Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ending July 29, 2016


Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices! Check out this video from Windows team member Brian Roper as he explains 10 reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 10.

What’s the number one reason to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible? The free upgrade offer ends on July 29. After July 29th, you’ll only get Windows 10 when purchasing new devices or you will have to purchase the full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update


To celebrate one year since it’s release, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out in summer 2016. The update is free for all Windows 10 users. Here are some things you can expect from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update:

  • Windows Hello Brings Biometric Security to Apps and Microsoft Edge.
  • Windows Ink Brings the Power of Windows to the Tip of Your Pen.
  • Cortana Becomes More Helpful than Ever.
  • UWP Apps Come to Xbox through a Unified Windows Store.

Learn more on the Windows Blog and on Microsoft’s site.

Microsoft Ignite 2016


Microsoft recently announced that CEO Satya Nadell will deliver the keynote at this year’s Microsoft Ignite event. Microsoft Ignite is taking place in Atlanta, GA from September 26-30, 2016. So what is it? Microsoft Ignite is a 5 day conference of hands-on learning, industry insights, and direct access to product experts that will include:

  • 700+ sessions
  • Interactive Digital Labs
  • Direct access to product experts
  • Deep dives and demos
  • 300+ partner at the expo
  • Product roadmaps, vision, and strategies
  • One-on-one discussions
  • Ask the Experts

Visit the Microsoft Ignite website to learn more.

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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Office 365 and Windows 10 for Your Car

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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.

Microsoft in 2016

Doug Berger, director of hardware, devices and experiences at Microsoft Research NExT, predicts 2016 will bring the 'successful and large-scale inclusion of specialized compute acceleration in the cloud.' This will enable advancements in bioinformatics, big data workloads and high-performance computing, he wrote.
Cloud connections with quantum computers could enable researchers to find solutions for problems that today's computers cannot solve, said Krysta Svore, senior researcher at Microsoft Research NExT. As an example, she cited the simulation of physical scientific systems to more efficiently create artificial fertilizer.
Hsiao-Wuen Hon, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research Asia, he says he thinks 2016 will be the year Web streaming surpasses TV broadcasting. 'More people in China will watch the Olympics through the Web than through TV,' he said of next year's Rio games.
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As we’re getting ready to say goodbye to 2015 and Microsoft’s year of transition, we’re also trying to look ahead at what we can expect from Microsoft in 2016. Information Week has quite a few ideas of big things that may be on the horizon. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds from Microsoft’s hardware advances and research gains!

  • Windows 10 upgrades
  • Surface growing in power and popularity
  • Microsoft Wearables improvements including changes for the Microsoft Band 2 fitness band and HoloLens
  • Surface Phone
  • Cloud connections with quantum computers
  • Innovative and improved computer security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Health sensors evolving to monitor metabolic rate

Learn more about these Microsoft predictions for 2016.