The Fire Hose http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose Covering the news of the day at Microsoft Tue, 31 May 2016 07:44:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Dell introduces the world’s first 17-inch, 2-in-1 laptop as part of its Inspiron lineup http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/31/dell-introduces-the-worlds-first-17-inch-2-in-1-laptop-as-part-of-its-inspiron-lineup/ Tue, 31 May 2016 07:39:38 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=276091 Read more »]]> Dell’s new line of Inspiron 2-in-1s with Windows 10 includes the Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1, the world’s first 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop. Other new devices are the Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1, Inspiron 5000 2-in-1s laptops and the Inspiron 15 & 17 5000. The announcement came ahead of Computex 2016 in Taipei.

The Inspiron 13, 15 & 17 7000 2-in-1s will be available beginning June 2 on Dell.com in the United States and China starting at $749.

All Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s feature the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors. A versatile 360-degree hinge enables four modes: laptop mode for typing out a paper in Word, tent mode for working on a presentation in PowerPoint, stand mode for streaming movies from the Windows Store, and tablet mode for keeping up on social media with the Twitter app for Windows 10. With the touch screen you can mark up Web pages in Microsoft Edge with your finger.

The Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1, with an 11.6-inch screen and powered by Windows 10, features a vibrant HD resolution display (1366×768). It combines the performance of a laptop and the convenience of a tablet in an affordable ultraportable design. It will be available beginning June 2 on Dell.com in the United States and China starting at $249.

The Inspiron 5000 2-in-1s, available with either 13- or 15-inch screens, have a sleek new design and wide-angle, Full HD resolution displays. With the infrared camera option, you can securely log in to your PC with your face with Windows Hello, and a backlit keyboard option makes working in dim environments easier. The Inspiron 5000 2-in-1s will be available beginning June 2 on Dell.com in the United States and China, with prices starting at $529.

The new 15- and 17-inch Inspiron 5000 Series laptops are beautifully designed with a stylish, glossy finish. You can choose from color options including Midnight Blue, Bali Blue, Fog Night and Tango Red. The Inspiron 5000 series will be available globally later this year.

To learn more, visit the Windows Experience Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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ASUS takes the wraps off new Windows 10 PCs http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/30/asus-takes-the-wraps-off-new-windows-10-pcs/ Mon, 30 May 2016 07:50:36 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=276067 Read more »]]> On the eve of Computex 2016, ASUS announced Monday a slate of new Windows 10 PCs.

“These devices offer a wide variety Windows 10 features to take advantage of — each PC comes with great features like Cortana, your personal digital assistant, as well as the ability to sign into the device with Windows Hello, by way of a built-in fingerprint reader or built-in camera,” writes Mollie Ruiz-Hopper, editor-in-chief of the Windows Experience Blog. “They’re incredibly thin and light, making them perfect for working from anywhere.”

The new devices include:

ASUS ZenBook 3: At less than half an inch wide, this is the thinnest new premium ASUS ZenBook, and will be available in Q3 this summer starting at $999.

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro: The new ultra-thin detachable premium Transformer is only .32 inches wide. A powerful tablet with as much productivity as your laptop, this model will be available in Q3 this summer starting at $999.

ASUS Transformer 3: The ASUS Transformer 3 (pictured above) is an ultra-slim and compact Windows 10 2-in-1 PC that offers ultimate mobility. Precision crafted from aluminum, its compact and elegant design is accentuated by diamond-cut edges and an exquisite spun-metal finish. Will be available in Q3 starting at $799.

ASUS Transformer Mini: The ASUS Transformer Mini is a new 10.1-inch 2-in-1 detachable PC with a smart hinge kickstand design, making it the perfect flexible device for working on-the-go, and will be available in Q3 this summer.

Head over to Windows Experience Blog for more on each of the newly announced PCs from ASUS.

Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Indy 500 fans will get snazzy new 100th anniversary app to usher in the next century of racing http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/29/indy-500-fans-will-get-snazzy-new-100th-anniversary-app-to-usher-in-the-next-century-of-racing/ Sun, 29 May 2016 18:14:37 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=276049 Read more »]]> The Indianapolis 500 is celebrating its 100th running this weekend with its first sellout crowd – and a new app that’s sure to attract today’s connected generation to racing and could even spawn a fantasy league, as the industry re-engineers how to make the century-old sport as exhilarating to new fans as it is to its loyal base.

“It’s a different way to look at racing,” says Bob Moore, the general manager of software company BlueMetal, which partnered with IndyCar Racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Microsoft to build the app. “It will get people interested other than just the serious fan.”

For more details about the Azure-based app, which will give enthusiasts a level of detail never before seen in motorsports, visit the Transform blog.

Susanna Ray
Microsoft News Center Staff

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‘Insider’s Guide to Cybersecurity for Government’ shows how the cloud can bring peace of mind http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/27/insiders-guide-to-cybersecurity-for-government-shows-how-the-cloud-can-bring-peace-of-mind/ Fri, 27 May 2016 18:12:47 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=276031 Read more »]]> The cloud can seem like a risky, unfamiliar technology to government agencies, yet cloud solutions can actually provide a new level of security across data and devices.

The Insider’s Guide to Cybersecurity for Government” offers information about how compliance, transparency, privacy and empowerment create a more secure cloud environment.

Learn more about this Microsoft e-book and cloud solutions for government on the Microsoft in Government blog.

Tracy Ith
Microsoft News Center Staff

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How to keep your cloud migration – and business – on course http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/27/how-to-keep-your-cloud-migration-and-business-on-course/ Fri, 27 May 2016 17:54:02 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=276010 Read more »]]> cloud, migration, enterpriseTo keep your cloud migration on course, it’s critical that those in charge have a clear sense of the company’s vision and the easiest route to get there – a bit like a flight plan, writes Eduardo Kassner, Microsoft worldwide director of Cloud Solution Architecture.

In Microsoft’s case, the company has a cloud strategy team that includes members of the enterprise architecture team, IT finance, senior technologists from the various IT applications groups, like HR, as well leaders from the infrastructure, security and networking teams.

In a free e-book, “Enterprise Cloud Strategy,” authored by Kassner and Barry Briggs, you can learn more about the roles of each of the groups that make up the cloud strategy team, as well as tools and technical considerations to keep in mind when developing your migration plan.

To download the e-book, and to learn more, visit the Microsoft Azure Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Microsoft HoloLens helps re-imagine Detroit factory for ‘Olympics of architecture’ kicking off this weekend http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/27/microsoft-hololens-helps-re-imagine-historic-detroit-factory-for-this-weekends-olympics-of-architecture/ Fri, 27 May 2016 17:51:29 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=275968 Read more »]]>  

At this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, an annual exhibition in Italy described as the “Olympics of architecture,” American architect Greg Lynn will show a re-imagination of the Packard Plant, a historic, abandoned auto factory in Detroit. The exhibit opens this weekend and features works from around the world.

For his project, Lynn used Microsoft HoloLens and Trimble’s mixed-reality technology to turn a mile-long factory building into a transportation hub, industrial park and university. The innovative tools enabled Lynn to conceive and show his design with real-world scale, proportion and perspective.

Check out the video and go to the Microsoft Devices Blog to read more.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Survive the apocalypse and protect your family in ‘Sheltered’ – now available on Windows 10 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/27/survive-the-apocalypse-and-protect-your-family-in-sheltered-now-available-on-windows-10/ Fri, 27 May 2016 17:48:22 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=275980 Read more »]]> In the pixel art landscape of “Sheltered,” now available on Windows 10, you’ll learn that family comes first. This post-apocalypse disaster-management game brings together elements of claustrophobia, radiation, mental exhaustion and other dangers as you try to turn a cold, cramped shelter into a home.

Your family of four depends on you to keep the shelter running and them safe, because outside of it is a dangerous, desolate wasteland where you scavenge for vital supplies. You’ll find abandoned towns, roaming factions and feral beasts. Your decisions mean the difference between the family’s survival or extinction.

Buy “Sheltered” for $14.99 in the Windows Store.

Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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SAP, Citrix Synergy and matching T-shirts in latest ‘The Endpoint Zone’ cloud news episode http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/27/sap-citrix-synergy-and-matching-t-shirts-in-latest-the-endpoint-zone-cloud-news-episode/ Fri, 27 May 2016 17:31:40 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=275944 Read more »]]> Brad Anderson and Simon May take an in-depth look at recent cloud news from Citrix Synergy 2016, and the announcement about Microsoft’s partnership with SAP in the latest episode of “The Endpoint Zone” on the In the Cloud Blog.

The two also talk about the new Intune Mobile App Management updates, as well. And for the fashion police watching the video: Yes, that’s right, they’re wearing the same T-shirts.

To learn more, visit the In the Cloud Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Enterprise customers: Now you can easily bring your SQL Server licenses to Azure Virtual Machines http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/27/enterprise-customers-now-you-can-easily-bring-your-sql-server-licenses-to-azure-virtual-machines/ Fri, 27 May 2016 16:19:16 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=275935 Read more »]]> Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customers now can bring existing licenses to run SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) and have access to a new set of gallery images that they can use with their existing SQL Server licenses, and deploy VMs with them.

“This provides the flexibility, convenience, ease of use and additional cost savings to Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customers,” writes Khalid Mouss, Microsoft Azure senior program manager. “Reusing an existing SQL Server license reduces the cost for our customers running SQL Server workloads continuously or for extended periods of time.”

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Azure Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Try predicting personal traits from genetic data using a new interactive walkthrough of Microsoft Azure data science resources http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/05/27/try-predicting-personal-traits-from-genetic-data-using-a-new-interactive-walkthrough-of-microsoft-azure-data-science-resources/ Fri, 27 May 2016 16:14:52 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=275926 Read more »]]> Data scientists, engineers and others can now try a new interactive walkthrough that shows how genetic data can be used to predict a person’s traits using open-source genomics software and data science cloud computing resources available from Microsoft.

They can use Predicting Phenotypes from Genomic Data using Microsoft Azure’s Linux Data Science Virtual Machine as a quick-start guide, then dynamically scale the virtual machine’s size to accommodate large datasets for their own real-world applications.

As genomic data proliferates, industries ranging from medicine to agriculture and forensics have harnessed the power of machine learning to interpret this data for high-impact applications, which share the common goal of predicting trait or disease status from genomic data.

Head over to the Cortana Intelligence and Machine Learning Blog to find out more about this tutorial.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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