Office 365 Reaches General Availability in South Korea Local Datacenters

Xbox Insider Preview version 1705 is available in the Alpha ring. Office 365 now available from new cloud datacenters in South Korea.

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The general availability of Office 365 from new cloud datacenters in Seoul and Busan, announced on Monday, makes the company the first global cloud productivity provider offering customer data residency in South Korea.

Since October 2014, "we have expanded our global cloud footprint and opened new datacenter regions in Japan, Australia, India, Canada, U.K. and now South Korea," says Al Koh, CEO of Microsoft Korea.

In addition, to highly secured productivity capabilities already enjoyed by Office 365 customers around the world, "the new datacenter regions add failover and disaster recovery to help effectively address the legal and regulatory needs of customers in industries such as banking, health care and the public sector," Koh said.

"This is the start of a new era in enabling organizations in South Korea to digitally transform so they can better engage customers, innovate, optimize operations and empower employees in new ways."

Paint 3D in Windows 10 Creators Update

Now, as the Windows 10 Creators Update is released to general public, Microsoft has started a series of providing tips around the features in the new build 15063. To this end, the company is offering tips to get started with Paint 3D and Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Paint 3D — a new, free, built-in app in the Windows 10 Creators Update — makes it easy to unleash your creativity. You can make 3D masterpieces with the stroke of a digital pen, personalize photos into fun stickers and discover thousands of 3D models from the Remix3D community.

With pre-made 3D models and objects, it's easy to get started right away and begin personalizing.

  • Click on 3D objects in the top task bar
  • Select one of the pre-made 3D models from the tool bar on the right, such as a fish, dog or cat
  • Or click on "Get More Models" to access Remix 3D and search away!

You can also personalize your 3D objects with our new modern brushes.

  • Click on the Tools icon on the task bar and select marker.
  • Choose a color and scroll down to polished metal for a cool effect.
  • Select the object and use the rotation handles to spin it so you can paint on all sides.

You can also layer different pieces to add depth. Select a 3D object in your scene and use the Z-axis left-hand button to drag the object back and forth, and move items front to back.

Transform any drawing into 3D with the 3D doodle tool

Sketch a drawing with the 3D doodle tool and watch it instantly turn into 3D.

  • Click on the 3D icon in the task bar
  • Select 3D doodle from the tool bar.
  • Use your digital pen to draw a cloud shape, connecting the lines at the blue circle, and watch your 2D cloud puff up into a 3D shape.

Personalize with Magic Select and stickers

The "magic select" tool lets you easily crop the background of any picture to turn into a sticker to wrap or tile onto 3D objects. Here's how it works:

  • Click on Insert and choose one of your favorite photos.
  • Use the "select" tool to drag and select the area that you want. The magic select button will appear.
  • Use the add and remove button to draw onto areas that you want to add or remove.
  • Once finished, click on the green check mark and the selection will pop-out as a separate layer.

You'll love creating cut-outs from your favorite family photos, BFF selfies, or pet pics with magic select, then using them as stickers to personalize your creations.

You can make this a sticker by clicking on "make sticker".

Find your spark with Remix 3D

Discover thousands of 3D models from the Remix3D community that can help you bring your creations to life.

  • Click on the Remix 3D icon from the task bar to access Remix3D right from within Paint 3D*
  • Sign in with your Microsoft Account
  • Use the search bar to find the perfect 3D model in our library for you to personalize and remix.
  • Or browse Staff Picks and the community for inspiration

For more on Paint 3D, watch the video below:

Released in 2015, Microsoft Edge just got a big improvement with the Windows 10 Creators Update, which added security, performance and battery enhancements, and new features to help you organize the web.

Watch this video for tips on Edge:

Finally on Monday, Microsoft also made the next feature update for the Xbox One, build 1705 released to members of the Preview Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Preview.

This release brings the build number to 15063.3020, or rs2_release_xbox_1705.170411-1700.

Features include in this build such as:

  • Share your Looking for Group post on the Activity Feed or through a message.
  • Unfollow a Club or Game Hub directly from your Activity Feed.
  • Your profile will display your Arena tournament history and upcoming tournaments.
  • For Beam and Twitch broadcasts, you will now have an option in the Guide for your Kinect to locate you automatically.
  • Captive Portal support for wireless internet is coming to Xbox One, which allows for Wi-Fi authentication through a browser. Great for colleges, hotels, or public Wi-Fi locations.
  • Filter posts on your Activity Feed on the Xbox app for iOS and Android.
  • On the Xbox app for Windows 10, we're adding the option to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat.
  • A new Party overlay tool, which "will tell you who's speaking in your Party, without having to open the Guide." You'll be able to choose where on the screen the overlay is placed, and set its transparency. It won't show up at all unless someone is talking, and you'll be able to see the Gamertag of the person speaking.

Finally, Microsoft also said that Killer Instinct on Arena will be back later on this month for "select" Xbox Insiders, along with the World of Tanks tournaments that were originally promised.