imageToday, we are proud to announce that Microsoft is positioned as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Suites, Q3 2019, receiving among the second highest scores in both the strategy and market presence categories.

According to Forrester, “Microsoft has a compelling vision for the future where endpoint threat prevention and detection are completely integrated and inseparable.”

Read the entire announcement and download the Forrester Report here:


Join us for an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ experience where you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Get hands on with the Microsoft Surface family of devices and experience real life examples of digital transformation in action.
  • Hear and learn from other customers about their digital transformation initiatives.
  • Learn about the latest trends driving workplace transformation – from enabling teamwork with the new Surface Hub 2S and Microsoft Teams, to increasing the efficiency of your field workforce with predictive analytics from Dynamics 365 and Surface Go.
  • Access programs, resources and solution experts from Microsoft and our partners to help develop and activate your workplace transformation strategy.
  • Network with peers while enjoying nibbles and drinks.

Event Agenda

  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm
    Arrival and networking
  • 4:15pm – 4:35pm
    Welcome remarks
  • 4:35pm – 7:00pm
    Tour the Surface experience while enjoying refreshments

Surface Fall Roadshow – Los Angeles

(Event also stopping at Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, and Portland)

NEW! Transcribe audio files or record your own while staying in the flow in Microsoft Word – coming in early 2020.

Image of an audio file being transcribed in Microsoft Word.

We spoke with researchers, reporters, lawyers, and teachers, and learned that people spend a ton of time recording audio interviews on their phone, and then spend even more time transcribing those conversations into Word.

Today, we’re announcing a solution that helps busy professionals upload their own audio files or record new ones on the fly, all within Word. Once your audio has been uploaded or recorded, Word—leveraging your OneDrive account to securely store the audio files and Azure Speech Services under the hood—displays a written audio transcription in the side panel and allows you to quickly and easily bring relevant snippets or the entire transcript into your document to edit. The transcript itself is automatically separated by speaker and into relevant chunks of content, and the interactive panel allows you to easily jump around the recording to find and verify the perfect quote.

Audio transcription in Word will be available in early 2020 in Word for the web, with integration into the Word desktop and mobile apps following in the spring. Exact plans and pricing will be announced closer to general availability.

Read about this and more on the Microsoft 365 blog:

Here’s a new Office 365 bingo card for those of you wondering “why that new Office 365 feature has been disabled by your IT department”.  (Courtesy of Jamie LaPorte)



Posted by: kurtsh | October 9, 2019

WEBINAR: Hosting Live Events in Microsoft 365

imageLearn how to create, promote, and manage live events in Microsoft 365.

This deep dive will walk through the best practices and technical steps so your organization can start empowering leaders to connect with their employees, deliver impactful training, and improve communication and culture using Microsoft Teams, Stream, and Yammer.

(Originally recorded Tuesday, October 08, 2019, 09:00 AM  – 10:00 AM  (PDT))

imageWith business applications forming the backbone of any organization, staying competitive requires app modernization. And that means migrating to the cloud.

Read Expedition Cloud: Inside Microsoft’s Cloud Migration and Application Development Journey for detailed guidance on how Microsoft planned and implemented its own app modernization strategy. By following Microsoft’s approach, you’ll learn how to:

  • Assess your applications to identify when each app should be migrated.
  • Understand the five different migration approaches: rehost, refactor, rearchitect, rebuild, and replace.
  • Choose the best application migration approach and solutions.

Get the eBook here:

Posted by: kurtsh | October 9, 2019

DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Intune Customer Adoption Pack

imageDownload the new Microsoft Intune adoption kit and customize your own communication plan.

We are excited to announce the updated Microsoft Intune Customer Adoption Pack is now available. It is a set of content and guidance that IT administrators, trainers, champions, and change management professionals can use to drive Microsoft Intune adoption in your organization and help ensure your users get up and running quickly.

imageThe Intune Customer Adoption Pack includes:

  • Email Templates for Communications Plan (Value, expectations, schedule, availability, instructions for enrollment, reasons for migration)
  • Intune End User Enrollment Guide:
    Reference document in PDF or .DOC – customizable with internal resources
  • Step-by-step videos to aid users in enrolling devices for Intune
    • Enroll your Android device for full management
    • Enroll your Android device for Work Profile management
    • Enroll your iOS device
    • Enroll your macOS device
    • Enroll your Windows 10 device

Read more at the announcement blog post:

imageThe Lessons learned from the Microsoft SOC blog series is designed to share our approach and experience with security operations center (SOC) operations. Our learnings in the series come primarily from Microsoft’s corporate IT security operation team, one of several specialized teams in the Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC).

Here are the series releases to date, with more coming:

(Graphic of the Microsoft SOC philosophy is available as a poster at

imageSharePoint is a great organizational data store.  SharePoint lists offer a quick and easy way for users to store and share millions of items, while document libraries have become the industry standard for document management, supplying secure, reliable storage. SharePoint libraries supply the backbone for document storage in all of Office 365. When you add documents to Microsoft Teams, or Yammer, they’re stored in a document library. 

In addition to lists, documents can also contain valuable data. For example, where one user may create a list to store data in rows and columns, another user may choose to do so in Excel, and then save the Excel file to a document library. Both containers hold valuable data, and as with most data, there will be a need to report on it. 

Once the reporting needs go beyond the features available in a SharePoint view, a different reporting platform is necessary. 
There are several different platforms and technologies for working with SharePoint data, such as Power Query, Excel, Power BI, SQL Server Reporting Services and SQL Server Integration Services.

Your choice of reporting platform depends on the report type, data, storage, and your skill level.  With a wide variety of choices available, it is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to choose the right tool for the job. 

This white paper examines the different platforms and approaches that can be used to report on SharePoint data and explains the procedures.

This is a great edit of the entire Microsoft event from October 2nd, 2019 with most of the announcements, culled down to 15 minutes.

If you only have 15 minutes, give this a view. 

If you’d like to watch the entire event, here’s the recording:

(Note: There are official videos for each announced product available here:

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