Posted by: kurtsh | December 10, 2017

VIDEO: “3D Holiday” – Microsoft’s Holiday Message

Here’s Microsoft’s holiday message for 2017:

Watch the :60 message here on Youtube and the :15 digitals: Lizard and Pirate and Three Eyed Monster.

If you’re interested in learning more about 3D Holiday, we have some details here.  And if you’re interested in creating some of this yourself on Windows 10, visit to create your own world with the characters featured in the spot.

We are also sponsoring a Facebook photo frame.

Starting Monday, go in to your Facebook account and click “Update your profile picture”, then “Add frame”, where you will find our holiday frame. Select and publish!

Posted by: kurtsh | December 10, 2017

INFO: Office 365 Update – December 2017

Wanna hear what the latest updates are in Office 365?  Check out the December 2017 update video below.

If you’d like to keep track of past & future updates, here’s some means of subscribing to them:

Posted by: kurtsh | December 9, 2017

EVENT: Microsoft Ignite 2018 Pre-Registration

Jimageoin us September 24 – 28, 2018 in Orlando, FL for Microsoft Ignite.

Sign up now for early registration access and have first choice of hotels in March.

Posted by: kurtsh | December 8, 2017

INFO: Yammer Vision & Roadmap for FY18 (2017-2018)

The video below is a recording of the 1 hour “Yammer Vision & Roadmap” presentation as delivered at Microsoft Ignite on 9/25/17. (BRK2103)

The content is also available in more detail at the Microsoft Ignite site – including references to OTHER Yammer-related sessions delivered at Ignite:

BRK2103: Connecting your company with Yammer: Vision and roadmap

Posted by: kurtsh | December 8, 2017

DOWNLOAD: Office 365 Teamwork Guides

imageWe’ve published 4 new guides to help folks understand how to leverage the technology within Office 365 to enhance TEAMWORK.

  • Unblocking workplace collaboration
  • 5 tips to improve collaboration
  • 5 faces of today’s employees
  • The ultimate guide to chat-based tools

Download the guides from here:

(My apologies if you initially received a weird notification about a post called #SavePlayer1. This post originally & accidentally contained content targetted for my personal blog.  I’ve replaced the content of this post with the actual content that was supposed to be here)

imageWell, I missed this AMA – sorry, but I’ve been super-heads down on work.  But fortunately, you can review all the questions and answers in the archive about “Azure Stack” directly from the engineering team.

Here’s a sample of the questions asked & answered:

  • Who is responsible for lighting up… let’s say Azure Container|Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack? Is the the AKS team, or the Azure Stack team?

  • How does the support work? The Azure Stack team can’t possibly be the product experts that the AKS team are. Yet, from what I know about Azure Stack, I know there are enough incompatibility points (lol, MSI? lol, metadata service) that will require feature work from the AKS team to make it work in Azure Stack. Or an Azure Stack employee basically working extremely closely with AKS team members. No? How does that relatioship work reliably for the customer who doesn’t care about this distinction?

  • What complex workloads can you actually deploy with an ARM template to both Azure Cloud and Azure Stack? Same APIs, same features, same runtimes? Can you point me to these example ARM templates?

  • How many customers are willing to publicly talk about Azure Stack success stories? Can you point to a company that is purely, straight-forwardly deploying identical workloads in Azure Stack and Azure Public Cloud today?

  • Why do customers buy Azure Stack?

    • too timid to go public cloud in one step?
    • bursting capacity?
    • etc?
  • Now that Azure is launching a VMware side-by-side service, isn’t there a risk that Azure Stack will become irrelevant in the marketplace?
  • What is next for Azure Stack? what other services and capabilities will you be adding to Azure stack in the next 6 months?
  • Is it possible that I can manage Azure and AzureStack from just the Azure portal in the future? Like the Azure Stack environment should just appear as a region when deploying a resource. If a particular service isn’t available in Azure Stack then the Azure Stack region should not be displayed
  • Will Azure Stack become modular in the future? If I buy a 4 node model can I add more servers if I want to scale out?
  • Why is it so damn expensive(especially in terms of requiring certified hardware)? Also when is Service Fabric coming?
  • What is the impetus for forcing Azure Stack to be sold only as a part of a solution and not installable on what might be otherwise compatible hardware?

Read the full AMA here:

REDDIT: [AMA] Azure Stack Engineering Team!

imageUPDATE 11/30/17 3:10PM:
Thanks to Jonathan for notifying me about the broken link in this post. Link is fixed and now goes directly to the study.

Get a clear and thorough overview of Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics. Learn how it helps protect on-premises networks from both internal and external threats.

“Overall, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics is a perfect example of a Real-Time Security Intelligence solution with a background in the field of cybersecurity. It’s focused on detection of several specific kinds of internal and external threats, and, as opposed to products evolving from traditional SIEMs, is much leaner and easier to deploy.” Alexei Balaganski, Lead Analyst, KuppingerCole

In this advanced threat analysis, you’ll examine the ways our User and Entity Behavioral Analytics  (UEBA) solution, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics helps you:

  • Detect abnormal behavior, malicious attacks, and security issues in your environment
  • Get a quick threat overview and timeline of activities with the innovative, web-based management console
  • Integrate with leading SIEM solutions like IBM QRadar, HP ArcSight, RSA Security Analytics, and Splunk
  • Deploy without changing your existing infrastructure

Download the report here:

Posted by: kurtsh | November 30, 2017

HOWTO: Set up ‘just-in-time’ Skype meeting reminders

Have you ever hit the snooze button on an Outlook reminder for a Skype for Business meeting/concall, only to forget about it later & end up joining the call late? 

Or have you for some reason not gotten a Outlook meeting reminder at all, and then missed the meeting altogether?

One of my favorite features in Skype for Business is it’s ability to send me an IM to join a meeting ‘just-in-time’ when a Skype meeting is starting that I’m supposed participate in.

With this, I immediately get a “toast” IM at the precise time that the meeting is starting – with a button to join the meeting at that exact moment.  It won’t automatically join the meeting – but it does give me the opportunity to easily join the meeting manually with a single click.

With this feature, I NEVER miss a meeting from my desktop.

Note however that this reminder system is SEPARATE from Outlook & it’s disabled by default if you have Outlook running.

In order to turn this on:

  1. Go to Options on the Skype for Business client:
  2. Click on Skype Meetings. 
    Under “Meeting reminders”, UNCHECK the box that reads “Don’t show notifications when Outlook is running”


imageWe have produced a new Microsoft 365 End User Adoption guide which provide prescriptive guidance on how to establish a framework for adopting your investment in Microsoft 365 & its products & services.

This End User Adoption Guide has been created for organizations interested in the most effective ways to maximize their investment in Microsoft 365. It is meant to be used as a step-by-step guide, where you can ensure that your organization can first identify, and then execute specific tasks that will help your organization embrace this new culture of work.

The best practices in this guide are based on the experiences from our most successful customers who, over the years have adopted the different technologies that are now part of Microsoft 365 – Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Table of Contents

  • Stakeholders
    • Recruit Executive Sponsors
    • Select Your Success Owner
    • Empower Champions
  • Scenarios
    • Identify Scenarios
    • Prioritize Your Scenarios
    • Define Success Criteria
    • Share Success
  • Awareness
    • Build Your Communications Plan
    • Encourage Ongoing Engagement
  • Training
    • Create your Training Plan
    • Access Training Resource
  • Plan, Implement and Manage
    • Plan your Adoption Activities
    • Kickstart Early Adoption Program
    • Create a Success Plan
    • Iterate for Continuing Success
    • Manage and Prepare for Change

If you would like to engage others & hear news about End User Adoption of Microsoft 365 & it’s products & services, go to:

Get the guide here:

imageJoin us on November 30th for an opportunity to "Ask Microsoft Anything" (AMA) about Windows 10, version 1709 (aka the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update).

The AMA will take place from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time in the Windows 10 space. Members of the engineering and product teams will be standing by to answer your questions and listen to your feedback about the latest Windows 10 feature update.

Don’t miss this chance to get answers to your questions. Add the event to your calendar. We hope to see you there!

Can’t attend at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time?
While we’ll only be answering questions in real time from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, you can post your questions for the AMA to the Windows 10 space in the Windows 10 Tech Community up to 24 hours in advance. Just make sure you add a tag for “Windows 10 v1709 AMA” so that we can find them easily.

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