Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232 for PC + Build 15228 for Mobile

Hello Windows Insiders!

Today we are excited to release Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring! We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15228 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Earlier this week, we announced new end-to-end security features coming with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and this build for PC includes some of those new security features.

A note about app updates

In order to provide Windows customers with the highest quality inbox apps possible, we will pause testing new versions of our inbox apps with Windows Insiders. This means that Insiders will not receive app updates from the Windows Store for our inbox apps that are newer than the apps included in the build. Insiders may notice that some features we were testing in our inbox apps – including recent updates to the Photos app – will temporarily disappear. This is because some of our inbox apps won’t have all the latest new features without getting an update from the Store. It is critical that Insiders are experiencing the same version of Windows that will be released as the default version for all Windows users. Insiders will once again start receiving app updates in the very near future. As always, your feedback will help us tremendously to define the overall Windows experience and insure the quality of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is excellent for our customers.

What’s New in Build 16232 For PC

Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) Improvements:

Giving you access to all the rich features in Microsoft Edge while using Application Guard: Building on our work in Build 16188, we have added support for Microsoft Edge data persistence while using Application Guard. Once enabled, data such as your favorites, cookies, and saved passwords will be persisted across Application Guard sessions. The persisted data will be not be shared or surfaced on the host, but it will be available for future Microsoft Edge in Application Guard sessions.

How to take advantage of Data Persistence when using Microsoft Edge with Application Guard: You enable Data Persistence for Microsoft Edge in Application Guard using Group Policy. Note that Data Persistence for Application Guard with Microsoft Edge sessions is not enabled by default. To enable data persistence, close all Microsoft Edge windows and update the Windows Components > Windows Defender Application Guard policy to turn on data persistence:

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<p>After the Group Policy settings are set, next launch New Application Guard Window from the Microsoft Edge menu:</p>
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New Application Guard window.

Then browse to your favorite web site and add it to Favorites in Microsoft Edge as shown here:

Browse to your favorite web site and add it to Favorites in Microsoft Edge.

How to find your Favorites after you close Edge with Application Guard: Since you have enabled Data Persistence using Group Policy for Application Guard, the site you saved to your Favorites will be available for later use, with Microsoft Edge in Application Guard, even after reboots as well as build to build upgrades of Windows.

The site you saved to your Favorites will be available for later use, with Microsoft Edge in Application Guard, even after reboots as well as build to build upgrades of Windows.

Read more about what the Windows Defender Application Guard team has been working on in this latest Insider Preview by visiting this community page

To learn more about what’s coming in Windows Defender Application Guard, please take a look at this new Microsoft Mechanics video.

Introducing Exploit Protection:

We’ve heard your feedback regarding the upcoming EMET EOL, so we’re excited to announce that starting with this build you can now audit, configure, and manage Windows system and application exploit mitigation settings right from the Windows Defender Security Center! You don’t need to be using Windows Defender Antivirus to take advantage of these settings.

After upgrading to this build, you can find these settings by opening the Windows Defender Security Center and going to the App & browser control page:

  • Either right-click the icon in the notification area on the taskbar and click Open, or search via the Start menu for Windows Defender Security Center
  • From Windows Defender Security Center, click on App & browser control and then scroll to the bottom of the resulting screen to find Exploit Protection

Introducing Exploit Protection.

More detailed documentation will follow on Microsoft Docs, and remember that Exploit Protection is a work-in-progress and might not be fully functional just yet!

Introducing Controlled folder access in Windows Defender Antivirus:

In this build, we’re making it easier for you to protect valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. To enable the feature, search for and open the Windows Defender Security Center from Start, go to the Virus & threat protection settings section, and set the switch to On:

Enable Controlled folder access.

Controlled folder access monitors the changes that apps make to files in certain protected folders. If an app attempts to make a change to these files, and the app is blacklisted by the feature, you’ll get a notification about the attempt. You can complement the protected folders with additional locations, and add the apps that you want to allow access to those folders.

Allowing apps can be useful if you’re finding a particular app that you know and trust is being blocked by the Controlled folder access feature. Click Allow an app through Controlled folder access and locate and add the app you want to allow.

Allowing apps can be useful if you’re finding a particular app that you know and trust is being blocked by the Controlled folder access feature.

You can add additional folders to the list of protected folders, but you cannot alter the default list, which includes folders such as Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop. Adding other folders to Controlled folder access can be handy, for example, if you don’t store files in the default Windows libraries or you’ve changed the location of the libraries away from the defaults.

Click Protected folders in the Controlled folder access area and enter the full path of the folder you want to monitor. You can also enter network shares and mapped drives, but environment variables and wildcards are not supported (for right now).

Click Protected folders in the Controlled folder access area and enter the full path of the folder you want to monitor.

Changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed the issue that was causing updating to the latest build to fail and roll back to the previous build if you had the .NET 3.5 Framework installed. You should no longer need to uninstall .NET 3.5 before trying to update to this build.
  • We fixed an issue for those with certain languages installed in the last flight where ctfmon.exe would go into a crash loop, resulting in typing in the Start menu and UWP apps becoming impossible.
  • We’ve listened to feedback and in Windows Defender Security Center you will soon have the option to dismiss recommendations (yellow badged items). In this build, you will see the upcoming addition however it is under construction and not up and running yet.  Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we have it finished.
  • We fixed an issue where some games like Mass Effect 3 would crash if you used Alt + TAB after 5 minutes of game play.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Word 2016 crashing if you attempted to ink in it.
  • We fixed an issue where using the new Ctrl + Win + C hotkey to enable and disable color filters would unexpectedly open Settings.
  • We fixed an issue from the last flight where auto-complete in the URL bar of Microsoft Edge might fail on some devices – searching for a partial string instead of the autocompleted text. This fix should also address the feedback some of you were reporting where Cortana sometimes couldn’t keep up with typing on that flight and the letters would end up out of order.
  • We fixed an issue where the File Explorer Ribbon assets were blurry if the window’s DPI was not equal to the system DPI.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in apps that start with X, V or Q being incorrectly categorized in Start on Polish builds.
  • We’ve moved the new Video Playback Settings page to now be listed under the Apps category, and have fixed the issues on the page where the video and battery dropdown weren’t displaying correctly.
  • We fixed an issue with the XAML Acrylic Brush that could result in certain apps, for example Maps, occasionally crashing due to attempting to load acrylic brushes while the app was suspended.
  • We fixed a rare condition that could result in Start menu appearing to flash/flicker continuously.

Known issues for PC

  • Your PC may fail to update to this build with an 0x80070643 and rolls back to the previous build. We are investigating.
  • We’re continuing to investigate reports that the battery status on certain laptops isn’t updating while the device is unplugged. If you think you are seeing this, please send in feedback via Feedback Hub and use the capture feature when logging your feedback so we can get your logs.
  • You may notice some of your inbox apps are now displaying a name that looks like “ms-resource:” and are listed at the bottom of Start. We’re investigating. In the meantime, the app should still launch normally, it’s only the name resource that’s impacted.
  • Some UWP apps such as Twitter will crash on launch.
  • Xbox Live in-game experiences may fail to load. These include gamer profiles, achievement details, and other dialogs that may pop up on top of an Xbox Live-enabled game.
  • Please avoid doing a PC reset via Settings > Update & security > Recovery and choosing “Remove everything”. This may put your device into a reboot loop.
  • Task Manager may hang on launch on this build.

Changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile

  • We have fixed notifications (SMS, Calendar) with all Fitbit trackers.
  • We have fixed crashes reported while using Photos app.
  • We have fixed a deployment issue in where if an admin uses ActiveSyncCSP to provisioning email account on device running the Windows 10 Creators Update without providing a valid password, and the email server enforces a limited number of denied access retries, then the server will lock out the email account.
  • We have improved battery performance by fixing a bug in a scenario where 30% more power was used during Camera app preview and capture mode.
  • Some Insiders provided feedback that playing video on phone resulted in a black flash and/or stuttering when in landscape mode. We have fixed this issue.
  • We have improved Bluetooth connectivity with Garmin Wearable devices.
  • General improvement in reliability of phones by fixing top crash issues.

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UWP App Diagnostics

At Build this year, we gave a sneak preview of a set of new APIs designed to provide diagnostic information about running apps. You can see the videos here and here – but note that these were based on a pre-release implementation. So, while the Build videos are still correct on broad functionality, the final API names are almost all slightly different. Plus, we added a couple of extra features after Build.

The final versions for the upcoming release are available in the Insider builds from Build 16226, along with the corresponding SDK.

At a high level, these APIs allow an app to:

  • Enumerate a list of running apps, including UWP apps, Win32 apps, system services and so on.
  • For each app, get process-specific metrics on:
    • Memory usage (private commit and working set).
    • CPU usage.
    • Disk reads and writes.
  • For each UWP app, get additional metrics on:
    • Memory usage (including shared commit) equivalent to the Windows.System.MemoryManager report previously available to an app for its own usage.
    • State info: running, suspending, suspended, not running.
    • Energy quota info: under or over.
    • Enumerate a list of any background tasks that are active for the app, including name, trigger type and entry point.
    • Enumerate all the processes for the app (using an enhancement to the existing Windows.System.Diagnostics.ProcessDiagnosticInfo class that was previously restricted to an app for its own usage).

The API has a simple hierarchical structure:

  • The AppDiagnosticInfo type represents a single app. Callers would normally request either a single AppDiagnosticInfo for the app you’re interested in or a list of AppDiagnosticInfos if you’re interested in multiple apps.

  • Once you’ve gotten hold of an AppDiagnosticInfo for an app you’re interested in, you’d call GetResourceGroups to get a list of AppResourceGroupInfo objects. Each AppResourceGroupInfo corresponds to a resource group. An app can define resource groups in its manifest as a way to organize its components (foreground app, background tasks) into groups for resource management purposes. If you don’t define any explicit resource groups, the system will provide at least one (for the foreground app) plus potentially more (if you have out-of-proc background tasks, for example).

  • From there, you’d call any of the AppResourceGroupInfo methods to get snapshot reports of memory usage, execution and energy quota state, and the app’s running background tasks (if any) via the AppResourceGroupMemoryReport, AppResourceGroupStateReport and AppResourceGroupBackgroundTaskReport classes.

  • And finally, each group exposes a list of ProcessDiagnosticInfo objects.

As you can see from the class diagrams, the AppDiagnosticInfo and ProcessDiagnosticInfo each have a link to the other. This means you can get all the rich process-specific info for any running process and get the UWP-specific info for any process related to a UWP app (including Desktop Bridge apps).

These APIs are intended to support app developers who either need more diagnostic support during their own app development and testing, or who want to build a general-purpose diagnostic app and publish it in the Windows Store. Exposing information about other apps raises potential privacy concerns, so if your app uses these APIs, you’ll need to declare the appDiagnostics capability in your manifest, along with the corresponding namespace declaration:


<Package
  xmlns:rescap="http://schemas.microsoft.com/appx/manifest/foundation/ windows10/restrictedcapabilities"
  IgnorableNamespaces="uap mp rescap">
  ...

  <Capabilities>
    <rescap:Capability Name="appDiagnostics" />
  </Capabilities>
</Package>

This is a restricted capability: If you submit an app with this capability to the Windows Store, this will trigger closer scrutiny. The app must be in the Developer Tools category, and we will examine your app to make sure that it is indeed a developer tool before approving the submission.

At run time, the capability also triggers a user-consent prompt the first time any of the diagnostic APIs are called:

The user is always in control: If permission is denied, then the APIs will only return information about the current app. The prompt is only shown on first use, but the user can change his or her mind any time via the privacy pages in Settings. All apps that use the APIs will be listed here, and the user can toggle permission either globally or on a per-app basis:


Given the richness of the APIs, it’s not too much of a stretch to envisage creating a UWP version of Task Manager. There are a few features that we can’t implement just yet (terminating apps and controlling system services, for example), but certainly most of the data reporting is perfectly possible with the new APIs:

The first thing to do is to request permission to access diagnostics for other apps using AppDiagnosticInfo.RequestAccessAsync. The result could be Denied, Limited (which means you can only get information for the current app package) or Allowed.


DiagnosticAccessStatus diagnosticAccessStatus = 
    await AppDiagnosticInfo.RequestAccessAsync();
switch (diagnosticAccessStatus)
{
    case DiagnosticAccessStatus.Allowed:
        Debug.WriteLine("We can get diagnostics for all apps.");
        break;
    case DiagnosticAccessStatus.Limited:
        Debug.WriteLine("We can only get diagnostics for this app package.");
        break;
}

Then, to emulate Task Manager, you’d start with a list of the ProcessDiagnosticInfo objects for all running processes.


IReadOnlyList<ProcessDiagnosticInfo> processes = ProcessDiagnosticInfo.GetForProcesses();

For each running process, you can extract the top-level process-specific information such as the ExecutableFileName and the ProcessId. You can also get the more detailed process information from each of the three reports for CpuUsage, MemoryUsage and DiskUsage.


if (processes != null)
{
    foreach (ProcessDiagnosticInfo process in processes)
    {
        string exeName = process.ExecutableFileName;
        string pid = process.ProcessId.ToString();

        ProcessCpuUsageReport cpuReport = process.CpuUsage.GetReport();
        TimeSpan userCpu = cpuReport.UserTime;
        TimeSpan kernelCpu = cpuReport.KernelTime;

        ProcessMemoryUsageReport memReport = process.MemoryUsage.GetReport();
        ulong npp = memReport.NonPagedPoolSizeInBytes;
        ulong pp = memReport.PagedPoolSizeInBytes;
        ulong peakNpp = memReport.PeakNonPagedPoolSizeInBytes;
        //...etc

        ProcessDiskUsageReport diskReport = process.DiskUsage.GetReport();
        long bytesRead = diskReport.BytesReadCount;
        long bytesWritten = diskReport.BytesWrittenCount;
        //...etc
    }
}

For any process associated with a UWP app, the IsPackaged property is true. So, for each of these, you can get from the ProcessDiagnosticInfo to the AppDiagnosticInfo. It might seem strange that we can get AppDiagnosticInfos (plural) from a process – but this is to allow for the possibility that a single process is associated with more than one app. That’s an extremely uncommon scenario, but it is possible in the case of VoIP apps where two or more apps in the same package can share a component running in a separate process at run time. In almost all cases, though, there will only be one AppDiagnosticInfo per process.


if (process.IsPackaged)
{
    IList<AppDiagnosticInfo> diagnosticInfos = process.GetAppDiagnosticInfos();
    if (diagnosticInfos != null && diagnosticInfos.Count > 0)
    {
        AppDiagnosticInfo diagnosticInfo = diagnosticInfos.FirstOrDefault();
        if (diagnosticInfo != null)
        {
            IList<AppResourceGroupInfo> groups = diagnosticInfo.GetResourceGroups();
            if (groups != null && groups.Count > 0)
            {

From the AppDiagnosticInfo, you can walk down the hierarchy and get a collection of AppResourceGroupInfos. Then, for each AppResourceGroupInfo, you can get the UWP-specific state and memory information:


AppResourceGroupInfo group = groups.FirstOrDefault();
if (group != null)
{
    string name = diagnosticInfo.AppInfo.DisplayInfo.DisplayName;
    string description = diagnosticInfo.AppInfo.DisplayInfo.Description;
    BitmapImage bitmapImage = await GetLogoAsync(diagnosticInfo);

    AppResourceGroupStateReport stateReport= group.GetStateReport();
    if (stateReport != null)
    {
        string executionStatus = stateReport.ExecutionState.ToString();
        string energyStatus = stateReport.EnergyQuotaState.ToString();
    }

    AppResourceGroupMemoryReport memoryReport = group.GetMemoryReport();
    if (memoryReport != null)
    {
        AppMemoryUsageLevel level = memoryReport.CommitUsageLevel;
        ulong limit = memoryReport.CommitUsageLimit;
        ulong totalCommit = memoryReport.TotalCommitUsage;
        ulong privateCommit = memoryReport.PrivateCommitUsage;
        ulong sharedCommit = totalCommit - privateCommit;
    }
}

Note: to get the packaged logo from the app, there’s a little extra work. You call GetLogo from the AppDisplayInfo to return the data as a stream; if there are multiple logos available, this will return the largest one that is within the specified size.


private async Task<BitmapImage> GetLogoAsync(AppDiagnosticInfo app)
{
    RandomAccessStreamReference stream = 
        app.AppInfo.DisplayInfo.GetLogo(new Size(64, 64));
    IRandomAccessStreamWithContentType content = await stream.OpenReadAsync();
    BitmapImage bitmapImage = new BitmapImage();
    await bitmapImage.SetSourceAsync(content);
    return bitmapImage;
}

Once you’ve collected all the various detailed metrics you’re interested in, it’s a simple matter to populate your viewmodel for data-binding purposes, to perform data analytics or to do whatever other processing you might want.

In a later post, we’ll look at how you can integrate the diagnostic APIs with existing developer tools such as Visual Studio and Appium.

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Google Photos adds smarter sharing, suggestions and shared libraries

 Google today will begin rolling out new sharing functionality in Google Photos, first unveiled at the company’s I/O developer conference in May. Specifically, it’s launching the AI-powered Suggested Sharing feature along with Shared Libraries, both of which are designed to make the Google Photos app a more social experience, rather than just a personal collection of photo… Read More

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'Turn the interview process on its head': A Facebook director shares 3 questions to ask in every job interview

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Job interviews can often feel like interrogations, with hiring managers drilling applicants on their work experience and best professional qualities.

But successful candidates typically know that the best interviews are conversations rather than a one-sided questioning.

Jeff Reynar, director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook, visited Business Insider and provided some advice on how to take the reins from the interviewer.

“You can sort of turn the interview process on its head a little bit and ask the person whose interviewing you what they’ve done, what they’ve worked on, and what they’ve learned in the process,” Reynar told Business Insider.

“That’s a great way to get a sense for whether you’ll fit in and get the experience and have the job you’re looking for,” he continued.

Reynar, who reviews between 50 and 100 résumés across range of different disciplines each year, said that interviewing should be as much about a company making a choice about an applicant as the applicant making a choice about the company.

“I think the way you should think about the interview process is that it’s Facebook trying to figure out whether you’re a fit for the company and for a particular set of projects, and that for you, you want to figure out whether Facebook is the right place for you,” he continued.

Job candidates should think about what they are looking to do in their career and then have a conversation during an interview to figure out if the company is the right place for them, Reynar said.

Interviewees should ask probing questions to figure if they will enjoy working as part of the team, Reynar said, and offered up some smart questions to ask:

• Are there other people from the university that I attend who work here? Can I talk to them?

• What does it look like to change jobs in a couple years after I’ve been successful on my first project?

• How long do people stay in this office? Do people move from office to office?

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Blue Apron significantly lowers its valuation with slashed IPO pricing

 Blue Apron — the next big consumer IPO for 2017 — isn’t looking as good as it was just a few weeks ago. The company said in an updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would cut its IPO price range target. Read More

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Snapchat now lets you create custom geofilters right in the app

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Facebook's leaked rules on censoring hate speech protect 'white men' but not 'black children' (FB)

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A bombshell investigation by ProPublica sheds new light on how Facebook trains its thousands of content moderators to police hate speech, including a rule that calls for the blocking of attacks on “white men” but not “black children.”

The report, which includes internal training documents used by Facebook moderators, details how the social network’s policies on hate speech “tend to favor elites and governments over grassroots activists and racial minorities.”

Here are the highlights:

  • Facebook trains its thousands of content moderators to delete hate speech directed at so-called “protected categories” of people such as race, sex, gender, and religious affiliation. Hate speech against “subsets” of protected categories, such as “radicalized Muslims,” is considered less censorable.
  • To illustrate the difference between protected categories and unprotected subsets, a training slide Facebook shows moderators says they should delete hate speech against white men over female drivers and black children.
  • President Donald Trump’s 2016 Facebook posts about banning Muslims from entering the US violated Facebook’s internal rules on hate speech. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally intervened to keep the posts from being deleted.
  • Facebook uses the US State Department’s list of designated terrorist groups and other similar databases to help it monitor hate speech. But it also keeps a “secret list” of designated “hate organizations” that it bans.

When asked for comment on ProPublica’s report, a Facebook spokesperson directed Business Insider to a post on Facebook’s company blog about moderating hate speech that was published one day prior. In the post, VP of public policy Richard Allan said Facebook deleted 66,000 hate speech posts per week over the past two months.

“But it’s clear we’re not perfect when it comes to enforcing our policy,” he wrote. “Often there are close calls — and too often we get it wrong.”

You can read ProPublica’s full investigation on its website. The report comes after The Guardian detailed Facebook’s rules on moderating sex and violence last month. 

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Scientists are about to find out how Silicon Valley's LSD habit really affects productivity

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According to Amanda Feilding, the founder and director of the UK-based nonprofit Beckley Foundation, one tenth of a full dose of LSD is enough to make her feel “sparkly.”

Feilding has spent decades collaborating with scientists around the world to better understand how psychedelic drugs like LSD, ayahuasca, and magic mushrooms affect the brain. She told Business Insider that she experimented with microdosing, or taking tiny doses of psychedelics, in the 1960s as an attempt to increase her creativity and productivity — what she refers to as “sparkle.”

Nearly 60 years later, the practice has emerged as Silicon Valley’s favorite illegal drug habit, with engineers, programmers, writers, and artists sharing their stories of microdosing. Many people say the practice improves their concentration or creativity; others, like writer Ayelet Waldman, claim it can treat symptoms of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

But no existing study has looked into the science behind microdosing — a gap Feilding and a team of scientists and fundraisers hope to fill with a new study set to start later this year. 

In that upcoming experiment, 20 participants will be studied over the course of four “study days.” Each day, the volunteers will get one of four possible doses of LSD — 0, 10, 20, or 50 micrograms — then do a series of tasks, answer questions, and have their brains scanned. Each test is designed to see how the drugs affect people’s creative and cognitive abilities. The researchers also hope to learn whether microdosing affects communication within and between brain networks the same way a full dose of psychedelics has been found to do.

“We want to look to see if we see those changes in cerebral circulation and connectivity and hopefully things like the ‘aha!’ moment that comes with creativity as well,” Feilding said, adding that they might have initial results as early as the end of the year.

For the study, which will cost £300,000 or roughly $385,000, Feilding will collaborate with London Imperial College psychopharmacologist David Nutt. 

“It’s a study I’ve wanted to do for 30 years,” Feilding said. “I’m very interested in that level of [potential] cognitive enhancement which isn’t a full-blown psychedelic state but is a lift in productivity and cognition and amusement or thinking further than one usually does.”

What to know about microdosing

Existing research on psychedelics has been promising so far, but is still in early stages. Most studies focus on “trip treatment” — essentially giving someone a “full” dose of psychedelics so that they trip or hallucinate. Patients in these studies have said the experience was overwhelmingly positive; many describe the trip as one of the most important experiences of their lives.

night starry sky milky way galaxy illustration shutterstockPsychedelic microdosing differs from a “trip treatment” in that it involves taking tiny amounts of a psychedelic drug several times over a few days, rather than a single, full dose. Whereas participants were injected with 75 micrograms of LSD in one study, for example, microdosers report taking about 10 micrograms (roughly one-fifth to one-tenth of a standard recreational dose) once every four days.

These levels are intended to be “sub-perceptual,” NYU psychiatrist Stephen Ross told Business Insider. In other words , they’re too small to cause a trip, but large enough to potential affect thinking and creativity.

Ross and fellow NYU researcher Michael Bogenshutz are involved in a series of LSD trials that are currently in preliminary phases. He refers to microdosing today as almost a fad.

“People are like, ‘Yeah microdosing!’ But in reality there is not a single controlled trial ever on this yet. So whether it’s helpful or hurtful we don’t know,” he said.

Another issue with the recent rise in microdosing is that it can be difficult to verify whether the LSD is actually causing the effects that people report and, more importantly, whether the drugs are safe. 

“I do think society would be greatly served by us as a group getting to know more about psychedelics and hopefully working out a regulatory system so people can make use of them in the safest possible way,” Fielding said.

The brain during a psychedelic trip

Scientists can’t say for sure what goes on in the brain after a full dose of psychedelics is taken, or precisely why it appears to produce such profound, life-altering experiences.

What they do know, Fielding’s collaborator David Nutt told Business Insider in January, is that in a psychedelic trip, “the normal hubs which control and regulate brain function become disrupted. There’s much greater connectivity — parts of the brain that rarely talk to each other … talk to each other.”

During a psychedelic trip, certain brain circuits are subdued while others get ramped up. The circuit that connects the parahippocampus and the retrosplenial cortex — a network thought to play a role in our sense of self, or ego — appears to be subdued during a trip. And deflating the ego seems to make people feel more connected to the people and environment around them.

“The normal sense of self is broken down and replaced by a sense of reconnection with themselves, others, and the natural world,” Robin Carhart-Harris, who conducted the first study that took images of a brain on an LSD trip, said at a conference in 2013.

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Nutt said the brain might see increased connectivity with lower doses of LSD too, though “to a lesser extent.” 

But what really happens with a microdose — or several — remains to be seen.

“There’s a lot of hype about a ‘revolution’ in psychiatry, and I actually think it will radically change psychiatry,” Ross said. “But we really have to do a bigger trial and see what the data shows us.”

SEE ALSO: Why psychedelics like magic mushrooms kill the ego and fundamentally transform the brain

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Accenture to upgrade over 400,000 employees to Windows 10 by 2018

It’s remarkable how much technology can play a role in digitally transforming a business at a global scale. The way we work and collaborate is shifting, and I experience this firsthand every day at Microsoft. I enjoy working closely with customers across all industries who are so committed to their employees and dedicated to empowering them with the latest Microsoft technologies to do more and achieve more anytime, anywhere, like Accenture.

An Enhanced Way of Working

It’s Accenture’s mission to drive digital transformation for their clients, which also means they have to empower their own workforce of over 400,000 employees and become a prime example of what digital transformation can bring. At Accenture, they walk the walk, and talk the talk.

Accenture is preparing the future workforce and enabling their current workforce, which is now 75 percent millennial with a modern desktop. This offers Accenture employees access to the latest productivity apps while keeping their PC always secure and up to date. The way they work is changing and the kind of services they need are “cloud-first” that allow real-time engagement and collaboration. Windows 10, Office 365 and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite are at the heart of the digital worker at Accenture and helping to increase productivity for them. OneDrive has transformed the way employees work across the company in different time zones, enabling them to collaborate and communicate in real time in a virtualized project environment. In fact, Accenture has the biggest OneDrive in the world at over 6 Peta-bites! Accenture has also seen maturity in Microsoft’s security value proposition with Windows 10 and EMS, allowing employees to operate in both a mobile and secure way.

“Office 365 and Windows 10 are at the heart of a digital worker proposition which is really speeding up our workforce.” – Andrew Wilson, chief operating officer at Accenture
 

Accenture is displaying the art of what’s possible with Microsoft technologies and the company is the largest deployment of Windows 10 – and I’m pleased to share Accenture will be completing over 400,000 Windows 10 upgrades by 2018. Let me share how Accenture is making this all possible.

Windows 10 Deployment

A global Windows 10 project team began the upgrade project in September 2015, which first tested all business applications and validated compatibility with Windows 10. Then, the team proceeded with Windows 10 deployment to employees. By April 2016, initial deployment began with a “two-lane” deployment approach. First, they upgraded all new PCs with Windows 10 and provided a manual upgrade option for early adopters. The second deployment began in August 2016, which addressed existing PCs running Windows 7 and allowed employees to utilize an In-Place Upgrade tool and process that uses OneDrive for file distribution to perform a Windows 10 upgrade.

The In-Place Upgrade Tool played a key part in supporting deployments at pace and scale. The best part is the tool eliminated the need to come into an Accenture office to have an IT person perform the upgrade. Employees could make the upgrade wherever and whenever.

It’s incredible seeing Accenture accomplish the upgrade to Windows 10 in just a span of two years. Check out their case study to learn more.

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Announcing the Ultimate Game Sale, beginning June 30

Mark your calendars as summer kicks into high gear beginning this Friday with the Ultimate Game Sale, featuring a killer collection of deals on more than 350 games, gaming hardware and accessories. With savings up to 50% across the Microsoft Store, Xbox Store and Windows Store, the Ultimate Game Sale will appeal to PC and Xbox gamers alike.

You could also win one of two Ultimate Prize Packages, worth up to $5,000 each, by participating in the Ultimate Game Face Sweepstakes!

You could also win one of two Ultimate Prize Packages by participating in the Ultimate Game Face Sweepstakes!** Simply share a photo of your Ultimate Game Face on Twitter or Instagram and tag #UltimateGameFace AND #XboxSweepstakes or #PCSweepstakes, now through Monday, July 10, for a chance to win. Visit microsoft.com/ultimategameface for complete details.

We’ll be updating this blog post with specific deals on Friday,, June 30, so bookmark this page and be sure to come back to see all the great Ultimate Game Sale deals.

*All offers shown are available on select items 6/30/2017 to 7/10/2017. Limited quantities available, while supplies last. No rain checks. Availability and pricing varies by location. May not be combinable with other offers. Certain other exclusions and limitations may apply. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue any offer at any time. See webpage for each offer’s specific details.

**No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. + DC 14+. Game ends 7/10/17. For details, visit: microsoft.com/ultimategameface/terms.

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