Here’s a great resource that aggregates a ton of Microsoft Azure information, announcements, and other resources from official Microsoft sources.

Introducing the Azure InfoHub:


There are 5 tabs at the top that provide you with additional information regarding:

Azure Services:


Free eBooks






Checkout the site here:

Also, if you’re looking to subscribe to the official Microsoft Azure Newsletter, visit:

Posted by: kurtsh | November 15, 2018

INFO: 10 ways to Optimize Costs in Microsoft Azure

imageSo you already know about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit & Azure Reserved Instances ‘eh?

Here’s 8 additional ways to save on Azure spend!

Taken from the blog post:

imageMicrosoft has pioneered intelligent content services in Microsoft 365 to help our customers achieve more. And the industry has taken note. Today, we are honored that for the second year in a row Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the Content Services Platforms Magic Quadrant for 2018. Once again, Microsoft placed highest in Ability to Execute.

Download your own complimentary copy of the Gartner Content Services Magic Quadrant, free of charge, here:

For a view of the Magic Quadrant for 2018, read the original post here:

The goal of the BlueHat Security Conference is to educate both external security researchers and partners, as well as Microsoft engineers and executives, on current and emerging security threats, to help them address security issues in Microsoft products and services, and to protect our customers. BlueHat is a unique opportunity for Microsoft engineers and the security community to come together learn about the current threat landscape and challenge the thinking and actions we do in security. BlueHat is open to all Microsoft full time employees and a limited number of invite-only external attendees from the security community.

Taken from the Microsoft BlueHat blog:

imageLast month we wrapped up another great BlueHat event. As an organizer, it is great to hear that the content is so strong that we have participants have to make hard choices on what to attend. BlueHat is about the community we build and the experiences we share. To further support that we are making slides and videos of presentations available publicly.

For the general audience portion of the conference, the slides can be found here: The video recordings of the sessions are being uploaded over the next six weeks to our YouTube channel. You can see the latest content in our BlueHat v18 playlist here:

With this first upload of video content, we are excited to share with you the Keynote address, On the Frontier track, and Mitigating Attack Classes track.

The original post is located here:

In the recent Thousand Eyes “2018 Public Cloud Performance Benchmark Report”, Azure has the best global WAN – all of it Microsoft’s own private network – of the three major public cloud providers.

imageThe 2018 Public Cloud Performance Benchmark Report measures and compares network performance between the top three public cloud providers—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
The industry’s first report of its kind breaks the mold of survey-based research and vendor-led reporting to provide a unique, unbiased third-party and metric-based perspective on public cloud performance as it relates to end-user experience.

Get the report here:

Microsoft has a great solution that empowers technicians to solve problems faster the first time. With heads-up, hands-free video calling on Microsoft HoloLens, technicians can collaborate with remote experts on PC or mobile to troubleshoot issues in context.

It’s called “Dynamics 365 Remote Assist”.

Here’s a list of some of the capabilities Remote Assist delivers:

  • Hands-free audio and video calling*
  • Compatible with Microsoft Teams: Remote experts can initiate and receive calls using Teams
  • Mixed reality annotations: 2-way inking and arrow insertion anchored to the real world
  • In-call text chat: Instant message during calls
  • OneDrive integration, file sharing, and display: HoloLens users’ and remote experts can insert documents (PDF) and images (JPG, PNG, TIFF, and BMP) into their shared view
  • Enterprise-level identity and security: AAD authentication and single sign-on
  • Mixed reality streaming: HoloLens users can share their view of another app by running Remote Assist in the background
  • Mixed reality capture: HoloLens users can capture mixed reality photos during calls
  • Screen sharing: Experts can project their desktop screen to HoloLens users’ view
  • Automatic volume adjustment: Automatically adjusts based on the noise level of your environment
  • Integration with Dynamics 365 for Field Service**: HoloLens users can view work orders, call designated experts, and view Power BI dashboards linked to work orders in Remote Assist

For more information on the solution, check out the following references and videos:

imageThe free Microsoft Connect() online event is coming, December 4, featuring the latest announcements for Azure & Visual Studio & live demos for developers looking to build next Gen apps using C#, Java, Python, Node.js, and more —live from the Microsoft Azure and AI Conference.

Here’s some of the rockstar speakers from Microsoft that will be coming to you from this event:

December 4, 2018
Opening keynote starts 8:30AM & goes on throughout the entire day!




imageCo-produced by DEVIntersection & Microsoft – featuring Scott Guthrie – the Microsoft Azure+AI Conference is where Microsoft’s top executives will speak about what’s on the horizon for development. cloud, and artificial intelligence.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend the first ever Microsoft Azure and AI conference. You will hear from Microsoft Executives on their exciting Azure and AI future. You will have the opportunity to train and network with the Microsoft engineers and Azure & AI industry experts.

Registrants who sign up for the conference and workshops will take home some great hardware such as a Surface Go, XBOX and more. Please see the registration page for details. Space is limited so don’t hesitate.

Logistics below:

Posted by: kurtsh | November 8, 2018

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Office 365 Branding Toolkit

imageFastTrack has a set of graphics & logos to use in branding your launch/kickoff of Office 365’s deployment.

In onboarding to Microsoft Office 365 products, it’s important that users recognize the launch icons and product names. This Branding Toolkit includes icon assets and names for use exclusively in the onboard training of Office 365. Please make sure that you (and your customer if you’re a partner) read and adhere to the following Microsoft Office 365 Trademark License and associated Branding Guidelines.

Grab the Microsoft Office 365 Branding Toolkit here:

Check out our exhaustive list of adoption content and other guides on our Resource Hub.

Posted by: kurtsh | November 8, 2018

INFO: Acclaim for Surface Pro 6 & Surface Laptop 2

imageNormally I try to produce a full round up of reviews of our Surface releases but I haven’t had the time recently.

Here’s a few reviews that I’ve found for Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 that are a bit indicative of the acclaim that this generation of Surfaces have gotten.

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