Forward-thinking CMOs are driving marketing transformation initiatives and many organizations are benefiting from their efforts. They are using emerging technologies to find new customers and to build deeper relationships and loyalty with existing customers. Many are leveraging Artificial Intelligence and automation to achieve their transformation initiatives. 

So what does a modern marketing team look like and what are the keys to success in marketing transformation? Argyle Executive Forum, in partnership with Microsoft is bringing together leading marketing executives to discuss these topics and more at our 2018 CMO Virtual Event: Defining Modern Marketing. Through an interactive panel discussion, we’ll explore the following topic areas: 

  • Understanding Artificial Intelligence, the growing application of AI and next generation technologies for Marketing
  • The implications of new technologies on your organization
  • How to optimize media through AI
  • Using AI for customer journeys
  • How to drive 2-way conversations with your customers using AI
  • The key success factors in modern Marketing transformation
  • How to get started on your journey

Microsoft is sponsoring the event:

For modern marketing, our tools across Intelligent Analytics, Streamlined Operations, and Incredible Experiences help accelerate creativity and productivity, providing a strong operational foundation for your marketing team to thrive and focus on your customers. Companies like Pier One, MediaCom and Real Madrid are working with Microsoft technology to engage their customers across the world.

Read more at:

Register for “2018 CMO Virtual Event: Defining Modern Marketing” here:

imageEveryone will soon face a decision point regarding the end of support for SQL Server 2008/R2 (July 2019) and Windows Server 2008/R2 (Jan 2020).

To help our customers in this moment, we are announcing extended security updates for three years beyond the end of support dates, free only in Azure.

This means our SQL Server & Windows Server 2008/R2 customers can migrate to Azure to get free extended security updates.  This offer provides unmatched value by moving to Azure while helping customers who need to maintain their existing SQL Server & Windows Server 2008/R2 environments.

The announcement blog for this new offer was published yesterday.

imageBeginning today, Microsoft Teams is available in a free version worldwide in 40 languages. This offer was designed for small businesses and groups of coworkers that don’t have commercial Office 365 subscriptions.

Now with this great introductory experience, any group can use Teams as their hub for teamwork and discover the value of Office 365 as they grow and scale.

Get the free version of Microsoft Teams, available now. And with more people using Teams, we’ll show you updates that extend stability and management, including for developers, how you can now bring your Line of Business applications into Teams.

Read more about this announcement here:

Posted by: kurtsh | July 10, 2018

INFO: Screen sharing over Skype Meeting Broadcast

imageRecently, there’s been a surge in the number of people learning Skype Meeting Broadcast in Southern California.  A lot of it seems to originate from certain other solutions not doing very well when it comes to global reliability or scalability – both of which Skype Meeting Broadcast does very well.  Skype Meeting Broadcast is very reliable – and available to every Office 365 E3+ subscriber.

One thing Skype Meeting Broadcast doesn’t do very well – or at all for that matter – is broadcast screen sharing.  Skype Meeting Broadcast will broadcast a video source and also a PowerPoint presentation… but if you need to share a desktop screen for the purposes of a demo during a broadcast, Skype Meeting Broadcast doesn’t inherently deliver that capability.

imageFortunately Sonia Cuff found a relatively simple workaround for this, using a popular software tool called XSplit Broadcaster that simulates a virtual video camera with the video source being the desktop screen.

Read about this solution here in Sonia’s article on REgarding 365:

imageThis last week was a big week for Microsoft Cloud and Windows Server with the delivery of our first ever Windows Server Summit. The event was a great opportunity to engage the Windows Server community, provide HOURS of updates since the last Microsoft Ignite conference and get them excited for the upcoming Microsoft Inspire and Ignite conferences in July and September respectively.

We had top subject matter experts delivering a comprehensive agenda detailing what’s new in Windows Server and where we’re going in Windows Server 2019 with regard to Hybrid Cloud, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Security and Application Platform.

The Windows Server Virtual Summit is available online for streaming here:

<taken from the Teams Community blog>

As of July 1st we are happy to announce our refreshed version Enabling Teamwork with Microsoft Teams online course.  Our latest free course provides IT Pros with important information on how to plan for and enable Microsoft Teams for their users.

MOOCs are Massively Open Online Courses that can be accessed for free for everyone to be training on different topics. Microsoft leverages as a learning platform, where courses usually last about 2-4 hours per week over four weeks. This course includes interactive labs that enable learners to practice Teams administration in a live Office 365 tenant.  In addition, there is an option to purchase a certificate of achievement for $99 USD to verify the successful completion of the course assessments.  This is the first of several courses that we plan to publish throughout the balance of 2018.


The course will teach you about the following:

  • Enable users for Microsoft Teams
  • Configure Microsoft Teams
  • Configure audio conferencing with Teams.
  • Best practices for using Microsoft Teams.

Special thanks to Brandon Neeb for putting the MOOC together (with some help from @Bryan Nyce, myself and other members across Microsoft Teams Engineering).

Call to action:

Posted by: kurtsh | July 10, 2018

BLOG: What´s new for IT Admins in Microsoft Teams

imageIn April we announced a new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Center to give tenant admins a single place to manage all aspects of the service.
Based on your feedback, we have now started to rollout additional functionality and to migrate further settings to make the new Admin Center even more powerful and to enable you to manage Teams more effectively.
  • Easy access to the Admin Center
  • Call Analytics at your fingertips in the Admin Center
  • Updates in user level policies and organization settings
  • When will I start to see the new settings in my tenant?

Read about each of these in the blog post below:

imageEffective project managers know how to provide strategic value by helping their organization deliver on promises. And they also recognize that having the right tools is vital to getting the job done right. Whether you need the basics like creating schedules and tracking statuses, or you’re looking at managing more complicated processes, Project Online can help.

“A crash course in Project Online” explores how Project Online enables you to:

  • deliver on time and within budget
  • identify risks
  • set milestones
  • assess the value of progress

No matter which critical path you’re on, Project Online helps ensure you and your organization are successful.

Posted by: kurtsh | July 10, 2018

TRAINING: Azure Webinar Series – July 2018

imageGet to know Azure with overview demos and webinars on a range of topics — all live with Q&A.

Getting Started with Azure—live demo and Q&A
See Azure in action. Get an overview of the portal and popular products and participate in a live Q&A with Azure engineers. Learn how to easily start deploying resources.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Register now >

Prepare for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 End of Support
Learn how to migrate your applications and data to SQL Server 2017, Windows Server 2019, and Azure—before support ends in July 2019.
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Register now >

Connecting, Building, and Protecting Your Network
Explore the future of the cloud-centric network by looking at two new services and seeing how partners and customers are adapting their own networks to a cloud-based model.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Register now >

Turning Data into Insights for the Federal Government
Learn how to use analytics to inform decisions, streamline day-to-day operations, and create opportunities for better decisions and predictive abilities.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Register now >

Introduction to IoT for Decision Makers
Explore the benefits of connecting people, assets, processes, and systems with an Internet of Things (IoT) solution, along with how to maximize your business value.
Thursday July 26, 2018, 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Register now >

Posted by: kurtsh | July 10, 2018

NEWS: Announcing the Microsoft Surface Go

Here’s my tl;dr notes:

“Surface Go”: (Codenamed “Lingo”)

  • clip_image00210” display touch & pen display
  • 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y – FANLESS
  • 9 hours of battery
  • 1.15 pounds and 8.3 mm thin
  • Starts at $399
    • $399 for 64GB eMMC/4GB RAM
    • $549 for 128GB SSD/8GB RAM
    • $521.55 Special pricing for eligible students, parents, teachers, and military.
  • Features & Accessories:
        • Surface’s signature Type Cover keyboard
        • Built-in kickstand with full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees
        • Windows Hello camera for secure sign-in using face recognition
        • Surface Connect port for charging & docking with Surface dock
        • USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging
        • Headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader
        • TPM 2.0 chip
        • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
        • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
  • Options:
        • Surface Go with Wi-Fi: July 10th (preorder), Aug 2nd (ship)
        • Surface Go with LTE: Later in 2018

Tech Specs detailed on the Store site:

Announcement here – including video:

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