MS Paint is here to stay

We still love MS Paint written out in MS Paint

Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news:

MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.

Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.

So, thanks for all the MS Paint love, keep the feedback coming via the Paint 3D app, and keep creating!

Register now for Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017

Registration is now open for Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017. Join the Microsoft Edge team in Seattle on September 13th for a jam-packed day of energetic technical sessions looking at what’s new, and what’s next, for the web on Windows. Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, so book your seat today!

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Microsoft Edge Web Summit is a free conference presented by the engineers building Microsoft Edge. The main track consists of 14 jam-packed technical sessions, covering everything from performance, accessibility, and test guidance, to brand-new tools and APIs for building Progressive Web Apps on Windows, adding payments and biometric authentication to your sites, and building modern layouts with new CSS features like CSS Grid.

This year, we’re introducing a new Hallway Track, where you can meet with engineers from across Microsoft to solve real problems today, and build invaluable connections for the future. Looking to reduce a troublesome performance issue? Struggling with best practices for accessibility? Eager to get started with WebVR? Curious about Bash on Windows? We’ve got you covered. The Hallway Track connects you one-to-one with Microsoft engineers throughout the day for tangible results you can take back to your site or app.

We’re excited to meet developers around the world face to face, and look forward to seeing you here in Seattle, WA! Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, so book your seat today. Can’t make it? Don’t worry – though there’s no substitute for attending in person, we’ll be streaming live on Channel 9 all day (no registration required), and recorded sessions will be available after the fact.

If you have any questions about the event, you can reach the event team on Twitter @MSEdgeDev or by email at edgesummit@microsoft.com. See you there!

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Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with Windows Help Me Choose

We know there are a lot of great options when it comes to Windows 10 PCs, and narrowing it down can be overwhelming.

That’s why the Windows team created Help Me Choose: an interactive tool on Windows.com that makes it easy to find the best PC that will meet your needs.

We designed Windows to be the place you love to create and play, with the tools to help you make your mark on the world –  whether you’re a student, gamer, artist or mobile professional.

Choose the most important thing you want to do with Windows 10

Here’s how to use Help Me Choose:

Shop for a new Windows 10 PC

Choose how you're planning to use your new PC

Simply click on “Shop for a new Windows 10 PC,” and you’ll be asked a couple questions about how you’ll be using your PC, and what features are most important to you – like having a choice of using touch or typing, or signing-in password-free with Windows Hello, for example. Then, Help Me Choose will share a couple different PCs for you based on your needs.

Learn more about Windows 10 features

What are you looking for today?

With Help Me Choose, you can also learn more about all the awesome features in Windows 10 – including Paint 3D, Windows Hello*, Cortana** and more!

Check for Windows 10 updates

You're up to date

Just click on “Check for Windows 10 updates,” and then “Verify you’re updated” to make sure you have all the latest features and protection. Every Windows 10 PC includes built-in enterprise grade security with Windows Defender.

Head over here to get started with Help Me Choose, or here for more Windows 10 Tips. ICYMI – here’s last week’s Windows 10 Tip.

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Have a great week!

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

Community Standup with Kevin Gallo

Kevin Gallo will be live on Channel 9 with Seth Juarez on July 26th, 2017 at 9:30am PST. Kevin will be providing updates to the state of the Windows SDK inside Windows 10 Falls Creators Update since everyone last chatted with him at Microsoft Build 2017. As always, we’ll be answering live questions afterwards.

A few of the topics Kevin and Seth will be discussing are the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, .NET Standard 2.0, Fluent Design, Microsoft Graph with the Activity API and more.

Over time, we’ll hold more frequent community standups to provide additional transparency on what we are building out, and clarity on why we are building them. The community standups will not only be with just Kevin, but the entire Windows development team as well. We’ll be testing different streaming technologies and interaction models to see what works best. We would love feedback on this as well.

Once again, we can’t wait to see you at 9:30am PST on July 26th, 2017 over at https://channel9.msdn.com.

Migrate to Exchange 2016 with all the facts

Even if your current Exchange setup works reliably, all Microsoft products drop off support eventually. When your messaging platform hits its expiration date, where will you go next?

Microsoft and security experts advise businesses on a legacy platform to shift to a supported platform. But it’s no simple process to migrate to Exchange 2016, even if you decide to stay on premises. For example, if you have Exchange 2007, you’ll need to perform a two-stage maneuver in the Exchange 2016 migration.

In years past, a company’s only option for Exchange was to upgrade to the next version. But with Microsoft’s Office 365 offering, where Exchange Online lifts the email server into the cloud, the decision is not that straightforward. Admins see the value in reduced maintenance, and access to security features such as Advanced Threat Protection. However, not everyone in IT welcomes the cadence of new feature arrivals and the reliance on PowerShell for some administrative tasks.

If you elect to make an Exchange 2016 migration, hardware choices will give the platform optimal performance. Also, be sure to test the platform thoroughly.

IT experts and consultants share these four tips on how to decide between on premises and cloud; what Exchange 2007 admins should do now that support has ended; the Microsoft requirements that can be ignored; and what to do after an installation is complete.

1. Weigh upgrade options: On premises or cloud?

There are more options than ever for a corporate email platform. A business that has used Exchange Server for years can move its messaging system to a low-cost — or free — service hosted by a provider, such as Google’s Gmail. But, in addition to features and price, legal and compliance issues need to be included in Exchange admins’ decision-making process — which can make Microsoft’s Office 365 a better fit. Office 365 ties a company’s calendar, conferencing and collaboration systems into its email — but shifting on-premises services to the cloud takes some effort.

2. Abandon the Exchange 2007 ship before it sinks

Once Microsoft ends product support, a business that remains on an outdated platform risks becoming vulnerable to attack. If a company still uses Exchange 2007, the IT org must decide if it will move to a supported on-premises platform — or go to Exchange Online. A switch from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2016 requires an intermediate step — the administrator needs to move mailboxes to Exchange 2013 then migrate to Exchange 2016. Microsoft provides tools for an Office 365 migration — and possibly financial help if you qualify.

3. When you can ignore Microsoft’s advice on Exchange 2016

As with all its server products, Microsoft provides guidelines for Exchange 2016 operation. Some businesses have good reason to sidestep these recommendations and deploy Exchange another way. For example, Microsoft does not endorse running Exchange in a virtualized environment; however, many businesses have done this for years with little consequence. Still, admins should check that the hardware or hypervisor vendor does provide support before breaking with Microsoft’s safer model.

Also verify that there’s adequate storage to run Exchange 2016 — Microsoft says a 30 GB system partition will work, but admins should have at least 100 GB. Otherwise, the databases will need to move to a separate disk.

4. Trust, but verify after Exchange 2016 installation

After a business selects an Exchange 2016 migration, executes the deployment and moves over its mailboxes, everything is ready to go, right? Not so fast. Go through a post-install checklist and confirm the configuration will work as expected. Open the Exchange Management Shell and follow a couple quick steps to verify the install was clean. Check that the organization’s domain name is on the accepted domain list, and apply OS and Exchange Server patches before anything starts up in production.

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