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Special event helps players set a record while celebrating the 30th anniversary Microsoft Solitaire | Windows Experience Blog

May 22 marks the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire, which has come a long way since it debuted as Windows Solitaire on Windows 3.0 in 1990.
Today, the game is played on computers, laptops, tablets and phones in every corner of the globe, arguably by one of the most diverse gaming audiences in the world, says Paul Jensen, studio head, Microsoft Casual Games.
“With a worldwide appeal, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, as it is known today, hosts over 35 million players each month, from more than 200+ countries and territories, in 65 different languages,” Jenson says. “And after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire is still one of the most played games on the planet every day, with more than 100 million hands played daily around the globe.”
Microsoft is celebrating the anniversary by inviting players to join an online event aiming to reach the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. Join by downloading Microsoft Solitaire Collection for free on Windows, iOS or Android, or play through your browser. Visit the Xbox Wire post for details, to watch Major Nelson’s interview with a pair of Solitaire experts discussing the coveted winnability rate of the game, and check out Microsoft Solitaire T-shirts and mugs available now for the first time ever.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19631 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19631 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
You can check out our Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far. Not seeing any of the features in this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re on the Fast ring. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected.
If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring, head over to Flight Hub. Please note, there will be a slight delay between when a build is flighted and when Flight Hub is updated.

ARM64 VHDX available for download
Back in February with Build 19559, we added the ability to install Hyper-V on ARM64 devices such as the Surface Pro X running the Enterprise or Pro editions of Windows 10. Today, we are offering the ARM64 VHDX for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19624, so that Insiders can run Windows 10 as a guest OS in Hyper-V. You can download the VHDX here. We will regularly release updated VHDX downloads for newer Insider Preview builds going forward.
Note: Hyper-V on Windows 10 ARM64 devices only works on Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds 19559 and above. Nested virtualization is not supported.

We updated the configuration of Windows Hello to make sure it works well with 940nm wavelength cameras.
Windows Sandbox WSB files are now case insensitive.

We’re looking into an issue where some devices booting from eMMC storage may bugcheck when resuming from hibernate.
We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
We’re working on fixing an issue for a future Insider Preview build where in Settings > Privacy the Documents and Downloads sections show a broken icon next to their page name (just a rectangle).
We’re looking into reports that taskbar preview thumbnails aren’t rendering consistently (showing a blank area).

Looking for fun games to play online? Check out our online games and puzzles feature on Bing! Challenge your friends to a game of Uno, Checkers, Connect4, and more.
If you want to be among the first to learn about these Bing features, join our Bing Insiders Program.
Thanks,BLB

State of Decay 2 celebrates 2 years with sale, new update and limited time outfits | Windows Experience Blog

It’s already been two years since the arrival of State of Decay 2, and the team is celebrating with discounts, an update and a chance for a limited time to get some cool new apparel.
Head over to the State of Decay blog to watch the video and find out about getting the game for 15% off through May 26, free playable content now available with Update 17, and the limited availability of the State of Decay-themed Logo Ninja Hoodie and Undead Green Cattleman Hat.

What’s coming in Windows 10 accessibility | Windows Experience Blog

I hope this blog finds you, your family and friends and your colleagues all healthy and safe during these changing times. I’m excited to share some of the updates we are incorporating within Windows 10 to make it easier to see and use for people with low or no vision.  These improvements, coming to Windows 10 users in the May 2020 Update, represent the next steps in our journey to empower every person on the planet to achieve more.
Thank you for all the feedback to date. Please keep it coming! Our users, especially Windows Insiders, are continuing to shape Windows 10 accessibility by helping us understand what improvements matter most. Information about how best to reach us is included at the end of this post.
Making Windows 10 easier to see and use
Text cursor improvements
We recently made text and pointers easier to personalize in Windows 10. Millions of people prefer larger text, and larger and brighter pointers to make Windows 10 easier to see and use. Perhaps not surprisingly, many low vision users asked us to continue to make it easier to work with text cursors. More specifically, they told us that text cursors are difficult to find when they are too thin and don’t contrast enough with text. Now users can easily make cursors wider and add a text cursor indicator; we’ve even included the ability to choose custom colors, making it even easier to find their text cursor on the screen.
Figure 1 – New Ease of Access Settings make text cursors easier to see and use.
We made some related changes in Magnifier. We recently added a Magnifier option to follow the mouse pointer, so that users did not have to scan their display to find the pointer. Instead, they could rely on the mouse pointer to be in an expected location in the center of their display. Again, not surprisingly, users asked us to make it easier to work with text cursors with Magnifier. Now Magnifier will follow the text cursor in the center of the display by default, so that users can find the text cursor in an expected location.
Magnifier reading reduces strain and fatigue
We’ve heard from many Magnifier users that it can be difficult to read and work with text throughout their day; they often strain to read text and end their day with severe fatigue or headaches. We added a new feature that makes it easy to have text read aloud to reduce the strain of reading. Magnifier now includes Play, Pause, Next sentence, Previous sentence and Read from here controls to make it easy to read text in popular browsers including Edge, Chrome and Firefox and other Windows applications like Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Magnifier will highlight each word that is spoken and will scroll content into view if it is not currently displayed.
Finally, we’ve improved the Magnifier user interface. Magnifier will now respond to larger text and Dark mode settings, so that it is easier to see and use.
Figure 2 – New Magnifier features include reading and support for larger text and dark mode.
Making Windows easier to use without sight, with a screen reader
We’ve made a few sets of improvements to Narrator, which is the free, built in screen reader in Windows 10.
Narrator easier to use
We made reading more natural by reducing unnatural pauses and processing complete sentences to aid with proper pronunciation. We also redesigned Narrator sounds to enable Narrator users to be more efficient. We added sounds for the most common actions while reducing the total number of sounds to make them easier to learn and use. For example, rather than having to hear “scan on” or “scan off” when switching between scan mode and other modes, now you can choose to hear tones instead of the words. By default, both the words and sounds are turned on, to learn the new sounds. You can then change the level of detail that Narrator speaks about text and controls to hear fewer words for common actions. Finally, we improved support for announcing capital words and letters, e.g., when proofing a message or document. Narrator will handle initial, mixed and all cap words.
Smarter browsing
We made multiple improvements to the Narrator browsing experience.
First, Narrator will automatically start reading web pages from the top of the page. Automatic reading is intended to improve efficiency and give users confidence that the intended page loaded. Second, we implemented a page summary on demand. In addition to better understanding the complexity of a page, e.g., the number of landmarks, links and headings, you can also get a list of the most popular links generated by Bing to make it easier to get to where you want to go. Press Narrator key + S to hear the landmarks, links and headings on the page and press Narrator key + S twice quickly to bring up the page summary that includes a list of popular links. Third, we addressed one of the top accessibility issues with poorly crafted web pages. We made it possible to disambiguate links with titles like “Click here” without having to press the link to see where it goes. Press Narrator key + Ctrl + D, the same command to generate an image description, to hear the title of the linked page before pressing the link.
Finally, we made multiple improvements to Narrator with popular browsers. In addition to Microsoft Edge and Chrome, Narrator now supports Firefox. We improved several Narrator experiences, including faster “Find” and more reliable table reading. We also added support for rich text in Chrome and Firefox, which makes it easier to consume content on sites like Wikipedia.
More efficient Outlook mail
In addition to general Narrator and Narrator browsing improvements, we improved Narrator’s Outlook experience. We optimized Narrator for the Outlook inbox to make it faster and easier to triage mail; we read a smaller set of data in the expected order. We also improved the message reading experience. Like when web pages load, we now automatically start reading content when you open a message. We also automatically enable scan mode and recognize and ignore layout tables to make it easier to navigate and read message content. We improved Outlook responsiveness, e.g., reducing lags when arrowing through messages in the inbox or through text in a message.
Please keep the feedback coming
While we are excited to share our progress, we recognize that we have more work to do to create delightful experiences for people with disabilities. Thank you to the many people who have provided feedback — both positive and constructive — to help make Windows great. If you’re interested in providing help or suggestions, we welcome your feedback via the Windows Insider Program. All the features referenced in this blog were shared with and shaped by Windows Insiders. Whether you’re using an Insider build, or a generally available version of Windows, Windows 10 makes it easy to share your thoughts and suggestions — just press Windows logo key + F to launch the Feedback hub and share what’s top of mind.
Finally, if you are a customer with a disability and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone (800-936-5900) and chat. In addition, we also have an ASL option available for our customers who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U.S. (+1 503-427-1234). Please contact us, we are always happy to help.

Making the web more accessible and inclusive for all with Microsoft Edge | Windows Experience Blog

The past few months have forever changed the way we work, learn and play each day. Our routines have been entirely disrupted, and we’ve had to adapt to new ways to stay productive, entertained and healthy. This change in our global landscape has increased our dependency on technology and highlights the importance of digital accessibility and inclusion – core to how we build products at Microsoft.
Microsoft Edge is committed to building a more accessible web for everyone. A little over a year ago, we announced our intention to rebuild Microsoft Edge with the same open source technology as Google Chrome. Since then, we’ve committed over 150 changes on accessibility features alone back into the open source project with the support of the Google Chrome team. We’re proud to share this work and to continue building features that will benefit everyone.
We have continued to be inspired as we hear stories like Emmy’s. Emmy is a fifth grader from Fairfax County Public Schools, who not only uses Immersive Reader herself but has also become an advocate for the tool by leading a tech chat for her teachers and helping her classmates. Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge truly empowers people to achieve more and today we are excited to highlight some of our new and existing features in Edge.
New – Open Immersive Reader across the web

Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge is helpful for anyone who is looking to improve their experience reading online. You may recognize Immersive Reader across other Microsoft Products like OneNote and Word, and we took our lessons from these experiences to bring this important feature to Edge.
Until recently, the primary ways to access Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge have been to click the icon in the address bar or to use our F9 shortcut on certain sites. Now, you can simply select content on a web page, right click, and choose “Open in Immersive Reader.” All three of these options will allow you to easily remove distractions and access a variety of tools that allow for personalization.
New – View visual definitions of words with Picture Dictionary in Microsoft Edge

One of our newest tools in this set will be Picture Dictionary which will help you view a picture representation of a word on a web page to increase comprehension. Ideal for those learning another language or for students learning on their own, it will allow you to stay in the flow of what you are reading. You’ll be able to simply select the word on a web page and see a picture that represents the word. You will be able to turn Picture Dictionary on by navigating to Reading Preferences and using the toggle.
Picture Dictionary in Microsoft Edge is coming to preview builds soon.
 New – Translate full web pages into 54 languages within Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

The web is packed with important information and many prefer to read pages in their native language. Translate in Microsoft Edge breaks down the walls of language by giving people the ability to easily translate web page text into one of 54 languages with the press of a button. This is ideal for students and professionals who are researching sources across the web and want to make the most of their time. To get started, navigate to the reading preferences in Immersive Reader, select your language of choice, and see the words change instantly to your preferred language.
Translate in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge is available in preview builds today.
Hear the web with Read aloud in Microsoft Edge

Already in Microsoft Edge, Read aloud translates words on a web page into spoken text so you can absorb information in multiple ways. Anyone can benefit from using Read aloud to simplify their lives and listen to website content without being tethered to a screen. With Read aloud, you can hear the text read aloud to you and words are highlighted as you go so that you can easily follow along to aid comprehension. We currently have 25 voice options to choose from based on your preference for voice in 13 languages and 21 locales, with our most natural sounding voices yet.
Read aloud is now generally available in desktop and mobile, and works on and offline. Read aloud for PDF is available in preview builds today.
Celebrate our community with our featured Bing homepage image

Beyond offering inclusive tools for web accessibility, Microsoft also highlights key contributors to this space. On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, on the Bing homepage, we are showcasing a painting by Jeff Hanson, an award-winning artist. Hanson is legally blind and only vaguely sees shapes and colors and has developed a unique tactile process that helps him feel his compositions by first plastering the canvas with a thick plastic material. Once that hardens, he uses the defined ridges to navigate the piece to apply his signature vibrant color. Today we’re featuring Hanson’s painting to observe the ongoing work to make technology accessible for more people around the world. Please visit Bing.com on May 21 to take a closer look at Hanson’s painting, plus listen to a short audio clip of the artist talking about his work. If you’re reading this after May 21, you can see the image here. Check out more of his paintings at JeffHansonArt.com.
The web is for everyone, and we are committed to building more inclusive experiences in Microsoft Edge in the coming year. As a company our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more – and this is something we care deeply about. If you haven’t yet downloaded the new Microsoft Edge, please try it today. You can also read more about how students from Newmark Schools are using accessibility tools while learning from home in our Education blog. For other tips on how to make the most out of accessibility features across Microsoft products, please visit our remote learning resource site.
We look forward to sharing what’s next.

Developing for all 1 billion Windows 10 devices and beyond – Windows Developer Blog

This year, Microsoft Build 2020 is a digital-only event that we all get to experience from the comfort of our homes. We hope you enjoy learning about the new features and technologies that matter most to you. Today, I will have the privilege of sharing how developers can build apps for modern work using Microsoft 365 and Windows platforms. I will focus on 4 key areas of improvements to the Windows platform:
Unifying app development across the billion Windows 10 devices for all your current and future apps;
Leaning into the cloud and enabling new scenarios for your Windows apps;
Creating new opportunities for you to build connected apps using Microsoft 365 integration in the Windows experience; and
Making Windows great for developer productivity.

Today we will unveil Project Reunion: our vision for unifying and evolving the Windows developer platform to make it easier to build great apps that work across all the Windows 10 versions and devices people use.
For the past couple of years, we have been breaking down the barrier between Win32 (also called the Windows API) and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs. Project Reunion expands this effort to make it easier to build a great Windows app. It will unify access to existing Win32 and UWP APIs and make them available decoupled from the OS, via tools like NuGet. This will provide a common platform for new apps. Plus, it will help you update and modernize your existing apps with the latest functionality, whether they’re C++, .NET (including WPF, Windows Forms, and UWP) or React Native. As we decouple existing APIs and add new APIs, we are also doing the work to polyfill, as needed, so the APIs work down-level across supported versions of Windows.

One of the first components in the Project Reunion journey is WinUI 3 Preview 1, the high performant, Fluent-optimized native UI framework for Windows. With WinUI developers can build great user experiences that adapt and scale across devices, whether they are starting a new project, or modernizing an existing app.

Image 1: Engaging UI powered by WinUI in Alarms & Clock app
We also know there are times when you want to integrate web content in your native app so you can share code across platforms and with the browser. Today, we are expanding WebView2 (another component in the Project Reunion journey) with a new .NET Preview. Now, any Windows app can embed web content with the power of Microsoft Edge and Chromium. WebView2 provides full web functionality across the spectrum of Windows apps, and it’s decoupled from the OS, so you are no longer locked to a particular version of Windows.

Image 2: Showing an example of a PDF inline using WebView2
We invite you to learn and engage with us at this early stage in the Project Reunion GitHub repo, where we’ll be sharing our progress and listening to your feedback as we implement this vision. You can also learn more about WinUI and WebView2 today.

As organizations shift to enable remote work, Windows Virtual Desktop, built on Azure, has provided the ability to provision and scale virtual desktops and apps faster than was previously possible. It enables organizations to serve your existing app to a growing set of devices that users can access with the Windows Virtual Desktop clients for Windows, MacOS/iOS, and Android.
Because scalability is so important, we introduced a feature called MSIX App Attach. The MSIX App Attach Preview will optimize people’s experiences by untangling the OS image that organizations deploy in the cloud from the apps that people need to access. This means that once you adopt MSIX for Windows desktop, the same investment will soon bring even more benefits when running your app in Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure.

We also know you are looking for more ways to build connect apps, and with Microsoft 365 integrations like Microsoft Search and the Microsoft Graph you have even more opportunities. We all use so many tools and apps and it can be cumbersome to find what we need. But Microsoft Search and the Microsoft Graph can draw unique connections between your people, files, and tools so that you can find what you are looking for. These are just two integrations that allow you and your users to be more efficient, but you can do so much more with the Microsoft 365 platform. Additionally, developers can start using our Graph Connectors that are in preview now, and Microsoft Search will be coming to Windows later this year.

Image 3: Look for a coworker and see pertinent information and shared files and apps

We know it is important for you to stay productive and we appreciate your feedback on how we can make that happen. With advancements to Windows Terminal and Windows Subsystem for Linux you have modern, fast, and powerful tools.
Now available for enterprise use, Windows Terminal 1.0 provides you with the ability to run any command line executable, including WSL distros and Azure Cloud Shell, inside multiple tabs, and panes. You can also use Unicode and UTF-8 characters, have a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations. The Windows Terminal is available on the Microsoft Store or manually from the Terminal GitHub repo.
Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) have centered around enabling hardware acceleration, running a Linux GUI app directly, and making it easier to start using Linux apps on Windows. Here are a few details:
Added support for graphics processing unit (GPU) compute workflows allows Linux tools to leverage GPUs to enable hardware acceleration for many development scenarios, such as parallel computation and training machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) models.
Support for Linux graphical user interface (GUI) apps will enable you to open a WSL instance and run a Linux GUI app directly without the need for a third-party X server. This will help you to run your favorite apps in a Linux environment such as an integrated development environment (IDE).
WSL will soon support a simplified install experience by running the command ‘wsl.exe – install,’ which will make it easier than ever to start using Linux apps on Windows.
Additionally, preview tools and utilities, like the Windows Package Manager and Microsoft PowerToys, provide you with paths to streamline your Windows experience for even greater development productivity.
You asked for an easier way to setup your development environment and now with the Windows Package Manager Preview you have a command line interface enabling you to install your favorite tools quickly and easily. The repository of packages is open source, and we can’t wait for you to contribute and help us with the next level of improvements.
With Microsoft PowerToys (0.18) you can customize the Windows 10 shell for your personal workflows. Today’s updates add two new utilities: Keyboard Remapper and PowerToys Run. You can remap key to key and shortcut to shortcut using Keyboard Remapper. And, PowerToys Run, an app launcher utility gets you to your programs faster than before – hit alt-space and just start typing.
We look forward to working with you in the open to make progress on each of these efforts, so we can help you build productive and delightful experiences. I can’t wait to see what we can build together with WinUI, WebView2, Terminal, Windows Package Manager Preview, Project Reunion and more. If you didn’t get enough at Build, you can find additional deep-dive content on topics like WSL, Terminal, React Native for Windows, WebView2, Windows AI, and much more at Microsoft365.

Introducing WinUI 3 Preview 1 – Windows Developer Blog

Today at Microsoft Build 2020 the WinUI team is excited to announce the latest version of WinUI 3 available for public preview: WinUI 3 Preview 1. This preview expands the world of WinUI to an even wider audience of developers – the previously-released WinUI 3 Alpha was only available to UWP app developers, but Preview 1 now enables WinUI usage in Desktop (Win32) apps as well!

WinUI is Microsoft’s most advanced user interface technology for building Windows apps. There are two versions of WinUI in active development: WinUI 2 and WinUI 3. WinUI 2 is a library of Fluent-based UI controls & styles for UWP XAML apps; it was first shipped in Oct 2018 and its latest release is v2.4 which came out recently on May 8th.
WinUI 3 is a currently-in-development, dramatic expansion of this library into a full-fledged, end-to-end, standalone UI framework. This UI framework continues the tradition of WinUI and UWP XAML, providing the very latest graphical capabilities and Fluent Design styling that embraces today’s modern devices, hardware, and inputs. Technically, WinUI 3 decouples the XAML, Composition, and Input layers of Windows 10, and ships them independently via NuGet for any app targeting Windows 10 1803 and above. It can be used in both C++ and .NET-based apps.
WinUI 3 Preview 1 is the first pre-release of WinUI 3 that can be used in both UWP and Desktop apps, allowing every developer a chance to tap into the very latest UI technologies from Microsoft for building Windows apps. You can learn more about WinUI here.

In addition to the aforementioned ability to use WinUI from Desktop apps, Preview 1 will also support .NET 5 when run in this Desktop context. Preview 1 is also the first preview of WinUI 3 to include the SwapChainPanel control – this is key for developers working with DirectX for providing custom graphical rendering as a part of their user experience.
In February, the WinUI team released an Alpha of WinUI 3 with an all-new Chromium-based WebView2 control. This same control carries through to Preview 1 and has been updated with several improvements. Preview 1 also offers several other advancements compared to the February Alpha:
Support for the .NET versions of several interfaces when using .NET 5. In Preview1, .NET 5 is used with Desktop apps. The interfaces (and a class) are: INotifyPropertyChanged, INotifyCollectionChanged, ObervableCollection<T>, and ICommand.
New, recently released controls ported forward from WinUI v2.4.
Several important bug fixes & stability improvements.
A full articulation of the capabilities and limitations of Preview 1 can be found in the WinUI 3 Preview 1 Release Notes. Of special note: Preview 1 should not be used in production apps, as it does not guarantee forward compatibility and may break in future updates we make to Windows 10.

At Build 2020 we’ll share stories of customers and ecosystem partners we’re working with to improve & develop WinUI 3. Examples of these partnerships that will be referenced during the conference include:
Magix, a developer of audio & video solutions for creators, who’s showcasing how they’ve harnessed the power of WinUI to modernize some of the UI components in their Win32-based VEGAS Pro app
Esri, market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, using ArcGIS Runtime, .NET and SwapChainPanel with WinUI 3 Preview 1 to render gigabytes of geospatial data in rich, high performance mapping components
Telerik, a leading vendor of high quality .NET and JavaScript components for building modern, high performance, feature rich web, mobile and desktop apps
Uno platform, an open source platform for building apps that span across mobile endpoints, Windows, macOS, and the Web
These are just some of the great companies exploring and engaging with us as we develop WinUI 3, and in the coming months you’ll learn more about these and other engagements as we prepare for the eventual release of WinUI 3.0 for general availability.

To start with WinUI 3.0 Preview 1, head over to our download and release notes page. You can also find more information and technical setup details in our documentation on creating a Desktop app with WinUI.

Everything new from Microsoft Edge at Build 2020 – Microsoft Edge Blog

Microsoft Build 2020 can be defined by a set of ‘firsts’—it’s the first Build of the new decade, the first Build that’s all-digital for 24 hours a day, and the first Build since the new Microsoft Edge launched! We’re learning a lot as we deliver Build and Microsoft Edge in new ways.
Last year at Build, we unveiled what was coming with the new Microsoft Edge. Since then we haven’t stopped innovating to build a browser that’s right for you, with world-class performance and more security, more productivity, and more value as you browse.
We’ve introduced tools to give you more control over your privacy with Tracking prevention. We’ve added new ways to be more productive with Collections. And with Give Mode, we’ve turned searching with Bing into an easy way to do something good.
As mentioned in January, we plan to upgrade all Windows 10 devices (excluding enterprise and education) to the new Microsoft Edge. Users will be able to experience all the features above when it’s delivered via a measured roll-out that you’ll see ramping up over the course of the next few weeks. If you can’t wait and want to try it now, you can download the new Microsoft Edge here.
We believe in a web that just works for everyone. As we work to deliver a great browsing experience, we remain committed to listening to developers and sharing improvements back to the open source community that makes Microsoft Edge possible. To date, we’ve made over 3,000 commits back to the Chromium open source project that make the web more enjoyable, capable, and accessible for everyone.
This year at Build, we’re sharing ongoing innovation with improved tooling and reach for web developers, new consumer integrations, and new customization options for businesses.

What’s new for web developers
A healthy web community is made possible by a vibrant developer community. Over the last few months, we’ve worked to support that community with improvements like DevTools localization in 10 new languages, which has been adopted by many of you as you develop for Microsoft Edge. Now, we’re excited to highlight new tools that empower you, the developers who make the web possible, while expanding your canvas so you can reach your customers in more ways than ever before.
WebView2 preview expands to include .NET and UWP (WinUI) development

Last year, we pushed WebView2 forward with a preview for Win32 development. WebView2 lowers the barrier for developers to maximize code reuse across platforms with a consistent web platform to host web content in their apps. We’d like to thank everyone that has engaged with us so far throughout the preview—the contributions and feedback we’ve received drive our feature roadmap and quality.
Today, we’re expanding the preview with new options for .NET and UWP (WinUI 3.0) development, enabling you to embed a Chromium-based Edge WebView in WinForms, WPF, and UWP (WinUI 3.0) applications. Check out our documentation and Getting Started guide, or simply open Visual Studio and download the WebView2 package to get started.
Improvements to the Microsoft Edge Add-ons site make searching and finding extensions easier
For many users, extensions are a key component to the web experience. We’re committed to not only making it easy for developers to bring their Chromium-based extensions into our store, but also to make it simple for users to find them. We will be making a significant update to the Microsoft Edge Add-ons site to make it more visually appealing—new categories, new search capabilities, and a new layout will get those extensions in front of customers. Expect to see this roll out starting this month!
Making PWAs feel more at home on Windows 10
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) continue to gain momentum as a great way to deliver content in an app-like experience across platforms, powered by web standards. With the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge and Windows 10, we’re making PWAs feel even more natural and familiar alongside other Windows apps.
Today, when you install PWAs on Windows 10, they look and feel more at home on your desktop OS in important ways, launching in a standalone window and appearing in places like Start and the Taskbar for easier access. We’re working on updates to make this integration even smoother—you’ll be able to manage them from settings, use them to share (and receive shared content), and more. Check out an early preview of this Windows integration by using Windows Insider preview builds and enabling the Web Apps Identity Proxy flag in the Microsoft Edge Canary preview build.
Try out experimental web platform features with Origin Trials
We always aim to move the web forward to meet the needs of web developers. Our Origin Trials program enables developers to test drive experimental features on their websites for a set length of time. Prototypes that we haven’t enabled for the general web yet will work on your site for a selection of your visitors in Microsoft Edge, enabling you to gather and provide early feedback which can influence the final API.
Learn more and register for an Origin Trial at the new Origin Trial Developer Console today!
New features for every user
This week, we’re also introducing a few exciting new features to help you be more productive, and a new integration to help find and organize the content you want.
Collections in Microsoft Edge is getting smarter with a new Pinterest integration
Collections helps you organize, save, and share your online life by allowing you to create groups of content from around the web. Links, images, text, and notes can be saved together across multiple sites, pages, and browser sessions to help you stay organized and inspired.
Now, Collections in Microsoft Edge is collaborating with Pinterest to help you discover relevant content for your research or project. People use Collections to capture their favorite design ideas, recipes, home improvement links, and even to research their next big purchase across multiple sites. This new integration with Pinterest will help you find ideas to spark inspiration, save time, and be more productive by suggesting content related to what you have already collected. When you enable the feature, you will see Pinterest suggestions at the bottom of your collection. Clicking on a suggestion will open a board of similar, trending Pins so you can quickly find and add ideas relevant to you.
This collaboration also allows you to export your collection to Pinterest. Any saved webpages or images will then show up in a new board in your Pinterest account.

Collections will also be rolling out the ability to send to OneNote, in addition to the options to send to Excel and Word which are available today. Collections integration with Pinterest, and Send to OneNote, will appear in Insider channels within the next month. Join our Edge insider program to be one of the first people to try it.
Sidebar search provides a faster, more contextual way to look things up

Today you have the option to look up words or phrases by searching in a new tab. This can make you lose your train of thought instead of helping you get more out of what you’re reading. Sidebar search aims to improve this experience by giving you the option to see results in a pane on the side of the page. Simply highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select “search in sidebar” from the context menu. And if you’re at work and signed in with your Azure Active Directory account, you’ll even see company results! Reading a corporate strategy paper with unlinked references? Use sidebar search to help find the answer. When you’re done, you can close out of the pane or keep searching in it to look up additional information.
Expect to see this show up in Insider preview channels in the coming weeks. Become an Edge Insider to be one of the first to try it.
New features for information workers and IT Pros
Microsoft Edge is the browser for business, and today we’re announcing new features and updates to make the lives of IT managers and information workers a little bit easier. Want to try these out in your organization? Download offline installers here.
New syncing and customization options for IT professionals

If you use multiple devices while working from home, you know how important sync is. Installed extensions now sync in Microsoft Edge and a new policy even allows IT professionals to precisely manage which types of data sync for their users. The flexibility to sync individual data types means IT professionals can fit syncing to their workplace needs. For some workplaces, syncing passwords might not be allowed—now IT can manage this.
Coming soon, sync will also extend to customers whose environments are still on-premises. The transition to the cloud takes time, and your company should be able to get the most out of Microsoft Edge during that transition.
Data security gets a boost with Windows Information Protection
As many people work from home, data protection is top of mind, especially for IT professionals. Microsoft Edge now supports Windows Information Protection for Windows 10 customers which clearly separates personal and corporate data, adds extra protection for line-of-business apps, and provides audit reporting for compliance. This has been a top ask by many customers, and we’re excited to bring it to the new Microsoft Edge.
Easily move between work and personal profiles

For information workers, we’ve made improvements to help keep them in their flow throughout the workday—this is especially true for those working at home, where work and personal boundaries can easily blend. Microsoft Edge now allows users to set a default profile for any link they open, creating a consistent experience even if they’re switching between profiles throughout the day.
Microsoft Edge helps you manage your profiles even more with a feature called Automatic Profile Switching. Previously, if you’ve been using your personal account and then try to access a work link, you’d be forced to sign-in again because your personal account doesn’t have your work credentials. With the new Automatic Profile Switching feature, Microsoft Edge will detect that the link you’re trying to open needs work credentials, and then switch you to your work profile to open it. Profile switching has never been smoother.
Microsoft Search in Bing puts your work results all in one place
Bing is bringing the life-changing capability of search to the workplace, and we have an exciting update as part of this year’s Build. A comprehensive Work page will now be part of Bing’s search results pages for all Microsoft 365 customers. When signed-in to Bing with your work credentials, this page will appear right next to other familiar pages such as Images, Shopping, and News. This new results page gives you the option to view work-specific results such as files, people, internal websites, and more. If your organization uses Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, just sign into Bing with your work credentials and try it today. Learn more on our new website!
We hope you enjoy this new 48-hour, all-digital format as we meet you where you are around the world—we truly can’t thank you enough for joining us online for Microsoft Build 2020.
Keep innovating, keep building, and keep expecting more from the web.

Dell introduces redesigned XPS 15 and XPS 17 | Windows Experience Blog

Dell’s family of XPS laptops

If you’re in the market for a new PC, take note: Dell has announced new devices that deliver larger screens, long battery life and enough power to stream your favorite shows, edit photos for Instagram, render 4K videos for YouTube or create original sounds and textures on your Digital Audio Workstation.
Dell has redesigned the XPS 15 and introduced a new XPS 17 with larger screen sizes so you can see and do more, thanks to virtually borderless, four-sided InfinityEdge displays and new hinges. Whether you’re creating content or consuming it, the XPS systems will meet your needs with immersive visuals.

Dell XPS 17

After a near 10-year hiatus, the XPS 17 returns and it’s leveled up with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core Processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics with Max-Q design and 19 hours of battery life to keep up with demanding projects, gaming and VR. It’s also got a thermal design that increases fan airflow and delivers higher sustained performance.
The redesigned XPS 15 has a larger 16:10 display and new speakers, striking a balance between power and portability to fuel content creation at home or on-the-go, with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core Processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics with Max-Q design and up to 25 hours of battery life.

Dell XPS 15

If you choose the Creator Editions of these devices, you’ll find configurations built with tools that speed high-resolution video editing and graphic design processes.
So many of us are on video calls these days, and on these devices those calls are supported by Dell’s smallest ever HD webcams discretely hidden at the top of the displays. You’ll come across loud and clear thanks to top-mounted mics with advanced echo cancellation and noise reduction technologies.
Running late to virtual hangouts with friends and family? The XPS family helps you log on quickly using Windows Hello – a fingerprint reader built right into the power button – so you can safely unlock your PC and get to visiting without entering a password.
The XPS 15 starts at $1,299.99 and is available in the U.S. and Canada now and across participating European and Asian countries later this week. The XPS 17 starts at $1,499.99 and will be available in the U.S., Canada and participating European and Asian countries this summer.
With Dell Mobile Connect – available to download for free from the Microsoft Store – Android and iOS users can make calls, send texts, fully mirror their phone screen to use apps, and get notifications and drag and drop files between their phone and XPS. It’ll come pre-installed on all Dell consumer systems this spring.
And if you want to move important and hard to replace data and files from any Windows-based PC to your new Dell XPS, you can use Dell Migrate, a new, simple, do-it-yourself tool that will get you up and running fast. It starts at $39 and is now available in the U.S.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19628 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19628 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
Some Windows Insiders might notice that the name of the branch we’re releasing builds from has changed to MN_RELEASE starting with today’s build. As we mentioned back in December, the Fast ring receives builds directly from this active development branch. In this case, we are practicing our ability to change which branch we consider as the active development branch. This is just a short-term change and we intend to release builds from RS_PRERELEASE again soon. As our engineers work in development cycles internally, we may prioritize work being done in a specific branch and may need to move Insiders between branches. The builds from the MN_RELEASE branch are not matched to a specific Windows 10 release.
You can check out our Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far. Not seeing any of the features in this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re on the Fast ring. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected.
If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring, head over to Flight Hub. Please note, there will be a slight delay between when a build is flighted and when Flight Hub is updated.

We’re adding initial support for DNS over HTTPS, so that you can opt into using encryption when Windows makes DNS queries. Follow the instructions in this blog post to opt in as it will be off by default.

Thanks everyone who shared feedback about the updated version of Korea Microsoft IME introduced with Build 18941. For the moment, the IME version will be returning to the previous one while we take your feedback into consideration.

We’ve fixed an issue causing some devices fail to update with error code 0xc0000409. If you continue to experience this error, please let us know by filing new feedback in Feedback Hub.

We’re aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
We’re working on fixing an issue for a future Insider Preview build where in Settings > Privacy the Documents and Downloads sections show a broken icon next to their page name (just a rectangle).
We’re looking into reports of IIS configuration being set to default after taking a new build. You will need to back up your IIS configuration and restore it after the new build is installed successfully.
We’re looking into reports that taskbar preview thumbnails aren’t rendering consistently (showing a blank area).

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