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Making the transition to Windows 10 and Office 365 | Windows Experience Blog

After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020, with Office 2010 following shortly thereafter.  We are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and answer questions that you may have about end of support.
End of support means that your Windows 7 or Office 2010 software will no longer receive updates, including security updates. But, there’s good news – Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever and Office 365 delivers the latest in personal productivity. Together they make a perfect pair to help you do everything you were doing before – safer, faster and easier.
To help our customers get advanced notice of this change, we are reaching out with information and resources. Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC. This is a courtesy reminder that you can expect to see a handful of times in 2019. By starting the reminders now, our hope is that you have time to plan and prepare for this transition. These notifications are designed to help provide information only and if you would prefer not to receive them again, you’ll be able to select an option for “do not notify me again,” and we will not send you any further reminders. Just as software has changed over the years, so has hardware. To learn more about the latest line-up of modern PCs and information for moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10, just click on the “learn more” button on the notification.
If you want to get started today, you can visit www.microsoft.com/windows7 to find out more. The transition to Windows 10 and Office 365 has never been simpler and this site is designed to help you along that journey. The content available will help you with data transfer to easily get your photos and documents onto a new PC. It will also show you tips for choosing a new device and getting up to speed quickly with the familiar but newer versions of Windows and Office. Once you have started with a new device, online support is always a single click away – whenever you’re ready, we’re here to help. You can also visit a physical Microsoft Store for help with any technology issue no matter where you purchased the device.
For commercial customers, you’ve been on this journey for a while now. Check out this blog post from January or go here to learn more about the shift to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365 – including Windows 10 and Office 365 – for your business.
Thank you to all of you who have loved Windows 7 and Office 2010 and for letting us serve you and be part of your lives. We’re grateful for your loyalty and we’re here to help you through this transition.
Thanks,Matt

Available today: Latest Surface devices launch in over 20 more markets around the world | Microsoft Devices Blog

Today, we’re excited to bring the latest Surface devices – Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 – to more customers around the world and to announce that Surface Headphones will be available in eight new markets beginning in March.

Surface family

It’s been an exciting start to the year for Surface. In January, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones launched across Asia for our customers in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Last week we showed strong momentum for the business when we announced Q2 results. Surface revenue increased 39 percent, with its biggest quarter ever, as our new devices clearly resonated with customers across commercial and consumer segments.

And today we’re thrilled to launch Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 in over 20 additional markets as well as announce that Surface Headphones will launch in eight new markets next month.

Woman holding Surface device

These devices add to our growing family of Surface products, giving our customers the ability to choose a device that will fit their own personal style and adapt to their needs. The addition of the new matte black finish for Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 brings a sophisticated elegance to the Surface line-up. Every Surface brings to life innovations across hardware, Windows, Office and AI to empower people all around the globe to do more, achieve more and dream more.

Surface Headphones launch in eight new markets

Woman wearing Surface Headphones

Beginning in March, Surface Headphones will launch in eight new markets: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. Built to complete the Surface experience, Surface Headphones are designed to help get you in your flow, no matter where you are. Whether you’re working on a train, sitting in a coffee shop or in an open office environment, Surface Headphones let you control what sounds you tune in or out with the intuitive dials on each ear that control volume and 13 levels of noise cancellation. With up to 15 hours of battery life*, Surface Headphones can follow you throughout your day. Surface Headphones pair nicely with any Bluetooth-enabled device, allowing you to move seamlessly across multiple devices.

Customers are what bring Surface to life

We build Surface products to empower people, all around the globe. Whether you’re an architect designing a new building, a student entering college, or a frontline worker working outside of a traditional office, the teams that are building Surface across hardware and software work tirelessly to create experiences that will help push our customers forward. Nothing inspires our teams more than seeing the incredible things our customers do with our products. With Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones becoming available to more customers around the world, we can’t wait to see the amazing things they do.

To see which products are available in your locale, visit Surface.com.

*Battery life varies with usage and settings

Updated February 7, 2019 10:53 am

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Available today: Latest Surface devices launch in over 20 more markets around the world | Microsoft Devices Blog

Today, we’re excited to bring the latest Surface devices – Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 – to more customers around the world and to announce that Surface Headphones will be available in eight new markets beginning in March.

It’s been an exciting start to the year for Surface. In January, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones launched across Asia for our customers in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Last week we showed strong momentum for the business when we announced Q2 results. Surface revenue increased 39 percent, with its biggest quarter ever, as our new devices clearly resonated with customers across commercial and consumer segments.
And today we’re thrilled to launch Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 in over 20 additional markets as well as announce that Surface Headphones will launch in eight new markets next month.

These devices add to our growing family of Surface products, giving our customers the ability to choose a device that will fit their own personal style and adapt to their needs. The addition of the new matte black finish for Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 brings a sophisticated elegance to the Surface line-up. Every Surface brings to life innovations across hardware, Windows, Office and AI to empower people all around the globe to do more, achieve more and dream more.
Surface Headphones launch in eight new markets

Beginning in March, Surface Headphones will launch in eight new markets: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. Built to complete the Surface experience, Surface Headphones are designed to help get you in your flow, no matter where you are. Whether you’re working on a train, sitting in a coffee shop or in an open office environment, Surface Headphones let you control what sounds you tune in or out with the intuitive dials on each ear that control volume and 13 levels of noise cancellation. With up to 15 hours of battery life*, Surface Headphones can follow you throughout your day. Surface Headphones pair nicely with any Bluetooth-enabled device, allowing you to move seamlessly across multiple devices.
Customers are what bring Surface to life
We build Surface products to empower people, all around the globe. Whether you’re an architect designing a new building, a student entering college, or a frontline worker working outside of a traditional office, the teams that are building Surface across hardware and software work tirelessly to create experiences that will help push our customers forward. Nothing inspires our teams more than seeing the incredible things our customers do with our products. With Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones becoming available to more customers around the world, we can’t wait to see the amazing things they do.
*Battery life varies with usage and settings

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