Learn about Windows Phone for business, with the security & manageability you expect from Windows on a smartphone.  Be one of the first to get Windows Phone 8.1! Join us for a free online event on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to get a chance to WIN a Nokia Lumia preloaded with WP8.1 enterprise preview*.

The latest release of Windows Phone 8.1 delivers a set of new unique features designed with business customers in mind: 


  • Enterprise enrollment
  • S/MIME
  • VPN (Standard-based IKEv2/IPSec VPN and SSL VPN)
  • Enterprise WiFi (EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS)

IT Control & Management:

  • Enhanced MDM policies and support
  • Certificate enrollment
  • Device provisioning and app deployment / restriction
  • Remote device wipe (full or partial)
  • Enhanced monitoring and inventory capabilities

Spend an hour with us to learn how you could benefit and see live demos of the new features that make Windows Phone better for businesses.

*No purchase necessary.  Open only to registered Event attendees. Sweepstakes ends at approximately 4.29.14, 12:00pm PST and winner must be present to win.  For complete details see full Official Rules on registration link.


Windows Phone 8.1 Enterprise Webcast

April 29, 2014
11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. PST


Business documents are not to be edited using an Office 365 Home Subscription.  This also applies to an Office 365 Home subscription when used with Office for iPad.  Office 365 Home is only to be used for consumer documentation & a business level subscription to Office 365 is required for working with business documentation.

Fortunately, you can switch from your current Office 365 subscription to another Office 365 subscription – likely one provided to you by your employer.  Switching between subscriptions can take place:

  • In the same service family:    For example, from Office 365 Small Business to Office 365 Small Business Premium, or from Office 365 Enterprise E1 to Office 365 Enterprise E3.
  • From a standalone plan:    For example, from Exchange Online to Office 365 Enterprise E1.
  • To a different service family:    For example, from Office 365 Small Business to Office 365 Enterprise E3.

For an overview of features included in the different plans, including pricing, see the product descriptions. For technical specifications, see the Office 365 Service Descriptions.

For more information about how to switch:

Posted by: kurtsh | April 21, 2014

RELEASE: OneNote Online… now with Printing!

Big announcement from the Office blog today:

This week, we introduced the web-based Print feature to OneNote Online. About 10% of all feature requests are for printing from OneNote, so we understand it’s important for customers to access content online and on paper. Now you can do it using the PRINT tab on the Ribbon.

Read more here:


imageWe’re pleased to announce our free (1311-page) ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition, by Kraig Brockschmidt.

Kraig began updating the first edition exactly a year ago, and when you examine the new ebook’s Table of Contents you’ll quickly see how much work he has done to share his deep understanding of Windows Store app building. Even in the simplest sense—new pages added to this edition: 478—Kraig’s effort and generosity are impressive. Thank you, Kraig, and enjoy, app builders!

Posted by: kurtsh | April 21, 2014

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Posters collection

The curation web site, “Curah”, put together a curation of Microsoft posters that you can download for free.  Created by Rayne Wiselman, this curation, i.e. collection/aggregation of Microsoft posters contains content up to August 2013 so it’s still missing some stuff but it’s a good start, especially if you’re looking for diagramming material… or just something to hang on the wall.


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imageWhat does MIX do?
The short answer? It makes your life a lot easier.
The “I-need-a-little-more-detail” answer? MIX allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. We install an add-in that gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes and CK12 exercises. There’s even a screen capture tool so you can record anything on your PC.
Once your presentation is ready just click “Create MIX.” We work our magic to mix in xml for an interactive document complete with analytics, and place it in the cloud. From there, just share the link, and your students can watch it on just about any device with a web browser. You can then check student progress online and see who watched the presentation, and how they did on your quizzes.

How much does MIX cost?
Are you ready for this? It’s free! The website, data analytics, and add-in are all free. MIX does, however, require Office 2013. You can try Office for free if you don’t have the latest version.

Visit the beta site at: 

NOTE: Registration requires an invitation.  If you do not have one, you can request an invitation at

imageSummary: Learn how to add Yammer functionality to your SharePoint environment or how to replace SharePoint Newsfeeds with Yammer.

Although SharePoint Server 2013 provides basic enterprise social features, Yammer provides a richer enterprise social experience. Yammer is a best-in-class enterprise social network that brings together employees, content, conversations, and business data in a single location. Yammer empowers employees to be more productive by enabling them to collaborate in real time across departments, geographies, and business applications. You can add Yammer functionality to your SharePoint sites by adding Yammer to the navigation bar or by using the Yammer app to embed a Yammer feed in a site.

Posted by: kurtsh | April 14, 2014

NEWS: Microsoft’s official statement on Heartbleed

Yuri Diogenes collected a series of articles that summarize Microsoft’s official statement on the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Yuri’s post is located here:

A Microsoft specialty store is opening on May 13th, 2014 at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. – one of 15 new locations coming.


  • May 13th, 2014


  • The Oaks Mall – Lower Level, near Center Court
  • 350 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360
  • Phone: (855) 270-6581

Web Page:

Interested in saving 5GB of disk storage on the system drive after installing Windows 8.1 Update 1?


Now that Windows 8.1 Update has been released, we want to talk about a new way that Windows 8.1 can be installed on Windows 8 logo-certified devices (since UEFI is a requirement) with smaller disks, e.g. devices with 16GB or 32GB SSDs or eMMC storage, while still ensuring that there is plenty of storage left for apps and data.

This new deployment option, called Windows Image Boot (or WIMBoot), takes a different approach than traditional Windows installations. Instead of extracting all the individual Windows files from an image (WIM) file, they remain compressed in the WIM. But from the user’s perspective, nothing looks any different: You still see a C: volume containing Windows, your apps, and all of your data.

This is supported with all SKUs of Windows 8.1, with the Windows 8.1 Update. (Remember, we’re not talking about a different version of Windows, just a different way of installing it.)

Read more about WIMBoot here:

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