Windows has evolved. Simplify Windows 10 management and lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with the Microsoft Cloud.

See how Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) and Windows 10 can be used together to ease procurement, simplify provisioning and lower TCO through modern management & security, and deliver cloud-based updates without the need for an on-premises infrastructure.


Pre-register by February 28 for Microsoft Ignite — you’ll be able to jump the line and register on March 8th.


This event will deliver a combination of thought leadership content and technical knowhow – intended to educate and foster collaboration across the IoT ecosystem – hardware manufacturers, distributors, packaged software providers and software integrators.

Why attend?

  • Understand what it takes to build a world-class IoT solution – IoT in Action!!
  • Walk away with actionable knowledge around: Microsoft technologies, cloud economics & the business value of IoT solutions, device to cloud security
  • Hear from our panel of industry experts on how they have successfully built and monetized scalable IoT solutions
  • Connect and collaborate with representatives from across the IoT ecosystem who are looking for partnerships and investment opportunities across retail, industrial automation, healthcare, smart buildings, energy, security & surveillance and more

Who should attend?

This event is tailored for TDM’s (CTO, IT director, Product Managers) & BDM’s (IoT Strategist, Product/Service GM/VP/Director) across OEM’s, ISV’s, Distributors as well as Solution Aggregators (SA) and System Integrators (SI) who play a critical role in bringing point solutions together – will all gain immensely by attending this event.

imageI would like to invite you to join us in Seattle this June for the second annual Microsoft Data Insights Summit.

We’re welcoming Power BI users from around the world to meet with the BI engineering team, attend sessions and network with fellow data enthusiasts. Find out more now and register on the Microsoft Data Insights Summit site.

Don’t look now, but Microsoft’s Business Intelligence & Analytics solutions just blew past Tableau.


For the second year in a row, Microsoft has been positioned furthest to the right for completeness of vision within the Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms – the 10th consecutive year Microsoft has been positioned as a leader.

For more information, read announcement:

Imagine having a “bot” that anyone can ask questions of via Skype or any number of communications services, that’s based entirely off of an FAQ that you’ve already created?

Check this out: You can now create your own Bot with the new “QnA Maker” – a wizard that simply asks you to name your bot, point to the URL of your FAQ (or a document with your questions & answers), and you’re DONE.


Using a combination of:

  • Microsoft Cognitive Services to consume & learn from your FAQ/QnA
  • Microsoft Bot Framework for creating the interactive service

For a training video on how to do the above steps, go to:

For a quick tutorial on the proicess go to


There are 4 different editions of Microsoft Flow that a lot of folks don’t know about.  They are detailed in this rather hard to find URL:

Basically, here’s the breakdown:
Flow is free for 750 runs/user/month, with a frequency of once per 15min
Usage of Flow is free however there are limits to it’s usage and there are certain capabilities that require premium payments.

        1. More runs per month? Higher frequency?
          If you require more runs per month or a higher frequency of runs, you must get any of the other 3 plans (Office 365, Plan 1, Plan 2).
        2. SLA?
          If you require an Service Level Agreement, you must get any of the other 3 plans (Office 365, Plan 1, Plan 2) which will grant you a 99.9% availability SLA.
        3. Salesforce? Common Data Service?
          If you require any of these Premium services, you must get either Plan 1 or Plan 2.
        4. On-prem Data Gateway?
          If you need to access data on-prem, you will need a data gateway and get any of the other 3 plans (Office 365, Plan 1, Plan 2).
        5. Share & Edit Flows?
          If you want to collaborate on Flows, you must get any of the other 3 plans (Office 365, Plan 1, Plan 2).
        6. Create environments to deploy your Flow in?  View Flow usage overall? Policy enforcement for Flows?
          These are Enterprise features that require Flow Plan 2 explicitly.


Join us for a free technical training session covering the latest Microsoft tools and services. You’ll learn new skills, tackle challenging puzzles and help complete a mission on Mars. No pressure.


At 05:14 GMT, the Joint Space Operations Network lost all contact with the Mission Mars: Fourth Horizon team as they were conducting routine sample collections on the Martian surface. The cause of the interruption is still unknown.

Your mission is to join us in reestablishing communications between the Earth and Mars.

In this free hands-on event you’ll learn the full capabilities of the Microsoft Development platform while sharpening your skills in a fun, fast-paced environment. Meet our experts, develop your skills, and a get chance to put your development abilities to the test.

Microsoft experts will be on hand to take you through the following topics during the event:

  • Azure IoT Hubs
    Learn how to establish bi-directional communications with billions of IoT devices.
  • Azure Functions
    Dive into the event driven, compute-on-demand experience that extends the existing Azure application platform.
  • Cognitive Services
    Build multi-platform apps with powerful algorithms using just a few lines of code.

Sound good? Accept the mission with the link to the right, and find details about an event in your city.

Los Angeles
Mission: MARS Cloud Developers Event


For other locations, see the table below:



Los Angeles, CA


San Francisco, CA


Chicago, IL


Austin, TX


Seattle, WA


Boston, MA


New York, NY


Philadelphia, PA


Atlanta, GA


imageMicrosoft IT is broadcasting on February 15th, (10-11AM PST) a live streaming event: “Driving Skype adoption through service improvements”

Join Dwight Jones, Senior IT Service Manager, as he discusses how Microsoft IT is making the transition to Skype for Business—unified communications in the cloud. He will share how we reconciled Microsoft Lync and other technologies to become Skype for Business, and how we’re listening to our users to drive service improvements, increase call quality, and optimize the user experience.

February 15th, (10-11AM PST)


Posted by: kurtsh | February 8, 2017

NEWS: Office 365 Update: February Edition Available

Office 365 Update for February 2017

Watch this video to learn about recent Office 365 enhancements and innovations, including a wide array of new capabilities that empower our customers to collaborate more effectively than ever before. In this February update you’ll explore:

  • iTunes and RSS Availability
  • OneDrive Update
  • LinkedIn Learning Office Courses
  • Microsoft Staff Hub
  • Free Stock Photos
  • Homepage
  • Data Loss Prevention

Viewing/listening options:

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