New optimizations boost performance in preview builds of Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Edge Blog

Starting with Microsoft Edge build 81.0.389.0 on 64-bit Windows 10, we’ve enabled new toolchain optimizations that should provide a substantial performance improvement in general browsing workloads.We’ve measured an up to 13% performance improvement in the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark when compared to Microsoft Edge 79. Speedometer measures performance by simulating user interactions in a sample web app across a number of DOM APIs and popular JavaScript frameworks used by top sites, and is generally regarded as a good proxy for real-world performance across a number of different subsystems including the DOM, JavaScript engine, layout, and more.
We’d like your help validating these improvements in your real-world browsing as we approach our next Beta release later this month. You can try out these improvements by comparing performance in the latest Dev or Canary builds to Microsoft Edge 80 or earlier.
The details:
We measured Speedometer 2.0 in ten consecutive runs on Microsoft Edge 79, where the optimizations are not yet implemented.  The results are below.

Microsoft Edgev. 79.0.309.71
1
84.6
2
85.4
3
85.3
4
85.3
5
84.6
6
84.9
7
85.8
8
84.7
9
84.8
10
84.3
Median
84.85
Benchmarked on Windows 10 1909 (OS Build 18363.592) on a Microsoft Surface Pro 5 (Intel(R) i5-8250U CPU 1.60GHz and 8 GB RAM), with no other applications running and no additional browser tabs open.
We then ran Speedometer 2.0 on recent versions of Microsoft Edge 81 which include the new optimizations, with the following results.

Microsoft Edgev. 81.0.410.0
Microsoft Edgev. 81.0.403.1
1
96.3
96.7
2
91.1
95.7
3
91.7
95.2
4
96
95.5
5
97.6
95.5
6
97.4
95.9
7
96.8
96.2
8
94.4
96.2
9
96.4
95.5
10
94.4
95.4
Median
96.15
95.6
Benchmarked on Windows 10 1909 (OS Build 18363.592) on a Microsoft Surface Pro 5 (Intel(R) i5-8250U CPU 1.60GHz and 8 GB RAM), with no other applications running and no additional browser tabs open.
We would love for you to try the new optimizations in Dev or Canary and let us know if you notice these improvements in  your real-world experience. Please join us on the Microsoft Edge Insider forums or Twitter to discuss your experience and let us know what you think! We hope you enjoy the changes and look forward to your feedback!
Update as of 02/20/2020 – Thank you to the Microsoft Edge Insider Community for continuing to test and provide feedback on Microsoft Edge. Your testing and feedback helped us identify a compatibility issue with a third party app that we’re actively working to address. We’ve modified the optimizations to mitigate the issue and expect you’ll see more modest performance improvements in the upcoming Beta Channel build. Please continue hammering on the Canary and Dev builds and sending us feedback!

Nature photographer uses ASUS all over the world to connect people to wildlife | Windows Experience Blog

The last place Kristi Odom expected to be was in a crowd.
Shy by nature, she studied electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, but a loss in her family led to unusual environments (for her): football games and concerts. And during those moments, she found what she’d do for the rest of her life.
“I’ve always been close to my family, very close to my grandfather. And when he passed away, he left me his camera gear. I started taking photos to feel close to him and to remember him,” Odom says. “And I realized that even in being quiet, I could have a loud voice that went far. And photography brought me out of my shell. It made me less introverted and it put me in the middle of everything and made me realize that I had a voice that I could share.”

Sleeping lion just waking up at Karongwe Game Reserve South Africa, December 2019 (Photo by Kristi Odom)

Now the introvert goes to conferences and speaks in front of thousands. She leads conservation-focused workshops. (This year, those will be in Bolivia, Kenya and New Zealand). Besides the Smithsonian, she’s had an image up in Times Square, on display at conferences like CES and Photoplus, and in various publications including Forbes, Outside magazine, People.com, Rollingstone.com, ABC news and Nikon.com.
And now she’s expanded her skillset by opening a new branch of her company, thanks to faster processors and graphics cards in laptops.
“I’ve just started doing video work over the last year and a half, and that’s because of the technology that’s now available. Currently my workstation is the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, and this laptop opens up so many possibilities,” she says. “Being able to edit on an airplane or in a tent, and to be able to put a piece together at the height of the passion of the moment helps me put my emotion into my work. My main goal in life has always been to connect people emotionally to wildlife, to show people the beauty that there is in animals and the beauty there is in this planet that we have. And hopefully through visuals I can get people to really care more for this planet.”
Find out more about Odom at Microsoft Stories.

Deploy and configure WSUS 2019 for Windows patching needs

Transcript – Deploy and configure WSUS 2019 for Windows patching needs

In this video, I want to show you how to deploy the Windows Server Update Services, or WSUS, in Windows Server 2019.

I’m logged into a Windows Server 2019 machine that is domain-joined. Open Server Manager and click on Manage, then go to Add Roles and Features to launch the wizard.

Click Next and choose the Role-based or feature-based installation option and click Next. Select your server from the server pool and click Next to choose the roles to install.

Scroll down and choose the Windows Server Update Services role, then click Add Features. There are no additional features needed, so click Next.

At the WSUS screen: If you need SQL Server connectivity, you can enable it here. I’m going to leave that checkbox empty and click Next.

I’m prompted to choose a location to store the updates that get downloaded. I’m going to store the updates in a folder that I created earlier called C:Updates. Click Next to go to the confirmation screen. Everything looks good here, so I’ll click Install.

After a few minutes, the installation process completes. Click Close.

The next thing that we need to do is to configure WSUS for use. Go to the notifications icon and click on that. We have some post-deployment configuration tasks that need to be performed, so click on Launch Post-Installation tasks. After a couple of minutes, the notification icon changes to a number. If I click on that, then we can see the post-deployment configuration was a success.

Close this out and click on Tools, and then click on Windows Server Update Services to open the console. Select the WSUS server and expand that to see we have a number of nodes underneath the server. One of the nodes is Options. Click on Options and then click on WSUS Server Configuration Wizard.

Click Next on the Before You Begin screen and then I’m taken to the Microsoft Update Improvement Program screen that asks if I want to join the program. Deselect that checkbox and click Next.

Next, we choose an upstream server. I can synchronize updates either from another Windows Server Update Services server or from Microsoft Update. This is the only WSUS server in my organization, so I’m going to synchronize from Microsoft Update, which is the default selection, and click Next.

I’m prompted to specify my proxy server. I don’t use a proxy server in my organization, so I’m going to leave that blank and click Next.

Click the Start Connecting button. It can take several minutes for WSUS to connect to the upstream update server, but the process is finally finished.

Now the wizard asks to choose a language. Since English is the only language spoken in my organization, I’m going to choose the option to download updates in English and click Next.

I’m asked which products I want to download updates for — I’m going to choose all products. I’ll go ahead and click Next.

Now I’m asked to choose the classifications that I want to download. In this case, I’m just going to go with the defaults [Critical Updates, Definition Updates, Security Updates and Upgrades]. I’ll click Next.

I’m prompted to choose a synchronization schedule. In a production organization, you’re probably going to want to synchronize automatically. I’m going to leave this set to synchronize manually. I’ll go ahead and click Next.

I’m taken to the Finished screen. At this point, we’re all done, aside from synchronizing updates, which can take quite a while to complete. If you’d like to start the initial synchronization process, now all you have to do is select the Begin Initial Synchronization checkbox and then click Next, followed by Finish.

That’s how you deploy and configure Windows Server Update Services.

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