The Fire Hose https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose Covering the news of the day at Microsoft Tue, 23 May 2017 15:38:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 69497479 New inking capabilities for Surface make digital pen use faster, more personalized https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/23/new-inking-capabilities-for-surface-make-digital-pen-use-faster-more-personalized/ Tue, 23 May 2017 15:38:33 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360361 Read more »]]> At an event in China on Tuesday, Microsoft announced improved inking capabilities in Office apps that will be brought to life on its new Surface devices, making digital pen use faster, more fluid and more personalized.

With the new Surface Pen, also unveiled Tuesday, ink reacts to users’ touch with increased pressure sensitivity, and the pen’s new tilt functionality adjusts the ink’s thickness and texture based on pen angle. Innovative inking features coming to the Microsoft Whiteboard app on Windows 10 include collaborative inking, geometry recognition, table conversion and automatic table shading.

Users will have more options to express themselves with pencil texture and ink effects in various Office apps, and a new digital pencil case organizes users’ favorite pens, pencils and highlighters, automatically roaming with them across apps and devices.

Head over to Office Blogs to learn more and read about other Office updates in May.

Deborah Bach
Microsoft News Center Staff

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To bring thousands of students online, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities and Microsoft launch Homework Network https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/23/to-bring-thousands-of-students-online-mid-atlantic-broadband-communities-and-microsoft-launch-homework-network/ Tue, 23 May 2017 13:06:38 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360346 Read more »]]> Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities and Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of an innovative Homework Network, the largest white space project in the United States, to deliver free broadband internet access at home to thousands of students in southern Virginia.

In Charlotte and Halifax counties, about 50 percent of students currently lack broadband access at home. But nearly seven in 10 teachers across the country assign homework and research requiring broadband access.

The network has been successfully piloted in 100 households across both counties, and will reach more than 3,000 students in 1,000 homes by the end of 2017. Students will have free access to their schools’ online networks where assignments and education resources are posted.

Find out more through the press release.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Announcing Windows 10 China Government Edition and the new Surface Pro https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/23/announcing-windows-10-china-government-edition-and-the-new-surface-pro/ Tue, 23 May 2017 12:30:20 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360289 Read more »]]> In Shanghai on Tuesday we announced that with strong support of CETC and Microsoft, CMIT, our joint venture has now developed Windows 10 China Government Edition for China government customers and Lenovo will be one of the first OEM partners to preinstall Windows 10 China Government Edition; introduced the most versatile laptop — the new Surface Pro — with up to 13.5 hours of battery life; revealed the new Surface Pen, twice as accurate as the previous version with more fluid writing, drawing and tilt; celebrated the launch of Microsoft HoloLens in China; and shared that Project Scorpio will launch in China later this year.

To learn more, visit our event site on Microsoft News Center.

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Developers: Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio extension keeps your projects on time https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/22/developers-continuous-delivery-tools-for-visual-studio-extension-keeps-your-projects-on-time/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:47:20 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360262 Read more »]]> Screenshot from Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio extension

Many developers are under pressure to deliver software at an ever-faster cadence. “Getting key information about your code’s quality at key moments such as commits and pull requests can help you meet quality goals without distracting you from creating the features your customers demand,” writes Mark Wilson-Thomas, Visual Studio IDE Team senior program manager.

“We’re now providing that information at commit time in the latest release of the Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio extension,” Wilson-Thomas says.

With the new Build and Code Analysis Results panel, you’ll get a heads-up reminder at commit time of issues detected by any code analysis tool that puts results in the error list, he says. “This means you can take care of those issues before they propagate into your team’s continuous integration and delivery process, and commit your code with confidence.”

To learn more, visit The Visual Studio Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Now available: Sample software-as-a-service app to speed app development on SQL Database https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/22/now-available-sample-software-as-a-service-app-to-speed-app-development-on-sql-database/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:35:43 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360199 Read more »]]> A sample software-as-a-service (SaaS) app is now available to help accelerate SaaS application development on Azure SQL Database.

The sample SaaS app  — along with a new series of management scripts and tutorials — demonstrates a range of SaaS-focused design and management patterns.

“These patterns extend the benefits of SQL Database, making it the most effective and easy-to-manage data platform for a wide range of data-intensive, multi-tenant SaaS applications,” writes Bill Gibson, principal program manager.

Head to the Microsoft Azure Blog to learn more.

Bill Briggs
Microsoft News Center Staff

 

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Now available: Office 365 Adoption Content Pack merges intelligence of usage reports with analysis capabilities of Power BI https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/22/now-available-office-365-adoption-content-pack-merges-intelligence-of-usage-reports-with-analysis-capabilities-of-power-bi/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:33:32 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360220 Read more »]]>

Microsoft on Monday announced the public preview of the Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in Power BI, which merges the intelligence of usage reports with the interactive analysis capabilities of Power BI.

The content pack provides rich usage and adoption insights that enable administrators to better understand how employees use the services within Office 365 and prioritize training and communication efforts. Its centerpiece is a dashboard with four main areas that provide a cross-product view of how employees are accessing Office 365’s suite of products.

The content pack allows administrators to analyze usage by department, organization and location; leverage built-in filters to get relevant insights; quickly identify knowledgeable users who can help train others; customize the content pack based on an organization’s needs; and share the content pack with people inside and outside of the organization.

Watch the video above and head over to Office Blogs to learn more.

Deborah Bach
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Microsoft obtains international certification based on quality management principles https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/22/microsoft-obtains-international-certification-based-on-quality-management-principles/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:00:06 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360181 Read more »]]>

Microsoft Azure has obtained the ISO 9001:2015 certification, an international standard based on seven quality management principles.

Those principles span customer focus, continuous improvement, evidence-based decision making and more. The certificate covers 52 services across the following offerings: Azure, Cloud App Security, Intune, PowerApps, Power BI, Flow, Genomics and Graph (a detailed scope is listed on the certificate), writes Alice Rison, Microsoft Azure senior director.

Visit the Microsoft Azure Blog to learn more.

Bill Briggs
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Susan Hauser and Jenny Lay-Flurrie honored for Microsoft work advancing accessibility and inclusion https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/22/susan-hauser-and-jenny-lay-flurrie-honored-for-microsoft-work-advancing-accessibility-and-inclusion/ Mon, 22 May 2017 17:54:00 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360148 Read more »]]> Susan Hauser receives Global Empowerment Award from the Cerebral Palsy Foundation on May 16, 2017

Susan Hauser receives the Global Empowerment Award from the Cerebral Palsy Foundation on May 16, 2017.

Two Microsoft employees, Susan Hauser, corporate vice president, Business and Corporate Responsibility, and Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer, were recognized last week for their commitment to accessibility and inclusion.

Hauser was honored by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation at the Design for Disability Gala on May 16. The foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of cerebral palsy research in the United States.

Lay-Flurrie was recognized at the Viscardi Center’s Celebrity Sports Night. The event is a fundraiser aimed at enriching the lives of people with disabilities. The Viscardi Center is a network of nonprofit agencies devoted to empowering people with disabilities to live active lives in an inclusive society.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Take a small town and grow it into a metropolis in ‘Cities: Skylines’ on Windows 10 https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/22/take-a-small-town-and-grow-it-into-a-metropolis-in-cities-skylines-on-windows-10/ Mon, 22 May 2017 17:31:20 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360124 Read more »]]> In the new “Cities: Skylines” for Windows 10, take a small town and follow through on a vision for a distinctive metropolis. You own it all, from the groundbreaking of the city’s first streets to addressing the constantly changing needs of thousands of citizens.

That means careful attention to everything from designing and building the city to developing civic policies and administering public services. You’ll find multi-tiered, challenging simulations, such as providing electricity, water, police and firefighters, or managing the local economy and transportation issues.

The Windows 10 Edition also includes the After Dark expansion that gives players the ability to plan and design for their cities’ nightlife and tourist attractions.

Buy “Cities: Skylines – Windows 10 Edition” for $39.99 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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How to catch up on all the open source news from Microsoft Build 2017 https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/05/22/how-to-catch-up-on-all-the-open-source-news-from-microsoft-build-2017/ Mon, 22 May 2017 17:13:15 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=360103 Read more »]]> At Build 2017 earlier this month, Microsoft focused on how to empower Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux developers to reach billions of new customers. There were lots of open source announcements, from the unveiling of Azure Cosmos DB, the first globally distributed, multi-model database service for building planet-scale apps, to the general availability of Visual Studio for Mac.

You can watch all the Build sessions on demand on Channel 9, including open source and cross-platform talks and tutorials.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft + Open Source blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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