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River Dell Regional School District gives students connected classrooms and digital ink

Students and teachers decide what technology the district should adopt. Their choice: Windows 10 and Microsoft Education.

River Dell Regional School District in New Jersey has a middle school and high school comprised of more than 1,700 students and 131 educators. When it came time to renew their computer equipment the district they asked the teachers and students what they wanted.

OneNote’s collaboration space encourages students to work together on the same document at the same time, whether it’s a shared writing project or gathering data for a science lab report.

OneNote’s collaboration space encourages students to work together on the same document at the same time, whether it’s a shared writing project or gathering data for a science lab report.

River Dell Regional School District has equipped every student and teacher with a Windows 10 touch- and pen-enabled laptop with Microsoft Office 365 and OneNote. This combination enables teachers to work more efficiently, facilitates personalized learning opportunities for students and fosters a collaborative learning culture.

“We had a teacher and student committee that researched and selected the devices with us,” explains Marianthe Williams, director of technology for the district. “As a 1:1 school district for over 10 years, it was essential to have teacher and student involvement in the selection process.”

The committee developed a rubric to determine what criteria were important in and out of the classroom, and what functionality would enable them to do their best work while staying within the budget. “The group wanted 24/7 access to all their files with wireless, portable devices and digital inking capabilities,” said Williams.

While teachers roam the room, they can write on the Surface tablet and have the display projected on a screen in the front of the class.

While teachers roam the room, they can write on the Surface tablet and have the display projected on a screen in the front of the class.

The top priority for students was to find a device that offered a variety of modern capabilities, including keyboard, touch and pen. Williams noted, “For certain subjects such as math, science and music, students really need the ability to take notes by hand so they can make diagrams and sketches.” Research shows that digital inking results in long-term retention and better learning outcomes. ​Students produce 56 percent more non-linguistic content [diagrams, symbols, numbers] when using digital inking rather than a keyboard, which leads to an improvement in performance of 9 to 38 percent.* Teachers are more productive with digital ink as well since they are able to offer individualized feedback which improves personalized student learning. Another study showed that 68 percent of educators improve the quality of their communications with students by using a touch-based device with a stylus.**

As the district began testing different types of devices, including laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets, the choice became clear. “Hands-down, the committee selected the Surface Pro 3 because it was easy to use, intuitive, and lightweight,” Williams explained. All teachers and staff were issued the Surface Pro 3. High school students received the HP EliteBook 820, while the middle school students received the HP ProBook 11 Education Edition. “We were pleasantly surprised to find the HP devices offered the touchscreen features our students craved at a price point the district could afford.”

With the Surface tablets, teachers are freed from their stationary post in front of the class.

With the Surface tablets, teachers are freed from their stationary post in front of the class.

Over the summer, the district made a smooth transition to Windows 10 on all devices. Not only did the students keep the productivity tools in Office 365 to which they were so accustomed, but they also benefited from digital inking features they craved. The upgrade to Windows 10 provided a user experience that students and teachers were already familiar with and opened a new world of touch and pen features.

Williams said, “We’re all-in with Surface, HP, Microsoft Office 365 and OneNote. It’s exciting to see how our teachers and students have taken OneNote Class Notebook to be their digital curriculum. The technology helps us to extend learning beyond the instructional period.  Our students are finding new ways to collaborate and developing skills that will serve them well throughout their lives and careers.”

With the Surface Pro 3 tablets, teachers are freed from their stationary post in front of the class. While teachers roam the room, they can write on the Surface tablet and have the display projected on a screen in the front of the class. “You have a very strong pulse of the class when you can walk around,” explains U.S. History teacher, Dawn Rivas. “I can write on the tablet, and it goes up immediately on the projector and kids will see that.”  Using the stylus allows students and teachers to incorporate notes and comments directly into the lesson in a way that does not interrupt the flow of the classroom.  Teachers report that their lessons are considerably enhanced, with students who are more engaged and are able to draw better conclusions.

The most exciting instructional catalyst was Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook, which has taken collaborative learning to a new level. “The game changer is OneNote Class Notebook. Our teachers have really embraced it,” said Williams.

River Dell Regional School District in New Jersey has had a 1:1 device program in place for 10 years. But the technology program really took off after every teacher was given a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 over the 2015-2016 school year.

River Dell Regional School District in New Jersey has had a 1:1 device program in place for 10 years. But the technology program really took off after every teacher was given a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 over the 2015-2016 school year.

With OneNote Class Notebook, students can ask for help, and teachers can give their support—directly in the student’s personal notebook. OneNote’s collaboration space encourages students to work together on the same document at the same time, whether it’s a shared writing project or gathering data for a science lab report. OneNote automatically saves notebooks so that students and teachers can view them from any device, online or offline.  Williams says, “Teachers tell us that they are more efficient as they can check student progress at any time and that the students have higher homework completion rates.”

To learn more about how Microsoft is empowering every student to achieve more, visit Microsoft in Education.

*Computer Interfaces and their Impact on Learning, Sharon Oviatt.
**Digital Ink in the Classroom, IDC InfoBrief sponsored by Microsoft, June 2015.

Kent School District Starts Rolling Out Windows 10 to 24,000 Devices

What if every child started out their first day at school on a level academic playing field? The Kent School District is taking steps to do just this with its ‘One Student-One Device’ program. In an effort to give students access to advanced technology and devices, they became an early adopter of Windows 10, piloting the new operating system in four of its K-12 schools over this past school year. The pilot recently ended and the district has already started distributing Windows 10 PCs to all of its elementary-school libraries. It expects to install Windows 10 on all 24,000 devices in the school district by the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

As a former teacher, one of my passions is to figure out how technology can enable students to be successful in the classroom, and help teachers do less ‘teching’ and more teaching. Kent is a great example of a district that is using technology to empower its teachers and students to be more efficient and productive so they can focus on learning. When Kent School District started its pilot it had two key goals: use technology to transform its classrooms and at the same time to streamline IT management. Following the district’s upgrade to Windows 10 and distribution of HP laptops and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices to students from kindergarten to sixth grade, the students became more engaged and performed better academically, helping build community support for technology in the classroom. At the same time, the district was able to reduce IT costs.

Kent School District

By upgrading to Windows 10, Kent replaced its previous process of manually refreshing each device, simplifying the demands on its IT department. They’ve also taken advantage of the free online services and productivity tools for teachers and students with Office 365 Education, which has lowered total cost of ownership. “Upgrading to Windows 10 has actually been a way to get extra life out of our devices,” said Stosh Morency, interim CIO, Kent School District. “It’s not intuitive to think you can put a newer operating system on an older computer and it will actually run better. Because of some of these benefits, we’ve extended our four-year refresh cycle to five years for some of the devices.” When we asked Stosh and his team how much savings they think they’ve seen, Morency added, “If you purchase a couple million dollars of computers in a year, and you skip a year of doing that, it adds up quickly.”

Take a look at how the Kent School District and its teachers and students are benefiting from Windows 10 and Office 365 functionality in their schools by reading their full case study here.

The Surface devices in particular have been game-changing based on functionality like pen and inking that other devices don’t offer.

The teachers and students who have been using the Windows 10 devices at the four pilot schools have found new ways to work and learn, based on their personal working styles. The Surface devices in particular have been game-changing based on functionality like pen and inking that other devices don’t offer. Some students use the Surface Pro 3 like a laptop, while others prefer the touchscreen in tablet mode. Kindergarteners use the Surface Pen and touchscreen to learn how to write letters.

Students in the fourth through sixth grades use inking and Scratch Space in Microsoft OneNote to draw out math problems and shapes for geometry lessons. Students in all grade levels in Kent now use OneNote to collaborate on team research projects, track assignments, share writing projects with teachers and get feedback in real time. They use PowerPoint Online and Sway to create visually engaging reports.

Kent School District

“In 6th grade your penmanship should be readable and I have a few students that really struggle with their hand-eye coordination and just writing something that I can even read,” shared Amanda Gallegos, Sixth Grade Teacher, Fairwood Elementary School. “It’s amazing when they were given a Surface device how much more confident they are just simply using the setting where you can use your stylus and it transforms it to typing.”

“We’ve seen tremendous gains in specific students,” says Aubrey Buerstatte, Librarian and Technology Specialist at Horizon Elementary School. “When teachers help students set up a personalized program on a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10, we see an improved level of excitement and test scores.”

Another big hope for Kent School District is to be able to send devices home with students over the summer. Typically, the devices sit on a shelf during the summer months while they’re reimaged for the next school year, which leads to a dip in technical proficiency with the students. “With Windows as a service, the updates can continue and re-imaging won’t be a big deal because with Windows 10 we just keep the updates going and don’t have to do a reset over the summer,” said Morency. “It means students can continue improving their writing and math skills and don’t have to start over when they get back in the fall.”

The Kent School District has 28,000 K–12 students and employs 4,500 teachers, administrators and other staff at 43 campuses in the city of Kent, Washington.

The school district has maintained a longstanding relationship with Microsoft and it is both a Microsoft Showcase School and a best practice location for the National School Board Association.

It’s so motivating to see the impact Windows 10 devices can have on preparing students for the future. We’re are honored to play a supporting role in their education. Windows 10 Education is available for educators through Microsoft Volume Licensing and we welcome their ongoing feedback on how we can make Windows great for schools.

You can learn more about the new innovations for the classroom with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update here and check out this Windows Experience Blog post for additional information on education institutions around the world that are choosing to adopt Windows 10.

Upgrade Your World: Windows partners with Team Gleason

As part of the #UpgradeYourWorld initiative, Windows was honored to partner with Team Gleason to host an intimate fireside chat with former NFL athlete and ALS advocate Steve Gleason in advance of the film debut of GLEASON at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. The film, which initially premiered at Sundance Film Festival, is a feature-length documentary film celebrating the journey of Steve Gleason – NFL hero, ALS fighter, champion father.

Upgrade Your World: Steve Gleason Inspires and Shares His Journey with Technology to SXSW Festival Attendees

The discussion, moderated by Olivia Sterns, tech and business correspondent for NBC and MSNBC, took place Friday, March 11th and focused on the integral role technology plays in Gleason’s life.

Upgrade Your World: Steve Gleason Inspires and Shares His Journey with Technology to SXSW Festival Attendees

(L-R) NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Olivia Sterns, Team Gleason’s Blair Casey, former NFL player and producer Scott Fujita and former NFL player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason speak onstage during a fireside chat with Steve Gleason hosted by Windows 10 and Team Gleason at SXSW at Mohawk on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Sasha Haagensen/Getty Images for Microsoft)

Upgrade Your World: Steve Gleason Inspires and Shares His Journey with Technology to SXSW Festival Attendees

Former NFL Player and ALS Advocate Steve Gleason (L) and former NFL player and producer Scott Fujita speak onstage during a fireside chat with Steve Gleason hosted by Windows 10 and Team Gleason at SXSW at Mohawk on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Sasha Haagensen/Getty Images for Microsoft)

Through the use of his Microsoft Surface Pro 3 transitioning to a Pro 4, Steve continues to live life to the fullest – as a father, husband and friend. Steve has been working with Microsoft since 2014 to help develop life-changing technology, specifically as it relates to talking using eye gazing software. Microsoft continues to support Steve and Team Gleason’s ongoing commitment to develop the best possible technology that is affordable, accessible and easy to use for those battling ALS.

“For two years, I had been challenging tech companies, engineers and innovative leaders to help advance assistive communication devices. Microsoft was the only company who stepped forward and was eager to deeply understand the needs of those who utilize technology as an extension of themselves. The company committed time, money, and talent to not only enhance the Surface Pro beyond its expectations, but went above and beyond to integrate controls for my power chair, allowing me to regain much more independence. The process has been as exciting as it has been liberating.”

— Steve Gleason

Earlier this year, Team Gleason was chosen as one of the local nonprofits to be featured in #UpgradeYourWorld. One of the organization’s primary focus areas is to help provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services. Steve has always said ‘until there is a medical cure for ALS, technology can be that cure.’ The focus of Team Gleason has always been to upgrade the world through the use of technology.

For more information about Steve and Team Gleason, visit www.teamgleason.org. If you would like to learn more about the technology, please contact Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk (DAD) which is dedicated to working with customers with disabilities. You can also learn more here and here. For more information about Upgrade Your World, go here.

Designed on Surface: Frankie Cihi partners with POW! WOW! Tokyo & Microsoft

We met Frankie Cihi through the POW! WOW! Team in Japan in the lead-up to the POW! WOW! Tokyo festival. We were lucky enough to then get to work with Frankie on a number of projects. Frankie used a Surface Pro 3 last fall to collaborate with five other artists to create a mural in the Shibuya district of Tokyo as part of our Designed on Surface project.

Frankie Cihi's mural in Tokyo.

Working with her on this project had us all convinced that we had to do more with Frankie. She is so incredibly kind and talented. Check out what the team accomplished in Shibuya:

For her mural for the Designed on Surface project, Frankie drew inspiration from the city and sights and sounds around her. During the POW! WOW! Tokyo festival, she then brought her own style together with the images she had captured using her Surface.

Frankie Cihi's mural in the making.

The colors and textures transport you to an underwater world – while at the same time the shapes and geometrics remind me of the city around us. I love that for her mural Frankie didn’t just rely on the tools and processes she would typically use like Adobe Photoshop, but ventured to try something new with Surface. She took photos using the device’s camera to capture the environment around Tennōzu Isle and then layered them in her piece.

Frankie Cihi's mural.

Check out this video to learn more about Frankie and her work:

We are going to be back later this week to tell you about another artist we partnered with for Designed on Surface.

Weekend Reading: Microsoft devices news and stories you may have missed (Feb 12)

Lumia 950 XL records Metallica concert with outstanding quality, child musical prodigy meets the creator of StaffPad, and it’s time to get ready for Valentine’s Day with some last minute tips –  here are our pick for this week’s Weekend Reading:

Lumia 950 XL used to record Metallica concert, the result is outstanding

Earlier this week, Softpedia site featured a video recording from a Metallica concert, captured and published by YouTuber David Hilliard, showcasing the outstanding audio quality of the Lumia 950 XL that gives you 4k video resolution with Optical Image Stabilization and Lumia Rich Recording with four microphones.

If your network bandwidth allows, watch the video in 4k to get the full experience.


How StaffPad and Microsoft Surface are empowering creativity in music

Garrett Weyenberg is an 11-year-old musical prodigy, who’s been composing music since he was five years old. For his 11th birthday he got a Surface Pro 3 and started using StaffPad, a notation app that allows you to write music digitally using the Surface Pen, allowing him to compose, edit, playback and share music easily.

Garrett recently traveled to London to meet the creator of StaffPad, David William Hearn, a composer and now an app developer, too.

Head over to the Microsoft News Center to read more about their meet up, and how Garrett is using the Surface Pro 3 and StaffPad to compose music.

Let Microsoft play Cupid this Valentine’s Day with apps, games, movies and digital gift cards

If you’re still looking for some inspiration for Valentine’s Day gifts, music, movies and more, head over to the Windows Experience blog for some last minute tips on how to spice up the Feast of Saint Valentine.

Also check out how Skype and Sir Paul McCartney help you share the love this Valentine’s Day!

Surfacing the Facts

Like many of you, I watched this weekend’s AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos as the sideline commentators reported that the Surface Pro 3 devices had failed on the Patriots bench. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this outage so I thought it was important to not only explain what happened on Sunday but also share some updates on our partnership with the NFL as we near the second full season of Surface devices being used on the sidelines. Here are the facts:

  • Microsoft Surfaces have not experienced a single failure in the two years they’ve been used on NFL sidelines. In the past two years, Surfaces have supported nearly 100,000 minutes of sideline action, and in that time, not a single issue has been reported that is related to the tablet itself. On rare occasions like we saw on Sunday, the stadium has network issues that prevent the delivery of images to the Surface devices. In these cases, we work with the NFL to quickly troubleshoot possible network issues so we can get the photo imaging solution to proceed as normal.
  • Surface usage amongst NFL teams continues to grow. The NFL is not only a game of inches, it’s also a game of seconds. In addition to the widespread adoption of Surface tablets in the coaches’ booth, more teams are turning to Surface tablets during the critical moments of the game because they can better quality images faster. And every second counts.
  • Teams are more effective as a result of Surface tablets. There are dozens of testimonials like this one from Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers, praising Surface for increasing team productivity and effectiveness. The now infamous clips of Johnny Manziel and Aaron Rogers abusing their Surface devices are further evidence of two things: 1) players are getting information faster, even if they don’t always like what they see and 2) these devices were built to endure just about anything, even Johnny Manziel’s head.

When we embarked on our landmark partnership with the NFL three years ago, we did so with a vision to revolutionize the game, and I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in a few short years.

Coaches and players who once relied on static, black-and-white photos of NFL plays to analyze coverage, can now use our Surface tablets to view more dynamic, full-color images, up to seven times faster than the printed page. As a result, those teams are more informed, more productive and ultimately, more competitive.

We continue to hear from players and coaches that our tablets are changing the way they operate, on and off the field. Surface tablets have become ubiquitous on NFL sidelines and in the coaches’ booth, and more than half of NFL franchises are also using Surfaces end-to-end, as playbooks, to watch video and as a laptop replacement in their front office to handle the administrative duties of running the team.

Our vision has started to become a reality, but we also know there is still plenty of work to be done. With Super Bowl 50 around the corner, as millions of fans will be reflecting on the past fifty years of the game, the team at Microsoft will be dreaming of the next 50 years and the potential for technology to continue to change the game for the better.

Microsoft x Nat Geo: Tackling the largest natural wonder with least equipment ever

Lumia, Surface, Microsoft Band, and other Microsoft products empowered National Geographic photographer and Microsoft Devices Ambassador Stephen Alvarez to document the largest Natural Wonder of the World.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez browsing through photos on his Surface Pro 3.

When photographing the Great Barrier Reef—a natural wonder roughly the size of Italy and so large that it can be seen from space—preparation is key.

For National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, who undertook this challenge as part of his assignment to capture the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Lumia, planning began by putting Microsoft’s family of devices and services into good use.

Getting started

“The preparation for any assignment is huge, and this prep was gargantuan,” Stephen told us.

He began by researching the Great Barrier Reef using Microsoft Edge and Bing on his Surface Pro 3. He also did an image search via Bing for reference points on which locales to visit, inking his comments directly to the web page and sharing them with the rest of the team on OneNote.

Bing Map on Great Barrier Reef with inking using Microsoft Edge.

Stephen then found an Australian local who would act as his “fixer,” someone who helps arrange access to different locales and acts as a guide. Despite the many miles and time zones that separated them, they put together a schedule online in Microsoft Word in Office 2016.

“The co-authoring feature [in Office 2016] was amazingly important and helpful,” noted Stephen. It allowed him and his fixer to collaborate and chat in real time as they finalized the shooting schedule.

On to Australia

While most professional photographers would lug multiple bags of heavy camera equipment for on an assignment of this size and scope, Stephen’s load was refreshingly light.

Stephen traveled with a Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, Surface Pro 3, new Surface Type Cover, new Surface Pen, and Microsoft Band 2.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez taking a picture with Lumia 950 XL.

“Traveling with so little equipment is wonderful,” Stephen said. “Not having 10 cases of equipment was a big deal. It was liberating to be able to work so light.”

On his 10-day shoot of the Great Barrier Reef, Stephen regularly worked 16-hour days—or longer.

A typical day would start with the Microsoft Band waking him up. He also used the Band to receive notifications and track his hikes on the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez using Micosoft Band 2.

After mapping out that day’s schedule on his Surface, Stephen would travel an hour or more by car, boat, or helicopter to a shooting location, take hundreds of photos with his Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and then move on to the next location and do it all over again.

“The Lumia 950 is one of the best cameras Microsoft has ever produced. The algorithms are so sophisticated they create fantastic images. And the camera interface is one of the best I’ve ever seen—not just for a phone, but for any camera.”

By the time he reached his camp at the end of the day, he would’ve taken around 1,000 photos. That’s a total of 10,000 photos for a 10-day shoot!

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez taking an aerial picture of the Great Barrier Reef.

“A good photographer will take a lot of photos and show only the best,” Stephen advised. Out of the 10,000 or so photos he took during the assignment, he would then select the 35 best ones.

Back at the camp, Stephen copied the photos from his Lumias’ 64GB SD cards (the devices support up to 200 Gb memory cards) to his Surface for processing. He used Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit his photos, adding metadata and captions where necessary.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez editing photos on his Surface Pro 3.

A self-described OneNote addict, Stephen usually ended each day journaling about his experiences.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez's travel journal entry on OneNote.

“I journal constantly in OneNote,” Stephen told us. “I use it like I used to use a Moleskin notebook. What I’ll do is post a photo in OneNote and then write about it.”

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez inking his travel journal on OneNote.

To read Stephen Alvarez’s tips for underwater photography using a Lumia, go here. And visit National Geographic’s website to learn more about his assignment to document the Great Barrier Reef.

Next, Stephen will be chasing the northern lights in cold and dark Scandinavia. Follow his arctic adventure on the Lumia x Nat Geo Instagram channel!

How to give your Surface Pro 3 new life

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Even if you don’t plan to upgrade your Surface Pro 3 just yet, new accessories such as the new Surface Pen, Surface Type Cover, and others will bring it new functionality.

The introduction of the Surface Pro 4 in October was accompanied by the debut of debut of powerful and versatile new accessories for the tablet that can replace your laptop—all of which are compatible with Surface Pro 3!

Breathe new life into your Surface Pro 3 with one or all of these new products:

New Surface Pen

The new Surface Pen is even more convenient than its predecessor. When paired with Surface Pro 3, you can now erase mistakes with the top eraser button—simply rub it on the Surface screen like you would with a pencil eraser!

New-Surface-Pen-group_SMALLThe new Surface Pen also stores more conveniently, too. Attach it to the side of your Surface Pro 3 with the flat magnetic side and the new Surface Pen goes with you, wherever it’s needed.

Read here for more ways to use the new Surface Pen.

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover

The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover offers the most advanced Surface typing experience yet. Working on your lap, the plane, or at your desk is easier than ever thanks to a redesigned mechanical keyboard that is thinner, lighter, and includes improved magnetic stability.

Surface Pro 4 type cover product shot

The redesigned glass trackpad is 40-percent larger than the previous generation and packs smart controls that differentiate between unintentional contact and a deliberate click or tap.

In addition, the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID (available at retail in the U.S. only) allows you to unlock your Windows 10 Surface Pro 3 with a simple touch.

Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition

Designed with a dark titanium finish to match Surface, the Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition was created to go where your Surface Pro 3 does.

Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition product shot

This precision wireless device comes with native integration of Bluetooth 4.0 and can be used from up to 30 feet away. Shaped to match the natural curve of your hand, the Arc Touch provides a comfortable, precise way to navigate the screen. When you’re on the go, just flatten it and slip it into your pocket or purse.

How do you get the most out of your Surface Pro 3? Share your tips with us on Twitter via @Surface.

How to set up Windows Hello on your Surface device

Sign into your new Surface device faster and easier with these easy-to-follow steps.

Windows Hello offers a more personal way to sign into your Surface Book or Surface Pro 4. Using biometric security, Windows Hello on Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 allows you to bypass entering in complex passwords and unlock your Surface using facial recognition.

Or, if you have a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID (sold separately), you can log in to your Surface with just a touch using the type cover’s fingerprint reader.

Here’s how to set up Windows Hello on your new Surface:

  1. Make sure Windows 10 on your Surface is up-to-date

To check if updates are available, go into “Settings” and select “Update & security.” Available updates will be listed under Windows Update—just download and install to continue.

Product shot of Surface Book front camera

  1. Set up facial recognition
  • Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and locate Windows Hello.
  • Select the infrared IR camera option.
  • A “Welcome to Windows Hello” box will pop up. Press the “Get Started” button.
  • Set up a PIN code if prompted to do so. If you already have one, this step will be skipped.
  • Scan your face by following the on-screen instructions. For best results, hold your face six-to-eight inches away from the front of your Surface.
  • Select “Finish” to complete scanning or choose “Improve Recognition” to continue scanning.

Screenshot of Windows Hello facial recognition setup

We recommend that you choose to improve recognition if you change your appearance often or access your Surface in different lighting conditions. For example, try wearing your eyeglasses (if you weren’t wearing them before) and re-scan. Scanning your face again doesn’t erase earlier scans—it just helps Windows Hello get better at recognizing you.

  • Set up fingerprint reader

Requires Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID (available at retail in the U.S. only)

  • Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and locate Windows Hello.
  • Select the Fingerprint option and choose “Set up.”
  • Repeatedly place your preferred finger on the fingerprint ID sensor on your type cover.
  • The system will tell you when set up is complete. You have the option of setting up multiple fingers to be read by the scanner.
  1. Sign in!

From your lock screen, place your face six-to-eight inches away from your Surface. Windows will say that it is turning on your camera and then look for your face.

If you’re using a fingerprint reader, simply place—don’t swipe–your finger on the scanner.

Once Windows Hello recognizes you, you’re in—it’s that easy!

If Windows Hello doesn’t recognize you for some reason, such as a smudged camera lens, don’t worry. You can still log into your Surface with your PIN or password.

Let us know how Windows Hello makes your Surface more secure on Twitter via @Surface.

How to connect your Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector

Get a desktop experience or view presentations on the big screen by connecting your Surface to an external display—or even multiple displays.

Sometimes bigger is better. That is especially true when it comes to the display you’re using to present work to a roomful of clients!

With the Surface family of devices, it’s easy to connect to an external display, such as a TV, monitor, or projector. All you need is the right adapter or cable and the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface.

Display port on Surface Book

Connecting to a single display 

If you are connecting to a monitor with a DisplayPort, simply connect it to your Surface using a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable.

For a display such as a HDTV or projector, you may need a Mini DisplayPort adapter. For example, a TV with an HDMI port will require a HDMI cable and an HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cable.

Once you’re plugged in, that’s it—you’re done! Your Surface screen should appear on the external display.

To change monitor options, such as extending your screen across both your external display and Surface display, open the Action Center on your Surface by swiping left from the right side of the Surface screen and tapping the Project tab.

Connecting to dual displays

The easiest way to connect a Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, or Surface Book to two monitors is with a Microsoft Surface Dock.

In addition to allowing you to transform your Surface into a desktop PC by plugging in the Dock’s SurfaceConnect cable, the Dock has two Mini DisplayPort ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports, and an audio output.

To connect two monitors, simply plug each of them into the Mini DisplayPort on the Dock with a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable.

Once connected, choose what to display on each screen by opening the Action Center and tapping the Project tab to bring up monitor options.

Why do you use an external display with your Surface? Let us know on Twitter via @Surface.