Microsoft Announcements from Build 2016

Microsoft held its annual “Build” developer conference this past week in San Francisco. Build 2016 ran from March 30–April 1, and there were quite a few announcements from the event including:

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • New “Ink Workspace” with Windows Ink apps
  • Office 2016 Add-ins for Office 2016 for Mac
  • New universal apps for Windows 10
  • Cortana is getting smarter
  • HoloLens is shipping to developers

Learn more with articles from WinBeta, The Verge, and Life Hacker.

Bing Image Search Feature in Microsoft Office and Edge


Microsoft recently announced a new image search feature that will be incorporated into Office products and the Edge browser via its Bing engine.The new Bing Image Search feature creates a simpler, more robust image-search experience for PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher and Visio as well as Microsoft Edge.

“To try it out, just open any of those Office applications, such as Word, and click the ‘Insert’ tab at the top of the application, then select ‘Online Pictures.’ From there you’ll have the option to search for an image, and in return receive a grid of thumbnail images along with filters to narrow your search. To see the source and size of the image, just hover over it. You can view images that have been tagged as subject to certain license restrictions, or view all web images, depending on your needs and circumstances. You can then select an image that works for your particular situation by clicking on it and selecting the ‘Insert ‘button.”

For instructions on this new feature in Edge and to learn more, visit Bing blogs.

Microsoft Edge Web Summit

Picture from Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2015


Are you an Intro Computing instructor who moonlights as a web developer? Microsoft announced its second annual Microsoft Edge Web Summit will be held in San Francisco on April 4, 2016. This free event gives developers the opportunity to learn from the engineers who build Microsoft’s Edge browser, rendering engine and developer tools through breakout sessions, Q&As, and workshops. Registration will open soon.

On April 4, the Computing team will be in Orlando for the Cengage Learning Computing Conference. But if you’re on the West Coast, let us know if you’re attending Microsoft’s summit!


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We are very excited to release our Windows 10 product offerings from the best selling Shelly Cashman, Illustrated, and New Perspectives series. These new products provide detailed, accurate coverage of the Windows 10 operating system and highlight innovative new features including Cortana, the Edge browser, and new search functions.

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Office 365 and Windows 10 for Your Car

harman microsoft in dash office


Can you imagine having the power to connect to Microsoft Office through your car’s dashboard?! This may soon be a reality. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft announced that they are partnering with Volvo, Nissan, IAV and Harman.

“In the near future, the car will be connected to the Internet, as well as to other cars, your mobile phone and your home computer,” executive vice president of business development for Microsoft Peggy Johnson said in a recent blog post. “The car becomes a companion and an assistant to your digital life. And so our strategy is to be the ultimate platform for all intelligent cars.”

Learn more from PC World or read Microsoft’s blog post.

What’s Ahead for Windows 10 in 2016


What’s ahead for Windows 10 in 2016? 2016 will mark the first full year for Microsoft’s operating system. Here’s a list of exciting things ahead for Windows 10 in the new year.

  • Windows 10 begins automatically installing on machines running Windows 7 and 8.1
  • Microsoft Edge extensions
  • Windows 10 blurs the virtual and real world
  • More security for enterprise
  • Testers get sneak peeks at even earlier builds
  • Cortana helps users with a wider range of tasks inside Windows 10
  • Windows 10 runs a desktop OS from a phone
  • Free upgrade expires July  29, 2016 and users will have to buy a Windows 10 license
  • PC makers sell new machines with Windows 10, rather than Windows 7 or 8.1, at the end of October 2016
  • Windows 10 Surface Hub arrives

Learn more about what you can expect for Windows 10 in the year ahead.

Windows 10 November Update


Microsoft recently released its Windows 10 update. After updating your Windows 10 PC, your computer will boot faster, your photos will be clearer, reminders will be easier to set, and your PC will perform more smoothly. You won’t notice any differences in the way Windows 10 appears as most of the improvements were made on the back end. But there are several Windows 10 hidden updates that you’ll be glad to discover!

While the November update was originally available via the Media Creation Tool, Microsoft removed that option. The company has decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. Check out Microsoft’s Windows 10 November Update: FAQ for more information.

Free Windows 10 Upgrade


Did you know that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free? Qualified Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices can upgrade at no cost. Microsoft will help you get started.

Newly purchased PCs should come pre-installed with Windows 10. If you purchase a Windows 8.1 PC, you can still upgrade for free using the link above.

You can also stop by a Microsoft Store near you for free upgrade services.