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March 4, 2016

Weekend Reading: Microsoft devices news and stories you may have missed (March 4)

National Geographic photographer captures the Northern Lights with Lumia 950, Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is available for pre-order, Sway adds support for Living Images and integrates with Windows 10 Photos app – here are our pick for this week’s Weekend Reading:

Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is now open for pre-order

This week marks an important step on our journey to a holographic future as we made the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition available for pre-order before it starts shipping on March 30. Read more about this monumental step and learn more about Microsoft HoloLens on Alex Kipman’s blog post here.

We also introduced the first ever holographic app experiences to demonstrate what Microsoft HoloLens can do, inspiring developers do great things with the device. Check out Kudo Tsunoda’s blog post to find out more.


Also this week astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after spending almost a year in space. A week before his triumphant return, we shared early pictures of him using Microsoft HoloLens at the International Space Station. If you missed the story last week,  you can read it here.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez captures the Northern Lights with Lumia 950

After photographing the Grand Canyon, Rio De Janeiro, Mt Everest, Victoria Falls, Paricutin volcano and the Great Barrier Reef, National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez completes his assignment to shoot the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Lumia by heading to north to capture the Aurora with Lumia 950.

Read all about Stephen’s journey to the Arctic Circle here, and replay his amazing adventures to some of the most amazing locations on Earth on the Lumia x Nat Geo Instagram account here.

Stephen Alvarez capturing the shadow, light, and water that create dramatic reflections and silhouettes along the Synnov Nordvegen Road near Tromso, Norway.

Sway announces new integration with the Photos app on Windows 10

Sway is a new digital storytelling app from Office that allows you to create and share interactive stories with your friends, colleagues and family. With the latest update (released earlier this week), Sway now supports Living Images and integration with the Photos app on Windows 10, making it super easy and fast to use photos and videos on your Windows devices.

Read more about the update at the Office blog, and start telling your story with Sway!

Sway updates

New ads celebrate how Windows 10 devices do more

Meet Kristie and Jess, The Bug Chicks, who are using Windows 10 devices to teach kids about the incredible world of bugs.