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Microsoft Reveals New Surface Devices, Introduces New Category of Dual-Screen Devices Built for Mobile Productivity

NEW YORK — October 2, 2019 — Today, Microsoft announced its broadest Surface line up ever – with five new products coming this holiday and two new dual-screen devices, Surface Neo and Surface Duo, coming in 2020.  

In a blog post, Corporate Vice President of Modern Life & Devices, Yusuf Mehdi stated, “When we started Surface, we had a vision to remove the conflict between the tablet and laptop. What started as an effort to create the two-in-one evolved into a full line of products that are more versatile, more adaptable, and more personal.  We know that to be your best, you need devices that adapt to you to help you accomplish your goals. These new products are about empowering you to be your most productive, and your most creative.”

Microsoft announced new additions to the Surface portfolio: Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Pro X, all available for pre-order today in select markets. Designed for comfort and rich sound with intuitive touch controls, Surface Earbuds are the perfect complement to your Surface. The company shared its vision to bring the productivity of Surface to even smaller and more mobile form factors with Surface Neo and Surface Duo, two new dual-screen devices, coming in 2020. Microsoft also announced a new edition to Windows 10, Windows 10X, and enhancements to Office 365. 

Surface Product Announcements: 

Surface Laptop 3 

The new Surface Laptop 3 balances power and elegance, making it the perfect everyday laptop. Now available in two sizes – 13” and 15” – Surface Laptop 3 is twice as fast with the same slim design and all-day battery life.  Updated with the 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, Surface Laptop 3 13.5” comes in new eye-catching colors, including Sandstone and Cobalt. Choose the warmth of the tone-on-tone Alcantara or the sleek, new machined aluminum all-metal finish.  We also introduced Surface Pro 3 15”, adding a larger screen and integrated graphics performance with the new AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor.  It’s the fastest, lightest 15” Laptop you can buy. Surface Laptop 3 offers a more comfortable typing experience with a full 1.33mm key travel, now with a 20% larger glass trackpad, both USB-A and USB-C and Fast Charging, taking your Surface device to an 80% charge about an hour.  Improved front-facing cameras, OmniSonic speakers and dual far-field Studio Mics deliver crystal clear sound and audio whether you’re on a conference call, listening to music or watching a movie. Surface Laptop 3 13” starts at $999 and Surface Laptop 15” starts at $1199. 

Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X

Surface Pro remains the most versatile 2:1 device you can buy – whether you choose Surface Pro 7 or the brand new ultra-mobile Surface Pro X.  Redesigned from the inside out, Surface Pro 7 is now twice as fast with a new 10th gen intel core processor, both USB-A and USB-C and all-day battery. While Surface Pro 7 keeps the iconic design customers love and business rely on, we wanted to keep pushing our Pro line forward with Surface Pro X. At 5.33mm and 1.68 pounds, Surface Pro X is the thinnest, lightest, most powerful, and most connected Surface Pro ever.  The new Microsoft SQ1 processor co-designed with Qualcomm pushes 2 teraflops of graphics processing power, and is the fastest Qualcomm processor ever created for a PC. With 33% thinner bezels we’ve given you the feel of a vibrant 13” edge-to-edge touch screen in the chassis of a 12” device. The new Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard includes pen docking for secure storage and charging for the new Slim Pen, so it’s always ready when you need it. Surface Pro 7 starts at $749 and Surface Pro X starts at $999. 

Surface Earbuds and Accessories 

Featuring an ultra-comfortable and stable-fit, Surface Earbuds offer intuitive touch and voice controls for music, calls, and more. Experience rich, immersive Omnisonic sound, and instantly play Spotify from your Android phone with a triple tap on either earbud. Screen-free integration with Office 365 lets you access your Outlook calendar and email with your voice (in the US), and even get live, on-screen captions and translations in PowerPoint. Enjoy all-day battery life with the included wireless charging case. Surface Earbuds start at $249. 

We’re also announcing a range of accessories that will help customize the way you work – from type covers, pens and mice designed to work with our Surface products to a selection of accessories to help you be more productive from any PC. We built on decades of experience delivering workspace comfort with the new Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard and Mouse, introduced the sleek, affordable Bluetooth® Keyboard and compact, colorful Bluetooth® Mouse, and are offering new colors for our popular Arc Mouse. 

Surface Neo 

Surface Neo is dual-screen device built for productivity on Windows 10X, an expression of Windows 10. A 360-degree full-friction hinge connects two 9” screens, enabling Surface Neo to adapt to whatever posture you need in the moment.  When you open it you have a full-size 13” display in the thinnest LCD in its class. It’s built for productivity and multi-tasking like a true PC would be – running full productivity apps, with a removable keyboard and compatibility with Surface Pen and Bluetooth mouse.

Surface Duo

Surface Duo is the first Surface to fit in your pocket. Surface Duo brings together the best of Microsoft productivity experiences, Android apps and Surface hardware design into a single device you can take anywhere. And, yes, it makes phone calls. It has two paper thin 5.6-inch screens that unfold to 8.3 inches and just like Surface Neo, it can be used in a variety of modes to let you work the way you’d like.

Windows 10X & Office 365 Enhancements: 

To support these new devices, Microsoft is introducing  Windows 10X – an expression of Windows 10 designed for a new category of dual screen PCs. With Surface Duo we are building upon Android to marry cutting edge hardware with familiar software and services.   We’re excited to work with developers and the industry to create the next wave of dual-screen computing and unlock a new era of mobile creativity.

Office announced several new features that take advantage of new capabilities in the Surface line up to make you more productive.  New Office enhancements include transcription in Word for the web, inking capabilities in Excel that leverage the new Surface Slim Pen and ultra-portability of the Surface Pro X, gesture support in PowerPoint for the new Surface Earbuds and ink and voice comments in Word that take advantage of all of it.

Microsoft Unveils New Education Offerings to Prepare Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

NEW YORK — May 2, 2017 — Today Microsoft shared its aspiration and products to help students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

CEO Satya Nadella and Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and Devices, announced a new Windows experience – Windows 10 S, Microsoft Teams for a collaborative classroom, Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, a partnership with Pearson to use 3D and mixed reality experiences for immersive learning and a range of new Windows 10 S PCs, including Surface Laptop. Microsoft also announced the availability of Intune for Education that will help teachers configure and manage all the PCs in their classroom.

Microsoft introduces Windows 10 S

Inspired by students and teachers, Windows 10 S is streamlined for security and superior performance. By running only applications verified for security by Microsoft in the Windows Store, and ensuring that users browse the web safely with Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 S offers easy setup, faster log-in, a full day of battery power and consistent performance.

Working with partners, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba, Microsoft will offer new Windows 10 PCs with features including Windows Ink and touch. Windows 10 S will be available for free for schools on any compatible, genuine Windows device along with Office 365 for Education, which is also free for students and will be available around the world in time for the 2017 school year.

Bringing Microsoft Teams to the classroom 

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub for the classroom where students come to collaborate and learn. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks, a new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work, personalize learning, and easily communicate with students, parents and staff.

Teams also enables teachers to bring in rich and engaging content from the web, guest speakers, and our 3rd party partners such as Kahoots directly into their classroom environment. And most importantly, Teams helps students develop the communication and collaboration skills they’ll need to be successful in the future.

Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition teaches coding in the classroom 

Microsoft is broadening the Minecraft’s appeal in the classroom with Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition. This new feature allows students to learn coding basics by connecting to popular learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, ScratchX, and a new open source platform from Microsoft called MakeCode. Code Builder supports both block-based coding and JavaScript, supporting students along their journey with Computer Science. A one-year free trial of Minecraft: Education Edition and the Code Builder extension are available today for Windows 10 and Windows 10 S for schools around the world in the Microsoft Store for Education.

Bringing 3D and Windows Mixed Reality experiences to the classroom to spark creativity

Microsoft also announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the largest education companies in the world, who is working to integrate 3D and mixed reality into their secondary and university level curriculum.

With Paint 3D available in Windows 10 today, students can create and experience 3D content. This fall Microsoft will be releasing 3D in Office and updates to View 3D, allowing the ability to capture mixed reality by inserting 3D objects into your world using the rear-facing camera on a Windows PC.

Microsoft introduces new Surface Laptop, powered by Windows 10 S

Microsoft is expanding the Surface family of devices with Surface Laptop, designed for college students. At only 14.47mm and 2.76lbs, Surface Laptop is the thinnest laptop in its class, with a 7th-generation Intel® Core™ processor, a fast and fluid typing experience and 14 hours of battery life.

The 13.5” PixelSense display is optimized for touch and inking with optically bonded gorilla glass. The keyboard is covered in Alcantara fabric and features a quiet and responsive keyset, large precision trackpad and soft palm rest. Surface Laptop is available in four colors: Platinum, Graphite Gold, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue.

Surface Laptop starts at $999 USD and will be available starting June 15. Customers can preorder Surface Laptop starting today in the U.S. and Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where available at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and BestBuy.com. Surface Laptop will also be available in Canada and China later this year, and availability in other markets will be announced in the coming months.

The fastest way to set up and deploy Windows PCs with Intune for Education

Available today, Intune for Education offers a complete end-to-end solution for teachers to configure and manage all the PCs in their classroom and school IT administrators to better set up and manage their fleet of devices. Schools can set up new devices quickly and easily, and schools can securely deploy applications and services that meet teachers’ and students’ needs. Schools can purchase Intune today or simply try it out with a free 30-day trial.

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Shows:

Soundbites from:

  • Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  • Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Microsoft
  • Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
  • Megan Saunders, General Manager, Microsoft
  • Catherine Boeger, General Manager, Microsoft Office
  • Deirdre Quarnstrom, Director, Minecraft Education

B-roll:

  • Microsoft technology in schools
  • Windows 10 S Experiences including footage of Fluid Math and Complete Anatomy
  • Surface Laptop, the newest member of the Surface family which is a great choice for College students.
  • Windows 10 S Devices, a new range of Windows 10S devices available to customers in time for the new school year.
  • Intune for Education for easy device set up; the fastest way to set up and deploy Windows PCs
  • Microsoft Teams and Office 365 for the classroom. Teams gives teachers a comprehensive digital hub to redefine how teachers and students learn and collaborate together. Office 365includes accessibility features that level the playing field for students of all abilities to learn more effectively and be more productive.
  • Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition – a new innovation bringing coding and computational thinking concepts to students, inspired by what motivates Minecraft players to learn to code.

May, 02, 2017

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Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio And Windows 10 Creators Update

NEW YORK, USA – Microsoft has introduced Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators update at an event in New York. Mixed reality blends the virtual world with the real world to change the way people create, communicate, learn and play across virtual reality, augmented reality and everything in between.

 

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SLATE 1:

New Surface Studio turns your desk into a creative studio; the Creators Update brings new creativity and gaming experiences built around the people who matter most.

 

SLATE 2:

NEW YORK — Oct. 26, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled a broad vision to empower a new generation of creativity with a major update coming to more than 400 million Windows 10 devices and the introduction of Surface Studio, Surface Dial and a more powerful Surface Book.

Expanding the Surface family, Surface Studio is a new class of device that transforms from a workstation into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create on the thinnest LCD monitor ever built.1 With a stunning ultra-HD 4.5K screen, Surface Studio delivers 63 percent more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4K TV. Surface Studio works beautifully with pen, touch and Surface Dial — a new input device designed for the creative process that lets you use two hands on the screen to compose and create in all new ways.

Launching as a free update in early 2017, the Windows 10 Creators Update will enable anyone to create, share and experience in 3-D and mixed reality, connect people faster to those they care about most, and empower every gamer to be a broadcaster. And with the Creators Update, Microsoft Edge will be the first browser to fully embrace 3-D.

 

SLATE 3:

Surface Studio turns your desk into a creative studio

Surface Studio is a new class of device designed for how people naturally create and bring ideas to life. The 28-inch PixelSense™ Display immerses the user in 13.5 million pixels of pure, true-to-life color, and the Zero Gravity Hinge allows the screen to effortlessly adjust to each stage of the creative process. When the screen transitions from Desktop Mode to Studio Mode, it sits at a 20-degree angle, the same angle as a standard drafting board, making it ideal for sketching, writing and designing.

The 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors accelerated by a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU deliver smooth and immersive graphics performance and the power to run professional programs such as Siemens’ NX™ software,2 taking people through their workflow from end to end. Now architects can sketch their ideas with the Surface Pen, put them into production using powerful 3-D modeling software, and review and mark up plans with a client, all on one device.

Surface Studio starts at $2,999 estimated retail price (ERP) USD. It is available for pre-order today in the U.S. through Microsoft Stores, MicrosoftStore.com and BestBuy.com, and will begin shipping in limited quantities this holiday with broader availability in early 2017.

 

SLATE 4:

Surface Dial — a new spin on creativity

Surface Dial is a new peripheral designed for the creative process. It integrates with Windows 10 to work with Surface for a faster and more intuitive way to scroll, zoom and navigate. The Dial also enables a set of unique experiences exclusive to Surface Studio. When you place the Dial directly on the screen, it brings up a set of digital tools specific to the app that is open, allowing people to more seamlessly move through their workflow. For example, with Surface Dial, artists can change the color or the size of their brush tip as they paint without ever moving the pen away from the screen. The combination of Dial, pen and touch creates a more immersive and tactile way for people to create in digital environments. Partners like BlueBeam Inc.,2 Drawboard,2 Mental Canvas,2 Siemens PLM Software,2 Silicon Benders,2 Smith Micro Software, Inc.2 and StaffPad have already optimized their software to take advantage of the new experiences Surface Dial provides.

Surface Dial is available for pre-order today in the U.S. through Microsoft Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, select Best Buy locations and at BestBuy.com, and will be available for $99 ERP USD starting Nov. 10.

 

SLATE 5

The most powerful Surface Book yet!

Microsoft also introduced Surface Book with Performance Base, making the most powerful laptop in its class even better. The three new Surface Book models feature 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors and pack more than twice the graphics processing power as the original Surface Book. Plus Surface Book with Performance Base brings 16 hours of battery life3 into the same sleek, versatile design people love. With Surface Book with Performance Base, engineers can spin 3-D CAD models with thousands of parts, designers and developers can render large files quickly, and gamers can play more of their favorite games. No other laptop combines similar battery life, performance and pixels in as lightweight a package.

Surface Book with Performance Base starts at $2,399 ERP USD. It is available for preorder today at Microsoft Stores,4 MicrosoftStore.com and select retailers in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and is available starting Nov. 10.

 

SLATE 6

The Windows 10 Creators Update

Empowering everyone to create, share and experience in 3-D

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft unveiled a comprehensive vision across hardware and software to bring 3-D to everyone.

Microsoft introduced a new way to bring your ideas to life with Paint 3D. Building on the popularity of Microsoft Paint, with more than 100 million monthly users on Windows, Paint 3D will be your all-new, easy-to-use 3-D art studio. The company also introduced the new online community Remix3D.com, connecting creators and creations around the world. Remix 3D will enable all-new scenarios for creators, including the ability for Minecraft players to share their 3-D creations broadly with the Remix 3D community.

To inspire a new generation of creativity, Microsoft is partnering with Trimble to bring the 3-D modeling program Sketchup — and its millions of creators and creations from 3D Warehouse — to Remix3D.com.

To further demonstrate the possibilities of 3-D in Windows 10, Microsoft showed how easy it is to use your phone to capture a real-world object in 3-D — like a sand castle from your family vacation — to save, personalize and share as a 3-D memory or photo. To bring your ideas to life, Microsoft is also adding support for 3-D in Word, Excel and PowerPoint over the next year, which means with the Windows 10 Creators Update, Office features will work seamlessly with 3-D models.

Everyone is welcome to start creating and sharing in Paint 3D today by joining the Windows Insider Program at insider.Windows.com. To learn more about 3-D in Windows 10, go to http://www.Remix3D.com.

Empowering everyone to experience mixed reality

Mixed reality blends the virtual world with the real world to change the way people create, communicate, learn and play across virtual reality, augmented reality and everything in between. To demonstrate the possibilities of mixed reality, the company showed a proof of concept together with Houzz — a leader in home renovation and design. Using the Microsoft Edge browser on HoloLens, Houzz users could preview products in their own home before they buy. Microsoft Edge was the first browser to bring inking to the web, and will be the first browser to fully embrace 3-D.

The Creators Update will be the most powerful and affordable way to experience mixed reality. Microsoft announced that HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality through the Creators Update. Coming in 2017, these accessories will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out, six-degrees of freedom for simplified setup and to more easily move around your home as you experience virtual worlds —no markers required.

Less powerful VR accessories today start at over $500 ERP USD. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, the new VR accessories will work with affordable laptops and PCs and start at just $299 ERP USD.

Windows 10: the best platform for 4K gaming and in-game broadcasting

Gaming has exploded in popularity as both spectator entertainment and as a sport. The Windows 10 Creators Update will make it easy for every gamer to create and enjoy live game streams and customized eSports tournaments on the fastest, most reliable multiplayer network, Xbox Live.5

The Creators Update will include Beam system integration on Xbox One and Windows 10 for interactive broadcasting and viewing of gameplay on Xbox Live, with even more features yet to be announced. And with interactive broadcasting, you don’t just watch your favorite streamer play, you interact in real time right along with them.

The Creators Update will also bring the power of user-generated tournaments via Arena on Xbox Live, where anyone can define the rules of competition, invite friends and track tournament progress seamlessly across devices, whether it’s on Windows 10 or Xbox One.

Plus, with a Windows 10 gaming PC, you’re able to play games like “Forza Horizon 3,” “Gears of War 4” and more in 4K,6 the highest possible visual fidelity that this holiday’s biggest blockbusters can deliver.

A faster way to connect and share with people who matter most

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is putting the people you care about most at the center of your experience — right where they belong — with Windows MyPeople. Now, with the Windows 10 Creators Update, your most important friends, family and co-workers will be instantly accessible across any Windows PC.

With MyPeople, you can pin your favorite contacts to the Windows task bar and easily drag and drop any document, photo or video right on top of the contact for easy sharing. Get unique notifications, called “Shoulder Taps,” from your most important people and easily open and see an integrated view of emails, IMs, shared documents and more, all in one place. The Windows MyPeople experience will be integrated across Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for easy sharing.

 

More to come

Windows Insiders will be able to preview the Windows 10 Creators Update through the Windows Insider Program at https://insider.Windows.com. 3-D and mixed reality for everyone, in-game broadcasting and MyPeople are just some of the new experiences coming to the Windows 10 Creators

Update in early 2017. Additional productivity, creativity, security and gaming features will also be included and announced soon.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

1 Average cross-section thickness across entire display

2 Sold separately

3 Surface Book with Performance Base features 16 hours of battery life for local video playback.

4 Where available

5 Network claim: Independent IHS Markit study, June/July 2016. Tested on Xbox One versus PlayStation 4 on top five selling games with matchmaking; results may vary, not an endorsement. Visit xbox.com/betternetwork.

6 Games sold separately. 4K functionality available with supported games, monitors and graphics chips. Check PC to determine graphics chip compatibility.

 

Table of Contents:

Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group

Megan Saunders, General Manager

Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Devices

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer

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Xbox Introduces The Future Of Gaming At E3 2016

LOS ANGELES, USA – Monday at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and the biggest lineup of games in Xbox history. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer underscored the Xbox team’s commitment to building a future of gaming beyond console generations and inviting gamers to play without boundaries.

Xbox is working to bring Xbox Live to all devices and networks – PC, console, virtual reality and mobile – to create a unified experience where all gamers are welcomed, respected and supported. The new Xbox Play Anywhere program lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One console with shared progress, game saves and achievements. Every new Microsoft Studios title shown at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will support Xbox Play Anywhere, with more titles on the way.

Introducing the Xbox One family of devices

The new lineup of Xbox One hardware and accessories delivers unprecedented choice and level of personalization for gamers. All Xbox One devices will play current and future Xbox One games as well as titles in the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program, and all accessories will work across every console in the Xbox One family as well.

Xbox One S. Debuting a sleek new design and “robot white” color, the new Xbox One S is the smallest and most compact Xbox ever. The 40 percent smaller console has an internal power supply and supports 4K Ultra HD for Blu-ray movies and content streamed from partners like Netflix and Amazon Video. High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming delivers richer, more luminous colors in games like Gears of War 4. 1 Available for preorder beginning today and in stores starting August 2016:

500GB Xbox One S is $299 USD/ £249 GBP / €399 EUR,

1TB Xbox One S is $349 USD / £299 GBP / €349 EUR

Limited launch edition 2TB Xbox One S will be available in select markets for $399 USD / £349 GBP / €399 EUR.

Project Scorpio. Coming Holiday 2017, Project Scorpio will be the most powerful console ever created, with 6 teraflops of GPU delivering a premier console gaming experience including true 4K gaming and high fidelity virtual reality. Project Scorpio will join the Xbox One family and coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S and all of your Xbox One games and accessories are compatible.

 

Shows:

Fans Get Ready for Xbox E3 2016

  • Xbox FanFest at Microsoft Century City 00:27
  • Fans at the Xbox E3 Briefing 00:25

Xbox E3 Briefing

  • Xbox One S 00:10
  • Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox 02:05
  • Rod Fergusson, Studio Head, The Coalition 00:30

Games & Experiences

  • “Gears of War 4” 00:30
  • “Minecraft” 00:30
  • “Halo Wars 2” 00:57
  • “Forza Horizon 3” 00:30
  • “Dead Rising 4” 00:29
  • “ReCore” 00:28
  • “Final Fantasy XV” 00:30
  • “We Happy Few” 00:30
  • “Sea Of Thieves” 00:30

 

 

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 Surface 3 Available For Purchase Today

With a quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor, Surface 3 is Microsoft’s thinnest and lightest Surface yet.
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Surface 3 is now on sale in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States
 
Today Microsoft’s Surface 3 and new accessories are available for purchase through microsoftstore.com, Microsoft stores, partner retailers like Best Buy, Costco and Amazon and commercial resellers in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
 
And starting May 7, Surface 3 will be available to even more people in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
 
Microsoft’s newest addition to the Surface portfolio of devices, Surface 3 is the best of a tablet yet works like a laptop and starts at just $499. With a quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor, Surface 3 is Microsoft’s thinnest and lightest Surface yet – perfect for students, families and anyone who needs to get work done on the go. And people can now purchase an array of new accessories, including Surface 3 Type Cover with our most precise trackpad and responsive key-set yet, Surface Pen in silver, black, blue and red, Surface 3 Docking Station and Surface 3 Screen Protector.
 

For additional press resources, images and videos visit the Surface Newsroom.
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– Lifestyle footage of Surface 3

– Microsoft Store

– Beauty shots of the Surface 3 and accessories

May, 05, 2015

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