All posts by Athima Chansanchai

Windows 10 Tip: Clipboard | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop.
Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll find that your Clipboard can do more.

Hold down the Windows key + V to check it out. You’ll find a history of the past 25 things you’ve copied, including URLs, text from web pages and docs – and even screenshots.
See it in action:

Find out more about Clipboard through this Windows Community video and article.
If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

ADLaM: Find out how a new alphabet is helping an ancient people write its own future | Windows Experience Blog

ADLaM creators Ibrahima and Abdoulaye Barry in Portland, Oregon.

When they were 10 and 14, brothers Ibrahima and Abdoulaye Barry set out to invent an alphabet for their native language, Fulfulde, which had been spoken by millions of people for centuries but never had its own writing system. While their friends were out playing in the neighborhood, Ibrahima, the older brother, and Abdoulaye would shut themselves in their room in the family’s house in Nzérékoré, Guinea, close their eyes and draw shapes on paper.
When one of them called stop they’d open their eyes, choose the shapes they liked and decide what sound of the language they matched best. Before long, they’d created a writing system that eventually became known as ADLaM.
The brothers couldn’t have known the challenges that lay ahead. They couldn’t have imagined the decades-long journey to bring their writing system into widespread use, one that would eventually lead them to Microsoft, which has now made their alphabet available in Windows and Office. They wouldn’t have dreamed that the script they invented would change lives and open the door to literacy for millions of people around the world.
Read the entire story by Deborah Bach on Microsoft Story Labs and listen to the brothers talk about their experience through audio clips produced by Sara Lerner.

Windows 10 Tip: Sticky Notes synced | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop.
Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the newest version of the Sticky Notes app.
With this most recent version, you can sync and backup notes across your phone, laptop and desktop — all your devices.
Now, you can also jot down a note on your PC and look it up on your phone, using applications such as Microsoft Launcher, Microsoft OneNote for Android and Microsoft OneNote for iPhone.
And bonus— the app is faster and more responsive, too!
Check it out in action:

Go to the video to see more of what you can do with Sticky Notes.
If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Find out how Z by HP helps creative pros up their game | Windows Experience Blog

Jody MacDonald working with Z by HP

Jody MacDonald has had many challenging assignments, but for the award-winning photographer, a six-week trek testing an all-weather camera through the Sahara Desert stood out.
During the day, the heat was unbearable, the nights freezing. She slept on top of iron ore, on the world’s longest train. She encountered huge sandstorms.
With extreme weather conditions like this, her gear gets banged around a lot as it travels on the backs of donkeys, pickup trucks and small aircraft. She needs powerful, physically durable equipment.
In 2018, she became a Z by HP ambassador as she tried out a new HP ZBook x2, replacing her MacBook Pro. With it, she’s experienced a level of detail and ease of use in the editing process she’s never had.

Rik Oostenbroek working with Z by HP

For digital artist Rik Oostenbroek, sunset and dusk at home in the Netherlands are also prime times for inspiration.
His favorite color is orange, which also happens to be the national color, and his work reflects that in intricate swirls, flames, sparks, leaves and abstract shapes. His art, like the nature that surrounds his environment, changes and grows organically with different textures and shapes. He also decorates his home in orange accents, like the light bulb in his office and his steel desk. Even as he moves about, orange makes its mark – in his watch and on his shoes.
He had spent his entire freelance career – 10 years – working with Macs, and he had grown frustrated. The system’s performance issues were huge for him, as was the difficulty in upgrading and installing new parts. So he decided to switch to an HP Z4 late in 2018.
Find out how MacDonald and Oostenbroek use Z by HP at Microsoft Stories.

Windows 10 Tip: More choices for updates | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop. 
Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll see fewer interruptions when Windows updates.  
Now you have the option to let Windows Update adjust active hours based on your device-specific usage patterns. 
We know that sometimes, updates can come at inconvenient times. So, now you’ll be able to pause both feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times).  
And when there’s an update requiring you to restart your device, you’ll see a new notification: a colored dot on the Power button in the Start menu and on the Windows icon in your taskbar. 
Check it out in action: 

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips. 

Windows 10 Tip: Your Phone app gives you more to do with messages and photos | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop. 
Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll see improvements to the Your Phone  app that debuted with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.  
This is the app that gives you instant access to your recent Android phone’s photos and texts on your PC – no need to dig for your phone to text or email yourself photos. You can find out more about its original features in our post from earlier this year. 
There’s more you can do with your messages with the most recent update. You can now attach emojis, GIFs or images directly to your texts, as well as in-line reply to incoming messages.  
Check it out in action: 

You’re also able to send and receive deep link URLs in your messages and see unread messages and threads. 
In addition to conveniently dragging and dropping photos directly to an email, presentation or desktop, you’re now able to save images directly to your PC by right-clicking on the image. 
Find out more about Your Phone. 
If you like this kind of information, check out more Windows 10 Tips. 

Windows 10 Tip: New Windows light theme | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop.
Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you can brighten up your settings, experiences and desktop with the new Windows light theme.
Check it out:

To try out the new light theme, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors, and select Light in the “Choose your color” dropdown.
And don’t worry, if you’re a fan of the dark mode, that’s still an option too! Check out our tip for how to enable dark theme for File Explorer.
If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Control the action with your eyes in 4 new ‘Eyes First’ games on Windows 10 PCs | Windows Experience Blog

Four new “Eyes First” games where eye motions control the play are now available on Microsoft Store for Windows 10 PCs: “Tile Slide,” “Match Two,” “Double Up” and “Maze.”
Windows 10 eye-tracking APIs power these games, which can be used with or without Windows 10 Eye Control*, a key accessibility feature for people with speech and mobility disabilities.
The “Eyes First” games are reinventions of popular games and a fun way to get familiar with eye control and learn the skills to apply to other eye gaze-enabled assistive technologies.
Challenge yourself to complete the “Tile Slide” puzzle in the fewest number of moves; exercise your memory playing “Match Two”; sharpen your math and strategic thinking playing “Double Up”; and see how fast you can get your lost puppy home, without getting lost yourself, in the “Maze.” Compete with friends and family for high score honors! And the twist? You play by using your eyes!
Find out more on the Accessibility Blog.
*To play Eyes First games or to use Windows Eye Control, you need a compatible eye tracker device and Windows PC with Windows 10 April 2018 Update (or newer). See more information in Windows support. These games can also be played in the classic ways via mouse or touch.

Windows 10 Tip: Start, simplified | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop.
If you feel like your life is too cluttered, some of you might find respite in the simplified Start layout that comes with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.
New Windows 10 users – those who have new devices, new user accounts and clean installs – will see the new Start layout by default when they start up. Existing Windows 10 users who upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 update can choose to quickly uninstall apps or unpin groups of tiles, as they’ll see their original Start menu layouts carried over.
The simplified layout contains a sleek one-column design and fewer tiles.
Check it out in action:

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Xbox head Phil Spencer shares approach to PC gaming | Windows Experience Blog

In a blog post on Xbox Wire, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, shares share steps Microsoft is taking to contribute to the thriving PC gaming ecosystem: introducing Xbox Game Pass designed for PC players and making Xbox Game Studios PC games available in multiple stores (including Microsoft Store on Windows) at their launch.
Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of more than 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10. Microsoft is working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.
“We want to bring players together to create a shared player community regardless of where they play, so it’s our intent that new Xbox Game Studios titles include features such as voice and text chat, LFG, friends lists and cross-play across PC and console,” Spencer writes. “On Windows 10 you’ll find this functionality in the Xbox Game Bar, which we’ll continue to evolve and expand.”
Another step Spencer mentioned: enabling full support for native Win32 games to the Microsoft Store on Windows, which will unlock more options for developers and gamers.
Get all the details in Spencer’s post on Xbox Wire.