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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.

Bring your film libraries together through Movies Anywhere, now available on Xbox and Windows 10 – Windows Experience Blog

The Microsoft Movies & TV app for Xbox and Windows 10 devices now supports Movies Anywhere, which brings your favorite film libraries together in one place.

When you connect your Microsoft account with your Movies Anywhere account, you can enjoy all of your eligible movies from Microsoft across your favorite screens at no extra cost. This includes Xbox and Windows, iOS and Android, smart TVs and streaming devices.
You’ll also be able to watch eligible movies you previously bought from other participating digital retailers through the Movies & TV app on Xbox and Windows 10.
As part of this launch, you can add “X-Men: Days of Future Past” for free to your digital collection, for a limited time, if you connect your Microsoft account to Movies Anywhere for the first time.
Head over to Xbox Wire to find out more.
Updated August 6, 2018 9:06 pm

Microsoft Pay is now available with Masterpass – Windows Experience Blog

Microsoft Pay now supports Masterpass by Mastercard, so that consumers can use their Microsoft account for fast and secure checkouts at their favorite retailers that accept Masterpass, without the need to reenter their information. This work further advances Mastercard and Microsoft’s shared goal to help optimize the payment experience for customers and merchants alike.

“We are deeply committed to powering a secure and optimized shopping experience that consumers and merchants deserve. Integrating technologies like Microsoft Pay with Masterpass will help the industry move to standards-based payments. Microsoft is a great partner and we will continue to collaborate with Microsoft to make shopping a better experience on all devices,” says Raj Dhamodharan, senior vice president of Digital Solutions at Mastercard.
Now U.S.-based consumers using the latest Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 devices can sign in to their Microsoft account and use Microsoft Pay to make secure purchases wherever Masterpass is accepted online. More broadly, Microsoft Pay allows for a seamless and convenient consumer experience within the Microsoft ecosystem, including paying bills in Outlook, and buying goods or services in apps or bots.
“We are always seeking to enhance our users shopping experience in a secure and simple manner and this latest release does that by leveraging the growing Masterpass network,” says Will White, partner group program manager at Microsoft. “We will continue to seek opportunities to enhance the shopping experience by leveraging standards and working with innovative partners like Mastercard.”
Microsoft Pay and the integration with Masterpass is another step forward in the continued effort to provide consumers with a Microsoft account – a fast and easy way to pay at more places than before.
Learn more about Microsoft Pay with Masterpass.

Find out how easy it is to make videos in Microsoft Photos – Windows Experience Blog

When Alex Thomopoulos says “Get down, rise up,” she’s asking you what you’re passionate about and what makes you get up every day to pursue it. It’s a motto she reinforces as a Burton Girls Ambassador. The program encourages strength, independence and creativity for young women.
Food is one thing that makes Thomopoulos get down and rise up.
As a chef and entrepreneur, Thomopoulos can tell you how to make a gluten-free Meyer lemon cake, but she admits making videos that will take her business to the next level is not her forte.
“I know how to cook, but I don’t understand technology at all,” she says.
Fortunately, she gets help from Ashlie Little, a Microsoft product specialist, who shows Thomopoulos how to use the Microsoft Photos app in Windows 10 to edit existing video clips and still images into a movie that’s ready to share on social media.
Check out the tutorial, which goes over importing photos and videos; as well as adjusting lighting and cropping; syncing music; and adding text (recipe instructions and ingredients), filters and 3D effects.

6 great ways to score big during Ultimate Game Sale – Windows Experience Blog

Ultimate Game Sale* is back! Now is the perfect time to save big and upgrade your slowing gaming PC, stock up top-rated PC games, or pick up that new gaming keyboard and mouse at Microsoft Store. While Ultimate Game Sale is our biggest ever, you need to jump all over these deals now because the sale ends July 30.1. Save up to 50 percent on more than 100 top-rated games for Windows

Save big on select Windows 10 games such as “State of Decay 2,” “Sea of Thieves,” “Middle Earth: Shadow of War,” “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection” and more. There’s more than 100 popular PC games on sale during Ultimate 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 up to 60 percent on select gaming PCs and accessories
Dell G3 15” Gaming PC
Discover great deals on more than 20 gaming PCs, keyboards, mice, headsets, and more including the following:
3. Save with great in-game deals on your favorite free-to-play games
Click on the image to see a video preview of these games
Looking to give your favorite game a boost or in need of a new game to keep you entertained this summer? With the return of the Ultimate Game Sale, you’ll find deals on select in-game content for your favorite free-to-play titles including “Cooking Fever,” “Nonstop Knight,” “Hill Climb Racing 2,” “Minecraft for Windows 10,” “Seekers Notes: Hidden Mysteries” and more.
4. Save up to $250 and take a giant leap into new worlds with select Windows Mixed Reality Headsets
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers
Ultimate Game Sale is a great time to save on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers from Acer and HP. Immerse yourself in a new reality that features a wide range of epic experiences. Select headsets with motion controllers start at $199 during the sale.
5. Save big on select Xbox games, consoles, accessories, and more

If console gaming is more your speed, then Ultimate Game Sale is the perfect time to save up to 65 percent on more than 700 Xbox games including “Far Cry 5,” “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS,” “Fortnite: Save the World Founders Pack” and more.
Not yet an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass member? There’s also huge savings on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass memberships during Ultimate Game Sale. Get 3 months of Xbox Live Gold for $10** or 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for $10**. Exclusions apply and promotional offers not valid for existing members.
6. Enter to win the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes

Help us celebrate the return of Ultimate Game Sale with the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes! Whether it’s an accidental resemblance or the result of hours of cosplay, we know there’s a game character you look like — your doppelgamer. Share that resemblance by uploading your pic on Instagram or Twitter (or both) with the tags #UltimateDoppelgamer and #Sweepstakes, between July 17-30 to be entered for a chance to win a trip to PAX West in Seattle****. Learn more and check out the full rules.
Ultimate Game Sale already is in full swing, so visit your local Microsoft Store or shop online to take advantage of these deals before the sale ends July 30.
*Offers shown are available 7/19/2018 to 7/30/2018 on select items in Microsoft Store while supplies last. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions and limits may apply. Offers on gaming devices, accessories, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets are limited to the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 
 **After promotional period, Xbox Live Gold subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. 
***After promotional period, Xbox Game Pass subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. Subscription required to play games; catalog varies over time.
****No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. + DC 18+. Game ends 7/30/18. For details, see Official Rules.

Windows 10 Tip: Yikes, stop that sound! Mute-a-tab in Microsoft Edge – Windows Experience Blog

Does this sound familiar? You’ve got multiple tabs open in your browser and all of a sudden, music or voices blares from one of them. You scramble to find the audio icon on that tab, open the page and scroll down to stop the video that’s playing.There’s a faster way to shut down that sound.
A new feature with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update can mute tabs in Microsoft Edge.
Here’s how to do it:
To mute a tab in Microsoft Edge, click the audio icon
Simply click the audio icon or right-click the tab to choose Mute from the drop down menu.
If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Windows 10 Tip: Search, shop and learn through the photos you take with Visual Search  – Windows Experience Blog

The new intelligent Visual Search feature, powered by Bing, allows you to search the web using your camera. Now you can search, shop and learn more about your world through the photos you take. ​
Last week, the Bing team launched new intelligent Visual Search capabilities, built upon the visual technology already in Bing, which can help you identify things like landmarks, flowers and animals and help you shop for clothes and home furnishings. You can even get search results for similar-looking images, different dimensions of the same image, and links to other site(s) that use the same images.
It’s available today on both iOS and Android devices – try it through the Bing app for iOS and Android, the Microsoft Edge app on Android and Microsoft Launcher on Android. Visual search will be coming soon to the Microsoft Edge app on iOS and the Bing.com mobile site.
Here’s what you can do with it:

Snap a picture, start a search.
See a landmark or flower and want to learn more about it, but don’t quite know its name? Simply take a photo using one of the apps. Bing will identify the landmark and share insights to give you more information by providing additional links to explore.

Upload a pic from your camera roll, get more details.
See a friend’s jacket you want, but don’t know its brand or where to purchase? Upload a pic into the app’s search box and Bing will return visually-similar jackets, share prices, and details for where to purchase.
Visit the Bing Blog to learn more about Visual Search!

Windows 10 Tip: How to start using Nearby Sharing with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Did you know the Windows 10 April 2018 Update includes a way you can now instantly share your videos, photos, documents, and websites with people and devices near you over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?

It’s called Nearby Sharing. Here’s what you can do with it:
Share quickly. Send any video, photo, document, or webpage viewed on Microsoft Edge to people nearby by clicking on the share charm in the app or right-clicking to get the share menu. You can share a report with a colleague in your meeting room or a vacation photo with your best friend in the library.*
Take the quickest path. Your computer automatically picks the fastest way to share your file or webpage, either over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
See who’s available. Bluetooth allows you to quickly discover potential devices with which you could share.**
Here’s how to get started:
In your Action Center, click on Nearby Sharing to turn it on. From there, click the Share icon in your file, photo, Microsoft Edge webpage or more to share with nearby devices.
Head over here to read more about what’s new in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update!
*Sharing is only available between Windows 10 PCs. Nearby sharing must be enabled on both devices.
**Recipients can choose whether to accept the item a user wants to share.