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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!

New app and game limits empower parents with more specific settings | Windows Experience Blog

Screen time is something so many families think about every day, including me, both at work as the product and strategy lead for family at Microsoft, and at home as a mother of two. I’m excited to share the next step in our efforts to empower families to strike the right balance of technology use in their lives with new app and game limits. Starting today, you can access this new feature in preview within our existing family settings across Windows 10, Xbox One and Android via Microsoft Launcher.

You may already be familiar with our existing device screen time feature, which allows parents to set limits at the device level. For instance, I can give my kids one hour of screen time on their Windows 10 PC devices, and another hour on their Xbox One console. Alternatively, parents can also choose to set a combined allowance of two hours, giving kids the option to spend it whichever way they want across both Windows 10 and Xbox One devices.
With the new app and game limits feature, we introduce two new key elements to screen time:
You can now set how much time your children spend within specific apps or games. Rather than a blanket time limit for time spent on device, you can now set limits at the app or game level, enabling you to be more specific with how your kids are spending their time with technology. This can be extremely helpful as parents struggle to balance the needed screen time for homework or education purposes when children use the same devices for gaming and entertainment.
The app and game limits you set will apply across Windows 10, Xbox One and even your child’s Android phone running Microsoft Launcher. We want to provide families the convenience of setting this up once, and letting it carry over across your child’s devices. This means one hour of Netflix per day is one hour of Netflix per day – my daughters can no longer pull a fast one by switching from one device to another.
One thing we learned from our research is that families tend to agree to different screen time allocations for weekdays and weekends. For example, you may want to allow your child to play a game until 9 p.m. on Saturday but want them done before dinner during the week. That led us to design the app and game limits feature with additional granularity to allow for both a variety of set time limits and different windows during which those limits apply, depending on the day.

Ultimately, our goal is for the app and game limits feature to provide flexible and customizable tools to meet each family’s unique needs. You as parents know what’s best for your children — no technology can ever replace that — but we’re hoping these tools can help you to strike the right balance.
To get started with app and game limits, and the many other family features we offer, the first step is to create a family group and ensure each child or teen in the family has their own Microsoft account. This is an important step for you to be able to manage their safety settings. We have recently made significant improvements to the child account creation, and credit cards are no longer required.
Once the family group is created, we encourage parents to have an open conversation with their children about their use of technology, how to empower them to learn and grow, connect with family and friends, play games and have fun; and at the same time, place guardrails to help them stay focused on their goals.
When children begin using an app or game, they are reminded of how much time they have. They will also get a reminder when they’re within 15 minutes of reaching the limit, and another reminder at five minutes, at which point they will have the option to ask for additional time. You, as the parent, can grant or deny that via email or more conveniently, via the Microsoft Launcher notification on your Android phone.
Starting today, you can access this feature in preview across the devices tied to your child’s account, which is connected to your Microsoft family group. The new app and game limits feature completes a large set of family features we’ve been developing over the past few years to empower families to develop healthy digital habits, including weekly activity reports – sent to both parent and child as a great opportunity to foster a dialog – content filters, device screen time, spending limits, child location and Xbox privacy and online safety settings.
Check out Xbox Wire for more information. We hope you will give this new feature a try and let us know what you think so we can continue to build experiences and tools that meet the needs of today’s families. (Go to any of the family web pages and click on Feedback in the bottom right.)

The holidays come early at IFA 2019 | Windows Experience Blog

This week I had the pleasure of being in Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2019 to meet with our PC and IoT ecosystem partners. This is always an exciting time for me because I get to see all the new PCs and intelligent edge devices coming this holiday season. Over the last week, our partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo and Razer have announced new Windows 10 PCs that both consumer and commercial customers are sure to want.
Modern PCs look different because they are different. They have better performance, innovative designs and new experiences. According to Microsoft research, people are happier when they get a modern PC. We have a lot of modern PCs in market already from all our device partners, and it’s great to see these benefits continuing to come to life in recently announced devices from our partners.
Better performance
Performance starts with a modern computer with solid-state drives (SSDs). SSDs make the computers fast, thin and light. Performance also considers how long the battery lasts and what processor is used. All these elements are critical for customers who want to use their device on the go and run multiple workloads at once. Today’s modern PCs are at least two times faster and can stay unplugged on average of 32% longer compared to HDD models. Intel’s recently announced 10th Generation Intel Core processors enhance the experience for many of these new devices with AI, Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Wi-Fi 6 technologies, all of which increase speed of connectivity.
A great example is the new Dell XPS 13 now with an Intel 10th Generation processor. Whether bingeing a video series or working on the go, this device delivers performance gains needed for compute-intensive, demanding, multi-thread workloads – while still efficiently displaying beautiful 4K content.

The latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops are great examples of devices engineered for an on-the-go workforce that needs higher performance to improve their workday productivity and security. These devices are optimized for long battery life and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

Razer announced the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 – the first gaming laptop with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650. Powered by Intel’s new 10th Generation processor, the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 delivers true gaming performance packed into an amazingly thin 15mm chassis weighing only 1.3 kgs.

Innovative designs
Being fast and powerful used to come at the expense of a beautiful device, but not anymore. Windows 10 PCs are designed to be shown off with touches like metallic finishes and backlit keyboards. Choice of form factors help you work the way you want with 2-in-1 convertibles, detachables and ultraslim designs.
The new ASUS Republic of Gamers demonstrates this attention to design. By offering a new Glacier Blue hue for select Zephyrus and Strix family laptops, the company is reimagining the look and feel of gaming machines for a widening audience of gamers who are also streamers and creative professionals who want more than a black machine.

Great design also comes with devices that are thin and light. The Acer Swift 5*, a super light 14-inch notebook that is 15.95 mm thin, only weighs 990 grams and comes with a new discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics option for high-powered gaming.

New experiences
Finally, we want customers to have the best experiences with their hardware and software, and that begins with the applications and services that come with a Windows 10 PC. This includes multiple ways to interact, with ink and pen, voice and touch, and compatibility with other devices and applications. It also includes top-grade security with Windows Hello and the on-the-go productivity benefits in Office 365 enabled by the cloud. When it comes down to it, Windows 10 PCs help you achieve more.
With a modern PC you get speed, security, durability and great design. While there is a lot of focus on PCs at IFA, we also see a lot of innovation from our partners around the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge.
By 2020 analysts estimate that 20 billion devices will be connected to the cloud, and Microsoft and our ecosystem of partners offer a unique value proposition because our Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge solutions are extra smart, secure and agile. For example, we have the Smart Home solution from digitalSTROM in our Microsoft booth where you can experience different ways to operate your Smart Home; e.g., order a cup of coffee from a robot or start the coffee machine with just a smile via a 3D Intel RealSense camera.
From the latest in modern, powerful Windows 10 PCs to cloud-connected services, I am constantly amazed by the innovative ways our partners are building on our platforms to deliver rich experiences to customers.  I think it’s going to be a great holiday season for Microsoft, our partners and our customers.
Check back on the Windows Blog for more updates in the coming months.
*Based on Acer’s internal survey as of August 29, 2019 of competing clamshell laptop designs available on the market, running Windows OS or OSX.

IFA 2019: Acer shows off ConceptD Pro family of notebooks, the Predator Triton 300 gaming notebook and more | Windows Experience Blog

At IFA 2019, Acer announced its ConceptD Pro series notebook family with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, built for peak performance and hours of uninterrupted use. The Pro series with Windows 10 meets the stringent requirements of applications in virtual reality, artificial intelligence and big data analytics. The notebooks also feature amber backlit keyboards.The new ConceptD Pro series notebooks featuring 9th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 10 are designed not only for professional creators but also AI engineers and software developers.

At the top end, the ConceptD 9 Pro is a 17.3-inch notebook that targets complex engineering simulations with up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs with 16GB VRAM and 32 GB of DDR4 memory. Thanks to Acer’s CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge, the 4K display (3840 x 2160) can flip, extend and recline for convenient collaboration between team members. It’s aimed to handle AI/deep learning, engineering simulations and large animation studios requiring power, flexibility and cross-compatibility. A Wacom EMR stylus is also included and magnetically attaches to the device.

At 15.6 inches, the ConceptD 7 Pro is designed for power on-the-go with up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs with 16 GB VRAM and 32 GB of DDR4 memory. This model is ideal for data scientists, software developers, engineers and professional design studios who demand power, flexibility and compatibility that is tested with all certified professional software applications.
The ConceptD 5 Pro is aimed at users in the advanced creative space and is available with 15- and 17-inch options – both with 4K UHD resolution – and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 GPUs. It’s a device geared for complex CAD design, animation and simulation workflows, so it’s designed to appeal to architects, 3D animators, special effects producers and small design studios.
The ConceptD 3 Pro is a notebook for creators like photographers, industrial design students and graphic designers, featuring NVIDIA Quadro T1000 GPUs and a PANTONE-Validated display. Users can process all their media with true color reproduction and can login via a touch of the built-in fingerprint reader through Windows Hello for easy and more secure access.
Finally, the new ConceptD CM2241W is a desktop monitor featuring a slim bezel, excellent color accuracy supporting 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut and hyper-smooth viewing, with a refresh rate up to 75 Hz.

Acer also introduced the Predator Triton 300 gaming notebook, which expands the Triton line with an affordable solution for mainstream gamers who also appreciate thin and lightweight designs. Up to a 9th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor is paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and 16GB of DDR4 2666Hz memory (upgradable to 32GB). To accommodate massive amounts of game storage, it will support up to two 1TB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 and up to a 2TB hard drive. Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX 1650, along with Killer Ethernet, keeps the action moving quickly and lag-free.
A bright 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS display with a narrow bezel design includes a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms overdrive response time, delivering realistic graphics and colors that pop, highlight every detail and bring games to life.
Now with a 300Hz 15.6-inch Full-HD display, the Predator Triton 500 is a powerful gaming notebook slimmed down to just .70 inches thin and weighing 4.6 pounds. It has a durable, all-metal chassis and narrow bezels for an 81% body-to-screen ratio.
In addition to these announcements, Acer also debuted refreshed models in its popular Swift ultra-portable notebook and Aspire all-in-one desktop ranges, all powered by the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 10.

The latest generation, 14-inch Swift 5 weighs just 990 grams with a new discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics option, or even less with solely integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics while measuring just 14.95 mm thin. The screen features a three-side narrow bezel with a high screen-to-body ratio of 86.4%. It has a full-function USB3.1 Type-C connector that supports Thunderbolt 3, dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and supports Windows Hello through a fingerprint reader.
The Swift 3 packs a lot of power into its 15.95 mm thin chassis with up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and an optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU, keeping everything running at its optimum speed. It also includes up to 512 GB PCIe Gen 3×4 SSD storage, 16GB LPDDR4 RAM and dual-band Wi-Fi 6, for a smoother and more enjoyable wireless experience, making it an ultra-portable, supercharged laptop for work and play. It delivers up to 12.5 hours of battery life and fast charging capabilities: 30 minutes charging can provide four hours of battery life in video playback conditions.

Within its space-saving design, the ultra-thin Aspire C all-in-one comes with plenty of practical features for both students and the whole family to enjoy. It is available with 27-inch, 24-inch and 22-inch Full HD IPS screen options, all powered by 10th Generation Intel Core processors and an optional discrete NVIDIA MX130 GPU.
Find out more about all of Acer’s announcements at IFA.

IFA 2019: Lenovo unveils consumer lineup loaded with intelligent features | Windows Experience Blog

Ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show, Lenovo unveils its latest consumer lineup for 2019. Here’s a first look at the intelligent features set to debut on these new Lenovo laptops, monitors and an all-in-one desktop.Two new 13-inch Windows 10 Lenovo IdeaPad laptops provide up to 10th Generation Intel Core mobile processors and a memory upgrade of up to 16GB DDR4 to get you through all your online tasks—giving you more time to binge-watch your favorite shows with up to an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU.

At just 2.8 pounds, the 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is designed to fit conveniently in your bag. With the Dolby Audio Speaker System, front-facing microphones and quieter, intelligent fan thermals – your laptop stays charged longer with up to 8 hours [1] of battery life and stays cooler than before.

The ultra-slim, all-aluminum Lenovo IdeaPad S540 is a step up with a high-quality QHD display option, Dolby Audio Speaker System and your choice of three hues It has RapidCharge [3], plus Cortana and Alexa smart voice capability [4]. It uses Windows Hello and its motion-sensing IR camera for smarter interaction and hands-free user log-in with biometric authentication.
Manually direct power and performance modes based on your needs with Lenovo’s exclusive Q-Control [5] feature or choose to dynamically boost your laptop’s battery life with auto-adjustments enabled by new AI technology.
When enabled, Q-Control uses machine learning to monitor the tasks running in the background and your device’s thermal attributes to control its fans and optimize a longer battery life on its own. For example, movie watchers will appreciate the lower power mode with quieter fan, while content creators will enjoy the turbo-boosting mode for a quicker computing response.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A540 is the new all-in-one Windows 10 desktop with a high-resolution screen offered in two sizes, 24-inch and 27-inch. Its smart, functional base wirelessly charges your Qi-Certified mobile device—even if your PC is switched off. [6] Its metallic steel stand curves slightly. Its pull-out IR camera comes with an integrated TrueBlock Privacy shutter for an extra layer of security, while a narrow bezel design and rear cable collector round out a clutter-free look.

Put a compatible mobile phone on the IdeaCentre A540 for wireless charging.

With up to 9th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU and discrete Radeon RX560 graphics, the 27-inch model has a high-resolution QHD display option that provides vivid color while Dolby and JBL by Harman speakers deliver crisp stereo sound. An AMD Ryzen CPU option is also available on the 24-inch model, and a 10-point touchscreen is optional on either display size.
The new mainstream Lenovo L28u Monitor delivers 28 inches of vivid color with a 4K In-Plane Switching (IPS) wide-angle display, pixel-perfect resolution and ultra-thin bezel. If your device has AMD graphics [7], eliminate image stuttering and screen tearing for smoother gameplay with AMD Radeon FreeSync. Tilt your monitor to the way that best suits your viewing angle and count on Lenovo’s TÜV Rhineland Eye Comfort-certified anti-glare display that minimizes eye fatigue.

The Lenovo G34w Gaming Monitor has 1500R curvature and an ultra-wide, industry-leading 21:9 aspect ratio. It has a 34-inch panoramic Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) display that’s four times clearer than HD.
Find out more about Lenovo at IFA.
[1] All battery life claims are approximate. This is based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional details.
 [3] Charge one hour in standby mode or while powered off, for up to 80 percent battery life based on test results using the MobileMark2014 ver. 1.5 battery life benchmark test. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/  for additional details on testing standard. 
[4] Cortana is accessible through the Windows 10 start menu, and Alexa for PC is accessible through Lenovo Vantage during the initial set-up. Alexa is available on select Lenovo PCs in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Laptop lid must be open to activate mics.
[5] Lenovo Q-Control (also called Intelligent Thermal Solutions, or ITS) will be enabled via a Lenovo Vantage update in fall 2019.
[6] List of Qi-certified devices: https://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/products#Qi-Certified%20Product%20Database
[7] FreeSync requires a monitor and AMD Radeon graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127.

‘Gears POP!’ now available

“Gears POP!” is now available to play on iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.
In this game, players collect and upgrade dozens of “Gears of War” heroes and villains, which appear as Funko Pop! vinyl designs. Build the ultimate squad and compete in the Arena, where you battle other collectors and competitors.
Sign into your Xbox profile to sync your game progress across all your devices.
Find out more at Xbox Wire.
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5 ways PC gamers can save big during the Xbox Super Game Sale | Windows Experience Blog

During E3 in June, Xbox announced their commitment to bring more choice to the PC gaming community with the launch of Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). The commitment to PC gaming doesn’t stop there, especially now that the Xbox Super Game Sale has kicked off at Microsoft Store.The Xbox Super Game Sale is the time to save big and stock up on top-rated PC games, find a great deal online or at your local Microsoft Store on a new gaming PC, or pick up cool new gaming accessories like monitors, keyboards, mice and headsets. You’ll need to hurry and jump all over these deals because the Xbox Super Game Sale ends July 29.
1. Save up to 50% on popular PC games for Windows 10

Save up to 50% on popular PC games for Windows 10 like “Sea of Thieves Anniversary Edition,” “Age of Empires: Definitive Edition,” “Astroneer” and more. There’s over 70 deals on popular PC games during the Xbox Super Game Sale and many support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability (PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10).
2. Save big on select gaming PCs and accessories

Thinking about upgrading your gaming rig? Take advantage of savings up to $300 on select gaming PCs from Razer, Dell, Lenovo, MSI and CyberPower ($400 off in Canada). There’s also deals on cool gaming accessories including monitors, keyboards, mice, headsets and more. Offers available now through July 29 unless otherwise noted.
3. Take advantage of great in-game deals in free-to-play game favorites

Level up with great deals on add-ons in free-to-play games like “Roblox,” “Asphalt 9: Legends,” “World of Tanks Blitz“ and many more favorites. There are great deals that will help you unlock bonus content, add power-ups and special features, and load up on loot.
4. Save $200 on the Samsung HMD Odyssey+

Immerse yourself in the virtual world and save $200 on the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality headset with controllers, now just $299 ($250 off in Canada, now $399). Immersive gaming adventures await with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+. This Windows Mixed Reality headset combines cutting-edge technology with thoughtful design for a premium virtual experience.
5. Save on Xbox digital games, Xbox One S consoles and accessories

Just because you prefer PC gaming, it doesn’t mean that you can’t also enjoy console gaming, too. The Xbox Super Game Sale has a ton of great deals on Xbox games, consoles and more. It’s worth checking out before the Xbox Super Game Sale ends on July 29.
Xbox Super Game Sale deals are available online or at your local Microsoft Store, so take advantage of these great deals before they end on July 29, 2019 (or as otherwise noted above). Availability and pricing varies by location. May not be combinable with other offers. Other limitations may apply. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. See webpage for each offer’s specific details.
*Three Months for $14.99: Not valid for existing subscribers. Limit: one offer per account; credit card required.  Offer valid from July 16, 2019 9:00 a.m. PDT though July 29, 2019 11:59 p.m. PDT and only through link in this offer, in all Xbox Game Pass markets excluding Quebec and Russia.  Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. After promotional period, subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular quarterly price (subject to change), unless cancelled. Plus applicable taxes. Credit card required. Game catalog varies over time.

Data analyst with ALS types with his eyes to help modernize companies – Windows Experience Blog

Otto Knoke, who has been living with ALS for two decades, harnesses his data skills to help transform companies and modernize industries with the help of Eye Control, a feature in Windows 10 that allows him to type with his eyes.
Otto Knoke and his friend and former colleague, Juan Alvarado, discuss a Power BI report Knoke created using eye-tracking software for Windows 10.
The 60-year-old data analyst calls himself the “oldest nerd of Guatemala” and is well-known in the country’s business community, especially after he helped update the banking industry by bringing ATMs there 20 years ago.
But even as his career was blossoming, his muscles were beginning to fail him. In 1998, Knoke was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and was told he had two years to live.
Though he’s now one of just 5 percent of ALS patients to survive for more than 20 years, he’d gradually had to pull back from his work. Trying to communicate had become a struggle. Then last year, his life took a new turn.
Read more about Knoke at Microsoft Stories.

Showcasing new computing possibilities at IFA – Windows Experience Blog

This year at IFA, we get another glimpse into what the future may hold as technology evolves and, more tangibly, the devices consumers will have in hand. This week, we’ve seen numerous partners announce new and innovative modern devices that allow people to achieve more. To fully light up these new devices, we’re continuing to evolve our experiences and features to bring more functionality and delight to our Windows users.
Erin Chapple, corporate vice president, Microsoft, speaking at the IFA 2018 keynote in Berlin
As part of this commitment, I’m pleased to announce that our next feature update to Windows will be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. With this update, we’ll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time. We’ll share more details about the update over the coming weeks.
We’re excited to continue to innovate with our partners and to bring new and meaningful technology to this ever-changing world. Today at IFA, Nick Parker, corporate vice president, Consumer and Device Sales, and Erin Chapple will be showcasing a number of these great new Windows PCs as part of our keynote presentation. For those of you that can’t be at IFA, not to worry. Here’s Erin to tell you more about the exciting innovation she’ll be showing in Berlin.
New PCs, new opportunities (Erin Chapple, corporate vice president, Microsoft)
I’m so excited to be here in Berlin to share new Windows experiences that help people achieve more – all come to life by new modern PCs announced this week.
One of the areas that remains a top commitment for us is the connected computing space. Earlier this week, we took another step forward in our focus on connected PC experiences with the announcement of the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 powered Always Connected PC: the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon). Lean, light and crafted from premium aluminum, the Yoga C630 WOS offers LTE connectivity and, as noted by Lenovo, an incredible up to 25+ hours of battery life. Combined with powerful entertainment features and an optional Lenovo pen, the Yoga C630 WOS is designed for wherever the day takes you.
Lenovo Yoga Book C630
Beautiful devices like the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS are pairing the functionality of Windows 10 with portable, lightweight devices that keep our users connected to the things that are important to them, while on the go. We believe that the mobile, cellular-connected PC experience is going to continue to grow in popularity, and devices like the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS, as well as connected PCs from ASUS and HP that went on sale earlier this year, are ensuring that we have a robust and diverse portfolio of products to keep users connected and happy.
Lenovo also announced the Lenovo Yoga Book C930 – a multi-year, multi-release investment by Lenovo focusing on creativity and productivity for the mobile user, using new paradigms of input and content consumption built on the Windows 10 platform, combined with optional Office productivity tools. At the press of a button, the Yoga Book C930’s E Ink display appears and serves as a keyboard, notepad and eReader. Ultra-thin and light, the device is packed with Windows hero features like Cortana, Windows Ink and Windows Hello, along with optional 4G connectivity to keep you productive all-day long.
Lenovo Yoga Book C930
Another great productivity PC is the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1. It brings beauty from every angle with a 3-sided narrow border that focuses on the IPS and Active Pen compatible touch screen. The Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 brings a ‘Modern Standby’ feature for instant-on performance and the ability to log in with just one touch using the Windows Hello fingerprint reader, while a miniature 4-element lens webcam offers temporal noise reduction and increases image quality in low-light settings.
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1
One of the devices that really turned heads in the booth this week was the new Surface Go. It offers all the comforts of a laptop, with the convenience of a 10’’ tablet. Sometimes, a little can go a long way, and the Surface Go offers a small, 1.15 pound portable 2-in-1 form factor that adapts to the way you want to work. Whether at work or home, travelling, or just for everyday tasks, it runs Office365 with a touchscreen, has built-in Windows Hello for a more secure sign-in and offers note taking, drawing and more with the Surface Pen.
Surface Go
And, of course, we have to have something for our gaming fans! The newly refreshed Acer Predator Triton 900 gaming rig sports the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for ultimate power and speed, while the laptop’s hinge pivots the screen to fit whatever angle you’d like to game at. With the garage door, you can insert an Xbox controller dongle to play Xbox games seamlessly, and a custom-engineered dual-fan keeps things cool while the RGB backlit keyboard and overclocking capabilities customize your gaming experience.
Acer Predator Triton 900
As you can imagine, this is only a small snapshot of the great innovation that is coming from our partners this week here in Berlin. Whether it’s gaming, productivity or creativity that drives you, there’s truly a modern Windows 10 PC that will help you achieve more. And, as Roanne mentioned, we’re excited to bring even more experiences and innovation to our customers with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
To learn more about the other devices announced this week at IFA, check out posts about Dell, Acer and Lenovo.

Story Labs: How Microsoft’s Matthew Bennett cuts through noise to create a ‘sound world’ – Windows Experience Blog

You might never have thought about the sounds your computer emits when an email arrives, your battery runs low or a meeting reminder pops up on your screen. Matthew Bennett has. A lot.
Bennett personally composed, performed and digitally manipulated more than 900 versions of the Windows 10 calendar alert sound before choosing the perfect one.
As audio creative director for a large portfolio of Microsoft software and devices, Bennett has played a key role in the company’s sound design for 15 years. He has strong opinions and well-developed philosophies about sound, as well as a highly specialized vocabulary to discuss it.
“Our responsibility to our customers is, first of all, do no harm. Design sounds that don’t hurt or annoy,” he says. “Second, make it functional, and third, make it beautiful. Beauty and function go hand in hand. The more beautiful it is, the better it will flow into the experience we want people to have.”

Read more about Bennett at Microsoft Story Labs.