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March 10, 2017

ICYMI – Your weekly TL;DR

Busy week developing apps? Us too. We hope you get to relax this weekend, but before you get too comfortable, take a look at what you might’ve missed this week!

Visual Studio 2017 is now available!

The new version of Visual Studio has a bunch of new features. Take look and get it here!

Playable Ads

Playable Ads are a completely new way for end users to interact with ads and apps. With this capability, end users never leave the current app. The ad click will result in inline expandable app streaming: for three minutes, the user can interact with the app as if it’s already installed on his/her device. This gives the user time to decide if he or she wants to install the app. At the end of the streaming session, users can click on a link to install the app if the app experience met expectations.

Desktop Bridge Updates

The Windows 10 Creators Update will help provide smooth user transition along with some best practices for app developers to follow. This feature is available on the current insider builds.

Now Available: Insider Preview Builds 15055

Combining Cognitive Services and HoloLens

In this post, you’ll learn how to recreate this iconic interface for the HoloLens. To sweeten the task, you’ll also hook up this interface to Microsoft Cognitive Services to perform an analysis of objects in the room, face detection and even some Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Download Visual Studio to get started.

The Windows team would love to hear your feedback. Please keep the feedback coming using our Windows Developer UserVoice site. If you have a direct bug, please use the Windows Feedback tool built directly into Windows 10.