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World’s Edge studio releases Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition at X019, plus new trailer for Age of Empires IV | Windows Experience Blog

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is available now on Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Ultimate, and Steam. The announcement came Thursday at X019 in London, where the Xbox team also revealed a first look at Age’s next chapter, Age of Empires IV.
Both releases are from World’s Edge, a dedicated studio for Age of Empires that’s led by Shannon Loftis and is now a part of the Xbox Games Studios family.
“We know that our community has been eager to learn more about Age of Empires IV since we announced it at gamescom in 2017,” says Adam Isgreen, creative director for the Age of Empires franchise in a post on Xbox Wire. “We’ve been hard at work on the game and we’re excited to share some of it with the world today.”
Regarding the game released on Thursday, Isgreen notes it truly is the definitive version, bringing back everything that made the original game so special and wrapping it in a modern package.
“We’ve listened to the community to learn what they loved most about the game and where we could improve the experience, and have also added brand new content in the form of The Last Khans to delight both existing and new players,” Isgreen says.
Head over to Xbox Wire to find out more about the Age of Empires news at X019.

Bleeding Edge to launch with Xbox Game Pass on March 24 | Windows Experience Blog

Bleeding Edge, the 4v4 online team brawler, will launch March 24 with Xbox Game Pass, the Xbox team announced Thursday at X019 in London. You can also buy it for $29.99. During the “Inside Xbox” episode taped at the event, the team showed off its latest trailer, revealed a brand-new fighter named Cass and details about  the pre-order bonuses for Bleeding Edge.
Bleeding Edge is now available for pre-order on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam, and supports cross play and cross save for all three platforms. Players who pre-order or play with Xbox Game Pass can be the first to experience the Bleeding Edge closed beta on Feb. 14 and March 13. Players who pre-order, or play with Xbox Game Pass within the first week of launch (until March 21, 2020), will also receive The Punk Pack bonus content, available when the game launches on March 24.
Head over to Xbox Wire to learn more.

Xbox holiday deals start today at the Microsoft Store | Windows Experience Blog

Today at X019, our annual global celebration of all things Xbox, we unveiled an extensive set of deals for the holidays. I’m excited to be here at the London flagship Microsoft Store for the unveil, surrounded by games and gamers. I’ve got the holiday spirit and there is no better place to get your holiday shopping started than the Microsoft Store.You can get started right now and save up to 70% off amazing games during the X019 Xbox Flash Sale,* including Gears 5 Ultimate. But hurry – these deals are only good for the next 24 hours – starting now!
At X019, we also announced the Xbox Black Friday deals and get ready to save big! These deals will be available Nov. 24 – Dec. 2 in the US. Some of my favorites?
Three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for only $1, including unlimited access to more than 100 great games for PC and console, plus Xbox Live Gold.
Up to $150 off Xbox One devices and amazing deals on bundles with titles like Gears 5, NBA 2K20 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
$20 off select Xbox Wireless Controllers, including special and limited edition controllers.
More amazing game deals with up to 67% off titles like Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition, State of Decay 2 and more.
What are you waiting for? At the Microsoft Store, you can buy risk-free with their Give Wonder guarantee**, which promises you their best price of the season. If something you purchase at Microsoft Store is offered at a better price later in the season, you can receive savings back for the difference. And, you can take advantage of free 2-3 day shipping, free extended holiday returns through Jan. 31, 2020, and buy online, pick up in stores options. You can get started right now!
Save up to 67% with the X019 Xbox Flash Sale
The X019 Xbox Flash Sale is one of our best ever. You can start clicking to save nearly 70% on select titles, such as Gears 5 Ultimate, Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe, NBA 2K20 Legends Edition, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Gold Edition and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Deluxe. Don’t delay though, the X019 Flash Sale ends tomorrow, Nov. 15 at Midnight PST.

Here’s the full list of X019 Xbox Flash Sale items:
Game
Current Price
Percent Off
Sale Price
Gears 5 Ultimate
$79.99
30%
$55.99
Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition
$119.99
30%
$83.99
GHOST RECON BREAKPOINT GOLD EDITION
$99.99
30%
$69.99
FIFA 20 Champions Edition
$79.99
20%
$63.99
NBA 2K20 Legends Edition
$99.99
40%
$59.99
MADDEN NFL 20 SUPERSTAR EDITION
$79.99
20%
$63.99
Shadowkeep Deluxe
$59.99
25%
$44.99
ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY GOLD
$99.99
55%
$45.00
ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS GOLD
$99.99
70%
$30.00
CODE VEIN DELUXE EDITION
$79.99
30%
$55.99
Control
$59.99
25%
$44.99
FAR CRY 5
$59.99
75%
$15.00
FAR CRY 5 GOLD EDITION
$89.99
75%
$22.50
FAR CRY NEW DAWN DELUXE EDITION
$49.99
50%
$25.00
Forsaken
$24.99
40%
$14.99
Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition
$99.99
50%
$50.00
NHL 20 DELUXE EDITION
$69.99
20%
$55.99
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
$19.99
33%
$13.39
RAINBOW SIX SIEGE GOLD YEAR 4 EDITION
$69.99
50%
$35.00
Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition
$99.99
55%
$45.00
Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
$49.99
50%
$25.00
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan
$29.99
33%
$20.09
THE DIVISION 2 GOLD EDITION
$99.99
70%
$30.00
WATCH DOGS 2 GOLD
$89.99
75%
$22.50
Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition
$89.99
50%
$45.00
Amazing Black Friday deals coming to Microsoft Store This Black Friday, the Xbox deals start Nov. 24 at Microsoft Store in the U.S. But don’t delay, these are limited time offers and some items will sell out fast. You can learn more about the Xbox Black Friday deals on Xbox Wire.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1 – This incredible deal gives you three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1. This includes unlimited access to more than 100 high-quality games for console and PC plus Xbox Live Gold. Even better, members this holiday also get one month of EA Access – providing discounts for all digital EA games and access to the Vault to download and play great games from series like Battlefield, FIFA, Mass Effect and more. You also receive three months of Discord Nitro, so you can boost your server strength and enjoy bigger downloads on the voice and message app that so many gamers and their friends call home. And, you’ll rock six months of Spotify Premium so you can listen ad-free, download tracks and playlists for on the go, and enjoy on-demand playback. Restrictions apply, see here for details.
Xbox One device savings up to $150 – In the market for a new console? Save big this holiday with up to $150 off Xbox One devices, including $150 off the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, available at $349.99. Xbox One S starts at $199.99 and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition starts at $149.99. Or take advantage of incredible deals on bundles with packages that include a console, controller, games and more. And with bundles around titles like Gears 5, including the Limited Edition Xbox One X, NBA 2K20 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, there is a bundle of joy for everyone for both Xbox One X and Xbox One S.
$20 off select Xbox Wireless Controllers. You won’t want to miss these savings – with $20 off select Xbox Wireless Controllers, including Night Ops Camo Special Edition, Sport Blue Special Edition, Kait Diaz Gears 5 Limited Edition, Fortnite Special Edition and Phantom White Special Edition. And if you want to get creative, Xbox Design Lab controllers are $10 off!
Up to 67% off games. After you load up in our X0 Flash Sale, come back for more on Black Friday with up to 67% off titles like Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition, State of Decay 2 and more.
The holiday is a great time to be a gamer, or to treat your favorite gamer with the perfect gift. The Microsoft Store has something for everyone – you can easily buy online or visit your local Store to try out the hottest games. You can also take advantage of incredible deals on Gaming PCs powered by Windows 10, saving up to $400 on devices like the Lenovo Legion Y540 15 (i7), Asus ROG Strix G GL531GT (i7) and Acer Predator Triton 500 (i7). Or, just swing by your local Store to play and compete in Gaming Community events – from Fortnite Fridays to Minecraft Mondays to League of Legends Saturday, and monthly events with Gears 5, Halo and Hearthstone, they’ve got something for everyone.
Happy Shopping!
* Black Friday offers shown are available online and in Microsoft Stores while supplies last. U.S. prices are shown. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions may apply.
**Offer valid from 12 a.m. PT Nov. 1, 2019 to 11:59 p.m. PT Jan. 3, 2020 (“Offer Period”) on qualifying purchases of select physical goods made at Microsoft retail and online stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada during the Offer Period. Excludes certified refurbished devices, Surface for Business devices, and all digital services and products. Offer not valid on purchases made at third-party retailers. Customer eligible for price adjustment only if 1) Customer purchases eligible item during the Offer Period, (2) the price of the item is reduced during the Offer Period, and 3) Customer requests a price adjustment while the item’s price is currently reduced and in-stock for purchase. For purchases made at a physical store and online, Customer can go to any physical store and present receipt to get a qualifying price adjustment.  For purchases made online, Customer must contact Microsoft Store Sales and Support at 1-877-696-7786 with order number and any other information requested by the Store Sales representative. Refunds will be provided to Customer in same manner as item was purchased (credit card use will be credited to original card). Maximum of one price adjustment per item will be granted during Offer Period. Bulk buys of more than two of the same device, per customer’s Microsoft Account, will not qualify for price adjustments. Price adjustments do not include taxes, or 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 limitations may apply.

How to get the Windows 10 November 2019 Update | Windows Experience Blog

In July, we announced that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update would be a scoped release for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements. Today, we are announcing that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available for users on the most recent versions of Windows 10 who seek the new update via Windows Update. My post today covers details on how you can get the November 2019 Update, as we have worked to make this a great experience for all devices, and an exceptionally fast update process for devices running the May 2019 Update. I’ll also cover how commercial organizations can begin targeted deployments and provide an overview of new features.How to get the update
Beginning today, the November Update is available for customers seeking to install the latest release. If you are ready to install the update, open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Once the update appears, you can select Download and install now. (Note: If you follow these steps and do not see “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1909” on your device, you might have a compatibility issue and a safeguard hold is in place until we are confident that you will have a good update experience.) Once you have downloaded the update, you will need to restart your device to complete the update installation process. Make sure to first save your files and close any open apps, then select Restart now.
If you’re not ready to restart, no problem! Simply select Schedule the restart, then pick a day and time that best suits your schedule. If you haven’t had time to schedule the restart, Windows will automatically schedule it for you outside of times you’re actively using your device. You can also choose a time that is convenient for you and pause the update for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times).
For more information on how to get the November 2019 Update, watch this video.

Semi-Annual Channel release for commercial customers
With today’s release of the November 2019 Update (Windows 10, version 1909), IT administrators should begin targeted deployments to validate that the apps, devices and infrastructure used by their organizations work as expected with the new release and features. Windows 10, version 1909 is available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Update for Business, and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)1 for phased deployment using Microsoft Endpoint Manager (the combination of Configuration Manager and Intune plus cloud-powered features into an integrated management solution) or other systems management software. (Note: The next Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows Server—Windows Server, version 1909—is scheduled for general availability later this month via the Azure Portal and the Volume Licensing Servicing Center.)
For information about the latest features for commercial customers, including the 30 months of service support for Enterprise, IoT Enterprise and Education editions, see What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 1909. For specific information on the update mechanics of Windows 10, version 1909, see this blog post.
Windows 10 and Windows Server, version 1803 Home and Pro editions reach end of service
For Windows 10 devices that are at, or within several months of reaching end of service, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update (with users having the ability to choose a convenient time); keeping those devices supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to device security and ecosystem health. The Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Windows 10, version 1803) has reached end of service for Home and Pro editions.
The November 2019 Update provides the latest features
As I have often noted, being on the latest version of Windows 10 provides you with the latest features and the most secure version of Windows. New features include capabilities for:
Quickly creating an event directly from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar.
Better managing notifications, including a new button at the top of the Action Center and the ability to sort notifications by most recently shown.
Integrating OneDrive content online with traditional indexed results in the File Explorer search box.
The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
Using your voice to activate third-party digital assistants from the Lock screen.
Update control, quality and transparency
We continue to provide you with more control over updates, making it largely up to you to initiate when an update occurs and increasing transparency throughout the update experience. To keep Windows 10 devices supported and receiving monthly updates, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for devices that are at, or within several months of reaching, end of service. We continue to work to improve Windows 10 quality and will be closely monitoring and sharing the current status of the update via the Windows release health dashboard and following @WindowsUpdate on Twitter. We encourage you to tell us about your experience by providing comments or suggestions via the Feedback Hub.
Note:1 It may take a day for downloads to be fully available in the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) across all products, markets, and languages.

That’s a wrap! 6 great Windows PCs for the holiday season | Windows Experience Blog

Each year before the holidays, I take a look at all the Windows PCs our partners brought to market over the past 12 months and make a list of some I think would be great gifts for family and friends. In 2019 Windows PC capabilities and the experiences they enable continued to evolve, resulting in beautiful, sleek and powerful devices that offer outstanding displays, high-quality sound, more connectivity options than ever and exceptional battery life. There are lots of PCs to choose from, so it’s easy to find a great Windows PC for everyone on my list.Here are a few of the PCs that stood out for me this year. These devices meet the demands of people who are on the go, expect great user experiences, want great media and gaming features, and want best-in-industry security and privacy.
Today’s students: work-play mashup power required

Nicole Dezen

For teens and college students, versatility and connectivity in a PC are must-haves. They want devices powerful enough to produce their best schoolwork, with high-quality sound and video to bring their favorite games and movies to life, and with enough battery life to do it all without having to carry a charger around all day. And their parents don’t think a PC meant primarily for kids’ schoolwork should break the bank.
My nephew is a good student and a PC gamer, and I know he would love the HP ENVY x360 laptop because he can use it to do homework while listening to his favorite Spotify playlist, and then, when the work is done, he can game with friends using Microsoft Game Pass for PC.
HP ENVY x360 13
This is a powerful, versatile convertible, a PC that morphs into a tablet. It lets people work using keyboard and touch and has exceptional battery life up to 15 hours and 15 minutes. The ENVY x360 security features include biometric login, a privacy switch to turn off the webcam, and HP Sure View privacy screen technology that makes it difficult for onlookers to see what you’re working on from the sides. It offers rich, authentic sound and a gorgeous, high-resolution display. Shop now.
Black Friday deals: At HP.com, take $700 off the HP Envy Laptop 17t and save $300 on the HP Spectre Laptop 13T.
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen
Another choice popular with students is the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen. Offered in a striking ocean-blue color, the Notebook 9 Pen has a built-in S Pen with three tips that mimic the experience of writing, sketching, or painting on paper. With 16 GB of memory, this laptop is ready to tackle the most complex video and graphic design projects. And the screen rotates 360 degrees, converting into a tablet for presenting, viewing video, or browsing the web using the touchscreen. With amped-up audio from dual speakers tuned by AKG, it delivers cinematic-quality sound for games, movies, music and shows. And it’s fast, from boot-up to multitasking to recharging. Shop now.

Multiminders: machines that tackle to-do lists
I’ve got a lot of friends juggling work, kids and aging parents who need connectivity, so they can keep up with their busy schedules. They want PCs with the power to run their family life and manage a business. One of my childhood friends is a multitasker — kids, pets, job and a side hustle! She is a power user who wants access to her files, web content and favorite digital assistant on her phone and her PC, so she can easily find out if a work meeting conflicts with her daughter’s gymnastics or her dad’s doctor’s appointment.
When they put their feet up at the end of a long day, users such as my friend really appreciate a PC that offers an entertainment experience that does justice to their favorite shows. And they don’t have time to deal with malware, phishing schemes, or the threat of identity theft, so automated security updates are a must.
Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AIO
This space-efficient, all-in-one (PC with monitor and speakers) is a multimedia powerhouse. What I really like about the 27-inch AIO is that it can be set up anywhere, thanks to the latest wireless connectivity and a slick, TV-inspired design that includes a stand that lets the keyboard nest underneath the display. And it’s superpowerful, with a 10th Generation Intel Core processor and DDR4 memory that let users tackle multiple tasks quickly and easily. It includes awesome security and privacy features: a hideaway webcam; robust encryption technology; and Windows antivirus, malware and spyware protection across email, apps, the cloud and the web. Shop now.
Black Friday deals: At Dell.com/blackfriday, take advantage of savings on the Dell XPS 13 starting at $799.99, and the Dell 24 Gaming Monitor for $99.
Lenovo Yoga C940 14
This two-in-one works as a PC or a tablet, and I love that it combines outstanding multimedia features with smart tech that adapts to individual lifestyles. It tents and rotates 360 degrees, making it easy to seamlessly switch between keyboard, touch, or pen. It stays powered up with a garaged pen charger and battery life of up to 15 hours. Two supercool features: the Dolby rotating soundbar that delivers immersive sound with two sets of speakers, and realistic video on a display that’s 50% brighter than standard software-defined radio displays. Shop now.

Black Friday deals: At Lenovo.com, get up to 45% off all Lenovo ThinkPad laptops. At 9 a.m. ET, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 laptop will be on sale for $999 ($1,349 in Canada); price valid while supplies last.
Just-the-facts folks: make it hassle-free, please
My mom isn’t interested in having the latest graphics card or Wi-Fi technology. All she wants is a PC that’s intuitive, easy to use, hassle-free, and that protects her information. And she’d like to take it with her on vacation to share photos with friends, write emails, or Skype with the family at home.
That said, she recognizes a great user experience when she sees it. Easy access to digital assistants like Cortana or Alexa for instant answers about the weather or upcoming birthdays is very handy, as are accessibility features like built-in graphics scaling settings, backlit keyboards and large, bright touchscreens.
ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FA
Just 0.7 inches thick and weighing less than 3 pounds, this ultraslim, ultralight notebook with next-generation wireless connectivity is easy to carry with you. I also like its innovative NumberPad touchpad: When activated, the pad lights up with number/character cutouts and functions as a calculator — great for making quick calculations on the go. The backlit keyboard is also great on the eyes if you’re typing in low light.
The 13-inch screen might be compact, but the ZenBook delivers an impressive picture. The four-sided frameless NanoEdge bezel maximizes screen size for immersive, easy-to-see visuals, while the built-in HD webcam with array microphone makes you look and sound great on Skype calls with the fam. Shop now.
Black Friday deals: Save $200 on an ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434 at the Microsoft Store, and get the ASUS VivoBook 15 F512 for $299 at Walmart.com. Take $100 off the ZenBook 13, selling for $899 at Amazon.com.
Acer Swift 5
This laptop is ultralight but a heavy hitter on performance, storage and battery life, all wrapped up in a stylish and sleek design. It’s also got Wake on Voice tech, allowing you to control it with just your voice, even when the screen is off. No need to remember a password: Windows 10 lets you sign in with just a fingerprint. Some models have the option for NVIDIA GeForce graphics, making the Swift 5 superpowered for smoother graphics and for editing photos and video on the go. This slim laptop’s picture is so vivid, your video calls will be crisp and clear. Shop now.

Black Friday deals: Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27, the Acer Predator Triton 700 will be half off, available only at Acer.com for $999.99. Starting Monday, Dec. 1, the Acer Predator Helios 500 will be on sale at Acer.com for $999.

All the Windows 10 PCs on my list run Microsoft’s operating system and applications to maximize productivity. With cloud-enabled Office 365 and industry-leading security, these modern PCs move seamlessly between work and play. Plus, they look cool.
I hope my PC gift list is helpful for everyone who wants to give a PC that’s just right for that special person!

Introducing the new Microsoft Edge and Bing | Windows Experience Blog

The browser and search engine for business
In our mission to empower people with knowledge with Microsoft 365, one critical opportunity is the internet. We know that 60% of the time people spend on the PC is within the web browser, and it has become the primary way we work, learn and play. The internet has become an everyday utility, that we reach for automatically without thinking, yet two decades after its introduction, we are bumping into challenges and obstacles that raise questions for us.
Is our data safe and our privacy protected as we surf the web?
At work, why can’t we find our internal company information, like our pay stub or co-worker’s office location, right from within our browser or search engine like we do with web search?
Why can’t the web work more seamlessly with the productivity tools we know like Office 365 so that we can be more productive with our research and collaborate with others?
At Microsoft, we believe it is time to expect more from your web experience whether you are using it for personal or business use, an IT manager in a company, or a web developer. Today we begin with a focus on people in businesses and introduce the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Bing – the browser and search engine for business.
We see a unique opportunity to bridge the tradeoffs of today’s web search with more complete solutions that Microsoft can uniquely address. We will unite the internet with your intranet with Microsoft Search in Bing so that you can increasingly access more of your important data in a single browse and search experience. We will provide you powerful default privacy protection, while still allowing you to benefit from web personalization. And we will enable you to move from great web research directly into Microsoft Office applications to enable you to be more productive.
Today, we also introduced a new Microsoft Edge logo that is designed to capture the waves of innovation that we plan to bring to you.

The opportunity to empower people to be more productive at work
One of the biggest problems for people at work is the difficulty in finding and accessing corporate information that is known to exist on company intranets. The irony is that it is easier to find an obscure piece of information on the much larger internet, than it is to find a simple document on your company’s intranet such as a paystub portal, a pet at work policy, or the office location of a fellow employee. As company information continues to expand to terabytes, petabytes and zettabytes of information, this will only get more complex. A McKinsey & Company research report validates this familiar challenge by showing employees waste nearly 20% of their time looking for information that they know to be there1. Imagine getting a full day of work back each week to either be more productive or get more time back with your family.
For IT professionals, managing today’s web tools is heavy and costly with a majority of enterprise companies supporting at least two browsers to maximize compatibility across modern and legacy web sites across all the major device platforms. According to a 2019 study by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach is $3.92M (USD)2. We see an opportunity to make security and manageability simple for IT professionals. To help people and IT professionals be more in control, secure and productive, today we are announcing:
The release candidate of the new Microsoft Edge for Windows and macOS can be downloaded right now with general availability targeting Jan. 15 in more than 90 languages. Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as Google’s Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.
New experiences to Microsoft Search in Bing to save you time searching for information inside your company. Type in the address bar to search for people, using natural language, such as by their title, team name and office location. You can also search for office location, with answers that show floor plans for directions. You can get definitions for company acronyms and use a broad set of question and answers to find internal company information.

Along with three ecosystem partners – Accenture, BA Insight and Raytion – we are starting our Microsoft Graph connectors preview program today. This expands the reach of Microsoft Search for Microsoft 365 customers, with the addition of over 100 connectors including Salesforce.com, ServiceNow, Box and more, that will become available in H1 2020. Connectors bring more information to your employees’ fingertips through Microsoft Search.

The new ability to easily access Microsoft Search in Bing on your mobile phone. Knowledge workers will have the ability to search for company information on the go.

A new tracking prevention default in Microsoft Edge. We believe you should know who has access to your data and have the control to choose what you share. Microsoft Edge starts with tracking prevention on by default, so you don’t have to take any actions to immediately start having a more private browsing experience. With SmartScreen and Tracking prevention, we help protect you from phishing schemes, malicious software and new types of malware like cryptojacking. Microsoft Edge and Bing also now offer new InPrivate mode across your entire web experience so your online searches and browsing are not attributed to you, offering you more control over your personal data.

New features such as Collections can be enabled as part of the Microsoft Edge preview builds, that let you more easily collect web content, organize your research and export that content into Word and Excel so that you can use the power of those applications to analyze information and collaborate.

For IT Professionals, we are also announcing three new capabilities:
The expansion of the Microsoft FastTrack deployment program to deploy the new Microsoft Edge in Q1 2020.
The expansion of the App Assure program to cover Microsoft Edge in Q1 2020. If your site works in Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, or the current version of Microsoft Edge, then it just works in the new version of Microsoft Edge. And if it doesn’t work, we’ll help you fix it at no additional cost. We’re the only company that can make that guarantee.
A new security baseline for the new Microsoft Edge. Security baselines are pre-configured groups of security settings and default values that are recommended by the relevant security teams. Microsoft Edge has its first security baseline now in preview, making it fast and easy for IT professionals to have a recommended starting point for security and compliance policies. These announcements build on top of a comprehensive Microsoft approach to control and security on Microsoft Edge, which utilizes core security architecture that IT professionals are already using and are familiar with.
Today marks an important milestone as we head to the formal launch of Microsoft Edge and Bing for our commercial customers in January. As we enter the new year, we are excited to share more about how we will expand opportunities for developers, and later in the spring even more for consumers. It’s time to expect more from the web!
1 “The social economy: Unlocking value and productivity through social technologies” McKinsey Global Institute
2 “Cost of a Data Breach Report 2019” Ponemon Institute

Microsoft Store unveils over 20 top Black Friday offers | Windows Experience Blog

With many people eager to get a jumpstart on the holidays, we’re excited to provide a sneak peek of some of the best Microsoft Store Black Friday deals*. According to the National Retail Federation, four in 10 people have already started their holiday shopping this year and Microsoft Store is here to help. Whether you’re an early bird shopper, a deal planner, or a last-minute buyer, Microsoft Store will have great deals for you all season long with expert advice to help you find the perfect gift.This holiday season, we are offering our best guarantee ever, so no need to wait until Black Friday to start your shopping. With our new Give Wonder Guarantee, you are promised our best price of the season.** If something you purchase at Microsoft Store is offered at a better price later in the season, you can receive savings back for the difference. With free 2-3-day shipping, free extended holiday returns through Jan. 31, 2020, and buy online, pick up in stores options, we’re making it easier than ever to shop at Microsoft Store.
Most Microsoft Store Black Friday deals start on Thursday, Nov. 28 at midnight at microsoft.com and your local Microsoft Store, unless otherwise noted. See our Microsoft Store Black Friday Deals page for full details. Some local Microsoft Store locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day. See full holiday operating days and hours here.
Save hundreds on the hottest Surface deals of the season, including the new Surface Pro 7 and the new Surface Laptop 3
The widely acclaimed new Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 devices are in high demand. The Microsoft Store is the best place to buy and experience the full Surface lineup and our expert associates are here to help you find the best device. This holiday, you can enjoy some incredible deals on Surface, including;
Surface Pro 7, powered by the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors, remains the most versatile 2:1 device you can buy with a 12.3” touchscreen with tablet-to-laptop versatility. Starting on Nov. 22, you can enjoy our most popular Surface, for $799 including Type Cover, for the i5/8GB/128GB option (original price $1,029). Or, get more storage and save up to $330 on Surface Pro 7 + Type Cover with i5/8GB/256GB (original price $1,329) as of Nov. 24. Additional Surface Pro 7 offers are available, including the i3/4GB/128GB option, starting at $599 on Nov. 28.

Surface Laptop 3 is slim and stylish. You can choose between 13.5” or new 15” touchscreen and save $300 across all new colors and finishes, starting at $999 starting on Nov. 22 for the 13.5” and Nov. 24 for the 15”.
Surface Go starting at $299, with savings up to $150. Our best deal ever on Surface Go, the smallest, lightest Surface with 10” touchscreen, perfect for students or those on the go. This great offer starts on Nov. 28.
Up to $500 off select Surface Book 2, our most powerful 13.5” or 15” touchscreen laptop. This deal starts on Nov. 28.
Microsoft Store will also offer the hotly anticipated Surface Pro X, beginning Nov. 7. The new Surface Earbuds, offering premium sound, fit and screen-free control, will be coming to Microsoft Stores later this year. A wide range of Surface accessories are also available.
Windows 10 PCs starting at $299

Microsoft Store offers the most diverse lineup of PCs with features and prices for everyone. This holiday, we will offer incredible deals on a range of PCs and accessories, including HP Inc. laptops, featuring 10th Generation Intel chips, starting with the HP 15 Laptop (i3) $299. Need more speed and power? The HP 15 Laptop (i5) will be on sale for $399, and HP 15 Laptop (i7) for $499. Or, check out the Dell XPS 15, a 15.6” laptop with a stunning 4K UHD touchscreen and powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, which will be on sale at $300 off for $1699. These great PC deals start on Nov. 28.

Save up to $400 off Gaming PCs powered by Windows 10
Gamers love the high-end performance and graphics they can enjoy on Windows 10 PCs. Save up to $400 on select great Gaming PCs powered by Windows 10, including the Lenovo Legion Y540 15 (i7), Asus ROG Strix G GL531GT (i7) and Acer Predator Triton 500 (i7). These laptops offer rich capability like the Lenovo Legion, which offers simple, built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers, plus the latest in gaming technology from Intel and NVIDIA. With Xbox Play Anywhere, you can buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and any of these Windows 10 PCs. All these deals start on Nov. 28.

Gamers, stay tuned for the unveiling of incredible Black Friday deals during a special episode of Inside Xbox live from X019, our annual global celebration of all things Xbox on Thursday, Nov. 14.  At the hotly anticipated event filled with news, first looks and surprises, we will unveil an extensive set of deals across games, consoles and subscriptions.  This will be our biggest Black Friday sale ever, and you won’t want to miss out!
In the meantime, we are unveiling the first wave of Xbox Black Friday discounts now.  Head to Xbox Wire to learn about how you can save $20 on select Xbox One controllers starting on Nov. 24 and up to 50% off Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition starting on Nov. 21.
If Black Friday can’t come soon enough, today you can take advantage of other great deals like the Xbox One S 1TB Console – Gears 5 Bundle for $299. Or, take advantage of an incredible deal today and save $100 and get a free select digital game when you buy an Xbox One X console, or get a free digital game when you purchase select Xbox One S consoles.
Save big on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 phones
Microsoft Store is offering incredible deals on Samsung Galaxy Note10 phones this holiday season. Starting Nov. 21, you can save up to $200 on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and S10 phones and receive free Samsung Galaxy Buds (a $129.99 value). At your local Microsoft Store, you can save up to $400 and receive up to $650 trade-in credit towards the purchase of your device when you finance your phone with 24 month/0% financing.

This is just a glimpse of some of our amazing deals – we look forward to sharing more great deals throughout the entire holiday season. You can also check out some great suggestions with our Holiday Gift Guide and we invite you to attend a range of activities and festive celebrations all season long at your local Microsoft Store. However you celebrate this holiday season, we invite you to give wonder with Microsoft Store.
To make sure you don’t miss a deal, customers in the United States can text DEALS to 52426 to get a link to our best Black Friday offers or follow @MicrosoftStore on Instagram and Microsoft Store on Facebook.
* Black Friday offers shown are available online and in Microsoft Stores while supplies last. U.S. prices are shown. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions may apply.
** Offer valid from 12 a.m. PT Nov. 1, 2019 to 11:59 p.m. PT Jan. 3, 2020 (“Offer Period”) on qualifying purchases of select physical goods made at Microsoft retail and online stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada during the Offer Period. Excludes certified refurbished devices, Surface for Business devices, and all digital services and products. Offer not valid on purchases made at third-party retailers. Customer eligible for price adjustment only if 1) Customer purchases eligible item during the Offer Period, (2) the price of the item is reduced during the Offer Period, and 3) Customer requests a price adjustment while the item’s price is currently reduced and in-stock for purchase. For purchases made at a physical store and online, Customer can go to any physical store and present receipt to get a qualifying price adjustment.  For purchases made online, Customer must contact Microsoft Store Sales and Support at 1-877-696-7786 with order number and any other information requested by the Store Sales representative. Refunds will be provided to Customer in same manner as item was purchased (credit card use will be credited to original card). Maximum of one price adjustment per item will be granted during Offer Period. Bulk buys of more than two of the same device, per customer’s Microsoft Account, will not qualify for price adjustments. Price adjustments do not include taxes, or 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 limitations may apply.

Announcing Windows Server vNext Insider Preview Build 19008 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today we are pleased to release a new Insider Preview build of the Windows Server VNext Semi-Annual Channel edition.

Windows Server Core Container Images Are 20% Smaller
In what should be a significant win for any workflow that pulls Windows containers images, the download size of the Windows Server Core container Insider image has been reduced by 20%. This has been achieved by optimizing the set of .NET pre-compiled native images included in the Server Core container image. If you are using .NET Framework with Windows containers, including Windows PowerShell, use a .NET Framework image, which will include additional .NET pre-compiled native images to maintain performance for those scenarios, while also benefiting from a reduced size.

Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview Build 19008 The Server Core Edition is available in the 18 supported Server languages in ISO format and in VHDX format in English only.
Matching Windows Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview
Matching Windows Server Language Packs

Windows Admin Center Preview 1909
Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server.
Containers: For more information about how to obtain and install Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here. Quick start information, here.
Keys: The following keys allow for unlimited activations of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Previews
Server Standard: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV
Server Datacenter: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W
The Windows Server Preview will expire July 31st, 2020.

Registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  See the Additional Downloads dropdown for Windows Admin Center and other supplemental apps and products. If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

The most important part of a frequent release cycle is to hear what’s working and what needs to be improved, so your feedback is extremely valued. For Windows Server, use your registered Windows 10 Insider device and use the Feedback Hub application. In the app, choose the Windows Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. In the title of the Feedback, please indicate the build number you are providing feedback as shown below:
[Server #####] Title of my feedback
See Share Feedback on Windows Server via Feedback Hub for specifics. We also encourage you to visit the Windows Server Insiders space on the Microsoft Tech Communities forum to collaborate, share and learn from experts.
For Windows Admin Center, Send us feedback via UserVoice. We also encourage you to visit the Windows Admin Center space on the Microsoft Tech Communities.

This is pre-release software – it is provided for use “as-is” and is not supported in production environments. Users are responsible for installing any updates made available from Windows Update.  All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use.
Thanks,BLB

New Surface devices now available at Microsoft Store! | Windows Experience Blog

Since Panos Panay announced the new Surface line-up on Oct. 2, we have seen strong excitement from our customers. We’re thrilled to add this amazing new line up of Surface devices to Microsoft Store, including:
Surface Pro 7 available today, starting from $749. New and improved, Surface Pro 7 remains the most versatile 2:1 device you can buy. The always-connected Surface Pro X, a bold new take on the iconic 2:1, will be available soon on November 7 and can be pre-ordered today.
Surface Laptop 3 delivers style and speed, now with a choice of 13.5” display (starting from $999) or 15” display (starting from $1,199). New colors and finishes are available today.
We encourage all customers to visit our Stores today and experience the entire Surface line-up. Our associates are trusted advisers and can help you find the perfect Surface for you. Or, you can learn more and buy now at microsoft.com. You can also easily compare and choose the best Surface for you by answering just a few short questions, using our Help Me Choose tool.
Celebrating the arrival of new Surface devices at Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store strives to be the best place to experience Surface devices, offering the following:
New Surface devices are available for as low as $20/month with qualifying trade-in and 24-month financing.
Surface All Access enables you to get a new Surface and Office 365 for one low monthly price with no upfront cost. This option makes it easy to start working right away with your new Surface device, Office 365 subscription, and the accessories you want, while getting world-class protection and support.
Microsoft Store offers expert advice on how to make the most of your Surface. For a limited time, when you buy your new Surface at Microsoft Store in U.S. or Canada, you receive free personal training – over $100 value – to help you set up your new device and learn new skills.
At Microsoft.com, you can shop all of the new Surface devices online with free shipping and free returns, buy online and pick up in store, and easy access to great accessories for your new Surface.
All day today Microsoft Store will be hosting launch celebrations at all locations, including personal setup and free personal training of new devices from our expert staff. Experience product demos like the magic of Surface Pen on OneNote, join creativity and productivity workshops and more. We look forward to helping you find the perfect Surface for home, work, school or anywhere in between.

New Surface devices keep you in your flow
As Panos shared, Surface keeps you in your flow so you can be your most creative and productive.
Surface Pro 7 is redesigned from the inside out, and is now twice as fast with a 10th Generation Intel Core processor, both USB-A and USB-C and an all-day battery.1 Surface Pro X is the thinnest, lightest, most powerful and most connected Surface Pro ever. The new Microsoft SQ1 processor codesigned with Qualcomm offers 2 teraflops of graphics processing power and is the fastest Qualcomm processor ever created for a PC. The new Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard includes pen docking for secure storage and charging for the new Slim Pen.

Balancing power and elegance, the new Surface Laptop 3 is twice as fast with the same slim design and all-day battery life.2 Updated with the 10th Generation Intel Core processor, Surface Laptop 3 13.5” comes in new colors including Sandstone, Cobalt, tone-on-tone Alcantara or new machined aluminum all-metal finish.  Surface Laptop 3 15” is the fastest 15” laptop you can buy3, offering industry-leading integrated graphics performance with the new AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor. Surface Laptop 3 offers both USB-A and USB-C and Fast Charging, taking your Surface device to an 80% charge in about an hour.

Come and visit us at Microsoft Store or microsoft.com and get your new Surface device today!
1 Up to 10.5 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2019 using preproduction software and preproduction Intel Core™ i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors. See surface.com.
2 Up to 11.5 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2019 using preproduction software and preproduction 13.5” Intel Core™ i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM and 15” AMD Ryzen 5 3580U Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega 9 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition devices. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors. See surface.com.
3 Class as defined as premium ultrathin 15” that are max 20mm in height and have a TDP of 15W and which run AMD Ryzen processors. Data measured by AMD and Microsoft in September 2019. Tests run on pre-production Software and Hardware.

Microsoft and partners build firmware protection into Secured-core PCs | Windows Experience Blog

The National Vulnerability Database has shown a significant increase in the number of targeted firmware attacks since 2016. To protect the integrity of the PC boot process and data stored in memory, Microsoft and its OEM partners have created a new set of device requirements that have been built into specially designed PCs and apply security best practices of isolation and minimal trust to the firmware layer, or the device core, that underpins the Windows operating system. These new devices are called Secured-core PCs.“These devices are designed specifically for industries like financial services, government and healthcare, and for workers that handle highly-sensitive intellectual property, customer or personal data, including PII as these are higher value targets for nation-state attackers,” says David Weston, Microsoft partner director of OS security, in a Microsoft Security blog post. “Secured-core PCs combine identity, operating system, hardware and firmware protection to add another layer of security underneath the operating system. Unlike software-only security solutions, Secured-core PCs are designed to prevent these kinds of attacks rather than simply detecting them.”
Visit the Microsoft Security blog post to learn more about firmware security and what’s behind the design of Secured-Core PCs. You can also find out how to get devices verified as Secured-core PC, including those from Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo and Panasonic.