Posted by: kurtsh | November 24, 2014

HOWTO: Contact Lumia Support/Repairs

imageI’m writing this up and planning on updating it as time progresses.  I’ve found a few resources for getting repairs or replacement parts for Lumia products that might be helpful to others.

    The first place I usually go to is the Lumia Twitter account at Lumia Help (@lumiaHelp) Twitter.
    The second place is the Lumia web site on Nokia Support discussions at
    You may call the Nokia Careline at 1-888-665-4228 from Mondays to Fridays at 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST (closed on national public holidays) for immediate assistance.
    Repairs are sent to:
    Nokia Repairs
    4330 North Sylvania Dock Door 1
    Fort Worth, TX 76137

imageCalling all Insiders: ISO files of the November Update (build 9879) are now available for download. You’ll still receive this update automatically via Windows Update, but if you prefer a clean install or you want to install on a virtual machine, you can download an ISO file instead.

Download & instructions are here:

Posted by: kurtsh | November 24, 2014

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Band Sync app for Windows

imageThe Microsoft Band Sync app for Windows seamlessly syncs your Band to the cloud with the same account that you use from your phone companion app.

  • Works on Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8 (and above).
  • Sync faster than with your phone while your device is charging over USB. 
  • Get updates and restore the software on your Band.

Download it here:

Microsoft Band: Live Healthier


imageIntroducing Microsoft Band, the first wearable powered by Microsoft Health, that keeps fitness and productivity insights a glance away.

This is an AMAZING piece of hardware that contains an astonishing 8 different sensors on it:

  1. Optical heart rate monitor
  2. Accelerometer
  3. Gyrometer
  4. GPS
  5. Microphone
  6. Ambient light sensor
  7. Galvanic skin response sensors
  8. Ultraviolet sensor

I’ve had one since day 1, and it’s been revolutionary for me, but not for the reasons one might think.

  • imageCalls on Microsoft Band
    If you keep your phone in a bag or in your pocket and need to keep the ringer “silent”, Band is for you.

    Band vibrates on your wrist when an incoming call or voicemail comes in and allows you to see notification with the inbound phone number on your wrist.

    You can reply instantly with a standard quick response like “I’ll call you later” or choose one that you’ve created in the Microsoft Health app.

  • imageCalendar Notifications on Band
    If you depend on your phone for your calendar, again you’ll like this feature.

    Band vibrates when an upcoming appointment is approaching and shows you what it is on it’s screen.  For Windows Phone users, it also receives early warning notifications from Cortana to let you know when you have to hit the road to arrive at your destination on time based on current traffic.

  • imageCollecting Sleep patterns & tracking
    I have pretty severe sleep deprivation and sleep apnea.  As a result, Band’s ability to track my sleep patterns night after night is very interesting to me in making sense of the way I feel in the imagemornings.

    Immediately after waking up, I can look at my phone and it will pull up the data that my Microsoft Band collected overnight about my sleep.  This data is viewable as a history and is very useful in understanding how I should prepare for a good night’s rest.

  • Microsoft Health app GPS run mapUsing GPS Mapping
    Throughout the day, my Microsoft Band estimates my steps and distance traveled using data from its internal motion sensors (considering height, weight, age, and gender). I can improve the precision of these estimates by using the GPS sensor. My Band will use data collected during GPS-enabled run/walk sessions to better estimate my stride-length for future walks/runs.

Gizmodo had a very insightful article about Microsoft’s strategy around Band.  Here’s a hint:  It’s not about competing in the wearables market necessarily.

One thing however I do have a problem with is that it requires a proprietary cable to charge the device.  And the cable is $19.99.  So I sucked it up and bought 2 extras because depending on how you use it, the battery on the device lasts from 2-5 days between charges.

For more details on Microsoft Band, check out the press release and the press kit:


Microsoft Corp. and Docker Inc., the company behind the fast-growing Docker open platform for distributed applications, on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server.

Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux with the same growing Docker ecosystem of users, applications and tools.

Today’s business climate requires higher levels of innovation than before, and distributed applications that support open portability are at the forefront of this demand. Docker is addressing this need, driving developer productivity and agility through a containerization approach that moves application code changes from development to production in minutes, enabling real-time change.

For more information see the following blog post:


Join us for the fourth annual SCU, a one-day globally available technical event featuring Microsoft product gurus and community experts.

The 2015 event will include two full breakout tracks to allow for more speakers, topics and content.  The live event will be centered at the Irving Convention Center, with a live-streaming broadcast for all virtual attendees and simulcasts. Don’t miss out on this cosmic experience of knowledge and community interaction.

(Side note:  Take a look at the presenters list.  Holy mackerel, it’s like a who’s who of the System Center ecosystem.)

February 4th, 2015

Irving Convention Center
500 West Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, TX 75039

More event details to be released soon at:

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:


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