Posted by: kurtsh | August 1, 2015

INFO: Minecraft in Education

“Can we change the way we learn?”

Many teachers have already incorporated Minecraft into their curriculum as the game actually aligns with common core in many areas.

But what can be done to use Minecraft uniformly amongst educators to provide them with a baseline for making Minecraft a fun and valuable part of children’s schooling.

Here’s a new effort around Minecraft in Education:

Minecraft in Education

Check out the new initiative here:

imageJacqueline Beauchere, chief online safety officer, Microsoft, disclosed a new online reporting webpage from Microsoft to enable victims of revenge porn to request the removal of their images from Bing search results, or from images shared on Microsoft OneDrive or Xbox.

Revenge porn – explicit images shared online without a victim’s consent – is a growing online safety problem with significant consequences for its victims.

Read about Microsoft’s effort to help put victims back in control of their images and their privacy here:

imageWe announced 6 primary editions of Windows 10 that will be coming with the release of the product.

Read more here:

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Resources:

  • Looking for technical resources?
    Windows 10 helps you reduce the complexity and cost of IT management with new identity and device management choices as well as continued investments in the things you depend on today.
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/cc468658.aspx
  • Looking for Developer resources?
    Getting started on Windows 10 is easier than you think; the tools are free, the code samples are solid, and you can start building and running Universal Apps for Windows 10 today.
    http://dev.windows.com/
Posted by: kurtsh | July 26, 2015

DOWNLOAD: “Compare Windows 10 Editions” Table

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Interested in knowing what edition of Windows 10 is right for you? 

We have a nice multipage chart that lists out the features of Windows 10 in the following editions:

  • Home
  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Education

To download the chart:

imageOffice 2010 end of mainstream support is Oct 10, 2015.  What this means is that it is not fully supported on Office 365.  Office 365 Supports N and N-1 versions of Clients in Mainstream Support. 

  • Office 365 system requirements – For the best experience using Office 365, we recommend that you always use the latest browsers, Office clients, and apps. We also recommend that you install software updates when they become available.
        • Office 365 is designed to work with the following software:
              • The current or immediately previous version of Internet Explorer or Firefox, or the latest version of Chrome or Safari.
              • Any version of Microsoft Office in mainstream support.
  • Although Microsoft does not recommend that you connect to Office 365 by using older browsers and clients, we provide limited support so long as that software is supported by its manufacturer.

Mainstream Support is the first phase of the product support lifecycle.  At the supported service pack level, Mainstream Support includes:

  • Incident support (no-charge incident support, paid incident support, support charged on an hourly basis, support for warranty claims)
  • Security update support
  • The ability to request non-security hotfixes

imageAfter January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.  

Beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported:

    Windows Platform

    Internet Explorer Version

    Windows Vista SP2

    Internet Explorer 9

    Windows Server 2008 SP2

    Internet Explorer 9

    Windows 7 SP1

    Internet Explorer 11

    Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    Internet Explorer 11

    Windows 8.1

    Internet Explorer 11

    Windows Server 2012

    Internet Explorer 10

    Windows Server 2012 R2

    Internet Explorer 11

OFFICE 365 & INTERNET EXPLORER SUPPORT

Office 365 is designed to work with the following software:

  • The current or immediately previous version of Internet Explorer or Firefox, or the latest version of Chrome or Safari.
  • Any version of Microsoft Office in mainstream support.

Although Microsoft does not recommend that you connect to Office 365 by using older browsers and clients, we provide limited support so long as that software is supported by its manufacturer.

USING ENTERPRISE MODE FOR INTERNET EXPLORER 11 (EMIE)

  • To prepare enterprises for the January 12, 2016 date for IE 11 and Windows 10, Microsoft implemented Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 (EMIE) to assist with backward compatibility and to provide a seamless end-user experience.  EMIE helps Enterprises transition to IE 11 and stay up-to-date regardless of which versions of Internet Explorer are running in your environment  – achieving ever green status with Microsoft Browsers.  IE 11 is the last version of Microsoft’s  Internet Explorer, Windows 10 builds upon IE 11 and EMIE in Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 – and overtime -  transitions everyone to “Edge” – Microsoft’s next generation Modern Browser.  The expected browsing experience from the end user perspective is seamless – as swapping of compatibility modes is automatic and allows users to browse the web normally.   The original EMIE functionality provided in April, 2014 introduced compatibility for enterprises on Internet Explorer 8.  In November, EMIE was expanded to include  additional document mode capabilities for IE 10, 9, 8, 7, and 5.  EMIE will not fix every site, but should provide backward compatibility for most.

    Below is an example of a typical process (with links to documentation) followed by Enterprise IT to identify “broken sites”, determine which can be “viewed” with EMIE, those sites that must be remediate, and achieve seamless integrated browsing for their end-users with IE 11:

  • As EMIE’s use (or not) is determined by IT, EMIE is turned off by default and may be turned on and centrally controlled by IT through Group Policies and Registry Settings.  (See, How to Turn on Enterprise Mode for IE 11 (EMIE))
  • Develop testing strategy based on Internet Explorer versions within Enterprise.
      • If your enterprise primarily uses Internet Explorer 8, start testing using Enterprise Mode.
      • If your enterprise primarily uses Internet Explorer 9 or Internet Explorer 10, start testing using the various document modes
      • If your enterprise uses Internet Explorer 8 and other versions, use both Enterprise Mode and document modes to effectively move to Internet Explorer 11.
  • Identify Sites that can be fixed with EMIE.
    • Select representative users (i.e., Business Units, Task Workers, IT Pros, etc.)
    • Turn on local user control – use the Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu setting, located in the Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer category path. After you turn this setting on, Test users can turn on Enterprise Mode locally, from the Internet Explorer Tools menu.

    • Gather “local override “data from users by logging the information (including URL and mode selected by the end-user) to a centralized list.  For more information on logging/data collection, see Set up Enterprise Mode logging and data collection

imageWindows 10 as everyone knows by now will be generally available (GA) on July 29, 2015.

Here’s two resources:

Posted by: kurtsh | July 26, 2015

HOWTO: Add a Windows 10 badge your profile picture

imageYou may have seen this logo (see photo to the right) appear on people’s profile pictures/avatars on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

It’s quite easy using the Twibbon tool online.  The tool will pull your photo from one of these services and add the DO <Windows> 10 bug to the bottom or top of the photo and allow you to resize the photo.  Then automatically upload it back into various social network services of your choice.

Try it out at:

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Posted by: kurtsh | July 26, 2015

DOWNLOAD: “Why Windows 10 for Consumers” wallpaper

wallpaper_consumer_blueFor those of you not completely clear on what Windows 10 offers to consumers, here’s a couple wallpapers that highlight the features & functions most important to consumer users.

They are divided into 4 categories:

  • Feels familiar & better than ever
  • The most personal and natural experience
  • Work across all of your devices
  • Be more productive

Download the wallpapers here:

imageDo you have an Xbox Live account?  Did you know you can look up your reputation?

If you go to the Enforcement web page while you’re logged in to your Xbox Live account’s Microsoft Account, you can see:

  • Reputation Level
  • Reputation over Time (last 6 months)
  • Feedback that you’ve received
  • Feedback filed by you

Visit the Reputation Web Page to see what reputation & feedback your Xbox Live Account has gotten.

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