Cortana on Windows (Beta)—Now with more productivity!

Today, we’re rolling out some changes to Cortana on Windows for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. You may have heard that we’re evolving Cortana from a general digital assistant to a personal productivity assistant that helps you in the Microsoft 365 apps you use to get things done every day. As part of that evolution, we’ve made several changes….

PowerToys v0.12 now available

We’ve just released our 0.12 release of PowerToys on GitHub. We’ve gotten tons of great feedback and suggestions from the community and want to directly say thank you to everyone. For those who haven’t heard of PowerToys before, it’s a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Inspired by the Windows 95….

Optimize Windows 10 PC reset using the cloud

EDITOR’S NOTE: I am publishing this article on behalf of Aaron Lower. Aaron is a Program Manager on the Core OS and Intelligent Edge (COSINE) Fundamentals team at Microsoft. His team focuses on the underlying technologies and platforms that are used to install and reinstall (or recover) Windows. Today, I’m excited to share more details on the ability to reset a….

Microsoft Support now available for Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds

We have great news! Windows Insider Program for Business customers can now request Microsoft Support for Windows 10 Version 1909 (19H2) builds in the Release Preview and Slow rings.1 If you run into a severe issue that prevents you or other users in your organization from using a device or compromises security or personal data, you can use our online….

Announcing the first preview and code release of PowerToys

Editorial Note: I am publishing this on behalf of the Dev Platform Team.  PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot provides power users with utilities to squeeze more out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for their….

Sticky Notes v3.7 now available on Windows 10 version 1803 and higher

[UPDATE 8/7] We’re very pleased to announce that today, Sticky Notes 3.7 is now available to everyone on Windows 10 version 1803 and higher! Sticky Notes v3.7 is rolling out to those of you in the Fast ring! Sticky Notes v3.7 includes these changes: Ink Analysis is back! There was a bad bug preventing you from getting ink insights and handwriting….

New Microsoft Paint accessibility features

Note from Brandon: I am publishing this on behalf of the team responsible for MSPaint.  We know that Microsoft Paint (MSPaint) is well-loved by customers, and we’re pleased to announce new accessibility features coming with the release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve introduced the keyboard as a primary input mechanism. Microsoft Paint is already fully functional with….

New 20H1 flighting achievements

New achievements are now available for keeping your machine current with 20H1 Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds in the Fast and Slow rings. Unlock each one by updating your machine with the number of builds needed for that achievement on a single device: Flight Lieutenant – Flight one build Flight Captain – Flight three builds Flight Major – Flight seven builds….

Check your Windows Insider Program settings to move off Skip Ahead

With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update being shared to the Release Preview ring soon (see this blog post for details), we’re planning to move Windows Insiders in the Fast ring forward to 20H1. We will also be merging the small group of Insiders who opted into Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring. We are looking to make this….

Sticky Notes v3.6 now available on Windows 10 version 1803 and higher

[UPDATE 5/13] We’re very pleased to announce that today, Sticky Notes 3.6 is now available to everyone on Windows 10 version 1803 and higher! Sticky Notes 3.6 introduces images in notes and multi-desktop support! [UPDATE 3/27] Sticky Notes v3.6 has been released to the Windows App Preview Program. Sticky Notes v3.6 is rolling out to those of you in Skip Ahead and….