Posted by: kurtsh | March 5, 2015

BETA: Office 2016 for Mac Preview

imageWe finally released the preview of Office 2016 for Mac.

For those of you who’ve been using the Office 365 release of Outlook 2016 for Mac, you know that big changes are in store. 

The product is demonstrably modern & tremendously improved over the 2011 release.

Read on for more info.

Posted by: kurtsh | March 4, 2015

INFO: Blogs, Sites & Social about Surface

imageHere’s a list of blogs about Surface & Surface Pro in particular that might be useful for those of you with new Surface Pro 3 units.

And as a bonus, if you use Twitter, here’s some folks to follow that tweet a lot about Surface:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 4, 2015

INFO: Surface Pro 3 accessories

Quick blurb on accessories for your Surface Pro 3 that you may not have known about:

Posted by: kurtsh | March 2, 2015

INFO: Automation on Microsoft Azure using Chef

clip_image001Last week, Microsoft & Chef announced a strategic partnership to automate their cloud workloads and move them into the Azure cloud:

Coming this Month:
In case you’re interested in managing Linux & Windows instances within Azure, both Chef & Microsoft are running doing a seminar March 19th on automation using Chef & Azure:

  • OpenSource Automation on Azure using Chef
    More and More Windows Administrators are being called upon to extend themselves into the world of managing Linux based systems. This talk will focus on how Chef, a popular open source framework, can make managing Linux workloads on Azure easy. We’ll also touch on how to manage Windows workloads with Chef. We will cover the basic paradigms of Chef, launching Linux instances and deploying applications to Linux instances.

Microsoft & Azure @ Chef Conf 2015 (March 31-April 2 –
Microsoft is sending Distinguished Engineer, Jeffrey Snover, to Chef Conf 2015 – one of our highest ranking engineers. Also in attendance will be Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Jessica DeVita, and Technical Evangelist Manager, Damien Caro. The following sessions will be delivered on Azure & Chef:

Previous Chef & Azure Video Broadcasts:

imageIf you’re reading this, you may have only minutes to jump on this deal. 

GroupOn is selling the Surface Pro 2 w/ Core i5, 8GB RAM, and a whopping 512GB of SSD for $799.  This is actually a full $1000 off. 

If you are thinking of buying something like this, don’t hesitate:  Click through NOW.  This deal will be gone in hours.

  • Product Number: SP512PWRBNDL (512GB)
  • 10.6” widescreen touchscreen
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution
  • Dual-core processor
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro operating system
  • Includes one-month free trial of Office 365 for new customers
  • Can fully support Microsoft Office (sold separately)
  • Multitask with apps open side-by-side
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Dual 720p HD cameras
  • USB 3.0 port
  • Display ports
  • microSD slot
  • Surface Pro Pen for writing on screen
  • QWERTY mechanical keyboard with click-in design
  • Keyboard functions rechargeable external battery with up to 70% additional battery power
  • Dimensions: 6.8”x0.5”x10.8”
  • Weight: 2lb.
  • Condition: New (product has been resealed but never used. Full warranty coverage is included)
  • One-year warranty from Microsoft
  • 7SX-00001 Core i5-4200U, 8GB RAM

Jump on it now.


The NAB Show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 13–16 for the world’s largest electronic media event. For the pros who hunger to create and deliver quality content, the NAB Show is the only source to satisfy your appetite. Overindulge in hands-on experiences with emerging technologies and the latest innovations, limitless networking and learning opportunities, and the inspiration to take your work to the next level.

Microsoft will have even greater presence at this year’s show with an excellent new location, booth SL6610, where we’ll be demonstrating how the Microsoft platform, along with our partner ecosystem, is transforming media to a cloud-first, mobile-first world.

With our worldwide leadership teams on site, we would like to invite you to review current broadcast industry trends, learn about solutions based on the Microsoft platform, and discuss your projects and requirements with us. We have prepared the following topics along the content value chain:

  • Media in the Cloud | Supporting media enterprises in reducing time to market, providing round the clock news gathering, and the creation of new revenue with dedicated audiences. The cloud enables connections to audiences on a wide range of devices including set-top-boxes, smartphones, PCs, and tablets.
  • Advertising and Audience Analytics | Supporting media enterprises with solutions to achieve breakthrough insight into audiences, business performance, and profitability, and provides an integrated view of enterprise-wide risk exposure.
  • Editorial Collaboration | Supporting media enterprises in multimedia content development and cross-channel publishing by providing the collaboration and mobility experiences and devices that creative and business teams want and expect.

Free exhibition passes available
For a free exhibition pass, compliments of Microsoft, download the following pass:

Interested in more?
For more announcements about Microsoft @ NAB, visit our web site at:

imageIT Professionals can use the tools in the Windows ADK to facilitate deployment of a new version of Windows.

  • The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) inventories applications used in your organization and identifies potential applications compatibility issues.
  • With the User State Migration Tool (USMT), IT Professionals can migrate user data from existing Windows installations.
  • Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) enables IT professionals to deploy Windows installations in their organization and manage the activation status of their PCs. 
  • Assessments are for OEMs, IHVs, enthusiasts, and IT professionals who measure the operational characteristics of a computer, including its performance, reliability, and functionality.
  • Windows assessments are tools that help you make these measurements, diagnose problems, and determine how to make improvements. Windows assessments can help reduce support costs by identifying potential issues as you create your hardware and software experiences.

By using these tools, you can help ensure that the hardware and software that you develop are responsive and high-quality.

Posted by: kurtsh | February 23, 2015

DEAL: Surface Pro 1/2 Pens for $24 (Refurbished)

imageInterested in getting an official Surface Pro 1/2 pen on the cheap? 

Here’s an easy way.  The Microsoft Store online is selling them for $24/each refurbished. 

The Refurbished Surface Pen works exclusively with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, and makes it easier to draw and take notes in Office applications. A pen is included when you buy Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, so get this one as a spare, or have one at home and one at the office.

This product has been refurbished to its original specifications for electrical performance by Microsoft.

Get ‘em while you can.  Or alternatively, you can get another Wacom Stylus that will work on your Surface Pro 1/2 for $9.

Posted by: kurtsh | February 22, 2015

RELEASE: Cloud Platform Roadmap

image_thumb1The Cloud Platform roadmap provides a snapshot of what we’re working on in the Cloud Platform business.

Use the roadmap to find out what we’ve recently made generally available, released into public preview, are still developing and testing, or are no longer developing. Learn more about the types of updates you can expect to find on the Cloud Platform roadmap here.

Visit the Cloud Platform Roadmap site here:

imageThe Office 365 team just announced that the length of time items remain in the Deleted Items folder in Exchange Online has been extended to indefinitely or according to the duration set by your administrator.

Previously deleted items would disappear after being in that folder for 30 days.

Read more about this change here:

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