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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Posted by: kurtsh | October 21, 2014

RELEASE: Introducing the Yammer Share button

imageToday, we’re launching the Yammer Share Button, a new way for you to share web content with your Yammer networks.

With the Yammer Share Button, you can share useful web content directly into your network to help your colleagues get the most out of Yammer. Select specific groups or coworkers to share with so the right people are included in the conversation.

We’ve already started to include this feature on many of our sites, including the Customer Success Center and Blog. You can find the Share Button in various places to make content such as PDF guides more shareable. Over time, we will integrate the Share Button into more Yammer sites, so keep an eye out for it.

Read more at the Yammer blog:

Delve is a cloud service that comes with business plans of Office 365.  Presented alongside Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, & Yammer, Delve provides insight into activity going on with others in your organization, especially people that you are close to, that might be working on projects & activities that are of interest to you.

Here’s some videos that review its functionality.

Introducing Office Delve

Here’s a video specifically on the Office Graph, which Delve is driven by:

Powered by the Office Graph

More resources for Delve are here:

imageOne more thing regarding the Office 365 Summit coming up on Dec 11-12:

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