Microsoft at MWC Barcelona: Introducing Microsoft HoloLens 2 – The Official Microsoft Blog

This evening at a press event to kickoff MWC Barcelona, I had the pleasure of joining CEO Satya Nadella and Technical Fellow Alex Kipman onstage to talk in depth about Microsoft’s worldview for the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

As part of today’s press event, we also introduced the world to HoloLens 2.

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This is a tremendously exciting time for Microsoft, our partners, our customers, the computing industry and indeed the world. The virtually limitless computing power and capability of the cloud combined with increasingly intelligent and perceptive edge devices embedded throughout the physical world create experiences we could only imagine a few short years ago.

When intelligent cloud and intelligent edge experiences are infused with mixed reality, we have a framework for achieving amazing things and empowering even more people.

Today represents an important milestone for Microsoft. This moment captures the very best efforts and passion of numerous teams spanning Azure, HoloLens, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Devices — this truly is a moment where the sum is greater than the parts. From cutting-edge hardware design to mixed reality-infused cloud services, today’s announcements represent the collective work of many teams. And none of this would be possible without our passionate community of customers, partners and developers.

On behalf of everyone on the team, it is my privilege to introduce you to HoloLens 2 and all the announcements we made today to kick off MWC Barcelona.

Introducing HoloLens 2

Side view of sleek black HoloLens 2

Since the release of HoloLens in 2016 we have seen mixed reality transform the way work gets done. We have unlocked super-powers for hundreds of thousands of people who go to work every day. From construction sites to factory floors, from operating rooms to classrooms, HoloLens is changing how we work, learn, communicate and get things done.

We are entering a new era of computing, one in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world. This new collaborative computing era will empower us all to achieve more, break boundaries and work together with greater ease and immediacy in 3D.

Today, we are proud to introduce the world to Microsoft HoloLens 2.

Our customers asked us to focus on three key areas to make HoloLens even better. They wanted HoloLens 2 to be even more immersive and more comfortable, and to accelerate the time-to-value.

Immersion is greatly enhanced by advancements across the board, including in the visual display system, making holograms even more vibrant and realistic. We have more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens 2, while maintaining the industry-leading holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight. HoloLens 2 contains a new display system that enables us to achieve these significant advances in performance at low power. We have also completely refreshed the way you interact with holograms in HoloLens 2. Taking advantage of our new time-of-flight depth sensor, combined with built-in AI and semantic understanding, HoloLens 2 enables direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use with physical objects in the real world. In addition to the improvements in the display engine and direct manipulation of holograms, HoloLens 2 contains eye-tracking sensors that make interacting with holograms even more natural. You can log in with Windows Hello enterprise-grade authentication through iris recognition, making it easy for multiple people to quickly and securely share the device.

Comfort is enhanced by a more balanced center of gravity, the use of light carbon-fiber material and a new mechanism for donning the device without readjusting. We’ve improved the thermal management with new vapor chamber technology and accounted for the wide physiological variability in the size and shape of human heads by designing HoloLens 2 to comfortably adjust and fit almost anyone. The new dial-in fit system makes it comfortable to wear for hours on end, and you can keep your glasses on because HoloLens 2 adapts to you by sliding right over them. When it’s time to step out of mixed reality, flip the visor up and switch tasks in seconds. Together, these enhancements have more than tripled the measured comfort and ergonomics of the device.

Time-to-value is accelerated by Microsoft mixed reality applications like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365 Layout and the new Dynamics 365 Guides applications. In addition to the in-box value, our ecosystem of mixed reality partners provides a broad range of offerings built on HoloLens that deliver value across a range of industries and use cases. This partner ecosystem is being supplemented by a new wave of mixed reality entrepreneurs who are realizing the potential of devices like HoloLens 2 and the Azure services that give them the spatial, speech and vision intelligence needed for mixed reality, plus battle-tested cloud services for storage, security and application insights.

Building on the unique capabilities of the original HoloLens, HoloLens 2 is the ultimate intelligent edge device. And when coupled with existing and new Azure services, HoloLens 2 becomes even more capable, right out of the box.

HoloLens 2 will be available this year at a price of $3,500. Bundles including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist start at $125/month. HoloLens 2 will be initially available in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand. Customers can preorder HoloLens 2 starting today at

In addition to HoloLens 2, we were also excited to make the following announcements at MWC Barcelona.

 Azure Kinect Developer Kit (DK)

Front and side view of compact silver Azure Kinect DK device

The Azure Kinect DK is a developer kit that combines our industry-leading AI sensors in a single device. At its core is the time-of-flight depth sensor we developed for HoloLens 2, high-def RGB camera and a 7-microphone circular array that will enable development of advanced computer vision and speech solutions with Azure. It enables solutions that don’t just sense but understand the world — people, places, things around it. A good example of such a solution in the healthcare space is Ocuvera, which is using this technology to prevent patients from falling in hospitals. Every year in the U.S. alone, over 1 million hospital patients fall each year, and 11,000 of those falls are fatal. With Azure Kinect, the environmental precursors to a fall can be determined and a nurse notified to get to patients before they fall. Initially available in the U.S. and China, the Azure Kinect DK is available for preorder today at $399. Visit for more info.

Dynamics 365 Guides

When we announced Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Dynamics 365 Layout on October 1, we talked about them as the “first” of our mixed reality applications for HoloLens.

Today, we are proud to announce our latest offering: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides.

Dynamics 365 Guides is a new mixed reality app that empowers employees to learn by doing. Guides enhances learning with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real work situations. In addition to the experience of using Guides on HoloLens, a Guides PC app makes it easy to create interactive content, attach photos and videos, import 3D models and customize training to turn institutional knowledge into a repeatable learning tool.

This application will help minimize downtime and increase efficiency for mission-critical equipment and processes and becomes the third Dynamics 365 application that will work on both the previous generation of HoloLens and the new HoloLens 2.

Dynamics 365 Guides is available in preview starting today.

Man wearing HoloLens 2 consults a hologram of a guide as he works on machinery

Azure Mixed Reality Services

Today we also announced two new Azure mixed reality services. These services are designed to help every developer and every business build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications.

 Azure Spatial Anchors enables businesses and developers to create mixed reality apps that map, designate and recall precise points of interest that are accessible across HoloLens, iOS and Android devices. These precise points of interest enable a range of scenarios, from shared mixed reality experiences to wayfinding across connected places. We’re already seeing this service help our customers work and learn with greater speed and ease in manufacturing, architecture, medical education and more.

Azure Remote Rendering helps people experience 3D without compromise to fuel better, faster decisions. Today, to interact with high-quality 3D models on mobile devices and mixed reality headsets, you often need to “decimate,” or simplify, 3D models to run on target hardware. But in scenarios like design reviews and medical planning, every detail matters, and simplifying assets can result in a loss of important detail that is needed for key decisions. This service will render high-quality 3D content in the cloud and stream it to edge devices, all in real time, with every detail intact.

Azure Spatial Anchors is in public preview as of today. Azure Remote Rendering is now in private preview in advance of its public preview.

Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program

HoloLens is being used in a variety of challenging environments, from construction sites and operating rooms to the International Space Station. HoloLens has passed the basic impact tests from several protective eyewear standards used in North America and Europe. It has been tested and found to conform to the basic impact protection requirements of ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.3 and EN 166. With HoloLens 2 we’re introducing the Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program to enable customers and partners to customize HoloLens 2 to fit their environmental needs.

The first to take advantage of the HoloLens Customization Program is our long-standing HoloLens partner Trimble, which last year announced Trimble Connect for HoloLens along with a new hard hat solution that improves the utility of mixed reality for practical field applications. Today it announced the Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2, a new wearable hard hat device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite.

Hard hat incorporates HoloLens 2

Open principles

Finally, as we closed things out, Alex Kipman articulated a set of principles around our open approach with the mixed reality ecosystem.

We believe that for an ecosystem to truly thrive there should be no barriers to innovation or customer choice.

To that end, Alex described how HoloLens embraces the principles of open stores, open browsers and open developer platforms.

To illustrate our dedication to these principles, we announced that our friends at Mozilla are bringing a prototype of the Firefox Reality browser to HoloLens 2, demonstrating our commitment to openness and the immersive web. Alex was also joined by Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, who announced that Unreal Engine 4 support is coming to HoloLens.

In the coming months we will have more announcements and details to share. We look forward to continuing this journey with you all.


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Students learn with pop-culture favorites at free Microsoft store summer camps |

Summer Camps don’t all have to be the same! If your child or student likes Fortnite just as much as crafts and finds an equal amount of inspiration in Hermione’s brilliant wizardry as going camping, then Microsoft Store has the camp for you. And it’s free!

This year, Microsoft Store Summer Camps expands to seven hands-on workshops that empower students to pursue their passions with fun, pop-culture themes. Trained Microsoft Store associates will lead students through curriculum developed by education experts in their respective fields, in both real-world and magical environments like the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Through each camp, students will learn the technical skills needed by future professional gamers, developers and coders, as well as healthy life skills that translate outside of the classroom. Gamers will pick up some competitive tactics and learn the importance of teamwork and communication, while other camps teach values such as how to create authentic connections and foster a sense of community.

Registration for Summer Camps begins today, with camps taking place in May through August. Specific dates and times for registration and camps will depend on local store and school schedules. To register, visit your local Microsoft Store in person or online.

This year’s Microsoft Store Summer Camps are:

Gaming Summer Camp: Grow Your Passion for Gaming and Learn Positive Life Skills (Ages 8+ and Ages 13+)
It’s one thing to be a gaming champion, but it’s better to do it through teamwork, resilience and effective communication. Use those skills during Rocket League and Fortnite tournaments for 8- and 13-year-olds respectively, and discuss as a class how these habits help student to excel in both gaming and everyday life. Every gamer should feel empowered to have fun the way they want, and this camp will help instill in students the value of being supportive and positive with other gamers.

Design and Create Your Own Video Games with MakeCode Arcade (Ages 8+)
Want to build your very own video game? Take on the fundamentals of computer science and video game concepts and let family and friends in on the action when you publish your own game with MakeCode Arcade.

Harry Potter Creative Coding Workshop (Ages 6+)
Discover code for the first time and explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Make and code your very own wand with the Harry Potter Kano coding kit, as you build a foundation of skills. Code your own fireworks and feed Fluffy, amongst many challenges.

Harry Potter Creative Coding Camp (Ages 8+)
Explore and code your own version of iconic Wizarding World spells and charms like Wingardium Leviosa– all in an immersive experience with the Harry Potter Kano Coding kit.

Code a Talking Robot with OhBot (Ages 8+)
Teach a robot to speak and move, all with code. Using computational thinking, you and your OhBot will explore speech recognition and face-tracking technologies.

Make Hustle Happen, Start Your Own Business or Champion a Cause (Ages 13+)
Meet some NFL players who “make hustle happen” through their own side businesses. Learn how to create your own side hustle or support a philanthropic effort and develop an action plan with the pros.

Creating Connections with Dear Evan Hansen (Ages 13+)
What does a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical have to do with technology? “Dear Evan Hansen” is a groundbreaking musical exploring isolation in the age of social media. Participate in the new initiative it’s sparking that’s empowering teens to build more meaningful connections in their daily lives – with family, friends and their community.

For more information, visit your local Microsoft Store in person or online.

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Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 18912 available now! – Windows Developer Blog

Today, we released a new Windows 10 Preview Build of the SDK to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 18912 or greater). The Preview SDK Build 18912 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area.
The Preview SDK can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.
For feedback and updates to the known issues, please see the developer forum. For new developer feature requests, head over to our Windows Platform UserVoice.

This build works in conjunction with previously released SDKs and Visual Studio 2017 and 2019. You can install this SDK and still also continue to submit your apps that target Windows 10 build 1903 or earlier to the Microsoft Store.
The Windows SDK will now formally only be supported by Visual Studio 2017 and greater. You can download the Visual Studio 2019 here.
This build of the Windows SDK will install ONLY on Windows 10 Insider Preview builds.
In order to assist with script access to the SDK, the ISO will also be able to be accessed through the following static URL:

Message Compiler (mc.exe)

Now detects the Unicode byte order mark (BOM) in .mc files. If the .mc file starts with a UTF-8 BOM, it will be read as a UTF-8 file. Otherwise, if it starts with a UTF-16LE BOM, it will be read as a UTF-16LE file. If the -u parameter was specified, it will be read as a UTF-16LE file. Otherwise, it will be read using the current code page (CP_ACP).
Now avoids one-definition-rule (ODR) problems in MC-generated C/C++ ETW helpers caused by conflicting configuration macros (e.g. when two .cpp files with conflicting definitions of MCGEN_EVENTWRITETRANSFER are linked into the same binary, the MC-generated ETW helpers will now respect the definition of MCGEN_EVENTWRITETRANSFER in each .cpp file instead of arbitrarily picking one or the other).

Windows Trace Preprocessor (tracewpp.exe)

Now supports Unicode input (.ini, .tpl, and source code) files. Input files starting with a UTF-8 or UTF-16 byte order mark (BOM) will be read as Unicode. Input files that do not start with a BOM will be read using the current code page (CP_ACP). For backwards-compatibility, if the -UnicodeIgnore command-line parameter is specified, files starting with a UTF-16 BOM will be treated as empty.
Now supports Unicode output (.tmh) files. By default, output files will be encoded using the current code page (CP_ACP). Use command-line parameters -cp:UTF-8 or -cp:UTF-16 to generate Unicode output files.
Behavior change: tracewpp now converts all input text to Unicode, performs processing in Unicode, and converts output text to the specified output encoding. Earlier versions of tracewpp avoided Unicode conversions and performed text processing assuming a single-byte character set. This may lead to behavior changes in cases where the input files do not conform to the current code page. In cases where this is a problem, consider converting the input files to UTF-8 (with BOM) and/or using the -cp:UTF-8 command-line parameter to avoid encoding ambiguity.


Now avoids one-definition-rule (ODR) problems caused by conflicting configuration macros (e.g. when two .cpp files with conflicting definitions of TLG_EVENT_WRITE_TRANSFER are linked into the same binary, the TraceLoggingProvider.h helpers will now respect the definition of TLG_EVENT_WRITE_TRANSFER in each .cpp file instead of arbitrarily picking one or the other).
In C++ code, the TraceLoggingWrite macro has been updated to enable better code sharing between similar events using variadic templates.

Removal of IRPROPS.LIB
In this release irprops.lib has been removed from the Windows SDK. Apps that were linking against irprops.lib can switch to bthprops.lib as a drop-in replacement.

The following APIs have been added to the platform since the release of Windows 10 SDK, version 1903, build 18362.

namespace Windows.Foundation.Metadata {
public sealed class AttributeNameAttribute : Attribute
public sealed class FastAbiAttribute : Attribute
public sealed class NoExceptionAttribute : Attribute
namespace Windows.Graphics.Capture {
public sealed class GraphicsCaptureSession : IClosable {
bool IsCursorCaptureEnabled { get; set; }
namespace Windows.Management.Deployment {
public enum DeploymentOptions : uint {
AttachPackage = (uint)4194304,
public sealed class PackageManager {
IIterable FindProvisionedPackages();
IAsyncOperationWithProgress RegisterPackagesByFullNameAsync(IIterable packageFullNames, DeploymentOptions deploymentOptions);
namespace Windows.Networking.BackgroundTransfer {
public sealed class DownloadOperation : IBackgroundTransferOperation, IBackgroundTransferOperationPriority {
void RemoveRequestHeader(string headerName);
void SetRequestHeader(string headerName, string headerValue);
public sealed class UploadOperation : IBackgroundTransferOperation, IBackgroundTransferOperationPriority {
void RemoveRequestHeader(string headerName);
void SetRequestHeader(string headerName, string headerValue);
namespace Windows.Security.Authentication.Web.Core {
public sealed class WebAccountMonitor {
event TypedEventHandler AccountPictureUpdated;
namespace Windows.Storage {
public sealed class StorageFile : IInputStreamReference, IRandomAccessStreamReference, IStorageFile, IStorageFile2, IStorageFilePropertiesWithAvailability, IStorageItem, IStorageItem2, IStorageItemProperties, IStorageItemProperties2, IStorageItemPropertiesWithProvider {
public static IAsyncOperation GetFileFromPathForUserAsync(User user, string path);
public sealed class StorageFolder : IStorageFolder, IStorageFolder2, IStorageFolderQueryOperations, IStorageItem, IStorageItem2, IStorageItemProperties, IStorageItemProperties2, IStorageItemPropertiesWithProvider {
public static IAsyncOperation GetFolderFromPathForUserAsync(User user, string path);
namespace Windows.UI.Composition.Particles {
public sealed class ParticleAttractor : CompositionObject
public sealed class ParticleAttractorCollection : CompositionObject, IIterable, IVector
public class ParticleBaseBehavior : CompositionObject
public sealed class ParticleBehaviors : CompositionObject
public sealed class ParticleColorBehavior : ParticleBaseBehavior
public struct ParticleColorBinding
public sealed class ParticleColorBindingCollection : CompositionObject, IIterable, IMap
public enum ParticleEmitFrom
public sealed class ParticleEmitterVisual : ContainerVisual
public sealed class ParticleGenerator : CompositionObject
public enum ParticleInputSource
public enum ParticleReferenceFrame
public sealed class ParticleScalarBehavior : ParticleBaseBehavior
public struct ParticleScalarBinding
public sealed class ParticleScalarBindingCollection : CompositionObject, IIterable, IMap
public enum ParticleSortMode
public sealed class ParticleVector2Behavior : ParticleBaseBehavior
public struct ParticleVector2Binding
public sealed class ParticleVector2BindingCollection : CompositionObject, IIterable, IMap
public sealed class ParticleVector3Behavior : ParticleBaseBehavior
public struct ParticleVector3Binding
public sealed class ParticleVector3BindingCollection : CompositionObject, IIterable, IMap
public sealed class ParticleVector4Behavior : ParticleBaseBehavior
public struct ParticleVector4Binding
public sealed class ParticleVector4BindingCollection : CompositionObject, IIterable, IMap
namespace Windows.UI.ViewManagement {
public enum ApplicationViewMode {
Spanning = 2,
namespace Windows.UI.WindowManagement {
public sealed class AppWindow {
void SetPreferredTopMost();
void SetRelativeZOrderBeneath(AppWindow appWindow);
public enum AppWindowPresentationKind {
Spanning = 4,
public sealed class SpanningPresentationConfiguration : AppWindowPresentationConfiguration

Companies entrust CX to customer service chatbots, but only so far

BOSTON — Just about everyone is doing customer service chatbots, even Planned Parenthood, which empowered its chatbot Roo to answer awkward and uncomfortable questions about reproductive health many are afraid to ask.

The hype around customer service chatbots promises they’ll slash costs by enabling customer self-service for organizations that employ them. But for those that don’t plan for training the bots as well as training the humans monitoring them and — probably most important — planning deep hooks into back-end IT systems, they can be at best ineffective and at worst a technology that harms CX.

At LogMeIn’s CXNext user conference here, it was clear that companies planning to deploy customer service chatbots or improve on existing ones must concentrate on hooking them into other systems such as shipping, tracking, identity management for password changes and databases to search for information to make them smarter.

Ambreen Molitor, senior director of Planned Parenthood’s Digital Product Lab, was among the featured speakers at the June 4to 5 conference at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel.

Mariya Yao presenting at CXNext.
Mariya Yao, chief technology and product officer of Metamaven and AI author, explains Al’s strengths and limitations to LogMeIn CXNext user conference attendees.

Gaming hardware seller Razer, for example, plans to roll out a customer service chatbot later this year to serve its ultracompetitive customers who want automated means to order and acquire the latest, greatest gear. That’s how they want their support, too, said David Peralta, Razer’s director of digital support and service technology, adding that the company expects 80% of customer queries can be addressed by the bot, while preserving a quality experience customers expect from the innovative retailer.

Building that bot is taking much effort: identifying customer support scenarios, connecting answers from the knowledge base and figuring out synonyms and variations of phrases customers would use for the same queries. Then, the retailer has to train the bot to answer them.

In some industries it’s easier — banking has a limited set of questions coming in,” Peralta said. “We have a very broad scope. So we have to initially define that scope, make sure those sessions are successful, and build on that. We have to make sure the bot is ready for this — if you don’t have that commitment, you might as well not start.”

Technology limited, still

For companies that don’t cater to hip, tech-savvy customers, customer service chatbots may offer less return than the overinflated promises, especially when factoring in the customization they require between buying the bots and before they go live.

“Most chatbots are still scripted UI and not very intelligent because natural language processing and understanding is not at a level to produce good experiences,” said Mariya Yao, chief technology and product officer of Metamaven and AI author. “Most customer use cases don’t benefit from scripted conversations. If you can contain a few, very common issues in a conversational UI script, you don’t actually need the chatbot to be that intelligent.”

Most chatbots are still scripted UI and not very intelligent because natural language processing and understanding is not at a level to produce good experiences.
Mariya YaoChief technology and product officer, Metamaven, and AI author

Yao said the value many companies derive from chatbots is directly proportional to how many back-end platforms and systems they’re integrated with. Resetting tokens, for example, is something a chatbot can handle from beginning to end, or issuing refunds. Handing over complex issues such as triaging customer contact or letting a chatbot handle problems requiring the customer to clarify their question pose risks to customer experience quality.

Other attendees had similar opinions. John Ragsdale, Technology Services Industry Association’s vice president of technology research, advised CX leaders to think of present-day chatbots not as replacements for human agents, but as custom search tools one notch more sophisticated than search engines that help customers winnow what is often a mass of information to quickly find answers to their problems.

“In the B2B world, the people calling for support probably don’t want to deal with a chatbot,” Ragsdale said. “But they do want a conversational experience. If you can ask me a couple more questions, answer my problem, and I avoid having to call you — it’s an amazing experience.”

The future is personalization

In line with that sentiment, Paddy Srinivasan, senior vice president and general manager of engagement products at LogMeIn, said the next advancement in customer service chatbots will be personalization. Once a chatbot can combine a customer’s current query with behavioral data and previous engagements with the company, the answers will get smarter and more to what the customer needs. That’s the next wave of innovation customer experience leaders can expect from chatbots they build from recently released technologies.

“It helps our customers not only understand the user but also customize the experience based on what they are observing,” Srinivasan said. “It’s a level of sophistication we haven’t seen from out-of-the-box chatbots.”

Just as important as building quality chatbot experiences is giving bots an out when their intelligence is overwhelmed by a customer inquiry. The chatbot-to-human handoff is still the most crucial customer experience component, said Jeanne Bliss, veteran chief customer officer and co-founder of Customer Experience Professionals Association.

“Automation without human oversight — it’s chatbot prison,” Bliss said.

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For Sale – Ryzen 7 1700 gaming PC / iMac 27″ 2010


i have this pc for sale. very nice rig and suitable for 1440p gaming.

Processor: ryzen 7 1700 8 core processor
Memory: 16 gb of adata premier 2666 mhz ddr4 ram
Motherboard: MSI B450 gaming plus
Hard Drive: 2 x 500 GB
Solid state drive: 240 GB SSD
Power supply: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular
Dedicated graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GB
Case: Aerocool midi tower RGB front lighting
Operating system: Windows 10 pro


i have a repaired imac 27″ for sale, mid 2010. the screen was broken so have replaced it.

Spec is core i7 2nd gen, 8 gb of ram, 2 TB hard drive, osx sierra. good overall condition. no mouse or keyboard, they broke ages back.

£375 inc. prefer collection as not really a suitable box for it.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank t paypal gift
Location: heybridge, cm9
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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Microsoft plugs 4 zero-day exploits for June Patch Tuesday

Microsoft corrected 88 vulnerabilities — including four zero-days — for June Patch Tuesday, but the BlueKeep RDP flaw disclosed last month continues to grab headlines.

Of the 88 common vulnerabilities and disclosures (CVEs) — 22 rated critical — with most of the bugs concentrated in supported versions of the Windows client and server operating systems. All the public disclosures are elevation of privilege vulnerabilities; attackers won’t use them to burrow into vulnerable systems but they will help a threat actor strengthen their grip once they sneak past perimeter defenses.

Chris GoettlChris Goettl

“Especially if they’re a lesser privileged user, these four [zero-day] vulnerabilities give them a variety of different options to elevate their privilege level and gain further access,” said Chris Goettl, director of product management at Ivanti, a security and IT management vendor based in South Jordan, Utah. “At that point, they can set up their back doors. They can gain additional credentials. They can create new accounts and gain that persistence.”

Despite the high number of zero-days addressed in June Patch Tuesday’s security updates, the BlueKeep Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) flaw (CVE-2019-0708) that came to light in May remains more of a threat to the enterprise, Goettl said. At last count, approximately 1 million systems were reportedly vulnerable to BlueKeep. Microsoft issued a fix for Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 systems and also issued a second warning for administrators to patch quickly.

Ideally, you should block RDP at the perimeter and restrict access to RDP remotely through things like a VPN tunnel instead. Having RDP be public facing is way too easy a target.
Chris Goettl, director of product management, Ivanti

Goettl suspects that organizations with public-facing RDP services also may have lots of legacy operating systems and are unable to roll out patches in a timely fashion, which all told is a recipe for disaster.

“There are a million entry points with somewhere between hundreds to thousands of systems behind each one of those. It’s the makings of a WannaCry-level event, for sure,” Goettl said.

The BlueKeep issue — and the emergence of a new attack called GoldBrute that uses botnets to crack weak passwords on public-facing RDP systems — means organizations should take a closer look at their remote connectivity configuration and practices.

“Companies should be asking themselves, are they running RDP publicly? If so, why is it public-facing and how is it configured?” Goettl said. “Ideally, you should block RDP at the perimeter and restrict access to RDP remotely through things like a VPN tunnel instead. Having RDP be public facing is way too easy a target.”

Enterprises should take additional security measures such as turning on network-level authentication and ensuring that RDP credentials use strong passwords that change regularly, Goettl said. While there is no immediate threat, he said six research firms have developed code that demonstrates how to execute the BlueKeep exploit and it’s only a matter of time before a threat actor develops their own.

“Whether it’s days or weeks away, there’s someone who will take advantage of this. It’s too good of an opportunity,” he said.

June Patch Tuesday security updates close four zero-day exploits

Public disclosures make affected systems even more tempting targets, so administrators must determine what systems to prioritize when they apply June Patch Tuesday security updates.

“Enough information got released along with proof-of-concept code that attackers already have a jump start on us, so these four public disclosures are at higher risk of potential exploit,” Goettl said.

Rated important, the CVE-2019-0973 vulnerability in the Windows installer could allow an attacker to introduce a bad library and run exploit code with elevated system privileges. The attacker could then perform a number of actions, such as install programs, delete data and create accounts with full user rights. The vulnerability affects all supported Windows desktop and server operating systems.

A flaw in the Windows shell (CVE-2019-1053) gives an attacker a way to escape the protective sandbox in the shell run code above their privilege level to manipulate data or create new accounts, to name a few of the possible outcomes. This vulnerability, rated important, affects all supported Windows operating systems.

CVE-2019-1064, also rated important, refers to a bug in the Windows AppX Deployment Service of Windows 10 on the client side and Windows Server 2016 and later for servers. The attacker would need to log into a system, then could run a specially crafted program to exploit the vulnerability and perform several actions including deleting data and installing programs. Administrators who implement application control can prevent these kinds of untrusted payloads from running, and avoid letting a vulnerable system become a pawn in more sophisticated operation, Goettl said.

“In an [advanced persistent threat] situation, it might not be the way the attacker gets onto a system, but it could definitely be a way an attacker will elevate their privilege level once they gained access,” he said.

The final public disclosure (CVE-2019-1069), rated important, refers to a vulnerability in the Windows task scheduler for Windows 10 systems on the client side and Windows Server 2016 and later on servers. This exploit exposes the way the task scheduler validates certain file operations and could let an attacker run unprivileged code on the target system.

Microsoft further fortifies Exchange Server

Microsoft also issued an advisory (ADV190018) to alert administrators about  a security update for supported versions of Exchange Server — not for any directly exploitable flaw, but for “enhanced security as a defense in depth measure,” according to the company. Knowledge base articles related to the update indicate this correction supersedes an April security update.

While details are scarce, this effort to shore up Exchange Server’s defenses is not uncommon for the company due to the high level of privileges the application requires to operate as a messaging platform, which makes it a valuable target for attackers, Goettl said.

“We saw several vulnerabilities earlier this year. Some were patchable. Some required configuration changes. Ultimately, there was a lot of advice from Microsoft that people should evaluate and lock down permissions more with Exchange Server,” he said.

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Louisville signs digital alliance with Microsoft – Microsoft Industry Blogs

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At Louisville’s Entrepreneur Center, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a three-year digital alliance with Microsoft to boost the region’s digital transformation and accelerate AI practices. The remarks were part of a kick-off event for a weekend of start-up activities at the center, which supports the growth of local tech companies. The alliance will focus on strengthening the region’s ability to navigate its major industries’ digital transformation by skilling the population in the key digital fronts of the future: artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and data science.

Upon signing Mayor Fischer said, “Artificial intelligence is the next frontier in technology, and through this collaboration with Microsoft, we will prepare our workforce for the tech revolution and create economic opportunity, while not losing sight of the need for equity within economic growth. We are excited to collaborate with Microsoft to ensure Louisville residents and businesses are ready for the future economy.”

With a physical hub in the Entrepreneur Center in Louisville’s Innovation District, the alliance will encompass public events, technology investment, and skills training for all ages throughout the greater Louisville area, with a population of approximately 620,000 people.

Microsoft will collaborate with the city of Louisville, the Brookings Institute, and the University of Louisville as well as other local partners in this wide-reaching public-private initiative to increase digital skills along the full continuum of the educational pipeline.

Also presenting at the event was Louisville Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology Grace Simrall who said, “In essence, the goal of this collaboration is to create a regional hub, a center of gravity for AI and IoT.”

A changing landscape

In recent years, some 12% of jobs in the Louisville region have been in manufacturing, employing over 250,000 workers. Some 285,000 people in the region are currently working in healthcare and education. As digital transformation brings increased efficiency to these and other industries, there will be a growing demand for workers who command strong digital skills. In addition to manufacturing and healthcare, AI will bring new opportunities in fields ranging from public safety to smart building design and construction. The alliance will help bridge the digital divide to help communities thrive in the coming job market.

Focus on AI

The digital alliance will work to create a comprehensive strategy focusing on the impact of AI, IoT, and data science and on how to help communities adapt to them. All components of the digital alliance will emphasize building people’s agility with these technologies. Four fellows will be sponsored to act as ambassadors for the city’s AI initiatives within industry and non-profit organizations. Public events will include ideation and design-thinking workshops and symposiums to explore what an AI future looks like.

Full lifecycle educational pipeline

The digital alliance will take a multi-pronged approach to reach people at various points along the continuum of job readiness, from familiarizing children with the basic concepts of digital literacy to empowering current or returning members of the workforce to reskill and upskill for the new economy.

Empowering youth

The alliance will provide virtual and in-person programs for youth in the schools and during public events activities for the entire K-12 and P-20 learning spectrum. Programs will include one-time public events such as youth esports and robotics competitions and longer programs including the following.

  • YouthSpark Live events bring young people together to plan their futures. Students identify necessary skills, learn how technology fits in, and get connected to programs that will help them get where they want to go. The events focus on three key areas: employment, careers and entrepreneurship.
  • DigiGirlz teaches middle and high school girls about technology careers, connects them with STEM industry professionals and Microsoft employees, and lets them participate in hands-on computer science workshops.
  • DigiCamps provides the same experience of developing and learning about cutting-edge technologies as DigiGirlz for both girls and boys.

Training the workforce

The digital alliance will coordinate and host digital literacy workshops for parents, transitioning members of the workforce and veterans to expand digital literacy skills in a consistent, predictable manner using Microsoft’s Digital Literacy curriculum. The training, which is available in 30 languages, is online and downloadable. In addition, the three training levels, from basic to advanced, are developed to be self-directed and self-paced.

The digital literacy curriculum starts with the absolute basics of computer and software use and progresses to larger issues of online safety and digital lifestyles. Microsoft will provide resources for Train the Trainer sessions for Microsoft certifications through the Digital Literacy curriculum.

Developing thought leadership

The alliance will host a high-level AI, IoT, and Data Science Summit in Louisville in the coming year, corporate AI briefings, and business roundtables. Executive briefings will be held at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, WA, to support corporate digital transformation with directors and cabinet officials focused on innovation, AI, cybersecurity, and digital transformation.

To tap into and further grow the capacity of existing tech leaders, the digital alliance will host at least three start-up and tech hackathons focused on civic innovation. Hackathons connect the city with local tech leaders, start-ups, partners, and technology thought leaders to explore solutions to local challenges. The Civic Innovation hackathon will challenge participants to use design thinking and technology to address topics such as public safety, security, smart city, transportation, and education. Microsoft will aid with program development, session facilitators, and speakers.

For more details about the Louisville digital alliance, please see the press release from the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer.

Learn more about how Microsoft is empowering digital transformation and innovation for state and local governments at the Microsoft Smart Cities website.

Learn more about this and other initiatives from the Brookings Institute.

To stay on top of the latest research on the potential for AI in the public sphere, access Microsoft’s resource guide to AI in government.


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Seagate 16 TB hard drives amplify storage for Exos, IronWolf

Seagate has begun shipping 16 TB-capacity enterprise hard drives in its Exos, IronWolf and IronWolf Pro lines. The Seagate 16 TB hard drives are capable of storing massive amounts of data without sacrificing rack space.

With its 16 TB hard drives, Seagate aims to answer the increasing demand for hyperscale, cloud and NAS storage. While SSDs are preferred for high-performance workloads, HDDs are still the most appropriate storage choice with regard to capacity. All three of Seagate’s 16 TB HDD models have a 3.5-inch form factor and spin at 7,200 rpm.

The helium-based Exos X16 HDD is designed for enterprise data center, hyperscale, OEM and distribution channel storage and comes with Seagate Secure Instant Secure Erase for secure driver erasure. The Exos X16 delivers 33% more petabytes per rack when compared to the 12 TB drives and is capable of speeds up to 261 MBps.

Seagate claims that the Exos X16 HDD will reduce TCO for enterprise system developers and cloud data centers.

The IronWolf and IronWolf Pro HDDs, on the other hand, are suitable for home and small business NAS systems, enabling backup, remote access and file sharing. The IronWolf drives maintain their rotational vibration sensors from previous iterations, which help counteract vibrations in multibay enclosures.

Both IronWolf HDDs support workloads up to 300 TB per year and come with Seagate’s Rescue Services for data recovery.

The Exos X16 is available now with an MSRP of $629. The 16 TB models of IronWolf and IronWolf Pro are not yet available but will retail for $609 and $664, respectively.

Seagate will not be alone in the realm of 16 TB HDDs for long. In January, both Toshiba and Western Digital announced 16 TB-based products were being sampled; Western Digital is also looking ahead to 18 TB and 20 TB drives that are set to hit the market in 2020. According to IDC, the global amount of data will grow from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to 175 ZB by 2025.

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This set up has served me well over the last 6 years. It has never been used for gaming, only general computing plus photo & video editing.

The only failure it suffered in that time being the CMOS watch battery that controls the date.

The PC, keyboard & mouse cost £1150.00 from PC Specialists, & the monitor £178.00 from Amazon UK, bills available.

I’m almost 80 years of age & my eyes are not what they were so I’ve decided to sell on my existing set up & go for a new PC with Windows 10 & a 31inch monitor. Everything is in good working order & from a child pet & smoke free home.

I want £500 for the complete outfit, collected from me, or if by carrier, plus carrier & special packing costs (to be determined.)

If wanted I can leave my photo editing software & lots of other useful software on the PC, or I can clear everything off apart from the operating system, for which I have the discs. Just let me know. Inspection is no problem, I will leave it in operation until I receive my new set up, which I will order once a sale is agreed. The delivery time of my new set up will be 2 weeks from ordering, then this PC can be collected or carriers arranged. All bills manuals etc available for inspection. Only components mentioned here included in the sale.

PC Specification

Case BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Case (Black)

Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4570 (3.2GHz) 6MB Cache

Motherboard ASUS® MAXIMUS VI IMPACT: Mini-ITX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, WIFI

Memory (RAM) 16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)

Graphics Card 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 760 – 2 DVI, HDMI, DP – 3D Vision Ready

1st Storage Drive 1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)

2nd Storage Drive 1TB 3.5″ SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE



Power Cable 1 x 2 Metre UK Power Cable.



Wireless/Wired Networking 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

USB/Thunderbolt Options 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS ON BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS

Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit w/SP1 – inc DVD & Licence

Windows Recovery Media Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve

Office Software Apache Open Office Org.

Anti-Virus. Microsoft Security Essentials. Malware Bytes.

Keyboard & Mouse LOGITECH® K120 USB KEYBOARD


Spare expansion cages/


BenQ RL2450HT 24 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920×1080), 2ms, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, Headphone Jack, Black eQualizer, Smart Scaling. Height, rotate & tilt adjustable stand.

BenQ RL2450HT Full Specifications

Connectors. DVI-D PORT 1. HDMI PORTS 2. Headphone output 1. VGA (D Sub) 1. Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080. 16-9 Aspect Ratio. Supported Graphics Resolution. 1920 x 1080. Refresh Rate. 76Hz. Screen Size 24inch. HD TYPE. Full HD. Screen Surface. Matte. Brightness 250 CD/M sq. Display Number Colours 16.78 million. Dynamic Contrast Ratio 12000000:1. Contrast Ratio 1000:1. Display Technology LCD. Backlight W-LED. Panel Type. TN+FILM. Response Time (GtG) 2Ms. Response Time 2Ms. Pixel Size 0.01 inch. Viewing Angle Horizontal 170 degrees. Vertical 160 degrees. Panel Design. Flat. Colour. Black. Height Adjustment. 4.33 inches. Width. 22.8 inches. Weight. 18.41 lbs. Energy Star. TCO Labelling TCO Displays 5.1. Operational Power Consumption. 27w.
Many more pictures, just PM me.

Price and currency: £499.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on Collection or Paypal
Location: Southport Merseyside UK
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