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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update

REDMOND, USA – June 29, 2016 – Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming to Windows 10 devices for free on August 2.

Windows 10 continues to be the fastest growing version of Windows ever and is now running on more than 350 million devices.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has all-new breakthrough features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; all new gaming experiences and new tools for the modern classroom.

* Windows Ink: an all-new experience that brings the power of Windows to the tip of your pen, enables people to write on a device as they would do on paper. Integration with Office and other applications like Microsoft Edge and Maps bring the power of inking everywhere.

* Improvements to Cortana: the world’s most productive personal digital assistant gets even better with access above the lock screen, more ways to remember with the ability for Cortana to save and recall information, and synchronize across devices.

* An even better gaming experience: With Xbox Play Anywhere, gamers can buy a game once and play on a Windows 10 PC or Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and share achievements. Cortana is also now available on Xbox One to help gamers find great new games, see what friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks, and turn on Xbox One by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On” if using Kinect.

* Increased power efficiency, extensions and accessibility with Microsoft Edge: The Anniversary Update includes even more power-saving improvements in Microsoft Edge, minimizing the impact of background activity on battery life.

* New Innovations for the Modern Classroom: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update also brings new innovations for the modern classroom, including faster, simpler set up with all new tools to help educators get up and running quickly.

* More security features in the Anniversary Update for the most secure Windows: The Anniversary Update brings two new security benefits for enterprise customers. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, designed to detect, investigate and respond to malicious attacks through expert advanced threat protection, including a team of security researchers at Microsoft; and Windows Information Protection to protect businesses from accidental data leaks by separating personal and organizational data where ever it goes.

Additional security improvements include Windows Hello secure and password-free sign-in to apps like iHeartRadio and websites using Microsoft Edge; and Windows Defender antimalware improvements with option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC, providing summaries when scans are complete and notifications if scans find any threats. Additional assets can be found at Microsoft News Center and www.windows.com.

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Microsoft At Hannover Messe 2016

HANNOVER, GERMANY – At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Microsoft showcases the latest intelligent technology that will impact everyday life as companies around the world digitally transform their businesses.

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, sees companies from around the world showing how their digital transformation is creating new business opportunities. The fair featured a keynote address by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella with attendance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama, who is representing the United States as a partner country for this event. Some “intelligent” technology at the centre of the digital transformation includes: intelligent factories, smart buildings, intelligent street lights and intelligent jet engines.

The next revolution in business is one that transforms our world to take advantage of intelligence. Microsoft continues to collaborate wit its customers and partners on more natural human-computing technology, striking the right balance between using data to create intelligence, personal experiences, while maintaining security and privacy.

In his keynote speech at the HMI, Satya Nadella, talked about the intersection of the digital tech and manufacturing and how tech can empower transformation. In many ways, manufacturing has been on the frontline of tech disruption, helping to fuel growth, enable agility and redefine efficiencies. He cited examples from customers such as Liebherr and Jail as well as showing a demonstration from Microsoft customer, Rolls Royce.

Nadella also stressed that growth is dependent on making the climate more sustainable, economics more viable, equipping future generations with the computational thinking and problem solving skills needed for every job in the 21st Century.

HMI 2016

At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, all eyes will be on industry 4.0 (advanced manufacturing). Some 5,000 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest technologies from factories and energy systems. The event’s Partner Country for 2016 – The United States of America – will be presenting it’s high-tech offerings “Made In USA”, and President Barak Obama will be leveraging the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology to promote thee Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

 

WHERE: HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Microsoft booth, Hall 7, Hannover Exhibition Ground

 

Shows:

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, soundbites

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, Soundbite and Rolls Royce B-Roll

EnBW B-Roll

Jabil B-Roll

Fujitsu B-Roll

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO Soundbite and HoloLens Video

New Era Of Intelligence Vision And Innovation Announced At Microsoft’s Build 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, USA — At Microsoft’s annual Build conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, shared the work Microsoft is doing to embrace the new era of conversational intelligence and create more personal computing for every customer, industry and business.

Nadella showcased improvements to Cortana and announced previews of new cloud services and toolkits designed to understand the world around us and create intelligent bots. Myerson announced that Windows 10 is now running on more than 270 million active devices and unveiled the free Windows 10 Anniversary Update available to Windows 10 customers this summer, featuring new innovations including Windows Ink, Cortana, Windows Hello and gaming.

“As an industry, we are on the cusp of a new frontier that pairs the power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we call this Conversations as a Platform, and it builds on and extends the power of the Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms to empower developers everywhere.”

Introducing Cloud Services that Understand, Interactive Bots and the Cortana Intelligence Suite

The Cortana Intelligence Suite (CIS) is powered by cutting-edge research into big data, machine learning, perception, analytics and intelligent bots. Built on Microsoft Azure, these capabilities can be used by developers and businesses to create intelligent end-to-end solutions, including new apps that learn about our world, and bots and agents that interact with people in personalized, intelligent ways.

Microsoft announced new additions to the CIS Today, in preview.

Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of intelligence APIs that allow systems to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication.

Microsoft Bot Framework can be used by developers — programming in any language — to build intelligent bots that enable customers to chat using natural language on a wide variety of platforms including text/SMS, Office 365, Skype, Slack, the Web and more.

Microsoft demonstrated how developers can use these services to transform people’s lives. Seeing AI, a research project under development, shows how these new capabilities can help people who are visually impaired or blind better understand who and what is around them.

Microsoft also released today the Skype Bot Platform, which includes the SDK, API and Workflows all in the new Skype Bot Portal. With this platform, developers can build bots that leverage Skype’s multiple forms of communication, including text, voice, video and 3-D interactive characters.

New Windows Innovations Deliver More Personal Computing and Opportunities for Developers

Myerson announced that the company will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for free to all Windows 10 customers this summer, delivering significant new innovations for consumers and developers on the Universal Windows Platform, including:

An all-new Windows Ink experience allows you to write on your device as you do on paper, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and easily share your analog thoughts in the digital world.

New Cortana features enable you to receive proactive guidance from Cortana throughout the day and speak with Cortana, even while your device is locked1, without logging in.

News Windows Hello features extend the security of Windows 10 to multiple devices and to Microsoft Edge, so you can log into your devices and websites with enterprise-grade security.

Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in Windows history with over 270 million active devices, outpacing Windows 7 by 145 percent. Customers have spent more time in Windows 10 than ever before – over 75 billion hours since its launch.

The company also shipped Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition for the first time, extending the Windows experience to holograms and allowing developers to begin helping build the future of holographic computing. Microsoft highlighted commercial customers in several industries who are using HoloLens today, including Case Western Reserve University and NASA.

Other announcements from today include:

All-new capabilities for the Universal Windows Platform including full access to Cortana’s proactive intelligence and the Windows 10 Anniversary SDK – available today – offering all-new APIs and tools to integrate the latest Windows 10 innovations into apps, including Windows Ink and Windows Hello.

With the Xbox retail dev kit, any Xbox One can be a developer kit, enabling anyone to develop for the living room.

Microsoft Announced Its Plans To Launch Windows 10 On July 29

Redmond, Washington, USA. Today, Microsoft announced its plans to launch Windows 10 on July 29 with a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world, global fan celebrations, joint efforts with thousands of retailers, including all Microsoft store locations and a new global advertising campaign. Available for the first time as a free upgrade, Windows 10 delivers a fast and familiar experience that is more secure and always up-to-date. Featuring new innovations like Cortana, Microsoft Edge, and Xbox integration, Windows 10 is the best Windows ever.

“Windows 10 was built to enable a more human way to do. We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of Windows 10 with our fans,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices Marketing at Microsoft. “We’ll mark the launch of Windows 10 by celebrating the people and organizations who upgrade the world every day – and by helping them do more in their communities.”

Upgrade Your World is an initiative in which Microsoft will partner with 10 global and 100 local non-profits on projects and initiatives to upgrade the world, through a combination of technology, a $10 million donation and the development of campaigns to raise awareness. Participating global nonprofits include:

CARE

Code.org

The Global Poverty Project

Keep a Child Alive

Pencils of Promise

Save the Children

Special Olympics

Malala Fund

The Nature Conservancy

Beginning July 29, Microsoft and its partners will invite people around the world to nominate a 10th global non-profit to participate.

About Microsoft
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*Free upgrade available for qualified devices. See windows.com/windows10upgrade.

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