Announcing this year’s Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners – Windows Experience Blog

Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store and our partners starting Saturday, November 10. Give wonder this holiday season with savings on Surface, Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One and more.

When I think back on a lifetime of giving holidays, I don’t always remember the exact presents or the pattern of the wrapping paper. What I recall clearly, though, is that smile, that laugh of someone unwrapping the perfect gift. For me – and from me – those gifts often had technology at the center, whether it was the latest gaming console I always wanted growing up, the perfect PC for my kids or the sold-out fitness wearable for my wife. Unwrapping a gift of technology always seems to generate a happy dance.
For this holiday season and one of my favorite times of year, I’m looking forward to celebrating with my family and loved ones, and to giving more than just gifts. I’m hoping to share new moments of wonder with others and look back on them fondly, years from now.
This year Microsoft Store and our partners have some great options to give wonder with Black Friday deals for today’s digital lifestyle – from Xbox One bundles to the Surface family and Windows 10 PCs. Select deals will be available across regions, and pricing and timing may vary. Check out the full list of savings here.
Save up to $330 on Surface

Give inspiration with a new Surface this holiday and see, feel and hear the difference. Imagine what they’ll create with the Surface family: the better than ever, ultra-light Surface Pro 6 delivers even more speed and performance, the Surface Laptop is the ultimate in power and design, while the small, strong Surface Go is always adventure-ready.

Save up to $100 on Xbox One, Get Xbox Game Pass for $1

Give thrills this season for the gamer on your list with Xbox’s biggest Black Friday sale ever. With deals on Xbox consoles, accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold and must-have games, including the lowest price ever for Xbox One X at $399.99, there’s something for everyone.

Save Up to $740 on Windows 10 PCs
Give possibility with a Windows 10 PC and bring home gifts for work and play. Devices powered by Windows 10 provide you with all the latest features, and help you make the most of your time across work, home and anywhere in between.

Nov. 10-30: Get $120 off the MSI GL63 8RE-629 NewEgg.com and save up to $100 off the MSI GV62 8RD-200 on Amazon.com
Nov. 18-26: Get $400 off when you purchase the Odyssey Z ($1799.99) and the HMD Odyssey+ ($499.99) together on Samsung.com for just $1,899.99
Nov. 18-30: Save $150 on the Huawei Matebook X Pro at the Microsoft Store and get $30 off the Huawei MateBook D 14 on Amazon.com
Nov. 22-24: Get $200 off the Acer Nitro 5 Nov. 21-26 at BestBuy.com
Nov. 22-30: Buy a Dell Inspiron 15for $499, save $200
Nov 22-Dec.1: Save up to $100 on the Asus ZenBook 13 (UX331) at Amazon.com and get the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (TP412) for only $399 at Walmart.com.
Starting Nov. 22: Don’t miss great Black Friday deals from HP.com where you can save up to $740 on select ENVY, Pavilion, OMEN and Spectre PCs
Starting Nov. 23: Buy the Lenovo X1 Carbon for just $899.99 while supplies last

Additional Black Friday deals include: 

Microsoft Store, whether shopping online, in a physical store, or through an Xbox or Windows 10 device, is the best destination for your holiday shopping. From getting tech recommendations from store associates, finding a standout gift at any price, trying out the latest devices, picking up a purchase you made online, or getting free shipping and returns for online purchases – Microsoft Store has you covered. Happy shopping!
*Select deals are available across markets. Timing and prices may vary by region. Visit your Microsoft Store location or online for more details on availability and pricing. 
Offers valid for a limited time, while supplies last. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply.
Updated November 10, 2018 3:28 pm

Collaborate with others and keep track of to-dos with new AI features in Word – Microsoft 365 Blog

Focus is a simple but powerful thing. When you’re in your flow, your creativity takes over, and your work is effortless. When you’re faced with distractions and interruptions, progress is slow and painful. And nowhere is that truer than when writing.

Word has long been the standard for creating professional-quality documents. Technologies like Editor—Word’s AI-powered writing assistant—make it an indispensable tool for the written word. But at some point in the writing process, you’ll need some information you don’t have at your fingertips, even with the best tools. When this happens, you likely do what research tells us many Word users do: leave a placeholder in your document and come back to it later to stay in your flow.

Today, we’re starting to roll out new capabilities to Word that help users create and fill in these placeholders without leaving the flow of their work. For example, type TODO: finish this section or <> and Word recognizes and tracks them as to-dos. When you come back to the document, you’ll see a list of your remaining to-dos, and you can click each one to navigate back to the right spot.

Animated screenshot of a Word document open using the AI-powered To-Do feature.

Once you’ve created your to-dos, Word can also help you complete them. If you need help from a friend or coworker, just @mention them within a placeholder. Word sends them a notification with a “deep link” to the relevant place in the document. Soon, they’ll be able to reply to the notification with their contributions, and those contributions will be inserted directly into the document—making it easy to complete the task with an email from any device.

Over time, Office will use AI to help fill in many of these placeholders. In the next few months, Word will use Microsoft Search to suggest content for a to-do like <>. You will be able to pick from the results and insert content from another document with a single click.

These capabilities are available today for Word on the Mac for Office Insiders (Fast) as a preview. We’ll roll these features out to all Office 365 subscribers soon for Word for Windows, the Mac, and the web.

Get started as an Office for Mac Insider

Office Insider for Mac has two speeds: Insider Fast and Insider Slow. To get access to this and other new feature releases, you’ll need a subscription to Office 365. To select a speed, open Microsoft Auto Update and on the Help menu select Check for Updates.

As always, we would love to hear from you, please send us your thoughts at UserVoice or visit us on Twitter or Facebook. You can also let us know how you like the new features by clicking the smiley face icon in the upper-right corner of Word.

Kubernetes on VMware gains a lifeline with Heptio acquisition

With the proposed acquisition of Heptio, Kubernetes on VMware gains some open source street cred, but VMware’s appeal to enterprise customers outside the server virtualization install base is still questionable.

The deal, for an undisclosed amount, will see VMware fold in IP and engineering talent from Seattle-based Heptio, founded in 2016 by Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, two of Kubernetes’ original creators at Google. Beda also serves on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s Kubernetes steering committee. VMware will bring McLuckie, Beda and other Heptio engineers into its cloud-native applications group. Heptio’s IP, which includes the Heptio Kubernetes Subscription, Ark disaster recovery and backup utility, Sonobuoy Kubernetes conformance tester and Contour and Gimbal container networking projects, is slated for integration into VMware Pivotal Kubernetes Service (PKS).

Heptio brings a lot of IP to the table that VMware PKS didn’t offer, said Paul Fazzone, senior vice president and general manager at VMware. “It will add additional conformance, audit, networking control and egress management to on-premises vSphere and VMware Cloud PKS,” he said.

VMware’s acquisition of Heptio comes days after IBM’s blockbuster $34 billion buy of Red Hat, which also focused on Kubernetes management IP, as a vehicle for multi-cloud computing. Like IBM, VMware will offer a cloud-agnostic multi-cloud approach to Kubernetes, Fazzone said.

Craig McLuckie HeptioCraig McLuckie

There is one big contrast, however. IBM intends to keep its new Red Hat subsidiary a stand-alone company, to overcome perceptions of a clash with IBM’s proprietary-minded culture. VMware has no such plans to let Heptio remain independent. VMware PKS remains strongly attached to vSphere, and vSphere license costs, in its on-premises form.

“It comes across as protectionist of its vSphere revenue,” said Gary Chen, analyst at IDC.

In the future, VMware should consider an edition of vSphere optimized for PKS that would lower customers’ costs and compete more easily with free open source container management products, Chen said. Otherwise, Kubernetes on VMware faces competition not only from Kubernetes management vendors but from open source micro-VM products such as Kata Containers and Google’s gVisor.

Kubernetes on VMware must weather market attrition

Aside from IBM and Red Hat, enterprise IT pros already have a plethora of multi-cloud Kubernetes management products to choose from. Open source Cloud Foundry brushed up integrations between the Cloud Foundry Application Runtime and BOSH workload scheduler with Kubernetes last month. Mesosphere‘s Kubernetes Engine, released in general availability last week, offers a multi-cloud Kubernetes management service without the need for server virtualization. There are also smaller independent vendors such as Rancher Labs, whose Kubernetes management tools have captured the attention of erstwhile VMware shops such as satellite communications firm Viasat.

Enterprise IT buyers should expect consolidation to continue between big publicly traded IT software vendors and the multitude of Kubernetes management startups that have sprung up since Kubernetes version 1.0 came out in 2015. Therefore, enterprises should place their bets carefully, as there undoubtedly will be attrition in an already crowded market.

Enterprises will have fewer infrastructure engineers and more developers, so [vendors such as VMware] need to … appeal to the growing community, not the shrinking one.
Carmen DeArdoindependent DevOps consultant and senior value stream management strategist, Tasktop

“Moving forward, enterprises will have fewer infrastructure engineers and more developers, so [vendors such as VMware] need to … appeal to the growing community, not the shrinking one,” said Carmen DeArdo, an independent DevOps consultant, as well as a senior value stream management strategist at Tasktop, a software lifecycle management company in Vancouver. “This [acquisition] could help temporarily as companies transition to that model, but we are at the turning point, and only a few companies in this category are likely to make it through.”

Vendors such as VMware can offer customers security and compliance features, as well as enterprise tech support on Kubernetes. While pure upstream Kubernetes deployments are en vogue among some enterprises that don’t want to be locked in to a cloud or IT infrastructure vendor, plenty of users will look for enterprise distributions from known vendors, IDC’s Chen said.

“Kubernetes’ quarterly release cycle is still moving so fast that usually enterprises want to stay one release behind and have the support of vendors,” Chen said. “Heptio’s approach to Kubernetes is very, very clean and focused more on building tools around upstream Kubernetes than offering its own distribution.”

For Sale – Acer B346CK 34″ IPS 3440×1440 UltraWide Monitor – £350

Well looked after, good as new, no dead pixels or image issues.

Purchased November 2017 so still under warranty, invoice copy can be provided.

Collection only from B17 area of Birmingham as I don’t have the box to send it.

Spec:

Product Description Acer B346CK – LED monitor – 34″
Device Type LED-backlit LCD monitor – 34″
Energy Class Class C
Energy Consumption per Year 88 kWh
Power Consumption (On mode) 61 W
Features USB 3.0 hub
Panel Type AH-IPS by LG
Aspect Ratio Widescreen – 21:9
Native Resolution QHD 3440 x 1440
Brightness 320 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 100000000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time 6 ms
Colour Support 1.07 billion colours
Input Connectors HDMI, DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL)
Display Position Adjustments Height, swivel, tilt
Screen Coating Anti-glare
Colour Black
Dimensions (WxDxH) – with stand 82.8 cm x 26.67 cm x 58.93 cm
Weight 9.98 kg
Compliant Standards RoHS, TCO Displays 6.0
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty

Also advertised on reddit, gumtree and overclockers.co.uk forum.

Price and currency: £350
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: Harborne, Birmingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Collaborate with others and keep track of to-dos with new AI features in Word – Microsoft 365 Blog

Focus is a simple but powerful thing. When you’re in your flow, your creativity takes over, and your work is effortless. When you’re faced with distractions and interruptions, progress is slow and painful. And nowhere is that truer than when writing.

Word has long been the standard for creating professional-quality documents. Technologies like Editor—Word’s AI-powered writing assistant—make it an indispensable tool for the written word. But at some point in the writing process, you’ll need some information you don’t have at your fingertips, even with the best tools. When this happens, you likely do what research tells us many Word users do: leave a placeholder in your document and come back to it later to stay in your flow.

Today, we’re starting to roll out new capabilities to Word that help users create and fill in these placeholders without leaving the flow of their work. For example, type TODO: finish this section or <> and Word recognizes and tracks them as to-dos. When you come back to the document, you’ll see a list of your remaining to-dos, and you can click each one to navigate back to the right spot.

Animated screenshot of a Word document open using the AI-powered To-Do feature.

Once you’ve created your to-dos, Word can also help you complete them. If you need help from a friend or coworker, just @mention them within a placeholder. Word sends them a notification with a “deep link” to the relevant place in the document. Soon, they’ll be able to reply to the notification with their contributions, and those contributions will be inserted directly into the document—making it easy to complete the task with an email from any device.

Over time, Office will use AI to help fill in many of these placeholders. In the next few months, Word will use Microsoft Search to suggest content for a to-do like <>. You will be able to pick from the results and insert content from another document with a single click.

These capabilities are available today for Word on the Mac for Office Insiders (Fast) as a preview. We’ll roll these features out to all Office 365 subscribers soon for Word for Windows, the Mac, and the web.

Get started as an Office for Mac Insider

Office Insider for Mac has two speeds: Insider Fast and Insider Slow. To get access to this and other new feature releases, you’ll need a subscription to Office 365. To select a speed, open Microsoft Auto Update and on the Help menu select Check for Updates.

As always, we would love to hear from you, please send us your thoughts at UserVoice or visit us on Twitter or Facebook. You can also let us know how you like the new features by clicking the smiley face icon in the upper-right corner of Word.

Microsoft fixes flaws in Skype Meetings App

Microsoft has updated the browser app for joining Skype for Business meetings, even as it prepares to phase out the product for Mac users. The changes include better troubleshooting controls and new audio settings.

The Skype Meetings App is what people use to join online meetings if they don’t have the Skype for Business desktop app. Attempting to enter a Skype for Business meeting through a web browser prompts users to download and install the app.

Many businesses rely on the Skype Meetings App when working with external collaborators who don’t use Skype for Business. The app downloads in one click and should take less than a minute to install, but glitches can delay the start of meetings.

Microsoft changed its user interface to help people figure out what went wrong if the app doesn’t download properly, providing direct links to attempt to install the app a second time or try to join the meeting again.

Microsoft also reconfigured its software to recognize when users have uninstalled the app and are attempting to install it again. Previously, those users would receive misleading messages, because the cookies stored in their web browser indicated the app had already been installed.

Another problem Microsoft intends to fix causes the app to sometimes play meeting audio by default through devices or apps that aren’t typically what people use for meeting audio. As a result, users assume the audio isn’t working.

Microsoft said it would roll out the updates over the next two months. Some will require users to reinstall the app.

Microsoft to retire Skype Meetings App for Mac users

In early December, Mac users will no longer have the option of installing the Skype Meetings App when joining a meeting through a web browser. Instead, those users will be prompted to download the desktop app.

To that end, the Skype for Business desktop app for Mac now lets users join meetings as a guest. The update means external collaborators will be able to use the desktop app even if their organization doesn’t use Skype for Business.

The desktop app takes up to 20 seconds longer to download than the Skype Meetings App, but the audio, video and screen-sharing capabilities are more reliable, according to Microsoft. However, the desktop app for Mac does not support in-meeting whiteboards, polls, Q&As or file sharing. 

In August, Microsoft announced a slew of new features and bug fixes for Mac users running Skype for Business on premises. The updates narrowed the gap between the Mac and Windows clients, although analysts said the two user interfaces were already nearly on par.

For Sale – Complete RGB Gaming PC 7700K, GTX1080

Hi guys,

New to AVF selling but long time member on a members market of a well known computer parts retailer. I’m flying off to a Ski season on the 5th November so I’ve decided to sell my pride and joy so I can fund ski gear!

I built this computer myself from individual parts in September 2017 and so it is about 13 months old (a few components e.g. SSD and PSU are older as they came from a previous build).

The complete specs are:

Intel i7 7700K
Corsair Hydro H100i GTX 240mm
Asus Maximus IX Formula
Team Group Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-25600C16 3200MHz
Asus Strix GTX1080
Superflower Leadex 1000W Platinum
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Glass Midi Tower Case
(w/ additional Phanteks Multicolor Magnetic RGB LED Strip which I have placed around the outside of the window)
Crucial M500 250GB SSD
Samsung F1 1TB HDD
DVD-RW Optical Drive

The case, GPU, RAM and motherboard are all RGB and sync with Asus’s software so any effects are perfectly synced and so it looks gorgeous.

The CPU has had a mild overclock but never pushed significantly.
I have a lot (but not all) of the boxes for the individual components should you wish to sell/change any parts.

I would never post this so payment on collection/meet-up only. Willing to drive up to 1hr from my post code of KT21 2LW (I will require a small deposit of £20 for driving just to avoid any time wasting).

Price and currency: 1000GBP
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash, Paypal (F&F) or Bank Transfer
Location: Ashtead, Surrey
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