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Windows 10 Tip: Get started with the Mixed Reality Viewer app

As part of our mission to bring 3D and mixed reality to everyone, we launched Mixed Reality Viewer with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in October.  With Mixed Reality Viewer, you can see 3D objects – either from the Remix3D.com community or your own creation from Paint 3D – mixed into your actual surroundings through your PC’s camera.  It’s easy and fun, and all you need to get started is a device with a camera running the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
With the Mixed Reality Viewer, you can experience the power of 3D and mixed reality, no headset required.
Mixed Reality Viewer is a perfect tool when you need to visualize space and dimension, experience something up close, or when you just want to inject some fun into your photos. Whether it’s a friend’s birthday and you want a photo of them alongside a personalized 3D birthday cake, or you’re a home decorator helping a client to visualize what a couch would look like in their living room, or a teacher demonstrating  to students the size and scale of the Mars Rover, this application will help you bring all your ideas to life! Use the app to just play and learn by overlaying 3D objects in your world or snap a photo to save it as a memory and share with friends – read on to learn how.
You have a couple ways to get started:
To get started, head to the Mixed Reality Viewer app, free with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. You’ll find a 3D character already created for you, or click the Remix 3D button to search the extensive 3D catalogue to browse for inspiration. Next, Select the Mixed reality button and your computer’s camera will turn on.  Tap the screen to indicate where you’d like to place your object.
And just like that, your 3D creation is in your real world and you’re experiencing mixed reality. From there, you can rotate the 3D object, zoom in, zoom out and capture the image in a photo.

You can also experience mixed reality from within the Paint 3D application. Simply create something in Paint 3D or pull in a creation from Remix 3D and then select Mixed reality to view it in your real world.

Mixed Reality Viewer is one of the multiple ways we’re empowering people to blend their physical and digital worlds to create, play and learn in new dimensions. We’re so inspired and excited by what we’ve seen people do with the Mixed Reality Viewer already – can’t wait to see more!  If you want to experience Mixed Reality Viewer, and you don’t have the Fall Creators Update yet, please visit this blog post to learn how to get it!

Windows 10 Tip: Browse full screen in Microsoft Edge

Simply select the Settings and more menu and click the “Full screen” arrows icon, or press “F11” on your keyboard. Full screen mode hides things like the address bar and other items from view so you can focus on your content.
To exit full screen mode, move your mouse near top of the screen or swipe down with your finger and select the “restore” icon in the top-right, or press “F11” again.
Head over here to read what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Travel easier with the built-in currency converter

Did you know that with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you have a currency converter built right into the calculator on your Windows 10 PC?

It’s true – in fact, it also includes converters for things like time, power and temperature – so you can easily, quickly convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius and back again. Simply open Calculator, click on the menu button on the left, and select what you’d like to convert.
Head over here to read more about what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: How to recover your pin and password from the lock screen

Did you know with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now easily reset your pin or password, right from your device’s lock screen?
Here’s how to get started:
On your PC’s lock screen, click I forgot my password and sign in with your MSA account. From there, you’ll be asked to prove you’re not a robot by typing the code shown on the screen – once that’s done, click next.

Select a recovery email address or phone from the drop-down menu where you want the code to recover your password to be sent. Fill out the hidden part of the email address or phone number and click Send code.

Log into the account you chose for recovery from a phone or another device, fill in the code you were sent on the screen, enter a new password – and you’re done! You can also reset your pin from the lock screen using these same steps.
Visit this blog post to learn more about what’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and if you don’t have the Fall Creators Update yet you can visit this post to learn how to get it.

Windows 10 Tip: How to recover your pin and password from the lock screen
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Windows 10 Tip: What’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs

Today, the new features we announced last month for the latest version of Skype for Windows 10 are beginning to roll out! Let’s take a look at what’s new.
Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on what you’ve missed by clicking the bell icon to access your notification panel.

From this central place, you’ll see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group conversations, or if someone quoted you. Jump to the conversation by clicking the message in the notification panel.
Looking for that link someone sent you a few weeks ago?

Quickly find shared content in the chat gallery. Just click Gallery to see media, links, and files. You can also now search for text in individual and group conversations.
If you’d like to get someone’s attention in a group chat, type the @ symbol followed by their name to send them a notification so that they can easily respond to the message.

Status updates are back, too, so you can let your colleagues, friends, and family know when you are and aren’t available to chat by changing your presence – or, set a mood message to share what’s going on.
 Share your mixed reality world 
 
If you have a compatible Windows 10 PC and a Windows Mixed Reality headset, you can now share your mixed reality world with Skype. As soon as you answer a Skype call via video, the view the other person sees will be your mixed reality world. They’ll see the game you’re playing, or the ruins you’re exploring in HoloTour, or the movie you’re watching in 3D. If you want to switch back to a traditional video call where the person sees you, you can go to settings in the Skype app and change the device to your PC’s camera.
To learn more about what’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs, visit the Skype Blog!

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with Continue on PC in the Microsoft Edge mobile app

You know those websites, searches and articles that you pull up on your iPhone or Android phone? With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now forward them to instantly open on your PC, so you can continue what you’re doing – researching that project, shopping for those shoes, finishing that article – with all the benefits of the bigger screen.
Here’s how to get started:
Head to Settings, click on Phone and Add a phone. You’ll need to sign in with your Microsoft Account, if you haven’t already. Type your phone number, and click send.

Once you click send, you’ll receive a text with a link to the app store to download and install an app.
Now, for a seamless browsing experience across your phone and PC, you can download the Microsoft Edge mobile app for free and try out the Continue on PC feature this way! If you’re looking at a website in the app that you want to continue looking at on your PC, simply find the Continue on PC icon on your iPhone or Android phone. Sign in with the same Microsoft Account you’re using on your PC.

Next it will ask you if you want to “Continue now” or “Continue later.” If you choose “Continue now,” the website will open on the linked PC. If you choose “Continue later,” the website will show up under Action Center for you to get to later when you’re ready.
Head over here for more on what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Choose your performance and battery balance

The new Performance/Power slider* lets you set the right balance between battery-life longevity and system performance and responsiveness.  Optimize for battery life on a long flight; go with performance when you’re gaming or photo editing at home.*

Simply click on the battery icon in the taskbar, and use the slider to choose your performance and battery balance.
Have a great week!
*Available on most Intel and AMD devices with battery.

Windows 10 Tip: Make your movies and games sound better with Windows Sonic

What is Spatial Sound?
Imagine watching a movie or playing a game and hearing helicopters not only fly around you, but also fly directly over you.  With spatial sound you can! Spatial sound is an enhanced immersive audio experience where sounds can flow around you, including overhead, in three-dimensional virtual space. Spatial sound provides an enhanced atmosphere which traditional surround sound formats cannot.
With spatial sound, all your movies and games will sound better.  Some games, movies, and shows can natively support spatial sound – which provides the highest level of audio immersion and location accuracy. Otherwise, any traditional surround sound content is automatically upscaled to also provide an enhanced audio experience.
What spatial sound formats does Windows support?
You can choose from three different spatial sound providers to hear the benefits: Windows Sonic for Headphones, Dolby Atmos for Headphones, and Dolby Atmos for home theater.*
Windows Sonic for Headphones can be used with any headphones, earbuds or headsets, and makes all your movies and games sound more immersive and enables games to place audio with pinpoint accuracy.
Dolby Atmos brings Dolby’s premium cinema experience to your home or to your device on the go.  Dolby Atmos can be experienced over headphones or through your Dolby Atmos enabled home theater system, sound bar, or TV.  With Dolby Atmos, you’ll be able to experience powerfully immersive and emotive audio in many of today’s blockbuster movies.  Games that take advantage of Dolby Atmos provide new ways to heighten the experience for gamers with stunning detail, precision, and realism.
How do I get Windows Sonic for Headphones or Dolby Atmos?
Windows Sonic for Headphones is available out of the box as part of Windows 10.  Simply follow the instructions below to enable it.
To enable Dolby Atmos, just download the Dolby Access app, available for free in the Microsoft Store. You can then enjoy your Dolby Atmos enabled home theater system, sound bar, or TV for free. To enable Dolby Atmos for Headphones, you can purchase it through the Dolby Access app for $14.99, which activates it on up to 10 devices (including Xbox One).
How do I enable Windows Sonic for Headphones or Dolby Atmos on my PC?
To enable spatial sound on your Windows 10 PC:
Plug your headphones or Dolby Atmos capable audio-video receiver via HDMI to your PC.

Right click on the volume icon in the Task Tray, highlight the spatial sound provider you’d like to use. (Note: If you choose Dolby Atmos for Headphones or Dolby Atmos for Home Theater, you will be taken to the store to download the free Dolby Access  From there you can follow the instructions to try or buy Dolby Atmos for Headphones or enable Dolby Atmos for Home Theater.)
Start your favorite movie or game and enjoy!
*Available on select Windows 10 PCs running the Windows 10 Creators Update or higher.

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!

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!