Windows 10 Store Growth Creates New Developer Opportunity in 2016

As we welcome 2016, I thought it only fitting to provide an update on our progress since the Windows 10 launch on July 29.

As announced yesterday, over 200 million PCs, tablets and phones across the globe are now running Windows 10, the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows, outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%. And, accounting for 67% of all Store downloads across PC and tablet in December.

These new Windows 10 customers are discovering and engaging with the Store at a higher rate than ever before with over 3 Billion Store visits since the Windows 10 launch. While it’s early yet, the promise of Windows 10 is beginning to pay off. Over the holiday selling season, we saw a 2x increase in the number of paid transactions from PC and tablet customers over last year. Looking at the month of December, 60% of those paying customers were new to the Store, with Windows 10 generating 4.5x more revenue per device, as compared to Windows 8.

Both the growth of Windows 10 customer base and the increase in customer engagement (both with the Store and with the apps themselves) will enable us to deliver on our promise of providing a platform where developers can find growing success. For some of you, that means finding new success on the PC, and for others, Windows 10 represents an opportunity to bring your existing code to 200 million, and growing, devices. Recently, NPR and several other partners shared some highlights of their Windows 10 results:

“Seventy percent of NPR listeners use Windows devices, and we’ve seen a 50-percent increase in their listening time just since Windows 10 came out. And that was before we upgraded our app.”

— Ben Schein, Product Manager at NPR

In addition, Box recently shared their positive experiences developing for the Universal Windows Platform, while providing an experience for their users, regardless of the version of Windows they might be using:

“By combining the two apps in Windows 10 as a universal Windows app, it decreased our engineering overhead, and increased our velocity for future iterations. We’re really excited about this.”

— Lois Wang, Senior Product Manager at Box

As we begin 2016, our focus remains unchanged. We will continue to drive Windows 10 adoption and make investments in these 5 areas to help developers be successful:

  1. Expanded payment options. To enable a broad range of customers to purchase your apps, we are expanding carrier billing to Windows 10 PCs and tablets, in addition to phones. This investment is especially important, as roughly 88% of the world’s population does not have a credit card (Source: World Bank, 2014). Customers need only enter their mobile phone number to purchase via any Windows 10 device. This capability was released for the Windows 10 platform in mid-November and is now live with O2 in Germany, Swisscom in Switzerland and Sprint in the US, with a robust pipeline of new connections planned in 2016. While these connections have just come online, early results show a 40% increase in operator billed sales. Carrier billing rounds out a range of payment options beyond credit cards: Alipay, PayPal, traditional gift cards, digital gifting and Bitcoin (US only).
  2. Enhanced monetization. We also continue to simplify and expand monetization models available to developers. With Windows 10, ad mediation is now available across PC, tablet and phone, enabling those of you who monetize with advertising to maximize your fill rate and grow revenue. In November, we announced a partnership with Vungle to offer in-app video ads. Over the coming months we will also begin testing new subscription capabilities announced at Build 2015, piloting the capability with a few partners and expanding availability based on the feedback we receive. We now also offer capabilities to enable you to more easily track and optimize your monetization strategy.
  3. Increased app discoverability. We’ve taken a number of actions to help users discover high quality apps, including the new Windows Store UI, algorithms and in-product app promotion, as well as the addition of a new Deals Hub app and Collection in the Store. We’ve also begun investing in a regular cadence of cross-Store sales and promotions to drive traffic, including the recent 10 days of 10-cent deals over the Black Friday holiday and Countdown to 2016, both of which contributed to this year’s strong holiday results. You can expect a full line-up of promotions and marketing activities in 2016. And, with the new Windows Store Affiliate Program, you can run your own promotions and earn additional revenue.

    For those of you with apps tailored toward organizational users, Windows 10 is also seeing rapid adoption with organizations, and the new Windows Store for Business provides an excellent way to reach them. Over 76% of Microsoft’s global enterprise customers are now in active pilots of Windows 10, with more than 22 million devices running Windows 10 across enterprise and education organizations. The new Windows Store for Business, launched in mid-November and offering free content in select markets, is in pilot with several thousand enterprise, education and small business organizations today. By the spring, this new storefront will be available in over 30 markets for distribution of free apps with paid app support coming later this calendar year.
  4. Existing code welcome. Whether you’re an experienced Windows app developer or just getting started, we want to make it easy to bring your app or game to the Store. To that end, we’re building a number of Windows Bridges to more quickly expand your reach to the Universal Windows Platform. Two toolkits shipped in 2015, and more are coming in 2016.
    • For web developers, you can quickly package your existing web site into Windows 10 hosted web apps. Once packaged, your server-based code can use the Store for discovery and distribution, and you can extend your code to use Windows device capabilities, notifications and monetization. I highly suggest taking 5 minutes in Windows App Studio to try your adaptive design website as a Windows app to see how easy it really is.
    • Windows Phone Silverlight developers were delighted to see the release of Mobilize.NET’s Silverlight bridge in late 2015. This bridge is an API mapping tool that eases migration of existing Windows Phone 8 projects to the Universal Windows Platform, enabling distribution to all devices running Windows 10.
    • We open-sourced the Windows Bridge for iOS to GitHub under an MIT license, making it possible to use Objective-C to build native UWP apps, as well as making it easier to reuse your iOS code on Windows 10. Since release, the team has been providing regular updates, with ARM support targeted for preview later this month.
    • Lastly, we continue to work with numerous partners to ensure that Windows 10 is a deployment option for those using cross-platform tools and game engines such as Unity and Marmalade.
  5. And finally – get more done in fewer steps. We’ve made a good deal of progress to minimize the app submission and management flows since Build 2015 starting with the convergence of the Windows Phone and Windows Dev Centers in addition to adding pubCenter for Microsoft Advertising. We’ve enhanced reporting and app promotion capabilities, and added sale pricing and most recently added support for multiple users within a single Dev Center account with roles – the number one request from all of you. Later this week we will begin the next phase in the rollout of the new single age rating workflow, based on the global rating and age classification system, IARC.

While we have much more work to do, we’ve delivered a number of new capabilities and tools since Build 2015 and the Windows 10 launch. We hope you’ll take the plunge in 2016 and update your existing apps to Windows 10 and bring that idea for a new app to the Windows platform. Happy New Year!

Nissan selects Microsoft Azure to power Nissan Telematics System

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2016 Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that all Nissan LEAF models and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by Microsoft Azure. Since the Nissan LEAF’s launch in 2010, more than 200,000 have been sold worldwide, making it the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. Nissan selected Azure to meet customers’ expectations about in-vehicle mobility solutions, create additional ways to interact with their vehicles, and enhance safety.

Nissan designs cars to meet the needs of the next generation of car buyers, the environmentally conscious “digital natives.” Having transformed the performance, practicality and public perception of EVs around the world since the LEAF’s launch, Nissan remains one of the leaders in EV technology. The connectivity to their owners and to the world around them makes electric cars more attractive and convenient. Maps, range prediction, charging station availability, charge status, plus all the services customers have come to expect when inside a vehicle are dependent on that connectivity. Azure provides a global cloud platform with cutting-edge security that allows Nissan to deliver services worldwide to this broad customer base.

Nissan CTS is coupled to Azure, allowing a remote connection to the vehicle. With CTS, Nissan LEAF drivers can perform a range of functions on their car, while not even inside. These include using mobile phones to turn on and adjust climate controls and set charging functions remotely even when the vehicle is powered down. An onboard timer can also be programmed to start the charging event.

As countries and regulations become more stringent on data privacy and technology standards, Nissan and Microsoft are committed to investing in meeting regulatory standards around the globe. Nissan selected Azure because of its enterprise-grade security and compliance. Microsoft was the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018, providing another reason enterprise customers can move with confidence to Azure. Azure supports multiple operating systems, programming languages and tools, providing flexibility and choice for Nissan.

With the standard Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant for all Nissan LEAF around the world, drivers can manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or their eyes off the road. Drivers are alerted to an incoming text and, after initiating the system, can hear the text read out loud and respond by voice, or via the steering wheel switches using preset answers such as “driving, can’t text,” “on my way,” “running late,” “okay.” These experiences are powered by the back-end connectivity and support of Azure.

Nissan can also send over-the-air “point of interest” (POI) updates as they become available, enabling customers to have the latest information as the company continues to refresh its services. Connectivity to Azure allows Nissan to bring new connected features to market faster and offer flexibility for the future.

The partnership allows Nissan to tap into Microsoft’s deep expertise across critical areas such as data management and analytics. Azure offers Nissan the scale and commitment to security it needs to support its global operations. The expansive global footprint of Microsoft’s datacenters provides the coverage to support Nissan’s vehicles anywhere they are in the world.

“Microsoft Azure will help us deliver a more innovative and intelligent future for our connected technologies,” said Celso Guiotoko, chief information officer and corporate vice president in charge of global corporate IS/IT, Nissan. “This is also a bold first step toward innovations that will realize future new mobility.”

Nissan’s connected platform powered by Azure is allowing Nissan to continue to provide its customers with exceptional value and add new services throughout the vehicle life cycle.

“Our partnership with Nissan shows what automakers can accomplish by tapping into Microsoft’s intelligent cloud platform,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “Further, our collaboration reveals tremendous possibilities for how consumers can get more out of their connected driving experience.”

About Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2014, the company sold more than 5.3 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.3 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceana; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @Microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Surface Pro 4, i5, 128GB SSD, 4 GB + typecover + dock : Macbook Pro Wanted

Surface Pro 4, i5, 128GB SSD, 4 GB Memory, immaculate condition, purhased new by me from PC World on launch day, so around 2 months old.

Fully boxed with Pro 4 backlit typecover keyboard (purchased at the same time).

Also comes with surface Pro 4 dock, everything is boxed and I will provide the receipt for warranty.

I am looking for a MacBook Pro, must be latest model and immaculate (willing to add some cash)

£900 trade value, really not looking to sell, would prefer a trade

Price…

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Netgear Nighthawk R7500-Brand New

Brand new sealed Netgear Nighthawk R7500 router

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Samsung unveils new Windows 10 device: the Galaxy TabPro S

Today, at CES Samsung introduced the world to the Galaxy TabPro S, a 2-in-1 tablet built for Windows 10. The premium tablet offers the most popular features of laptops and tablets giving people access to full notebook PC functionality in a lightweight tablet. The sleek device is 6.3mm thin and weighs only 693g with a 12” display. The Galaxy TabPro S is designed to be easily carried around all day and comes with a full size keyboard at purchase.

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S for Windows 10

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10

“Galaxy TabPro S balances the best of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab with the wealth of features on the Windows 10 operating system for the most advanced tablet experience on the market,” said Dongjin Ko, President and Head of Mobile Communication Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re thrilled to be working with Microsoft Corp. to deliver a 2-in-1 tablet that truly allows people to enjoy productivity and connections that matter most, through a seamless mobile station designed for all purposes.”

High Productivity in a Sleek, Portable Design

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S for Windows 10
The sleek device is 6.3mm thin and weighs only 693g with a 12” display

The Galaxy TabPro S delivers full PC functionality with both Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro for business. The keyboard’s flexible hinge enables optimal, dual-angle viewing for the clearest display in any circumstance. Moreover, the Pogo pin on the Galaxy TabPro S keyboard eliminates the need for pairing or charging separately. The keyboard’s touchpad emulates that of a PC to provide easy control, even when used in Stand Mode.

Superior Viewing Experience

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S for Windows 10
The keyboard’s touchpad emulates that of a PC to provide easy control

Delivering a leading edge AMOLED display for Windows, the Galaxy TabPro S features a multi-touch screen that presents deeper color contrast with 94% of natural tones to show true-to-life colors and more precise details for a best-in-class viewing experience. The lightweight, power-efficient 12-inch AMOLED display enables users to enjoy gaming, movies and entertainment with unprecedented clarity and color accuracy.

Powerful Performance

The Galaxy TabPro S delivers Samsung’s advanced technology to maximize performance and power efficiency. It is the first tablet, powered by Windows, to support LTE Cat 6 for the fastest and most advanced connected experience. With enhanced Fast Charging features, Galaxy TabPro S’s battery can fully charge in just 2.5 hours, and offers up to 10 hours of battery life* for all day use. For power-driven performance, the Galaxy TabPro S is equipped with the latest generation Intel Core M processor, designed for a fanless 2-in-1 tablet, featuring only 4.5W of power consumption to eliminate noise disruption and maximize efficiency.

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S for Windows 10

The Galaxy TabPro S delivers Samsung’s advanced technology to maximize performance and power efficiency

To enhance productivity, a multi-port adapter (HDMI, USB Type A & C) and Bluetooth Pen are available for purchase separately. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S will be available globally beginning in February and will be available for purchase at microsoftstore.com and select Microsoft stores across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

For additional details on the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 tablet visit, samsungmobilepress.com.

* Battery life is based on internal testing conducted by Samsung. Results may differ by usage pattern.

i7 4790K ROG Gaming PC (need to downsize) + HP HomeLab ESXI NAS

I need to add a 2nd monitor to my setup or replace my ROG Swift for something else that has more inputs which I don’t want to do so the next best thing would be to swap out my 750D build for an ITX system.

i7 4790K
Maximums VII Hero
32GB VengeancePro 2400mhz
2 x Palit JetStream 980s
240GB Neutron GTX SSD
2 X 2TB WD Black (RAID)
Corsair 750D with upgraded Fans
H105 with SP120 Fans P/P
Ax860 with Corsair Sleeved Kit
Asus ROG Front Panel…

i7 4790K ROG Gaming PC (need to downsize) + HP HomeLab ESXI NAS