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Windows 10 at Microsoft Connect(); 2017

Today, at Microsoft Connect(); we spoke about the work we have been doing to align the concepts and tags that can be shared between Microsoft’s XAML UI systems.  With Windows 10 XAML and Xamarin.Forms, we expose the full and unique capabilities of each platform. Xamarin.Forms focuses on native mobile experiences and exposing the common subset of controls and capabilities needed most by mobile developers. Windows 10 XAML and WPF are optimized for native Windows experiences, including the most rich and demanding experiences optimized for use with mouse, keyboard and touch. We are releasing a preview of Xamarin.Forms which includes additional APIs that advance XAML Standard, including new types names and properties for common elements you will recognize from Windows 10 XAML. I encourage you to check out the APIs at: aka.ms/xamlstandard and provide us with your feedback. We look forward to working with you.
Connect(); Sessions
Tomorrow, on November 16th, you can view two Connect(); 2017 live sessions online to learn more about how to create beautiful and engaging applications. In “Engaging with your customers on any platform using the Microsoft Graph, Activity Feed, and Adaptive Cards” you’ll learn how customers’ lives are made more seamless through Microsoft Graph and Project Rome. Allowing customers to use Windows, Android and iOS together ensures continuity in busy lifestyles. Next, you’ll learn about the benefits Bots and Adaptive Cards bring to that same customer, as well as the businesses they are interacting with. And finally, we’ll show you how unique Windows experiences like Notifications and Timeline run smoothly and are quick and easy to integrate with Adaptive Cards. Be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. PST to learn about all of these rich features.
In our next session, also on November 16 at 12pm PST, we show you how to make your applications more beautiful. “Building amazing applications with the Fluent Design System” helps you transform your applications to be engaging, modern and visually rich. It includes the UX building blocks, guidelines, tools and end-to-end support developers need. You will learn how easy it is to use familiar technologies like XAML and C# to create applications that bring the Fluent Design System to life on Windows 10 across a range of devices and inputs. We will cover the different elements of the design system and how to use the latest controls, animations, effects and other platform capabilities to captivate your customers and maximize their productivity. To learn more about the features, visit: http://developer.microsoft.com/design.
Wrapping up
Last month, we shipped the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK – we created tools and APIs to help developers build applications that will make customers want to engage and re-engage with your application – driving future growth and retention. We are constantly taking in your feedback and making Windows 10 a better place for all developers.

Announcing the top Black Friday deals from Microsoft and our partners

It’s one of my favorite times of the year and this holiday, I’m looking forward to welcoming my sons home from college, enjoying time with my daughter, and watching a lot of football.
Of course, it’s also a great time to celebrate loved ones with incredible gifts and Microsoft has some great options – from the must-have Xbox One X or amazing value of the Xbox One S, to positively reviewed Surface devices, to cutting-edge technology like Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

With Black Friday just around the corner, Microsoft Store and our partners are offering some great deals on my favorite tech, there’s something great for everyone on your list. Here’s a sneak peek into the hottest deals you can enjoy starting next weekend through Cyber Monday at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. You can check out more deals here.
Save up to $329 on new Surface bundles

Described as a “killer device” and “near perfection” by top reviewers, the new Surface Pro is a beautiful ultra-light, versatile and powerful device. If you have a loved one looking for uncompromising mobility and productivity so they can create, study, work or play anywhere, the Surface Pro is the ideal gift. You can take advantage of our best deal ever for the new Surface Pro – $329 off the Surface Pro i5 256GB and $229 off the Surface Pro i5 128GB. Both Surface Pro options feature all-day battery life, a stunning PixelSense display, and a lighter-than-ever-feel, both bundled with the Black Type Cover. You can also add Office 365 Home for $79.99 and save 20%.
Save $199 with the purchase of Surface Laptop and the new Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker

From November 23 – 27, you can purchase Surface Laptop (either i5 256GB or i7) with the Harman Kardon Invoke voice-activated speaker and save $199.95. Surface Laptop blends portability and performance with impeccable design, and the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker delivers premium sound, the intelligence of Cortana, Skype calling, and more – all hands-free.

Cortana works across both devices, helping you get things done so you can focus on what matters. Invoke will also be available at a discounted price of $99 from November 23 – 27.*
Get Xbox One S at its lowest price ever, starting at just $189

From November 23 – 27, gamers can get incredible deals on a variety of Xbox One consoles, games, and accessories, including Xbox One S at its lowest price ever, starting at just $189. Xbox One S offers the best value in games and entertainment, with over 1,300 games including blockbusters, popular franchises, and more than 220 Xbox One exclusives. With Xbox One S, you can play with friends on Xbox Live – the fastest, most reliable gaming network – and enjoy built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming.

You can also save $50 off Xbox One S 1TB and 500GB bundles, which include a console, game, and additional bonuses like Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Blockbuster games like Forza Motorsport 7, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, and Forza Horizon 3 are each $20 off and you can save $20 on Xbox Wireless Controllers, $15 on Stereo Headsets, and $10 on 3-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.
Save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality headsets

With Windows Mixed Reality, you can escape to the most immersive experiences – touring top travel destinations, getting inside the most exciting games, attending the most popular events, even traveling across time and space – right in your own home, with you at the center of everything.

Available for the first time this holiday, you can save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality Headsets from our partners Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung and savings up to $249 on PC bundles from Acer, Dell, and HP. Try them out and experience mixed reality at your local Microsoft Store.
Upgrade to a new Windows 10 PC with savings of up to $300 off
Looking for a new PC? Save up to $300 this holiday when you purchase a new Windows 10 PC that lights up the recently released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Fall Creators Update brings mixed reality and 3D to the masses, faster broadcasting for gaming, features to turn photos and videos into real memories, and much more.
Additional Black Friday deals from our partners include:
Save up to $150 on the Acer Aspire 1 and Aspire 3 laptops starting November 24 at Acer.com.
Save up to $100 on ASUS Transformer Book Flip 2-in-1, TP200 at ASUS.com/US.
Save on PCs from Dell, like the Alienware 17 Laptop available for $1599.99, the Dell Inspiron 14 3000 for only $129.99, or the Dell Latitude 3580 for just $579. The deals start November 15 and roll into Black Friday at Dell.com/BlackFriday and Dell.com/sbblackfriday.
Save $230 on the HP Pavilion 15 x360, or $200 on the HP 15” Notebook.
Save on great Lenovo devices like the Yoga 720 for $729.99, the Legion Y520 for $749.99, and the Yoga 910 Star Wars Glass for only $999.99. Check out these and other great deals starting on November 20 on Lenovo’s website.
Save on Samsung devices this Black Friday with Galaxy Books starting at $529.99 November 17 – 27, and All-in-One PCs November 19 – 25 at Samsung.com and other retailers.
Visit Microsoft Store for great deals

I encourage you to visit Microsoft Store for your holiday shopping. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift at any price, picking up a purchase you made online, or just experiencing the best of Microsoft from Surface to Xbox to Windows Mixed Reality – Microsoft Store has you covered.
Check out free demonstrations of virtual reality and Windows Mixed Reality. Experience true 4K gaming on Xbox One X.
Encourage STEM with top products like Lego Boost ($149.95) or littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit ($79.95), or Minecraft Super Plus Pack ($39.99).
Celebrate design with Marimekko patterned sleeves ($75) and skins ($39), or Surface Arc Mouse ($79.99).
Microsoft Stores nationwide will offer the first people in line before the doors open on November 24 a chance to win an Xbox One X.**
Get hands-on with the latest technology and join free, in-store activities in a fun, learning environment. Create holiday cards, learn how to paint, scan or play in 3D or build a Minecraft Holiday Village.
Happy shopping!
Yusuf
Visit your local Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com or any of our retail partners 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.
*Setup requires the Cortana app for Windows 10 PC or phone, Android or iPhone and signing in with a Microsoft Account (requires Android version 4.1.2 or higher, or iPhone 4 with iOS 8.0 or higher). Must accept Cortana Terms of Use. Works with select music services (paid subscriptions may be required). Works with select home automation providers. Must accept Skype terms of use. Skype credit required for calls to mobile phones and landlines. Visit microsoft.com/en-us/cortana for all product features and compatible services. Cortana experience may vary by device. Wi-fi required.
**No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S.+ DC, Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec) who visit a Microsoft Retail Store beginning on November 23 or 24 (check your store’s Black Friday hours for opening times). One winner will be drawn 15 minutes after opening at each store. Must be present to win. For Official Rules, see a store associate.

Windows 10 Tip: Save disk space with OneDrive Files On-Demand

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can access your saved files in OneDrive just like any other file on your PC without filling up your disk space. Easily tell which files are available online only or offline. Online-only files download on demand with a double-click, and you can make them online only again to free up space – or, you can select files to always be available offline.
When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

Here’s how to turn on Files On-Demand:
Make sure you’re signed into OneDrive on your device. Right-click the OneDrive cloud icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and select Settings – or, select Start, and search for OneDrive.
On the Settings tab, select the Save space and download files as you use them box.
Make a file online-only to save space, and make a file always available offline so it’s always with you:

Right-click a file or folder, and select Always keep on this device or Free up space.
Head over here to learn more about OneDrive Files On-Demand and how to enable it, or here for how to get the Fall Creators Update. Have a great week!

News from Future Decoded: Designing devices for the new culture of work

This week at Future Decoded in London we talked to business and IT leaders about the role technology can play in transforming organizations. We are at the edge of a major technology shift towards more intelligent computing – one fueled by the rise of data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. But there is a larger shift happening that is about more than changing technology. It’s about people – how they work, where they work, and the culture that guides and motivates them. Technology is the how not the why.
It’s through that lens that our team builds products, bringing hardware and software together to empower people in this new culture of work. To help people be more creative and more productive, from anywhere. To help them feel more connected to their organization and free from their desk.
Which is why today we’re excited to share that we are bringing even greater mobility to our Surface Pro line by making Surface Pro with LTE Advanced available to business customers beginning December 2017.
In an evolving workforce, ideas are our most valuable assets
Half of the global workforce will be mobile by 2020. The office is no longer restricted to a set of buildings – it’s at home, in a café, a city across the globe, or on a plane. With so many changing locations your device becomes your office and many of our customers tell us that’s what their Surface is to them – a mobile office.
As a team we’ve seen this come to life over the last five years, spotting people all over the world using their Surface for sharing, creating, consuming, and producing.

More emphasis than ever is being put on creativity and collaboration. As we move from economies of scale to economies of innovation and creativity, our ideas become the new differentiator. We need to give people the right tools to bring their ideas to life.
Devices at the forefront of the new culture of work
This is such an exciting time for our team because devices are at the forefront of this new culture. Empowering people with smarter, more intuitive ways to work. Devices are the interaction point, the tangible thing that people can hold and touch. They not only play a pivotal role as the inputs that feed intelligence into the cloud, but they are also tools that empower people with simple and more secure ways to create and connect with others.
Working across Windows, Office, and Surface we’ve unlocked new interaction models, pioneering experiences with touch, voice, Cortana, Pen, and Dial to help people stay in their creative flow, while also providing best in class keyboards, trackpads, and mice for when you need precision. It delivers the performance needed to take advantage of powerful new technologies like AI, machine learning, and the versatility to work how you want, where you want.
The right device makes your employees feel more productive, creative and valued
When we talk about product making, we talk about how every detail matters – every gram, every line, every part – but not only because we want the design and engineering to be flawless, but also because we want people to love using our products, and to feel proud of what they create with them. We obsess over these details because we want to help you meet workforce expectations, to attract and retain the best talent, to enable your teams to express their ideas and innovations more effectively.

And what we’ve found is that the device you provide your employees with not only helps them create and succeed but can also make them feel happier and more valued. That’s powerful. We hear from people every day who love their Surface. These are machines that make employees feel a sense of pride when they take them out of their bag, that fuel their ingenuity, productivity, and collaboration, and inspire them to do their best work. To achieve more.
Surface expands laptop line-up with availability of Surface Pro with LTE Advanced
Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is the latest addition to the Surface family and will begin shipping to business customers in December 2017. With a Cat 9 modem, Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is the fastest LTE-enabled laptop in its class1. It delivers global connectivity with support of 20 cellular bands2 so you can work, study, create or relax uninterrupted.
Surface Pro with LTE Advanced rounds out our family of ultimate laptops, giving businesses options to meet the needs of everyone in their workforce. Whether it’s the pure power of Surface Book 2, the most powerful Surface yet with up to 17 hours of battery life3, the unmatched versatility of Surface Pro, or the beauty and emotional appeal of Surface Laptop. The entire Surface family is built to bring the best of Windows to life, including the new mixed reality, 3D, and inking experiences in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
The new culture of work will require devices with more performance and more versatility, without sacrificing beautiful design. The Surface family has been designed to engage and inspire employees. To help people bring ideas to life. It’s why we do what we do, it’s what drives us because we believe your people are at the core of your business success. Your people and their ideas are your company’s most precious asset and this transformation starts with people.
1Comparison of Surface Pro with LTE Advanced modem capability of up to 450 Mbps download speed to 12” and 13” LTE-enabled laptops and 2-in-1 computers Cat 6 modem maximum download speed of up to 300 Mbps.
2Service availability and performance subject to service provider’s network. Contact your service provider for details, compatibility, pricing, SIM card, and activation. See all specs and frequencies at surface.com.
3Up to 17 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in October 2017 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM & Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB RAM dGPU devices. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled.  Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

Windows 10 Tip: How to pin your favorite websites to the taskbar with Microsoft Edge

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can pin your favorite websites to the taskbar and have the icon show up in the taskbar for instant access.
Here’s how to get started:

Simply head to the menu, select “Pin this page to the taskbar,” and watch the site icon appear on your Windows taskbar!
Head over here to read more about all the new features in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Bring your stories to life with the reimagined Photos app

Let’s take a closer look. To get started, head to the Photos app. Select the Create button. You can make a video project from scratch, or choose Video Remix and two or more photos or videos and the Photos app will automatically bring together your memories into a video complete with soundtracks, themes, and transitions. That’s right – the work is done for you!

Keep this cut to enjoy and share, or easily remix it with just the click of a button for an all new look and feel of the video, complete with a new soundtrack and transitions.

Want to make it your own? Video editing with the Photos app is easy. With an intuitive interface, you can move photos and videos to rework the flow of the video, trim the length of a frame, add filters for a more dramatic effect, add zoom in or zoom out motion, even ink right on your videos which you can anchor to an object so it tracks along with the video.

And – one of our favorite ways to really make your story come to life are 3D effects! Easily add effects like a lightning bolt, a fireball, or confetti – to take your story to a whole new level. 3D Effects can be attached to an object in a scene – even one that moves – for extra realism.

Photos and videos have never been more popular on Windows, with more than 300 million active users of Photos on Windows 10, not to mention that trillions of photos and videos exist digitally cross various devices. Which is why we’re making it easy to organize all your photos and videos, bringing all your content from across your devices into your collection in the Photos app.
You can search all your media for photos of a person just by selecting their face in the Search box. Or find your photos of that trip to Italy, or all the beaches you’ve been to just by searching for “beach”. And with our advanced search capabilities and auto-tagging, we’re making it easier than ever to quickly find that one photo to make your story perfect.

While you’re looking through your collection of media, check out the set of albums and video remixes put together for you at the top. Select one to view – what a fun way to relive the weekend, or all the stuff that happened to you on today’s date over the years!
Once you’ve completed your personalized story, it’s easy to share in email, across social networks, or for big screens – all right from within the app. With our export or share feature, you can choose the right file size based on where you’re sharing.
To start creating your own personal story, go to the Photos app – free with Windows 10 – or head over here to read more about what’s new in the Fall Creators Update.
Have a great week!

Microsoft 365 security and management features available in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Last week, we shared the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has begun rolling out to customers and we highlighted some of our favorite features for people who love and use Windows every day.
Windows 10 is running on more than 500 million monthly active devices and continues to gain momentum in enterprises, small businesses and education organizations with 90% growth in commercial devices year over year. In a recent Forrester survey of 482 enterprise global decision makers, they reported that 34% of company-issued PCs are running Windows 10.*
Today, we’re excited to share more about the security and management enhancements we’ve made that empower our commercial customers on their journey to digitally transform and support their Modern Workplace with Microsoft 365. We’re also providing more detail and guidance to IT administrators about how the Fall Creators Update will roll out to our customers in the coming weeks.
Top 10 Security & Management Features in the Fall Creators Update
The cyber threat landscape today requires an ongoing and relentless focus on security, and IT administrators need tools that help them prevent, protect, defend and respond to threats as well as modernize their workplace to empower employee creativity and productivity. Here are a few of our top enhancements for IT in the Fall Creators Update.
Windows AutoPilot is a new cloud service that makes it possible for any PC to be enterprise-ready, with a simple self-service out of box user experience that IT can personalize for their organization and eliminate the need for IT to reimage, touch or manually provision Windows 10. Starting in January 2018, OEM partners Lenovo, HP, Panasonic, Toshiba and Fujitsu will join surface in supporting Windows AutoPilot. Read more about Windows AutoPilot.
Windows Defender Application Guard makes Microsoft Edge the most secure browser for enterprise by hardware isolating the browser away from your apps, data, network and even Windows itself. WDAG protects your Microsoft Edge browsing sessions so if users encounter malware or hacking attempts while online they won’t impact the rest of your PC. Read more about Windows Defender Application Guard.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection now provides a ‘single pane of glass’ view across the Windows preventative protection security stack, for better and more manageable protection, detection, investigation and response. The new security analytics dashboard provides recommendations to improve your security posture. In addition, a set of new APIs give you intuitive access to pull data or perform response actions. Read more about Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.
Windows Defender Application Control is a new solution that leverages the same application control technology from Windows Defender Device Guard, while removing the steep hardware, driver, and kernel mode software requirements. WDAC can run on any Windows 10 capable device with Windows 10 Enterprise and uses the power of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph (ISG) to automate the application control list making management easy. Read more about Windows Defender Application Control.
Windows Defender Exploit Guard protects devices from intrusion, contacting malicious locations on the internet, and fileless-based attacks using seemingly innocuous content types, like documents. WDEG includes a rich set of vulnerability mitigation built in to Windows 10 that was previously available in the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, reducing potential exploits of vulnerabilities in the platform and apps. Read more about Windows Defender Exploit Guard.
Controlled Folder Access in Windows Defender Exploit Guard helps protect against viruses and ransomware by only allowing trusted applications to access protected folders and documents. If an unauthorized application, even a new unknown malware variant, attempts to access protected data, it will be denied access even if it manages to get past other defenses. Read more about controlled folder access.
Windows Defender Antivirus enhancements, like new instant protection technology, use the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence built on top of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph (ISG) to provide next generation antivirus support to protect customers from quickly evolving polymorphic malware. Read more about Windows Defender Antivirus.
Windows Assigned Access improvements provide the ability to customize and lock down Windows devices to specific tasks or experiences for Firstline Workers and kiosks; and cloud-based tools enable IT to maintain these devices remotely. Organizations can now quickly set up and maintain locked down single purpose devices with improved tools, enabling single app and multi-app uses. Read more about Windows Assigned Access multi-app support.
Windows Hello improvements including new factors such as proximity, location, dynamic lock and Intel Authenticate support make it easier to deploy and more secure. With stolen credentials being one of the leading causes for breaches, moving away from passwords should be a top priority for every organization. Read more about Windows Hello.
Windows 10 Subscription Activation uses AAD entitlement from the cloud making it easier for customers to activate and use all these great features in Windows 10 Enterprise. It enables Windows 10 Pro devices to seamlessly step up to Windows 10 Enterprise without on-premise infrastructure, product keys or reboots based simply on an entitled user logging on. Read more about Windows 10 Subscription Activation.
We’re also helping our enterprise customers with new tools and resources to aid deployments, servicing and compliance.
We shared new Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) resources to help our customers accelerate their GDPR compliance with details on security features and capabilities built into Windows 10.
We added Device Health to the Windows Analytics suite to help reduce support costs by proactively identifying and remediating top employee-impacting device issues. We also provided enterprise customers with a new diagnostic setting specifically to enable Windows Analytics to provide critical business insights for the maintenance of their device ecosystem.
Now is a great time to get started running pilots within your organization and begin rolling out the Fall Creators Update to stay up to date and current with the latest security protections and management tools.
– Rob
*Forrester: “Windows 10 Finally Delivers On Microsoft’s Security Promises” October 20, 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update phased rollout approach

Earlier this week we began a targeted rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and I shared with you how to get it. Today, I’d like to share more details on how we will roll out this feature update to Windows 10 devices, including PCs, phones and IoT devices.
Our goal is to deliver feature updates to you as quickly as possible, while providing you with the best possible update experience.
Phased Rollout Approach
The Fall Creators Update begins rolling out to newer devices tested by us and our device partners. By starting with machines which we believe will have the best update experience, we are able to get focused feedback on application compatibility and how Windows works with the rich ecosystem of available peripherals like Bluetooth devices or cameras. Additionally, we closely monitor feedback from fans and early adopters, through programs like Windows Insiders and Windows Insider for Business, in addition to feedback from our OEM device partners, and customers like you! This helps us determine when to accelerate the release to additional devices. We repeat this process until all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide are offered the Fall Creators Update.
We believe this approach provides the highest quality update experience for all our customers.
With this feature update we’ve increased the number of Windows 10 devices we’ve tested in advance with our OEM device and ISV app partners. You can view some of these devices here, which includes the newest Windows Mixed Reality-ready PCs enabled by the Fall Creators Update!
Phased rollout approach (Actual rollout will vary based on user feedback)
The Fall Creators Update is the most secure version of Windows 10
Being on the latest version of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, provides the latest security protections to help keep you safer, and provides you with the latest features and capabilities.
As I outlined in June, Windows 10 continuously improves its built-in protection capabilities to harden its security platform against unwanted threats and malicious malware. In particular, with this update we’ve added protection against ransomware, which holds your files hostage until you pay to get them back. Read here to learn more about other new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you want to know which system your device is running, you can check here.
Given these built-in security protections and the importance of keeping devices secure, being up-to-date is more important than ever. We’re glad to be seeing devices are staying up-to-date with the latest feature update faster than ever, with most devices running the latest feature update within 6 months of the release.
Semi-Annual Channel released
For our commercial customers, the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) on October 17th marks the start of the Semi-Annual Channel and starts the 18-month servicing timeline. As a reminder, the Semi-Annual Channel is our newly aligned terminology with Office 365 ProPlus for the twice-yearly feature update releases that replaces Windows Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB) concepts.
Just as we’re rolling out the Fall Creators Update in phases, we recommend IT administrators do the same. Start with targeted deployments to validate that apps, devices and infrastructure used by your organization work well with the new release. Then continue your deployment to more and more devices based on the results from your initial targeted deployments. Devices configured to take advantage of Windows Update for Business (WUfB) will be automatically migrated to this Semi-Annual Channel feature update based on your WUfB configurations. For more details on Semi-Annual Channel servicing, see our TechNet blog.
Empowering our enterprise customers to stay up-to-date
We continue to see great momentum as enterprise customers move to Windows 10. Our operating system (OS) is designed with compatibility in mind and with services like Windows Analytics that enable enterprise administrators to reduce IT costs and keep devices up-to-date with confidence.
Windows Analytics provides a suite of free services that analyze the applications and devices in your environment to assess upgrade readiness, identify potential disruptions and provide actionable insights to proactively address them. These services allow IT professionals to build confidence in their upgrade readiness, drastically simplify their validation processes and reduce the effort required to deploy, service and support Windows 10. You can read more about the new security and management enhancements on the Windows for Business blog.
Additionally, I’m happy to announce that we’ve reduced the download size for feature updates. For customers updating from the Windows 10 Creators Update via Windows Update or Windows Update for Business to the Fall Creators Update, it will be approximately 25% smaller thanks to differential downloads!
We hope you enjoy the Fall Creators Update. As always you can tell us about your experience by providing comments or suggestions via the Feedback Hub app.

This Week on Windows: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Surface Book 2 and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows, where we’re talking about the new Surface Book 2 and everything in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update! Head over here to read more about this week’s news, check out the Surface Book 2, or, find out what’s new in the Fall Creators Update.
In case you missed it:

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:
 Happy Hallowdays
 
Spook up your Halloween with this Collection of terrifying games, chilling entertainment, and haunting apps – on sale now through Oct. 31, 2017.
The Dark Tower

The fate of worlds lies with the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), the only one who can defend the Dark Tower – which holds the universe together – from the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Watch good and evil collide in The Dark Tower ($14.99 HD/SD), based on the best-selling book series by Stephen King. Get it now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before it comes to Blu-ray!
Thumper

For a shattering combo of racing and rhythm games, Thumper ($19.99) sets a new bar, with classic rhythm action, blistering speed and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle, screaming down an endless track and crashing through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls.
Have a great weekend!

11 Windows PCs that light up the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The PCs we’re sharing today range in a variety of form factors and price points, so whether you’re an artist, student, or gamer, there’s a device for you. Purchasing a new Windows PC is a great way to take advantage of all the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Microsoft Store can help with free workshops and personalized assistance to get your PC set up. To learn more about what’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, visit this blog post.
11 Windows PCs that light up the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Acer Spin 5
Acer Predator 21 X
ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370
ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA (Available at Best Buy, com or Amazon)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
HP Omen 15 (Available at Microsoft Store and com)
HP Spectre x360 13’’
Lenovo Yoga 920 
Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower
Samsung Galaxy Book 10’’
 

Acer Spin 5

 
Lightweight and portable, the Spin 5’s versatile, convertible form factor makes it a great platform to create and share content, while also utilizing productivity. The Spin 5 features 8th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to 13 hours of battery life. It also works with an optional Acer Active Stylus that offers creativity and stability through Windows Ink. (13-inch & 15-inch models starting at $799.99) Available from Acer.com

Acer Predator 21 X

The Acer Predator 21 X is packed with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, five cooling fans and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs for a supreme graphics performance. This monster gaming laptop offers a curved 21-inch screen and delivers an immersive gaming experience with Tobii eye-tracking technology. Designed for the heaviest gaming needs, and equipped with native, live game streaming through Mixer in Windows 10, its processors can handle Windows multimedia entertainment and productivity needs with ease. (Starts at $8,999.99) Available from Acer.com

ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370

ASUS ZenBook Flip S combines convenience and versatility with a 360° convertible display and a thin and lightweight body. Intel’s 7th Generation i7 allows you to sail through everyday computing tasks with ease. The FHD multitouch NanoEdge display supports an active stylus that combines a high quality visual experience with the convenience of interactivity. In addition, a fingerprint sensor allows instant, one-touch login via Windows Hello in either laptop or tablet mode. (Starts at $1,099.99) Available at Microsoft Store

ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA (Available at Best Buy, com or Amazon)

Thin, light and flexible, the ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA is packed with key Windows 10 features that help keep you productive at a value price. A built-in fingerprint reader allows for a more secure login with Windows Hello, while the included stylus with Windows Ink lets you takes notes and draw in OneNote and Sketchpad. With a detachable keyboard and stepless 170-degree kickstand, the Transformer Mini can be used as a tablet or laptop. The device is powered by Windows 10 and has an 11-hour battery. (Price starts at $384). Available at Best Buy, ASUS.com or Amazon

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1

The new Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 brings powerful performance to the flexibility of a 2-in-1, all with a small footprint. A Dell Active Pen is also available for a natural feel with digital drawing, writing and note taking with Windows Ink. (13-inch models starting at $879.99 and 15-inch models starting at $849.99) Available from Dell.com

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

 
The 13.3-inch Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop offers a 360-degree hinge, making it a workhorse for productivity. Used as a laptop or a tablet, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has up to 15 hours of battery life* with FHD and Quad HD+ InfinityEdge touch display. It is compatible with Windows Hello for password-free logins, and boasts 7th Gen Intel Core processors with Dell Dynamic Power Mode, delivering short bursts of performance when you need it, all with the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 on the planet. (13-inch model starts at $999.99) Available at Microsoft Store with a free Wacom Bamboo Ink Stylus*

HP Omen 15 (Available at Microsoft Store and com)

 
Designed to deliver an immersive gaming experience, the Omen 15 sports full HD and 4K IPS display options as well as Wide Vision HD and Intel RealSense Cameras, which enable Windows Hello. Powered by Windows 10 – complete with native, live game streaming through Mixer – and with NVIDIA GTX GeForce graphics and immersive audio, this laptop is equipped for any gaming challenge. (Starts at $879.99) Available at Microsoft Store and BestBuy.com.

HP Spectre x360 13’’

The HP Spectre x360 utilizes the best of Windows 10 with Windows Ink, Cortana** and Microsoft Edge. Whether you’re at home or on-the-go, the convertible Spectre x360 will keep you up and running with its 2.85lbs weight and up to 15 hours of battery life. The laptop optimizes Intel’s 7th Generation Core processors and the new micro-edge display bezel design that reduces the overall footprint by eliminating almost 10mm from each side of the screen. (Starts at $1,049.99) Available at HP.com

Lenovo Yoga 920 

The Yoga 920 is a lightweight, all-metal, ultra-thin device that arrives in platinum, copper or bronze color options and is available with an optional 4k display. Cortana, your personal voice-activated digital assistant, helps you get things done more easily and quickly – from up to 4 meters away, even in standby mode. The Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink allows you to easily draw on photos and documents, add notes to a map, or highlight and markup webpages in Microsoft Edge. Windows Hello’s integrated fingerprint reader enables quick and easy biometric authentication, as well as fingerprint payments with PayPal and Visa. (Starts at $1,329) Available from Lenovo.com

Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower

Survive battlegrounds and blast through an alien invasion with the Lenovo Legion Y720 tower. Powered by Windows 10, complete with native live game streaming through Mixer, and upgradable without tools, this tower offers the complete package with fast computing, processing and graphical expertise. It is VR-capable and loaded with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics, giving mainstream players reliable performance. (Starts at $899.99) Available from Lenovo.com

Samsung Galaxy Book 10’’

 
The Samsung Galaxy book delivers a premium, flexible design and offers mobile professionals full PC functionality anytime, anywhere. Weighing less than 2lbs and packed with Windows 10 features, this detachable 2-in-1 is a great mix of tablet and laptop. Sporting a touchscreen that can be used with Windows Ink, you can markup, doodle or draw on website with Microsoft Edge while Cortana, your personal assistant, keeps you organized. (Starts at $629.99) Available at Microsoft Store
Now is a great time to take advantage of everything the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has to offer with a new PC! You can also take advantage of Windows Help Me Choose, an interactive tool on Windows.com that makes it easy to find the best PC that meets your needs. To check out even more great Windows 10 PCs from our partners, and to discover what the Fall Creators Update has to offer with free demos and workshops, visit your local Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com.
*Limited-time offer
**Cortana available in select markets