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Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of January 17-23, 2016

Take a look at last week’s news on Microsoft Cloud and miscellaneous.


Collaborate anywhere, anytime with the Microsoft Immersion Experience | Wednesday January 27—10 am and 12pm PST
Join us for a Microsoft Immersion Experience session from the comfort of your own office. An immersion experience is a facilitated, hands-on session to “experience the possible” by test-driving Microsoft solutions through simulated everyday business scenarios.

Take your teamwork to the next level anywhere, anytime with Office 365 and Windows 10 | Wednesday, February 10 at 10:00 am or 12:00 pm PST; Wednesday, February 17 at 10:00 am or 12:00 pm PST
Join us for a Microsoft Immersion Experience session from the comfort of your own office. An immersion experience is a facilitated, hands-on session to “experience the possible” by test-driving Microsoft solutions through simulated everyday business scenarios.


Gifme Outlook Add-in
GifMe is an Outlook add-in that demonstrates third-party integration (using the Giphy API) with Outlook add-ins, how to insert images and text into Outlook items, how to take advantage of add-in commands for Outlook, and how to get an Office look and feel using Office UI Fabric.

Learn Skype Web SDK in 30 Days
This free eBook is for anyone who wants to get started with the Skype Web SDK. There are 30 “days” (plus a few extras before and after). Each day works through a specific problem and describes how to solve it. In addition, at the end of each day you will see a link to GitHub.

SfB Video Broadcast: Ep 7. Path to the Cloud – Deployment Options
Microsoft’s Jamie Stark and Sean Wilson share Office 365 Deployment Guidance as they discuss your path to the cloud.

From Inside the Cloud—What protection exists for your data in Office 365?
We focus on protecting your data everywhere it is authored and shared, without disrupting your ability to get work done. This is a very real and vital engineering goal and requires an approach that balances both information security and end user needs. It starts with harnessing the intelligence of the service itself and providing the controls to tailor protection to your specific organization requirements.

Sway Recycle Bin, full screen mode in Windows, Send to Sway add-in for OneNote (preview) and more!
We added a Recycle Bin to Sway. Now, any Sway you delete using Sway on the web, Sway for Windows 10 or Sway for iPhone and iPad goes to the Recycle Bin, where you can recover it for up to 30 days.

Embed video throughout your intranet
Within Office 365, it is possible to place videos (embed) in-line and in-context where people work on projects, online and on-premises. You can do this within SharePoint Team Sites, custom company portals, internal blogs, wikis and more. Using the Office 365 Video solution, it is as simple as copy, paste and publish.

New to Office 365 in January—new inking tools, collaboration improvements, Office Insider builds now available for Mac and more
We’re improving the inking experience so writing and drawing with your finger, pen or stylus are more intuitive and powerful.

Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for January
Welcome to the 11th edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.

Episode 081 on ngOfficeUIFabric with Andrew Connell and Waldek Mastykarz—Office 365 Developer Podcast
In this episode, Jeremy Thake speaks to Andrew Connell and Waldek Mastykarz on ngOfficeUIFabric.


Analyzing your Azure Search traffic
You told us you’d like to be able to know what’s happening inside your search service and we are happy to announce we’ve rolled out the first phase of Search Traffic Analytics.

Announcing the Beta Apache Cordova Plugin for Azure App Service Mobile Apps
This plugin provides an API for data access, push registration and authentication to an Azure Mobile App backend written in either Node.js or ASP.NET.

How Halo 5 implemented cloud scale telemetry using Azure Event Hubs
Halo 5 chose Event Hubs to process billions of events per day in their massive game telemetry platform. Find out why.

AJAX Collection in Application Insights
We’re excited to announce that Application Insights will now automatically tell you about the performance of AJAX calls made by your web page apps.

Application Insights Proactive Detection
Application Insights will now use Proactive Detection to automatically analyze your telemetry and notify you if it finds performance problems.

Announcing the Azure SDK 2.8.2 for .NET
Last week Microsoft announced the Azure SDK 2.8.2 for Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015. This post summarizes the new features being released in the Azure SDK 2.8.2.


How we’re putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good
Microsoft is committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.


Effortlessly Analyze Data History Using Temporal Tables
Temporal Tables are a new feature in SQL Server 2016, designed to be the ultimate productivity tool for developing or migrating applications that provide insights from historical data. Temporal Tables allow you to track the full history of changes without additional code and let you focus your data analysis on a specific point in time in a very simple and efficient way.

SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server 2016 Release Candidate available
We’re pleased to announce the availability of SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC). SharePoint Server 2016 RC is mostly feature complete and represents an important milestone for customers and partners looking to deploy and evaluate SharePoint Server 2016 before general availability in Spring 2016.

Episode 404: Mark Miller on The Science of Great Design
Mark Miller of DevExpress is passionate about the science of great design. In this interview, Mark discusses some principles of great design and examples of those principles put into action.

Advancing Persistent Security: How Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Benefits Your Customers
Microsoft is leading the way in developing and deploying the most advanced cybersecurity technology and services. This Voices for Innovation (VFI) webinar focused on how Microsoft is responding to today’s escalating cybersecurity risks. Chris Krebs, Director, Cybersecurity Policy at Microsoft discussed the work Microsoft is doing in this area.

TWC9: Build Sells Out, ASP.NET 5 is Dead, Node.js gets ChakraCode’d and more…
Last week on Channel 9.


Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of January 10-16, 2016

Take a look at last week’s news on Microsoft Cloud and miscellaneous.


Webinar and events
Azure Active Directory Premium Customer Training Webinars
Join us and learn how to get up and running on Azure AD Premium quickly and easily!

Collaborate anywhere, anytime with the Microsoft Immersion Experience
Join us for a Microsoft Immersion Experience session from the comfort of your own office. An immersion experience is a facilitated, hands-on session to “experience the possible” by test-driving Microsoft solutions through simulated everyday business scenarios.

The Office Small Business Academy series debuts January 26—register today
What is your business resolution for the New Year? Whether you want to master the art of management, grow your social media presence or get the most out of technology, be sure to watch the first episode of Office Small Business Academy.

Introducing Microsoft Envision, our new event for business leaders | New Orleans, LA | April 4-6, 2016
New flagship event for business leaders. Microsoft Envision is designed for CxOs and their senior department and functional leaders who are driven to shape their own future and position their organizations and business for success in a mobile first, cloud first world.

Microsoft loves Linux: Deep dive blog series
We’ve recently completed a 12-part series of blog posts about running and managing Linux and FreeBSD in an on-premises datacenter.

Office 365
Microsoft acquires management, reporting and analytics technology from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online
Microsoft has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a leading provider of management software for Skype for Business Online. This acquisition will allow us to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business, and is the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365.

Skype call scheduling and more updates for Outlook for iOS and Android
The Outlook and Skype teams share a passion for helping connect you to the people that matter most in your life. That’s why we’re working together to build integrated experiences that make it easier to communicate and manage your calendar from your mobile device.

Exchange Online Protection updates | Leading the way in the fight against dangerous email threats
The Office team has introduced several new capabilities in Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat Protection, which help protect you from unknown external threats while providing admins visibility on targets within their companies and options for mitigating or eliminating attacks.

Boost your productivity with the new Full Screen view feature in Outlook for Mac
We are happy to announce that Outlook for Mac now officially supports Full Screen view for OS X Yosemite and above.

6 steps to a successful Yammer network
Video – Prescriptive guidance on how to roll out Yammer and drive ongoing usage in your organization

Episode 080 with on their Office 365 integration—Office 365 Developer Podcast
In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard Dizerega speaks to Travis Tidwell and Gary Wetzel from on their Office 365 integration.

Office365 and AzureAD for Developers
Understand the fundamental AzureAD concepts necessary for calling Office365 APIs, 3rd party APIs, and custom APIs.

Making R the Enterprise Standard for Cross-Platform Analytics, Both On-Premises and in the Cloud
Last week, Microsoft Data Group CVP announced a few exciting news to the R community.

Announcing enhanced migration and disaster recovery for VMware using ASR
Customers can now protect and replicate their VMware virtual machines and physical servers to Azure, without the need to deploy any replication or orchestration components in Azure IaaS.

Easily enable identity and access management with social logins for B2C apps
If you want to make it easier for your customers to easily and securely login to your consumer-facing apps with existing accounts like Microsoft, Google and Facebook and greatly minimize the work required to maintain customer identities, you’ll want to watch our latest Microsoft Mechanics show featuring the new Azure AD B2C service.

Zend Z-Ray for Azure App Service general availability
Built by the PHP experts at Zend, Z-Ray delivers unmatched runtime insights into PHP applications, including visibility into database queries, functions, errors and warnings, memory consumption to monitor and analyze application activity.

Optimize your network infrastructure for Microsoft’s cloud
Is your organization trying to get a handle on how to evolve your networking infrastructure for a cloud-based world? Just what are the new paradigms and skill sets you need to master to ensure current and future optimal access to your workloads running in Azure? To learn more please click on the link above.

What would you do with 100,000 cores? – Big compute at global scale
Well, by running a specialized insurance model on Azure, that’s exactly what Towers Watson did in collaboration with the HPC and Big Compute team at Microsoft. The whole effort took less than 12 hours, from provisioning 100,000 cores in 14 different regions worldwide, to the final downloading of results.

Announcing the Azure Automation PowerShell ISE add-on
If you’re interested in speeding up your runbook authoring process using tools you’re already familiar with, we hope you’ll give the Azure Automation PowerShell ISE add-on a try!

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer preview: January update and roadmap
Last week the Azure Tools team announced the January release of Storage Explorer Preview and updates on version 0.7.20160107.

Microsoft InTune for the Old-School GPO Admin
The article discusses InTune for the old-school GPO Admin.

Visual Studio IDE improvements announced at Connect
Watch this quick breakdown of the IDE improvements in Visual Studio 2015.

Microsoft Neural Net Shows Deep Learning Can Get Way Deeper
Interesting read on AI.

TWC9: Build Registration Opens, ChakraCore Opens, R Server Free for Dev’s and more…
Last week on Channel 9.

Thank you!

Jack Ma is interviewed by Charlie Rose at Davos

Hi – 🙂

I try to follow the World Economic Forum as much as I can and recently I had the chance to watch Jack Ma’s interview.

I really enjoyed it and I believe you might too.

It is 45min long but in my opinion, it is worth your time. It encouraged me to keep working hard!

Key points:
– Talks about how many times he was rejected and how that made him successful
– Talk about the importance of youth in the industry
– Talks about the importance of women in the industry
– Shares his views on working with the Chinese government
– Shares his views on China’s growth rate
– Shares his different thinking from the western world and how he learned English and traits from foreigners



Microsoft Conferences


Build 2015 – Apr 29 – May 1

Microsoft’s developer conference for all Microsoft development platforms (Windows, Azure, and Office)

BUILD 2015: If you can’t be there, join in! Watch Live and On-Demand


Microsoft Ignite – May 4-8

Microsoft’s Enterprise IT conference for IT Decision Makers, IT Professionals, and Enterprise Developers

The Ignite keynote will be webcast live Monday, May 4 @ 9:00 AM CDT and 600+ sessions will be available online 24 hours after each session concludes.