Posted by: kurtsh | October 31, 2014

INFO: Microsoft Technology Infographic – Careers

There’s an infographic posted by my colleague, Steve Clayton, on the Next@Microsoft blog that has been “used by the Microsoft recruitment team to show the wide and varied careers available at the company. Whether it’s search, cloud, social, NUI, gaming, developer tools, phones, Windows, Kinect – there is something for everyone at Microsoft.”

Check out for more.  For the PDF version, download from here:



Monday, November 10th at 10:00 PM, come join us at the Microsoft Store at Century City for the “Halo: Master Chief Collection” & “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” Midnight Launch!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, the Master Chief’s entire story is brought together as the Master Chief Collection.

  • Exclusive offer: Pre-order now and get a $10 Xbox gift card digital code.* Plus, get it the day it’s released when you pre-order by 2PM PDT on 11/7.**
  • Exclusive offer: Pre-Order to get the Microsoft Exclusive Boom Skull that unlocks 2x Explosion physics, “My Other Car is a Warthog” throwback license plate frame, and a Master Chief window decal.

Assassin’s Creed Unity
From the storming of the Bastille to the execution of King Louis XVI, experience the French Revolution as never before and help the people of France carve an entirely new destiny.

  • Exclusive offer:Pre-order now and get a $10 Xbox gift card digital code*, a chance to play the Assassin’s Creed Spin to Win Game, and an explosive extra mission, The Chemical Revolution Mission.  Plus, get it the day it’s released when you pre-order by 2PM PDT on 11/7.**


Nov 10th, 10:00PM
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Microsoft Store Los Angeles
(Westfield Century City)

10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 228-3550


Halo & Assassin’s Creed Midnight Launch


Sunday, November 2nd at 9:00 PM, come join us at the Microsoft Store at Century City for the Call of duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Midnight Launch!

imageBe one of the first to play the game!  Pick up your copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to receive exclusive SWAG, giveaways and more!  Enjoy catered food an play games with the potential to score additional prizes! Get your photo taken as though you’re in action with some of your favorite Call of Duty characters!  Get your copy at midnight – The first 100 people to pick up their pre-order will get an exclusive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare camo t-shirt and dog tag*!


Nov 2nd, 9:00PM
(Add to calendar)


Microsoft Store Los Angeles
(Westfield Century City)

10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 228-3550


Call of Duty- Advanced Warfare Day Zero Event

imageI’ll let the blog post speak for itself:

Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Continuing our commitment to our valued Mac customers, we are pleased to disclose the roadmap for the next version of Office for Mac—including Word for Mac, Excel for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac and OneNote for Mac.

In the first half of 2015 we will release a public beta for the next version of Office for Mac, and in the second half of 2015 we will make the final release available. Office 365 commercial and consumer subscribers will get the next version at no additional cost, and we will release a perpetual license of Office for Mac in the same timeframe.

We’re confident you will like what you see in the new Outlook for Mac today, and in the Office for Mac in the coming months.”

The new Outlook for Mac is available to Office 365 commercial customers and Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University subscribers.

  • Office 365 Commercial customers can get the new Outlook for Mac by accessing their Office 365 Portal, (Gear icon > Office 365 Settings > Software > Outlook for Mac icon) or visiting the Software page.
  • Office 365 consumer subscribers can get the new Outlook for Mac by going to their My Account page.
Posted by: kurtsh | October 30, 2014

NEWS: Internet Explorer announcements for the Enterprise

imageFred Pullen, from the IE team (who focuses on Enterprise needs) posted the following news on the IEBlog:

    We are expanding the functionality of the Enterprise Mode Site List for Internet Explorer 11 to include all document modes, such that the list will give better control over which document mode will be used for remediating Web app compatibility.  Customers will be able to force Web apps to render in any document mode—including IE10, IE9, IE8, IE7, and IE5—without changing a single line of code on the Web site.
    The next major version of our browser will leverage the backward compatibility features from Internet Explorer 11—including Enterprise Mode, Enterprise Site Discovery, and document modes—to ensure good compatibility with existing Web sites.  The work that customers do to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 today will ease migrations to Windows 10.

Read more here:

Posted by: kurtsh | October 29, 2014

INFO: Surface Keyboard Shortcuts

imageThis is more for my own reference.  Because I keep forgetting.

  • Fn+Up: Page Up
  • Fn+Down: Page Down
  • Fn+Left: Home
  • Fn+Right: End
  • Fn+Space: PrtScrn
  • Fn+Alt+Space: Screen capture on currently focused app
  • Fn+Del: Bright Up
  • Fn+Backspace: Bright Down
  • Fn+CapsLock: FnLock

imageOn October 21st, 2014, Microsoft hosted AzureConf, a free event for the Azure community. This event featured a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Azure community members.

Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event allows you to see how developers just like you are using Azure to develop robust, scalable applications on Azure. Community members from all over the world joined known speakers such as Michael Collier, Mike Martin, Rick Garibay, and Chris Auld in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences. Whether you’re just learning Microsoft Azure or you’ve already achieved success on the platform, you should check out the on-demand recordings of this special event.

(There are about 20 1-hour sessions available from streaming or download at the link below.)

imageBig news day for Windows Phone!

The NYPD will give smartphones to its officers, and it looks like they’ll run Windows
“The New York Police Department will give a smartphone to every single one of its officers in the field. Although Microsoft wasn’t mentioned, it looks like many of the devices issued will be running Windows.”

imageSay hello to Microsoft Lumia
“When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft family. Since then, we have naturally been making the change from Nokia to Microsoft in our websites, packaging and other consumer touch points.”

imageCortana gives voice to Fitbit’s Windows Phone app, her first in-app integration
”Fitbit has become the first third-party Windows Phone app to integrate Microsoft’s virtual assistant within the app itself, letting users dictate what they’ve eaten by voice. Users can activate voice commands by tapping the microphone button at the bottom of the app, then hitting “Start Listening.””

imageOneDrive for CONSUMERS using Office 365 will have unlimited storage rolling out now over next couple months. Read the blog post announcement to push yourself to the top of the rollout list. OneDrive for BUSINESS unlimited storage coming in 2015.

Additionally, there will be several announcements from Tech Ed Europe on Tue, October 28 regarding OneDrive for BUSINESS so stay tuned.

Read more here:

imageJoin us for a FREE hands-on day of Microsoft Azure demos and labs in a city near you!

Here’s your chance to roll up your sleeves and learn about the latest Microsoft Azure development tools and technologies. Join Microsoft technical experts at your local Microsoft Cloud DevCamp and leave with code running in the cloud!

You will learn how to use the new Microsoft Azure features and services like Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, Websites, and Visual Studio 2013 to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud, including websites, mobile applications, and enterprise-class applications.

Developers of all languages are welcome. With Microsoft Azure, you can use practically any language, framework, or tool to build or move existing applications to the cloud.

What you will learn
We will start with the basics and build up to more advanced topics. Instructor-led, hands-on labs will focus on:

  • Microsoft Azure Websites and Virtual Machines Using ASP.NET & Microsoft SQL Server
  • Deploying Cloud Services in Microsoft Azure
  • Exploring Microsoft Azure Storage for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013

Things to bring
Be fully prepared for this hands-on day of coding by bringing your laptop and signing up for your free Microsoft Azure 30-day Trial or activating your free MSDN subscriber benefits and get up to $1,800 of additional Azure services per year.

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