imagePrepare to have your childhood relived.

Last summer, a team of excavators, archaeologists, filmmakers, and video game fans unearthed the industry’s biggest secret. And today, exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360, you can see the story of the biggest buried not-quite-treasure in gaming: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600.

The new documentary “Atari: Game Over” tells the real-life tale of one of video game’s biggest urban legends: that, in 1983, Atari dumped thousands of unsold copies of the notoriously bad E.T. video game in a New Mexico landfill.

Posted by: kurtsh | November 20, 2014

NEWS: Windows Phone in the News for 11/20/14


Lots of ‘goings-on’ right now with Windows Phone.  Keep an eye out this season!


Posted by: kurtsh | November 18, 2014

BETA: Office for Android Tablet Preview & Feedback Group

Taken from the Microsoft Office IT Pro Network on Yammer:

imageWe recently announced plans to bring the productivity of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android tablet customers with the Office for Android tablet Preview. There’s still time to join the Preview, and we’ve created a new group on the Network so you can access product information, screenshots and have direct interaction with the product team even if you are not a part of the Preview.

  • To join the Android Tablet Preview, click here.
  • To join the Android Tablet Preview Group on this network, click here.

I’d also like to welcome all the new members who have joined the Office 365 Network and are excited to get their hands on Office for Android – we are excited, too! Be sure to read the Day One Guide for tips on getting started here. If you’re new to Yammer, check out the Day One Group to connect with other new members and learn the basics of Yammer.

Let us know if you have questions as you settle in. We’re glad to have you on the Network, and are happy to help!

imageAre you a BizTalk user, interested in Enterprise Service Bus, Business Orchestration & XML-based Data Transformation?  Then Integrate 2014 may be the conference for you… and it’s happening in Redmond, WA in December!

Integrate 2014 is a Global BizTalk Summit that will be held in the Microsoft Campus, Redmond WA between December 3-5, 2014. The event was organized by Microsoft team over the past 2 years, but this year the baton has been passed on to BizTalk360 to organize and execute this event along with some core partners. This event is a key milestone for the Microsoft product group as they are expected to release some important product announcements, their vision and roadmap for the coming months.

    Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA
  • DATE:
    December 3-5, 2014
  • COST:


Posted by: kurtsh | November 17, 2014

TRAINING: Office 365 Fundamentals “curation”

imageSo my friend and coworker, Chandler Bootchk, put together something we call a curation of Office 365 resources. 

It’s basically a summary of video trainings, overviews, and other “fundamental” references available for Office 365… with all the other stuff filtered out.

Take a look see here:

imageAre you a road warrior that owns a Surface Pro 3?  (Or 2 or 1 for that matter)

You may want to check out this Microsoft Surface External battery and Car adapter from a 3rd party.  Prices range from $205 for a 26000mAh external battery to $464 for a 52800mAh mondo sized external battery.

There is also a series of car adapter accessories.  There is a standalone car adapter to charge your Surface Pro 3, and there is a separate car adapter to charge the external batteries they sell AND simultaneously charge your Surface Pro 3.  These are roughly ~$110.

Posted by: kurtsh | November 14, 2014

NEWS: Steve Ballmer does an AMA on Reddit (11/13/14)

imageThere was a Steve Ballmer AMA on Reddit yesterday that largely went unreported.

I was busy all yesterday so could only read the thread after the fact.  Here’s some questions that were answered:

Posted by: kurtsh | November 12, 2014

RELEASE: “Clutter” for Office 365

There’s a tier of email between “important” and “junk” that we call “clutter” – stuff that’s simply lower priority but not junk mail – that acts as a distraction within your inbox.  Our announcement today addresses this for Office 365 users:

Today we are beginning the roll out of Clutter to Office 365 business customers, which brings the power of Office Graph to your inbox. Clutter is designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox. It uses machine learning to de-clutter your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. Ultimately, Clutter removes distractions so you can focus on what matters most.

De-clutter your inbox in Office 365

Clutter is rolling out now to First Release Office 365 users, with deployment to standard users next month.  Read more about Clutter here:

Posted by: kurtsh | November 12, 2014

NEWS: Office 365 Announcements at TechEd Europe

A few weeks ago, a bunch of announcements were made at TechEd Europe.  Here’s a round up of some of the Office 365 bullets:

imageWe announced a ton of news around .NET.  Here’s a quick bulleted list by Scott Hanselman that I’m shamelessly stealing:

  • We are serious about open source and cross platform.
    • .NET Core 5 is the modern, componentized framework that ships via NuGet. That means you can ship a private version of the .NET Core Framework with your app. Other apps’ versions can’t change your app’s behavior.
    • We are building a .NET Core CLR for Windows, Mac and Linux and it will be both open source and it will be supported by Microsoft. It’ll all happen at
    • We are open sourcing the RiyuJit and the .NET GC and making them both cross-platform.
  • ASP.NET 5 will work everywhere.
    • ASP.NET 5 will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mac and Linux support will come soon and it’s all going to happen in the open on GitHub at
    • ASP.NET 5 will include a web server for Mac and Linux called kestrel built on libuv. It’s similar to the one that comes with node, and you could front it with Nginx for production, for example.
  • Developers should have a great experience.
    • There is a new FREE SKU for Visual Studio for open source developers and students called Visual Studio Community. It supports extensions and lots more all in one download. This is not Express. This is basically Pro.
    • Visual Studio 2015 and ASP.NET 5 will support gulp, grunt, bower and npm for front end developers.
    • A community team (including myself and Sayed from the ASP.NET and web tools team have created the OmniSharp organization along with the Kulture build system as a way to bring real Intellisense to Sublime, Atom, Brackets, Vim, and Emacs on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Check out as well as blog posts by team members Jonathan Channon
  • Even more open source.

Read the full post here as well as Scott’s references for more information:

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