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Windows 10 Creators Update and Creators Update SDK are Released

This is a big day! Today we opened access to download the Windows 10 Creators Update and, along with it, the Creators Update SDK. And today is a great day for all Windows developers to get the SDK and start building amazing apps that take advantage of new platform capabilities to deliver experiences that you and your users will love.

We are working hard to innovate in Windows and to bring the power of those innovations to Windows developers and users. We released Windows 10 Anniversary Update just eight months ago, and we’ve already seen that over 80% of Windows 10 PCs are running Anniversary Update (version 1607) or later.

With today’s release of Windows 10 Creators Update, we expect users to once again move rapidly to the latest and best version of Windows. For developers, this is the time to get ready for the next wave.

What’s New in the Creators Update

Here are just a few of the new and powerful capabilities in the Creators Update:

  • Enhancements to the visual layer (effects, animations and transitions) and elevation of many effects to the XAML layer with improved controls that make the enhancements easy to bring to apps
  • Improvements to ink, including ink analysis and improved recognition, and an ink toolbar with new effects (tilt pencil) and tools (protractor for drawing curves and circles)
  • More powerful and flexible APIs for the Surface Dial
  • Significant Bluetooth improvements with Bluetooth LE GATT Server, peripheral mode for easier discovery of Windows Devices, and support for loosely coupled Bluetooth devices (those low energy devices that do not have to be explicitly paired)
  • Better user engagement via notifications that can now be grouped by app, bind to data and contain in-line controls such as progress bars
  • Improvements to the Desktop Bridge to make it easier than ever to bring Win32 apps to Windows 10 and the Windows Store
  • The ability to have seamless cross-device experiences with Project Rome and the recently released Android SDK for Project Rome
  • More targeted and effective user acquisition via Facebook app install ads with the Windows SDK for Facebook
  • Background execution enhancements that enable tasks to do more with increased memory and time
  • Enhanced security for apps with the ability to integrate Windows Hello
  • Richer app analytics via an updated Dev Portal that enables management of multiple apps and enhanced reporting
  • Faster app downloads and updates with the ability to componentize app packages and do streaming installs
  • Increased efficiency and flexibility with the new ability in Visual Studio 2017 to run two different SDK versions side by side on the same machine
  • Significant improvements to the Windows Console and the Windows Subsystem for Linux enabling many of the most used Linux frameworks, tools and services
  • New and natural ways for users to connect and engage with apps using the Cortana Skills Kit
  • The ability for game developers to reach new audiences by publishing UWP games on the Xbox via the Xbox Live Creators Program
  • Amazing 3D experiences on HoloLens and new mixed reality headsets via the Windows Mixed Reality Platform

You can find a more complete list here along with the latest developer documentation.

We’ll be taking a close look at all of these (and a lot more) at Microsoft Build 2017, including some of the things we’ve got planned for the future.

I hope to see you there!

Get Started Now

To get started, please check out Clint Rutkas’ post for the details on how to get the latest version of Visual Studio and the SDK. And take a look at Daniel Jacobson’s blog post to see some of the improvements for UWP developers in Visual Studio 2017.

— Kevin

This Week on Windows: A look back at this year

This Week on Windows, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest Windows news of the year, including the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the things you can do with it, Xbox Play Anywhere, HoloLens and much more. This year was a big one for Windows 10, from game-changing updates to Windows Holographic.

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s highlights:

The launch of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The Anniversary Update gave us several key features and brought us easy notetaking and screen sketching with the Windows Ink Workspace. It also improved the power and efficiency of Microsoft Edge and introduced us to extensions – the web add-ons designed to help you get the most out of your internet experience. Our favorite digital assistant, Cortana, also got in on the update game with new above-lock functionality. The anniversary update also brought us tools to help educators, such as “take a test” – true innovations for a modern classroom.

Xbox Play Anywhere begins with ReCore

The launch of ReCore also marked the launch of Xbox Play Anywhere—a big day for Xbox gamers, everywhere. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, ReCore (along with titles including Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3) launched simultaneously on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, allowing you to play on both platforms when you at no additional cost. Plus, you can pick up where you left off on another Xbox One or PC, bringing all your game saves, add-ons, and achievements with you.

A new wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Creators Update and Surface Studio

At the Microsoft Event, we showcased some of the most exciting devices coming to market – including Surface Studio, Surface Dial and the new Surface Book – an update to Windows 10 with tools to make 3D and mixed reality accessible to everyone, as well as ways to empower gamers to easily stream their gameplay and connecting people faster to those they care about most.

Device innovation at WinHEC 2016

 Windows 10 mixed reality devices

Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC) – a conference all about Microsoft’s vision for the future of hardware – saw innovations from mixed reality, gaming, and a new concept for many: cellular PCs. Whether it’s a partnership with Intel to co-develop PCs to power the first mixed reality headsets, or the expansion into China, or all the Universal Windows apps ready for HoloLens users, it’s clear Windows is the platform that will help make mixed reality mainstream.

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store this week:

Minecraft Ender Update & Festive Mash-Up Pack

 Minecraft Ender Update & Festive Mash-Up Pack

Now you can brave The End in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition! Explore the outer islands of the End and its mysterious End Cities, loot the Elytra glider, and battle the Enderdragon. Plus, we have igloos and polar bears, and world height is twice as high for your tallest builds.

Windows Store collections to get you in the holiday spirit

Get ready for the holidays with new collections in the Windows Store

We’re excited to share that the Windows Store team has put together awesome collections of apps, movies, TV shows, games and more in the Holiday Roundup, sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Learn more about these collections here.

Pre-Order Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed

Using groundbreaking technology to access his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) discovers he is descended from a secret society known as The Assassins; as he explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar, Callum takes on the skills and knowledge of a Master Assassin. Pre-order Assassin’s Creed ($14.99) now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store while the film is still in theaters!

Have a great weekend!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update for Surface Hub now available

Since we began shipping Surface Hubs in March, we’ve been inspired by how customers such as Bartlitt Beck, European School of Management and TechnologyThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaCase Western Reserve University, SHoP Architects, Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin and the Royal Academy of Music have used Surface Hub to bring their organizations together to work, create and learn.

Demand for Surface Hub is strong. To date, we have shipped to over 600 customers in 24 different countries and that number continues to grow.

Demand for Surface Hub is strong. To date, we have shipped to over 600 customers in 24 different countries and that number continues to grow. A wide range of businesses and industries including healthcare, manufacturing, automotive, consulting, defense, finance, education, and design have embraced Surface Hub and brought their organizations to new levels of innovation and helped maximize efficiencies for their teams.

Over the last 6 months, we’ve worked closely with our customers to gather feedback on how we can continue to make the Surface Hub experience the best collaborative experience in the world. That feedback is front and center as we build out what’s next for Surface Hub.

Starting today, October 13th, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for Surface Hub will be released to customers through Windows Update. The update will be released in stages with the goal to make it available to all customers by early November. Customers can find information to get ready to take the update in the Surface Hub Support Webpage.

As part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for Surface Hub, we’ve made deep investments in inking and content sharing experiences. Here are some of the great new features on their way:

Inking support across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

People love inking on Surface Hub! With this update, we are extending inking across Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This means the people can now pick up a pen to start annotating directly on their Word docs or Excel sheets on the hub. We’ve also added a “Draw” toolbar in the ribbon with a variety of inking tools.

Support for simultaneous Pen and Touch

Now people can use both hands to edit content on the fly, or use a mixture of pen and touch when multiple people are collaborating with the Surface Hub. This is possible even while several apps are open simultaneously.

Save & Recall Whiteboards directly through OneDrive

One of the most loved features of Surface Hub is the ability to send whiteboards to meeting participants via e-mail as image or OneNote file. Now, we’ve added the ability to sign in, to save and recall Whiteboards directly from OneDrive. This helps people pick up right where their last meeting ended with a simple and secure sign-in experience.

Support for 3rd party peripherals

We’ve added support for third-party peripherals to offer choice and flexibility in audio, video and microphone configuration. Our Surface Hub and Skype for Business engineering teams have successfully tested the following devices. We will continue testing across our partner portfolio in the upcoming months to confirm additional peripherals.

  • BiAmp TesiraForte CI
  • Jabra 810
  • Logitech Group
  • Logitech PTZ Pro
  • Polycom CX5100

Additional Feature updates

  • PowerBI, OneDrive, Photos are now preloaded apps on the Surface Hub
  • Flash support for Edge
  • Skype for Business improvements, including support of Video Based Screen Sharing (VBSS) for improved content sharing, meeting call reliability improvements, video and gallery interface improvements and bugs fixes and meeting join performance improvements
  • User Interface (UI) and Experience (UX) optimization to have the most common Surface Hub settings in one place
  • Additional support for IT-based management and deployment via Intune
    • Added support in Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) for the Surface Hub Configuration Service Providers (CSPs). This allows customers to configure several Surface Hub settings using provisioning packages after Out-Of-Box-Experience (OOBE)
    • Improved Surface Hub Log Analytics solution on Operations Management Suite (OMS), giving a clearer view of issues to monitor and recommended remediation
    • Enhanced documentation about support for Windows Update for Business, allowing admins to control and stage Windows updates
  • Support for replicating High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) protected video content onto external monitors

For a comprehensive list of features and fixes included in the update, please check out the Surface Hub update history page.

We are grateful to our customer and partner community for their input and partnership as we make Surface Hub an unparalleled collaboration experience. If you are interested in purchasing Surface Hub for your business and for more details about Surface Hub and our partner reseller channel, please visit this link.

Windows 10 Tip: Getting started with the Windows Ink Workspace

Today, we’re talking about how to get started with Windows Ink* in four easy steps. Windows Ink is part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and lets you capture ideas quickly and naturally with a pen or touch-enabled device.

Get started with the Windows Ink Workspace

Windows Ink Workspace

First, find the Windows Ink Workspace, your canvas for all the ink-powered features and apps on your PC. The Workspace has built-in experiences like sketchpad, screen sketch and Sticky Notes, as well as apps optimized for pen use.

Press the Windows Ink Workspace button in your system tray at the bottom right of your screen or click the back of your pen**! If you don’t see the icon, right-click anywhere in the system tray and click on “Show Windows Ink Workspace Button.”

Take notes that become smart and active with Sticky Notes

Windows Ink Workspace

You can find Sticky Notes in the Start menu or at the top of your Windows Ink Workspace. Write an address and Maps readies it for finding a route; jot down a few items and they become an easy-to-manage checklist; scribble down an email address and it tees up in your Mail app.*** And, with Cortana, you can simply jot down a time or date with your note and it will be highlighted. You can then tap on it to create a Cortana reminder, available across all the devices you have Cortana installed on. 1

You can even write down a flight number and click on the text when it turns blue to track the flight right in the Sticky Note***.

Create in the sketchpad and trace with the digital ruler

Windows Ink Workspace

The sketchpad in the Windows Ink Workspace is a simple blank canvas where you can quickly and easily draw an idea, doodle, create, and solve problems.

You can also use the digital ruler with Windows Ink to measure distance or trace along a straight edge, just like on paper! Head to the sketchpad or screen sketch within the Windows Ink Workspace and click on the ruler icon in the upper right-hand corner of the toolbar. Then, adjust the digital ruler and with your pen (or finger, if you click on the “touch writing” icon) to draw sharp lines along the edge.

Draw, crop and markup your desktop with screen sketch

Windows Ink Workspace

Screen sketch lets you draw on a screen capture of your entire desktop – allowing you to collaborate on documents as though you would with pen and paper or add your personal touch to an awesome picture you saw in the Photos app, then easily share this with the rest of your world. Screen sketch is designed to be the most natural way to freely express emotions and personalize content, so you can draw, crop and mark up the entire image. Similar to the sketchpad, it’s easy for you to save and share these creations with your friends and colleagues.

If you aren’t running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update yet, learn how to get it here.

Have a great week!

*Touch-capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately.
**User must enable in settings and have a Bluetooth button on pen.
1Available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device.
***US only

BIO-key’s Windows Hello fingerprint accessories now available at Microsoft Stores

We’re excited to announce that BIO-key International, Inc. has launched three new compact USB fingerprint reader accessories, available at Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com. These devices enable you to login conveniently and securely to your Windows 10 PC with a simple swipe or touch. With Windows Hello* you can sign into your Windows devices in less than 2 seconds – that’s 3 times faster** than a password that you have to remember and type in; also, with Windows Hello and the Anniversary Update, you can now sign into compatible apps and Microsoft Edge websites***.

BIO-key SideSwipe Mini Fingerprint Reader – $39.99

BIO-key SideSwipe Mini Fingerprint Reader

EcoID Fingerprint Reader – $39.99

 EcoID Fingerprint Reader

SideTouch Fingerprint Reader – $39.99

SideTouch Fingerprint Reader

Visit your local Microsoft Store or microsoftstore.com to learn more about these new accessories.

* Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
** Based on average time comparison between typing a password respectively detecting a face or fingerprint to authentication success
*** Limited to compatible websites and apps.

Microsoft Edge now gets even more out of your battery

Back in June, we shared a look at Microsoft Edge’s industry-leading efficiency, which allows Microsoft Edge users to rely on more battery life than the other browsers we tested. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we made a number of additional improvements to make Microsoft Edge last even longer, and today we’re rerunning our tests with the latest version of each tested browser to see how things match up.

At the risk of giving away the ending, the results may look familiar! With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft Edge is more efficient than ever, and still the best choice for extending your battery life on Windows 10 – up to 24%-43% more efficient than the competition for general purpose browsing, and lasting up to 23%-69% longer when streaming video.

Netflix streaming test conducted on identical Microsoft Surface Books.
See methodology document for details. 

Microsoft Edge is even more efficient for browsing the Web

Our improvements to Microsoft Edge, as well as improvements to Windows as a whole, have paid off with 12% better overall rendering efficiency in simulated browsing (compared to Windows 10 version 1511).

Chart showing improved rendering efficiency in Microsoft Edge. Edge (1607) is 12% more efficient overall than Edge (1511).Of course, our competitors haven’t been sitting still! We’re thrilled to see the response our first round of tests inspired, including battery life improvements landing in recent releases of other browsers, as well as a spirited debate over methodology and results.

With that in mind, we’d be remiss if we didn’t check in on the progress of each browser we measured. We repeated our lab test on the latest stable releases of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox*, and Opera (with Battery Saver on) on identical devices running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. How did it go?

Chart comparing Microsoft Edge (1607), Chrome 53, Opera 59, and Firefox 47. Edge is 24%-43% more efficient.

Average power consumption in milliwatts for identical workloads in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera (with battery saver mode enabled). Unless specified, all browser settings were left at their defaults. See methodology document for details. *Firefox 47 was tested, due to a limitation in Firefox 48 that prevents our web driver tests from working properly.

We’re thrilled to see improvements across the board, but the trend may look familiar! Microsoft Edge remains the most efficient browser on Windows 10, offering 24%-43% more efficiency across a sample of typical activities including video playback, multi-tab productivity, shopping, social media, and more.

Microsoft Edge lets you stream even longer

Our customers are experiencing improved battery life with Microsoft Edge every day, and the easiest way to see it for yourself is to watch it in action! In the video above, we repeated our Netflix streaming test on the Anniversary Update, and Microsoft Edge lasts up to 23%-69% longer than the other browsers we measured – more than 90 minutes longer than Google Chrome.

The Chrome team recently released a similar video, where they focused on comparing the latest version of Chrome to a release from last year to demonstrate some improvements. However, they didn’t include other browsers in this test. Because the format was so similar to our tests, we shot a second video to compare like for like, this time using their methodology: looping the same video from Vimeo, instead of Netflix. In this test, Microsoft Edge lasted even longer – more than 13 hours! – and still beats Chrome by more than an hour. Microsoft Edge even lasted 62% longer – more than five hours! – when compared to Firefox.

Vimeo streaming test conducted on identical Microsoft Surface Books.
See methodology document for details.

Regardless of which test you choose, the conclusion is the same: Microsoft Edge lets you browse and watch longer, so you can get more out of your devices without worrying about finding an outlet.

Realistic and transparent power tests

From the moment we decided to revisit our tests, we were committed to measuring real-world scenarios with a completely transparent methodology. To back up our results, we’re open sourcing our lab test on GitHub and publishing the full methodology for our video tests, so anyone can see the setup and even reproduce the tests independently.

While we’ve open sourced the tests and made some minor updates to maintain compatibility with updates to third party browsers, our approach is very similar to our previous tests. We measured efficiency in a few different ways:

In our lab test, we simulated common real-world activities like searching, watching videos, shopping, and reading e-mail, using multiple tabs with background activity to simulate a natural browsing session and measuring power consumption directly with hardware instrumentation. We’ve open-sourced this full test, and you can see everything you need to reproduce the lab tests for yourself on our GitHub repository here, or review the methodology document here.

Next, we repeated our video rundown test, looping a streaming video on a range of identical devices and recording when each died. You can find the video test methodology documented here (Netflix test) and here (Vimeo test).

Results confirmed by real-world measurements

We’re confident in the quality of our tests, but ultimately nothing beats real-world experiences. To validate our improvements and make sure we’re giving our customers the best experience possible, we monitor aggregated telemetry on power consumption from millions of Windows 10 devices around the world.

Let’s check in on the Anniversary Update numbers and see how each browser fares!

Chart showing real-world power consumption per browser. Microsoft Edge uses the least power in real world measurements.

These numbers are from actual Windows 10 (version 1607) devices used in the real world, not artificial tests or hypotheses. People using Microsoft Edge continue to get more out of their battery every day.

This data is consistent with the lab results above, demonstrating that Microsoft Edge is more efficient in real-world, day-to-day use than the competition.

What improved in the Anniversary Update

The improved efficiency with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update reflects a number of updates across the product, including improved background tab efficiency, more efficient Flash, improvements to the app frame itself, and improved networking. You can learn more about how we designed Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for efficiency in our blog post on the Microsoft Edge Dev Blog, Building a more power efficient browser.

A continued focus on longer battery life

There is more to come!  We understand how important battery life is to Windows customers, which is why we’re passionate about making Microsoft Edge the most power efficient browser on Windows 10.  We’ll continue to deliver power-saving features and optimizations in the upcoming releases, using fewer CPU cycles and minimizing the impact of background activity when tabs are visible and out of view. All so you can do more and use less.

Windows 10 Tip: Updates to the action center

Did you know that you have an action center that lets you monitor and interact with notifications and settings? And did you also know that it recently got an upgrade with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

Here’s what’s new with the action center:

Updates to the Action Center

You can find the action center by clicking the dialogue box at the bottom right corner of your screen, by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + A, by swiping left from the screen edge on touch devices or by tapping four fingers on the track pad.

There you’ll see the new, fully customizable quick actions – settings you can change quickly, without going through the settings panel.

The action center is also your one-stop shop for notifications to see what’s going on with apps and other programs from across your device. Plus, now you can also get web notifications in your action center via Microsoft Edge sites like web.skype.com or web.groupme.com.

And as always, the action center is fully customizable – check out settings, then system, then notifications and actions to enable and disable what notifications you see in the action center.

Have a great week!

Microsoft Edge and Continuum: Your desktop browser on Mobile

Continuum for Phones, available on select Windows 10 Mobile devices, allows customers to connect their phone to a monitor, projector, or TV for a full-sized desktop experience, powered by their phone. Because Microsoft Edge is built on the Universal Windows Platform, Microsoft Edge in Continuum is able to provide a full desktop browser experience.

Image of a Windows phone connected to a Lumia Display Dock.

Windows 10 phone connected to Lumia Display Dock for Continuum

Let’s walk through a quick overview of how Continuum works and a few key differences between Microsoft Edge running in Continuum and on a PC.

Using Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile

Continuum allows Windows 10 Mobile users to have a PC-like experience when connected to an external display and a mouse and keyboard. When connected (via a wired dock or via Bluetooth and Miracast), Universal Windows Apps like Office and Microsoft Edge will adapt their interface and behavior to provide a desktop-like experience tailored to mouse and keyboard input.

Check out the Continuum product page, FAQ, and Getting Started Guide to learn more about Continuum.

Microsoft Edge on Continuum

Microsoft Edge takes full advantage of the Universal Windows Platform to provide a complete desktop-like experience in Continuum — when the device is connected to a larger display, Microsoft Edge turns into a desktop browser, adapting the interface and rendering characteristics to match Microsoft Edge on PCs.

In fact, Microsoft Edge in Continuum is nearly indistinguishable from its PC twin, which is a fun party trick when presenting at events or in meetings!

Screen capture showing Microsoft Edge open to bing.com in Continuum mode on a display connected to a Windows 10 phone.

Microsoft Edge running in Continuum

To enable an experience that’s as true to the desktop equivalent as possible, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind.

One rendering engine

Because Microsoft Edge uses the same engine across all Windows 10 devices, the rendering behavior is the same across Windows 10 devices, including Windows 10 Mobile devices. The only differences are due to certain device-specific qualities – for example, codec support may be different on phones due to missing hardware acceleration, and Flash is not supported on Windows 10 Mobile. Because Windows 10 Mobile has a different background model, RTC is also currently not supported. Finally, Windows 10 Mobile does not support Flash in order to provide a modern, touch-focused, and power-efficient experience appropriate for a mobile device. Because of this, Flash is not supported in Microsoft Edge in Continuum.

Details for web developers

Developers in general won’t have to give any special consideration to Microsoft Edge in Continuum. By design, it will behave like a desktop client, including sending a desktop User-Agent string.

As always, we recommend that you don’t try to detect based on the User Agent string — if you use responsive design and feature detection, your site should just work on Continuum. However, for some cases, including analytics or to provide a specifically tailored experience, developers may wish to detect when Microsoft Edge is running in Continuum.

In Continuum, Microsoft Edge changes a few tokens to make sure it gets desktop markup:

Microsoft Edge UA (Mobile)

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows Phone 10.0; Android 6.0.1; Microsoft; <Device>) AppleWebKit/<Rev (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/<Rev> Mobile Safari/<Rev> Edge/<Rev>

Microsoft Edge UA (Continuum)

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; ARM) AppleWebKit/<Rev> (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/<Rev> Safari/<Rev> Edge/<Rev>

Microsoft Edge UA (Desktop)

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/<Rev> (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/<Rev> Safari/<Rev> Edge/<Rev>

The revision numbers will, as in all browsers, change regularly as Microsoft Edge is updated, to ensure modern markup is received.

Independent scroll

Running desktop sites on phone is challenging, so we’ve made optimizations in the Anniversary Update to tailor performance to provide a more desktop-like experience. On PCs, Microsoft Edge offloads scrolling from the UI thread to provide a more fluid scrolling experience during page load/painting. In the Anniversary Update, this same feature is now supported in Continuum, even when scrolling via the mouse or keyboard. This results in a smoother experience even while the page is loading or painting.

Switching from mobile to desktop

Microsoft Edge will recognize when a phone switches into Continuum and any sites opened after the switch will render using desktop behavior, including the desktop UA string.

If a tab is open to a mobile site, and the device switches to Continuum, the tab will be sustained. If the tab is refreshed, and it isn’t a mobile-specific URL, it will reload in a desktop view. This ensures that users do not lose unsaved changes (such as a partially-filled form) on a site while switching from the phone to Continuum.

We’re committed to making Continuum as close to the desktop experience as possible without adding any additional overhead for Web Developers – try it out on a Windows 10 Mobile device and let us know what you think! If you have questions or are curious how your site looks in Continuum, reach out to @MSEdgeDev on Twitter, and we’d be happy to help.

Balaji Bhaskar, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 Tip: Use Cortana above your lock screen

Happy Monday, everyone! In last week’s Windows 10 Tip, we showed you how to get started with Microsoft Edge extensions.

Today, we’re going to show you how your personal digital assistant, Cortana*, can help you with all kinds of tasks across your device – even above your lock screen, thanks to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Cortana allows you to perform tasks including set timers, track flights or even check the traffic, just using your voice. And now, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can talk to Cortana on your PC’s lock screen.

Here’s how to use Cortana above your lock screen:

Start by saying “Hey Cortana,” and ask her what the weather will be like this week, to remind you to do something or to play your favorite songs – without unlocking your device!

Start by saying “Hey Cortana,” and ask her what the weather will be like this week, to remind you to do something or to play your favorite songs – without unlocking your computer!

Check out Cortana’s Tips and Tricks menu in your taskbar to see what tasks Cortana can help you with, and have a great week!

*Cortana available in select markets.

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with Microsoft Edge extensions

Happy Monday, everyone! In our first Windows 10 Tip last week, we shared the dark theme personalization setting. Today, we’re going to show you how you can personalize your browsing experience with a great new feature in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Microsoft Edge extensions!

Extensions are web add-ons you can use to customize your browser. Many popular extensions including AdBlock, Adblock Plus, Amazon Assistant, Evernote Web Clipper, Pinterest Save Button, Office Online and more are available in the Windows Store.

Here’s how to get started with extensions:

Start by opening Microsoft Edge and clicking on the Options Menu. Scroll down and click “Extensions,” then “Get Extensions from the Store.”

Start by opening Microsoft Edge and clicking on the Options Menu. Scroll down and click “Extensions,” then “Get Extensions from the Store."

From there, you can browse all the extensions available now from popular brands.

Check out the entire collection of extensions for Microsoft Edge in the Windows Store, and have a great week!