Save the date: Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 comes to Seattle on September 13th

We’re thrilled to announce that our third annual Microsoft Edge Web Summit is coming to Seattle on September 13th, 2017! Registration opens next month on

Microsoft Edge Web Summit is your one stop to see what’s next for the web on Windows. Join us for a jam-packed day of energetic technical sessions, where we’ll take a closer look at what’s new and what’s next for Microsoft Edge. We’ll dive deep into what’s new in EdgeHTML, the Chakra JavaScript engine, and the user experience of Microsoft Edge.

You’ll learn how to use exciting new web platform features like Service Worker, Web Authentication, and CSS Grid to build modern, performant experiences with native-like capabilities. And you’ll have an opportunity to try out next-generation experiences built with technologies like Progressive Web Apps, WebVR, and lots more.

Best of all, you’ll find great opportunities for networking during and after the event. You’ll make new friends and valuable connections with passionate developers from the Seattle web community and around the world. You’ll also get to know the team that builds Microsoft Edge, and make sure your voice is heard as we chart our course for future releases.

Representatives of our Quality team will be on hand to help debug issues with sites and chase down bugs in the platform, and experienced web performance experts will be standing by to squeeze that extra ounce of efficiency out of your code.

We’ll have lots more to share next month – in the meantime, mark your calendar now! We can’t wait to see you there!

Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Spotify for Windows 10 available now in the Windows Store

Spotify logo in blue and red

Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store.

We’re excited to announce that Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store*. We first announced our partnership with Spotify in early May and are thrilled to bring the Spotify app to Windows 10 and Windows 10 S customers following on the heels of the release of Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S last week. The Spotify app is available today in all 60 countries where Spotify is available and offers the same familiar experiences as the Win32 application**.

With Spotify on Windows 10, you can enjoy, discover and share millions of songs wherever and whenever you want. Make and share your own playlists, or let Spotify suggest something great for you. Listen for free or subscribe to Premium for higher quality listening and to take your music offline

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

We’re proud to partner with Spotify to make it easy for customers to enjoy music however and wherever they want. Get started with the Spotify app for Windows 10 by downloading it today from the Windows Store. You can also learn more about today’s exciting news over on the Spotify Blog.

*Available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. To download this app, your PC or tablet must be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or greater. If you’re not sure which version of Windows your PC is running visit this link. To learn how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update click here.

**The Spotify app for Windows 10 is available in the following markets, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Use PowerShell when working with Hyper-V checkpoints

images of Hyper-V VM. For example, you can take checkpoints of a VM, perform your application testing and revert the checkpoint to a known state if you need to retest. Although you can use Hyper-V Manager to perform checkpoint tasks, it’s easier to do the same tasks using PowerShell.

By default, Hyper-V checkpoints aren’t enabled on VMs. In order to execute the PowerShell commands below, you’ll be required to enable checkpoints on the VMs. You can use the Hyper-V Manager to enable checkpoints for a VM, but you can also execute the Set-VM PowerShell cmdlet. To enable checkpoints for a single VM, execute the Set-VM –Name SQLVM –CheckPointType Enable PowerShell command. Next, run Set-VM –Name SQLVM –CheckPointType ProductionOnly to configure the VM to use a production checkpoint — first introduced in Hyper-V 2016.

Once you have enabled checkpoints for a VM, you can execute the below PowerShell commands to take checkpoints or revert to a checkpoint of your choice.

Create a checkpoint

To create a checkpoint, use the CheckPoint-VM PowerShell cmdlet. Just executing CheckPoint-VM –Name SQLVM will create a checkpoint for an SQLVM. If you need to take another checkpoint, execute the same command. Note that when you take a checkpoint, Hyper-V creates a checkpoint entry with the date and time when the checkpoint was taken.

To list all of the Hyper-V checkpoints for a VM, use Get-VMSnapshot –VMName SQLVM.

Note that the Checkpoint-VM PowerShell cmdlet doesn’t support taking checkpoints for a VM running on a remote Hyper-V host. If you need to perform a checkpoint for a remote VM, interact with the remote VM using the Get-VM PowerShell cmdlet and then pipe the Checkpoint-VM cmdlet as shown in the command below:

Get-VM Remote_SQLVM –ComuterName RemoteHyper-VHost | Checkpoint-VM

By using the command above, you are performing a checkpoint for a VM that is running on RemoteHyper-VHost.

To restore or revert to a checkpoint for a VM, use the Restore-VMSnapshot PowerShell cmdlet. If you would like to restore an SQLVM to a previous checkpoint, execute the PowerShell commands below:

$ThisVM = “SQLVM”

$ThisVM | Get-VM | Get-VMSnapshot –Name “SnapshotName” | Restore-VMSnapshot –Confirm:$False

Note that you will be required to stop the VM before performing the checkpoint restore operation.

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