Windows 10 Tip: Stay in touch with My People

Did you know with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can talk and share faster with the people you talk to the most?
Quick access to your top people

Now you can pin the people you communicate with most to the taskbar for convenient, one-click access through apps like Mail and Skype. Tap on your pinned contact to send an email or chat using Skype without having to open the apps.
People-first sharing

Sharing is as easy as dragging a file directly onto the pinned contacts in your taskbar. Or share directly via the ‘Share’ picker by choosing from the recommended list of your top people.
See emoji from pinned contacts

Emoji from your pinned contacts can appear and animate right from the taskbar – an extra level of emotional connection and expression between you and the key people in your life.
Head over here to read more about what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!
*Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device. Cortana above the lock screen is hardware dependent. User must enable within Settings. Learn more at microsoft.com/en-us/cortana/get-started/pc.

For Sale – MSI GTX-970 4GB (GTX-970-4GD5T-OC)

For sale is my 18 month old GTX-970-4GD5T-OC. Never missed a beat and never overclocked by me.

Specs:

Fully boxed and in perfect working condition.
Any Q’s, please ask. Delivery not included for this one, but can add it on to price if needed (RMSD only or courier of your own sorting).

Price and currency: 160
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PP F&F
Location: Barnsley, Sth Yorks
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For Sale – A load of cheap laptops

Had a clear out enforced by my better half, so i’m putting all my old laptops i’ve hoarded from the last 5 years or so. I’ve wiped and reinstalled the original Windows 7 Pro OEM OS onto them all, other than the Fujitsu which a upgraded to Win 10 Pro when Microsoft were offering free upgrades. So here we go:

Fujitsu Lifebook E753 – 15.6″ – this was mega high spec when I got it – i7-3632QM 2.2GHz processor, 16GB RAM, 1920×1080 screen, Samsung 256GB SSD, secondary 1TB hybrid Toshiba SSHD drive, includes desktop docking station. This machine is in good condition other than some fairly minor wear and tear to the top cover, and a small dink to the wrist wrest. The screen has a small (less than the size of the tip of my little finger) light patch, these aren’t dead pixels, the image is fine, it’s just lighter in that area for some reason. I’ll try and take some pics to show this. Looking for £250 for this machine.

HP Elitebook 820 G1 – 12.6″ – i5-4200U processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD. Good condition, no damage of note. £150.

Dell E6330 – 13.3″ – i7-3520M 2.9GHz processsor, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, extended 65W battery. Again good condition, no damage, hardly any wear even on the top case. £200.

Thanks for looking

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For Sale – hp pavilion 15″ i3/8gb/1TB – bargain

In continuing my trend of selling everythign to pay for my boiler, i have this nice 15″ HP Pavilion, in black/silver

got windows 10 on it, and 8GB of Ram.

decent little unit, should be good for homework or something.

£150 + Del but open to offers for quick sale!

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Drive Australia’s Open Roads in Native 4K with Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One X Enhanced

Since its release in 2016, millions of players have been exploring the world of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, the highest-rated Xbox One exclusive. We are pleased to announce that, today, Xbox One X enhancements arrive for Forza Horizon 3, as a free download for players with an Xbox One X.

Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X is powered by the same state-of-the art ForzaTech engine at the heart of the Forza franchise, also used to develop Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox One X which brought native 4K resolution racing to the new platform. Forza Horizon 3 enhancements let players experience the game in native 4K along with a host of additional visual updates, including improved car reflections and shadow resolutions, improved texture detail for road and terrain surfaces, and more. In addition, 4K resolution enhancements will be fully compatible with both Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions for Forza Horizon 3. Whether you’re careening across the dunes of the Outback in your favorite off-roader or building up a legion of fans with death-defying stunt driving in the rainforest, the 4K-enhanced version of Forza Horizon 3 is a thrilling blend of fantastic gameplay and cutting-edge visuals.

Xbox One X Forza Horizon 3 Battlecard

As part of Xbox’s ongoing Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, I chatted with Playground Games’ creative director and co-founder Ralph Fulton for insight into the studio’s work on the enhancements. Enjoy!

What specifically has your team done to enhance Forza Horizon 3 for Xbox One X?

First and foremost, this update enables Forza Horizon 3 to run in native 4K (3840×2160) on a console for the very first time. Forza Horizon 3 has always been a fantastic-looking game but the clarity and detail of native 4K resolution really brings the vast playground of Australia to life like never before. In addition, we’ve made a number of graphical improvements to the game, such as increased shadow resolution, improved visual effects and increased LOD and draw distances, which take advantage of the power of the Xbox One X.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

These enhancements are all about the visuals.  We know that our fans really value great image quality, so we’ve taken this opportunity to deliver that to them with this update on Xbox One X. On top of the obvious enhancement to native 4K, there are a number of other improvements we’ve made which really take advantage of the added definition 4K brings. Reflections are sharper and clearer, environment shadows are crisper and better defined, the quality of motion blur has been increased to make the driving experience significantly smoother, and better anisotropic filtering improves the detail visible in environment textures, particularly on the roads themselves. For me, the biggest improvement is in the combination of 4K and HDR though, especially in Forza Horizon 3‘s dynamic time-lapse skies. The sky is such a huge part of nearly every scene in the game that it affects the feel of the game a great deal, and the improvements we’ve made to reflections and shadows really complement it.

Why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

We’ve been positively overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve had from the community over the last year about the quality of the gameplay in Forza Horizon 3 and the amount of fun they have with it, and we feel really proud that we’ve been able to keep that going with the high-quality Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions, car packs and weekly Forzathon events. This was our opportunity to bring the game to native 4K on console for the first time and make a great-looking game look even better.

How do you expect Forza Horizon 3 fans will respond to seeing and playing it on Xbox One X with these enhancements?

I feel like we’re at the crest of a wave in the transition to 4K – more and more people are trading up to 4K TVs and want native 4K experiences to show what their new TV can do. That was exactly my experience when I upgraded recently and I’ve really enjoyed getting back into some of my favourite games, like the The Witcher 3 for example, as they’ve released their enhanced versions. I hope that will be the case for Forza Horizon 3 fans as well. When I’ve been playing with the update in the studio, I’ve been really blown away by the beauty of the world, like I’m seeing it for the first time and I hope Horizon fans feel the same way too. One of my favourite things about Forza is the incredible photography which comes out of the community.  I follow a bunch of Forza photography accounts on Twitter, where the creativity of Forza fans always blows me away, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the community photographs which come out of the enhanced version.

How has the process been to get the game up and running on Xbox One X?

It’s been incredibly straightforward. It took us less than a day from receiving our first Xbox One X kit to get Forza Horizon 3 up and running in 4K, and when we did we still had a lot of spare headroom on both the CPU and the GPU. The Xbox One Development Kit for the Xbox One X is by far the most developer-friendly and powerful dev kit we’ve ever worked with, which makes it a pleasure to develop for.

What enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X?

Our goal with this update was to bring Forza Horizon 3 in 4K to console for the first time, and that’s what we’ve delivered. As I mentioned earlier, as one of the first titles which featured HDR on the Xbox One S, we’ve been really excited by the visual combination of native and HDR technology – it is a real, evolutionary leap in graphics.

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

We know our players value incredible visuals, effects and image quality, and we put a huge amount of effort into delivering them with every title. Native 4K resolution, especially when combined with HDR, is a huge step forward in visual fidelity and as mass adoption of 4K displays continues it will become the standard by which game visuals are judged. For us, as a studio, the power of the Xbox One X, as well as its ease of development and straightforward compatibility across the Xbox One family of devices, has made it the lead development platform for the new title we’re currently working on. This means a couple of things. First, it means we’re developing from the ground up to take advantage of the Xbox One X’s enormous graphical horsepower, an approach which will continue to yield massive advances in visual quality. Secondly, though, it also means you’ll see improvements on Xbox One and Xbox One S as a result – we find that there’s a trickle-down effect when you develop for the most powerful hardware which brings improvements even on the less powerful machines.

Make sure to join us on the official Forza Motorsport channel on Mixer to watch as we show off the Xbox One X version of the game, starting on January 16 at 1 p.m. PST. Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for updates.

For Sale – Seagate 4TB USB 3 Desktop Backup Plus Drive

Hi All,

I have a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop drive that i bought and not used. It is formatted and fully working. Black complete with PSU & USB 3 lead.

Price and currency: 60
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Location: colchester
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For Sale – MSI 780 3GB, with custom back plate.

Hi,

Selling my MSI 780 3gb with custom back plate.

Working great never OC’d as never really needed to.

Out of warranty but I can take a video of it running if needed.

Reason for selling is that I moved onto MSI 1070.

Any questions please ask.

Thanks.

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For Sale – 2 Cheap laptops in very good condition, Win 10, Office

Dell Inspiron

This laptop is in very good condition, there is a little mark on the lid. No marks or scratches on screen. It comes with Windows 10 Pro and Office 2010. 1TB hard drive, and 6GB RAM.

£75.00 SOLD

Acer Aspire 5552

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Processor-DVD-Super-Windows-Premium/dp/B004VE72BG

In excellent condition
AMD Phenom II x3 Mobile Processor
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
1TB Hard Drive
6GB RAM
Windows 10 Pro
Office 2010
Comes with charger

£75.00

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Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: West Linton
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For Sale – Two 1920×1200 24” monitors

Two 1920×1200 monitors that I used to use in a dual monitor setup now surplus to requirements.

First is a Samsung Syncmaster S24A450BW in excellent condition, no dead pixels etc.

Second is a dell u2410 also in great condition. This monitor has a slight mark on the right hand side of the image that is only visible against a white/very light image. I can’t get it on camera however – I’m probably being OCD. Also has a small chip on the screen but when on, not noticeable. See post #2 for reference.

Asking for £70 each or £100 for the pair. Collection only I’m afraid.

Price and currency: 100
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Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: Weston-super-Mare
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We’re all in this together: Miri’s brand of being herself – Microsoft Life

I grew up in the slums (Barrio Unión) of Caracas, Venezuela. My parents were missionaries who taught my siblings and me the importance of kindness and service to those who were less fortunate.

We didn’t have much growing up, but whatever we had we always shared with others. We set out to be that family that helped out, making compassion one of our key core values.

Kindness—the value of serving others, being aware of who has less than me and helping them—was cemented in who I became. It has become one of my two key staples of my “personal brand” and has been passed down to my kids.

My brand is also feminine. When you look up the word feminine, you see words such as gentleness, empathy, caring, sensitivity, and sweetness.

My mom raised me as a feminist and wanted to make sure that I became a strong, self-sufficient woman who—for example—didn’t even let men open doors for me.

I’m all for gender equality. And I also believe that we depend on other humans, and that we will always need to depend on others to achieve our success. I am meant to thrive with those around me, and femininity empowers me to say that I’m going to be dependent on my tribe.

I have two teenage boys, and my intent is to raise gentlemen. Yes, I can open my door, but I love when my sons or husband does it for me. Femininity is not about capability. I am guided by the philosophy that we shouldn’t do it alone.

Miri Rodriguez

“If you can’t love yourself, you can’t be in this harmonious place to share your brand.”

In my first role at Microsoft, I came in as a force to show I was a strong woman. However, I was always open to the idea of serving others and letting them serve me, which is a part of being both feminine and kind. This combination was confusing to people at times, but ultimately it was all about me staying strong to keep my brand evolving and staying my course.

Now—on my current team and as a storyteller for IT Showcase—my brand is received as refreshing. I can look at every relationship very methodically and see how my personal branding impacts and influences because we are always impacting one another, everywhere we go and especially at work.

This is something I talk about with those I coach for personal branding. I have 15 mentees across the world, including some Microsoft employees. It has been a transformative experience for me to help them find their authentic selves.

I’ve found that it has been helpful for my mentees to approach their journey through three milestones.  The first is learn yourself, which is a combination of three personality tests (i.e., Love Languages, Myers-Briggs, and Emergenetics) and a self-assessment of how you spend your time.

Then there’s liking yourself, which is aspirational of who you want to be in your brand. This can help you move from accepting to actually appreciating who you’re becoming.

And last there’s loving yourself. If you can’t love yourself, you can’t be in this harmonious place to share your brand. This milestone is truly the culmination of the process.

My goal is to make an impact and leave a positive legacy. I go into work constantly asking how I will make an impact. Did I make someone smile today?

Are you a Microsoft employee with a journey to share? Drop us a line from your work email at MicrosoftLife (at) microsoft.com.