Chicago to pilot new project to make cities more accessible – Microsoft Chicago

Microsoft believes accessibility and inclusion are essential to delivering on our mission to empower everyone, everywhere. Technology can play a powerful role to empower people with disabilities. Across Microsoft, we are working to make technology more accessible – whether that is built-in accessibility features in Windows and Office 365, new tools and resources like Soundscape, Seeing AI and Learning Tools, or collaborating with organizations on initiatives to help make the world more inclusive.

In Chicago, we have an opportunity to further the Smart Cities for All global initiative, a partnership between G3ict and World Enabled to help cities empower people with disabilities. The City of Chicago will become the first city in the world to pilot the Smart City Digital Inclusion Maturity Model, an assessment tool created by G3ict and World Enabled with support from Microsoft.

Designed to help city leaders and urban planners better understand the needs of and empower people with disabilities, the new Maturity Model helps cities measure digital inclusion and track progress. Focused on a broad range of functions important to all cities, such as communications, procurement, training, and technology standards, it defines key performance indicators and metrics to support advancing accessibility. Five levels of digital inclusion maturity guide cities in assessing and tracking progress across multiple Smart Cities dimensions, e.g. technology, data, culture, and strategy.

We are honored to collaborate with the City of Chicago and two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive and accessible design that are actively working to help cities advance how they utilize technology to build more inclusive communities. The leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Karen Tamley, and CIO and Commissioner of the Department of Innovation and Technology Danielle DuMerer, will create an important legacy of inclusion in Chicago. The new pilot demonstrates their continued focus of building inclusive practices into their planning and development process, a model that cities around the world will benefit from as we look at ways we can empower the more than 1 billion people with disabilities in the world.

Throughout October, we are celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Initiatives like Smart Cities for All and the pilot project in the City of Chicago are great examples of how we can work together to help change the unemployment rate for people with disabilities, which is nearly double that of those without disabilities. Check out the blog, Empowering all people in the workplace, to learn more about our work to make technology more accessible.

We all have the responsibility to come together – across industries, sectors and geographies – to create a more inclusive world. Together we can support cities in using innovative technology to advance opportunities for everyone.

Why every hospital needs a natural disaster recovery plan

In the first week of September 2018, news of a potentially destructive Category 4 hurricane that was forecast to make landfall on the coast of the Carolinas sent many of the hospitals and medical practices in both states rushing to dust off their disaster recovery and business continuity plans in preparation for it. Evacuation drills were reviewed and many other operating procedures were rehearsed and evaluated. But most of all, health IT systems were being tested and reassessed for their natural disaster recovery readiness. Most healthcare groups focused on a few aspects of their IT to ensure they were prepared for whatever outcome the storm had in store for them.

In any given hurricane season, healthcare organizations in areas that are affected by these natural disasters are no strangers to preparing for power outages, and potential structural damage from flooding, high winds or downed trees. Some of the prep work by their IT departments can include moving IT equipment off the ground or out of the basement to testing system failovers and backups. During Hurricane Florence, many healthcare organizations in the Carolinas quickly came to realize the importance of having a natural disaster recovery plan. Those who didn’t now face significant obstacles to get back to the business of patient care.

The dependence on EHRs is significantly greater today than it was few decades ago, when paper charts could be used if computers’ systems went offline. Providers now need to review electronic documentation that is collected and managed within their EHR systems to care for patients. Operating without these record systems can limit their ability to provide patient care since they are not able to review patient information such as medical history, medication lists and previous lab results. With this heavy reliance on technology and infrastructure, the need for IT to ensure its availability during or right after a natural disaster becomes critical.

There were also widespread outages after Hurricane Florence moved away from the Carolinas that left even well-prepared practices unable to use their systems. For example, internet outages affected those using cloud-based EHRs in rural areas that may not have had redundant internet connections due to limited access.

For many healthcare organizations, the biggest question during a natural disaster is around when they will be able to recover from any system outages. Once a storm passes, many residents in hurricane-affected areas are likely to use healthcare services either as a result of the storm or for their regular follow-ups. IT has the responsibility of determining the estimated time required to get all systems back online in the event some of the equipment has been damaged and requires replacement. From the IT perspective, off-site data centers that contain the practice’s or hospital’s backups can be used temporarily to access records while their main systems are being repaired.

The growing concerns around the possible increase in strength of hurricanes is forcing many to focus on their natural disaster recovery and business continuity plans in the event of another storm like Hurricane Florence. Some in IT are taking these events as an opportunity to accelerate their transition to the cloud while others focus on ensuring their DR plans are up to date and fully tested. But no matter what the nature of the environment is, performing recovery drills and reevaluating their natural disaster recovery plans is the best way to know for sure a healthcare organization is prepared for what the next storm may bring to them.

For Sale – Gaming PC for sale

I’ve decided to sell my full system as now I’m only gaming on console

i5 7600k with aftermarket cooler. OC’d to 4.5Ghz @ 1.3V
Crucial 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz
Z270 PC Mate motherboard
120GB kingston SSD
450W Corsair PSU
Asus 480 8GB STRIX Graphics card
S340 Elite case (Glass side panel)

One thing to note – The USB 3 ports on the front of the case don’t work, apart from that, everything is in 100% perfect working condition with no issues

Also, I will include a mechanical keyboard Cooler master master Key s, cherry brown switches and a logitech g203 gaming mouse

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Meet Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones – Microsoft Devices Blog

New Surface devices, along with new innovations in Windows and Office 365, offer more performance and productivity across your whole life.
Today we are proud to share four new Surface products with the world. Products built for people.
We put our hearts and souls into making these products, for people who want to do more, dream more, and achieve more. We understand the way people work and live is changing, with different areas of our lives are blending together, and the need to spend our valuable time on the things that really matter is increasing. With that understanding, we build Surface products to empower people to accomplish these great things. And to do this, the technology needs to fade to the background so you can get into your most creative state, your flow. You need the right devices and technology that can travel with you, be ready when you are – whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.
That’s the power of Surface, Windows, and Office connected together through the cloud, creating the right instrument for you. We’ve designed them together to optimize every ounce, every pixel, and every line of code to empower you to be more productive and more creative. As you watch the videos below, you’ll see this… we obsess over every detail, every line of the device, every sound, every fit, finish and feel, creating a symphony with our hardware, software and intelligence experiences.
We’re pumped about our next generation of incredible Surface products and experiences.
Introducing Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2We love to hear from our customers about why they love Surface. With Surface Pro and Surface Laptop we hear time and again how their lightweight and thin designs make them easy to carry, while the performance capabilities mean they can use their Surface for a huge range of activities whether they’re designing a PowerPoint for school, crunching numbers in Excel at work, or watching Netflix at home on the couch. We wanted to keep all the things we know customers love about Surface while giving them even more performance. Both of these incredible products come in an all new finish, a timeless and sophisticated matte black.
Surface Pro 6Surface Pro 6 is the most powerful Surface Pro yet, introducing the latest 8th generation Intel® Quad Core™ processor. At more than 67 percent faster than 5th generation Surface Pro, we’ve redesigned Surface Pro 6 to pack in power but keep the portability, versatility and all-day battery we know our fans love.
Featuring our PixelSense™ Touch Display, Surface Pro 6 adapts to help you take your ideas to the next level and create your best work with Office 365* on Windows and features like intelligent inking. And to get more in their flow, customers can take advantage of helpful time savers, including password-free Windows Hello sign-in and Windows Timeline.
Surface Laptop 2With boosted performance from the new Quad Core 8th generation Intel® processor, Surface Laptop 2 is an astounding 85 percent faster than the original Surface Laptop. Meticulously crafted with its premium design, PixelSense™ Touch Display, and best in class keyboard and trackpad, this new generation delivers the perfect balance of quiet beauty, performance and portability, without sacrificing the 14.5 hours of battery life you need to get through your day.
Every detail optimized for blackAs a team we explore different finishes. And when we modeled our devices in this beautiful matte black, we fell in love. We knew we had to bring it to life for our customers. We obsess about the way this finish looks and feels in the same way we obsess about the sound of the kickstand and the quality of every pixel of the display. This is what brings the element of beauty to the product.Every connector, radius, port, hinge, come together to bring an elegance that is stunning.
Introducing Surface Studio 2Surface Studio 2 is the most powerful Surface ever. It’s built for creators who need vibrancy, high graphics performance, and fast processing, providing them with an immersive experience as the tech fades into the background allowing for space to focus. People who use Studio need high end performance, especially graphics performance. And Surface Studio 2 delivers with next generation Pascal graphics and 50 percent faster GPU.
One of the things we hear most from our fans is how much they love the vibrancy of the luminous display – an incredible floating sheet of pixels. And the new Surface Studio is 38 percent brighter, with 22 percent more contrast, ensuring whatever you create looks amazing. With 4,096 levels of pressure, tilt sensitivity for drawing and sketching, and best-in-class ink latency, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Pen were designed together to deliver the ultimate creative canvas.
Surface HeadphonesWe built Surface Headphones to complete the Surface experience. To help you get into your flow, wherever you are. Whether you’re in an open work space, a café or on the go, Surface Headphones help tune out or tune in wherever you are. They slip comfortably over your ears to surround you with spectacular sound quality and 13 levels of ambient noise control. Designed with collaboration in mind, there are 2 beam-forming microphones on each ear cup, 8 microphones in total, all helping you focus on the sounds you want to capture allowing for excellent call experiences. You can easily adjust volume and noise cancellation levels with new, intuitive on-ear dials.
And while Surface Headphones are optimized for Surface devices, they will pair with any Bluetooth enabled device so when you’re switching between PC and phone, you can stay connected to your music, meeting or call seamlessly. And voice-activated Cortana, available in the U.S. built in, is ready to assist for whatever you need.
Availability details + Surface All AccessSurface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2, are available for preorder in select markets beginning today with additional market availability expected in 2019*. Surface Headphones will be available in both the US and UK in time for the holidays. And we’re pleased to offer Surface All Access through our Microsoft Stores in the US where you can begin purchasing these new products starting Oct. 16. Surface All Access is a new way to purchase your favorite Surface product with accessories, Office 365, dedicated support, and Microsoft Store benefits for a single low monthly payment, starting at $24.99. We hope this allows you to choose the product that will best help you achieve your goals and ambitions.
Surface + Windows + Office built together for youWe all have goals, values, causes we care about and things we need to get done. In any given day we’re balancing all these factors across work, home, and everywhere in between – across all of your devices. In doing this we have moments of greatness – moments where everything lines up. And you need software and hardware that can adapt to your life, that’s perfectly tuned and ready when you are.
With features like Microsoft Launcher, the Your Phone App and Windows Timeline on Surface you can move seamlessly across all your devices and bridge the gap between your phones and your PC. We’re also evolving Office to ensure your ability to get things done is not limited by where you are, the time of day, or the device you’re using. Saving you time and allowing you to quickly collaborate with your co-workers with @mentions. While new intelligent inking, contextually aware PowerPoint Designer suggestions, new Ink Editor in Word features, and Ideas in Excel help you understand and visualize your data, allowing you to skip steps and save time.
These experiences are enabled by innovations across Office 365, Surface and Windows. Many can be accessed through the Windows 10 October 2018 Update — available today.
The Surface JourneyFor six years, we’ve been on a journey with Surface. We’re so proud of the way people use our products and what they create with them on their own journeys. It’s inspiring to hear how they’re using Surface to change the world in all kinds of ways, realizing their inspiration, their goals, their dreams so they never have to miss an opportunity to achieve more. We can’t wait to see what you do with these new Surface products.

*Surface Studio 2 available to preorder Oct 2 in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 available to preorder Oct 2 in US, Canada, Australia, Austria, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, UK.
Updated October 3, 2018 11:36 am

Getting started with AWS Tools for PowerShell

Windows IT professionals don’t have to start from scratch if they plan to use Amazon Web Services; their PowerShell knowledge can help them manage AWS offerings with a few lines of familiar code.

As more businesses look to AWS to run certain workloads, IT professionals have a few choices to manage and automate Amazon’s cloud services. You can administer the AWS environment via the web interface or the AWS command-line interface (CLI), but another option is the PowerShell module named AWS Tools for PowerShell.

Admins with working knowledge of Windows PowerShell can learn to use these new AWS cmdlets quickly by following these directions.

Create an AWS account to set up IAM keys

To start, log in to your existing account or create one at AWS offers a free tier to learn how to use the cloud platform.

Next, create a user and generate keys with the Identity and Access Management (IAM) service in the AWS console. These keys authenticate and manage your AWS resources from PowerShell. For simplicity, I will create a user in the Administrators group that will have the keys to the castle. In production, you would never want to do this.

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Using PowerShell to work with the Amazon
Simple Storage Service.

Next, create a group with administrator access. Search for IAM in the AWS console, go the Groups tab and click Create New Group. Name the group whatever you like; I just use admin. Next, choose a policy to attach. The first policy, AdministratorAccess, is sufficient. Finally, create the group.

To create a user, go back to the initial IAM page and click Add user. Choose a name and access type. For the purposes of this article, I chose both programmatic access and the AWS Management console. Next, add the user to the administrative group you created. You should then be able to download a CSV file with the access key ID and access key.

Install AWS Tools for PowerShell

You can use AWS Tools for PowerShell anywhere you can install PowerShell: Mac, Linux and, of course, Windows.

Make sure you use the correct version; select the module for either the Windows PowerShell version or PowerShell Core. The name of the module differs. For Windows PowerShell, it is called AWSPowerShell, while the PowerShell Core version is AWSPowerShell.NetCore.

You can use AWS Tools for PowerShell anywhere you can install PowerShell: Mac, Linux and, of course, Windows.

I’m going to use the Windows PowerShell version. To install the module, you can use the MSI installer provided by AWS, install it from the PowerShell gallery or use Chocolatey.

To install it via PowerShell Gallery, use this command:

Install-Module awspowershell

If you would like to do it via Chocolatey, use this command instead:

choco install AWSTools.Powershell

Once the AWS Tools are installed, you may need to import the module.

Get-Module awspowershell | Import-Module

Finally, to finish the setup, set the profile to allow you to connect to AWS and run commands.

Set-AWSCredential -AccessKey ‘AKIAJY5DMYIFM34FEQTMUA’ -SecretKey ‘F5HWPv8hdEI+RdfeW5re0oCVkGnyWhGmsdOZwnPs6Ir’

How to manage EC2 instances

According to the following command, there are 286 cmdlets associated with managing Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in the current AWS Tools for PowerShell module:

Get-Command *EC2* | Measure-Object | Select-Object -Property Count

You can manage a lot with PowerShell when it comes to your EC2 instances. For example, you can create a new EC2 instance using a free tier AWS image.

New-EC2Instance -ImageId ‘ami-04681a1dbd79675a5’ -MinCount 1 -MaxCount 1 -KeyName test -InstanceType t2.micro

To see some information on that instance, you can use Get-EC2Instance.

Get-EC2Instance -InstanceId ‘i-0fb1bc69ba6d4d747’
GroupNames    : {}
Groups        : {}
Instances     : {test}
OwnerId       : 648587338305
RequesterId   :
ReservationId : r-0a5b3badd7deab74d

By default, the Get-EC2Instance cmdlet does not provide much information. If you expand the Instances property, you can get more details.

Get-EC2Instance -InstanceId ‘i-0fb1bc69ba6d4d747’ | Select-Object -ExpandProperty instances | Select-Object *
Tag                    : {}
AmiLaunchIndex         : 0
Architecture           : x86_64
BlockDeviceMappings    : {/dev/xvda}
ClientToken            :
CpuOptions             : Amazon.EC2.Model.CpuOptions
EbsOptimized           : False
EnaSupport             : True
Hypervisor             : xen
IamInstanceProfile     :
ImageId                : ami-04681a1dbd79675a5
InstanceId             : i-0fb1bc69ba6d4d7475
InstanceLifecycle      :
InstanceType           : t2.micro
KernelId               :
KeyName                : test
LaunchTime             : 9/25/2018 6:20:06 AM
Monitoring             : Amazon.EC2.Model.Monitoring
NetworkInterfaces      : {ip-172-33-61-59.ec2.internal}
Placement              : Amazon.EC2.Model.Placement
Platform               :
PrivateDnsName         : ip-172-33-61-59.ec2.internal
PrivateIpAddress       :
ProductCodes           : {}
PublicDnsName          :
PublicIpAddress        :
RamdiskId              :
RootDeviceName         : /dev/xvda
RootDeviceType         : ebs
SecurityGroups         : {default}
SourceDestCheck        : True 
SpotInstanceRequestId  :
SriovNetSupport        :
State                  : Amazon.EC2.Model.InstanceState
StateReason            :
StateTransitionReason  :
SubnetId               : subnet-40d47c6a
Tags                   : {}
VirtualizationType     : hvm
VpcId                  : vpc-ebf3c18f 

To stop an EC2 instance, use the cmdlet Stop-EC2Instance. In this example, I pipe the output of my previous command:

Get-EC2Instance -InstanceId ‘i-0fb1bc69ba6d4d745’ | Stop-EC2Instance

Managing S3 buckets

The cmdlets in the AWS Tools for PowerShell module give users a way to interact with Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets, objects, access control lists and policies. For AWS beginners, S3 is the AWS storage service.

In this scenario, I am going to view my current S3 buckets, upload an object into one bucket, copy an object from one bucket to another and then remove that object.

To view all S3 buckets, you can use the Get-S3Bucket cmdlet.

CreationDate         BucketName
————         ———
3/12/2016 8:49:01 AM cf-templates-1mifia0ai0gnr-us-west-2
9/25/2018 6:49:51 AM dans-test-bucket-name    

To upload a local file called test.txt into the S3 bucket named dans-test-bucket-name, I run the following command:

Write-S3Object -BucketName dans-test-bucket-name -File C:temptest.txt -Verbose

VERBOSE: Performing the operation “Write-S3Object (PutObject)” on target “dans-test-bucket-name”.                                            VERBOSE: Invoking Amazon S3 object upload APIs in region ‘us-east-1’                              

To view the contents of my dans-test-bucket-name S3 bucket, I use the following command:

Get-S3Object -BucketName dans-test-bucket-name
ETag         : “d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e”
BucketName   : dans-test-bucket-name
Key          : test.txt
LastModified : 9/25/2018 7:37:38 AM
Owner        : Amazon.S3.Model.Owner
Size         : 0
StorageClass : STANDARD 

I can see my test.txt file in the S3 bucket.

Next, copy that test.txt file to another S3 bucket called dans-test-bucket-name-2. Specify the source and destination bucket and key, which in this case is the object to copy.

Copy-S3Object -BucketName dans-test-bucket-name -Key test.txt -DestinationBucket dans-test-bucket-name-2 -DestinationKey test.txt
ETag         : “d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e”
BucketName   : dans-test-bucket-name-2
Key          : test.txt
LastModified : 9/25/2018 7:42:45 AM
Owner        : Amazon.S3.Model.Owner
Size         : 0
StorageClass : STANDARD

Finally, to remove the object you copied, you can use the Remove-S3Object cmdlet.

Get-S3Object -BucketName dans-test-bucket-name-2 | Remove-S3Object

Are you sure you want to perform this action?
Performing the operation “Remove-S3Object (DeleteObjects)” on target “”.[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is “Y”): a
DeleteMarker DeleteMarkerVersionId Key      VersionId
———— ——————— —      ———
False                              test.txt

Since Microsoft Azure rivals AWS, it may be surprising to see how much you can manage in AWS with PowerShell. Jeffrey Snover, the creator of PowerShell, often mentions that the new goal of the scripting and automation tool is to manage anything with PowerShell, from any hypervisor to any cloud, such as Hyper-V, VMware, Azure or AWS.

Although the AWS CLI is a favorite among AWS engineers and administrators, the AWS Tools for PowerShell module offers a comprehensive method to manage cloud services from Amazon.

VMworld 2018 announcements impress, but don’t surprise, experts

VMware made a splash at its annual conference in Las Vegas this August, but VMworld 2018 announcements only inspired measured responses from the SearchVMware advisory board.

The biggest VMworld 2018 announcements included VMware’s acquisition of cloud monitoring startup CloudHealth, its evolving partnership with Amazon that now includes AWS’s relational database service (RDS) and a re-bundled vSphere package that adds AppDefense.

Though no VMworld 2018 announcements portended a major shift in VMware’s direction, that stability also indicated a sense of confidence in its maturing approach to the cloud market. Despite previous struggles, VMware seems to have found a role connecting and enabling other cloud products. VMware also appears to be building on this success with similar strategies for emerging technologies, especially edge computing. Beyond that, VMware’s core infrastructure products continue to improve and NSX continues to grow.

VMworld 2018 might not have marked a radical departure, but our experts came away with a variety of impressions about VMware’s current strategy and future direction.

Brian Kirsch, IT architect and instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College

This year’s VMworld was about the evolution — not the revolution — of the VMware family of products. VMworld 2018 announcements included security enhancements to core products as well as a little bit of re-bundling with the vSphere Platinum offering, which now includes AppDefense. I’m sure third-party security vendors weren’t thrilled to see the latter announcement, which you could tell by their absence on the expo floor. 

While VMware continues to support growth in the cloud market with its partnership with AWS, you’re starting to see the slowdown of core data center products. The focus has shifted to one of enhancements and reliability over new features or new technology. VMware isn’t a cloud company — they tried that before and found that companies like AWS and Azure simply do it better — so VMware is bridging the gap between the cloud and data center. 

VMware’s strength has always been in the core data center and we’re seeing the maturity of those offerings. NSX continues to be a growth segment, but it’s still at the fringe of most data centers. The Cisco presence is deeply rooted in most companies and the price of NSX continues to be a barrier for some.

With the maturity of VMware in the modern data center and its cloud-based offerings moving along well, I thought I might see more attention on the commercial space or even small- and medium-sized business markets among VMworld 2018 announcements. While VMware does have products for these spaces, the focus is clearly on the larger enterprises and the smaller companies are left for the resellers, which is a shame because the challenges for this market are the same — just a bit smaller.

Trevor Pott, IT consultant at eGeek Consulting

My overall feeling from VMworld 2018 is that VMware is transitioning from a neutral, independent software vendor toward becoming a managed service provider.

The biggest of the VMworld announcements in this area, of course, is Project Dimension. Project Dimension is basically VMware Cloud on AWS running on premises. From one point of view, this is an important edge computing play.

Many definitions of edge computing characterize it as an extension of a public cloud provider’s offerings onto an organization’s premises. The basic idea is that organizations want to make use of a public cloud provider’s proprietary technologies, pay for resources via a subscription and let the public cloud provider manage the underlying infrastructure, but for various reasons — usually to do with latency — they need these services located on or near their premises.

Project Dimension includes public cloud provider managed services on-premises, and does so while enabling organizations to use familiar VMware interfaces. So far, so good. Where the strategy really becomes apparent is when you combine it with the VMworld 2018 announcement that VMware is also enabling AWS’s RDS to exist on an organization’s premises. Suddenly, we’re seeing proprietary Amazon technologies working their way into the on-premises data center — that’s a really big deal.

The VMworld 2018 announcement about ESXi for ARM64 further plays into the edge computing narrative. The relevant slides indicate that VMware considers this technology predominantly as an enabler for edge computing, which shows that VMware is thinking seriously about where it fits in the post­­-public-cloud IT market.

Overall, VMworld 2018 demonstrated that VMware has finally accepted that it completely dropped the ball on public cloud computing, it’s never going to catch up and be a major player in public cloud computing and that it’s adjusting its strategy so as not to fumble the next key markets to emerge in IT.

Rob Bastiaansen, independent trainer and consultant

This was my fifteenth VMworld and I look forward to the event each year. Whatever people think about VMware and its products, it’s surviving well and continues innovating enough to stay in the market. The road it took with AWS last year led to interesting new developments. It seems to be picking up, as shown by the number of sessions around this topic and the customers who are using it or looking into it. The extension to data centers outside the United States is also good news for those customers. And the announcement of Amazon RDS on VMware is also an interesting move.

There were many more technical sessions on the huge portfolio of VMware products, but I also find it special that an IT company like VMware takes interest in other topics. In recent years, VMworld used the Thursday general session for non-VMware related topics, which they repeated this year. They also used the Tuesday keynote to have Malala Yousafzai as a special guest to talk about her efforts educating girls and creating better, more accessible education for all. This was inspiring and I hope VMware has set a trend.

Incoming Tag Changes for Containers in Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 is now generally available. We are thrilled for users to get their hands on all the work we’ve put into this latest edition of Windows Server. In addition to Windows Server 2019 delivering a ton of new containers features, there is an important change coming with regards to where a user gets Microsoft-authored container images.


  1. The “latest” tag will be changed from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019.
  2. New container image versions (such as Windows Sever 2019) will be published on Microsoft Container Registry (MCR) only.
  3. Already-live container images will continue to be updated on Docker Hub. We are working on making all existing images available on the MCR as well. We expect this process to be completed in the next few weeks.

The ‘latest’ Tag

Windows Server 2016 was the first Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) to ship with the containers feature. The ‘latest’ tag for our container images points to the latest LTSC. As such, it has pointed to Windows Server 2016. With the release of Windows Server 2019, this tag will point to the new latest LTSC—Windows Server 2019. This is important to be aware of if you are relying on using:

docker pull Microsoft/windowsservercore:latest

because it will no longer be a Windows Server 2016 versioned container. Please also note for Nano Server container, the current ‘latest’ tag is pointing to “Windows Server, version 1803”. With this release of Windows Server 2019, the ‘latest’ tag of Nano Server will be pointed to Windows Server 2019 as well.

With the feedbacks we heard in the past that changing this tag may break some scenarios, especially with automation, we are experimenting to delay changing the ‘latest’ tag till a week later. Please do take time and make necessary changes.

Microsoft Container Registry

Steve Lasker wrote a blog back in May about the new Microsoft syndicates container catalog, describing how Microsoft will start serving container images from, the Microsoft Container Registry (MCR), and syndicating the content describing the container images with Docker Hub and Red Hat.

I would encourage you to read the post if you’re interested in understanding the key benefits we see in moving to the MCR. Putting that aside, I’d like to focus on how this transition will impact the end user and address common questions. Let’s dive into the FAQ below.

How will I pull the NEW container images from Microsoft?

Here is how you can pull a container:

docker pull

This contrasts with how a user would pull a container prior to Windows Server 2019:

docker pull microsoft/windowsservercore:ltsc2016

What images will exist on the MCR?

Today, only new container images will live on the MCR, meaning the Windows Server 2019 container image version. You can continue to discover these images by browsing Docker Hub. The full pull commands for each image of the Windows Server 2019 release would be:

docker pull
docker pull

New container images will exist only on the MCR. Already-live images will continue to exist on Docker Hub.

We are working on making all Microsoft container images available on the MCR. This means for any existing image you get from Docker Hub today, you will be able to replace the string wholesale with the equivalent. Be on the lookout for future blog posts indicating when this transition will be completed. Since only Windows Server 2019 images are being pushed to the MCR for this week, the pull string identified in the repo information section of the container image on Docker Hub will remain the same.

What tags will exist on the MCR?

New container image tags will exist only on the MCR. Already-live tags will continue to exist Docker and eventually exist on the MCR at a later date.

New Tags

All newly created tags for new container images will exist only on the MCR. Example:

#This tag can ONLY be pulled from the MCR
docker pull
#This tag can ONLY be pulled from the MCR
docker pull

All newly created tags for already-live container images will continue to be published on Docker Hub. Example:

#This tag can continue to be pulled from Docker Hub
docker pull

Already-Live Tags

All already-published container images will continue to exist on Docker Hub. As an example, if you have a container image with tag ‘1803_KB4457128’, you can continue to pull the container from it’s original pull URL.

#you can still pull from Docker Hub, since the 1803 tag existed before the move to MCR
docker pull microsoft/windowsservercore:1803_KB4457128
#this will also work
docker pull

As state above, we are working to also make these older images available on the MCR at a later date.


This wraps up the important changes for containers arriving with Windows Server 2019. For more information, please visit our container docs at and stay tuned for later posts outlining all of the new container features in Windows Server 2019!


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Find out what’s new in Windows and Office in October – Windows Experience Blog

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is available now, and we’re also releasing new innovations in Office 365, To-Do and These updates were designed to help you make the most of your time across work, home and everywhere in between.
Offering tools for your whole life has never been more important as the lines between work and life have never been more blurred. Whether you are juggling a career and family, running a family as head of household, or growing your career or education, you tell us your greatest need is simply more time and the tools to do what matters most to you.
You can get the Windows October 2018 Update in a couple different ways. If you already have a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it’s ready for your machine. That roll out begins on Oct. 9. If you are an advanced user and would like to get the update sooner, visit this blog post to learn how. Office updates will roll out over the coming months, and more details are below.
Our favorite new features in Windows & Office
Your Phone app

No need to dig for your phone to text. And you can finally stop emailing yourself photos. With the new Your Phone app you get instant access to your Android phone’s photos and texts on your computer. Snap a pic on your Android phone, see it on your PC. You can also drag and drop photos from your phone onto your PC. And you can copy, edit or ink that photo, right from your PC. Text your friends, group message and type with a keyboard — Your Phone app allows you to view, send and receive the SMS from your Android, on your PC. Android 7.0+ are compatible with Your Phone app[1], which also helps link iPhones to your PC.
For iPhone users, you can surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to pick up where you left off. Then you can read, watch or browse with all the benefits of a bigger screen. With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is always just one share away.
For quicker access to your phone’s content, pin Your Phone app to your desktop or your taskbar. You can also fire it up through the All Apps list in Start Menu, or by clicking the Windows key and searching for Your Phone app.

Timeline on phone

In April, we introduced you to Timeline on your Windows 10 PC. It aims to end the frustration we’ve all encountered digging through emails and file folders for a document we just can’t find. Timeline makes it way easier to find what matters to you across your devices. You can also pick up what you were doing  — even if it was on your iOS or Android device — on your Windows 10 PC when you’re ready to get back to it.
Now, your PC’s timeline is available on your phone, so you can scroll back in time to find the files and websites you were using on your phone, computer and tablet. Basically, you can pick up where you left off, wherever you left off[2]. Go back and forth in time by easily scrolling back to find things you were working on earlier today or earlier this week[3]. Share or remove activities whenever you want from a specific day or hour. Available in preview starting today on Android phone via Microsoft Launcher app, coming soon to preview for iPhone.

Inking and 3D in PowerPoint and Word
PowerPoint[4] is a powerful tool for visually telling your story, and Word[5] is a canvas for organizing and collaborating on ideas. Whether you’re pitching a concept, teaching a lesson or writing a paper, today we’re making it even easier to showcase your thoughts with new AI-powered inking features and 3D updates that help you find creative flow and design beautiful content.

Because some prefer to sketch out their thoughts first, now, you can ink[6] your ideas and we’ll use AI to transform them into perfectly formatted slides. An inked bulleted list will transform into perfectly formatted text. Or, if you’re inking a flow chart or diagram, you can draw both words and shapes, and PowerPoint will easily convert them into text and snapped shapes in one fell swoop.
Our AI-powered design engine, PowerPoint Designer, is getting smarter. Designer can now recommend slide designs based on handwritten ink. Or, if typing is more your style, Designer can take a simple block of text, understand the context using AI, and then provide design ideas using icons and Smart Art. To provide even more design options, we’re also adding 350 new icons to our library.

We’re adding built-in animations to 3D models in PowerPoint and Word. New 3D Embedded Animations make it faster and easier for anyone to add movement and animation to slides and

To give you even more creative flexibility, we’re also adding over 30 new animated 3D models.
If you like the flexibility of editing Word documents using digital pen, we also have some great updates for you. Using Ink Editor[7], you can already do things like remove and highlight text. Today, we’ve added new pen gestures that make editing a document from start to finish easier, including adding line breaks, inserting new words as well as splitting and joining words.

For the last few years, we’ve been on a mission to transform Office[8], and use AI to make everyday tasks easier. June, we revealed a fresh, new design for our Office apps and just last month we announced new AI-powered features in Excel and PowerPoint. We’re excited to show you what more there is to come.

Most updates to PowerPoint and Word will begin rolling out to Office 365 subscribers on Windows today. The ink to Designer feature will roll out next month. 3D Embedded Animations will roll out to Office Insiders first, and will become generally available in the coming weeks. Text to Smart Art and icons will also be available for PowerPoint Online and Mac. 
Microsoft To-Do
Our task app, To-Do helps you manage, prioritize and complete the most important things you need to achieve each day. To help you keep track of tasks using whatever mode is most comfortable to you, today we’re announcing the ability to update your tasks using ink. With your digital pen and a touch enabled Windows device, simply add a task to your list using ink, and then strike out when complete. By signing in with your Microsoft Account, your tasks are then conveniently synced with the To-Do app across iOS, Android and Windows and the web.
Over one year ago, we updated to give our millions of users a faster, smarter and more personalized inbox. Today, we’re making two new updates that make staying on top of tasks easier and interacting with brands you love, better.

The new Tasks experience in helps you manage tasks without breaking your flow or leaving your inbox. Powered by To-Do, you can now create tasks by dragging and dropping an email to your task list. Or, easily schedule items by dragging a task to your calendar. Your tasks then travel with you on the To-Do app.

Is your inbox overflowing with offers and newsletters from brands? Today, we’re launching a new experience in to help you sort through the noise and interact more easily with the brands you love. Brands now can obtain a verified icon, making it easier for you to identify legitimate businesses in your inbox. And with the new profile card, you quickly have access to contact information, package deliveries, reservations, store locations and more. You’ll also be able to easily see what newsletters you’re enrolled in, and unsubscribe in one click with the new subscription portal. Finally, we are making it easy to find promotions in your inbox by surfacing offer details right in your message list, so you don’t have to open the email to see the deal. These new features will begin rolling out to customers in the US in the coming months.

Snip & Sketch (previously known as Screen Sketch) is now an app.
You can now update Snip & Sketch (originally introduced as part of the Windows Ink Workspace under the name “Screen Sketch”) via the Microsoft Store. It will now appear in the list when you press Alt + Tab. You can also set the window size now, and it even supports multiple windows.
Easy snipping is just a single step away. We’ve heard that you want to be able to quickly snip and share a screenshot, and we’re making it happen! Pressing the Windows key + Shift + S will now bring up a snipping toolbar – use it to snip a rectangle, something a bit more freeform, or full screen and it will go straight to your clipboard. If that’s all you need, you can take it from there.
But say you want more. Immediately after taking a snip, you’ll now get an invitation to take you and your snip to the Snip & Sketch app where you can annotate and share away.
But wait, there’s more! Is the Windows key + Shift + S keyboard shortcut too long to remember? We’ve added easy entry options:

Just click the pen tail button. If you have a digital pen, go into Pen & Windows Ink Settings – you’ll find Screen Snipping is now an option for single click. This will launch you directly into our snipping experience below.

Press Print Screen. You heard it right, just one button! It’s not enabled by default, so go to Keyboard Settings, where you’ll see a new option that says “Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping.” Opening Settings and searching for “print screen” will take you to the right page.
Press the quick action button in Action Center, labelled “Screen snip.” It should be there as soon as you upgrade, but if not you can always enable it via Notifications & Actions Settings.

A note about Snipping Tool: As part of the process of consolidating and modernizing our snipping experiences in Windows, when you upgrade to the October 2018 Update you’ll see a note about this in the Snipping Tool.

Snipping Tool is still available, and will continue to be available until our data and user feedback indicate people don’t need both experiences.
Other updates in Windows & Office
Microsoft Edge General Improvements
There are now more ways to improve reading and focus, also an improved look/design of Microsoft Edge and more control via customization:

Learning Tools: Microsoft Edge is the only browser with Microsoft Learning Tools built-in that help improve reading and focus.
Themes: Select a theme or choose custom colors that work best for you.
Grammar Tools: Identify parts of speech with different colors.
Line Focus: Like a reading ruler, this feature highlights lines of text, which helps focus your eyes and attention.
Offline dictionary. Highlight a word and the definition automatically pops up.

Learning tools get richer: Under the learning tools available in Reading View, you can see additional themes. Choose the theme color that’s easiest for you to see.

Grammar Tools: Now you can separate words into syllables and highlight parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs and adjectives. Along with highlighting parts of speech, you can now also change the color as well as turn on an indicator right over what you’ve highlighted, making it much easier to identify the part of speech.

Line focus: Helps improve focus while reading an article by highlighting sets of one, three or five lines.

Once you’ve set your preference, you can easily scroll down the page and the line focus moves as you read.

Look up definitions for words in Reading View for web pages, books and PDFs: We’ve added a new dictionary function, so you can look up definitions for key words when reading a page or document, even when you are offline. Simply select a single word to see the definition appear above your selection.

You can also choose to have a word read aloud so you can hear the correct pronunciation or expand more details from the definition. You can also toggle to choose whether definitions appear and which types of content they work in under the “General” tab of the Microsoft Edge settings menu.
Microsoft Edge PDF Improvements
Improved toolbar options: The PDF toolbar can now be invoked by just hovering at the top, making the tools more easily accessible. The toolbar, available whenever a PDF document is opened in Microsoft Edge, will now show text descriptions for the icons to make them quickly understandable. New options like “Add notes” make these handy tools available when you need them.

Pin/unpin PDF toolbar: The toolbar can now be pinned at the top of the document, making all the PDF tools easily accessible if you need them. You can also unpin the toolbar for an immersive reading experience. If the toolbar is unpinned, it will hide itself – just hover over the top area to bring it back.

Rendering improvements: Now you will see less of the white pages when you navigate through PDF files in Microsoft Edge.
New design improvements: As we continue to evolve how Microsoft Edge leverages the Fluent Design System for a more natural and usable experience, you may notice some subtle tweaks to the look of the tab bar. In the October 2018 Update, we’re adding a new depth effect to help emphasize the active tab.
Redesigned “…” menu and Settings: We’ve heard your feedback that the Microsoft Edge settings were getting a little complex for a single page. In this release, we’re making Settings easier to navigate, putting commonly used actions front and center, and providing more ways to customize. The menu options are now organized into groups, with icons for each entry and keyboard shortcuts (where applicable). Click the “…” button in the top-right corner of Microsoft Edge to see what’s new.

Customize toolbar items for Microsoft Edge: When you click “…” in the toolbar, you’ll find a refined menu that puts common commands like “New window” and “New InPrivate window” front and center. We’ve also added the much-requested ability to customize which icons appear in the Microsoft Edge toolbar – you can remove them all for a tidier look or add as many as you like to bring your favorite functionality to your fingertips.

See your top sites in the Jump List: You can now see your top sites in the Jump List on the Windows taskbar or Start menu. Just right-click the Microsoft Edge icon to see a list of your most-visited sites and pin the ones that matter most to you. Right-click on any entry to remove it from the list.

Do more from the “Downloads” pane: We’ve added options for “Show in folder” and “Copy link” to the right-click menu for items in the “Downloads” pane.

Last (but not least), the October Update breaks Settings out into subpages by category, with better-organized options and less clutter on each page. The new Settings experience is designed to match the Microsoft Edge Favorites, for a quicker and more familiar experience.

Microsoft Edge Platform and Enterprise Management Updates
Web Authentication API: Microsoft Edge now includes unprefixed support for the new Web Authentication API (a.k.a. WebAuthN). Web Authentication provides an open, scalable and interoperable solution to facilitate authentication, which replaces passwords with stronger hardware-bound credentials. The implementation in Microsoft Edge allows the use of Windows Hello (via PIN or biometrics) and external authenticators, like FIDO2 Security Keys or FIDO U2F Security Keys, to securely authenticate to websites.

Microsoft WebDriver is now a Feature on Demand: We’ve made Microsoft WebDriver a Feature on Demand (FoD) so it’s easier to get the right version for your device. You can install WebDriver by turning on Developer Mode, or by going to Settings > Apps > Apps & features > Manage optional features and installing it as a standalone.
New Microsoft Edge Group Policies: The Microsoft Edge team has introduced new Group Policies and MDM settings for IT administrators to manage Microsoft Edge. The new policies include enabling/disabling full-screen mode, printing, favorites bar and saving history; prevent certificate error overrides; configuring the Home button and startup options; setting the New Tab page and Home button URL and managing extensions. Learn more about the new Microsoft Edge policies.
Users can control whether media can play automatically: In the October 2018 Update, we’ve added a new setting in Microsoft Edge to allow you to control whether sites can automatically play videos. You can find this setting under Advanced settings > Media autoplay, with options to customize the behavior according to your preferences:

When “Allow” is selected, sites can play videos when you first browse to the site in an active tab. When “Limit” is elected, sites can only autoplay silent videos, so users are never surprised by sound; once the user clicks anywhere on the page, autoplay is re-enabled for that domain for the duration of that tab. When “Block” is selected, sites cannot autoplay until you interact with the media content.
Users can also enable or block autoplay at any time, or change autoplay permissions on a per-site basis, by clicking the information icon or lock icon on the left side of the address bar and selecting “manage permissions” to get started.
Retired XSS Filter: We are retiring the XSS filter in Microsoft Edge beginning with the October 2018 Update. Our customers remain protected thanks to modern standards like Content Security Policy, which provide more powerful, performant and secure mechanisms to protect against content injection attacks, with high compatibility across modern browsers.
Stay productive
SwiftKey intelligence comes to Windows
SwiftKey gives you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style – including the words, phrases and emoji that matter to you. It’s available for Android and iOS, and starting with the October 2018 Update, SwiftKey will now power the typing experience on Windows when using the touch keyboard to write in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Portuguese (Brazil), or Russian.
Windows now shows you insights about how its AI has been helping you type with efficiency. If you use the software keyboard on Windows, there are many features built into the typing experience that leverage AI and machine learning to help you be more efficient. Some examples include autocorrecting your spelling mistakes, prediction of the next word you would type, word suggestions as you start typing so you don’t have to type the full word, and displaying the number of words you’ve typed by swiping over the letters on the software keyboard (yes, you can do that, try it out if you haven’t yet).

Windows now shows you stats about each of these features. Go to Settings > Devices > Typing and click on “View typing insights” link to see them.

If you have any feedback, please send it via this support form.
Say hello to your new clipboard experience! (Cloud Clipboard)
Copying and pasting is something we all do, multiple times a day. But what do you do if you need to copy the same few things again and again? How do you copy content across your devices? We’re addressing that and taking the clipboard to the next level. Simply press the Windows key + V and you’ll be presented with our brand-new clipboard experience.

Not only can you paste from the clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you find yourself using all the time. This history is roamed using the same technology that powers Timeline, which means you can access your clipboard across any PC with the October 2018 Update of Windows or higher.
Our new settings page for enabling this experience is under Settings > System > Clipboard.
Roamed text on the clipboard is only supported for clipboard content less than 100kb. Currently, the clipboard history supports plain text, HTML and image less than 1MB.
Here comes Emoji 11
Unicode 11 comes with 157 new emoji and they’re now available in the October 2018 Update. These include superheroes, redheads, a softball, a pirate flag and a llama. You can get to them using the Emoji Panel (“Windows key + .”) or the touch keyboard.

When you get the October 2018 Update, you’ll also find tweaks to some of our existing emoji – such as:

Our ninja cats got a bit of love too – can you spot the difference?

If you have any feedback about our emoji and emoji typing experiences, please let us know! We’d love to hear it.
The Emoji Panel is currently available for 190+ locales.
Start tile folder naming
We’re now adding the ability to name your tile folders. To create a tile folder in Start, just drag one tile on top of another for a second, then release. Continue dropping as many tiles into the folder as you’d like. When you expand the folder, you’ll see a new option to name it.

Search Improvements
Save time with Search Previews
Thank you for the positive feedback on the web previews we added last year. With this release, we’re happy to share our latest improvements to Search:

Enhanced home screen

We’ve redesigned the home screen to get you to your content faster. Save time and keystrokes by scanning the ‘Pick up where you left off’ section for your recently accessed items. Focus your search with a filter to quickly find content from your PC and the cloud. Cloud-search enhancements include email from, and documents from OneDrive.

Previews for all search results

We’ve expanded previews to include apps, documents, email, people, and more. Previews save you time and give you the information you need, making it faster to start and finish your task.
Use Search previews to:

Get back to what you were doing with fast access to your recent files. Just search for an app to select a file from the Recent list, like a Word doc or Remote Desktop session.
Jump-start your tasks with quick actions in previews. Create an Outlook meeting, send an IM, run PowerShell as Administrator, open a file’s location, and much more.
Easily distinguish between files with details including location, last modified date, and author all shown in the preview.
Get web search results like quick answers, news, and websites, without opening a browser. To find image and video results for a web search, select an option at the top of the preview.

We’ll be updating and improving the Search experience over time as we develop and add features. Stay tuned!

Search is now available in the Calendar app for Windows 10!
Now you can find past or future events by searching for the name, location, people included or words in the event body. Events that match your search will be clearly visible on your calendar, while those that don’t will be dimmed so you can find what you need quickly.

Search works for and Office 365 accounts.
Windows Mixed Reality Improvements
Introducing Mixed Reality Flashlight
How many times have you been immersed in a captivating virtual experience and wanted to take a quick glance at your friend in the same room; or reach for a drink, your phone or a keyboard; or needed to find a surface to set down your controllers?
You’ve probably fumbled about as you were removing your headset, which can be really fun if you have controllers in your hands.
But now that awkwardness may become a thing of the past, as you can now peer into your physical environment through Flashlight – without removing your headset! With the October 2018 Update, you can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut or a voice command. . This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed connected to your controller. It’s comfortable, intuitive and keeps you immersed.

Flashlight finally allows you to mix your physical and virtual realities.
Introducing Quick Actions
While using an Immersive Application, you can easily Go Home, view the time or launch Mixed Reality Capture tools (Photo, Video and more) with Quick Actions. To launch Immersive Application Quick Actions, simply press the Windows key.
Stream audio to both the headset and the PC speakers simultaneously
Now you can hear sound from your normal PC speakers when not running the Mixed Reality Portal (MRP) and from the headset’s audio jack or built-in headphones when mixed reality is running. Close all apps, including MRP, and go to Settings > Mixed reality > Audio and speech to turn on “When Mixed Reality Portal is running, mirror headset audio to desktop.” You will now hear audio from both the headset and PC speakers when running mixed reality.
Other improvements for Windows Mixed Reality users

With the October 2018 Update, Windows no longer requires a physical monitor to be connected while running Mixed Reality in cases such as backpack PCs. Setting up WMR for the first time[9] in Mixed Reality Portal and unlocking the PC on the sign-in screen still requires a monitor to be connected initially. However, you can configure auto login to prevent needing to sign in for subsequent usage. Remember to set up a room boundary if you’re using Windows Mixed Reality while standing.
We’ve also made some adjustments to the mixed reality video capture experience in the October 2018 Update to make it easier to stop videos from the Start menu.

PC Gaming Improvements
Game bar Improvements
We’re now rolling out more functionality to the Game bar:

New look: Enjoy a cleaner new look and layout.
New audio controls: With the new audio control panel, get more control out of individual audio channels without ever having to leave your game.
Game bar is now an app: Launching Game bar is now easier than ever, whether through the desktop, apps, the Start menu, or task bar.

Game Mode Improvements

Fewer gaming interruptions: Based on feedback from gamers, we’ve simplified the way Game Mode works. Now auto-enabled for all games with a master On/Off toggle in Windows Settings, Game Mode suppresses Windows Update driver installs and blocks Windows Update interruptions such as restart notifications while you’re gaming. You may also see improved game performance with less FPS variability depending on the specific game and system.

Notable App Updates
Skype for Windows 10 gets a big update
This new Skype for Windows 10 update brings all the latest and greatest Skype capabilities to Windows 10 users. Customers will enjoy the same consistent experience across all devices and platforms – iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. Exclusive to Windows 10, you can now use the Share Charm to quickly share content directly with your Skype contacts. If you’re browsing in Microsoft Edge or looking for a document in File Explorer and find something you want to share, just tap the Share icon and select a Skype contact to share with – there’s no need to launch Skype.

Here are some more new things you can do in Skype for Windows 10:

To-Do—Add tasks to your To-Do list directly from Skype. Select the message and then tap “Create a task” to open the tasks pane. From here, you can add, edit and check off tasks. Tasks will be saved and available in Skype, or in the To-Do app.
Call recording — With call recording, you can save a call to the chat and return to it later, so you won’t forget something important.  Missed a meeting? No problem, now you can find and replay key moments or decisions, just as they were made by those on the call.
Private Conversations — Have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls, send text messages, image, audio and video files. The content is hidden in chat list notifications to keep the information you share private.
Themes — You can now customize your chat bubbles. Give them color to make your chats more festive or stick with our classic colors when you need to get down to business.
And much more — Archive conversations, ability to mute others in a group call, @mentions and more.

If you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your Windows 10 device, you don’t have to do anything — these new features will be available to you automatically through Microsoft Store updates. As always, please join us in the Skype Community and send us your feedback by opening your settings and selecting Help & Feedback.
Microsoft Forms
Microsoft Forms is a simple, lightweight tool for creating surveys and quizzes. Millions of people have used Forms since we released it for education and commercial organizations. Today, we’re extending the Forms Public Preview to consumers as well. With Forms, you can easily create, run and analyze results from surveys and quizzes. Simply share a link or QR code, and your friends and family can access your form from virtually anywhere, on any device and at any time. With real-time responses and automatically generated charts, Forms makes it easy for creators to quickly understand the results and take the right next step. To get started, you can sign in using a free Microsoft Account here.

Microsoft Font Maker app
With the Microsoft Font Maker app you can use your digital pen to create a custom font based on the nuances of your own handwriting[10] – currently available via the Microsoft Store and we’d love to hear your feedback! Install the fonts you create to add a personal touch to everything you do.

Currently you can use the app to create a basic English font.
Remote Desktop with Windows Hello Biometrics
With the October 2018 Update, Azure Active Directory and Active Directory users using Windows Hello for Business can use biometrics[11] to authenticate to a remote desktop session.
This feature works with Windows Hello PIN, however it does not work with convenience PIN.

To get started, bring up Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe), type the name of the computer to which you want to connect and click Connect.
Because you signed using Windows Hello for Business, Windows remembers how you signed in and automatically selects Windows Hello for Business to authenticate you to your RDP session, but you can click More choices to choose alternate credentials.

In this example, Windows uses facial recognition to authenticate the RDP session to the Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V server. You can continue to use Windows Hello for Business in the remote session, but you must use your PIN.

Have feedback? We’d love to hear it! Head to the Feedback Hub to share your thoughts about Windows Hello with face, fingerprint or PIN.
Web Sign-in to Windows 10
Until now, Windows logon only supported the use of identities federated to ADFS or other providers that support the WS-Fed protocol. We are introducing “Web Sign-in,” a new way of signing into your Windows PC. Web Sign-in enables Windows logon support for non-ADFS federated providers (e.g. SAML).
To try out Web Sign-in:

Azure AD Join your Windows 10 PC. (Note: Web Sign-in is only supported on Azure AD Joined PCs).

Set the following policy to enable Web Sign-in (Policy CSP/Authentication/EnableWebSignIn).
On the lock screen, select Web Sign-in under Sign-in options.
Click on the “Sign in” button to continue.

Faster sign-in to a Windows 10 shared PC
Do you have shared PCs deployed in your work place? Do you wish that signing in to a PC with your account was faster? Starting with the October 2018 Update, we are introducing “Fast Sign-in,” which enables users to sign in to a shared Windows 10 PC in a flash.

To enable Fast Sign-in:

Set up a shared or guest PC with Windows 10.
Set the following policy to enable Fast Sign-in (Policy CSP/Authentication/EnableFastFirstSignIn).
With the policy enabled, sign-in to a shared PC with your account, and check out the difference.

Windows Defender Security Center is now called Windows Security
You can still get to the app in all the usual ways – simply ask Cortana to open Windows Security or interact with the taskbar icon. Windows Security lets you manage all your security needs, including Windows Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender Firewall.
General Windows Security improvements
More easily understand current threats: We’ve listened to feedback and continued to improve the Virus & threat protection section. We’ve changed the location of the Current threats area, which displays all threats that need action. You can quickly take action on threats straight from this screen.

Controlled folder access improvements: Controlled folder access can help prevent ransomware and other destructive malware from changing your personal files. Sometimes apps that you normally use might be blocked from making changes to common folders like Documents and Pictures, and we’ve listened to feedback and made it easier for you to allow apps that were recently blocked so you can stay productive while using this great feature.
To allow a recently blocked app to make changes to your protected folders, open the Virus & threat protection section, then click Ransomware protection, and Allow an app through Controlled folder access.  From there you can click the plus button to allow an app, and you’ll see the new option to add Recently blocked apps.  This will open a list where you can easily choose which blocked items you’d like to trust to make changes.  Alternately you can still browse for an app to allow.

A more complete view of your security: We’re continuing to work on how other security apps you’ve installed show up in the Windows Security app. There’s a new page called Security providers that you can find in the Settings section of the app. Click Manage providers to see a list of all the security providers (including antivirus, firewall and web protection) that are running on your device. Here you can easily open the providers’ apps, or get more information on how to resolve any issue that they have reported to you through the Windows Security app.

This also means you’ll see more links to other security apps within the Windows Security app. For example, if you open the Firewall & network protection section, you’ll see the firewall apps that are running on your device under each firewall type (domain, private and public networks).
New device health assessment: In the Device performance & health section, we’ve added a new assessment for the Windows time service. If we detect that your device’s time is not properly synced with our time servers and the time-syncing service is disabled, we’ll provide the option for you to turn it back on.
Windows Security gets a Fluent Design refresh
We’ve heard your feedback, and when you install the October 2018 Update you’ll find we’ve updated Windows Security to include the Fluent Design elements you know and love. You’ll also notice we’ve adjusted the spacing and padding around the app and will now dynamically size the categories on the main page if more room is needed for extra info. Last but not least, we’ve also updated the title bar of the app so that it will now use your accent color if you’ve enabled that option in Color Settings.

Windows Defender Firewall now supports Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) processes
You can add specific rules for a WSL process in Windows Defender Firewall, just as you would for any Windows process. Also, Windows Defender Firewall now supports notifications for WSL processes. For example, when a Linux tool wants to allow access to a port from the outside (like SSH or a web server like nginx), the Windows Defender Firewall will prompt to allow access just like it would for a Windows process when the port starts accepting connections.
Antivirus products required to run as a protected process
The Windows Security Center (WSC) service now requires antivirus products to run as a protected process to register. Products that have not yet implemented this will not appear in the Windows Security UI, and Windows Defender Antivirus will remain enabled side-by-side with these products.
Windows Defender Application Guard Improvements
Windows Defender Application Guard introduced a new user interface inside Windows Security in the October 2018 Update. Standalone users can now install and configure their Windows Defender Application Guard settings in Windows Security without needing to change Registry key or Group policy settings. Additionally, users who are managed by enterprise policies will be able to check their settings to see what their administrators have configured for their machines to better understand the behavior of Windows Defender Application Guard. This new UI aims to improve the overall experience for users to manage and check their Windows Defender Application Guard settings. As long as devices meet the minimum requirements, these settings will appear in Windows Security.
Find details here.
To check this out, go to Windows Security and select App & browser control.

Under Isolated browsing select Install Windows Defender Application Guard.  After installation restart the device (only for standalone users).

To view or change Application Guard settings select Change Application Guard settings.

Windows Account Protection Improvements
In October 2018 Update, the Account Protection section in Windows Security Center now identifies the paired device that is being monitored for Dynamic lock. In cases where you have multiple devices paired to the PC, this UI indicator will help you easily determine which device is being monitored to lock your PC if you walk away.

You can learn more about the benefits of account protection through a video that is available on the page via the link on “Learn more about account protection.”
Ease of Access (Accessibility) Improvements
You can access Ease of Access settings by going to Settings > Ease of Access.
Make Text Bigger
Now, when you go to Settings > Ease of Access > Display in the October 2018 Update, you’ll find a new setting called “Make everything bigger.” This slider will adjust text across the system, Win32 apps and Universal Windows Platform apps.

That means you can now make text bigger in the Start menu, File Explorer, Settings, etc., without having to change the overall scaling of your system.
Magnifier Improvements
Choose where to keep the mouse cursor: We’ve heard your feedback asking us for a way to keep your mouse centered on the screen in Full-Screen mode, and with the October 2018 Update, we’re making it happen. This new option under Settings > Ease of Access > Magnifier > “Keep your mouse…” > “centered on the screen” enables easier tracking and use of the mouse, especially helpful at higher magnification levels.

More options for increments: You’ve also been asking for even more control of your zoom level increments, so we’ve taken a moment to add two new increments to the list: 5 percent and 10 percent.
Narrator Improvements
Selection commands in Narrator Scan Mode: Narrator’s scan mode now supports selecting content in Microsoft Edge, Word, Outlook, Mail and most text surfaces. Standard Shift- selection commands can be used as well as Control + A for the entire document. Caps + Shift + Down Arrow will speak the current selection. For a full list of selection commands, you can refer to Narrator’s Show Commands List by pressing Caps + F1. Once you select content, copy it to the clipboard by pressing Control + C. Formatting information will also be retained.
Narrator Standard Keyboard Layout: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout that is designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. For details on these changes, check out Intro to New Narrator Keyboard Layout.
Automatic Dialog Reading: Narrator will now automatically read the contents of a dialog box when brought to the foreground. The experience is for Narrator to speak the title of the dialog, the focused element within the dialog and the static text, if any, at the top of the dialog. For example, if you try to close a document in Word with unsaved changes, Narrator will speak the title “Microsoft Word,” the focus “Save button” and the static text within the dialog.
Narrator Keyboard improvements: We have added the Scan Mode secondary action command and Spell current selection command. Please refer to Intro to New Narrator Keyboard Layout doc for more information.
Microsoft Store offerings
Check out great Windows 10 devices, and discover what the October 2018 Update has to offer with free demos and workshops at your local Microsoft Store or online.  Get a free consultation from expert Service Advisors to determine if your device is eligible for the update, or get assistance setting up a new device.
[1] Users must link their mobile phone to their PC in PC settings or through Your Phone app from the Microsoft Store. Users will receive an app from Microsoft which they must download to their mobile phone and follow the setup prompts. For PCs tied to the China region, Your Phone app services will be enabled in the future. Back to top
[2] Timeline shows 7 days of past activities, including activities done on a tablet and laptop when users are signed into their Microsoft accounts. Back to top
[3] Timeline shows 7 days of past activities, including activities done on a tablet and laptop when users are signed into their Microsoft accounts.Back to top
[4] Office sold separately. Back to top
[5] Office sold separately. Back to top
[6] Touch capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately. Back to top
[7] Touch capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately. Back to top
[8] Office sold separately. Back to top
[9] Minimum system requirements for WMR can be found here. Back to top
[10] Touch capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately. Back to top
[11] Compatible biometric hardware required. Back to top

Updated October 3, 2018 12:03 pm