imageThe Microsoft Build developer conference takes place in Seattle on May 10–12, but no matter where you are, join us for live-streamed keynotes, announcements, technical sessions, and more as it happens.

Learn more about how Windows helps you engage your users, keep their information safe, and reach them in more places – RSVP now using your Microsoft account to participate remotely in Microsoft Build.

This will allow you to:

  • Watch the keynote live (Save the date!)
  • Vote for the first-ever Windows Developer Awards (Voting closes 4/27!)
        • Ninja Cat of the Year
        • App Creator of the Year
        • Game Creator of the Year
        • Reality Mixer of the Year
        • Core Maker of the Year
  • View select sessions and access your session content quickly
  • Create and share collections of Microsoft Build content
  • Discuss what you’ve seen and heard with your fellow devs

Register below & save the date on your calendar:

Posted by: kurtsh | April 20, 2017

DOWNLOAD: Office 365 Threat Intelligence Infographic

imageWe’ve recently released Office 365 Threat Intelligence, a solution that leverages the billions of signals that Microsoft receives about threats to Office 365 as well as other cloud & software solutions to proactively notify Office 365 administrators of threats & attacks that may impact them.

It also provides visuals that help Office 365 administrators understand what threats are most relevant to them – specific to their Office 365 environment & identify where in their tenant, there may be a potential risk.

Lastly, it provides detailed dossiers on known threats to educate Office 365 administrators as well as proactive prevention & remediation solutions to address threats when they are detected.

Threat Intelligence for Office 365

Office 365 Threat Intelligence is available as a separately subscribed solution or available as part of Office 365 E5.

Here is the original announcement around the general availability of Office 365 Threat Intelligence:

Here’s an infographic that we produced that provides some insight into what value Office 365 Threat Intelligence provides.

Posted by: kurtsh | April 20, 2017

NEWS: Physical buttons to trigger Flow now available

clip_image001Now you can actually build your own “EASY button”.  Physical buttons are available to trigger Microsoft Flow workflows, featuring:

    Flows can now be triggered directly from physical buttons from companies like Flic by Shortcut Labs, and Bttn by The Button Corporation.

Here’s some use cases from the announcement post:

Need a simple way to order more inventory in a production floor? Push the button. It will create a PO with approval in your CRM.

Need a simple way to call Tech support in a conference room? Push the button. It will dispatch a mail to your support team, or open a support ticket in your system.

Need a simple way to track your consulting work hours for various companies? Push the button. It will log your hours and location in an Excel file or a Google sheet.

Need an effortless way to keep track of product sales at a customer touch point? Push the button. It will update a dedicated Sharepoint list.

For more information on these, visit:


Register for the 2017 Microsoft Data Summit & see special guest speakers Freakonomics authors Stephen Dubner & Steven Levitt’s data-packed keynote on June 13!

Posted by: kurtsh | April 18, 2017

NEWS: Microsoft to acquire Intentional Software

imageMicrosoft announced plans to acquire Charles Simonyi’s company, “Intentional Software” – a company chartered with building software for “productivity scenarios” leveraging Charles’ innovations in intentional programming.

What this means in English is, (I think) the company picks a problem field – say the healthcare industry – then creates an actual programming environment from the ground up that is specific to that industry by working with experts in that field – maybe in this case, doctors or surgeons.  Then they describe the solution to a problem using that programming environment, as presented within an 4th Gen Programming interface. This interface is basically a abstracted graphical representation that’s designed to be easy to understand & “code free”.  A compiler creates the resulting program by using this description.

Charles Simonyi, for those of you who aren’t aware of who he is, is a fascinating man – I met him once while I was in Redmond. 

For the old school IT set, he was one of the researchers “back in the day” at the famed Xerox PARC (the creators of Ethernet, WYSIWYG interfaces, the laser printer, and many other modern inventions.  Famously, this is the place where Steve Jobs “liberated” the Macintosh’s user interface from) who was a founding innovator in Object Oriented Programming.  He left Xerox to join Microsoft in it’s early years and is most famously cited as the creator of Hungarian Notation, a developer programming convention that is used to this day.

“This acquisition will build on the work we’re already doing to deliver the tools necessary to be productive in an information-rich world. Intentional Software’s technology and talent will enhance our existing capabilities and strengthen our ability to add new tools and services to Microsoft’s robust productivity offering. We’re excited about the company’s work on productivity applications, especially given our focus of putting people at the center of experiences and our continued effort to reimagine collaboration.”

Read Microsoft Exec VP Rajesh Jha’s announcement on the Microsoft blog here:

Read Intentional Software CEO Charles Simonyi’s announcement here:


[taken from the Cortana Intelligence & Machine Learning blog]

We are excited to announce that registration for the Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop is now open to all developers. The Workshop is being held on Tuesday, May 9th, at the W Hotel in Seattle. This is a free in-person event, but capacity is limited – so register now to reserve your spot.

This is a unique opportunity for developers interested in creating the next generation of intelligent apps, including enterprise-grade solutions, using the very latest AI and Machine Learning techniques. You’ll learn how to build solutions from scratch. Seasoned software engineers and data scientists from Microsoft – people who are building some of the world’s most advanced AI and ML technologies – will run these hands-on tutorials. Several presenters are also active contributors to this blog, as you’ll see from the presenter names next to the session abstracts below.

The Workshop will kick off with a keynote talk that will cover the breadth and depth of Microsoft’s AI investments and offerings. That will be followed by your choice of five deep technical tutorial sessions, which will run for much of the day, from 11:00 AM through 5:00 PM. These tutorials will focus on hands-on activities and projects, so attendees are expected to bring their own laptops, and also check our event website for any pre-requisite software or subscriptions they might need, to make the most of the day.

To see the full agenda, visit:

To register for this event:

Windows 10, version 1703 introduces a new tool, MBR2GPT, that enables you to convert a disk from Master Boot Record (MBR) to GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition style, without modifying or deleting data on the disk, as part of a migration from BIOS to UEFI.

Watch this demo to see the MBR2GPT tool in action:

Windows Program Manager, Desmond Lee, demonstrates the new MBR2GPT disk conversion tool that’s part of Windows 10 Creators Update. This is a comprehensive yet concise overview that explains how you can safely and non-destructively convert a Windows 10 machine from legacy BIOS to UEFI disk partitioning; and how you can automate the conversion as part of your in-place upgrade process from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Importantly, unlike wipe and load methods, all of this can be achieved without having to move your data off the disk. To learn more please also check out:

Shifting from BIOS to UEFI with the Windows 10 Creators Update MBR2GPT disk conversion tool

Have a question about Windows 10? Ask the experts on the Microsoft Tech Community:

Posted by: kurtsh | April 13, 2017

WHITEPAPER: Get Started Guide for Azure IT Operators

imageLearn how to quickly get started using Azure services.

This guide introduces core concepts related to the deployment and management of a Microsoft Azure infrastructure. If you are new to cloud computing, or Azure itself, this guide will help get you quickly started with concepts, deployment, and management details. Many sections of this guide discuss an operation such as deploying a virtual machine, and then provide a link for in-depth technical detail.

Download the guide here:

Yesterday, we made two really cool announcements for users & enthusiasts of Microsoft Flow, our orchestration & productivity workflow solution:

  • The announcement of an official Microsoft Flow Subreddit discussion forum
  • The availability of Computer Vision API to Flow, from Microsoft Cognitive Services

Flow now has its own SubReddit page, supported by the Flow product group… and there’s already a LOT of activity.

We (The Product group) would love for you to come join the official subreddit and community, to better learn to use the tool and ultimately save yourself a shitload of time in your workday by automating repetitive tasks in a no-code/low-code environment!

Wondering what is Microsoft Flow? Here’s our overview video:

Come join us in the subreddit today!

They just announced a series of Product Updates for Flow as well, including support for our *Computer Vision API*, part of Microsoft’s Cognitive Services.

The Computer Vision API will enable Flow writers to initiate flows based on what a camera can see & recognize. Mount cameras in building & create Microsoft Flows such as: Whenever Kurt Shintaku appears to be coming into the building, send a Skype for Business notification to Corporate Security, warning them of an intruder. Smile

imageJoin us May 2 for a livestream to learn what’s next from Microsoft.

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