imageI keep hearing this request over and over again during Lync 2013 or Skype for Business meetings:

“Can you post the deck in this Lync/Skype session for us to download somewhere?”

Folks, if you’re having an internal meeting and there’s a PowerPoint presentation that’s being presented, if you’re a fellow presenter (usually if you’re a coworker of the presenter) there’s a really good chance you already have access to download the .PPT deck directly from the Lync/Skype for Business meeting itself.

Follow these instructions and if you are a coworker of the presenter, or the presenter has explicitly stated that attendees should have access to download the currently presented deck, you’ll be able to grab the .PPT during the meeting:

  1. Click the "Monitor" icon…
  2. Click "Manage Presentable Content"…
  3. Click the "More…" button next to the presentation you wish to download…
  4. Click "Save As…"…

You should be able to download the deck now.  If you do NOT see any presentations listed, it is possible that the presenter has blocked the download of the deck for attendees or other presenters.  Additionally by default within Lync/Skype for Business, all coworkers of the presenter are given download permissions to PowerPoint decks being presented, but your organization may have changed this default to disallow downloads.

Two caveats:

    This won’t work if the presenter is simply sharing their screen via desktop sharing or application sharing.  If they’re redirecting their screen to show the presentation, then this isn’t going to work because they have not uploaded the deck to Lync/Skype for Business.
    This may also not work if you are an attendee to another company’s Lync/Skype for Business meeting.  By default, attendees do not have download permissions to the presenter’s PowerPoint deck unless they’ve explicitly provided permissions to do so.

Use this interactive infographic to individually compare Outlook Web App (OWA), Outlook and Gmail for yourself and see how the Microsoft email platform which is a combination of OWA and Outlook offers more key features and functionality than Google’s email solution.


Posted by: kurtsh | May 14, 2015

RELEASE: Microsoft Hyperlapse

imageIntroducing Microsoft Hyperlapse, available for download at

Microsoft Hyperlapse lets you creates smooth and stabilized time lapses, distilling your experiences into beautiful, shareable videos. Show off footage from your hike, or let your friends experience how it felt to fly down the mountain on skis.

Hyperlapse is available as:

Meet Hyperlapse


Read more at the announcement page:


Nasuni put out their annual, non-commissioned cloud storage benchmarking report and Microsoft Azure came out on top.

“Microsoft has come out as the highest performer, particularly in the benchmark tests. Amazon, as expected, is a close second, and edged out Microsoft in some aspects of scalability and availability, but ultimately fell short in some of the critical benchmark evaluations.”

“This year, Microsoft out-performed Amazon, specifically, in our critical benchmark tests.”

Read the full 13 page report here:

imageToday, I noticed I had only 5GB left on a 256GB SSD flash drive on my Surface Pro 3.  I don’t use that much storage so something is wrong

So I do a quick scan using my favorite space mapping tool, Spacemonger, and lo-and-behold, in the %Temp% folder, 50GB+ is being taken up by the following files alone:

  • outlook.exe.log
  • winword.exe.log
  • excel.exe.log
  • powerpnt.exe.log
  • onenote.exec.log
  • csisync.exe.log

Near as I can tell, somewhere along the line I got a registry key flipped that initiates debug logs for all of the Office products.  (I assume our IT Helpdesk must have done this for some reason even though the last time I talked to them the issue had nothing to do with Office) In any case, the offending key can be deleted and the logging process will stop.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\x.0\Common\Debug –> TCOTrace

The logs in the %Temp% folder are all safely delete-able and can be manually removed – unless you have the relevant application open in which case the file can’t be deleted until you’ve shut the owning application down.

For details on how to do this, read the following Support article:

Posted by: kurtsh | May 9, 2015

INFO: What is an Exchange Resource Mailbox?

imageThe following FAQ highlights some important distinctions around when exactly you need to purchase an Exchange Online subscription:

Here’s an excerpt:

  • Do conference rooms require subscriptions? Is there a limit to the number of them?
    No. Resource mailboxes, including Room Mailboxes and Equipment Mailboxes, are special mailbox types that are provided free of charge as part of Exchange Online. There is no limit to the number of conference room subscriptions.
  • Do shared mailboxes require subscriptions?
    No. Shared mailboxes don’t have login credentials, so they are only accessible by licensed users who have been granted delegate access (full mailbox permission, send as, or send on behalf of). Note that Exchange Online Kiosk users don’t have delegate access, so they cannot access shared mailboxes.

    Shared mailboxes have a smaller quota than regular mailboxes (10 GB), and do not include a personal archive or legal hold capabilities. If you need these features, then you can purchase either Exchange Online Plan 1 or Plan 2 and assign it to the shared mailbox.

    There is no limit to the number of shared mailboxes.

  • Can I enable In-Place Archive for a shared mailbox?

    You must assign the shared mailbox to either an Exchange Online Plan 1 plus Exchange Online Archiving subscription, or to an Exchange Online Plan 2 subscription in order to enable In-Place Archive. A shared mailbox can’t be used to archive email for an organization, except for those messages that are sent from the shared mailbox or received by the shared mailbox.

    An In-Place Archive can only be used to archive mail for a single user or entity for which a license has been applied. Using an In-Place Archive as a means to store mail from multiple users or entities is prohibited. For example, IT administrators cannot create shared mailboxes and have users copy (via CC or Transport rule) a shared mailbox for the explicit purpose of archiving.

  • Can I put a shared mailbox on In-Place Hold?
    You must assign the shared mailbox an Exchange Online Plan 2 subscription in order to put it on In-Place Hold.
  • Do mailboxes used to send email via SMTP (such as those used by line of business applications and on-premises appliances) require subscriptions?
    Yes, these mailboxes require a subscription. The subscription type can be Exchange Online Kiosk or Exchange Online Plan 1 or Plan 2.
  • If a user leaves my company, and I need to retain a copy of the data in their mailbox and In-Place Archive, what are my options?
        • You can export that user’s data to a PST file and store it on-premises.
        • You can retain the data in that user’s mailbox by placing the user on In-Place Hold and marking the mailbox as inactive , as described here. It isn’t necessary to maintain a user subscription license for the inactive mailbox.
        • If you have a hybrid deployment of Exchange Server and Exchange Online, you can migrate the mailbox back on-premises. Learn more about hybrid deployments here.

imageOffice 365 ProPlus offers several advantages compared to Office Professional Plus 2013.

  • Office Professional Plus 2013 uses Windows Installer Package (MSI)-based installation. Office 365 ProPlus uses Click-to-Run installation and software update management.
    With Click-to-Run, you can:
    • Have Office up and running fast—often in under two minutes.
    • Run existing Office 2010, Office 2007, and Office 2003 applications while you install the new Office, so you don’t have to interrupt your users’ work.
    • Keep older versions of Office side by side on your PCs to mitigate any potential file or add-in compatibility risks.
    • Get updates delivered to users without interruption. Updates are cached in the background and the next time a user closes and re-opens the Office application, it is up to date.
  • Office Professional Plus 2013 is connected to the hardware or device it is installed on. Office 365 ProPlus is connected to the user, which offers these advantages:
    • Users can install Office on up to five PCs or Macs concurrently and they will have access to mobile Office experiences across smartphones, tablets, and other devices they use.
    • Your organization may also have the flexibility to treat Office as an operational cost instead of a software asset.
    • If you are implementing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy, Office 365 ProPlus lets you de-activate Office on user-owned devices when people leave the organization, or if their devices are compromised.

Office 365 ProPlus includes all the great Office application experiences you expect, with added flexibility for modern users and IT needs.


We published the driver pack for Surface (in general) which includes the Surface 3 device drivers.

Cumulative and current firmware and drivers for the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro. This firmware and driver package contains drivers for all of the components in the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro devices, as well as updates to the system firmware that have been released via Windows Update.

These drivers and firmware are compatible with Windows 8.1 (Pro and Enterprise). The Surface Pro driver pack contains drivers and firmware that are compatible with Windows 8.0 (Pro and Enterprise). The Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 drivers and firmware are not compatible with Windows 8.0 (Pro and Enterprise). These drivers and firmware are not compatible with Surface RT and Surface 2.

  • Surface Ethernet
  • Surface Firmware Tool.msi
  • Surface Gigabit Ethernet
  • Surface Pro 1 – January
  • Surface Pro 2 – January
  • Surface Pro 3
  • Surface Pro 3
  • Surface3_150504.msi
  • SurfacePro3_150501.msi
  • Windows8.1-KB2969817-x64.msu

Grab the download here:


Missed Microsoft BUILD 2015? You’re in luck! 

Most of the sessions are available for on-demand playback.  Check out the on-demand playback of all the sessions you’re missing!

imageDid you miss out on attending Microsoft Ignite 2015 in Chicago?

Good news! 

Most of the sessions are available for on-demand playback.  Check out the on-demand playback of all the sessions you’re missing!

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