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Mar082018

Microsoft Pitches Windows 10 as AI Platform, Next Release to be Spring Creators Update

At the Windows Developer Day event, Microsoft shared key advancements available in the SDK for the next Windows 10 Update with a focus on three specific areas: “Making it easier for desktop developers to modernize applications, Introduces Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Windows, Windows IoT to help expand into Intelligent Edge.”

Artificial Intelligence for Modern Experiences

As Microsoft put the Windows 10 Redstone 4 will give developers a unique AI platform. “Windows supports ONNX, an industry standard format for ML models that is driven by Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon Web Services, and supported by Windows IHVs including NVIDIA, Intel, Qualcomm and AMD,” wrote Microsoft.

The update will allow developers to use AI platform across Windows 10 devices family, including IoT edge devices, HoloLens, 2-in-1s and desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and in data centers.

And, as on today, the developers can start using the SDK for the next Windows 10 Update to deliver AI experiences with following benefits: Low latency, real-time results,

  • Reduced operational costs. Together with Microsoft’s Cloud AI platform, developers can build affordable, end-to-end AI solutions that combine training models in Azure with deployment to Windows devices for evaluation. Significant savings can be realized by reducing or eliminating costs associated with bandwidth due to ingestion of large data sets, such as camera footage or sensor telemetry. Complex workloads can be processed in real-time on the edge, with minimal sample data sent to the cloud for improved training on observations.
  • Flexibility. Developers can choose to perform AI tasks on a device or in the cloud based on what their customers and scenarios needs are. AI processing can happen on the device if it becomes disconnected, or in scenarios where data cannot be sent to the cloud due to cost, size, policy, or customer preference.

The new Windows 10 Preview Build of the SDK can be use in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17110 or greater is available for download here.

Today, also two new editions of Windows 10 IoT offering same tools and workflow, using Visual Studio, NuGet, remote debugging, and others that you are familiar with are announcde:

  • Windows 10 IoT Core for small footprint smart edge devices. With NXP modules available below $50/unit, you can build great low-cost solutions on Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise on powerful PC or Server-class hardware. Windows IoT Enterprise will be great for larger devices such as ATMs, medical devices, or industrial scales to name a few.

With Windows machine learning and Azure IoT Edge Public Preview you can experiment on your Windows PC or pick up a low-cost Windows IoT device.

In addition, Microsoft also today pushed two new editions of Windows 10 Insider Preview—First, a new Redstone 4 test Build 17115 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, and Second, Build 17618 was released to Skip Ahead.

The next version of Windows 10 Redstone 4 (RS4) will be called the Spring Creators Update, which will bring along new features, like Timeline, HDR support, and even more Fluent Design changes.

Build 17115 gave a sneak peek at the latest features coming this spring to Windows Mixed Reality sometimes in April, including:

  • A brand-new environment. In October we mentioned that the Cliff House was the first of many environments you’ll be able to enjoy in Windows Mixed Reality, and now we’re rolling out the Skyloft for you to customize and expand your MR experience. You can navigate there by selecting Places on the Mixed Reality Start menu.
  • As requested, we’ve added haptic feedback to the motion controllers for SteamVR games!
  • We’ve improved performance in SteamVR games with significantly lower video RAM usage. We’ve also improved the performance of live video preview in the Mixed Reality Portal on desktop.
  • You can now take mixed reality photos directly from your controller by holding the Windows button and then tapping the trigger. This works across environments and apps except for capturing content protected with DRM.
  • The automatic performance settings have been updated to provide an optimized experience, and we’ve added a new setting to override the default in Settings > Mixed Reality > Headset display.
  • Setup now provides more detailed information about common compatibility issues with USB3.0 controllers and graphics cards.

Also, this build introduces new privacy settings layout in the set up experience to Fast ring. This new privacy settings design help customers make focused choices about their privacy and offers two new settings for Inking & Typing and Find my device.

Below, you can see screenshots of new privacy settings page:

new windows 10 17115 privacy settings page

windows 10 17115 find my device

windows 10 17115 improve inking & typing

While, Redstone 5 build 17618 introduces Sets, which is designed to connect you with all your tasks in one click, including: relevant webpages, research documents, necessary files, and applications.

Starting today, the Sets are turned on in RS5 builds, so Skip Ahead Insiders can try them out today.

With Sets, 1st party experiences like Mail, Calendar, OneNote, MSN News, Windows and Microsoft Edge become more integrated to create a seamless experience, so you can get back to what’s important and be productive, recapturing that moment, saving time – we believe that’s the true value of Sets. Additional app integration with Sets is expected over time.

Also, Microsoft will be making Windows 10 S Mode free to all editions of Windows 10, and moving off it to a fully-featured version of the OS will be free for all users.

Windows 10 S is initially offered to the Surface Laptop since last year and provides performance and quality experience through Microsoft-verified apps via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft notes, that customers who have feedbacked them of experiencing about the security, faster boot time, better battery life and consistent performance over time.

Now, through the simplifyed experience customers can choose to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode — starting with the next update to Windows 10. Commercial customers will also be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise with S mode enabled.

See full changelog of Build 17115 and Build 17618:

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC Build 17115

  • We fixed an issue where If you tried to open a file that was available online-only from OneDrive that hadn’t been previously downloaded to your PC (marked with a green checkmark in File Explorer), your PC could bugcheck (GSOD).
  • We fixed an issue where post-install at the first user-prompted reboot or shutdown, a small number of devices experienced a scenario wherein the OS fails to load properly and might have entered a reboot loop state.
  • We fixed an issue where the Microsoft Store might be completely broken or gone altogether after upgrading.
  • We fixed an issue where when you denied Movies & TV access to your videos library (through the “Let Movies & TV access your videos library?” popup window or through Windows privacy settings), Movies & TV would crash when you navigated to the “Personal” tab.
  • We fixed two issues impacting the usability of Windows Mixed Reality on the previous build (Windows Mixed Reality running at a very low frame rate (8-10fps), and a potential crash at startup that could cause Windows Mixed Reality to not work).
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting the Direct Messages section of Twitter.com potentially not rendering in Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights causing precision touchpads to periodically need a few tries to be able to move the mouse.
  • We fixed an issue impacting the Italian touch keyboard layout where the period key would act as a delete key in UWP apps.
  • We fixed an issue impacting the Czech touch keyboard layout where numbers on the &123 view couldn’t be inserted into UWP apps.
  • We fixed an issue where you couldn’t use touch to interact with the Timeline scrollbar.
  • We fixed an issue where a failed app update could result in that app becoming unpinned from the taskbar.
  • We fixed an issue where the controls in the Focus Assist Settings subpages didn’t have accessible labels.
  • We fixed an issue from the last few flights where after launching, minimizing, then closing UWP apps enough times, you would stop being able to launch UWP apps.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC Build 17618

  • We fixed an issue resulting in 3 and 4 finger gestures on the touchpad being unresponsive in the last two flights.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in UWP apps sometimes launching as small white rectangular boxes.
  • We fixed an issue where the Settings tile didn’t have a name if you pinned it to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where navigating to Themes Settings crashed Settings.
  • We fixed a typo in Storage Sense Settings.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in all dropdowns in Settings appearing blank until clicked.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing after having navigated to and left Sound Settings.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the labels for files on the desktop overlapping their icons.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the hamburger button in Windows Defender overlapping the home button.
  • We’ve updated Start so that it now follows the new Ease of Access setting to enable or disable hiding scrollbars.
  • We’ve updated the Action Center so that notifications will now appear with a fade in animation when you open it.
  • We’ve updated the new notification to fix blurry apps so that it now will persist in the Action Center to be accessed later once the toast has timed out and dismissed.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some app icons appearing distorted in Task View.
  • We fixed an issue where making a pinch gesture over the open apps in Task View might result in no longer being able to scroll down to Timeline.
  • We fixed an issue where pressing and holding on a card in Timeline would open the corresponding app, rather than bringing up a context menu.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the title bar overlapping content when you opened your lists in Cortana’s notebook.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Windows Defender offline scan not working in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue where the Japanese IME sometimes wouldn’t turn on correctly.
  • We fixed an issue where the floating dictation UI could be unexpectedly tiny.
  • We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard might stop invoking automatically after locking the PC and then unlocking the PC by using the touch keyboard to enter your PIN or password.
  • We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard number pad would show the period as a decimal separator for countries that use the comma as a decimal separator.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to turn on and off third-party IMEs using the touch keyboard.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in numbers not being inserted when flicking up on the top row of letters in the wide touch keyboard layout.
  • We fixed an issue where plugging in an external optical drive (DVD) would cause an Explorer.exe crash.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in DirectAccess not working in recent builds, where the connection would be stuck with status “Connecting”.
  • We fixed an issue where all apps in Task Manager’s Startup tab had the status “0 suspended”.
  • We fixed an issue where after upgrading your speaker volume might change to 67%.
  • We’ve updated Microsoft Edge’s Hub to now have an acrylic navigation pane.
  • We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to open a new inPrivate window of Microsoft Edge from the taskbar jumplist while in Tablet Mode.
  • We fixed an issue where dragging a Microsoft Edge tab out of the window and releasing hold of it somewhere over the desktop might periodically result in a stuck invisible window.
  • We fixed an issue where the keyboard combo to switch Virtual Desktops didn’t work if Microsoft Edge was open on multiple Virtual Desktops and focus was on the web content.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in tabs hanging and not loading content recently in Microsoft Edge after using the browser for a few days with an adblocker enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking to zoom in on an image in Microsoft Edge would zoom into the top left corner rather than the area where you’d clicked.
  • We fixed an issue from the last few flights where Microsoft Edge might crash if you refreshed a window with a PDF open in it.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge where favicons in light theme were unexpectedly getting black backgrounds.
  • We fixed an issue where the buttons on Game bar were not centered correctly.
  • We fixed an issue where in some games—such as Destiny 2 and Fortnite—mouse and keyboard input would still go to the game while Game bar was open.
  • We fixed an issue where keyboard and mouse input might not work correctly in Game bar when playing a first-person game (e.g. Minecraft).
  • We fixed an issue in the text box for Mixer stream title, using non-character keys (e.g. Tab, Delete, Backspace, etc.) might cause the game to hang for a few seconds.
  • We fixed an issue where bringing up Game bar using the Xbox button on an Xbox One controller didn’t work in some games.
  • We fixed an issue where certain games using Easy Anti Cheat could result in the system experiencing a bugcheck (KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED).
  • We fixed an issue where we had observed seeing longer-than-normal delays during install at the 88% mark. Some delays were as long as 90 minutes before moving forward.
  • We fixed an issue in apps like Movies & TV where if you deny consent to access your library it crashes the app.
  • We fixed an issue where on post-install at the first user-prompted reboot or shutdown, a small number of devices would experience a scenario wherein the OS fails to load properly and may enter a reboot loop state.
  • We fixed an issue where selecting a notification after taking a screenshot or game clip opens the Xbox app’s home screen instead of opening the screenshot or game clip.
  • We fixed an issue where tearing a PDF tab in Microsoft Edge will result in a bugcheck (GSOD).
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