Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

Wi-Fi Alliance introduces Wi-Fi 6 as part of new naming system

Luke O’Neill and Michaela Goss

Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a naming system that identifies Wi-Fi generations by a numerical sequence that corresponds to advancements in Wi-Fi. The new naming approach aims to simplify Wi-Fi technology designations for users.

As part of the new system, Wi-Fi 6 was announced this week as the industry designation for products and networks that support the next generation of Wi-Fi, based on 802.11ax technology. The generational terminology may also be used to designate previous Wi-Fi generations, such as 802.11n or 802.11ac. The numerical sequence includes the following:

  • Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology;
  • Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology; and
  • Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology.

Product vendors can use the new generation names to identify the latest Wi-Fi technology a device supports. OS vendors can also use the numerical system to identify the generation of Wi-Fi connection between a device and network. Service providers can use the new names to identify the capabilities of a Wi-Fi network to their customers.

In a Wi-Fi Alliance statement, many vendors backed the new naming system. Vendors that voiced their support included Aerohive Networks, Aruba and Broadcom.

Aerohive introduces network and client analysis tools

Cloud networking provider Aerohive Networks introduced this week two machine learning analytics tools: Network 360 and Client 360. Both services use Aerohive’s microservices cloud architecture and native machine learning capabilities to collect, process and analyze large amounts of client and network data into simpler IT insights.

Network 360 provides a real-time and historical view of well-known key performance indicators (KPIs) for the network. The service tracks network health and performance using a time-slider that adjusts for day, week and month views of KPIs, including device health, Wi-Fi health and application health.

Aerohive is building out Network 360 via a continuous delivery development model throughout the rest of this year. When completed, it will be available in all of Aerohive’s deployment options: public cloud, private cloud and on premises.

Client 360, available now in all deployment options, monitors real-time and historical client performance. The service also uses a time-slider to adjust for the day, week and month for tracking client usage and health when the client was connected to the network.

Client 360 also offers session and aggregate views of client location and experience, including where the client sent and received the most data and where the client spent the most time when connected to the network. Client trail is also tracked as the client roams across the network with corresponding roaming and network services health. Through machine learning capabilities, the service can compare and measure individual client experiences against expected behavior.

network analytics
Aerohive’s Network 360 provides a view of key performance indicators.

Viavi unveils end-user network scoring feature

Viavi Solutions Inc., a provider of network performance monitoring tools, based in San Jose, Calif., has updated its Observer platform. The latest release, Observer 17.5, replaces detailed KPIs — provided to network engineers — with a single End-User Experience Score. The new feature is focused on end-user outcomes to assist with troubleshooting processes used by network teams.

end-user experience
Viavi’s Observer 17.5 has a user experience score feature.

The scoring system describes network and application performance from the end-user perspective as a single numeric value, along with problem descriptions and performance visualizations. Adaptive machine learning, running hundreds of data sets through an algorithm, creates the user score for any transaction. The tool helps network engineers investigate network issues and provide filtered wire-data evidence to IT teams, Viavi said in a statement.

According to Forrester Research, one-third of end-user complaints remain unsolved for more than a month or are never resolved.

The Observer platform has provided full-fidelity forensics for investigations with interfaces for 10 Gb and 40 Gb. The latest platform release now includes 100 Gb interface support.

For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

£560inc fully insured delivery

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £640
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG/Bank xfer
Location: Farnborough
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13 devices that utilize the best of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Today we’re sharing 13 awesome Windows 10 PCs from our partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, MSi and Samsung that light up with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

There’s always so much to choose from with Windows 10 PCs – from a range of different form factors, to the best Windows features like Windows Hello, Windows Ink, Cortana and more. Take advantage of the new experiences and capabilities in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update like the Your Phone App that lets you snap a pic on your Android phone and see it on your PC, or design PowerPoint slides with a digital pen.
The features in this release provide modern solutions for on-the-go, ever-changing lifestyles. Helping you make the most of every second, minute, hour and day. Features that provide ways to help you pursue your passions, make better connections with those you care about, and give you back some time.
Here are a few of the great Windows 10 PCs that light up with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update:

Acer Swift 5
Acer Nitro 5
ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UX461
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP412
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Huawei Matebook X Pro
HP Spectre X360 13 and HP Spectre X360 15
Lenovo Yoga C630
Lenovo Yoga Book C930
MSi P65
Samsung Odyssey Z
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018)

The Acer Swift 5 provides the optimum size, shape and style, weighing in at only 2.14 pounds with a sleek magnesium-lithium cover and distinct charcoal blue color. Power through everyday tasks, watch videos or surf the web with Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and tackle things on your to-do list with your digital assistant Cortana. Utilize the power of Windows Hello with the integrated fingerprint reader for more secure logins on the Swift 5, available from Amazon.com starting at $929.99.

With powerful features at an affordable price, the Acer Nitro 5 is designed with casual gamers in mind. It’s powered with an AMD CPU and GPU, and keeps cool with Acer NitroSense. Game with intensity at every angle with a full IPS display and break the sound barrier with Acer’s TrueHarmony meets Dolby Audio Premium sound. Available today at BestBuy.com with Acer Elite Tech Support, starting at $719.99.

The ASUS Zenbook Flip 14 UX461 is a creative powerhouse with an 8th Generation Intel i7 quad-core processor and the ability to create on-the-go with its convertible design. A 360-degree ErgoLift hinge and touchscreen with ASUS Pen lets you design in tablet mode or laptop mode on its 14-inch FHD display. With up to 13 hours of battery life and weighing just 3.1 pounds, the Zenbook Flip 14 is ultra-portable to keep you productive all day long. Get yours today from Amazon.com starting at $849.99.

Enjoy expansive visuals on the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP412, which features ASUS NanoEdge Bezels, allowing a 14-inch Full HD display to fit into a typical 13-inch laptop. With an 0.8-inch aluminum profile that converts to a portable tablet or laptop seamlessly, the VivoBook Flip 14 transforms to the way you want to work. Get creative with the ASUS Pen and have more secure logins with one touch with Windows Hello. Available starting at $749.99 on Amazon.com.

Enjoy an expanded screen great for work or sharing with the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1. Experience new Windows features like Modern Standby that allows you to resume and login instantly and get work done faster with Intel’s latest 8th Generation i7 Core processor. Log in with one touch using the integrated fingerprint reader with Windows Hello technology, and ask Cortana a question from across the room with the far-field microphone. Available today starting at $1,099.99 from Dell.com.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is elegant at every angle, with a 360-degree hinge that allows you to work in four flexible positions: tablet, tent, laptop and stand modes with up to 8th Gen processors. Turn thoughts into actions with Windows Ink that allows you to capture notes, make edits and create content with the Dell Active Pen. Enjoy password-free sign-ins with Windows Hello using one touch or your face for recognition. Available today from Dell.com starting at $999.99.

Creativity comes in a powerful form with the HP Spectre X360. Create and play for up to 16 hours while doing 4K video editing, drawing or note-taking with Windows Ink, 3D rendering and more. Choose from the 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch models powered by Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core Processor and security options like HP’s privacy screen and one-touch logins with Windows Hello. Available today at HP.com, with the 13.3-inch model starting at $949.99.

The Huawei Matebook X Pro opens new horizons with its FullView design, a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio ideal for watching movies and videos in 4K. It’s powered for creativity with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core Processors and VR-ready graphics, with a full 10-point touchscreen with anti-fingerprint coating. With up to 15 hours per charge, the Matebook X Pro can get you through a full workday and beyond. Packed with great Windows features like Cortana and Windows Hello for more secure logins, you can get the Matebook X Pro today on Amazon.com starting at $1,199.99

Lean, light and crafted from premium aluminum, the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) 2-in-1 convertible offers smartphone-like integrated LTE Advanced Pro connectivity and up to 25+ hours of local video playback thanks to the power-efficient architecture of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform. Get creative with the optional Lenovo Pen and use the laptop as your canvas or notepad, with drawing and editing capabilities with Windows Ink. The Yoga C630 WOS starts at $849.99 in the U.S. and will be available from Lenovo.com and other retailers starting November 2018.

Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930 rewrites the rules of mobile productivity and creativity as the world’s thinnest and lightest dual-display laptop including a display built with E Ink. The versatile E Ink screen serves as a keyboard, notepad and eReader. It’s ultraportable at just 9.9mm at its thinnest when closed and has up to 10-hour battery life and a Precision Pen for easy sketching and inking on either screen. Starting at $999.99, the Yoga Book C930 will be available this from Lenovo.com and select retailers.

The MSI P65 is for the creator in all of us. Whether you’re a video editor, music producer or artist, the P65 keeps up with whatever you want to do. Multi-task with up to three external monitors with HDMI, mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 ports for the best 4K resolution output and a fingerprint reader for one-touch logins with Windows Hello. Create and play for up to nine hours with its 15-inch True Color 2.0 screen and the power of Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDID GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. Available from Adorama starting at $1,499.99

Samsung’s Notebook Odyssey Z lets you game anytime, anywhere, with Intel’s i7 Hexa-Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 graphics that allow for the best 4K performance and rendering in 3D. Its slim design is ready to game wherever you go and is packed with features like Windows 10’s refreshed Game Bar, native streaming capabilities through Mixer and support for Xbox Play Anywhere titles. Get $100 off now through Oct. 15 on Samsung.com.

Work hard and play hard with the Samsung Notebook 9 (2018). At just over two pounds, the Notebook 9 (2018) is a lightweight convertible with full 15-inch HDR-ready screen and built in far-field microphone. Windows Hello offers more secure logins with a fingerprint reader and Intel’s latest 8th Gen Core i7 Mobile Processor to power you through the day. Get $100 off Oct. 7-13 on Samsung.com.

Now is a great time to take advantage of everything the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has to offer with a new Windows 10 device! You can see even more options for a new Windows 10 device that best suits your needs with Windows Help Me Choose, an interactive tool on Windows.com that makes it easy to find the best PC that meets your needs. To check out even more great Windows 10 devices from our partners, and to discover what the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has to offer with free demos and workshops, visit your local Microsoft Store in-person or online. You can also visit this blog post to learn more about what’s new in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. You can even get a free consultation from our expert Service Advisors to determine if your device is eligible for the update, or help set up and customize a new device.

Updated October 4, 2018 4:54 pm

Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

Partner gateways connect endpoints to Microsoft Teams video conferencing

ORLANDO, Fla. — Microsoft has taken the first step toward making Microsoft Teams video conferencing equal to Skype for Business in third-party interoperability.

The company introduced three vendors — BlueJeans, Pexip and Polycom — that have developed gateways between standards-based video endpoints and the Teams. The gateways make it possible for meeting room devices from vendors like Cisco and Logitech to participate in meetings through the Teams client.

The services work with Session Initiation Protocol and H.323 endpoints. Beyond letting those devices join a meeting in the Teams client, the offerings connect the devices to Microsoft Exchange, so they become a bookable resource when scheduling meetings. Microsoft announced the news at its Ignite conference last week.

But some customers are frustrated, because the only way to connect third-party video endpoints to Teams — at least for now — is by working with one of Microsoft’s three partners.

“It’s not a really good, open integration,” said Dominik Poetzsch, lead engineer for unified communications and global video conferencing at Linde AG, a multinational German chemical company that uses 600 Cisco video endpoints. “Here, there are only three products. It’s very, very closed.”

Polycom RealConnect Service is available today, while Pexip Infinity for Microsoft Teams will launch Oct. 19, and BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams will start on Oct. 31. The Microsoft Teams video conferencing gateways are hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Also at Ignite, Microsoft expanded the ecosystem of devices that natively connect to Teams. Microsoft’s partners for meeting room systems now include Crestron, Yealink, HP Inc. and Logitech.

More endpoint interoperability needed for Microsoft Teams video conferencing

Many Microsoft customers have significant investments in third-party video systems. Therefore, the interoperability services unveiled last week are must-have offerings if Microsoft wants to help those businesses switch from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. 

While last week’s announcement was a positive and necessary advancement, the video interoperability services for Teams are still immature, said Rob Arnold, analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

It will take time for there to be as many ways to connect endpoints to Teams as there are ways to connect endpoints to Skype for Business, Arnold said. Eventually, Microsoft will partner with more vendors, while other vendors will start offering interoperability services for Teams on their own.

“These things take time. Microsoft is still building it out,” Arnold said. “Other companies in the Microsoft ecosystem have had more time with [Skype for Business] to work on their integrations. So, they are more robust, and there are more of them.”

Microsoft announced last year that Teams would replace Skype for Business Online as the unified communications and collaboration tool within Office 365. The vendor is also urging on-premises Skype for Business customers to adopt the new platform, although it acknowledged those transitions may take years.

Earlier this month, Microsoft blocked cloud Skype sign-ups for new customers with fewer than 500 employees. It has also begun proactively reaching out to existing Office 365 customers to initiate automatic upgrades — unless they opt out — from Skype to Teams.

For Sale – Gaming PC

Hello Everyone,

I have for sale my Gaming PC which I no longer have time to use unfortunately, The spec is as follows:

NZXT H440 White Case (Window is scratched slightly)
2x 4GB Avexir Core Blue Series LED RAM DDR3
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance Gold RAM DDR3
Asus Z97-K motherboard
Intel i5-4440 Processor
Corsair H100i Cpu AiO Cooler
Corsair AF140 White LED Fan
3x Corsair AF120 White LED Fans
Corsair RM750 Fully Modular PSU
1TB HDD with no OS

If you have any questions please do let me know.
Pictures will be posted tonight.

Price and currency: £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: West London
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Announcing Babylon.js 3.3! – Windows Developer Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of Babylon.js 3.3! This release adds amazing new UI and interaction features, major updates to particle system controls, new environment generation tools, procedural noise texture generation, 360-degree photo and video support, and more! For the full list of features, please visit our release notes. Some of our favorites are listed below.

To simplify GUI construction for VR, we have added two features from the Microsoft Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK). The first is the new 3D volume grids used to easily lay out your interface for direct integration into your VR scene. Second, we have also added power to your VR GUI design by including methods to call the standard MRTK holographic and 3D mesh buttons.

Give your users complete control over the scene with the new transformation gizmo. Easily attach the gizmo to any object to unlock translation, rotation, or scaling with the standard or custom gizmos!

We have introduced nearly 30 new controls to take your particle systems to the next level. With the power of transformation over lifetime, the emission control over the lifetime of the system, the addition of animation randomization for sprite sheets, and the addition of new emitter shapes, you have more control than ever to make your particle systems shine.

New improvements to our image-based lighting bring the quality of our real-time rendering closer to popular ray tracers for environment lighting. And we went step further to increase performance with the Environment Texture Tool which reduces the size of your pre-filtered DDS files!

To make our playground development environment more flexible and more powerful, we now support Typescript as well as JavaScript.

We have been working hard on improving our users’ understanding of Babylon.js and now have our entire API completely documented. This has been a large undertaking, but the payoff is well worth the investment as you will now have more information right at your fingertips while writing your code.
We hope you enjoy our new Babylon.js 3.3 release and can’t wait to see what you build with our new features!

Updated October 4, 2018 10:07 am