and a second factor, say a PIN or a biometric signature, you create on the device. So it requires something you have as well as something unique only you know or have.

Microsoft designed Windows Hello to help enable people to move to a password alternative that is fast and has enterprise-grade security from the online threats and we’re thrilled to work with Token to make the Windows Hello experience even better. With its simple design, Token – a biometric identity ring changing the way you prove and protect your identity by streamlining the process of authentication throughout your day – logs you into Windows 10 seamlessly in a way that feels natural and familiar.

We’re excited to continue working with our partners like Token to make Windows devices and people’s online experiences more secure. Embracing new innovations like this one, we are continually fostering a vibrant ecosystem of partners across the industry who are committed to working together to make life harder for the bad guys, and easier for you.

Six things you need to know about Windows 10 S

Our mission with Windows is to build a platform that inspires creativity in each of us. This is the North Star that guides our team in all we do. With Windows, not only do we want to build a platform that inspires creativity in each of us – we also want customers to have choice around the best Windows for their needs. Back in May, we introduced a new set of educational products and services, including the introduction of Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S is the next step of our Windows journey by offering customers a familiar Windows 10 experience, streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps from the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for students, educators, creators, and businesses alike who prefer longer battery life, faster boot up time, and the peace of mind that comes with using apps that are Microsoft-verified.

Windows 10 S Start menu show in English.

Windows 10 S ships with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and includes familiar Windows 10 experiences like Cortana*, Windows Hello**, Windows Ink**, Microsoft Edge, Paint 3D, and more.

Here are six things you need to know about Windows 10 S and some tips for getting started:

  • Windows 10 S is designed for superior performance. Start-ups are quick and designed to stay that way.
  • Browse the web with Microsoft Edge: a faster, more secure browser. With Windows 10 S, Microsoft Edge is the default browser. Microsoft Edge is built for Windows 10 and offers a secure browsing experience. In fact, Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 S blocks more phishing sites than Google Chrome on Chromebooks. Microsoft Edge is useful for students and home users alike, ensuring compatibility with the sites college students and universities use, like Google Docs. New features in Microsoft Edge–like the new Tab Preview Bar–make it easy for students to research and manage school projects. And, with Windows Ink in Microsoft Edge, students can easily make notes directly on a web page and share them with a classmate. If you’re new to Windows 10 S and Microsoft Edge, visit this post to learn how to import your data from other browsers into Microsoft Edge. With Microsoft Edge, Bing is the default search engine, and you can easily research and save any tabs – including any search engine as your preferred search destination.

Windows Defender Security Center shown on Windows 10 S

  • Microsoft–verified security. With Windows 10 S, customers who want to use apps can get them from the Windows Store where they are first verified for security, and then locally each run in a safe “container,” ensuring consistent performance and security for the system. Windows 10 S customers will be protected from malware by default with Windows Defender and can use additional anti-virus software available in the Windows Store if they choose.

Homepage of the Windows Store shown on Windows 10 S

  • Download the apps you want right from the Windows Store. There are many choices of apps in the Windows Store that are ready for you to download and use with Windows 10 S. Some examples include: Office 365 Personal in preview – available today for Windows 10 S– Hulu, Pandora, Autodesk SketchBook, Netflix, Sling TV, Complete Anatomy, Duolingo, NPR One, Facebook, Instagram, Drawboard PDF, OhBot, Fluid Math, Sensavis Visual Learning, and Twitter. We continue to work with our partners to bring even more apps to the Windows Store over time – Spotify and iTunes are apps we recently announced that will be available in the Windows Store in the coming months. Visit the Windows Store to get started exploring all the content available to download.

Office 365 Personal available in preview in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S

  • Office 365 and Windows 10 S are Better Together. Windows 10 S runs the rich desktop Office apps including popular productivity apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. The full suite of Office apps in preview are currently available to download today with Office 365 in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S. On Surface Laptop, you can simply open the Start menu and click on any of the Office app icons like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to launch the download from the Store. For more information on Office 365 Personal in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S, visit this FAQ.
  • Built-in Windows experiences to keep you productive and inspire creativity. Windows 10 S offers familiar Windows 10 experiences like Cortana–your digital personal assistant–password-free sign in with Windows Hello, Windows Ink, the Xbox app, Paint 3D, and more.

For more tips on getting started with Windows 10 S, check out our Windows 10 Tips blog posts or visit this FAQ. We are excited to make available Windows 10 S today on the new Surface Laptop, and in the coming months, Windows 10 S will become available on even more devices across a range of price points from our partners.

*Cortana available in select markets.
**Windows Hello and Windows Ink experiences dependent on hardware.

Microsoft shows partner innovation with Always-Connected PCs, MR and IoT at Computex 2017

Computex, Asia’s largest IT trade show, is always an exciting event for Microsoft. We see the OEM and ODM ecosystem come together with over 40,000 visitors and 1,600 exhibitors on new technologies and business relationships. This year, it is inspiring to launch partners’ innovative devices with Windows 10. Beyond the PC market, these partners are also driving emerging categories like the Internet of things and mixed reality. The Microsoft booth at Computex displays the latest in device and solution innovation and gives people hands-on time with the latest technologies.

This year I had the pleasure of taking the keynote stage with Nick Parker, CVP, consumer and device sales and Matt Barlow, CVP, Windows marketing to talk about how Microsoft is ‘Building the Possible’ with our partners.

Our announcements included:

  • Debut of numerous modern devices from top partners,
  • OEM and Operator commitments to deliver Always Connected PCs,
  • Windows Mixed Reality progress on the road to launch later this year, and
  • Windows and Azure IoT solutions in key verticals like manufacturing and utilities.

We talked about our efforts to inspire customers with new Windows experiences and devices, to help grow the ecosystem, and to bring new categories to life.

Diverse Windows Mixed Reality Headset designs

Last year at Computex, Terry Myerson and Alex Kipman invited partners to join us in building devices that merge physical and virtual realities. Since then we have seen Windows Mixed Reality Headsets from partners like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

At the show this year, we are able to show off the great new designs from these partners making mixed reality available for everyone later this year. These headsets, coming to market this holiday, use Microsoft’s platform to enable a single and consistent user interface, standardized inputs, and a universal app platform for developers.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset

HP Windows Mixed Reality headset

HP Windows Mixed Reality headset

During Alex Kipman’s Build keynote, we announced that Windows Mixed Reality dev kits from Acer and HP are now available for pre-order through the Microsoft Store for developers in the US (Acer, HP) and Canada (Acer, HP). The response to these dev kits has been positive and we look forward to seeing all the great content that our development ecosystem will create.

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset

As a leading gaming and innovation partner, ASUS is expanding on its prowess into the fast emerging mixed reality category. In addition to its Oculus-Ready ROG gaming desktops and VR-Ready VivoPC X, ASUS will be adding a futuristic head-mount device with a unique polygonal 3D cover panel, designed with comfortable ergonomically adjustable strap, enabling an easy one-hand setup. ASUS is engaged with Microsoft to make this HMD fast, powerful, and ultra-light with a six degrees of freedom (DOF) tracked motion controller, for an incredible, immersive MR experience.

Dell Windows Mixed Reality headset

Dell Windows Mixed Reality headset

Dell is building on their Virtual Reality (VR) leadership in premium gaming and professional creation by partnering with Microsoft to deliver an affordable consumer headset, which will bring mixed reality experiences to a broad audience. Dell’s stylish white headset is uniquely focused on user comfort, designed by the same team that crafts their premium XPS and Alienware PCs. The Dell headset, which will be available by holiday, is thoughtfully designed for comfort and convenience with innovations such as comfortable cushions that can be replaced for a personalized experience, weight balanced headband centered on the user’s head for long-term comfort, cable routing to free the user from dangling wires and, a flip-up visor for easy wearing and removing.

Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality headset

Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality headset

Lenovo is partnering with Microsoft to bring this amazing technology to everyone through an incredibly affordable mixed reality headset for truly immersive, beyond-the-screen mixed reality experiences. Coming later this year, Lenovo’s mixed reality headset will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out tracking and simplified set-up to let users move around more easily as they experience virtual worlds.

Internet of things solutions are coming in key verticals

Businesses, governments, and academic institutions are harnessing the internet of things (IoT) to drive business forward. With Windows 10 IoT core on devices, Azure IoT, Cortana analytics, and business intelligence, Microsoft is providing a consistent, end-to-end platform that enables partners to build enterprise-grade, IoT solutions for customers.

IoT is about more than a device connected to the cloud, it is really about a multitude of devices, connected together, to deliver insights. In the Microsoft booth, my colleague Mike Quinn showed journalists “a Day in the Life with IoT,” and how these devices work together. For example, the Airbox device collects and reports data on air quality metrics like temperature and humidity and displays the analytics on a dashboard. While in the restaurant scenario there is digital signage, a digital price board, a kiosk for self-ordering, and a robot which makes product recommendations based on historic order information.

New “Always Connected PCs” allow constant connectivity

There is a new generation of users that need to be connected to the cloud at all times. They are students, creators, freelancers, small businesses, and enterprises.  This means sharing experiences across screens and leveraging the latest network technology like gigabit LTE and eSIM. We are collaborating with our ecosystem on a shared vision. This starts with a close partnership at the silicon layer, with Intel and Qualcomm and with our mobile operator partners to provide seamless eSIM connectivity. Microsoft device partners ASUS, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, VAIO, and Xiaomi, are committed to this new category of Always Connected PCs using eSIM technology. In addition, Microsoft announced Always Connected devices will be coming from ASUS, HP, and Lenovo on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. These new devices will feature Windows 10, always-on LTE connectivity and great battery life.

New, innovative Windows 10 PCs

By far, my favorite part of the show every year is seeing the latest devices from our partners come to market. Partners like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Huawei have all brought beautiful new thin and slim laptops, ruggedized tablets, 2-in-1’s and gaming PCs to market in recent weeks. Here are a few announced here at Computex:

Acer’s new Nitro 5 series and its latest Spin 1 convertible notebook

With Acer’s new Nitro 5 series, gamers can choose from a variety of configurations that feature popular graphics and processors to meet different budgets and needs. Dual fans with Acer Coolboost technology deliver heightened fan speeds and cooling ability, and allows users to manually control the cooling process when heavy use requires an added boost.

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The latest version of Acer’s Spin 1 convertible notebook features a sleek metal chassis and vibrant Full-HD display. It comes with Windows 10, and is lightweight, portable and supports Windows Ink through an Acer Active Stylus for creative users on the go.

ASUS brings new thin and light PCs and gaming devices to market

This week, ASUS introduced a line-up of thin-and-light ZenBook and VivoBook laptops that push the boundaries of design and technology to deliver the ultimate mobile computing experiences. The new laptop line-up includes support for many new Windows 10 features — including Windows Ink, Windows Hello, Cortana, and Modern Standby — that boost productivity and gives users an amazing computing experience. Also unveiled at their ROG event here in Taipei was the long-awaited ROG Zephyrus. Zephyrus is the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics. Zephyrus features the Windows 10 Creators Update, which improves the performance of PC games via the all-new Windows Game Mode, and makes it easier to perform native game-streaming with Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming service.

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Dell’s new Inspiron AIOs and gaming desktop  

Dell’s new line-up includes the Inspiron 27 7000 AIO, the Inspiron 24 5000 AIO and the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop – the first gaming desktop to join Dell’s expanding Inspiron Gaming line-up. The new systems boast Dell’s iconic virtually borderless InfinityEdge display technology for a beautiful viewing experience – available for the first time on the Inspiron AIO line – and “Ready for VR” configurations which are capable of delivering immersive experiences through high-end VR headsets. Both new AIO devices are equipped with Windows Hello for one look login and Cortana for far-field speech recognition.

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Lenovo’s new V720 designed for small business

The digital transformation is your stepping-stone to the technologies of the future. Enabling employees to realize the benefits of digital transformation requires computing devices that offer power, flexibility, durability and mobility.

It was exciting for me to announce on stage a new commercial device from Lenovo. Thin and light and with an industry leading 77% screen proportion, the new Lenovo V720 is powered by the latest Intel processors and includes next-gen features like Microsoft Hello and Cortana. USB-C Thunderbolt and discrete NVIDIA graphics will help end-users leverage digital technologies to match the pace of business transformation.

MSI Promises the “Next Gaming Dimension”

MSI displayed this week high-end Windows gaming devices. This includes its refreshed gaming laptop rosters: the GT75VR, GS63/73VR, GE63/73VR series and the very latest X299 GAMING M7 ACK, X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC, X299 TOMAHAWK motherboard. In its booth, they also showed the beefy Infinite A and Trident Arctic gaming desktops, and gaming accessories like the Clutch GM70 gaming mouse, Vigor GK80 gaming keyboard along with Core Frozr XL CPU cooler.

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro

I also had the privilege of showing for the first time, Samsung’s new 2017 Notebook 9 Pro which allows users to easily switch between typing on the keyboard, write with their intuitive S Pen, and navigate the brilliant touchscreen. Its slim and lightweight design is for those who are always on the go and need a portable, yet powerful device.

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This year, more than ever, we’re seeing new devices in emerging categories truly changing the market. From mixed reality headsets coming at highly affordable price points and connected IoT-enabled devices enabling consumers and businesses to achieve more to new “Always Connected PC’s” powered by eSIM technology, the opportunities for partners to bring new types of devices to life has never been greater.

A thriving ecosystem

All of these devices and new categories create business opportunities for our partners. From new business models like dynamic store bundling and cloud to expanding the ecosystem into new areas like head-mounted displays and motion controllers for mixed reality, our platforms are creating new opportunities for partners.

Our partners push the envelope in gaming experiences. They deliver affordable devices for education. They bring to market devices that light up Windows 10 experiences. Through this thriving ecosystem of partners, new categories come to life.

I’m very excited for the year ahead and for how this ecosystem works together to build the possible.

Panasonic announces Toughbook 33 2-in-1 detachable laptop powered by Windows 10

Inspired by mobile professionals, it features a 3:2 display and is designed to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards to perform in even the most extreme conditions.

Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1: Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 in attached flip mode

Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1: Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 in attached flip mode

With Windows 10, this device arrives built-in with Cortana* – your digital personal assistant who can help you complete tasks, set reminders, and work across your devices more productively. For workers operating in extreme conditions, these hands-free options offer important flexibility. The touchscreen, 3:2 display and IP55 digitizer pen allow you to use Windows Ink for drawing or signature accuracy on the screen, as well as writing or highlighting web pages in Microsoft Edge, even in the toughest of weather conditions. You can also login quickly and securely with Windows Hello using either the infrared webcam with facial recognition or the fingerprint reader.

Panasonic Toughbook 33 Detached: Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 in detached mode showcasing keyboard and screen

Panasonic Toughbook 33 Detached: Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 in detached mode showcasing keyboard and screen

The Toughbook 33 2-in-1 laptop is built for maximum mobility with two twin hot-swappable batteries that provide 10 hours of battery life, or up to 20 with the Long Life Battery configuration – enough to ensure uptime for even the most demanding jobs. Tablet Mode in Windows 10 delivers a smooth, touch-first experience; your apps will scale smoothly, and onscreen features will adapt for easy navigation on this 2-in-1. This device provides six flexible usage modes, designed to ensure the device offers the flexibility today’s workers demand and offers two keyboards to choose from to accommodate the unique needs of mobile professionals.

Panasonic Toughbook 33: Panasonic Toughbook 33 folded in tablet mode with screen showing

Panasonic Toughbook 33: Panasonic Toughbook 33 folded in tablet mode with screen showing

Other features of the Panasonic Toughbook 33 with Windows 10 include: 

  • 1080p webcam and an 8MP rear camera
  • Up to 10 hours battery life, or up to 20 with the optional Long Life Battery configuration; twin-battery design for hot-swap battery replacement
  • 256GB SSD with heater (optional 512GB), 8GB onboard RAM (optional 16GB)
  • Choice of Barcode or Serial (true) or 2nd USB, Choice of Insertable SmartCard or Contactless Smartcard or Fingerprint readers
  • 12.0” 3:2 QHD 2160×1440 wide-view angle display with direct bonding, and a 1200 nit sunlight-viewable screen
  • Magnesium alloy chassis, MIL-STD-810G and IP65 all-weather design, in addition
  • Available with two different vehicle docks for new deployments: a tablet vehicle dock and a 2-in-1 vehicle dock. For Panasonic’s large customer installation base of Toughbook 31 vehicle docks, Panasonic is also offering a drop-in-replacement 31 Vehicle Dock Adapter (VDA) with removable Lite Keyboard.

Pricing and Availability: The Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 laptop with Windows 10 comes with the detachable Premium Keyboard for those looking for the flexibility of a 2-in-1, but can also be purchased as a tablet only. The Toughbook 33 will be available from authorized Panasonic resellers later this month starting around $3,649.

*Cortana available in select markets.

What’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update

We believe that everyone is a creator at heart and that creativity is an essential human trait. And, no matter who you are, Windows 10 is built to empower the creator in all of us. To show you some of the great new features coming in the Creators Update, we’ve got a special episode of This Week on Windows just for you. New innovations in the Windows 10 Creators Update include 3D in Windows 10, built-in game broadcasting, new tab management features and more in Microsoft Edge, and enhanced security features such as a new Microsoft privacy dashboard.

You can get the Creators Update in a few different ways. If you already have a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it’s ready. If you are an advanced user and would like to get the update manually, visit this blog post to learn how to get the Creators Update. Another great way to take advantage of the Creators Update is to purchase a new Windows 10 PC from Surface or our partners. Currently, we’ve got some great offers on Windows 10 PCs from Microsoft Store – you can save up to 33% on select PCs, including Dell Inspiron 15, Dell Inspiron 13, HP Pavilion x360, and ASUS ZenBook Flip, at Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico through April 17.

And, in case you missed it, yesterday we announced new creativity apps with unique capabilities for Surface Dial.

Here’s a more detailed list of what’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update

3D in Windows 10

Remix3D.com community in the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Now with the Creators Update, you have a new app called Paint 3D and access to an online creative community at Remix3D.com.

3D in Windows 10 comes to life in the Creators Update to allow anyone to experience, create, and share in a new dimension. With 3D, we can communicate ideas and express ourselves better, and learn faster, because it’s much more representative of the world we live in.

Now with the Creators Update, you have a new app called Paint 3D and access to an online creative community at Remix3D.com. The all-new Paint 3D allows you to create or modify 3D objects, easily change color or texture, or turn 2D images into 3D works of art. To launch Paint 3D, click here.

With Remix3D.com, you can share, discover, and be inspired by millions of 3D objects. Remix3D.com lets you connect with other creators, find new ideas, and get instant access to a library of 3D objects to customize, remix, and share with the creative community.

New features for Windows 10 PC gamers: gamers can share their passion by connecting, streaming and playing together 

Beam game broadcasting

With the Creators Update, built-in game streaming with Beam is the easiest and most interactive way to stream your gameplay on Windows 10. Pressing Windows key + G while playing your game will bring up the Game bar, where you’ll find we’ve added a broadcast icon to launch Beam – no extra software required.

Built-in game broadcasting on Windows 10. Now you can effortlessly stream your gameplay using the Game Bar—just hit Windows + G, click Broadcast, and start streaming on Beam—all without the need for additional log-ins.

Built-in game broadcasting on Windows 10. Now you can effortlessly stream your gameplay using the Game Bar—just hit Windows key + G, click Broadcast, and start streaming on Beam—all without the need for additional log-ins.

This offers everyone the opportunity to showcase their creativity as a game broadcaster. And with Beam’s low-latency technology, viewers experience less than a second of delay, enabling broadcasters to engage and interact with their viewers in near real-time. This low-latency technology enables Beam broadcasters to incorporate interactive features, such as animation and sound triggers, right into their streams.

New gaming section in System Settings

Inside the main Windows System Settings, a new section has been added: Gaming, identified with the Xbox logo. This new section unifies your Windows 10 gaming settings in one place. In the Creators Update, there are four settings options: Game bar, GameDVR, broadcasting, and Game Mode. Game Mode may be easily turned on and off for specific games using the Game bar (Windows key + G).

Game Mode

With Game Mode, it’s our goal to provide a better and more consistent gaming experience on Windows 10, by dedicating more system resources to your game. Game Mode also works for both Win32 and UWP games. To enable Game Mode while playing a game, pull up the Game bar (Windows key + G) and click on the Settings button to opt the running game into using Game Mode. The Creators Update is just the first milestone in our commitment to Game Mode and Windows 10 performance improvements for PC gaming.

More games supported by Game bar

In the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’ve continued to expand support for Windows Game bar in full-screen mode to more than 80 of the most popular PC games. You can also now manage this feature in the new Gaming section of Windows Settings. Look for “Game bar,” and make sure the “Show Game bar when I play full-screen games Microsoft has verified” setting is checked. A regularly updated list of supported titles is available here.

To learn more about all the new gaming features available in the Creators Update, head over to Xbox Wire.

Microsoft Edge gets even better with a whole new suite of tab management features, new extensions, and a new bookstore and reading experience

Microsoft Edge is the faster, more secure browser built for Windows 10, and with the Creators Update, Microsoft Edge is faster than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and offers longer battery life. When unplugged and on-the-go, you can stream video and browse longer. Microsoft Edge streams video up to 3 hours longer than Google Chrome and up to 5 hours longer than Mozilla Firefox, letting you binge watch your favorite show longer without needing a charge. You can also browse nearly a full hour longer with Microsoft Edge when compared to Google Chrome, and nearly two hours longer when compared to Mozilla Firefox.**

Tab preview bar in Microsoft Edge with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Tab preview bar: It’s easy to lose track of what’s in your tabs, especially when you have many tabs from the same site, with similar titles and icons.

Tab preview bar: It’s easy to lose track of what’s in your tabs, especially when you have many tabs from the same site, with similar titles and icons. Tab preview bar allows you to easily glance at a visual preview of every tab you have open without leaving your page. You can scroll through the list with touch, mouse wheel, or a touchpad.

Set tabs aside: We’ve added two new buttons next to your tabs in Microsoft Edge to help you quickly manage all your tabs without losing your flow. Set these tabs aside feature allows you to sweep away your open tabs, giving you the ability to restore them later.

Set tabs aside: We’ve added two new buttons next to your tabs in Microsoft Edge to help you quickly manage all your tabs without losing your flow.

Set tabs aside: We’ve added two new buttons next to your tabs in Microsoft Edge to help you quickly manage all your tabs without losing your flow. Set these tabs aside feature allows you to sweep away your open tabs, giving you the ability to restore them later. And with Tabs you’ve set aside, you can preview thumbnails of web pages you set aside, and restore an individual or a collection of web pages to pick up where you left off.

Import favorites from another browser when you switch to Microsoft Edge: You can import your favorites, browsing history, and other data from another browser you have installed, in one simple step. Use the Import from another browser feature under Settings to select the browsers you want to move your data from.***

Jump List for Microsoft Edge: You can now launch a new window or new InPrivate window for Microsoft Edge straight from its Taskbar icon. Simply right-click or swipe up on the Microsoft Edge icon in the Taskbar, and pick the task you want!

Jump List for Microsoft Edge: You can now launch a new window or new InPrivate window for Microsoft Edge straight from its Taskbar icon.

Jump List for Microsoft Edge: You can now launch a new window or new InPrivate window for Microsoft Edge straight from its Taskbar icon. Simply right-click or swipe up on the Microsoft Edge icon in the Taskbar, and pick the task you want!

Extensions for Microsoft Edge in the Windows Store.

The Creators Update will also bring more extensions to Microsoft Edge.

The Creators Update will also bring more extensions to Microsoft Edge, including Ebates, Intel TrueKey, Read & Write, Ghostery, and RoboForm, among others.

Tap the pen or highlighter in Web Note, and you’ll now see the full set of Windows Ink colors.

What’s new in the Windows Store with the Creators Update

We’ve added a new digital category in the Windows Store called books (US only) 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.

We’ve added a new digital category in the Windows Store called books (US only) 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.

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.

In the Windows Store, readers will find favorite titles, including New York Times Bestsellers, amongst hundreds of thousands of others. We have partnered with the top publishers and partners, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as well as Ingram Content Group, to bring an extensive catalog of great books to the Windows Store. It will feature content such as Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Cross the Line by James Patterson, End of the Watch by Stephen King, and Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.

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.

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.

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. Cortana* integration pulls information from the web right into your reading experience. 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. Books is available across Windows 10 devices, from laptops to 2-in-1s, desktops, and mobile.

Dolby Atmos app for Windows 10 now available in the Windows Store

Additionally, for the first time, once you’re running the Creators Update, you will be able to experience the Dolby Atmos audio experience via the Dolby Access app, available today in the Windows Store. With the app, you will be able to experience immersive audio from a Windows 10 PC running the Creators Update via headphones or an HDMI connection to a Dolby Atmos-enabled sound bar or home theater system. Check out the app today!

A digital assistant that works across devices can now do even more to help you stay on top of everything. Here’s what’s new for Cortana* in the Creators Update.

At work and in life, Cortana is your personal digital assistant, there for you wherever you need her, helping make sure nothing slips through the cracks. With Cortana, it is 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.

Cortana loves music: You can now use Cortana to control music playback on more of your favorite music apps (EN-US only). And Groove now supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity so you can say “Hey Cortana, play me some workout music” (EN-US only).

We’ve also enabled natural language compatibility for iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio. This will work both above the lock screen (PC is locked) as well as below! You can try queries 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

Adding music recognition support to Chinese (Simplified): Cortana can now recognize music for customers in China. Simply tap the music notes icon in the top corner of Cortana’s home page, and Cortana will listen to whatever music is playing and use Netease to tell you what song it is.

Full screen when Idle: When using “Hey Cortana” while your PC is unlocked and idle, you’ll get a full-screen experience that is optimized for viewing from afar. Give it a try by enabling “Hey Cortana”, and then wait for about 10 seconds or so without touching your PC (available in all Cortana markets).

Cortana can help you pick up where you left off: When you switch computers, Cortana will display quick links in the Action Center to help you easily get back into Microsoft Edge websites and SharePoint (or other cloud-based) documents you used most recently.

Cortana can help you pick up where you left off: When you switch computers, Cortana will display quick links in the Action Center to help you easily get back into Microsoft Edge websites and SharePoint (or other cloud-based) documents you used most recently.

Cortana can help you pick up where you left off: When you switch computers, Cortana will display quick links in the Action Center to help you easily get back into Microsoft Edge websites and SharePoint (or other cloud-based) documents you used most recently. For example, if you were working on a PowerPoint deck on your laptop, when you later return to your desktop, a link to that deck appears in the Action Center (EN-US only).

Have more fun with improvements across a suite of built-in apps for music, maps, and photos that will work across Xbox and Windows Mixed Reality

Built-in experiences including Windows Photos, Windows Maps, Groove Music, and Movies & TV take advantage of the best capabilities of Windows 10 to help you capture ideas and express yourself.

  • Use Windows Ink**** to draw on pictures and videos in the Photos app to make them your own. Have fun, express yourself, and create something new with videos and photos that feature your personal touch. Here’s how to get started with inking in the Photos app.
  • Draw on a 2D or 3D map in the Maps app and make it yours with Windows Ink. Create routes with turn-by-turn directions, measure the distance between any two points, add notes, and mark places to visit. Here’s how to get started with inking in the Maps app.
  • With Groove, you can upload music from your PC to OneDrive to play your own tunes and make a playlist once for all your devices including Windows, Xbox, Android, iOS, and Sonos.
  • Fully immerse yourself in 360° videos and watch hit movies and TV shows in 4K or HD with the Movies & TV app.***** You can go directly from playing videos from your own collection to renting or buying hit movies and commercial-free TV shows to watch at home or on the go on your Windows PC or Xbox. And with the Creators Update, you can now explore new immersive 360° video content for the first time from partners like GoPro, Baobab Studios, SLIVER.tv, LIFE VR, and NextVR.
The mini view feature lets you keep an ever-present small window on top of what you’re doing. This means you can do things like binge watch your favorite show, carry on a Skype conversation, or control your music, regardless of what else you’re working on.

The mini view feature lets you keep an ever-present small window on top of what you’re doing. This means you can do things like binge watch your favorite show, carry on a Skype conversation or control your music, regardless of what else you’re working on.

  • The mini view feature lets you keep an ever-present small window on top of what you’re doing. This means you can do things like binge watch your favorite show, carry on a Skype conversation or control your music, regardless of what else you’re working on.
Night light feature available in the Windows 10 Creators Update.

You can now lower the amount of blue light emitted from your PC at night with Night light.

  • You can now lower the amount of blue light emitted from your PC at night with Night light. Settings to turn this functionality on or off in Settings > System > Display.
  • The Creators Update enables immersive experiences that blur the lines between the physical and digital worlds. It enables developers to create new, exciting Windows Mixed Reality apps and experiences with the recently available Windows Mixed Reality dev kits. Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will ship the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality-enabled headsets later this year, starting at just $299 USD.

The most comprehensive security for everything you do on your Windows device – from visiting websites to checking emails to uploading or downloading files in the cloud

The new Windows Defender Security Center dashboard coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update gives you visibility of your device security, health, and online safety.

The new Windows Defender Security Center dashboard coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update gives you visibility of your device security, health, and online safety.

Windows continues to expand its security features with the Creators Update, which brings, even more, security capabilities to all customers to help better protect, defend, and respond to threats on their devices and networks.

  • The Windows Defender Security Center offers a single dashboard display so you can control your security options from one place – everything from anti-virus, network, and firewall protection; to assessing your device performance and health; to security controls for your apps and browser; to family safety options. For our enterprise customers using the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service, the centralized portal first delivered in the Anniversary Update called the Windows Security Center will link to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, via the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, to allow IT administrators to easily follow an attack across endpoints and email in a seamless and integrated way.
  • Dynamic Lock: Windows Hello can use any paired iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone to detect when you step away from your PC or tablet, automatically locking it behind you for an extra measure of security and privacy. This feature works with smartphones, fitness bands, or any device that’s paired to your PC or tablet.
  • We’re adding new actions and insights in Windows Defender ATP to investigate and respond to network attacks, including sensors in memory, enriched intelligence, and new remediation actions.

Simple privacy settings that let you choose your experience with Windows

  • A new Microsoft privacy dashboard will let you see and manage your activity data across multiple services, as well as changes to how Windows 10 privacy settings will be designed and featured for customers in the upcoming Creators Update.
  • The Creators Update introduces a new setup experience for you to choose the settings that are right for you, simplifies Diagnostic data collection from three levels to two: Basic and Full, and further reduces the data collected at the Basic level.

Skype makes it easy for you to connect with friends, family, and colleagues

The Creators Update includes the best Skype ever for Windows PCs. This next-generation version of Skype was built for Windows 10, and includes exclusive features such as mini view, SMS relay for Windows Phone, and Skype Translator for calls to mobile phones and landlines.

The Creators Update includes the best Skype ever for Windows PCs. This next-generation version of Skype was built for Windows 10 and includes exclusive features such as mini view, SMS relay for Windows Phone, and Skype Translator for calls to mobile phones and landlines.

The Creators Update includes the best Skype ever for Windows PCs. This next-generation version of Skype was built for Windows 10 and includes exclusive features such as mini view, SMS relay for Windows Phone, and Skype Translator for calls to mobile phones and landlines. It is easy to use with keyboard shortcuts, conversation search, and a redesigned group video calling view that brings everyone even closer together. Be more productive on your PC and collaborate over Skype – share screens, photos, videos, documents, and files (up to 300MB). Say “hello” with an instant message, voice or video call, all for free, no matter what device you use Skype on. Learn more about what’s new with Skype on the Skype Blog.

The Creators Update begins rolling out worldwide today. To learn more about the update you can visit your local Microsoft Store to see what the Creators Update has to offer and get assistance from knowledgeable and friendly Answer Desk technicians, including a free consultation for your device. You can also schedule a free appointment with a Microsoft Store Answer Desk technician by visiting your local Microsoft Store or going online to microsoftstore.com/answerdesk. If you are an advanced user and you’d like to learn more about how to get the Creators Update, visit this link

*Cortana available in select markets.
**More information available here.
***Microsoft Edge can import browsing history, passwords, and other data only from Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Favorites can be imported from Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and 360.
****Touchcapable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately.
*****App availability and experience may vary by region and device; some content sold separately.

Ten Windows 10 PCs that unlock Windows Hello

Windows 10 brings you built-in protection. That means more security features, safer authentication and ongoing updates delivered to you for the supported lifetime of your device, all at no extra cost. One of Windows 10’s built-in security features is Windows Hello, designed to eliminate the use of passwords.

Windows 10 Tip: How to set up multiple profiles with Windows Hello

Windows Hello is multi-factor authentication that works natively with a PIN, integrated biometric sensor or an accessory. You can simply sign in with a look, touch or your PIN number – in less than two seconds** – and get enterprise-grade security without having to type in a password

With this great feature, we thought it would be helpful to round up a list of Windows 10 PCs from our partners that unlock Windows Hello with built-in facial recognition cameras or fingerprint readers. The devices we’re highlighting range across form factors and price points, and are all available in a variety of markets to purchase today.

Let’s jump right into the devices:

These devices use facial recognition with the built-in camera to log you in with Windows Hello:

Acer Switch Alpha 12 – $599

Acer Switch Alpha 12

Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 – $499

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA

Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 – $999

HP ENVY Curve AIO 34 – $1,499

HP ENVY Curve AIO 34

HP Spectre x360 – $749.99

These Windows 10 devices let you sign in with a swipe using the built-in fingerprint reader:

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA – $349

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360 – $499

Lenovo Miix 720 – $999.99

Lenovo Miix 720

Samsung Notebook 9 – $999

Samsung Notebook 9

Lenovo Yoga 910 – $1,999

Once you’ve picked up your new Windows 10 PC, you can learn how to get started with Windows Hello in our Windows 10 Tip all about setting up Windows Hello. You can also learn how to set up multiple profiles with Windows Hello on one device. The multiple profiles feature is great for families who share a device. To see a full list of even more Windows 10 PCs built for Windows Hello, visit this link.

*Windows Hello biometrics sign-in requires specialized hardware including a Windows Hello capable device, fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors.

**Based on average time comparison between typing a password respectively, detecting a face or fingerprint to authentication success.

Mobile World Congress 2017: Panasonic releases the Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1 

 

This larger 12” display design with 3:2 aspect ratio brings unrivalled flexibility and performance for the mobile worker. This device comes with a choice of two models: as a 2-in-1 detachable laptop (tablet with keyboard dock) or as a tablet only. Powered by Windows 10, this device comes with Tablet Mode: a touch-first experience that allows apps to scale smoothly, and onscreen features to adapt for easy navigation. With six different operating modes, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 provides the best features of a laptop and tablet for business applications. It weighs just 2.761kg in laptop mode – with the detachable tablet weighing 1.527kg.

With Windows 10, Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 comes with your digital personal assistant, Cortana*, who can help you find things, complete tasks, set reminders and work more productively. It also has comprehensive protection – including anti-virus, firewall, Windows Defender and anti-phishing technologies – all delivered built-in at no extra cost to you.

Designed for outdoor use in bright sunlight or heavy rain, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 has a 12″ 10-finger capacitive Dual touch QHD screen (2160 x 1440 pixels). Suitable for workers who need to operate touchscreens with gloves, the device uses the latest display technology providing a new level of viewing quality for tablet users working outside with its 1200cd/m² brightness. The device also includes a IP55 digitizer pen designed to work with Windows Ink for workers who need the highest levels of writing, drawing and signature accuracy in the toughest of weather conditions.

Other features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10 and up to a 7th generation Intel Core processor
  • A 2MP webcam with stereo microphones and 8MP documentation rear camera that allows you to login quickly and easily with Windows Hello
  • A 4G LTE option, and the option for the latest U-Blox NEO-M8 GPS for precise navigation
  • USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN, micro SD-XC and headset ports
  • Twin hot swappable batteries provide you with the ability to extend the battery life and the choice to change the battery while in use
  • The sleek Desktop Port Replicator allows the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1 detachable laptop to be used as a high-performance desktop device. The four-bay battery charger is ideal for large organizations where the ability to charge multiple batteries can reduce work downtime

US pricing and availability: The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 will be available in May 2017 from authorized Panasonic resellers starting around $4,099 for tablet with keyboard and $3,499 for the tablet-only. Specifications of the US model will be released this May. In the meantime, for additional information, please visit us.panasonic.com/toughbook/33.

Europe pricing and availability: The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 comes with a standard 3-year warranty and will be available in 2nd Quarter of 2017. The Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1 detachable laptop model will be priced at € 3552 / £ 2627 + vat, and the Toughbook CF-33 Tablet only model will be priced at € 2992 / £ 2213 + vat.

It’s great to see Panasonic’s latest addition to the Toughbook family with their new 2-in-1 laptop powered by Windows 10 that’s built with mobile professionals in mind. This is a device that certainly offers flexibility and performance in one.

*Cortana available in select markets. 

Windows Hello supports a growing variety of secured companion devices

This past year was an exciting one: we saw even more great Windows 10 devices introduced to our customers that take advantage of the password-free security benefits of Windows Hello. Built in to Windows 10, Windows Hello takes away the hassle of remembering passwords and minimizes security risks for millions of Windows customers. With Windows Hello, you can simply and uniquely use your face, fingerprints, or a PIN to quickly and more securely sign-in to your Windows 10 device.

Over the last year, one of our top priorities was to make this technology available on the widest variety of devices. Today, Windows Hello can be used on nearly every Windows 10 device in the world natively with a PIN or integrated biometric sensor or with an accessory. In fact, during the 2016 holiday season we counted nearly 100 unique biometric-enabled Windows devices and accessories available across all form factors, including laptops, all-in-ones, 2-in-1s, tablets, phones and peripherals.

While using Windows Hello with devices that include embedded biometric sensors is a great way for consumers and enterprises to get password-free security, companion experiences can also provide greater security and convenience enabled with Windows Hello. Since first announcing the companion device framework at Build 2016, we have had more than 20 partners join our efforts to make passwords a thing of the past. By opening the Windows Hello companion device framework to the hardware industry, our partners are delivering differentiated and innovative Windows Hello devices that meet the needs of both consumers and businesses, including those in heavily regulated industries.

Some of the Windows Hello companion device partners.

Some of the Windows Hello companion device partners.

Here’s a glimpse into a handful of companion devices for both consumer and business scenarios.

Nymi Band

The Nymi Band is a wearable Windows Hello companion device that allows you to sign into your Windows 10 device without a password. Just walk up to your PC wearing the Nymi Band, tap the band to express your intent, and then you’ll be quickly signed into your device. The band does this after Nymi’s HeartID™ technology confirms it’s actually you using your heartbeat and their unique electrocardiogram (ECG) based authentication technology. You can read more about the Nymi Band solution here.

The Nymi Band is a wearable Windows Hello companion device.

The Nymi Band is a wearable Windows Hello companion device.

YubiKey

The YubiKey from Yubico is a USB connected Windows Hello companion hardware device. By plugging the device into a USB port, the device allows you to quickly and more securely unlock your Windows device. The YubiKey is an inexpensive, practically indestructible device and can support additional two-factor authentication, including NFC, making the YubiKey a great solution for today and the future. You can read more about the Yubikey solution here.

Yubikey works with Windows Hello to unlock your device with USB hardware.

Yubikey works with Windows Hello to unlock your device with USB hardware.

RSA SecureID Access Authenticator

The RSA SecureID Access Authenticator turns existing devices that almost everyone owns into a Windows Hello companion device. The RSA SecurID Access Authenticator app runs on your mobile device and it can remotely sign you into your Windows 10 PC based on your proximity to the device or through the entry of a PIN or biometric verification from the app, depending on certain risk factors. You can read more about the RSA solution here.

The RSA SecureID Access Authenticator lets you verify your identity by shaking or tapping the device.

The RSA SecureID Access Authenticator lets you verify your identity by shaking or tapping the device.

HID Global Seos card

You might be familiar with HID Global whose cards are used by organizations around the world for IT authentication, building access, time and attendance, and cashless payments. HID Global’s Seos card is an NFC-based companion device that enables you to tap to unlock Windows Hello. By using your employee badge as your Windows companion device, you get the added convenience of using something that you already have with you.  A high assurance version of the HID Global card also supports digital signing and encryption based on NIST standards. You can read more about the HID Seos solution here.

HID Global’s smart cards provide convenience for IT authentication and more.

Windows Hello is changing the way we interact and authenticate our devices, apps, and web services. Together with our partners, companion devices using Windows Hello will further empower our customers to have more secure, password-free experiences. Our growing partner community building innovative companion devices understands that Windows Hello conforms to industry and government standards like FIDO, now endorsed by governments, making Windows Hello and companion devices a safer bet for customers and the partner community alike.

Partners who are interested in discussing the opportunities for Windows Hello companion devices can get in touch with our team at: cdfonboard@microsoft.com.

*Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.

CES 2017: Lenovo updates the ThinkPad X1 family and introduces new gaming PCs

Each of these new devices was thoughtfully designed to meet your needs and habits, whether at home, in the office or on-the-go. These devices also take advantage of great Windows 10 features, including Windows Hello with built-in face recognition cameras and fingerprint readers, and touch screens that light up Windows Ink. Also, built into these new devices are noise-cancelling microphones to support Cortana*, your personal digital assistant.

Here’s a closer look at what Lenovo announced today:

A premium PC experience with the ThinkPad X1 family

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, available in classic ThinkPad Black and a new Silver color.

The 2017 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon available in a new Silver color

The next generation of ThinkPad X1 products are committed to uncompromised innovation. The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, available in classic ThinkPad Black and a new Silver color, offers more than 15 hours of battery life, weighs just 2.5 pounds and packs a 14-inch high quality IPS display into a new sleek 13-inch form factor.

You can login easily and securely with Windows Hello using either the fingerprint sensor or the new face recognition Infrared camera on the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

You can login easily and securely with Windows Hello using either the fingerprint sensor or the new face recognition Infrared camera.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been redesigned to include Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allows for super-fast and slim port connection that lets you transfer data quickly.

Now offering more than 15 hours of battery life, the X1 Carbon has been redesigned to include Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allows for super-fast and slim port connection that lets you transfer data quickly, super-fast LTE-A Wireless WAN and WIFI CERTIFIED WiGig options that deliver superlative performance and connectivity.

ThinkPad X1 Yoga and the ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Also, available in the new Silver color, the updated ThinkPad X1 Yoga is flawlessly flexible and adapts to your needs offering true multi-mode capability and can deliver stunning colors and absolute blacks in its 14-inch notebook size with an OLED screen. If you’re not familiar with OLED, an OLED screen is one of those things you must see to believe, it’s higher resolution than 4K.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

A redesigned rechargeable pen and improved ‘rise and fall” keyboard complete the improved experience.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Alongside the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, continuing to impress with its lightweight, modularity and serviceability.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet features an integrated projector option making it easier to go from creation to presentation.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet features an integrated projector option making it easier to go from creation to presentation.

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet has unique modules that offer port expansion and up to 5 hours of additional battery life, and an integrated projector option making it easier to go from creation to presentation. It also comes with new Intel Core processors for better performance and graphics than ever.

Pricing and availability

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at $1,349, and will be available beginning in February 2017. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga starts at $1,499, and will be available beginning in February 2017. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet starts at $949, and will be available beginning in March 2017. All available in the US.

Work-life integration with the Miix 720

The ultra-chic Miix 720 detachable includes the features needed to work smarter. You can simply remove the keyboard to instantly transform the Miix 720 into a feature-rich touchscreen tablet. Paired with a Lenovo Active Pen 2 and Windows Ink, the Miix 720 is ideal for effortless note taking with OneNote or Microsoft Edge.

The Lenovo Miix 720 Detachable with Lenovo Active Pen 2

Lenovo Miix 720

The integrated infrared camera unlocks Windows Hello facial recognition which allows you to login without the hassle of having to recall or re-type your password, and the up to 150-degree tablet kickstand easily adjusts to any angle.

Other features include:

  • An ultra-crisp 12-inch QHD+ display for super crisp screen resolution and precision high end touchpad-enabled keyboard that makes for an awesome input experience
  • Up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Thunderbolt 3, the fastest port available on a PC today

Pricing and availability

The Miix 720 (keyboard included) starts at $999.99, available in two color options Champagne Gold and Iron Gray beginning in April 2017. The Lenovo Active Pen 2 starts at $59.99, and will be available beginning in February 2017. All available in the US.

Two new powerful gaming laptops designed for PC gamers: the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop and Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop with Windows 10

This year, Lenovo is launching a dedicated sub-brand for Lenovo gaming PCs – called Lenovo Legion. The new gaming sub-brand offers gamers powerful gaming devices and community engagement. In their quest to provide gamers the most immersive PC gaming experiences, Lenovo spent time building and listening to a community of gamers to better understand what they value most.

Lenovo’s first new Legion offerings come in the form of two powerful gaming laptops designed for PC gamers: the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop and Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, powered by Windows 10. Lenovo Legion laptops are outfitted with up to the latest NVIDIA graphics cards and Intel’s latest 7th Gen Core i7 processors for the speed needed to win. More RAM also means better gameplay, and boosting up RAM specs delivers that extra edge as the second most desired upgrade based on gamers’ feedback. Gamers can run and stream their favorite game, respond to chat questions and play music all at the same time without a hitch – powered by the two laptops’ 16 GB DDR4 memory. With Windows 10, both of these new laptops are equipped with the Xbox app and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere. You can read more about the Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop and Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop over on Lenovo’s blog.

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop also features:

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

  • Lenovos’ first laptop with integrated Xbox Wireless Controller Receiver built-in
The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop

  • VR-ready with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 graphics
  • World’s first Windows based Dolby Atmos PC1 with two 2W JBL speakers and a 3W subwoofer for incredible sound
  • Thunderbolt 3, the fastest port available on a PC today to plug and play at lightening speeds and the option of an integrated Xbox One Wireless controller, which is able to support up to four controllers simultaneously for gaming with friends.
  • High-quality screen resolution with up to UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare display
  • An optional RGB keyboard for more precise gaming in the dark

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop also features:

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop

  • 6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display for an amazing visual experience
  • Immersive Dolby Audio Premium sound with two 2W Harmon Kardon speakers
  • Optional red backlit keyboard for gaming in the dark

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop starts at $1,399.99, and will be available beginning in April 2017. The Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop starts at $899.99, and will be available beginning in February 2017. All available in the US.

Taking Control with the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller

Want to browse the web from your couch? Or turn on your favorite playlist from the dining table? The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller is not only wireless a mouse and keyboard in one, it’s also a remote control that fits in the palm of your hand and dramatically improves the way you connect to your PCs, the web and displays. The keyboard area doubles as a Windows 10 gesture-supported, multi-touch capacitive touchpad – simply press it to type, or slide your fingers to navigate. The entire keypad surface is your touchpad, and its lightweight design won’t weigh you down. Lean back on the couch and browse the web, stream movies and more.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller starts at $54.99, and will be available beginning in March 2017.

It’s great to see partners like Lenovo pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and creating beautiful hardware that lights up Windows 10. You can learn more about Lenovo’s news at lenovo.com/ces.

*Cortana available in select markets.
1Based on Lenovo’s internal analysis as of Dec 9, 2016 of PCs using Windows sold by major competitors shipping >1 million units worldwide annually. Requires the Windows 10 Creators Update.