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How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19

How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19
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The Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires with the Rise of Rome expansion pack is launching on Feb. 20, local time for Windows 10 PCs! To mark the occasion, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York is hosting a special livestream from the Mixer NYC Studio on Feb. 19, so fans around the world can experience the action. Join hosts Kate Yeager, Adam Isgreen from Microsoft Studios, Bert Beeckman from Forgotten Empires and more special guests as they discuss the remastering of the classic real-time strategy game, stream gameplay and share their best tips and tricks.
You’ll be able to get the game from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 beginning at midnight on Feb. 20!

Hey Cortana, turn up the heat; Cortana now works with more smart home providers and IFTTT

Cortana helps make your life easier by making it easy to control your smart home devices from afar. Rush out of the house and forget to turn off the lights? No problem, just pull out your phone, open the Cortana app and say, “Hey Cortana, turn off the lights,” and she’ll take care of it for you.
Last October we announced you could use Cortana to manage your smart devices through Samsung SmartThings, Nest, Philips Hue, Wink, and Insteon. Today, we are pleased to announce that you can use Cortana to control your favorite smart home devices from ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, LIFX, TP-Link Kasa, and Geeni. You can control these devices using Cortana on Windows 10, iPhone, Android, and the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker.
Want to come home to a warm house from a long day at work? Just tap Cortana on your PC and say “Hey Cortana, set the living room thermostat to 72 degrees” to control your ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, or Honeywell Total Connect Comfort thermostat. With vivid colors from your LIFX Wi-Fi connected light bulbs, you can set the mood just right for movie night.
With the slim smart plugs by TP-Link, you’ll never have to worry again about leaving the house and forgetting to turn off something like a space heater or straightening iron. Just say, “Hey Cortana, turn off the space heater.”
Geeni’s smart bulbs and power products work with Cortana, and its smart surge protector even lets you name and control each outlet separately or in groups with Cortana. For example, if you have several lamps in your living room, plug them into your Geeni surge protector and say, “Hey Cortana, turn off the living room lamps”, and Cortana will turn off all the outlets named “living room lamp”.
To set up your connected home with Cortana, open Cortana on Windows 10 or go to the Cortana app on your phone, click Notebook, then click Connected Home. From there, you can connect your favorite smart home accounts and control your devices from anywhere you use Cortana.*
Cortana now works with hundreds of services on IFTTT
We are also excited to share that starting today, Cortana works with IFTTT! IFTTT is a free platform that helps you connect your apps and services together. IFTTT works with 600 services from providers in a variety of areas. You could add items to your shopping list on Trello, post a tweet, open your Link shades, extend tumble time on your GE Dryer and log your weight on Fitbit among many other things. There’s a whole world of possibilities with Cortana on IFTTT.
Using IFTTT, you will be able to customize your experience by creating your own phrases to use with services on IFTTT. For example, you could turn your lights off by saying, “Hey Cortana, let there be light” or put money towards that next concert trip on Qapital by saying, “Hey Cortana, penny for my thoughts.” Use triggers and responses on IFTTT to make Cortana your truly personal assistant.
You can also use Applets on IFTTT with Cortana to trigger multiple actions with one phrase. So if you are watching a movie at home, you can say “Hey Cortana, movie time” and she’ll turn down your Hue lights, Harmony TV turned on, and your Nest Thermostat set to the right temperature.
Cortana is always available to help you on Windows 10, Android, iPhone, and Harman Kardon Invoke devices. Set up your Cortana Applets on the Cortana channel on IFTTT!

Hey Cortana, turn up the heat; Cortana now works with more smart home providers and IFTTT
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*Additional requirements may apply per device.

This Week on Windows: Amazon Music app, fifth anniversary of Surface Pro and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Visit this post to read about the Amazon Music app for Windows 10, now available from Microsoft Store, check out our Windows 10 Tip on 7 pro tips for getting started with Microsoft Edge as your PDF viewer or head over here for the system requirements for Sea of Thieves on Windows 10!
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Amazon Music for Windows 10 available now from Microsoft Store

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Music for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Microsoft Store* in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.
With Amazon Music on Windows 10, you can enjoy, discover, and share millions of songs from today’s chart-topping artists wherever and whenever you want. Amazon Music includes two streaming service options, Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music. With Amazon Music Unlimited, subscribers can explore a full catalog of tens of millions of songs, thousands of hand-curated playlists and stations at their fingertips, on all their devices, with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Included in your Prime membership at no additional cost, Prime Music offers ad-free access to more than two million songs with over one thousand playlists and stations.

We’re proud to collaborate with Amazon Music to make it easy for customers to enjoy music anytime, anywhere with ad-free listening and on-demand and offline playback on Amazon Music. You can also learn more about today’s exciting news over on the Amazon Music Blog.

*Available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. To download this app, your PC or tablet must be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or greater. If you’re not sure which version of Windows your PC is running visit this link. To learn how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update click here.

Let’s talk about specs for Sea of Thieves

This marks an exciting time for the team as they move towards the game’s launch on March 20, as it gives you the chance to see what the performance will be like on your system;

For more detail into how Sea of Thieves has been built from the ground up for Windows 10, and for more technical insight into all the great features coming to PC, head over here to read more about today’s news!

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Virgin Galactic partners with Microsoft Edge to create an immersive web experience for aspiring astronauts

We’ve all stared into the depths of the night sky, identified far off planets, and the Milky Way; but only fewer than 600 people have traveled above and beyond Earth’s atmosphere and into space. At Virgin Galactic, our rocket scientists, engineers and designers from around the world are united in creating something new and lasting that could change that – the world’s first commercial spaceflights for private astronauts and science research. We’re on the edge of a golden age of space exploration, which has the potential to transform our business and personal lives in ways we can only yet imagine.

Virgin Galactic’s vision to open space to change the world for good and to become the spaceline for earth is ushering in a new era that could make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. Along with the hundreds of future astronauts who have already made reservations to fly, it is important to create an inclusive experience for as many people as possible to join the journey.
Today, we are excited to share that this vision of inclusivity led to a unique collaboration between Virgin Galactic and Microsoft Edge: together we have developed a fully revamped, mobile-friendly and touch-optimized website for Virgin Galactic that features virtual experience through WebVR, accessible to all on the web.

Partnering with Virgin Galactic offered the Microsoft Edge team a unique opportunity to use web technology as a digital gateway to tell the story of the future of human space exploration through unique, exclusive and memorable experiences. The website is built to create a deeper connection between the global population and space travel by demonstrating how space exploration, research and transportation has the potential to improve life for everyone. It tells the story of Virgin Galactic and a new wave of astronauts as they pioneer space access for all. It also honors the beginning of a new era, where spaceflight discoveries are open to more people than ever before with modern web technologies, making that vision accessible through Microsoft Edge.
When people come to the website for the first time, I want them to realize that anything is possible. It’s real, it’s in front of them. They can touch it and see it and immerse themselves and play.— Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Trainer, Virgin Galactic

The digital portal, launched today with Microsoft Edge, brings awe-inspiring details of this journey to life for aspiring astronauts. Microsoft engaged a third-party interactive agency to envision and develop the new website. The very latest in web technology delivers the thrill of space travel to a broader audience than ever before — possible through 2D, 3D, and virtual reality experiences. These new website features include:
Innovative mixed-reality – With immersive browser WebVR, and anyone can tour the space fleet using Windows Mixed Reality devices. Hotspots provide key details about the WhiteKnightTwo mothership, spaceship VSS Unity and the Virgin Galactic team. A parallel 3D tour is offered for aspiring astronauts without VR devices.
Micro-interactions, parallax and animations –  Enjoy a fluid site experience by interacting with a variety of VSS Unity features, the sensation of views in parallax, and animations that enhance your discovery.
Mobile-friendly and touch-optimized – In keeping with the goal of a captivating venture, the site is mobile-friendly and touch-optimized for intuitive use.
The spirit of what Microsoft Edge is bringing to the Virgin Galactic website is a very kindred spirit. It’s the same creativity, the same innovation, the same storytelling mode that we have.— Julia Tizard, Vice President, Virgin Galactic

We want people to see the depth and breadth of Virgin Galactic: we are a company of people who want to change the world for good by opening up space for personal travel and science research. One of the Virgin Galactic tenets is to be delightfully surprising, and the work with Microsoft Edge delivers that with the new browser technologies on the website. It’s a visual experience, an audio and a mixed-reality immersive experience; the combined experiences have the potential sensory excitement which captures what we want people to feel when they go on a space flight.
Try the experience today at!

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About Microsoft Edge Web Showcase
Microsoft Edge Web Showcase is dedicated to partnering with organizations around the world to highlight extraordinary and exciting new ventures. This program explores opportunities to contribute to a diverse set of educational programs and to develop partnerships to showcase web technology.

Windows 10 Tip: 7 pro tips for getting started with Microsoft Edge as your PDF viewer

With the latest feature updates, you can now do a lot more with your PDF in Microsoft Edge like, customize different views, take notes, and even have your PDF read aloud to you!
Check out all that the PDF viewer in Microsoft Edge has to offer:
Text highlighting and handwritten notes
Annotations in the browser is now extended to PDFs as well. Look for the “Add notes” button next to browser address bar to move into the annotations mode. The annotations toolbar has all the tools to highlight text or use Windows Ink to write on your documents. The toolbar also provides different colors for inking and the “Touch writing” button can be used to switch between annotating and scrolling and panning your document. And, if you’re not pleased with your annotation – the Eraser tool is there to remove things.

Pop-up menu and text notes
You can get to some of the features quickly through the pop-up menu that appears when you select any text. Once you select text, you will get an option to highlight the text quickly or add a text note. Click on the “Add a note” button and a text note will pop-up.

Easy navigation through the document
The PDF toolbar offers all the necessary tools to view PDFs. You can click/tap anywhere on the screen to invoke and dismiss the toolbar. You can enter a page number to jump to any page of the document or use “Table of contents” to jump to a desired section. “Search” can help you find all the occurrences of a text in the document and then easily jump to the locations.
Reading modes to suit your requirements
You can use “Rotate” to rotate those upside-down documents and use “Layout” to choose between different reading layouts including one-page and two-page layouts. Like to have freedom when it comes scrolling – then you’ll like the continuous and page-wise scrolling options. The “Full screen” option, in the browser menu, allows for distraction-free reading of your documents and books as well.
Pro tip: Try opening a PowerPoint presentation saved as PDF in single page layout with continuous scrolling off and go full-screen. You are now in presentation mode right from your browser.

PDF form filling
Every now and then we encounter forms to be filled which are in PDF format – and now you can fill them out within Microsoft Edge. You can even use the inking feature to sign the forms with your handwriting.
Read aloud
Now you don’t have to read those long research documents or books yourself because the browser will read them to you. Look for the “Read aloud” button in the toolbar to start reading your PDFs.
Ask Cortana*
Select any text within your PDF and click “Ask Cortana” and Cortana will give you all the necessary information of your search without even having to leave the browser tab.

So, the next time you open a PDF in Microsoft Edge, try out some of these features, and happy reading.

Windows 10 Tip: 7 pro tips for getting started with Microsoft Edge as your PDF viewer
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*Cortana available in select markets.

This Week on Windows: Resume Assistant from LinkedIn and Office 365, Forza and more

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to read more about the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition for Forza Motorsport 7, the Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle, or the Designed for Xbox Sea of Thieves companion gaming accessories; learn more about the new Resume Assistant powered by LinkedIn and Office 365 over at the Office Blog; or, check out this week’s Windows 10 Tip on getting started with the emoji keyboard!
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Announcing the HypeZone Fortnite Battle Royale Channel on Mixer

This week, over at the Mixer blog, the Mixer team announced that they’ve expanded HypeZone to include a Fortnite Battle Royale channel!
With Fortnite‘s player base of more than 45 million gamers, HypeZone Fortnite will host the action you’re craving from Fortnite‘s free 100-player PvP mode: One giant map. A battle bus. Fortnite building skills and destructible environments combined with intense PvP combat. The last one standing wins. We hope to see you streaming and cheering on your fellow Mixer broadcasters in their pursuit of Victory Royale! Start watching now at!

Have a great weekend!

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Fujitsu and Microsoft focused on advancing security in the modern workplace

Working from anywhere at any time is increasingly the new standard and companies worldwide are modernizing their technology to thrive in this environment. To support this transition, we at Fujitsu partnered with Microsoft to build devices that are highly mobile, flexible and secure. For a behind-the-scenes look, please watch “Enabling the Modern Workplace”.**

There are many reasons for companies to modernize their technology and embrace the remote workstyle. Here are my top 3: long-term cost savings, increased employee productivity, and a competitive recruiting edge.
More than just enabling remote access, technology modernization includes providing the most secure environment to protect your employees, company, and customers.
Modern Security
Per Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics*, over 60% of security attacks stem from compromised user credentials. To minimize this very real security concern, Microsoft developed Windows Hello facial and fingerprint recognition and Fujitsu has brought to market another biometric option, palm vein authentication. PalmSecure, the technology behind palm vein authentication, maps the veins under your skin to confirm identity. Already used by companies and organizations around the world, including Banco Bradesco and Lotte Card, palm vein technology is designed to provide access protection for devices and prevent compromised credentials.
How do Windows Hello and palm vein authentication work?
Windows Hello (fingerprint):
Swipe your finger over the sensor. The sensor will read your unique fingerprint. Once identity is confirmed, you are logged in.
Palm vein authentication:
Place your hand above the sensor. The sensor will read your unique vein map. Once identity is confirmed, you are logged in.
Start modernizing your workplace:
Fujitsu and Microsoft are committed to continually innovating so every CIO can confidently enable a mobile and remote workforce while maintaining top-level security.
To start modernizing your workplace, please visit:
To go directly to Fujitsu devices with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro and biometric authentication options, please see:
* **Fujitsu has evaluated the Microsoft Companion Device Framework for potential integration with Fujitsu’s proprietary palm vein solution, however the integrated solution release date is still undetermined.