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Samsung announces Galaxy Book2 Pro Series delivering mobile-first PC experiences, security advances

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced on Sunday at the MWC Barcelona event its Galaxy Book2 Pro series, a flagship PC lineup featuring the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 with S Pen functionality and Galaxy Book2 Pro with 5G. Both combine flexibility and versatility for work and education with Samsung’s mobile DNA for a PC experience that…

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced on Sunday at the MWC Barcelona event its Galaxy Book2 Pro series, a flagship PC lineup featuring the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 with S Pen functionality and Galaxy Book2 Pro with 5G. Both combine flexibility and versatility for work and education with Samsung’s mobile DNA for a PC experience that is productive and portable.

Samsung also announced the April release of Galaxy Book2 Business, a powerful new PC built on the vPro platform that will deliver advanced security and productivity features to help businesses conquer the new reality of hybrid work.

To keep users protected, the Galaxy Book2 Pro series is the first consumer PC lineup meeting Microsoft’s secured-core PC requirements. Previously designed for enterprise PCs in high-security industries such as finance, healthcare and government, Galaxy Book2 Pro series’ secured-core PC designation delivers the highest level of protection on Windows 11 and features deeply integrated hardware, firmware and software to enhance protection against potential cyber-attacks. Now, everyone can enjoy enterprise-grade security for enhanced peace of mind.

“Collaborating on the Galaxy Book2 Pro series is the next chapter in our proud collaboration with Samsung to remove barriers between different operating systems and bring the best of Microsoft apps and services to the Galaxy Ecosystem,” said David Weston, director of Enterprise and OS Security, Microsoft. “Delivering the first consumer PC with Microsoft’s secured-core PC designation is the next crucial step in this effort as today’s consumers deserve the same security protections they get in the office as they do while working remotely.”

Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 with S Pen

The Galaxy Book2 Pro series delivers the advantages of enterprise security inside an ultra-portable chassis with thin and light designs and new colors combined with 5G[1] and Wi-Fi 6E[2] connectivity.

With up to 21 hours of battery life[3], consumers can move about their day without worrying about running low. Plus, the Galaxy Book2 Pro series’ super-fast USB-C type universal charger[4] can power every Galaxy mobile device, allowing users to carry just one charger while traveling.

To provide power to do more, the Galaxy Book2 Pro series features the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors for reliable performance as users work, video call and game.

And because video calls are now a part of everyday life, the Galaxy Book2 Pro series is upgraded for high-quality call experiences. Now featuring 1080p FHD webcams and wider field of view angles[5], video feeds will look clear during every call. Studio Mode[6] is also upgraded with a variety of new features including Auto Framing, which keeps users centered even when moving about the frame. New background effects and Face Effect remove visual distractions from the background while enhancing the user’s appearance. To complete the video experience, GREENGUARD-certified AMOLED[7] displays are now brighter[8] for increased clarity.

Audio on the Galaxy Book2 Pro series is also enhanced. Bi-directional AI noise cancelling[9] blocks distracting noises so every word is heard. Additionally, the Max 5W output[10] Smart Amp produces balanced sound at louder volumes. Galaxy Book2 Pro series also supports AKG and Dolby Atmos sound technology.

Galaxy Book2 Pro

Galaxy Book2 Pro series devices also offer a variety of updates to previous features that make everyday interactions more seamless, including Link to Windows / Microsoft Your Phone[11], which pairs your Galaxy smartphone to your Galaxy Book2 Pro series device. It now offers Recent Apps, allowing users to swipe up on their Windows 11 taskbar to check their smartphone’s status and even select their most recently used smartphone apps to use directly on their desktops.

To protect the environment as it improves user experiences, the Galaxy Book2 Pro series delivers significant advances.  Samsung recently announced a new high-performance, eco-conscious material that repurposes discarded fishing nets to reduce plastic waste in the ocean, and this material is now featured in the touchpad holder and inner bracket of the Galaxy Book2 Pro series.  Expanding the presence of ocean-bound plastics in Galaxy technology, this marks a notable achievement in the company’s sustainability journey. Through Galaxy for the Planet, Samsung is delivering tangible environmental actions across its product lineup to help preserve the planet for generations to come.

Additionally, new algorithms extend the battery lifecycles, and lower standby power reduces the need for frequent battery replacements. Furthermore, AMOLED panels received the GREENGUARD gold certification for eco-conscious products by the Underwriters Laboratories for minimizing VOC emissions for improved indoor air quality. Finally, Galaxy Book2 Pro series packaging uses sustainably sourced paper boxes and mold trays.

The Galaxy Book2 Pro will be available in Graphite and Silver color options.  The Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 will be available in Burgundy, Graphite and Silver.  For more information, visit www.samsungmobilepress.com, news.samsung.com/galaxy.

[1] Available on 15-inch Galaxy Book2 Pro only. Requires optimal 5G connection and actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier and user environment.

[2] Wi-Fi 6E availability will vary due to OS version, country, location, network conditions and other factors. Wi-Fi 6E wireless network connection required for Wi-Fi 6E.

[3] Battery life tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors. Battery pack sold separately. Video playback time is based on results from internal lab tests conducted by Samsung using default settings (Brightness-150 nits, Earphone (default volume), discharged to 2%, Airplane On (Wi-Fi/5G not connected), KBD Backlight Off) when playing local 1080p movie playback, Player-Movies & TV with full screen videos on its screen.

[4] Based on super fast charging results from international Samsung lab tests, conducted with a 65W charger while it has 2% of power remaining, with all the services, features and screen turned off.  Charger specification varies by regions.  Margin of error within +- 5%.

[5] Galaxy Book2 Pro series device features 87-degree field of view compared to 77-degree field of view in Galaxy Book Pro series.

[6] Automatically activated when using the camera.  Studio mode may not work correctly when third party video call camera effects (backgrounds, face effects, etc.) are applied simultaneously. Auto framing feature requires face detection and recommends you to take off the mask. Features may vary by environment, light condition, apps, device condition and other factors.

[7] Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 models only.  The Super AMOLED display is an AMOLED display that integrates touch screen functionality.

[8] Galaxy Book2 Pro measures at 400 nit, Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 measures at 370 nit default.

[9] Only supports VoIP apps including Zoom, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp.

[10] 13.3-inch model supports max 4W output.

[11] Users must link their Galaxy device to their Windows PC through ‘Link to Windows’ on phone and Your Phone app on PC, follow the set-up prompts, including being signed into same Microsoft account. Link to Windows is preloaded on select Galaxy devices. Your Phone requires Windows 10 April 2019 Update (or later) on the PC and recommends the latest Windows 11. Your Phone requires Galaxy device to be on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the PC. Some mobile apps may restrict content to be shared on other screens or may require a touch screen to be able to interact with them. Multiple Android applications can be launched simultaneously up to five at a time in Windows 11 PC.

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Minions DLC update lands on Minecraft

Illumination’s Minions mashup just got an update that Minecraft players can access now. “Playing as Gru, your quest is to become the biggest, baddest super-villain, and to do that you’ll need to gather gadgets, Minions and your courage to take on the Vicious 6: a team of supervillains who aren’t thrilled about your attempts to…

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Illumination’s Minions mashup just got an update that Minecraft players can access now.

“Playing as Gru, your quest is to become the biggest, baddest super-villain, and to do that you’ll need to gather gadgets, Minions and your courage to take on the Vicious 6: a team of supervillains who aren’t thrilled about your attempts to steal their thunder,” writes Sophie Austin on Minecraft.net. “As your devious plans take shape, you’ll need to fill up your villain-o-meter by sneaking, racing and directing your Minions in increasingly crafty ways before facing your foes in a fiery final showdown.”

Also, to celebrate the launch of this update and the new Minions movie, you can get a free in-game Minion hoodie in the Dressing Room.

If you’ve already bought the Minions x Minecraft mash-up, the new update will be available free of charge. If you haven’t, head on over to Minecraft Marketplace, where you can buy the downloadable content.

Visit Minecraft.net to find out more.

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Play Sea of Thieves’ fifth free adventure, ‘The Forsaken Hunter,’ until July 14

Hey Sea of Thieves players: Swap your pirate hat for a detective’s cap as you uncover clues and find out the fate of the missing Merrick in “The Forsaken Hunter,” the game’s latest narrative-driven adventure, from June 30 to July 14. This update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have…

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Hey Sea of Thieves players: Swap your pirate hat for a detective’s cap as you uncover clues and find out the fate of the missing Merrick in “The Forsaken Hunter,” the game’s latest narrative-driven adventure, from June 30 to July 14.

This update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game on Windows 10/11 PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One or via Steam, or players who have access to it with Xbox Game Pass. Simply download and install the latest Sea of Thieves update to get access.

Head over to Xbox Wire to watch the trailer and find out more.

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Customers share their stories on migrating to Dynamics 365

At some point, we’ve all experienced regret over not doing something. Opportunity passes us due to our over analysis, indecision, and uncertainty. Even though we’ve all done this, we rarely seek the advice of others, thinking our situation is somehow unique or different. This rationale is common among the on-premises organizations we speak to. They…

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At some point, we’ve all experienced regret over not doing something.

Opportunity passes us due to our over analysis, indecision, and uncertainty. Even though we’ve all done this, we rarely seek the advice of others, thinking our situation is somehow unique or different.

This rationale is common among the on-premises organizations we speak to. They understand the benefits for moving to the cloud but chose to focus on all the reasons not to—aging infrastructure, manual processes, and siloed data notwithstanding.

Hearing how others are approaching this critical technological evolution can be invaluable. Not to mention relatable. Here are a few customer stories we’ve collected; perhaps you might recognize yourself or the circumstances?

Discover other Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM customer stories to learn about migration best practices and the benefits others are seeing in the cloud.

A small company with sizeable goals

Sonee Sports, is a small 28-year-old, family-run retail chain in the Maldives. The company moved its Microsoft Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 in the cloud to streamline its resource planning, point of sale, and relationship management activities. Sonee Sports has grown from a single desk in a hardware store to 10 stores across the Maldives however, this growth didn’t come without challenges, particularly when it came to technology.

Maumoon Abdullah, Sonee Sports’s co-founder, has long advocated for using technology to understand, retain, and engage new customers. “In 2016, we had a customer churn rate of 10 percent—not good. We knew that technology was key to keeping our business afloat,” Abdullah said. However, their previous enterprise resource planning (ERP) took hours to generate reports, the data was inaccurate, so decision makers stopped using it. In time, Sonee Sports realized it had to move its entire business to the cloud.

With help from Mumbai-based CloudFronts, a Microsoft Partner Network partner, Sonee Sports upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics 365, deployed Microsoft Power BI for analytics, and rolled out a cloud-based e-commerce system. “We needed an all-around ERP system that was reliable, easy to use, and mobile-friendly and that offered a host of options for accessing information. Dynamics 365 Retail fits these criteria very well.” Abdullah says. 

With this setup, Sonee Sports has cut its IT maintenance costs by 38 percent and improved customer retention by over 8 percent.

“With Dynamics 365, we finally have the data we need to understand our customers.” Abdullah says. “The value of this is priceless.”

Read more about Sonee Sport’s migration to Dynamics 365.

A growing city with changing needs

It can be easy to forget that cities are a lot like corporations—they provide services to their “customers,” often relying on technology to deliver the goods.

Bristol is a diverse city in southwest England, with more than 90 languages spoken and a population of just over 463,000. Bristol City Council is the unitary authority and is responsible for a wide range of services including taxation, waste management, education, etc. Like many struggling municipalities, Bristol City Council felt it could no longer rely on its IT system to meet day-to-day demands of the city. Its systems weren’t agile or mobile-friendly and lacked a unified platform to support collaboration or leverage data insights.

“The council was historically, deeply dissatisfied with its IT systems and processes.” says Simon Oliver, Director of Digital Transformation at Bristol City Council. 

Bristol City Council realized the only way forward was to modernize its Dynamics CRM 2016 instance to Dynamics 365, which would improve efficiency and collaboration. Moving, however, was a significant undertaking, involving migrating 54 workloads and orchestrating nearly 500 ecosystem partners, and staff.

Built on Microsoft Azure, with Microsoft Power Platform and Office 365, Bristol City Council deployed Dynamics 365 alongside toolsets to increase productivity. “Working with Microsoft has given us an opportunity to look at our entire approach to delivering IT services, to reshape our way of thinking and the culture of the IT department,” explains Oliver. 

Read more about the Bristol City Council transformation.

An industry leader looking to drive purpose

Peet Limited, a leader in Australia’s property industry, believes in helping people gain peace of mind through property ownership. And their commitment to IT innovation has enabled them to remain competitive through market disruptions.

As part of its ongoing mission to offer quality service, the company partnered with Microsoft to upgrade its IT systems and move critical line-of-business applications to the cloud. Justyn Bridge, IT Manager at Peet Limited, explained, “Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent solution…it empowers Peet employees to be creative and work together.” Peet Limited had confidence in Microsoft because the organization was already using both Dynamics CRM and Dynamics AX, for its customer relationship management (CRM) and ERP, respectively.

Peet Limited designed its cloud strategy around security with the goal of end-to-end protection in mind; for them, security promoted value. Bridge explains that one of the best benefits of using Microsoft 365 is having a “single pane of glass” to view Peet Limited’s security landscape. Using Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Analytics, Peet Limited had a succinct, real-time view of an attack timeline with the ability to analyze and identify normal versus suspicious user or device behavior.

Considering the project, Bridge notes, “We sought better end-to-end protection, and Microsoft 365 gave us that. Our business has gained security in both protection and mindset.”

Read more about Peet Limited’s story.

When you’re ready to migrate, Microsoft is here to help

We all have stories that define us. Organizations are no different. Whether you’re looking to grow your footprint, improve services, or modernize your underlying technology, the Microsoft Cloud can meet your changing needs. While migrating to the cloud should be a business priority, the experiences above illustrate the importance of planning. When you’re ready to migrate your on-premises solution to the cloud, Microsoft is here to support your journey.

Learn from the other Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM migration stories in our library. Visit the Dynamics 365 Migration Community to access partner discovery resources and other assets to help you migrate with confidence.

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