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Celebrating Windows 10 Devices Around the World

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been celebrating new Windows 10 devices as they were unveiled around the world. It’s been an incredible journey – traveling 29,000 miles in less than two weeks from NYC to Barcelona to San Francisco to Taipei to Tokyo to Seoul and back to San Francisco. We’ve been celebrating our innovative partners and the Windows 10 devices they are bringing to people around the world.

We started off in NYC, where we introduced new Surface, Lumia, and Band devices and shared the latest from HoloLens, and Xbox. With products like Surface Book, you can see how we’re investing in hardware experiences to reinvent categories and create opportunities for the Windows ecosystem. Our new hardware was designed to be complementary to our partners, and I was excited to hit the road and join them as they unveiled their holiday device line-up.

On our world tour, we saw over 50 great new devices from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba. You can see some highlights below. Nick Parker, our Corporate Vice President of OEM partnerships, also collected some of his favorite photos to share in this Sway – you can check it out here.

Since the debut of Windows 10, we’ve encouraged our hardware partners to put the operating system to work – and they are doing just that with their incredible new devices, which light up with Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Continuum, Xbox, and so much more. Along with our partners, we can’t wait for you to enjoy a great new Windows 10 device this holiday!

HP

Our world tour began in Barcelona, where HP announced new premium PCs featuring one-of-kind hardware in sleek industrial designs, bright high-resolution displays and Audio by Bang & Olufsen. New devices like the HP Spectre x2, HP ENVY 8 Note, HP Notebook, HP ENVY Curved All-in-One, HP ENVY All-in-One, HP Pavillion Gaming Notebook, HP Spectre x360, HP Stream Notebook PCs, and HP ENVY 32 Media Display were unveiled.  Each PC is built with powerful processors and delivers amazing Windows 10 experiences. HP’s line-up – which ranges from $299 to $1499 – takes the innovation of Windows and makes it accessible to everyone. It was my honor to join Ron Coughlin, SVP GM Consumer PC’s, services and solutions- Hewlett Packard for this event in beautiful Barcelona.

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Dell

While I was in Barcelona, Yusuf Mehdi joined Dell in New York City to showcase several of the newest Dell XPS devices, optimized especially for Windows 10. Dell’s new devices, including the Dell XPS 15 laptop, Dell XPS 13 laptop, and Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 shown in New York City bring the best of Windows 10 to life and offer our customers a range of choices.

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ASUS

Next, I returned to San Francisco, where I joined ASUS Chairman, Jonney Shih onstage at ROG Unleashed. Jonney and team introduced the new Republic of Gaming (ROG) hardware line- up, built exclusively on Windows 10. Incredible new gaming devices were showcased, including the all-new ROG GX700, ROG G752, and ROG G20 Compact Desktop PL. It was fun to highlight the gaming innovations on Windows 10 – Game DVR, an Xbox app, and DirectX 12 – and see unprecedented speed, performance and graphics come to life on the ROG line-up.

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Acer

Next we were off to Asia, where we first joined Acer in Taipei to showcase a range of new devices, making Windows 10 accessible to everyone from office workers to students to people in emerging markets around the world. The Aspire R14 convertible notebook and the Aspire Z3-700 portable all-in-one PC are built to deliver Windows 10 experiences with prices starting at US$699 and €599 in EMEA. Acer’s full line-up of Windows 10 devices spans form factors and price points, including 2-in-1s, notebooks, all-in-ones, phones Predator gaming rigs and the Aspire One Cloudbook starting at US$169 and designed with education customers in mind.

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Toshiba

In Tokyo, we joined Toshiba to celebrate the Toshiba dynaPad. In Japan, our Windows customers have the highest rate of pen usage worldwide, so it was the perfect place to showcase the new advanced note-taking technology in Toshiba’s new dynaPad, taking advantage of the ability to write and annotate on our Microsoft Edge browser. In addition to being a powerful note-taking device – designed to replicate the way people write on paper – the dynaPad has great support for Continuum, and is ultra-thin and lightweight.

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LG

My last tour stop was with LG in Seoul, Korea. I joined Brian Kwon, President of LG Home Entertainment Company, for a panel discussion on Windows 10 and LG devices. Windows 10 is off to a great start in Korea, with the fastest adoption the market has ever seen for Windows – five times faster than Windows 8, with over 1 billion hours spent on Windows 10 since launch. LG announced their new Windows 10 devices, including the gram 13”, gram 14”, Tabbook Duo (10.1” Tablet), and 21:9 Curved AIO. And, we’re excited to welcome the LG gram to Microsoft Stores this holiday.

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Lenovo

The fun continued yesterday as Joe Belfiore wrapped up the tour with Lenovo in San Francisco, where they announced their new line up of YOGA PCs built with Windows 10, the Lenovo YOGA 900 Convertible Laptop and the Lenovo YOGA Home 900 Portable All-in-One Desktop. These two next-gen home computers provide portability, adaptability, and style, all while taking full advantage of Windows 10 features. The YOGA 900 and YOGA Home 900 continue Lenovo’s longstanding trend of blending design, functionality, and user choice.

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This tour was a fun opportunity to highlight new Windows 10 devices that were shown for the first time, but the ecosystem is already robust. Last month, our device partners built more Windows devices than they ever have before in the history of Windows and since launch, we’ve been excited to see share increases for Windows at retail. And we’re just getting started. By this holiday, we expect to see the widest range of Windows hardware ever available. Our partners are bringing hundreds of new Windows 10 devices to market now through holiday.

Thanks to all of our partners for an incredible few weeks!

Terry

Dell brings Windows 10 to Life with New XPS Devices

I am honored to join Dell today in New York City to showcase several of the newest XPS devices, optimized especially for Windows 10. It’s been an amazing journey to get to this point, with over a year of deep collaboration on new experiences, the positive early reception of Windows 10 which is now running on over 110 million devices worldwide, and now the chance to introduce the new XPS family to the world. Dell has been an amazing partner throughout, helping to unlock new customer value and choice, being one of the first to ship Windows 10 on new PCs this summer, partnering on the Surface Enterprise alliance, and joining us now as we celebrate all the innovative new devices on Windows 10.

With Windows 10, we are focused on delivering all new experiences with features like Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Windows Hello and the new Windows Store featuring hundreds of thousands of apps and games. We worked closely with Dell to ensure their new devices could bring the best of Windows 10 to life and offer our customers a range of choices. I’m excited to share with you the details of Dell’s new devices – the Dell XPS 15 laptop, Dell XPS 13 laptop, and Dell XPS 12 2-in-1.

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Two back-to-back Dell XPS 15 Touch notebook computers. One model is open 90 degrees facing left, the other is open 45 degrees facing back right.

The XPS 15 is one of the world’s smallest laptops with a full 15-inch screen – a screen that features Dell’s Infinity Edge display technology. This PC weighs as little as 3.9 pounds, but is definitely a notebook for power users, for either office work or gaming. It includes one-cable Thunderbolt 3 docking technology, as well as a minimalist form factor.

The XPS 15’s screen features Dell’s UltraSharp 4K HD resolution and it meets the 100 percent minimum Adobe standards for RGB – perfect for a graphic designer on the go. The XPS 15 features the latest sixth-generation Intel CPUs, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU, up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of PCI Express solid-state drive (SSD) space for fast load times. It will be available in the U.S. starting at $999 on October 8.

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The XPS 13 is Dell’s slightly smaller model. This laptop received great acclaim at CES 2015, and is now based – like its other XPS cousins – on top-of-the-line Intel CPUs, features SSD storage, up to 16 GB of RAM, and Thunderbolt 3 technology.

One of the smallest 13-inch laptops available, the XPS 13 combines size, power, and battery life – and, it’s designed to function perfectly with Windows 10. The XPS 13 will be available in the U.S. on October 8, starting at $799. Dell is also offering a special Gold version of the XPS 13, available at select retailers for $1649 MSRP.

Dell XPS 12 2-in-1

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The XPS 12 2-in-1 features a magnetic connection that lets you pull it apart with one hand, making it flexible and versatile. The XPS 12 is one of the only 2-in-1’s with a true 4K Ultra HD display option for the screen, putting it on-par with top-quality desktop monitors. It also features two cameras: an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the tablet and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The XPS 12 comes standard with a mobility base, which includes a back-lit keyboard and a touchpad, and a tablet stand and a case, which keeps everything nice and safe for travel. With Continuum in Windows 10, you can take advantage of all the great Windows 10 features and enjoy your PC in tablet and laptop mode. It will be available in the U.S. on November 5, starting at $999.

It’s incredible to see the innovation Dell is bringing to the market with this new lineup of XPS devices and they’re all designed from the ground up to deliver an amazing Windows 10 experience. I’m proud of the work our teams have done together.

We look forward to the customer response for these new devices and to delighting new and existing Dell customers this holiday and beyond. The XPS 15 laptop, XPS 13 laptop, and XPS 12 2-in-1 can help you be more productive, have more fun, and enjoy the very best of Windows 10.

Yusuf

New Surface Enterprise Initiative Will Further Windows 10 Adoption

From the beginning, Windows 10 was built for the enterprise. Feedback from millions of IT Pros helped shape our best enterprise version of Windows ever. Ready for corporate deployments, Windows 10 was designed to help companies protect against modern cyber-attacks, deliver experiences employees will love and enable continuous innovation with a platform that keeps companies up to date with the latest technology. Only Windows 10 includes built-in enterprise grade security, so employees can replace passwords with more secure options, help protect corporate data and corporate identities, and only run software they trust. New management and deployment tools simplify device management and help lower costs, and enable businesses with the enterprise strength of the Azure cloud.

With 75 million devices already running Windows 10, it’s a good time for enterprises to consider Windows 10. And today, we’re excited to announce a new initiative that will make it even easier for our enterprise customers to experience the best of Windows 10.

As we get ready to roll out new Windows 10 enterprise capabilities this month, we’re happy to introduce the Surface Enterprise Initiative focused on bringing greater mobility and productivity to organizations with the power of Windows 10. This initiative kicks off with an expanded partnership with Dell to deliver premium Windows 10 devices and world-class services and support to enterprise customers. This is the first in a series of partnerships to deliver even more value to our customers by bringing together amazing Windows 10 devices, industry specific apps and solutions, and unmatched sales, services and support. We also plan to leverage our longstanding relationships with HP, Accenture and Avanade to enable more customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10.

Dell First to Offer Surface Pro with Industry-Leading Support

Today’s expanded partnership with Dell represents a bold step forward as we marry amazing devices, such as Surface Pro, with enterprise-class service and support. Mobile professionals tell us they want a device that’s both portable and powerful — and they love the Surface Pro 3. And with new security features in Windows 10, IT professionals are enthusiastic about how they can deploy Surface more easily and securely throughout their enterprise.

However, our largest global customers have told us they want to buy Surface from one partner, in one transaction and have devices deployed all over the world. To meet that need, Dell will now add Surface Pro to their device lineup and sell it along with their world-class enterprise support and services.

Starting in early October in the United States and Canada, for the first time, Dell will sell Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface accessories through its North America commercial sales organization and later in the year on Dell.com/Work. This offering will be rolled out to the remaining 28 markets of our Surface commercial channel starting in early 2016. And, Surface Pro devices sold through Dell will include the option of Dell Services, including Dell Hardware Warranty, ProSupport with Accidental Damage Service, and Configuration and Deployment Services.

New Windows 10 enterprise capabilities coming this month

This month, we will roll out key enterprise features to our Windows Insiders, on track for broader availability later this year. For the first time, enterprises can experience features like Enterprise Data Protection (EDP), which provides personal and corporate data protection wherever data flows; Microsoft Passport for enterprise which helps business workers securely login to applications, websites and networks without the need for a password; and Windows Store For Business, which delivers business customers a unified Windows app store experience including a choice of Windows store apps alongside company-owned apps, and allow IT administers to acquire apps in bulk.

Delivering more value to customers

Windows is central to our commitment to deliver the technology that empowers people and organizations all over the planet to do great things. Windows 10 and the portfolio of Windows 10 devices hitting the market right now are starting to do just that.  Together with our partners, we’re excited to deliver the tools enterprises need to transform their business.

A recent Spiceworks report stated 60% of IT departments surveyed have tested Windows 10 and 40% plan to start rolling out Windows 10 this year. It also noted, 74% of businesses plan to adopt Windows 10 by 2017, which would make Windows 10 the most quickly deployed version of Windows in history.

We’re excited about our new partnerships and look forward to more enterprise customers trying the new Windows 10 enterprise features which will be rolling out this month.

Thanks,
Yusuf

Dell announces a comprehensive new line-up of devices at Computex

Today at Computex 2015 Dell announced a comprehensive new line-up of Inspiron devices and a new gaming PC, offering a wide range of technology solutions to meet families’ and gamers everyday computing needs. Adding to Dell’s award-winning consumer product line up, the new portfolio includes the Inspiron 5000 Series laptops, Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1, Inspiron 15 7000 Series performance notebook, Inspiron 20 & 24 3000 Series All-in-One desktops, and a full line of Inspiron Desktops.

Inspiron 5000 Series Laptops: Sleek Designs, Powerful Options

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The Inspiron 5000 Series offers well-designed, versatile laptops, now available with an even broader array of processor options from Intel and AMD for zippy, responsive performance whether surfing the web, writing a term paper, editing videos or initiating web chats. The 14”, 15” and 17” notebooks come with a rich set of standard features, which include sharp high resolution displays, firm keyboards that are easy to type on for hours, exceptional battery life, and great wireless performance. An optional touch display is available in either FHD 1080p resolution on the 15” and 17” models, or in HD (14”, 15”).

Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1 PC: Affordable Luxury

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A versatile 2-in-1 device with a 15.6” display, the new Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1 combines the beauty and strength of brushed aluminum with upscale features and an impressive battery life. This 2-in-1 rotates between four modes: tablet, laptop, tent and stand mode; the latter is perfect for resting on an airplane tray table to watch movies at an optimal angle, no matter how far back the facing seat is reclined. True Color, also offered as an option for the new Inspiron 5000 Series, comes standard on this 7000 Series 2-in-1 PC with its wide-viewing angle IPS screen, and contributes to a vibrant, rich, saturated front-of-screen experience. Standard Waves MaxxAudio® Pro audio software enhances the multimedia experience with an impressive soundstage. Other premium standard features include a backlit, full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard. The design is exceptionally beautiful: the thin sub-20 mm form is lightweight and easy-to-carry without conceding strength. The Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 supports the new 802.11ac wireless standard, providing improved range and faster downloads for better surfing, streaming and video chats.

Inspiron 15 7000 Series Notebook: Optimized Performance and Power for Gaming Entertainment

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The new Inspiron 15 7000 performance notebook packs the latest generation Intel Core i7H-Series Quad Core processors into a thin laptop, boldly designed in black and red with contrasting accents. The notebook is ideal for students and young gamers seeking a multi-usage high performance laptop for school work, multimedia and gaming needs at just the right price. Visuals will pop with 4GB GDDR5 performance class discrete graphics from NVIDIA; the 15” FHD wide angle display also comes with a 4K UHD touch option. It features performance speakers with built-in subwoofers and Waves MaxxAudio® Pro for an immersive sensory experience. The notebook is built to have staying power with a 74Whr battery so users can enjoy long battery life for on-the-go gaming and productivity. Intelligently engineered cooling solutions sustain uninterrupted game time. This PC is only launching in China.

Inspiron 20 & 24 3000 Series All-in-One Desktop: A Perfect Fit for the Whole Family

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The brand new Inspiron 20 & 24 3000 Series All-in-One desktops boast some of the thinnest AIO displays in the market. With a simple set-up, the PCs are easy to use for anyone at any age in the family. The Inspiron 20 features a 19.5” HD+ display with Intel Braswell processors, while the Inspiron 24 comes with a stunning 23.8” Full HD wide-angle display with IPS technology with AMD or Intel Braswell processors. The slim, streamlined design allows the desktop to effortlessly fit into any room in the house, while a host of useful features match a family’s budget and needs.  These space-saving AIO desktops are a smart buy: the attractive, thin designs house built-in speakers; consumers can choose an optional edge-to-edge touch screen for an even more interactive and intuitive experience. The pop up easel stand with one-cord set up allows quick and easy set-up, while the latest Intel and AMD processors with AMD Radeon™ R-series graphics deliver responsive performance and uncompromising visuals so families can immerse themselves in movies and games. Users will stream music and movies quickly and securely with built-in wireless technology, and seamlessly connect with other devices using the All-in-One’s multiple USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, 4-in-1 MCR and Ethernet capabilities. Available in both black and white, users can pick the color that best matches their home design aesthetic.

Rebirth of the Desktop: Brand new designs and “inspiring” features

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Dell is proud to introduce brand new progressive designs to the Inspiron desktop series, featuring the latest processor options from Intel and AMD and performance graphics cards from AMD Radeon and NVIDIA. The latest AMD APU in the Inspiron Desktop enables robust, uncompromised performance in a mini-tower that is 47% smaller than the previous generation; the design facilitates easy upgrades and customization, so customers can expand their technology as needed. The Inspiron Small Desktop with the latest Intel Braswell processors is similarly streamlined, compact and optimized for residences with space constraints. Both form factors are available in glossy black with accented red and silver trim. Optical drive, two USB 3.0 ports and a MCR 5-in-1 are located on the front of the chassis for easy access. High capacity drive storage – configurable up to 2TB – is optimal for consumers who want to have a centralized productivity center and digital library at home to house all of their multi-media content.

Inspiron Micro Desktop: Tiny Desktop, Big Potential

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The new Inspiron Micro Desktop packs a full suite of features into an ultra-compact package small enough to hold in one hand at just 5.16” x 5.16”. Families seeking a space-saving computing solution will love the micro desktop’s simple and streamlined design, engineered to blend in with other household devices without cluttering your space. Users can boot up in seconds and quickly access data with a responsive, reliable solid state drive, and enjoy lightning-fast access to websites, games and apps with the latest dual-core Intel Celeron or quad-core Intel Pentium processors. Intel HD graphics boost visuals when streaming videos or enjoying rich media; use the HDMI connection to channel full HD resolution with any HD display or TV. HDMI and DisplayPort provide the convenience and flexibility to connect with multiple displays for easy multi-tasking and head-turning entertainment. Four USB ports and a 3-in-1 SD card reader facilitate an easy connection with a hard drive, display, printer or other peripherals. Gigabit LAN, integrated Bluetooth and the latest long-range 802.11a/c wireless technology further contribute to a full, versatile desktop experience.

The Alienware Area-51 gaming PC features:

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  • Intel Core i7 Haswell-E processors
  • Factory overclocked and liquid cooled
  • Available with 6 or 8 core CPU options
  • Intel’s X99 Express Chipset
  • Quad Channel DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • SSD + HHD Storage Options
  • Intel 802.11ac Wireless (internal)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual, Triple or Quad Graphics Support
  • 5KW Power Supply

To learn more about the Alienware Area-51 visit Dell.com.

Pricing and Availability                                                                                  

  • The Inspiron 5000 Series notebooks are now available in the United States, Canada, EMEA and APJ regions and on Dell.com starting at $599.99 for the 14”, $449.99 for the 15” and $699.99 for the 17” models.
  • The Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1 will be available beginning June 23 in the United States on Dell.com starting at $549.99.
  • The currently-selling Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 will refresh with Braswell processors on July 29 in the United States and on Dell.com starting at $349.99.
  • The Inspiron 15 7000 Series performance notebook will be available beginning August 7 in China starting at RMB5999.
  • The Inspiron 24 3000 Series All-in-One desktop is now available in China and will be available beginning June 2 in the United States on Dell.com starting at $479.99.
  • The Inspiron 20 3000 Series All-in-One desktop will be available beginning in September in China and October in the United States on Dell.com starting at $329.99.
  • The Inspiron Desktop will be available in September n the United States on Dell.com starting at $279.
  • The Inspiron Small Desktop will be available in September in the United States on Dell.com starting at $279.
  • The Inspiron Micro Desktop is now available in the United States and EMEA regions and on Dell.com starting at $179.99.

Dell shares the Next Generation of Vostro Notebooks Tailor-Made for Small Businesses

Dell has announced the next generation of its Vostro line of productivity notebooks, offered to meet the unique needs of small businesses, home offices, and mobile professionals. The Vostro 14 and 15 3000 Series business notebooks offer essential features in a refined design, ideal for small business owners and entrepreneurs who need an affordable device for work.

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The new 14″ and 15″ Vostro notebooks deliver the right balance of features and performance for working professionals who demand fast processing power and performance and no-nonsense business features to get their work done. Whether managing operations at a restaurant or freelancing from a home office, workers will maneuver through spreadsheets and presentations with ease, powered by the latest Intel Processors, available up to core i5 (5th generation processors). The Vostro 14 delivers up to 9 hours of battery life for everyday mobile productivity, while the Vostro 15 lasts up to 8 hours 42 minutes. For more demanding graphics-rich applications or uninterrupted multi-tasking, users can opt for built-in discrete graphics from NVIDIA with up to 2GB memory and up to 8GB of high-speed RAM.

  • The Vostro 14 3000 Series notebook is now available in the United States on Dell.com starting at $349.00
  • The Vostro 15 3000 Series notebook is now available in the United States on Dell.com starting at $349.00

The new Vostro 3000 Series notebooks are less than 1″ thin, slimmer than the previous generation for improved portability. Available in Solid Black, the micro-stripe textured cover enhances tactility, making the device less prone to scratches from everyday use and commutes.

To learn more about these new devices visit Dell’s Newsroom.

Dell announces new devices including XPS 13 with 4k borderless infinity display

Dell has announced a few new devices today including a new XPS 13 with a 4k borderless infinity display and new Alienware gaming PCs.

XPS 13:

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Dell is making some pretty substantial updates to the XPS 13. The new XPS 13 comes with an UltraSharp Quad HD+ (4k) infinity display that has a tiny 5.2mm bezel. The new display on the XPS 13 boasts an incredible 5.7 million pixels. So as you can imagine – photos and videos look amazing on this PC. The new XPS 13 comes powered by 5th generation Intel Core processors and SSDs for enhanced performance. It also has more than 15 hours of battery life! The new XPS 13 will be available today on Dell.com starting at $799.99 (U.S.).

Want to win one of these new XPS 13’s today? Check out @MicrosoftOEM on Twitter for details

XPS 15:

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Dell is also updating the XPS 15 to also include an UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD touch display which boasts over 8 million pixels. The new XPS 15 will be available soon on Dell.com starting at $2,349 (U.S.).

Alienware 15 and 17:

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The new Alienware 15 and 17 laptops are designed for performance and gaming scalability and suited for every gamer’s needs. They are 20% thinner than their predecessors and use full-powered performance components without throttling. They also come powered by Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and NVIDIA GTX 980m graphics. They are also compatible with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. You can connect the Intel Core i7 versions of the Alienware 15 and 17 to the Alienware Graphics Amplifier and have it automatically overclocked for you. The Alienware 15 and 17 are available starting today from Dell.com. The Alienware 15 starts at $1,199 (U.S.) and the Alienware 17 starts at $1,499 (U.S.).

Inspiron Family Updates:

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Dell has also announced several updates to PCs in their Inspiron family. The new Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptops will 5th generation Intel Core processors and a 4K Ultra HD display option. The Inspiron 15 7000 Series is available today from Dell.com starting at $1,099.99 (U.S.).

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The Inspiron 15 5000 Series and Inspiron 23 All-in-One desktop will now include the Intel RealSense 3D Camera Front F200. With the Intel RealSense 3D camera, people can interact with apps and games without the use of the mouse and keyboard and the camera can do 3D scanning for 3D printing. The Inspiron 15 5000 Series will also come with 5th generation Intel Core processors. The Inspiron 15 5000 Series with Intel ReaSense 3D camera is available today from Dell.com starting at $749.99 (U.S.). The Inspiron 23 All-in-One with Intel RealSense 3D camera will be available starting today at Dell.com starting at $1,599 (U.S.).

Dell is also announcing an exclusive Special Edition Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 coming in March as part of Dell’s “Only @ Best Buy” collection. It’ll have a new design that has curved edges, a metal palm rest, and a diamond-cut touchpad. The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 has a 360-degree hinge that allows the PC to be flipped between laptop, tent, easel and tablet modes.

Business Ready Holiday Devices

Lately we’ve been focused on providing you with key information on Windows 10 and you’ve had the opportunity to hear from Jim Alkove about several areas of investment for Windows 10 for business – including security and identity, deployment, manageability and enterprise Store capabilities. While we look forward to sharing more on Windows 10 early next year, we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about some of the exciting business ready Windows devices in stores this holiday season. We realize that PC shopping is a year-round exercise for businesses, but among the many devices highlighted for the holiday season this year, there are some great stand-outs for business – here are just a few

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Announced at IFA Berlin in September, as a refresh to its ever popular ThinkPad Helix, the Lenovo Helix 2nd Gen. – a detachable 2-in-1, that is even thinner, lighter and has a better battery life than the previous model. Powered by Windows 8.1 Pro, it offers business-grade security, the ability to join a domain, and more. The Helix also has a detachable keyboard, providing options for an on-the-go tablet or use as a traditional laptop, and an active stylus for quick notes using the handwriting recognition feature, adding to your productivity, wherever you are.

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Another device announced at IFA Berlin this year, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23, a modular all-in-one desktop offering easy setup for public and private enterprises. The Tiny-in-One monitor allows IT managers to refresh the CPU and monitor separately without having to replace the entire system. The Kensington lock secures both the monitor and the device itself, and is also compatible with other data security features such as Smart USB Protection and Bluetooth lock.

Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2 in 1

The Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 is designed to keep you productive – on the road or at the office – with powerful business-class features and security built right in to keep your data protected. Use the device as a detachable 13-inch tablet with six hours of all day battery life, plus four additional hours in the keyboard. The device also touts a full-size business-class single point ISO keyboard with standard backlight and the convenience of two USB 3.0 ports on the keyboard base.

HP Pro X2

Last but certainly not least, the HP Pro x2 612 is HP’s thin, light and powerful computing alternative for business. Like the Dell Latitude, the HP Pro x2 612 has a battery in the tablet and one in the Power Keyboard, allowing business customers to benefit from the dual batteries with up to 14 hours of battery life. And the HP Pro x2 612 also comes with an optional battery-free Wacom pen with built-in holder. It also offers HP BIOSphere, HP Client Security, and option fingerprint reader to help keep devices safe and secure.

As mentioned, we are working hard to ensure that compatibility between Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 is excellent. This also applies to hardware: we are designing Windows 10 to have the same overall hardware requirements as Windows 7 and Windows 8, making it possible to run Windows 10 on a vast majority of existing devices. For that reason, we see device purchases today as a great investment toward the future. We look forward to sharing more details about the upgrade path soon. And, in the meantime, we welcome your participation in the Windows Insider Program where you can experience new builds as soon as they’re available and have an opportunity to influence product development decisions through the Windows Feedback app directly within the product.

Dell announces updated Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet

Dell today has announced an updated version of their Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series business tablet. Dell has made the Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet 15 percent thinner and now has a fan-less design. It comes powered by the latest Intel Core M processors and has a stunning 10.8-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display. The Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet can be configured for additional security features including 2-factor authentication with integrated SmartCard reader and fingerprint reader – making this tablet one of the most secure Windows tablets in the industry.

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Dell also offers a docking station for the Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series to connect up to a larger display and mouse and keyboard for a full PC experience. And if you want a laptop experience – Dell also provides a thin travel keyboard.

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The updated Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet will be priced starting at $699.99 and available beginning Nov. 11th on Dell.com in the U.S.

Customer Showcase: New Belgium Brewery

New Belgium Brewing Company is a familiar brand for many folks. They are based in Fort Collins, Colorado and are the third-largest craft brewery – the eighth-largest overall, in the US. And their sales force is proudly powered by Microsoft.

I’m excited to talk about a recent development created for New Belgium Brewing Company by Sonoma Partners and Microsoft Consulting Services. It’s a Windows 8.1 line of business app called Rangerland that is deployed across their fleet of sales associates, also called Beer Rangers. It helps them streamline field tasks and spend more of their time selling beer.

The app is built for touch and leverages account data stored in Microsoft Dynamics CRM – where Beer Rangers store absolutely everything related to their accounts, from meeting notes, product quality surveys, to sales history. The Rangers run the app on a Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook, which offers the best of both worlds: an easy to use touch device while mobile, and a powerful PC to access desktop business applications when in the office. When combined with a touch-friendly app, it’s easy for Rangers to feed data into the device in real-time out in the field. And it’s driving tangible business results for the company.

“Rangers love this app more than ever and are using it constantly and thinking of even more improvements,” said Jess Askey, IT Business Analyst for New Belgium Brewing Company. Rangers have been able to whittle a seven-minute sales call down to two or three minutes and accomplish in seconds what used to take minutes. Instead of doing 10 quality now surveys a week, some Rangers are doing 25.

“From 2011 to 2014, our sales volume has increased 20 percent. Rangerland has helped us keep up in a high-growth culture,” Schleiger says.

It’s always thrilling to talk to customers like New Belgium Brewing Company. They didn’t specifically plan to become a Microsoft shop, according to Askey, “it just so happens that Microsoft has the best in class solutions that meets the needs of our mobile workforce.”

Aiding the ease of management, the app is side-loaded and managed through Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and running on devices powered by Windows 8.1 Enterprise. “One of the great things about System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager is we can seamlessly push out updates to Rangerland remotely, whereas before we had to wait until salespeople were back at headquarters once a year to manually install them on Ranger tablets”, says Askey.

For more information on the New Belgium Brewery story, click on this short video or access the case study.