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Countdown to Halloween with a spooky collection in the Windows Store

Today, the Windows Team is releasing a new collection called Haunted Hub to get you ready for Halloween, available in the Windows Store on your Windows 10 PC.* This collection includes all the spooky themed content you need across movies, music, apps and games.  Here’s some of what’s in store for you…

Hotel Transylvania – Rent the movie for 31 cents

Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Dracula (Adam Sandler) in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, an animated comedy from Sony Pictures Animation.

Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and more, Hotel Transylvania is on sale to rent for an unreal deal of just $0.31! All Simon, a monster hunter, really wants to do is fall in love with Dracula’s daughter, Mavis. But when they realize they are natural enemies, the real adventure begins. Find out what happens next – but hurry, as this steal of a deal ends Monday, Oct. 10, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.**

New Campfire Tales skin pack for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta

Campfire Tales skin pack in Minecraft:Windows 10 Edition Beta

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta is all about building worlds block-by-block with your imagination, from makeshift shelters to the grandest of castles. And now it’s ready for some spooky Halloween creativity with new Campfire Tales skin packs ($1.99), full of mythical monsters, horrible hauntings and other strange sightings this October. Get 16 skins total, 2 for free!

Audiobooks from Audible

Audiobooks from Audible

Dare to be scared with some October-friendly fiction on Audible (free with a trial), the premier online provider of digital audiobooks and more. Listen to spinetinglers from authors including Stephen King, classics such as Dracula, or discover new authors and titles fit for a frightfully fun fall. Download Audible today, then get ready to get very, very scared.

Binge-watch Stranger Things with the Netflix app


A young boy disappears, and his mother and a local police chief embark on an investigation that turns terrifying in Stranger Things, our choice for binge-watching this month. Available only on Netflix***, this eerie, entertaining series is set in 1983 and stars Winona Ryder. Can she handle the unnerving supernatural forces at work in her town? Can you?

Unleash Thriller: The 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition


Is there a more iconic Halloween album than Thriller? This new edition of the 1983 blockbuster from Michael Jackson has all the bells and whistles, with a range of “extras” tracks including remixes, alternate versions, and behind-the-scenes voiceover sessions. Don’t listen with the lights off.

These movies, apps, games and albums are just the beginning of what’s waiting for you in the Haunted Hub Collection in the Windows Store now. Head on over to see just how many ways there are to be scared!

*Collection available through Oct. 31

**Available in US and Canada

***Netflix streaming membership required

Attorney Dana Hrelic talks Surface, the law and fashion

When I was at the American Bar Association conference in August, attorney Dana Hrelic came up to me and immediately exclaimed “I love my Surface. It’s how I survive.”

Thrilled, I immediately asked to learn more.

Surface fan attorney Dana Hrelic

Dana is a 3rd year partner at a boutique appellate firm, Horton Shields and Knox, in Hartford, Connecticut. For Dana, Surface is less of a computer and more of an appendage. “It’s my 100% machine. When I travel, I just unplug it and throw it in my bag.” Dana is on a plane about every two weeks so she loves having her Surface Pro 4 so she can work on the way to a meeting, and then catch up on TV on the way back. “Both my Office software and iTunes work seamlessly across my iPhone and Surface so it’s super easy to always be in touch.”

Dana’s fandom runs deep. When she and her husband (who is also an attorney) started dating, she bought him one as a present. “I often joke that that’s why he married me!”  Now that they are married, they’ve gotten so used to having a touchscreen that they bought a touch-enabled external monitor for their home office. “Once you get used to having touch, it’s impossible to go back.”

A couple of her fellow partners also have gotten a Surface based on Dana’s praise, so I asked her for her top 5 reasons why an attorney should use Surface. This is what she said:

Set up your remote office anywhere

My Surface makes traveling for work easy and convenient.  I can set up a remote office anywhere – my hotel room, the airport, the back of a taxi, or even the park (so I can see a little bit of where I’m visiting but get some work done as well).  Use the Pen to sign documents remotely so you never need to worry about missing a filing deadline because you’re away from the office. Make certain folders on your internal server or network available offline, so you can easily pull them up and work on them wherever you are. They will sync back to your server automatically when you return to the office. Couldn’t be easier!

Use your Surface like a legal pad

I frequently use my Surface as a notebook during client meetings, where taking notes by hand has always been more natural for me and makes having a real conversation with my client much easier.  Erasing is really intuitive—you just flip the pen over to erase like a pencil.  Plus Surface is roughly the same dimensions as a legal pad (3:2), which maximizes your vertical space for reading and writing. And you can change OneNote’s background to yellow and add ruled lines.

Multi-monitor desk setup

One of my law partners has two external monitors, keyboard and mouse, plus the Surface itself all connected with Surface Dock.  He is able to keep e-mail on one screen, his research tools on another screen, and use the third screen for Word and Excel.  It really makes staying organized and on the ball very simple to do.

Expandable storage

A lot of people don’t know that Surface Pro has a microSD slot underneath the kickstand for expandable storage. This means you can add an extra 128GB for less than $40; there are lots of different sizes and speeds available.  My husband has 2 extra microSD cards, where he stores all of his TV shows and movies for when we travel.  I like to use mine as extra storage for large documents and exhibits in my appeals.  Both ways, the expandable storage is a big reason why we love the Surface.

Stay stylish at work, at home, and on-the-go

Unlike other word processors I’ve had, the Surface is thin and sleek and makes staying stylish pretty easy.  The machine itself is very light and fits into any travel bag and briefcase that I’ve ever owned.  (And I own a lot … I have a thing for bags!)  The screen is a high resolution display, which is perfect for pictures and movies.  I set my favorite wedding photographs as my screen saver, and they scroll through whenever my computer goes idle.  As a newlywed, it’s so much fun to revisit our wedding day each time through this feature.  For traveling, I purchased a Kate Spade Sleeve, which carries my Surface, the keyboard, and the power cord all at once.  I have received more compliments on this Sleeve than I can count!

Surface fan attorney Dana Hrelic

Microsoft and Agder Energi collaborate to build an intelligent grid powered by an intelligent cloud

KRISTIANSAND, Norway, and REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 6, 2016 — Thursday at Nordic Edge Expo, Agder Energi, Microsoft Corp. and Powel AS announced a pilot project that will help create a more efficient, flexible and intelligent grid of the future.

The project will leverage intelligent technology to create a cutting-edge smart grid solution that will prepare the grid for greater renewable integration and help keep pace with growing energy consumption. The Microsoft Azure intelligent cloud, PowerBI and Azure IoT Hub were combined with expertise from Powel to provide Agder Energi with tools to improve dispatch of new energy resources, including device controls and predictive forecasting for situational awareness.

“At Agder Energi we want to use new technology to make the power grid more efficient, more predictable and more flexible. We will go from being energy generators to energy partners, with a more active role for our customers,” said Agder Energi’s CEO Tom Nysted. “Together with our partners at Microsoft and Powel, we will use innovation to solve the challenges facing the grid.”

While energy technologies have made tremendous advances in the past decade, electrical grids around the world have not. Power grids already require massive investments to keep pace with growing energy consumption; they are now challenged to leverage new resources — distributed energy systems like rooftop solar panels, batteries, smart homes and facilities — that can help provide support back to the grid in times of high demand.

The pilot will demonstrate how utilities can implement intelligent cloud-based smart grid solutions to unlock a host of energy and sustainability benefits. This solution will enable energy savings and easier integration of renewable energy to the grid mix, while also saving consumers money by reducing expensive peak power use and capital investment.

“We are applying our strong domain expertise and acting as the integration and forecasting partner in this project to seamlessly integrate Agder’s SCADA to the Azure IoT Hub, provide demand forecasts, and production forecasts for wind and solar in the region,” said Powel’s CEO Bård Benum. “We are thrilled to be working closely together with Agder Energi and Microsoft to help enable radical innovation in the utility sector.”

The pilot will be operated at an Agder Energi substation that is currently operating at 120 percent of its capacity a number of times throughout the year. The technology will enable operators to better predict demand and engage distributed resources, thereby reducing the demand on the substation and saving money that would otherwise be needed to upgrade. Eventually, the partners expect to build on these results to perform automatic balancing of renewable energy and peak load control in near real time.

“Renewable energy resources and advancements in intelligent cloud technology are driving a digital transformation of grid operations to explore new business models,” said Kevin Dallas, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, IoT Business Development. “Enabling solutions like Agder’s will accelerate widespread renewable and distributed power generation. It’s a bright future for the utility industry and for a sustainable world.”

Relevance to Norway

While the project focuses on a single substation that faces loading challenges, this is not a unique problem. Indeed, this is a problem experienced across the Norwegian market. Widespread adoption of grid management software that effectively manages new energy sources as a network of IoT resources has the potential to ameliorate costs of new hardware infrastructure for the Norwegian grid. The partners aim to demonstrate a digital transformation that will allow others in the industry to look to Norway as a leading example on energy and IoT.

About Agder Energi

The vision of Agder Energi is to be one of the leading companies in the Norwegian renewable energy sector. Agder Energi generates 7.9 TWh in an average year, and is Norway’s third largest producer of electricity. The grid operating company Agder Energi Nett has 20,900 kilometres of transmission and distribution lines that supply electricity to a total of 190,000 customers in southern Norway.

About Powel

Powel AS, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, delivers business-critical software solutions and related services specifically designed to help energy companies and public utilities improve daily operational processes and service quality. The company is a market leader in software solutions for grid operations and maintenance, energy production and smart metering, with offices in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Turkey, Switzerland and Chile. Founded in 1996, Powel AS is a privately held company with more than 420 employees.

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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Microsoft and Advanced Energy Economy give predictive power to online advocacy platform

REDMOND, Wash., and WASHINGTON — Oct. 6, 2016 — Thursday, Microsoft Corp. and the business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced a new predictive policy tool to support legislative advocacy in energy. Powered by Microsoft Azure integrated cloud-computing services and machine learning, AEE’s PowerSuite online bill-tracking platform will now enable AEE member companies and state partner organizations to leverage data and analytics in new ways.

The new features build upon AEE PowerSuite’s exclusive database of bills pending in Congress and all 50 states, and assess the probability of a bill’s enactment based on the hundreds of data points either known about the bill when it is introduced, or collected as it moves through the legislative process. With this new tool, users can adjust their strategies to improve the odds of advancing policies that expand markets and remove barriers to competition for advanced energy technologies, products and services.

“This is breakthrough technology for legislative advocacy that moves us to a future of secure, clean, affordable energy,” said Graham Richard, CEO at Advanced Energy Economy. “By combining Microsoft’s cutting-edge Azure machine learning with AEE’s PowerSuite tool and top-notch state legislative staff and partners, we are now more empowered to monitor and engage on advanced energy issues and policy. This strengthens our ability to impact policy.”

“We believe technology can play an important role in accelerating access to renewable energy,” said Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist at Microsoft. “Tools like PowerSuite provide valuable information and insights that are necessary to advance public policy that expands access to, and the affordability of, advanced energy.”

“This new predictive capability is just scratching the surface of what’s possible,” said Eric Fitz, vice president of engineering and product development at AEE. “In addition to legislative forecasts, we can’t wait to apply machine-learning and natural language processing technologies to our unique database of regulatory data to help make the opaque world of regulatory proceedings more transparent. Stay tuned.”

How AEE’s PowerSuite with Azure works

By identifying and analyzing predictive variables about state legislative activity, including bill topics, sponsors, legislative history and partisan characteristics, PowerSuite can forecast the outcome of state and federal bills with an accuracy of 87 percent based on information available at the time of bill filing, and up to 99.5 percent as legislative action changes the probability of passage over the course of a session.

As soon as a bill is introduced, PowerSuite provides a real-time forecast of its likelihood of being enacted. This helps advocates focus their efforts on bills with the greatest chances of success, and improves the prospects of bills that face an uphill climb. The tool shows bill details, partisan context and forecast at a glance.

Forecast details including key forecast factors
Forecast details including key forecast factors

The legislative process is not static, and neither are PowerSuite forecasts. As a bill progresses, PowerSuite automatically updates its probability of passage to consider the latest developments, such as passing one chamber, a new amendment, committee referral, new co-sponsors and more. Actions on a bill can either increase or decrease the probability that a bill will be enacted.

PowerSuite automatically updates forecasts based on new information
PowerSuite automatically updates forecasts based on new information

PowerSuite’s forecasts are also enhanced by AEE Insights provided by the business group’s team of policy experts, adding human intelligence to machine learning for continuous improvement of the forecasting tool. Their expertise both complements and informs PowerSuite’s bill outcome predictions by providing interpretation and context, strategic guidance, and new data to improve the accuracy of the model over time.

AEE is making the new PowerSuite forecasting tool available to member companies and state partners starting today. It will be offered to non-AEE member PowerSuite paid subscribers at a later date. To sample PowerSuite, sign up for a 30-day free trial.

To get an early look at the bill prediction feature, register here for a sneak peek webinar on Oct. 25.

About Advanced Energy Economy and PowerSuite

Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. AEE and its State and Regional Partner organizations are active in 26 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 companies and organizations in the advanced energy industry. AEE’s PowerSuite is the first comprehensive national database of both state and federal legislation and state and federal regulatory dockets, from every state legislature, U.S. Congress, state Public Utilities Commissions (PUC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). PowerSuite’s collection of over 500,000 bills and 350,000 dockets, representing 60 million pages of legislative and regulatory text, is equivalent to more than twice the size of the Wikipedia in total data.

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.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at