Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of January 31 – February 6, 2016

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


Five reasons to run Microsoft apps on Azure | February 10, 2016 at 10:00 am PST
Join Corey Sanders, Microsoft’s Director of Program Management on the Azure Compute team, to learn the top five reasons why you’ll benefit from running Microsoft apps on

YamJam: OneDrive for Business | February 10, 2016 at 9:00 am PST
Join Reuben Krippner and the OneDrive for Business team for an hour of live Q&A. This is an opportunity to voice feedback, ask questions and learn about what’s next directly from the people behind the product.


Drive Business Results with Intelligent Tools Series | All webinars (45 minutes) will take place on Thursdays at 10:00 am PST.
Moving to the cloud is no longer a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when.” In this series you will get to see the exciting innovations enabling best-in-class, cross-platform mobile productivity, intelligent tools that can anticipate your needs to deliver timely solutions, collaboration tools built for the modern workforce and how Microsoft has delivered on its commitment to trustworthy computing across security, privacy and compliance.


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


RSA Conference 2016 | February 29 – March 4, 2016
RSA Conference 2016 is your best opportunity to connect with the technology, trends and people that will protect our digital world.


TechNet Virtual – Conference 2016 | March 1-3, 2016
3 days of technology, inspiration and fun! To attend the event, please visit the event landing page


Learn new insights from leaders in the business analyst community | Cost: $299 | March 22–23, 2016
The Excel and Power BI teams are hosting a new conference designed specifically for you, the business analyst.


Introducing Microsoft Envision, our new event for business leaders | New Orleans, LA | April 4-6, 2016
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 Ignite 2016: Registration is open—sign up now | September 26–30, 2016
It’s time—register now for Microsoft Ignite and mark your calendar. Be there when top industry leaders talk about what’s next, get direct access to the people who built the products you use every day and surround yourself with smart people talking tech.



Exploring the Office 365 Groups API
Exploring the Office 365 Groups API by Paul Schaeflein.


C# Console Application and Office 365
Great blog post on how to create a C# Console Application and connecting it to the Office 365 API.


Get ready for Yammer!
Last week, Office announced that we are activating Yammer for every eligible Office 365 tenant—new and existing—without requiring additional action on the part of admins. This allows all Office 365 customers to gain the full benefits of Yammer.


Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery now enables export to third-party review apps
Last week Office announced the ability for customers to export eDiscovery data from their Office 365 tenant to third-party review applications. This new capability is in addition to the existing export capabilities already present in Office 365, which allow you to download the data directly to your local computer. The new export capability enables secure eDiscovery data export from Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery to a secure Azure Blob storage controlled either by the organization or by the third-party review application.

Stay secure with Advanced Threat Protection in Office 365
ATP provides you with protection against unknown malware/viruses, real-time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs, and rich reporting and URL trace capabilities.

Episode 083 on Office 365 PNP updates with Vesa Juvonen—Office 365 Developer Podcast
In this episode, Jeremy Thake speaks to Vesa Juvonen on the latest updates from Office 365 PNP.



On-premises and cloud hybrid Hadoop data pipelines with Hortonworks and Cortana Analytics
The Azure Data Factory and Hortonworks Falcon teams jointly announced the availability of private preview for building hybrid Hadoop data pipelines leveraging on-premises Hortonworks Hadoop clusters and cloud-based Cortana Analytics services like HDInsight Hadoop clusters and Azure Machine Learning.

Announcing general availability of Google Widevine license services
We are pleased to announce the general availability of Google Widevine license delivery services in the cloud with Azure Media Services.

Announcing PowerShell v5 support in Azure Automation
Some of the most exciting features include:

  • PowerShell classes
  • PowerShell Workflow performance improvements
  • PowerShell module side-by-side versioning
  • A whole bunch of new cmdlets (ex. Convert-String)
  • A whole bunch of PowerShell DSC improvements (ex. PSRunAsCredential)


Azure welcomes Parse developers
If you have been using Parse hosting as the backend that supports your mobile apps, this may be the perfect time to try out Azure App Service.


Is your code ready for leap year?
2016 is a leap year, and that can mean trouble for software applications not carefully coded to prevent bugs. Learn more about the types of bugs you should be on the lookout for, and how the leap year has affected Azure and other software in the past.


An early look at Azure Stack and what it means for IT
Azure and Azure Stack share a standardized architecture, including the same portal, a unified application model, and common DevOps tools. This gives you the freedom to decide where applications and workloads reside without being constrained by technology. On this blog post, Jeffrey Snover, Chief Architect, Enterprise Cloud, demonstrates the specific advantages of Azure Stack for those of you in IT.



Gartner positions Microsoft as a leader in BI and Analytics Platforms
Industry analysts have taken note of our efforts and we are excited to share Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader, for the ninth consecutive year, in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. For the first time, Microsoft is placed furthest in vision within the Leaders quadrant.


Announcing Power BI “publish to web” preview
Now available in Power BI for free: Publish your interactive data visualizations online with publish to web!


Microsoft acquires SwiftKey in support of re-inventing productivity ambition
This acquisition is a great example of Microsoft’s commitment to bringing its software and services to all platforms. We’ll continue to develop SwiftKey’s market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio. Moreover, SwiftKey’s predictive technology aligns with Microsoft’s investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems that can work more on the user’s behalf and under their control.| SwiftKey is joining Microsoft


Saying “Goodbye” to DNX and “Hello!” to the .NET Core CLI – Damian Edwards & David Fowler
The .NET Core CLI is coming soon and will replace DNX as the underpinnings of ASP.NET 5 while also being *the* command line experience for .NET Core development on all platforms. Come see David Fowler and Damian Edwards explain how this changes ASP.NET 5 (for the better) and what new scenarios it enables in its own right.


Manage your technical debt with TFS, Visual Studio Team Services, Visual Studio, and SonarQube
#Connect2015 -| By using Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Services, and their integration with SonarQube, you now have a way to measure technical debt, stop it from growing, and manage it down. This video shows how to modify a continuous integration build to add a SonarQube analysis, how to take a baseline in Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 to make a fresh start managing your static analysis issues, and how to use the “Changed Documents” filter in the error list to clean-up existing static analysis issues as you change code.

GoingNative 46: [Why you should be trying out] C++ Modules
Learn from our in-house expert why modules is [sic] going to make C++ even more awesome with its various explicit and implicit benefits, and you can take advantage of it right away!


TWC9: VSCode Insiders, Igniting Ignite, Future Edge, NFL Hololens and more…
Last week on Channel 9.



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