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 efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for….

Sticky Notes v3.7 now available to to everyone 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! Heads up Windows Insiders – Sticky Notes v3.7 is rolling out to those of you in the Fast ring! Sticky Notes v3.7 includes the following changes: Ink Analysis is back! There was a bad bug preventing you….

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 to Microsoft Paint with the release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve introduced the keyboard as a primary input mechanism. Microsoft Paint is already….

Check your Windows Insider Program settings

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-in to Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring. We are looking to make this….

Sticky Notes v3.6 now available to everyone 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. Heads up Windows Insiders – Sticky Notes v3.6 is rolling out to those….

New Features for the New Year

We were busy over this past holiday season working with amazing teams across Microsoft to bring Windows Insiders new features this new year. Sticky Notes Thanks again to everyone who was able to attend our November webcast with the Sticky Notes team. Your enthusiasm and ideas continue to inspire the team to improve Sticky Notes. As a recap, we covered:….

Windows Internals Series: Containers in Windows

We kicked off this new Windows Internal Series last month by highlighting an awesome blog post from the Windows Kernel Team. The Kernel Team did ANOTHER great post two weeks ago on our design and implementation of Retpoline for Windows to improve performance on PCs with certain processors due to Spectre variant 2 mitigations. The next topic that was on….

Sticky Notes 3.1 is now available to everyone on version 1803 and higher

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been testing an update to Sticky Notes in Skip Ahead. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re rolling out that major update to everyone on Windows version 1803 and higher! A few highlights in this version: We tested the waters with the Charcoal Note, and you all seemed keen to go even darker! ….

Introducing the Windows Internals Series: One Windows Kernel

One of the pieces of feedback we regularly hear is that our fans want more detailed and technical articles diving deep into the behind-the-scenes on the development of the Windows OS. To address this feedback, we’re officially kicking off the Windows Internals series of articles today. Some of these articles will be new content published here on our Windows Insider….

Join us at the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference

Are you a CTO, a Business Decision Maker, an IT Professional or an Enterprise Developer? Do you like to know what’s coming next for tech before everyone around you? Do you want a Microsoft product team to come and visit your organization to help with your digital transformation? Then you absolutely must join Dona Sarkar during her keynote “Be the….