Data, insights and listening to improve the customer experience

Measuring the quality of Windows is a complex undertaking that requires gathering a variety of diagnostic signals from millions of devices within the Windows ecosystem. The insights we derive from these signals are essential to our understanding of whether our customers, starting with our Insiders and progressing to the general population of Windows users, are successfully using our products and services.

Announcing the Open Sourcing of Windows Calculator

Today, we’re excited to announce that we are open sourcing Windows Calculator on GitHub under the MIT License. This includes the source code, build system, unit tests, and product roadmap. Our goal is to build an even better user experience in partnership with the community. We are encouraging your fresh perspectives and increased participation to help define the future of Calculator.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18850

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing 20H1 Build 18850 to Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead. Remember – these builds are from the 20H1 development branch. Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time. We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring after we get 19H1 nearly finished and ready; once 19H1 is “nearly finished and ready” we’ll also use the Release Preview ring for previews of drivers and quality updates on 19H1.

Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 18346 available now!

On Tuesday, we released a new Windows 10 Preview Build of the SDK to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 18346 or greater). The Preview SDK Build 18346 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area.
The Preview SDK can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.

Updated Microsoft Store App Developer Agreement: New Revenue Share

As of March 5th, the Microsoft Store team has updated the Microsoft Store App Developer Agreement (ADA). The next time you log into your Partner Center dashboard, you or someone with an administrative role on your account will be prompted to reaccept the ADA before you can continue to update or manage your applications.

Two birds, one phone: How to multi-task on the new Xperia devices

We all use our smartphones for a multitude of activities every day, from texting, sharing photos and browsing social media to playing games and watching content.
So let’s be honest, there is nothing more annoying than having to pause your favourite film or quit a game when you’re about to reach your high-score, just because you’ve got a text.

Announcing Windows Server vNext Insider Preview Build 18346

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are pleased to release a new Insider build of the Windows Server VNext Semi-Annual Channel release.
What’s New
Server Core App Compatibility feature on demand (FOD):
The Server Core App Compatibility FOD was new in Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809.  We are continuing investment in the App Compatibility FOD based on customer and Insider feedback.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18351

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18351 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle (which currently is 19H1).

March 2019’s best new apps: This month’s must-have downloads

It’s time once again to take a look at your phone’s homescreen, delete the clutter and add some fresh new apps. Every calendar month we dive into the App Store and Google Play to find only the best iOS and Android newcomers.
This month we’ve got fitness apps, coding clubs, ways to get organised, and methods to entertain the kids. Here’s what’s worth downloading this month…
Centr by Chris Hemsworth | iOS, Free (+Subscription)

Windows 10 Tip: Look up definitions for words in web pages, books and PDFs

Did you know you can look up definitions while you’re reading web pages, books and PDFs, thanks to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update?
Microsoft Edge is the only browser with Microsoft Learning Tools built-in that help improve reading and focus.
While you’re in Reading view on Microsoft Edge, you can look up definitions for key words, even when you are offline. Simply select a single word to see the definition appear above your selection.

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