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Windows 10 Tip: Five things you might not know you can do right now with your Windows 10 PC

 1. 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.
2. Travel easier with the built-in currency converter

Just open Calculator, click on the menu button on the left, and select what you’d like to convert.* It also includes converters for things like time, power and temperature – so you can easily, quickly convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius and back again. If you’re browsing in Microsoft Edge, you can also simply type the currency you want to convert into the address bar and it will convert it for you.
3. Annotate your books in Microsoft Edge

Easily personalize your books when you’re reading in Microsoft Edge* by adding highlights in four colors, underlining, adding comments or copying text. To see the menu with these options, simply highlight the preferred word or sentence with your mouse or finger. You can also select the Cortana icon from the same menu to find more information about the content you are reading without leaving the reading experience.
Get started by downloading a book to personalize from the Books section in the Microsoft Store!
4. Lower the blue light emitted from your PC with Night light

By reducing the blue light emitted by your screen, the Night light feature helps you sleep better.*** To get started, head to the search box on your taskbar and search for “Night light” – or, go to Settings (Windows key + I), click on System, and, under Display, click to turn Night light on or off. You can also customize the color temperature or schedule by clicking “Night light settings.”
5.  Pin your favorite websites to the taskbar

You can pin your favorite websites to the taskbar and have the icon show up in the taskbar for instant access when you browse in Microsoft Edge – just head to the menu, select “Pin this page to the taskbar,” and watch the site icon appear on your Windows taskbar!*
*Requires the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or higher.**Available on most Intel and AMD devices with battery.***Available on select Windows 10 PCs running the Windows 10 Creators Update or higher.

Windows Hello and FIDO2 Security Keys enable secure and easy authentication for shared devices

We have been on a journey to eliminate passwords. Today, we are delighted to announce an important milestone.
Microsoft has been aligned with the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) working group from the start, the alliance represents 250 organizations from various industries on a joint mission to replace passwords with an easy to use strong credential. With the recent ratification of FIDO2 security keys by the FIDO working group, we’re updating Windows Hello to enable secure authentication for many new scenarios.
FIDO2 Security Key
Imagine a helpdesk scenario where an employee can walk up to any device and simply log in using Windows Hello and not username and password. Another scenario is hospital medical staff that need access a patient records on a device no matter where the patient is located. Or a public-sector organization that wants secure authentication on devices while adhering to security policies and directives where the users credential needs to be physically separate from the device itself.
Microsoft and its partners have been working together on FIDO2 security keys for Windows Hello to enable easy and secure authentication on shared devices. Security keys allow you to carry your credential with you and safely authenticate to an Azure AD joined Windows 10 PC that’s part of your organization. A user can walk up to any device belonging to the organization and authenticate in a secure way – no need to enter a username and password or set-up Windows Hello beforehand. Unlike traditional passwords, these keys rely on high-security, public-key cryptography to provide strong authentication. These keys have all the benefits of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) while also being portable enabling the increasing number of mobile workers.
FIDO2 compliant security keys provide secure authentication, independent of the form factor. The security key holds your credential and can be protected with an additional second factor like fingerprint (integrated into the security key) or a PIN to be entered at the Windows sign-in.
Our partners are working on a variety of security key form factors. Some examples include USB security keys and NFC enabled smartcards, just to name a few. We are looking forward to seeing new form factors and possibly applications on your phone that comply with the FIDO2 specification.
Here’s a glimpse into the security keys from our partners we’ve been working closely with
Yubico – Security key for Windows Hello

HID – Security key for Windows Hello

Feitian – Security key for Windows Hello with biometric sensor

The Windows Hello FIDO2 Security Key feature is now in limited preview. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

New capabilities of Windows Defender ATP further maximizing the effectiveness and robustness of endpoint security

Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. A trusted and secure computing environment is a critical component of our approach. When we introduced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) more than two years ago, our target was to leverage the power of the cloud, built-in Windows security capabilities and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable our customers’ to stay one step ahead of the cyber-challenges.
With the next update to Windows 10, we are further expanding Windows Defender ATP to provide richer capabilities for businesses to improve their security posture and solve security incidents more quickly and efficiently. Let’s dive in into these new capabilities in more detail.
Automatic investigation and remediation of threats
Now you can go from alert to remediation in minutes—at scale! Automated investigation and response dramatically reduces the volume of alerts that security analysts need to handle. It uses artificial intelligence to investigate alerts, exercise in minutes sophisticated playbooks mimicking the best human analysts’ decisions and forensic processes, determine if a threat is active, its origin and then decide the appropriate steps to automatically remediate it. When Windows Defender ATP identifies that the incident includes multiple machines, it automatically expands the investigation across the entire scope of breach and performs the required actions on those in parallel. Threat investigation and remediation decisions can be taken automatically by Windows Defender ATP based on extensive historical data collected, stored and analyzed in our cloud (“time travel”).

With the new security automation capabilities, Windows Defender ATP can now prevent and find breaches; it can fix them. These actions can be set to run automatically for simple, clear-cut cases, or can be reviewed prior to execution. Either way, time and effort are saved by SecOps, enabling those talented professionals to focus on more complex and strategic problems. In addition, the organization’s security team moves faster, thereby better executing on their critical mission.
Microsoft 365 conditional access based on device-risk
If a threat gets detected, the next logical step would be to block access to your sensitive business data from the device while the threat is still active. This is now possible! We worked with our colleagues from the Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory (AAD) team, to enrich one of our most popular security scenarios of Microsoft 365 conditional access.
Available in the next update, the dynamic machine risk level can be used to define corporate access policies and prevent risk to corporate data.
As an example, if a bad threat lands on your endpoints, even using the most advanced file less attacks, Windows Defender ATP can detect it and automatically protect your precious corporate information through conditional access. In parallel, Windows Defender ATP will start an automated investigation to quickly remediate the threat. Once the threat is remediated, based on the preference set (automatic or reviewed), the risk level is set back to “no risk” – and access is granted again.

With Windows Defender ATP, you can now control access based on the risk level of the device itself, helping to ensure devices are always trusted.
Advanced hunting
When it comes to more complex issues, security analysts seek rich optics and the right tools to quickly hunt and investigate. We developed a new, powerful query-based search that we call Advanced Hunting designed to unleash the hunter in you.
With Advanced Hunting, you can proactively hunt and investigate across your organization’s data. From now process creation, file modification, machine login, network communication, registry update, remediation actions and many other event types – are entities you can now easily query, correlate and intersect. Advanced hunting is an integral part of our investigation experience, so your hunting results, such as machines and files, can leverage the rich set of features we already provide in Windows Security Center (correlate with worldwide information, VT data, trigger block or containment actions etc.)
To help you get started, we added a set of sample queries within the tool, and we also have a project on GitHub which contains additional sample queries.
Here’s a sample query which hunts for persistence or privilege escalation done by attaching a debugger process to Windows accessibility processes.
RegistryEvents
| where RegistryKey startswith @"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Options"

    and RegistryValueName contains "debugger"

    and isnotempty(RegistryValueData)

// Parse the debugged process name from the registry key

| parse RegistryKey with @"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Options" DebuggedFile

| where DebuggedFile in~ ("utilman.exe","osk.exe","magnify.exe","narrator.exe","displayswitch.exe","atbroker.exe","sethc.exe", "helppane.exe")

| project Technique="AttachedDebugger", DebuggedFile, DebuggerCommandline=RegistryValueData, InitiatingProcessCommandLine, EventTime, ComputerName
Signal sharing across the Intelligent Security Graph
Our services also learn from each other. Through the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph (ISG) we share detections to automatically update our protection and detection mechanism across Microsoft 365 and orchestrate remediation. For example, if a threat gets detect by any of the Windows Defender ATP components, that threat will instantly be blocked if it is encountered through an email that is protected by Office 365 ATP – and the other way around.

When it comes to investigating threats, other Microsoft ATP services might have information important to understanding the full picture. We are excited to share that we are expanding how Windows, Office, and now Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) work together. We are providing wider Advanced Threat Protection coverage across identities (Azure ATP), apps and data (Office 365 ATP) and devices (Windows Defender ATP). This means relevant information is displayed right at your fingertips and seamless navigation between the consoles without losing context.
We added improved prevention for ransomware, exploits and advanced attacks.
Attackers are using new techniques like “fileless” attacks to compromise and deliver ransomware and other types of malware. To address these types of threats we significantly improved our existing exploit protection and behavior monitoring techniques which are already consistently earning top scores on independent tests to protect from these scenarios. Cloud protection has also been updated to inspect and block a broader range of content types (e.g.: java scripts, macros, and documents) regardless of whether it was downloaded from the web, USB stick, etc.
We’ve added new capabilities to prevent unauthorized lateral movement and new techniques to address aggressive ransomware attacks that attempt to render devices unbootable through boot sector tampering (e.g.: NotPetya).
Faster performance and reaction times to fast-moving outbreaks have also been added. The Intelligent Security Graph can now be used to instantly update devices with the latest dynamic intelligence as soon as a new outbreak is detected.  We’ve also added new accelerated memory scanning capability which takes advantage of Intel’s Threat Detection Technology (TDT). This capability leverages Intel’s integrated graphics processor to live-scan memory for advanced threats offering improved performance, user experience, and better battery life.
Microsoft Secure Score
We all know that fixing a problem before it happens, is the best way to keep you safe. Windows Secure Score does this by helping you run reports on your devices’ security posture and providing actionable recommendations, ensuring your entire organization is fortified against the next attack. But we know that the security state of devices is not everything, that’s why we display your Secure Score across Windows and Office in a single view with the Microsoft Secure Score.

If you’re worried about the latest threat, we’ve got you covered with a new dashboard that provides insights about the exposure level of your organization – currently for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability, so you can easily understand what machines are still exposed. This includes information about your network, operating system updates, and microcode level information against these threats.
Windows Defender ATP today
These new Windows Defender ATP innovations place an emphasis on leveraging intelligence, cloud, and analytics to build deeper levels of advanced threat protection for our customers. We are expanding the platform coverage beyond Windows 10: Windows Defender ATP is now built into Windows Server 2019, is currently in private preview for Windows 7 and 8.1 with general availability coming soon, and extends across macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices through our Microsoft Intelligent Security Association.
All these new capabilities are already available in Public Preview today. Sign up for a 90-day trial of Windows Defender ATP today or enable Preview features on existing tenants.

HP’s new Windows 10 devices include convertibles, notebooks, desktops, gaming laptops, and more

What’s new in HP’s Pavilion portfolio:
These devices arrive built-in with your digital personal assistant Cortana* and comprehensive protection with Windows Defender, and, with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you have options to save files in OneDrive and access them like any other file on your PC without filling up disk space, download files on-demand, or select files to always be available offline. Some also include fingerprint readers that light up Windows Hello for fast and secure login.
The new HP Pavilion x360s 14 and 15 convertibles are infused with premium features and design elements empowering you to tackle any task.

Specific features include:
Windows Hello with a fingerprint reader on select models for a safe, secure, and quick logon experience
Chrome-plated hinge allows you to switch your device into four different modes, while simultaneous pen and touch functionality with Windows Ink allow you to turn the convertible into a canvas for drawing on photos or marking up webpages in Microsoft Edge
8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 dual and quad processors with discrete graphics options
A NVIDIA MX130 Graphics option on select 14-inch models and an AMD Radeon 530 Graphics option on select 15-inch models
Narrow bezel design allows a 14 and 15-inch diagonal HD or FHD IPS display to fit in 13-inch and 14-inch chassis, respectively
Pricing and availability: HP Pavilion x360 14-inch starting price is $499 and planned to be available via HP.com May 9, 2018 and BestBuy on June 10, 2018. HP Pavilion x360 15-inch starting price is $579 and planned to be available via HP.com and other retailers on May 9, 2018.
HP’s new line-up of Pavilion 14 and 15-inch notebooks offer power and quality in stylish, ultra-portable designs.

Specific features include:
A rainbow of rich, new colors and options for HD and FHD IPS displays with micro-edge bezels
The lift hinge supports a more comfortable typing experience and improve airflow to keep the device running cool
Up to 11.75 hours of battery life depending on the model, and 8th Gen Intel Core processors or the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics on select models
Up to 512 GB of SSD or up to 2 TB HDDs on the 15-inch device. Dual storage options are available providing plenty of hard drive capacity with the added speed and responsiveness of an SSD. In addition, Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration is offered on select models
Dual speakers custom tuned by B&O Play with HP Audio Boost for rich, authentic audio
Fingerprint reader option on the 14-inch Pavilion model facilitates safe, secure, and quick login with Windows Hello
Pricing and Availability: HP Pavilion Notebook 14-inch starting price is $369 and planned to be available via retailers on June 3, 2018. HP Pavilion Notebook 15-inch starting price is $629 and planned to be available via HP.com and other retailers on May 30, 2018.
The 2018 HP Pavilion Desktop portfolio offers big performance and a sleek, space-saving design.

Specific features include:
Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i+ processors or the new 2nd generation AMD Ryzen processors and discrete graphic options up to NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580 cards.
Up to 512 GB SSDs, up to 3 TB HDDs, optional dual storage, and optional Intel Optane memory
Surround Sound 5.1 offers a great audio experience and HP Audio Stream from streaming music from the phone to your PC speakers.
HP Pavilion Gaming lineup provides mainstream gamers with dynamic performance, bold design, and everyday versatility
This lineup, powered by Windows 10, comes with simple, built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
Game and create on-the-go with the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

Specific features include:
Experience outstanding computing power with up to high performance 6 core mobile 8th Gen Intel Core i7+ H-series processors or up to mainstream, quad core mobile 8th Gen Intel Core i7 U-series processors to help get through a variety of tasks before jumping into a favorite game.
Select storage options for HDD-only up to 2 TB, up to 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, dual storage option up to 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD with 1 TB HDD or 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD with 2 TB HDD, or configurations with a HDD up to 1 TB paired with 16 GB of Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration
Graphics cards up to AMD Radeon RX 560X card or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with MAX-Q Design
Narrow bezels allow for immersive visuals on the 15.6-inch diagonal display offered in 144Hz 1080p, 60Hz 1080p, and 60Hz 4K display options
Audio custom-tuned by B&O Play with HP Audio Boost technology supporting dual speakers, all mounted at the top of the keyboard deck for an immersive audio experience
Fast Wi-Fi with a 2×2 antenna on all configurations and an option supporting Gigabit speeds
Pricing and availability: The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop starting price is $799.00 and planned to be available via HP.com and other retailers on May 27, 2018.
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktops 690 and 790 power the latest games while maintaining reliable performance at a great price.

Features of the HP Pavilion Gaming 690 Desktop include:
Up to 6 core 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors or up to 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors, while support for up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM for multi-tasking while gaming.
Game on: Jump into the newest titles at recommended settings tailored for great experiences with GPUs up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580 cards.
Supports upgrading needs: Capable of holding half-length graphics cards and up to three storage devices with two DIMM.
Pricing and availability: HP Pavilion Gaming 690 starting price is $549.00 and planned to be available via HP.com and other retailers on April 15, 2018.
Features of the HP Pavilion Gaming 790 Desktop include:
Up to 6 core 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM
Graphics cards up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 580 GPUs
Outfit it with full-length graphics cards, up to four storage devices, and four DIMM support for greater upgrade capabilities.
Pricing and availability: HP Pavilion Gaming 790 starting price is $649 and planned to be available via HP.com on April 30, 2018 and other retailers on June 3, 2018.
For more information on all the devices announced today, head over to HP.com.
*Cortana available in select markets.

A closer look at MSI’s new gaming laptops powered by Windows 10

These devices, powered by Windows 10, come with simple, built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
 The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

The GS65 Stealth Thin features a 144 Hz display with 4.9mm thin bezel design, achieving a stunning 82% screen-to-body ratio. Packing advanced features in to the smallest dimension possible, with outstanding golden diamond-cutting design, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin brings gaming laptops into a new, stylish gaming era. It arrives equipped with the 8th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor, GEFORCE GTX 10 series graphics and MSI Cooler Boost Trinity cooling design to provide uncompromised gameplay for all gaming perfectionists.
144Hz thin bezel gaming laptop with minimized dimension: Maximizing the vision with 4.9mm ultra-thin bezel and an 82% screen-to-body ratio, it provides a magnificent visual gaming experience. The 15.6-inch display features a 144Hz refresh rate and only 7ms response time to elevate the gaming and entertaining experience with clear and vibrant visuals.
Premium Aesthetics: Weighing a mere 1.8 kg and just 17.7mm in height, the GS65 Stealth Thin packs 8+ hours battery life into the incredibly slim chassis.
Gaming experience optimized Per-Key RGB Keyboard by SteelSeries and Dragon Center 2.0: You can customize each key and receive real-time game status through keyboard lighting. The various animated effects come in 16.8 million colors, offering not only personized gaming aesthetics but also practical benefits like lighting only the frequently used keys.
The flagship GT series gaming laptops featuring intel core i9 processors
MSI’s latest generation of its flagship GT lineup powered by Windows 10 arrive with latest 8th Gen Intel processors and up to Core i9 overclocked processors. Together with NVIDIA SLI graphics cards and rapid mechanical RGB keyboards, the new GT series pushes performance beyond the limit and offers uncompromising desktop gaming experience for the pro gamers.
MSI GT series now also uses SAMUNG DDR4-2666 ultra-speed memory module, offering even higher gaming performance. With the latest SAMSUNG M.2 NVMe PCI-E Gen.3 SSD at up to 5x faster speed of SATA SSD, the new GT series brings ultimate data access performance.
Let’s take a look at the lineup:
GT75 Titan

The GT75 Titan features Intel Core i9 processors with fully unlocked hexa-core performance. With the MSI exclusive Cooler Boost Titan cooling design, the fully unlocked 6-core 12-thread configuration releases its full potential with extreme overclock performance.
In addition to the 10Gbps Killer Ethernet, the GT75 also features an upgraded wireless connection to the latest Killer Wireless-AC 1550. With up to double the speed of the standard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, gamers can enjoy smooth and lag-free gaming experience with or without plugging into Ethernet.
GT83 Titan
The GT83 Titan is been designed to pack full desktop gaming experience in a mobile powerhouse and integrates a full Cherry MX Speed Silver switch keyboard. The new 8th gen Intel processor comes with 6 cores under the hood, along with GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics and exceptional cooling.
GT63 Titan
Built upon the popular GT62 series, the new GT63 has evolved in both aesthetic and performance and now features the latest 8th gen Intel processor and up to GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
The GT63 now also features per-key RGB SteelSeries gaming keyboard. It comes with everything gamers know and love, but takes lighting to a new level by granting gamers the ability to customize every single key to their own liking. From built-in lighting presets to personalization in 16.8 million colors, every GT63 can be unique and like no other.
Head over here to learn more about everything MSI announced!

All the new laptops, All-in-Ones, and game-ready PCs Dell announced this week

Powered by Windows 10, these devices arrive built-in with your digital personal assistant Cortana* and optional cameras and fingerprint readers that light up Windows Hello for fast and secure login. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can also save files in OneDrive, and access them like any other file on your PC without filling up disk space; download files on-demand; or select files to always be available offline – or, tell your story easily in the reimagined Photos app with a soundtrack, transitions, 3D effects, and more.
Your gaming device with Windows 10 comes with simple, built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
Let’s take a closer look at these devices.
Dell is making the XPS 15 even more powerful with the latest 6-core 8th Generation Intel Core processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics.

Wrapped in a refreshed platinum silver exterior with premium materials and finishes, Dell’s most powerful XPS laptop also includes a stunning UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge touch display with 100% Adobe RGB color for lifelike images for creation or entertainment. The 15.6-inch performance laptop is also only 4lbs, and includes Windows Hello log in with an optional fingerprint reader in the power button, and the ultimate connectivity with Thunderbolt 3 with four lanes of PCI Express and HDMI 2.0.
Everything you need, all in one device: Inspiron New AIO Series

With the Inspiron 22 and 24 3000 series, Dell delivers an affordable AIO available in both glossy black and white with all the right features for basic computing and entertainment.
Includes a 5” or 23.8” FHD IPS wide-viewing angle monitor, built-in stereo speakers and pop-up webcam all in one slim panel
Up to 7th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of storage, DDR4 memory and optional NVIDA GeForce MX110 discrete graphics, combined with a stylish design. It includes a keyboard and mouse.
 

The new Inspiron 24 5000 AIO delivers powerful performance, rich feature options and superior connectivity optimized for multi-media entertainment, perfect for families who want solid performance and storage at a reasonable price.
Features include:
Up to Intel 8th Gen Core processors, optional NVIDIA GTX 1050 gaming quality graphics, and Intel Optane Memory to help reduce buffering time and enables a more fluid and enjoyable video streaming experience.
8-inch InfinityEdge IPS display with antiglare and FHD resolution, and up to 32GB DDR4 memory
Conveniently log in with one look with Windows Hello and the optional IR-camera

Lastly, the new Inspiron 27 7000 AIO introduces enhanced Inspiron AIO experience and powerful performance.
Features include:
Up to Intel 8th Gen Core processors and optional NVIDIA GTX 1050 Graphics Card
Beautiful, sweeping, nearly borderless 27-inch InfinityEdge display with up to 4K UHD resolution
Next-generation technologies such as HDR and virtual reality to provide immersive eye-popping visuals for entertainment enthusiasts and gadget lovers
Multi-taskers will love the speed DDR4 memory offers
Get the best of both worlds of capacity and speed with a dual hard drive option, with up to 1TB HDD and 256GB PCle NVMe SSD
 
Dell is also announcing a new version of the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 with an Abyss Black finish and top of the line features including Intel Core i7 processors, premium 4k UHD touch screen, higher capacity SSDs, 16GB of DDR4 memory, NVIDIA MX130 discrete graphics and included Dell Active Pen.
Dell and Alienware debut new portfolio of gaming laptops
Alienware and Dell are launching six new high-performance gaming laptops based on the new Intel 8th Gen H-Series processors, as well as the Dell G-series, a suite of PCs designed and engineered for the gamer who prioritizes performance and excellent gameplay, starting at $749. Native Mixer streaming provides low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers–no extra hardware or software required, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Stay connected with your gaming community through the Xbox app and the power of Xbox Live.
Alienware 15 and 17 boost performance with Intel 8th Gen H-Series CPUs

Alienware 15 and 17 gaming laptops will offer:
New Intel 8th Gen i5, i7, and i9 H-Series CPUs with up to 6-cores, enabling overclocking up to 5.0GHZ
Alienware’s mechanically engineered improved cooling technology, Alienware Cryo-Tech v2.0, with 50% thinner fan blades and a vapor chamber on the CPU to cool down the higher number of cores more efficiently.
The next generation of Alienware Command Center, which introduces a simple yet elegant new interface to help novice and experienced gamers optimize, overclock, and tune Alienware PCs and peripherals to their unique gaming needs.
Joining the Alienware 15 and 17’s iconic space grey aesthetic, Alienware welcomes a sleek new Epic Black color option in both sizes.**
Introducing Dell G-series, a robust new portfolio of four new affordable game-ready PCs starting at $749

The new game-ready laptops include powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics, 8th Gen Intel H-Series CPUs, thermal management solutions, intelligent content prioritization software, anti-glare IPS panels, and other complimentary game-ready features.
Dell G3 15 and 17
Coming in 15 and 17-inch sizes, Dell G3 15 and 17 laptops are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 up to 1060 Max-Q discrete graphics, 8th Gen Intel quad-core H-Series CPUs up to i7, dual fans and dual drives with SSD options
The laptops 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance, while the SmartByte software prioritizes gaming and video content to keep games and videos smooth, even during large file downloads
All encased in a refined performance inspired design and a silky matte exterior finish, the laptops boast a sleek 22.7mm (15) / 25mm (17) profile encouraging gaming-on-the-go
Dell G3 15 will offer three color options (Black, Recon Blue, Alpine White) and Dell G3 17 will offer two color options (Black, Recon Blue).**
Dell G5 and G7 15
For those seeking a step-up in performance from the G3 systems, the Dell G5 and G7 15 come in a sleek 25mm thin 15-inch chassis, with powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics
The systems feature 6GB GDDR5 dedicated memory, 8th Gen Intel 4- and 6-core H-Series CPUs (up to i7 in G5 and i9 in G7), dual fans and dual drives with SSD options
G7 15 will offer optional i9 CPU and UHD display (3840×2160) configurations, available in late April
Killer 1×1(supporting up to 2×2) Networking optimization and SmartByte software responsively prioritize content downloads for liquid smooth gaming and streaming
Designed to push heat and noise away from the user, Dell equipped a front air intake and rear exhaust vent to the laptops’ frames to keep players cool, and able to game longer
Immersing players deeper into the game, Dell G5 and G7 15 will also offer an optional IPS UHD 4k panel to summon a premium on-screen experience
Dell G5 15 is available in either Standard Black or Beijing Red flavors, and Dell G7 15 is available in either Standard Black or Alpine White.**
Pricing and availability
Available now in US, China and Europe and shipping later in April:
Alienware 15 and 17 available on Dell.com starting today at $2,399.99 and $3,699.99 with additional configurations starting at $1,449.99 and $1,599.99 coming April 10.
Dell G7 15 is available on Dell.com starting today at $1,099.99 with additional configurations starting at $849.99 on April 10.
Available April 16:
Dell G3 15 and 17 will be available April 16 globally on Dell.com starting today at $749.99 and $1,099.99 with additional configurations starting at $799.99 (Dell G3 17) soon.
Dell G5 15 will be available April 16 globally today on Dell.com starting at $949.99 with additional configurations starting at $849.99 soon.
Head over here to read more about everything Dell announced this week!
*Cortana available in select markets. **Colors and sizes will vary by region.

Build your digital signage business on Windows 10

It’s been a busy week at Digital Signage Expo 2018 (DSE) and it’s great to see how the industry continues to innovate and change. All throughout the week, we were excited to see our partners enable digital signage solutions across a range of capabilities, from traditional AV displays to dynamic data-driven signage leveraging Windows 10 and the Azure cloud platform.
Windows 10 offers a simple, scalable, and secure platform for digital signage, and with Azure, you can quickly scale as your business grows. Content management solutions running on Azure provide agility, flexibility, and scale to deploy your content across the world in no time. Building on that, here are some highlights of the great work our partners are doing with digital signage leveraging Windows 10 and Azure.
One of our partners, XOGO, offers a simple digital signage solution through two devices: XOGO Mini 4K and an entry-level device, XOGO Mini.  XOGO Mini 4K is a purpose-built Windows media player appliance that is pre-configured with the XOGO digital signage software. It is a complete turnkey solution that can turn any display into a digital sign within minutes. XOGO is also introducing an entry-level device, called XOGO Mini, running Windows 10 IoT Core on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, to provide a high-quality, 1080p resolution display at an entry-level price. It is a true plug-and-play solution, ideal for small to medium-sized businesses. XOGO Mini is now available to pre-order here.
We also have partners such as Advantech and iBASE that have enabled commercial-grade media players based on Windows 10, which are ideal for multiple screens or demanding environmental conditions such as airports or shopping malls.
XOGO Mini 4K
Advantech Mini PC
iBase Media Player
Here are some additional examples of great solutions from our partners:
Cloverleaf shelfPoint engages retail shoppers at shelf level with dynamic content tailored to individual customers, bringing online advantages to brick-and-mortar stores. Pilot customers have seen significant gains in profits and shopper engagement.
Omnivex Moxie is a platform which integrates with existing data sources, line-of-business software, and cloud services to share real-time information across any screen. It delivers multiple benefits including enhanced productivity and better business agility in diverse scenarios such as healthcare, retail, travel, and manufacturing.
StratosMedia has created an innovative digital communications platform capable of integrating with virtually any data source and working with multiple types of devices including smartphones, kiosks, and video walls, that makes it easy for organizations of any size to broadcast engaging, high-quality content and get back advanced analytics.
No matter where you are on your digital signage journey, Microsoft has a solution for your needs. To learn more, visit aka.ms/digitalsignage or contact us at MSDigitalSignageSol@microsoft.com.

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Eight ways to save during the Microsoft Store Spring Sale

Save $200 on Surface Pro i5 devices**

Spring means sunny days spent outdoors are ahead, so why not upgrade and save on Surface Pro i5 128GB and Pro i5 256GB. This ultra-light and versatile laptop has the power and performance that lets you to work and play from anywhere you want. Offer ends April 7.

Get 20% off the Surface Arc Mouse

If you’re interested in a new Surface Pro, then you want an equally sleek new Surface Arc Mouse at a great price. Available in burgundy, cobalt blue, and light gray, it’s the perfect partner for your Surface. This slim, light Bluetooth mouse snaps flat to easily fit in your bag or pocket and offers both horizontal and vertical scrolling. Offer ends April 9.

Save up to 50% on PC Games for Windows

Save on select popular Windows 10 games during Spring Sale. Many games including Forza Motorsport 7, Cuphead, ARK: Survival Evolved, and Gears of War 4 support Xbox Play Anywhere, where one purchase gets you the game on both Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability (PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10).
Looking for something a little less intense but equally exciting? Check out our collection of free to play games for Windows with savings on in-game add-ons including Caesars Slots, Pirates & Pearls, The Tribez, Asphalt 8, and more. PC Game offers available online only and end April 2.

Save up to 75% on apps

Discover great deals on select apps for Windows 10 that will help you embrace your creative side and enable your creativity. Save money and enhance your photos with Polarr Pro, make your own music with Djay Pro, and make epic videos with Movie Edit Pro Plus Windows Store Edition. You can also save up to 50% on select apps for Xbox like Nitrado, Dolby Atmos, AirServer Xbox Edition, and more during Spring Sale. Apps offers available online only and end April 2.

Save up to $500 on select Windows 10 PCs***

Looking for a new PC? Save up to $500 this Spring when you purchase select Windows 10 PCs. Find deals on select versatile and powerful laptops, 2-in-1s, gaming PCs, and desktops from Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer Blade, and more. There’s also deals on select keyboards, mice, headsets, and more. These deals end April 2.

Save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality Headsets****

Now is a great time to get select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.  Immerse yourself in a new reality that features a wide range of epic experiences. Select headsets with motion controllers start at $299 and offers are available through April 2.
You can also find deals on incredible select mixed reality content including games like Luna, Defend the Bits VR, and Arizona Sunshine as well as apps like The Blu: Season 1 and Hello Mars. Mixed reality games and apps offers are only available online and end April 2.

Save up to 80% on great ebooks

Spring is the perfect time to find a sunny spot and enjoy captivating ebooks like Verbal Judo and This is Just My Face, or discover new recipes in Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades–Bastes, Butters & Glazes, Too.  Find deep discounts on over 100 great ebooks during our Spring Sale. Offers are for a limited time and end date varies by title.

Get up to 60% of hit movies and TV shows

Need a little down time to relax or a respite from Spring showers? Stay entertained and save up to 60% on hit movies including Blade Runner 2049, Planet of the Apes trilogy, and The Lego Ninjago Movie and binge worthy TV shows like The Flash, Preacher, and This is Us.  From new releases to movie bundles to TV season passes, you won’t want to miss these deals, available for both Windows and Xbox. Movies & TV offers available online only and end April 2.
Visit your local Microsoft Store or go online to Microsoft.com/Store to take advantage of these deals before Spring Sale ends on April 2.
* Offers valid March 27, 2018 to April 2, 2018 on select apps, games, books, movies & TV shows available through Microsoft Store. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time.** Offer valid from 9:00 PM PST on March 17, 2018 to 11:59 PM PST on April 7, 2018, while supplies last. Available only in Microsoft retail and online store in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Offer valid only on select Surface Pro i5 device..*** Offer valid from March 27, 2018 to April 2​​​, 2018, while supplies last. Available only in Microsoft retail and online store in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Offer valid only on select PCs..**** Offer valid from 9:00 PM PST on March 26, 2018 to 11:59 PM PST on April 2, 2018, while supplies last. Available only in Microsoft retail and online store in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Offer valid only on select Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets with Motion Controllers.Offers not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or promo code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Limit of 5 offers per customer. Other exclusions and limits may apply. See store associate for details for offers on select Surface Pro i5 devices, PC’s, and Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets with Motion Controllers, which are available in retail stores.

Windows 10 Tip: Six keyboard shortcuts to help you find what you’re looking for

We’ve showed you how to clear your workspace in two simple steps and three ways you can personalize your desktop with fun themes and colors – today, we’re going to show you six keyboard shortcuts to help you easily find what you’re looking for!
Find apps, files and more on your PC

Press the Windows logo key and type the name of whatever you want to find in the search box.
Easily search Settings

Press Windows logo key + I, then search for the setting you’re looking for.
Switch between open windows

Hold down the Alt key and keep pressing Tab until the window you want is selected. Then, release the Alt key.
Add a touch keyboard shortcut to the taskbar

Right-click on the taskbar, and then select Show touch keyboard button.
Get to your desktop quickly

Press Windows logo key + D to minimize all your open windows and go right to your desktop.
Open File Explorer

Press Windows logo key + E, then open the folder you want in File Explorer.
In case you missed it, check out last week’s tip on how to view 360° videos and photos in Microsoft Edge with your Windows Mixed Reality headset!

Computer Aided Design (CAD) enters the era of mixed reality

I’m excited to share this month’s blog post with you all. In addition to highlighting some of the cool work we are seeing from the mixed reality community, I also have some important Simplygon news to share.
In the time since we acquired Simplygon they have been working quickly to bring the value of the Simplygon service to mixed reality.
Let’s dig in!
Bringing Computer Aided Design (CAD) into the era of mixed reality
Throughout history, media portability has been critical to the adoption of new computing experiences. For example, prior to the mid-1990s, compact disc owners were unable to move their music from physical to digital media. As audio encoding technology became ubiquitous, music and other digital files became much easier to move between devices. This portability enabled the journey from physical media to mobile mp3 players, to digital music stores, and finally to today’s world where access to nearly every song lies just a few clicks away.
We think about examples like this as we make investments to support the extensibility of 3D content across screens and into mixed reality. 3D content of all types – static, animated, simple, and complex – is key to transformative mixed reality experiences. This is why we’ve invested to support GL Transmission Format (glTF) (known by many as “JPEG of 3D”) as an industry standard 3D file format and to bring Simplygon’s 3D asset optimization and decimation services into the Microsoft family.
Today, I am excited to announce that Simplygon has added compatibility for JT and STEP file formats, which are pivotal to the productivity of CAD professionals. The addition of two of the most common CAD file formats brings automation of 3D optimization to customers across many industries. As the enterprise increasingly embraces the era of digital transformation, CAD support for Simplygon empowers more industries to painlessly and efficiently bring their existing assets into mixed reality.
For 3D content, this announcement is another early step along that same transformative path. CAD users are now able to create on their PC in JT or STEP formats, transcode and optimize via Simplygon, and distribute their work to their preferred device endpoint. We will continue taking steps along the journey to 3D portability and making the proliferation of 3D content as simple as possible.
JT and STEP are two of the most common CAD file types and are both ISO standards. These file types are heavily used in manufacturing industries and are vital to solving 3D problems. JT files, used heavily in product lifecycle management software, is primarily used to analyze and augment the geometry of complex models. STEP, or Standard for the Exchange of Product model data, is primarily used to share 3D models between users with different CAD software packages.
How to get started
Simplygon Cloud is available in Azure Marketplace today. To start, visit our Azure Marketplace home to learn how to deploy the Simplygon Cloud virtual machine and start optimizing your 3D assets. Please also visit our documentation for examples and more information on how to integrate this into your workflow today.
Continued adoption of mixed reality
During the month of March, we saw some fun, unique, and inspiring work from the global mixed reality community. Here were some of my favorites!
Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority (TRMUA) uses mixed reality to view simulated GIS features
This is so cool! Len Bundra, the IT/GIS director for the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority (TRMUA) in Toms River, New Jersey and Alec Pestov, a developer from Toronto, Canada and Founder and CEO of Meemim worked together to create a mixed reality experience that would allow utilities (and eventually other organizations) to collaborate with shared content and data. When we talk about mixed reality and HoloLens giving people super-powers that change the way we work, this is exactly the type of innovation we are talking about!

Renault Sport Formula One team brings their creations to life with Microsoft HoloLens
I loved reading about the work that the Renault Sport Formula One Team is doing with HoloLens to make it easier for race fans to experience their one of a kind (literally!) creations. As Mark Everest, IS Development Manager at Renault Sport Formula One Team notes, “We build two cars a year, not thousands of cars. The innovation rate involved in design, simulation, testing and manufacturing is much faster than consumer car companies.”
Before each new season begins, an entirely new car is born. The Renault Sport Formula One Team has partnered with Microsoft to create a mixed reality experience that brings the car to life at events around the world – without the car (since there is only one) physically having to be there. And while the team is exploring how the HoloLens could impact engineering in the future, this experience will immerse viewers in the current evolution of design from earlier cars — like the RE40 (1983), R26 (2006), and R31 (2011) — to the most recent models, paired with facts about the design process and performance.

Reinventing Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers’ ‘Bloom’ for mixed rality
Musician, producer, visual artist, and thinker Brian Eno, together with longtime collaborator Peter Chilvers, launched their first mixed reality project with Bloom: Open Space, a generative audio-visual installation brought to life with HoloLens. Based on their award-winning app, Bloom, the innovative mixed reality installation blurs the lines between the physical and virtual, exploring uncharted territory in the realms of both applications and generative art.

Murmur: Arctic Realities at Mystic Seaport
I have written before about how inspired I am when people use mixed reality to tell stories and paint an otherwise blank canvas. This month I wanted to call attention to an exhibit that is coming to life at Mystic Seaport in New Haven, CT.
Murmur: Arctic Realities explores Arctic landforms called pingos – ice hills rising from permafrost soil, covered by a thin layer of earth. These hills grow over centuries and then collapse, pockmarking the landscape in the Circumpolar North.
Seattle artist John Grade and new media artist Reilly Donovan have partnered to present an immersive technological component for Murmur using HoloLens. Through HoloLens, Grade and Donovan have created a holographic patchwork of tundra, complete with water, living organisms, and the sound of Arctic birds. As visitors move about the gallery they will notice that aspects of the experience respond to their presence.

I look forward to sharing our update for next month where we will dive into the work we are doing along with our customers and partners at Hannover Messe, one of my many favorite industry events.
Talk soon!
Lorraine
(P.S. – feel free to follow me on Twitter @lorrainebardeen where I regularly share updates and answer questions from the mixed reality community)

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