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  • Windows 10 Tip: Keep track of your tabs with Microsoft Edge

    It’s easy to lose track of what’s in your tabs, especially if you have many tabs open from the same site that all look alike. The new tab preview bar and “Set these tabs aside” features in Microsoft Edge with the Windows 10 Creators Update allow you to easily manage and navigate your tabs. Keep (...) Next page

  • The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming to Microsoft Store!

    The Unspoken VR Tournament is coming soon to select Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada.* Oculus Rift works natively with Windows 10, which makes it easy to set up, jump in and have an incredible VR gaming experience. On May 13, you can slip into a hidden world of bare-handed spellcasting (...) Next page

  • Configuring your release pipelines for safe deployments

    For large and high scale applications, the promise of “enterprise grade” availability and high reliability levels are key to customer confidence on the applications. Continuous delivery pipelines for such scaled out applications typically consist of multiple environments. DevOPS enables faster & (...) Next page

  • Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15207 for Mobile

    Hello Windows Insiders! Today we are excited to be releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15207 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This build is exactly the same as Build 15205 released last week but with one additional fix we would like extra coverage on from Insiders: We have added a (...) Next page

  • Outlook Customer Manager now rolling out worldwide with enhanced capabilities

    The Outlook Customer Manager provides an easy way for small businesses to track and grow customer relationships from right within Outlook. Today, we are pleased to announce the Outlook Customer Manager is now rolling out to all Office 365 Business Premium subscribers worldwide, and is also now (...) Next page

  • New to Office 365 in April

    Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team. Several Office 365 updates this month can help companies of all sizes accelerate the digital transformation within their organization. We released Outlook Customer Manager, introduced Microsoft To-Do in (...) Next page

  • Save up to $200 off new devices with Microsoft Store graduation deals

    Graduation is a milestone in one’s life. It signals the end of an era – and the beginning of something new. Starting April 24 through June 18, Microsoft Store is offering great savings on Surface devices, select Windows 10 PCs, VR headset, headphones and more to help the grad in your life (...) Next page

  • Update on Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2017

    Last month, we shipped Visual Studio 2017 RTM and since then we’ve had many reports on Team Explorer issues. In a nutshell, the quality of Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2017 RTM isn’t up to our usual standards. Most of the bugs stem from 2 sets of changes: a major refactor of the authentication (...) Next page

  • How to find query plan choice regressions with SQL Server 2017 CTP2

    SQL Server 2017 in CTP2.0 version automatically identifies potential performance regressions in SQL queries, enables you to easily find potential issues, and gives you information what should you do to fix the issue. In CTP2.0 version is added new system view sys.dm_db_tuning_recommendations (...) Next page

  • “How to make a movie the secure way” at NAB Show 2017

    At the NAB Show 2017 Conference this week, we’ll be reprising our session “Securing the Making of the Next Hollywood Blockbuster” (Las Vegas | April 25, 2017 | 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM in the Cybersecurity & Content Protection Pavilion – Booth C3830CS – Central Hall). Azure’s very own Joel Sloss will (...) Next page

  • Introducing the Quick Measures Gallery

    In the April release of Power BI Desktop we release a powerful feature called 'quick measures' that helps create DAX measures based on templates for common patterns and expressions. You can submit your common calculations that would be helpful for the rest of the community on our new Quick (...) Next page

  • How Azure Security Center detects a Bitcoin mining attack

    Azure Security Center helps customers deal with myriads of threats using advanced analytics backed by global threat intelligence. In addition, a team of security researchers often work directly with customers to gain insight into security incidents affecting Microsoft Azure customers, with the (...) Next page

  • Powering the industry 4.0 revolution in manufacturing with Windows 10 and Microsoft Cloud

    Since the beginning of the industrial age, manufacturers have been updating and improving the products we use every day. As those product lifecycles get shorter, manufacturers rely on companies like Microsoft to keep pace. That’s why Microsoft is focused on providing the technology solutions and (...) Next page

  • Announcing new Azure Services in the UK

    We’re pleased to announce the following services which are now available in the UK! HDInsight – HDInsight is a 100% compatible Hadoop service that allows you to easily provision and manage Hadoop clusters for big data processing in Azure. HDInsight is the only fully-managed cloud Hadoop (...) Next page

  • Getting Started with Visual Studio for C and C++ Development

    Are you new to Visual Studio and working with C++? Then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a student writing one of your first programs or a seasoned C++ developer with years of experience, you’ll find Visual Studio to be a powerful environment for C++ development. Visual Studio is an (...) Next page

  • A Week with Microsoft Edge: The only browser to stream Netflix content in 4K

    This week, we’ve shared a new video and blog post every day to introduce you to the best of Microsoft Edge, and, in our final post today, we’re talking all about entertainment. Did you know Microsoft Edge is the only browser that enables you to stream 4k Ultra HD Netflix movies and TV shows*, (...) Next page

  • Update 1704 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

    Hello everyone! We are happy to let you know that update 1704 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are (...) Next page

  • Introducing a new experience for Gmail accounts in Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps

    Over the past year we’ve introduced many new features in Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps for users with Outlook.com accounts—such as easily tracking travel and shipping deliveries, making emails more actionable, helping you easily track your favorite sports events, faster search, and more. We’re (...) Next page

  • Windows Developer Awards: Honoring Windows Devs at Microsoft Build 2017

    As we ramp up for Build, the Windows Dev team would like to thank you, the developer community, for all the amazing work you have done over the past 12 months. Because of your efforts and feedback, we’ve managed to add countless new features to the Universal Windows Platform and the Windows (...) Next page

  • The future of work on Modern Workplace

    Register to watch the latest Modern Workplace episode, “The Future of Work: Build, attract, connect,” which aired April 11, 2017. Jacob Morgan—speaker, futurist and author—presents five factors affecting the future of work. He describes how, as a futurist, he helps people not be surprised by what (...) Next page

  • #AzureAD Mailbag: Azure AD App Proxy, Round 2

    Hey everyone, Ian Parramore here. Long time no post for us on these mailbags. You might be wondering what happened and why we didnt have a post for almost 2 months. I can tell you who is to blame, Mark. Now that we got that out of the way. Today were going to dive in a little bit on some of the (...) Next page

  • Bing refines its copyright removals process

    In a continuous effort to enhance the Bing user experience and promote the expression of free speech while simultaneously upholding the rights of intellectual property and copyright holders, Bing has streamlined the copyright removals process. We heard your feedback and understand that (...) Next page

  • Released: Public Preview for SQL Server vNext Replication Management Pack (6.7.40.0)

    We are happy to announce that public preview for SQL Server vNext Replication Management Pack is ready. Please install and use this public preview and send us your feedback (sqlmpsfeedback@microsoft.com). You can download the public preview at: (...) Next page

  • C++ Code Editing and Navigation in Visual Studio

    Visual Studio comes packed with a set of productivity tools to make it easy for C++ developers to read, edit, and navigate through their code. In this blog post we will dive into these features and go over what they do. This post is part of a series aimed at new users to Visual Studio. This (...) Next page

  • vswhere is now installed with Visual Studio 2017

    Starting in the latest preview release of Visual Studio version 15.2 (26418.1-Preview), you can now find vswhere installed in “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer” (on 32-bit operating systems before Windows 10, you should use “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer”). (...) Next page

  • Episode 127 on the new Script Lab Office add-in with Michael Zlatkovsky and Bhargav Krishna—Office 365 Developer Podcast

    In Episode 127 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates talk with Michael Zlatkovsky and Bhargav Krishna about the new Script Lab Office add-in. document.createElement('audio'); https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP127_ScriptLab.mp3 (...) Next page

  • This Week on Windows: New Windows 10 PCs, Forza Horizon 3, and more

    We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here to see our series, “A Week with Microsoft Edge,” all about the browser designed for Windows 10. Check out five ways to get started with the Paint 3D app, learn more about the new creativity apps with unique capabilities (...) Next page

  • Just released – Windows developer evaluation virtual machines – April 2017 build

    We’re releasing the April 2017 edition of our evaluation Windows developer virtual machines (VM) on Windows Dev Center. The VMs come in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox and VMWare flavors. The evaluation version will expire on 07/07/17. Evaluation VM contain: Windows 10 Creators Update – Enterprise (...) Next page

  • A Week with Microsoft Edge: The browser built for books and reading

    Next up in our series, A Week with Microsoft Edge we’re talking about how the browser is built for books and reading. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’ve worked to make reading in Microsoft Edge a great experience and have expanded the type of content you can read right within the browser. (...) Next page

  • Venue management firm reduces costs, improves collaboration with move to the cloud

    Today’s blog post was written by John Hornby, chief operating officer at the NEC Group, a venue management company based in the United Kingdom. The NEC Group got its start in 1976 when Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. Since then, we’ve (...) Next page

  • Text Mining to Improve the Health of Millions of Citizens

    By Kenji Takeda, Director of Azure for Research at Microsoft. Doctors face daily decisions about the best care for their patients, and their own clinical experience can be enhanced using evidence-based medicine, such as through clinical trial data. As David Tovey, Editor-in-Chief, Cochrane, (...) Next page

  • Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017

    SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped our customers to improve application performance many times over. But when it comes to (...) Next page

  • Resumable Online Index Rebuild is in public preview for SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0

    We are delighted to announce that Resumable Online Index Rebuild is now available for public preview in the SQL Server vNext 2017 CTP 2.0 release. With this feature, you can resume a paused index rebuild operation from where the rebuild operation was paused rather than having to restart the (...) Next page

  • Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017

    SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped our customers to improve application performance many times over. But when it comes to (...) Next page

  • Resumable Online Index Rebuild is in public preview for SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0

    We are delighted to announce that Resumable Online Index Rebuild is now available for public preview in the SQL Server vNext 2017 CTP 2.0 release. With this feature, you can resume a paused index rebuild operation from where the rebuild operation was paused rather than having to restart the (...) Next page

  • Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017

    SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped our customers to improve application performance many times over. But when it comes to (...) Next page

  • Resumable Online Index Rebuild is in public preview for SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0

    We are delighted to announce that Resumable Online Index Rebuild is now available for public preview in the SQL Server vNext 2017 CTP 2.0 release. With this feature, you can resume a paused index rebuild operation from where the rebuild operation was paused rather than having to restart the (...) Next page

  • Office 365 ProPlus updates

    Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for the Office commercial marketing team. Office 365 ProPlus delivers cloud-connected and always up-to-date versions of our most valuable enterprise apps. Today, we’re making three important announcements related to ProPlus: (...) Next page

  • Combating a spate of Java malware with machine learning in real-time

    In recent weeks, we have seen a surge in emails carrying fresh malicious Java (.jar) malware that use new techniques to evade antivirus protection. But with our research team’s automated expert systems and machine learning models, Windows 10 PCs get real-time protection against these latest (...) Next page

  • Azure IoT supports new security hardware to strengthen IoT security

    Microsoft’s commitment to leadership in IoT security continues with Azure IoT’s improving the level of trust and confidence in securing IoT deployments. Azure IoT now supports Device Identity Composition Engine (DICE) and many different kinds of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). DICE is an (...) Next page

  • Announcing Azure Time Series Insights

    Today we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Time Series Insights, a fully managed analytics, storage, and visualization service that makes it incredibly simple to interactively and instantly explore and analyze billions of events from sources such as Internet of Things. Time (...) Next page

  • Announcing new functionality to automatically provision devices to Azure IoT Hub

    We’re announcing a great new service to Azure IoT Hub that allows customers to provision millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner. Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning enables zero-touch provisioning to the right IoT hub without requiring human intervention, and is currently being used (...) Next page

  • Announcing Azure Stream Analytics on edge devices (preview)

    Today, we are announcing Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) on edge devices, a new feature of Azure Stream Analytics that enables customers to deploy analytical intelligence closer to the IoT devices and unlock the full value of the device-generated data. Azure Stream Analytics on edge devices (...) Next page

  • Azure IoT Suite connected factory now available

    Getting Started with Industrie 4.0 Many customers tell us that they want to start with the digital transformation of their assets, for example production lines, as well as their business processes. However, many times they just don’t know where to start or what exactly Industrie 4.0 is all (...) Next page

  • Meet 1:1 with a Microsoft expert at Microsoft Data Insights Summit - book your appointment today!

    Learn how to get the most from your data — and the Microsoft tools you use every day — at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, the company’s user conference for business analysts. Now in its second year, the event is packed with strong technical content, hands-on workshops, and a great lineup of (...) Next page

  • C++ Unit Testing in Visual Studio

    Testing is an increasingly important part of a software development workflow. In many cases, it is insufficient to test a program simply by running it and trying it out – as the scope of the project gets more involved, it becomes increasingly necessary to be able to test individual components of (...) Next page

  • Making it easier to revert

    Sometimes when things go wrong in my environment, I don’t want to have to clean it all up — I just want to go back in time to when everything was working. But remembering to maintain good recovery points isn’t easy. Now we’re making it so that you can always roll back your virtual machine to a (...) Next page

  • Introducing Interleaved Execution for Multi-Statement Table Valued Functions

    For SQL Server vNext and Azure SQL Database, the Microsoft Query Processing team is introducing a new set of adaptive query processing improvements to help fix performance issues that are due to poor cardinality estimates. Improvements in the adaptive query processing space include batch mode (...) Next page

  • Introducing Batch Mode Adaptive Joins

    For SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database, the Microsoft Query Processing team is introducing a new set of adaptive query processing improvements to help fix performance issues that are due to inaccurate cardinality estimates. Improvements in the adaptive query processing space include batch (...) Next page

  • DSC Resource Kit Release April 2017

    We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 5 DSC resource modules, including 3 new DSC resources. In these past 6 weeks, 57 pull requests have been merged and 46 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! The modules updated in this release are: (...) Next page

  • Delivery timeline markers, git graph, and build and release improvements – Apr 19

    Note: The features discussed in this post will be rolling out over the next three weeks. This deployment, we introduce the git graph. We’ve also updated many build and release tasks and extensions, as well as made improvements to the Marketplace. Delivery timeline markers Have you been looking (...) Next page

  • Announcing the General Availability (GA) Release of SSDT 17.0 (April 2017)

    We are pleased to announce that SQL Server Data Tools 17.0 is officially released and supported for production use. This GA release includes support for SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server on Linux including new features such as Graph DB. It includes several features that we have consistently (...) Next page

  • Empowering Every Organization on the Planet with Artificial Intelligence

    Re-posted from the Microsoft SQL Server blog. Extracting intelligence from ever-expanding amounts of data is now the difference between being the next market disruptor versus being relegated to the history books. Microsoft’s comprehensive data platform and tools let developers and businesses (...) Next page

  • Windows Developers at Microsoft Build 2017

    Microsoft Build 2017 kicks off on May 10 in Seattle, with an expected capacity crowd of over 5,000 developers—plus countless more online. Join us for the live-streamed keynotes, announcements, technical sessions and more. You’ll be among the first to hear about new developments that will help you (...) Next page

  • Python in SQL Server 2017: enhanced in-database machine learning

    We are excited to share the preview release of in-database analytics and machine learning with Python in SQL Server. Python is one of the most popular languages for data science and has a rich ecosystem of powerful libraries. Starting with the CTP 2.0 release of SQL Server 2017, you can now (...) Next page

  • Python in SQL Server 2017: enhanced in-database machine learning

    We are excited to share the preview release of in-database analytics and machine learning with Python in SQL Server. Python is one of the most popular languages for data science and has a rich ecosystem of powerful libraries. Starting with the CTP 2.0 release of SQL Server 2017, you can now (...) Next page

  • Python in SQL Server 2017: enhanced in-database machine learning

    We are excited to share the preview release of in-database analytics and machine learning with Python in SQL Server. Python is one of the most popular languages for data science and has a rich ecosystem of powerful libraries. Starting with the CTP 2.0 release of SQL Server 2017, you can now (...) Next page

  • New Offline Books for Visual Studio 2017 Available for Download

    Today we are happy to announce that new offline books for Visual Studio 2017 are now available for download. Now you can easily download content published on MSDN and Docs for consumption on-the-go, without needing an active internet connection. We are also hosting the book generation and (...) Next page

  • What’s new in SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0 for Analysis Services

    The public CTP 2.0 of SQL Server 2017 on Windows is available here! This public preview includes the following enhancements for Analysis Services tabular. Object-level security to secure model metadata in addition to data. Transaction-performance improvements for a more responsive developer (...) Next page

  • Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16179 for PC + Build 15205 for Mobile

    Hello Windows Insiders! Today we are excited to be releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16179 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15204 to Insiders in the Fast ring. What’s New in Build 16179 For PC Revert VM: (...) Next page

  • Integrated management and security across your hybrid cloud

    Do you have a truly end-to-end view of your hybrid cloud environment? Most environments today are complex, with multi-tier applications that may span multiple datacenters and cloud hosting environments. In fact, the reality is that for most companies, complexity is the number one challenge in a (...) Next page

  • Integrated management and security across your hybrid cloud

    Do you have a truly end-to-end view of your hybrid cloud environment? Most environments today are complex, with multi-tier applications that may span multiple datacenters and cloud hosting environments. In fact, the reality is that for most companies, complexity is the number one challenge in a (...) Next page

  • Introducing a DAX Editor Tool Window for SSDT Tabular

    The April 2017 release of SSDT Tabular for Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 comes with a DAX editor tool window that can be considered a complement to or replacement for the formula bar. You can find it on the View menu under Other Windows, and then select DAX Editor, as the following screenshot (...) Next page

  • New Get Data Capabilities in the GA Release of SSDT Tabular 17.0 (April 2017)

    With the General Availability (GA) release of SSDT 17.0, the modern Get Data experience in Analysis Service Tabular projects comes with several exciting improvements, including DirectQuery support (see the blog article “Introducing DirectQuery Support for Tabular 1400”), additional data sources (...) Next page

  • Announcing the general availability of Service Map solution

    Modern applications are complex, multi-tier, business-service systems that might span multiple datacenters and cloud hosting environments. To manage these applications and ensure they meet their SLA, you need an end-to-end view that ties together the different application components and (...) Next page

  • Introducing DirectQuery Support for Tabular 1400

    With the production release of SSDT 17.0, Tabular projects now support DirectQuery mode at the 1400 compatibility level, so you can tap into large data sets that exceed the available memory on the server and meet data freshness requirements that would otherwise be difficult if not impossible to (...) Next page

  • Introducing OMS DNS Analytics

    Summary: Use DNS Analytics to get security, performance- and operations-related insights into DNS infrastructure. Hi everyone, Abhave Sharma here, and today I’m excited to announce that DNS Analytics is available in Public Preview. In this post, I’ll take you through some of the cool (...) Next page

  • OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

    Over the last year, our team has been working with and listening to educators to learn how they are using OneNote Class Notebooks. We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to (...) Next page

  • Updates to Microsoft Intune on Microsoft Azure

    This post is authored by Simon May, Principal Program Manager, Intune CXP. Empowering not only your employees, but also you to be more productive is one of the main goals for us. Ability to manage your mobility ecosystem from virtually any device and any browser, managing increasingly larger (...) Next page

  • A Week with Microsoft Edge: Personalizing the web

    Next up in our series, A Week with Microsoft Edge we’re sharing tips for personalizing the web. With so much time spent browsing the web, we all want an experience that feels personal and custom, and with Microsoft Edge it’s easy to do just that. Here are some tips on how to personalize the web (...) Next page

  • Delivering AI with data: the next generation of Microsoft’s data platform

    This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group Leveraging intelligence out of the ever-increasing amounts of data can make the difference between being the next market disruptor or being relegated to the pages of history. Today at the Microsoft Data Amp (...) Next page

  • Delivering AI with data: the next generation of Microsoft’s data platform

    This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group Leveraging intelligence out of the ever-increasing amounts of data can make the difference between being the next market disruptor or being relegated to the pages of history. Today at the Microsoft Data Amp (...) Next page

  • Delivering AI with data: the next generation of Microsoft’s data platform

    This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group Leveraging intelligence out of the ever-increasing amounts of data can make the difference between being the next market disruptor or being relegated to the pages of history. Today at the Microsoft Data Amp (...) Next page

  • Introducing Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview

    Today’s post was written by Ori Artman, general manager of Microsoft To-Do. Today we’re excited to introduce a new, intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. Say hello to Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview. To-Do comes from the team behind the (...) Next page

  • Introducing Microsoft R Server 9.1 release

    This post is authored by Nagesh Pabbisetty, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft. Expert data scientists are adopting Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning at a rising rate. The adoption of these technologies is increasingly possible, thanks to enterprise-grade capabilities (...) Next page

  • Introducing Microsoft R Server 9.1 release

    This post is authored by Nagesh Pabbisetty, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft. Expert data scientists are adopting Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning at a rising rate. The adoption of these technologies is increasingly possible, thanks to enterprise-grade capabilities (...) Next page

  • Introducing Microsoft R Server 9.1 release

    This post is authored by Nagesh Pabbisetty, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft. Expert data scientists are adopting Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning at a rising rate. The adoption of these technologies is increasingly possible, thanks to enterprise-grade capabilities (...) Next page

  • Accelerating Business Transformation with Cortana Intelligence Solution Templates

    Earlier today, Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group, announced a set of new Cortana Intelligence solution templates as part of his keynote address at the Microsoft Data Amp event. Cortana Intelligence solution templates give customers the means to rapidly conceive and (...) Next page

  • SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0 now available

    Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server! We disclosed a name for this next release, SQL Server 2017, today at the Microsoft Data Amp event. Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0 is the first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017, and it is (...) Next page

  • SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0 now available

    Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server! We disclosed a name for this next release, SQL Server 2017, today at the Microsoft Data Amp event. Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0 is the first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017, and it is (...) Next page

  • SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0 now available

    Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server! We disclosed a name for this next release, SQL Server 2017, today at the Microsoft Data Amp event. Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0 is the first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017, and it is (...) Next page

  • DockerCon 2017: Simplifying Containerization for Enterprises

    Since the launch of Windows Server 2016 six months ago, adoption has been nothing short of amazing. Customers like Tyco started adopting Windows containers even before general availability and in day two of DockerCon 2017, Northern Trust highlighted their own success with containers on (...) Next page

  • DockerCon 2017: Simplifying Containerization for Enterprises

    Since the launch of Windows Server 2016 six months ago, adoption has been nothing short of amazing. Customers like Tyco started adopting Windows containers even before general availability and in day two of DockerCon 2017, Northern Trust highlighted their own success with containers on (...) Next page

  • Use NGINX to load balance across your Docker Swarm cluster

    A practical walkthrough, in six steps This basic example demonstrates NGINX and swarm mode in action, to provide the foundation for you to apply these concepts to your own configurations. This document walks through several steps for setting up a containerized NGINX server and using it to (...) Next page

  • ASP.NET - Overposting/Mass Assignment Model Binding Security

    This little post is just a reminder that while Model Binding in ASP.NET is very cool, you should be aware of the properties (and semantics of those properties) that your object has, and whether or not your HTML form includes all your properties, or omits some. OK, that's a complex - and (...) Next page

  • Android and iOS development with C++ in Visual Studio

    When it comes to building mobile applications, many developers write most or a part of the apps in C++. Why? Those who are building computationally intensive apps such as games and physics simulations choose C++ for its unparalleled performance, and the others choose C++ for its cross-platform (...) Next page

  • Meet the Azure Analysis Services team at upcoming user group meetings

    Come meet the Analysis Services team in person as they answer your questions on Analysis Services in Azure. Learn about the new service and features available now. The success of any modern data-driven organization requires that information is available at the fingertips of every business (...) Next page

  • Editing a .VMCX file

    In Windows Server 2016 we moved from using .XML for our virtual machine configuration files to using a binary format – that we call .VMCX. There are many benefits to this – but one of the downsides is that it is no longer possible to easily edit a virtual machine configuration file that is not (...) Next page

  • Cleaning up the Visual Studio 2017 package cache

    With the ability to disable or move the package cache for Visual Studio 2017 and other products installed with the new installer, packages are removed for whatever instance(s) you are installing, modifying, or repairing. If you have a lot of instances and want to clean all of them up easily (...) Next page

  • Building a Telepresence App with HoloLens and Kinect

    When does the history of mixed reality start? There are lots of suggestions, but 1977 always shows up as a significant year. That’s the year millions of children – many of whom would one day become the captains of Silicon Valley – first experienced something they wouldn’t be able to name for (...) Next page

  • Deep Learning with Caffe2 on the Azure Data Science Virtual Machine

    This post is authored by Gopi Kumar, Principal Program Manager, and Paul Shealy, Senior Software Engineer, at Microsoft. With the availability of ultra-fast GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), compute-intensive deep learning algorithms are becoming increasingly popular. Deep learning algorithms (...) Next page

  • The week in .NET – Happy birthday .NET with Robin Cole, TinyORM, 911 Operator

    Previous posts: .NET Framework 4.7, reference documentation, On .NET on modular ASP.NET, Happy birthday .NET with Immo Landwerth, JustAssembly On .NET on SonarLint and SonarQube, Happy birthday .NET with Dan Fernandez, nopCommerce, Steve Gordon On .NET with Sidharth Gupta on Tizen, Happy (...) Next page

  • Introducing Power Throttling

    Most people running Windows like having multiple apps running at the same time – and often, what’s running in the background can drain your battery. In this latest Insider Preview build (Build 16176), we leveraged modern silicon capabilities to run background work in a power-efficient manner, (...) Next page

  • Voodoo Vince: Remastered launches today on Windows 10 and Xbox One

    “13 years, 6 month and 25 days. That’s how much time has passed since Voodoo Vince first appeared on the original Xbox in September of 2003. The half-life of a game is unbelievably short. A game doesn’t get much time before it’s relegated to the past. The march of technology and player (...) Next page

  • Top three capabilities to get excited about in the next version of SQL Server

    We announced the first public preview of SQL Server v.Next in November 2016, and since then we’ve had lots of customer interest, but a few key scenarios are generating the most discussion. If you’d like to learn more about SQL Server v.Next on Linux and Windows, please join us for the upcoming (...) Next page

  • Top three capabilities to get excited about in the next version of SQL Server

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  • Announcing F# 4.1 and the Visual F# Tools for Visual Studio 2017

    Announcing F# 4.1 and the Visual F# Tools for Visual Studio 2017 Last year, we announced F# 4.1 via a Peek in F# 4.1. As a recap, we mentioned: Alpha support for .NET Core and .NET Standard Language features for F# 4.1 A big update to the Visual F# tools for Visual Studio 2017 (called Visual (...) Next page

  • The final push to GA Azure AD in new Azure Portal: We need your help!

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  • Visual Studio 2017 for C++ developers – you will love it

    Here on the C++ product team at Microsoft, our mission is to make the lives of every C++ developer on the planet better. We try to do that via various avenues, including but not limited to, by enthusiastically participating with the C++ Standards committee to help the language itself be better (...) Next page

  • C++ Code Analysis improvements in Visual Studio 2017 RTM

    This blog post was written by Sunny Chatterjee and Andrew Pardoe Visual Studio 2017 RTM release includes the C++ Core Guidelines Checkers as part of Code Analysis tools for C/C++. We have gotten a ton of useful feedback on the early previews of these checks through our external customers. (...) Next page

  • Check for const correctness with the C++ Core Guidelines Checker

    This blog post was written by Sunny Chatterjee and Andrew Pardoe The C++ Core Guidelines focus on simple ways that you can improve the correctness and safety of your code. We introduced the C++ Core Guidelines Checkers to help automate enforcement of the C++ Core Guidelines in your code. One (...) Next page

  • Binary Compatibility and Pain-free Upgrade: Why Moving to Visual Studio 2017 is almost “too easy”

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  • Announcing .NET Core Tools 1.0

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  • Run To Click Debugging in Visual Studio 2017

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  • Redgate Data Tools in Visual Studio 2017

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  • Visual Studio 2017 – Now Ready for Your Windows Application Development Needs

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  • New benefits for Visual Studio subscribers and Dev Essentials members

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  • Mobile Center: Xamarin support, detailed app analytics, and more

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  • Extend your App Success with Visual Studio 2017 Launch Partners

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  • Gartner names Microsoft a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA)

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  • Gartner names Microsoft a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA)

    This post was authored by Rohan Kumar, General Manager, DS SQL Engineering. We’re excited that Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA). Gartner defines the DMSA as a system for storing, accessing, processing, and (...) Next page

  • Gartner names Microsoft a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA)

    This post was authored by Rohan Kumar, General Manager, DS SQL Engineering. We’re excited that Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA). Gartner defines the DMSA as a system for storing, accessing, processing, and (...) Next page

  • Official Release of TFVC Support for the Visual Studio Team Services Plugin for Android Studio and IntelliJ

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  • Join us for an online event to celebrate the global availability of Microsoft Teams

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  • Demo Tuesday // Remotely manage Windows Servers with ease using Server Management Tools

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  • Demo Tuesday // Remotely manage Windows Servers with ease using Server Management Tools

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  • New Office 365 adoption resources, webinar with Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois

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  • Cyber risk is a business risk

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  • Open Source Scanning in Visual Studio Team Services with WhiteSource Bolt

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  • Duracell Car Pack and new TAMO Racemo car arrive in Forza Horizon 3

    Seven new cars have arrived in Forza Horizon 3 with the release of the Duracell Car Pack. Whether you’re looking to test the upper limits of speed in the king of Camaros with the 2017 ZL1 or you want to add a cherished Aussie collector piece to your garage with the 1992 Falcon GT, this car pack (...) Next page

  • CIO of eBay Defines “Success” in IT & Discusses Integrating Legacy Systems with New Infranstructure

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  • CIO of eBay Defines “Success” in IT & Discusses Integrating Legacy Systems with New Infranstructure

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  • Visual Studio 2017: Productivity, Performance, and Partners

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  • Announcing Visual Studio 2017 General Availability… and more

    Now is an exciting time to work with developer tools. With a 25% increase in monthly active users of Visual Studio, 1.3 million active monthly users of Visual Studio Code, and a two-fold increase in active users of our Mac IDEs, I think our customers are excited too. Since we released the (...) Next page

  • Azure Data Lake Tools for VSCode (Preview) - March Update

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  • Relationship Hacks: An Allowance System for Adults

    I'm setting a goal for myself to finish my half-finished book relationshiphacks.com this year. In an attempt to make that happen (and because the recent podcast with my wife was wildly popular) I'm going to try to blog some guiding principles. Then I'll attempt to collect the feedback and (...) Next page

  • 2.1 Million Square Kilometers of New Imagery in Western Canada

    We are happy to announce that we have published another imagery update for Canada. This latest update covers 2.1 million square kilometers of western Canada, pushing the total area delivered for Canada to 5.1 million square kilometers. Check out the stunning scenery of western Canada now (...) Next page

  • Finding installed Visual C++ tools in Visual Studio 2017

    There have been a number of questions from customers about how to locate the tools in the world of this new installation model. The following blog post will share a number of options available for locating Visual Studio 2017 instances and provides various samples that illustrates the process in (...) Next page

  • Building the Terminator Vision HUD in HoloLens

    James Cameron’s 1984 film The Terminator introduced many science-fiction idioms we now take for granted. One of the most persistent is the thermal head-up-display (HUD) shot that allows the audience to see the world through the eyes of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character. In design circles, (...) Next page

  • Building Windows 7 Images in 2017

    Hi everyone, my name is Nicholas Jones, System Center Configuration Manager Premier Field Engineer, and I’d like to share some work I’ve been doing on building and capturing images. You might be a little surprised to see a blog post on building Windows 7 images on an official Microsoft blog. Make (...) Next page

  • Team Services/TFS Roadmap update

    Last week, we published an update to our roadmap (otherwise known as “Features timeline” :)). If your curious about what we are working on and when it is coming, I encourage you to go check it out. This timeline is intended to give a rough idea what we are planning to deliver in the cloud over (...) Next page

  • New Git Features in Visual Studio 2017

    We’ve added new Git features to Visual Studio 2017 that allow you to do more of your end-to-end workflow without leaving the IDE. You can perform a force push to complete a rebase or push an amended commit, easily view the diff for outgoing commits, unset your upstream branch, and continue patch (...) Next page

  • Troubleshoot Configuring SDN RAS Gateway VPN Bandwidth Settings in Virtual Machine Manager

    I wanted to share some of my experiences with debugging Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking (SDN) related customer issues. These issues are related to SDN RAS Gateways.If you’ve deployed Software Defined Networking (SDN) in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter by using System Center (...) Next page

  • New basics training to get the most out of Office

    Today, we are rolling out six new training courses covering the basics of using Office. Like any subject—math, chemistry or video games—even when you understand more advanced concepts, you can stumble over the basics. We looked at what customers struggled with, both novice and expert alike, and (...) Next page

  • Windows 10 Tip: How Cortana can automatically remind you of your commitments

    Now, our favorite digital personal assistant can automatically remind you to do things you mentioned in emails! Did you promise someone a report by 5 p.m.? Cortana will remind you about it before your deadline. Here’s how to enable this cool new feature: Start by signing into Cortana with your (...) Next page

  • New in Access 2016—Large Number (BigInt) support

    In response to one of the most requested items on our UserVoice forum, the Access team is pleased to announce support for a new data type in Access 2016—Large Number (BigInt). A significant aspect of business solutions built on Access is the ability to read and write data to and from external (...) Next page

  • Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2017

    As we are getting set up to launch Visual Studio 2017 tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that we have released the Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2017. So, you’ll be able to hit the ground running with all your favorite productivity features. The Productivity Power Tools is a (...) Next page

  • Virtual Reality Games, Digital Signs & Swedish Apartments Get a Boost with Microsoft AI & Machine Learning

    A peek at recent customer stories involving the application of Microsoft AI, Big Data & Machine Learning. Your Voice is the Controller in an Immersive New VR Game from Human Interact Human Interact is a VR storytelling startup based in Champaign, Illinois, and Starship Commander is one their (...) Next page

  • Moving to the cloud with confidence—Deutsche Börse Group chooses Office 365

    Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft. Exciting news for global financial services providers in highly regulated countries looking to modernize their business operations with a move to the cloud: Deutsche Börse Group (DBG) is taking a thought (...) Next page

  • New Azure Storage JavaScript client library for browsers - Preview

    Today we are announcing our newest library: Azure Storage Client Library for JavaScript. The demand for the Azure Storage Client Library for Node.js, as well as your feedback, has encouraged us to work on a browser-compatible JavaScript library to enable web development scenarios with Azure (...) Next page

  • Launching online training and certification for Azure SQL Data Warehouse

    Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) is a SQL-based fully managed, petabyte-scale cloud solution for data warehousing. SQL Data Warehouse is highly elastic, enabling you to provision in minutes and scale capacity in seconds. You can scale compute and storage independently, allowing you to burst (...) Next page

  • Power BI Desktop March Feature Summary

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  • Announcing Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer 0.8.9

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  • Comparing SELECT..INTO and CTAS use cases in Azure SQL Data Warehouse

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  • SharePoint Server 2016 in Azure infrastructure services

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  • Improved troubleshooting in Azure Stream Analytics with diagnostic logs

    We are announcing the much-awaited public preview of diagnostic logs for Azure Stream Analytics through integrations with Azure Monitoring. You can now examine late or malformed data that causes unexpected behaviors. This helps remediate errors caused by data that does not conform to the (...) Next page

  • How Power BI Embedded Helps MB3M Provide A More Dynamic Reporting Solution To Its Customers

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  • Azure Brings big data, analytics, and visualization capabilities to U.S. Government

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  • Microsoft Power BI receives the Esri New Technology Integration Award for 2017

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  • Fast acquisition of vswhere

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  • Announcing general availability of Upgrade Readiness

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  • ICYMI – Your weekly TL;DR

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  • Always Set Impossible Goals

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  • How we are improving notifications in Team Services

    Good communication is an essential ingredient to any successful development project. Whether the team is small or large, keeping everyone on the same page and informed as the project progresses helps reduce last minute surprises and ensures a smoother process overall. Notifications, whether (...) Next page

  • Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15048 for PC and Build 15047 for Mobile

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  • Just Released – Windows Developer Evaluation Virtual Machines – February 2017 Build

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  • Avoid these six mobile development pitfalls

    In our previous post in this series, we talked about the three shifts you need to make to set your mobile apps apart. As you implement your winning strategy, plan to tackle the six common challenges discussed below, ranging from meeting demand to post-release improvement. Discover how industry (...) Next page

  • Agent-based deployment in Release Management

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  • Breaking down a notably sophisticated tech support scam M.O.

    The cornerstone of tech support scams is the deception that there is something wrong with your PC. To advance this sham, tech support scams have long abused browsers’ full screen function. Coupled with dialogue loops, the pop-up messages that just won’t go away, and the spoofing of brands like (...) Next page

  • Accelerated Continuous Testing with Test Impact Analysis – Part 1

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  • Azure Blueprint supports the UK Government’s Cloud Security Principles

    Azure Government Engineering is pleased to announce the release of Azure Blueprint for the UK Government’s Cloud Security Principles. Blueprint empowers Azure customers to build the most secure cloud solutions on the most secure cloud platform. Azure Blueprint for the UK Government enables UK (...) Next page

  • An update on our Unified Update Platform (UUP)

    Back in November, we announced the next generation of our delivery technologies called the Unified Update Platform (UUP). Windows Insiders are the first to experience UUP with Insider Preview builds. We began releasing new Insider Preview builds using UUP to Mobile devices first starting with (...) Next page

  • This Week on Windows: NASCAR app, Anime Month, tips for using Microsoft Edge

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  • Building applications with Azure and Azure Stack

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  • Building applications with Azure and Azure Stack

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  • Episode 120 with MVP Mikael Svenson—Office 365 Developer Podcast

    In episode 120 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by MVP Mikael Svenson to discuss his community efforts with Office 365 Dev. document.createElement('audio'); https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP120_msvenson.mp3 (...) Next page

  • Yammer integration with Office 365 Groups now rolling out

    Yammer empowers people to work out loud and connect with others across their organization to share ideas and get things done. In Yammer, groups provide the structure for people to gather in open spaces to share best practices, develop into communities of interest and ignite new initiatives. (...) Next page

  • First ever Azure AD Ask Me Anything (AMA)! March 9th, 10am – 1pm Pacific

    Howdy folks, I’m excited to announce that we’re going to host our first ever Azure AD Ask Me Anything session! When: March 9, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Pacific Time. You’ll be able to access the AAD AMA when it goes live on March 8. What’s an AMA session? We’ll have folks from across the Azure (...) Next page

  • Xamarin University Presents: Getting Started with Xamarin for Visual Studio

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  • Power BI Service February Feature Summary

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  • Explore your K2 Process Analytics Data with Power BI

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  • Exploring the new DevOps - Azure Command Line Interface 2.0 (CLI)

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  • Now Available! Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance

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  • Now Available! Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance

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  • Now available! SQL Server Premium Assurance provides six more years of product support

    Today we are announcing general availability of SQL Server Premium Assurance, a new offering that enables flexibility to keep systems running without disruption while modernizing on your own schedule. When you purchase Premium Assurance, you receive “critical” and “important” security updates and (...) Next page

  • Now available! SQL Server Premium Assurance provides six more years of product support

    Today we are announcing general availability of SQL Server Premium Assurance, a new offering that enables flexibility to keep systems running without disruption while modernizing on your own schedule. When you purchase Premium Assurance, you receive “critical” and “important” security updates and (...) Next page

  • Now available! SQL Server Premium Assurance provides six more years of product support

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  • Now Available! Windows Server Premium Assurance – Six more years of support

    This post was authored by the Windows Server Team. Today we are announcing the general availability of Windows Server Premium Assurance with which you can add the flexibility to keep systems running without disruption as you modernize. When you purchase Premium Assurance, you receive “critical” (...) Next page

  • Announcing the Xbox Live Creators Program

    Today at GDC we announced the launch of Xbox Live Creators Program, starting with an Insider Preview that gives any developer the opportunity to publish Xbox Live-enabled games on Windows 10 PCs along with Xbox One consoles. The Creators Program provides game developers access to Xbox Live (...) Next page

  • New investments for Xbox developers and gamers kick off GDC 2017

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  • Learn how to protect your organization from the human element

    Join us for the second episode of a two-part Modern Workplace special security series, “Cyber Intelligence—the human element,” airing March 7, 2017 at 8 a.m. PST / 4 p.m. GMT. In this episode, get a deeper look inside the biggest threat to an organization’s security—its employees. In addition, you (...) Next page

  • Announcing Azure Stack TP3 And Why You Should Care About It

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  • Windows Mixed Reality dev kits shipping this month

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  • What’s new in Office 365 administration—new Service health dashboard now generally available

    Today, we’re pleased to announce that the new Office 365 Service health dashboard is now available to all customers. Since the first preview—announced at Ignite in September 2016—the new Service health dashboard has provided admins with a deeper level of service health insight. We’re excited about (...) Next page

  • Visio Online—anywhere, anytime access to your diagrams

    Mobility is paramount in today’s business environment. That’s why we’re excited to announce Microsoft Visio Online, which enables users to share and view Visio diagrams in high fidelity from almost any device using their favorite browser. Today, Visio Online opens the online viewing experience to (...) Next page

  • Outlook 2016 for Mac adds support for Google Calendar and Contacts

    Today, Outlook 2016 for Mac is adding support for Google Calendar and Contacts—available first to our Office Insider Fast community. We’re excited to be delivering on these highly-requested features for Mac users and matching our Outlook apps for iOS and Android, providing Google accounts with a (...) Next page

  • OneNote Class Notebook supports English Language Learners at Klein Forest High School

    Klein Forest High School is located in Houston, Texas. Our student body is about 3,700 students; our faculty and staff total approximately 500, and we are 1:1. We have an on-campus repair center that services our devices, but they do not teach teachers and students how to use software. That’s (...) Next page

  • Providing customers with more choice and control in the Creators Update

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  • Azure Stack updates – TP3 availability and pay-as-you-use business model

    This post was authored by the Azure Stack Team. Today we were excited to announce the third Technical Preview of Azure Stack the final preview before general availability in mid-calendar year 2017. Azure Stack is the vessel that brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing (...) Next page

  • Azure Stack updates – TP3 availability and pay-as-you-use business model

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  • Mobile World Congress 2017: Panasonic releases the Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1

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  • Mobile World Congress 2017: Lenovo unveils new devices built for mobility

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  • Mobile World Congress 2017: Samsung announces the Galaxy Book with Windows 10

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  • Temporary Fix: Logitech BRIO Camera broken on Windows 10 Insiders 15042

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  • ODBC Driver 13.1 for Linux Released

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  • January 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

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  • January 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

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  • January 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

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  • On the Road Again with the Tech Industry’s Best and Brightest, v4

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  • Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15025 for Mobile

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  • JSON data in clustered column store indexes

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  • Continuing the evolution of the Microsoft MVP Award!

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  • Moving the Games Backend from Servers to Cloud: Game Insight Goes for Azure

    Building a successful online multiplayer game is а complex task that requires orchestrating a host of nitty-gritty details. All the major components must play well together, starting from game design, artwork, client implementation, and the servers running behind the scenes. Without that last (...) Next page

  • Announcing Intune for Education & new Windows 10 PCs for school starting at $189

    We’ve been investing heavily over the last year in education software to drive a breakthrough in learning outcomes. We’ve developed technology like Windows Ink in Windows 10, which enables students to write on their device as naturally as a piece of paper, delivering up to 36 percent better test (...) Next page

  • How To Build Planet Scale Mobile App in Minutes with Xamarin and DocumentDB

    Most mobile apps need to store data in the cloud, and Azure DocumentDB is an awesome cloud database for mobile apps. It has everything a mobile developer needs, a fully managed NoSQL database as a service that scales on demand, and can bring your data where your users go around the globe -- (...) Next page

  • Exploit kits remain a cybercrime staple against outdated software – 2016 threat landscape review series

    Despite the disruption of Axpergle (Angler), which dominated the landscape in early 2016, exploit kits as a whole continued to be a threat to PCs running unpatched software. Some of the most prominent threats, from malvertising to ransomware, used exploit kits to infect millions of computers (...) Next page

  • Build an Inexpensive Learning Machine

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  • New Feature: Delivery Plans for Visual Studio Team Services

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  • Introducing Windows Defender Security Center

    Security threats are some of the leading concerns our customers have with technology today and that’s why we’ve built Windows 10 to be the most secure version of Windows ever. With comprehensive, built-in security features, Windows 10 provides protection from viruses and malware threats including (...) Next page

  • TFS 2017 Update 1 RC available

    Today we released the Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 1 Release Candidate. Release Notes Web Installer ISO Installer This release can be used for a fresh install or to upgrade any supported previous version. Here’s a chart showing the recommended upgrade paths from various TFS versions (you (...) Next page

  • SQL Server named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines

    SQL Server was recently named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines. DB-Engines is an initiative to collect and present information on database management systems, and provides a widely accepted popularity ranking of database management systems, and has been created and maintained by solid IT, an (...) Next page

  • SQL Server named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines

    SQL Server was recently named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines. DB-Engines is an initiative to collect and present information on database management systems, and provides a widely accepted popularity ranking of database management systems, and has been created and maintained by solid IT, an (...) Next page

  • SQL Server named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines

    SQL Server was recently named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines. DB-Engines is an initiative to collect and present information on database management systems, and provides a widely accepted popularity ranking of database management systems, and has been created and maintained by solid IT, an (...) Next page

  • December 2016 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

    This post was authored by Rahul Venkatraj, Program Manager, Data Platform Group We continue to receive encouraging comments from the community on the Leaderboard. Thank you. Many congratulations to the top-10 contributors featured on our December leaderboard! Olaf Helper and Alberto Morillo (...) Next page

  • December 2016 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

    This post was authored by Rahul Venkatraj, Program Manager, Data Platform Group We continue to receive encouraging comments from the community on the Leaderboard. Thank you. Many congratulations to the top-10 contributors featured on our December leaderboard! Olaf Helper and Alberto Morillo (...) Next page

  • December 2016 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

    This post was authored by Rahul Venkatraj, Program Manager, Data Platform Group We continue to receive encouraging comments from the community on the Leaderboard. Thank you. Many congratulations to the top-10 contributors featured on our December leaderboard! Olaf Helper and Alberto Morillo (...) Next page

  • A Plethora of Microsoft Training Options on AI, Machine Learning & Data Science, including MOOCs

    This post is authored by Kristin M. Tolle, Director of Program Management for Advanced Analytics Ecosystem Development and Training at Microsoft. Cortana Intelligence, Microsoft’s end-to-end platform for Advanced Analytics, offers a suite of services to solve real world customer problems. The (...) Next page

  • Windows 10 Tip: Three tips for on-the-go gaming with the Xbox app

    The Xbox app brings together your gaming world across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices; that includes your friends, your games, your achievements, your avatar, access the Xbox and Windows Stores, and more. You can easily stay connected to the Xbox Live community, view your Gamerscore leaderboard (...) Next page

  • FastTrack expands to support Windows 10, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams

    Today’s post was written by Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Office Marketing. Originally offered as a one-time onboarding benefit for Office 365 customers, Microsoft FastTrack has rapidly evolved over the past 18 months to become the customer success service that helps businesses onboard and (...) Next page

  • Get on the FastTrack to deploy Windows 10

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  • Over 8.5M Square Kilometers of Imagery for Brazil Released

    We are excited to announce that we have launched over 8.5 million square kilometers of fresh imagery for Brazil on Bing Maps. This imagery release covers the total area of Brazil, including land and water. With stunning imagery of shores like those in Copacabana, you can just feel the ocean (...) Next page

  • System Center VMM 2016 features demos on Channel 9

    We now have some quick demos ( Deploy Network Controller: In this video tutorial you will see how you can use the service template-based mechanism, provided by VMM 2016, for deployment and horizontal scaling of Software Defined Networking components – Network Controller, Gateway, and Software (...) Next page

  • System Center VMM 2016 features demos on Channel 9

    We now have some quick demos ( Deploy Network Controller: In this video tutorial you will see how you can use the service template-based mechanism, provided by VMM 2016, for deployment and horizontal scaling of Software Defined Networking components – Network Controller, Gateway, and Software (...) Next page

  • Announcing School Data Sync general availability

    Today’s post was written by Tim Richardson, lead program manager for School Data Sync. We are excited to announce that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability! Please fill out this request form to sign up, and we’ll help (...) Next page

  • ZynBit Empowers Sales with Microsoft Power BI Embedded

    Enrique Plaza Garcia, Product Marketing Manager of Microsoft Power BI Embedded, recently had a chance to catch up with Phil Dixon, CEO of ZynBit, to hear more about ZynBit’s innovative product and how they’ve incorporated Power BI Embedded into their offering to drive value to their customers and (...) Next page

  • December 2016 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

    Many congratulations to the top-10 contributors featured on our December leaderboard! Olaf Helper and Alberto Morillo top the Overall and Cloud database this month. 6 of this month’s Overall Top-10 (including all of the top-3) featured in last month’s Overall Top-10 as well, and 4 others are new (...) Next page

  • ICYMI – Tutorials, UWPDesktop Nuget, and MVP Updates

    This week we have updates for both new and experienced developers alike! Take a look below to see the latest news from the Windows Developer team. New year, new dev: Developing your idea into a UWP app With little or no prior experience, you’ll learn how to use XAML and C# to create amazing (...) Next page

  • A closer look at VM Quick Create

    Author: Andy Atkinson In the last Insiders build, we introduced Quick Create to quickly create virtual machines with less configuration (see blog). We’re trying a few things to make it easier to set up a virtual machine, such as combining installation options to a single field for all (...) Next page

  • Update 1701 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

    Hello everyone! We are happy to let you know that update 1701 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are (...) Next page

  • PSA – Flickering Laptop Screen with Hyper-V? Update your drivers.

    Last year I went out and got an Alienware 13 laptop. Later I got the Alienware Amplifier and put a NVidia 1070 GPU in it. I have been really happy with this setup – as it is a powerful portable system. I have only had one complaint: whenever I enabled Hyper-V on it the laptop screen would (...) Next page

  • Play the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC today

    Today, the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta officially launches on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One! The Blitz multiplayer beta is open to anyone on Windows 10 PC in the Windows Store and for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One, and runs from today until Jan. 30. Blitz offers a unique twist on Halo (...) Next page

  • This Week on Windows: New Windows 10 preview, Microsoft Edge tips and Halo Wars 2

    This Week on Windows, we’re talking about your chance to play Halo Wars 2: Blitz Beta before it ships, all the ways you can easily customize your Start and New Tab pages in Microsoft Edge and the latest Windows 10 features coming to Windows Insiders. Head over here to check out the latest (...) Next page

  • SQL Server next version CTP 1.2 now available

    As part of our rapid preview model, Microsoft is excited to announce that the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next) Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.2 is now available on both Windows and Linux. In CTP 1.2 we implemented bug fixes and added support for SQL Server v.Next on SUSE (...) Next page

  • SQL Server next version CTP 1.2 now available

    As part of our rapid preview model, Microsoft is excited to announce that the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next) Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.2 is now available on both Windows and Linux. In CTP 1.2 we implemented bug fixes and added support for SQL Server v.Next on SUSE (...) Next page

  • SQL Server next version CTP 1.2 now available

    As part of our rapid preview model, Microsoft is excited to announce that the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next) Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.2 is now available on both Windows and Linux. In CTP 1.2 we implemented bug fixes and added support for SQL Server v.Next on SUSE (...) Next page

  • Announcing the SQL Server v.Next Early Adoption Program

    What is the SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP)? The SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP) is a Microsoft program started in January 2017 to help both customers and partners adopt the next version of SQL Server before general availability. Who is SQL EAP for? If you are (...) Next page

  • Announcing the SQL Server v.Next Early Adoption Program

    What is the SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP)? The SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP) is a Microsoft program started in January 2017 to help both customers and partners adopt the next version of SQL Server before general availability. Who is SQL EAP for? If you are (...) Next page

  • Announcing the SQL Server v.Next Early Adoption Program

    What is the SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP)? The SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP) is a Microsoft program started in January 2017 to help both customers and partners adopt the next version of SQL Server before general availability. Who is SQL EAP for? If you are (...) Next page

  • Open sourcing the VS Test platform

    Yesterday we released our unit test execution infrastructure as an open source project. You’ll also find an open source project with the documentation. VSTest is a very extensible unit test execution framework. The base engine, discovers tests and runs them. It can parallelize across cores, (...) Next page

  • Identity Admins rejoice: Azure Active Directory meets Power BI!

    Howdy folks, We’ve heard from many of our largest customers that it’s critically important to them to have easy access to information that helps them understand how their employees and partners are using Azure Active Directory. That understanding allows them to plan their IT infrastructure, to (...) Next page

  • Azure Active Directory meets Power BI

    Understanding how users adopt and use Azure Active Directory features is critical for IT admins. It allows you to plan your IT infrastructure and communication to increase usage and to get the most out of AAD features. The usage and activity reports in the Azure admin portal is a great starting (...) Next page

  • Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15014 for PC and Mobile

    Hello Windows Insiders! Today we are excited to be releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15014 for PC and Mobile to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. We have fixed a TON of issues that you all filed in the Feedback Hub from the past two flights, so thank you for helping make this product (...) Next page

  • Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 Released

    We are pleased to announce that we are releasing the Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 today via the Microsoft download center. WMF 5.1 upgrades Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 to the PowerShell, WMI, WinRM and SIL components (...) Next page

  • Episode 114 on Azure Functions for SharePoint add-ins with Doug Ware—Office 365 Developer Podcast

    In episode 114 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates talk to MVP Doug Ware about Azure Functions and using them with SharePoint add-ins. document.createElement('audio'); https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP114_DougWare.mp3 Download (...) Next page

  • Microsoft Intune 2016 – a year in review

    Where you are today is not where you will be tomorrow. Things change fast these days. Regardless of your industry, youre always in motion evolving and adapting to the shifting needs of your business and workforce. Intune gives you a diverse set of tools for managing your complex mobile (...) Next page

  • .NET Core Image Processing

    Image processing, and in particular image resizing, is a common requirement for web applications. As such, I wanted to paint a panorama of the options that exist for .NET Core to process images. For each option, I’ll give a code sample for image resizing, and I’ll outline interesting features. (...) Next page

  • New Windows 10 upgrade benefits for Windows Cloud Subscriptions in CSP

    This means customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5, can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 without the need to purchase separate upgrade licenses. This is an important benefit addition to (...) Next page

  • More than ever, people are reliant on their peers to help get things done

    Around the world teamwork is on the rise. Research suggests employees now work on nearly double the number of teams than they did just five years ago. This means more than ever people are reliant on their peers to help get things done. But a “one size fits all” approach does not work when it (...) Next page

  • Microsoft FastTrack now reaches thousands of customers globally every month with the help of Microsoft partners

    Today’s post was written by Parri Munsell, managing director of Microsoft Office Partner Marketing. Microsoft FastTrack is our customer success service designed to help organizations realize business value faster with Office 365. As we start 2017, FastTrack is growing faster than ever with the (...) Next page

  • “Lunch Break” deleted scenes, part 2: The Secret to Learning from Failure & What Future CIO’s Do Next

    In the Season 3 finale of Lunch Break,” these deleted scenes have me on the road with with Paul Fipps (CIO & EVP,Under Armour), Jim Fowler, (CIO,General Electric), and Mark Russinovich (CTO, Microsoft Azure), and Brad Strock (CIO, PayPal). Mark and I talk about what job to give Doc. Brown if (...) Next page

  • “Lunch Break” deleted scenes, part 2: The Secret to Learning from Failure & What Future CIO’s Do Next

    In the Season 3 finale of Lunch Break,” these deleted scenes have me on the road with with Paul Fipps (CIO & EVP,Under Armour), Jim Fowler, (CIO,General Electric), and Mark Russinovich (CTO, Microsoft Azure), and Brad Strock (CIO, PayPal). Mark and I talk about what job to give Doc. Brown if (...) Next page

  • Actual Vs. Budget: Which visualization is most effective?

    Comparing actual numbers against your goal or budget is one of the most common practices in data analysis. So which visual type would you choose to represent these numbers? Microsoft Design & Data Visualization Lead Miranda Li reviews some likely candidates, and talks about why some visuals (...) Next page

  • OMS Security malware assessment adds support for more antimalware vendors

    FAST FACT: OMS Security is adding support for Symantec Endpoint Protection and Trend Micro Deep Security to its Antimalware assessment solution. This service update adds support for assessing whether servers are protected by anti-malware solutions from these vendors and whether these solutions (...) Next page

  • New blog series: Become your organization’s strategic advisor with Machine Learning and Power BI

    Are you ready to put your organization on a path of continuous improvement using the most valuable decision support techniques? Check out Microsoft Senior Program Manager Christian Berg's timely series of essays on how to become your organization's strategic advisor using Machine Learning and (...) Next page

  • Bing Maps V8 SDK Fall Update

    The main release branch of the Bing Maps Version 8 web control (V8) has been in a code freeze over the last two months for the holiday season. Over this time the Bing Maps team focused primarily on bug fixes and performance improvements in Bing Maps V8. Here are some of the more notable new (...) Next page

  • New Year, New Dev: Developing your idea into a UWP app

    In the last post, we introduced you to a video series from Bob Tabor that teaches the fundamentals of C#. In this post, you’ll learn how to put those new (or re-sharpened) C# skills to use as we explore UWP (Universal Windows Platform) development in the Windows 10 Development for Absolute (...) Next page

  • Azure Machine Learning Now Available in West Central US

    This post is authored by Ted Way, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. We are pleased to announce that Azure Machine Learning is now generally available in the West Central United States (WCUS) Azure region. With this, Azure ML is now available in these regions: United States East US2 South (...) Next page

  • Getting started with the Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services

    Today’s post will help guide you through how to set up the January 2017 Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services on your own PC or server. Make sure whatever machine you want to install the preview meets the same hardware requirements we had for SQL Server 2016. – (...) Next page

  • Last Cumulative Update #16 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

    The 16th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2012 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#16 KB Article: (...) Next page

  • Cumulative Update #7 for SQL Server 2012 SP3

    The 7th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2012 SP3 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#7 KB Article: (...) Next page

  • Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

    The 1st cumulative update release for SQL Server 2016 SP1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#1 KB Article: (...) Next page

  • Cumulative Update #4 for SQL Server 2016 RTM

    The 4th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2016 RTM is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#4 KB Article: (...) Next page

  • The week in .NET – On .NET with David Pine, PwdLess, Terraria

    To read last week’s post, see The week in .NET – On .NET with Reed Copsey, Jr., Orchard Harvest, Ammy, Concurrency Visualizer, Eco. On .NET Last week, David Pine was on the show to talk about his magic mirror, a screen in a mirror, that can display useful information such as his schedule for the (...) Next page

  • Forrester’s 2016 Enterprise Collaboration Wave report is out and Microsoft is a Leader!

    Forrester—one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world—recently released their latest report evaluating enterprise collaboration providers, and we’re pleased to share that Microsoft is named a Leader in the report. We believe different groups have different needs when it (...) Next page

  • Updates for OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools and Office Lens—plus stickers!

    The OneNote team continues to listen to teachers to learn about how we can help them be more productive with our software. Today, we are announcing a set of improvements across OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools and Office Lens. All these improvements have come directly from our regular (...) Next page

  • Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Secondary indexes on column store now available

    In Azure SQL Data Warehouse, you can now create secondary B-Tree indexes on column store tables. Most analytic queries aggregate large amounts of data and are served well by scanning the column store segments directly. However, there is often a need to look for a "needle in a haystack," which (...) Next page

  • Can blockchain secure supply chains, improve operations and solve humanitarian issues?

    In my last post, I posed the question: What does identity mean in today’s physical and digital world? I was coming off the ID2020 Summit at the UN where we announced our work on blockchain self-sovereign identity. What struck me most was the magnitude of the problems identified and I haven’t (...) Next page

  • Failure Anomalies alert now detects dependency failures

    We’ve upgraded Smart Detection – Failure Anomalies so that it monitors your web app’s outgoing dependencies and AJAX calls as well as incoming server requests. If you’re monitoring your app with Application Insights, you’ll be notified within minutes if there’s a sudden disruption or degradation in (...) Next page

  • Seven Steps for Using Data and Power BI to be Productive in Telling a Data Story

    The Microsoft Office team recently partnered with Levo, a network for millennials in the workplace to help navigate their career paths, to poll 1,500 community members to find out more about their productivity habits and challenges. The Office team was looking for an engaging way to share (...) Next page

  • Collaboration and federation: Azure Service Bus Messaging on-premises futures

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  • Announcing the availability of Clear Linux* OS in Azure Marketplace

    Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of Clear Linux* OS for Intel® Architecture in Azure Marketplace. Clear Linux OS is a free, open source Linux distribution built from the ground up for cloud and data center environments and tuned to maximize the performance and value of Intel (...) Next page

  • Announcing “UWPDesktop” NuGet Package Version 14393

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  • Three FREE Training Courses on ASP.NET Core from Microsoft Virtual Academy

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  • Turn on that Scary DC

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  • Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services: January 2017 Technical Preview now available

    Happy new year! In our previous post before the holidays, we mentioned we were working toward releasing the next Technical Preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services in January. Today, we’re pleased to make the January 2017 Technical Preview available for download. Download the (...) Next page

  • How IncaX uses mapping to protect law enforcement officers and citizens

    Software Company, IncaX, uses Bing Maps as part of its CopTrax solution, which streams live video from a police officer’s vehicle or body camera and stores it in the cloud. To better pinpoint officers’ locations and reconstruct details of police activity, IncaX incorporated mapping into its (...) Next page

  • Pioneer Behind “Internet of Oysters” Now Looking to Sustainably Feed the Planet

    Re-posted from the Microsoft Transform blog. Ros Harvey has been a pioneer when it comes to using technology to improve the lives of millions of people. After having recently upended oyster farming in Australia with her work on the “Internet of Oysters”, she decided to expand her business, which (...) Next page

  • Advanced Office 365 capabilities now available to U.S. Government Community Cloud customers

    Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of several advanced capabilities in Office 365 that are new for the U.S. Government Community. The U.S. Government Community Cloud complies with federal requirements for cloud services, including FedRAMP, as well as with requirements for (...) Next page

  • Breaking down silos—tools for better communication and collaboration

    Today’s workforce is spread across more locations than ever before: 37 percent of workers telecommuted to some degree in 2015. Companies occupy multiple locations, and business partnerships span the globe. In addition to physical separation, teams in the same company are separated by projects (...) Next page

  • Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break / s3 e11 / Season 3 Outtakes

    Today Season 3 starts to wrap up with the first in a pair of outtakes episodes its all the best stuff we couldnt fit into the other shows, but its just too good to leave on the cutting room floor. In this episode, I talk withJim Fowler, (CIO,General Electric), Paul Fipps (CIO & EVP,Under (...) Next page

  • Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break / s3 e11 / Season 3 Outtakes

    Today Season 3 starts to wrap up with the first in a pair of outtakes episodes its all the best stuff we couldnt fit into the other shows, but its just too good to leave on the cutting room floor. In this episode, I talk withJim Fowler, (CIO,General Electric), Paul Fipps (CIO & EVP,Under (...) Next page

  • New APIs available for custom visuals developers

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  • Enable Azure resource metrics logging using PowerShell

    Summary: Use a script to enable metrics logging for PaaS resources. Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) resources, like Azure SQL and Web Sites (Web Apps), can emit performance metrics data natively to OMS. This script allows users to enable metrics logging for PaaS resources at a the level of (...) Next page

  • Whitepaper and Code Sample for Automated Partition Management

    Analysis Services tabular models can store data in a highly-compressed, in-memory cache for optimized query performance. This provides fast user interactivity over large data sets. Large data sets normally require table partitioning to accelerate and optimize the data-load process. (...) Next page

  • ASTrace on the Analysis Services Git Repo

    The ASTrace utility provides the ability to capture an Analysis Services trace and log it into a SQL Server table. The table can be queried later or read using SQL Server Profiler. The ASTrace utility runs as a Windows service that connects to Analysis Services, then creates a trace, and logs (...) Next page

  • Support Tip: DPM recovery point or consistency check for a protected VMware VM fails with FileFaultFault error

    ~ Maanas Saran | Program Manager | Microsoft When DPM attempts to make a recovery point or run a consistency check for a protected VMware virtual machine (VM), the job can fail with a FileFaultFault error like the one shown below. DPM encounterd error from VMware while trying to get (...) Next page

  • Windows 10 Tip: Personalize your Start Page in Microsoft Edge

    Did you know that you can customize your Start and New Tab pages in Microsoft Edge to show news and sites based on your preference, so you can quickly get to the content you want? Both pages give you access to the latest news across business, entertainment, finance and more. Plus, with weather (...) Next page

  • Azure Automation available in UK and West Central US regions

    Azure Automation is now available in the Azure UK and West Central US regions. These new regions give you more options for locating Automation accounts in geographic locations that work best for you. You can use Azure Automation to create, monitor, deploy, and maintain resources in your Azure, (...) Next page

  • Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, Friday Reflection for Remote Team Management

    My friend J.D. Meier has an amazing blog called Sources of Insight and he's written a fantastic book called Getting Results the Agile Way. You can buy his book on Amazon (it's free on Kindle Unlimited!). I put J.D. up there with David Allen and Stephen Covey except J.D. is undiscovered. For (...) Next page

  • ICYMI – Free Desktop Wallpaper Background, #WindowsDevDay, Build15003, Bluetooth

    Big week in the Windows Developer world! This week we have a new SDK, news about the Windows Developer Day – Windows 10 Creators Update, some curated C# tutorials, new Bluetooth features and if all that wasn’t enough, we created a desktop background featuring our favorite Visual Studio (...) Next page

  • New work item form in TFS 2017

    About a year ago we released the new work item form to Visual Studio Team Services. This was the beginning of our vision for managing work items in a more social and visual way. Over the past year, we focused on realizing this vision through continual improvements and listening to customer (...) Next page

  • Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 15003 Released

    Today, we released a new Windows 10 Creators Update SDK Preview to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 15003 or greater). The Preview SDK is a pre-release and cannot be used in a production environment. Please only install the SDK on your test machine. The Preview SDK (...) Next page

  • New Intelligence Services That Make Bot Building Easier

    In December, 2016 we announced the release of several new intelligence services for use with the Microsoft Bot Framework. Microsoft Cognitive Services QnA Maker, and the Bing Location Control were among those introduced. Both were created by the same engineers that work on Bing relevance, (...) Next page

  • New Bluetooth features in Windows 10 Creators Update (a.k.a. GATT Server and friends)

    This release is big on Bluetooth. If you’re familiar with Windows Bluetooth APIs, have been meaning to try them out, or if you’re just starting to dabble in IoT and wearables, this is a great time to take a fresh look at all things Bluetooth. To ensure the APIs we built out are functional and (...) Next page

  • Hardening Windows 10 with zero-day exploit mitigations

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  • The week in .NET – On .NET with Glenn Versweyveld, Protobuf.NET, Arizona Sunshine

    To read last week’s post, see The week in .NET – On .NET with Steve Smith, Jint, Blue Effect. On .NET Last week, I published another short interview from the MVP Summit, this time with Glenn Versweyveld about Kliva, his Strava client for Windows: This week, I’ll publish the last of our MVP (...) Next page

  • CES 2017: LG showcases new Gram laptops powered by Windows 10

    With near edgeless touch screens to unlock experiences like Windows Ink and built in finger print readers to take advantage of Windows Hello, these new laptops are built to deliver superior portability in ultra-lightweight designs. Click to view slideshow. The newest LG Gram laptops come in (...) Next page

  • Welcome to 2017

    It is the start of the year and my team and I are traveling to CES today in Las Vegas. CES has transitioned in recent years from an electronics show to a broader meeting of technologists. This makes sense as software eats the world, developers take on an increasingly more important role in (...) Next page

  • Welcome to 2017

    It is the start of the year and my team and I are traveling to CES today in Las Vegas. CES has transitioned in recent years from an electronics show to a broader meeting of technologists. This makes sense as software eats the world, developers take on an increasingly more important role in (...) Next page

  • Released: System Center Management Pack for SQL Server, Replication, AS, RS, Dashboards (6.7.15.0)

    We are happy to announce new updates to SQL Server Management Pack family. All Management Packs are available in all 11 languages! Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server enables the discovery and monitoring of SQL Server Database Engines, Databases, SQL Server Agents, and other (...) Next page

  • Webinars Jan 10-17: Power BI Custom Visuals, Flow Administration, PowerApps Custom APIs, and Building a PowerApps App

    We've got four new webinars from Jan 10th - Jan17th for your viewing pleasure! The topics include: * Walking through the development process for creating custom visuals for Power BI * Microsoft Flow administration, SharePoint Integration and best practices * PowerApps Custom APIs, Gateways and (...) Next page

  • Released: Public Preview for SQL Server vNext Management Pack

    We are happy to announce that the brand-new management pack for SQL Server vNext is ready to go. Please install and use this public preview and send us your feedback (sqlmpsfeedback@microsoft.com)! Please download the public preview bits at: (...) Next page

  • Christian Wade explains the preview of Azure Analysis Services

    Christian Wade stops by Azure Friday to speak with Scott about Azure Analysis Services. Built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modeling capabilities with the scale, flexibility, and management (...) Next page

  • Why Bitlocker takes longer to complete the encryption in Windows 10 as compared to Windows 7

    Hello, my name is Ritesh Sinha and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows team. Today’s blog will cover “Why Bitlocker takes longer to complete the encryption in Windows 10 as compared to Windows 7”. A brief summary of Bitlocker is: Bitlocker is a disk encryption system provided by (...) Next page

  • Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

    Hello everyone, my name is David Loder, long-time reader, first-time PFE blogger, based out of Detroit, Michigan. And I have a confession to make. I hate servers. Or more precisely I hate logging in to servers. If you’ve been administering Windows Server for any length of time, you’re hopefully (...) Next page

  • Hello 2017, and Recap of Top 10 Posts of 2016

    As we kick off what will surely be another very exciting year of progress in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science, we start with a quick recap of our “Top 10” most popular posts (based on aggregate readership) from the year just concluded. Here are the posts that had the (...) Next page

  • CES 2017: Toshiba debuts new Portégé X20W 2-in-1 convertible with Windows 10

    Ahead of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Toshiba announced the new Portégé X20W, a premium 2-in-1 convertible PC running Windows 10 Pro. The New Portégé X20W features a 360-degree, dual-action hinge that allows this device to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into (...) Next page

  • CES 2017: Acer announces new PCs for gaming, immersive 4K entertainment and virtual reality

    Ahead of CES 2017, Acer announced an impressive new lineup of Windows 10 PCs focused on performance and entertainment. These new devices feature stunning 4K screens, optional Tobii eye tracking for a more immersive gaming experience and facial recognition cameras that unlock Windows Hello. The (...) Next page

  • CES 2017: HP announces redesigned Sprout Pro, 4K PCs and curved gaming display

    Ahead of CES 2017, HP announced exciting new PC innovations built for Windows 10 that will change the way people interact with their PCs, including the next-generation Sprout Pro by HP that boasts a new sleek and streamlined design with new hardware and software such as Windows 10 Pro to power (...) Next page

  • Learn how to build your dream team on the next Office Small Business Academy

    Every small business knows that a great team is essential to success—but how can you compete with larger corporations when it comes to attracting talent? Register now for the next Office Small Business Academy, “How to Build Your Dream Team,” airing January 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET, and (...) Next page

  • How OneNote has become integral to learning at a Scotland high school

    Today’s post was written by Jacqueline Campbell, Computing Science teacher at St Mungo’s RC High School in Falkirk, Scotland. Our OneNote journey at St Mungo’s RC High School in Scotland started in early 2015 when a few “early adopter” teachers started using the OneNote Class Notebook app when it (...) Next page

  • Ring in the New Year with the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack

    The new year has arrived and Forza is celebrating 2017 in the best way we know – with amazing cars ready to hit the open roads in the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack! Whether you’re cruising the wine country of Yarra Valley or tackling the most extreme elevations of Blizzard Mountain, the (...) Next page

  • November 2016 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

    Thank you for your positive feedback on our first leaderboard published last month. Congratulations to the Top-10 contributors on the November 2016 leaderboard! Hilary Cotter continues his Rank-1 position from last month. Five of this month’s Overall Top-10 featured in last month’s Overall (...) Next page

  • Get inspired for 2017 with The 12 Days of Dashboards

    While most of us spent the last two weeks drinking eggnog and spending time with family and friends, Microsoft’s Sam Lester found an additional way to celebrate: creating a new blog series called “The 12 Days of Power BI Dashboards”. Each dashboard is based on a unique, yet common, data source (...) Next page

  • Microsoft Azure Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

    We’re excited and proud to announce that Microsoft Azure is one of the first hyper-scale cloud computing platforms to become HITRUST CSF Certified. The HITRUST Certification is the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry. It incorporates healthcare specific (...) Next page

  • CES 2017: Lenovo updates the ThinkPad X1 family and introduces new gaming PCs

    Each of these new devices was thoughtfully designed to meet your needs and habits, whether at home, in the office or on-the-go. These devices also take advantage of great Windows 10 features, including Windows Hello with built-in face recognition cameras and fingerprint readers, and touch (...) Next page

  • End-to-end cloud experiences for developers at Node.js Interactive North America

    Over 700 developers, DevOps engineers and other Node.js enthusiasts met in Austin last month for Node.js Interactive North America. Microsoft is proud to have been a platinum sponsor and I’m particularly thrilled to have keynoted the event, kicking off a great week of community engagement: from (...) Next page

  • Extending the support of platforms for SCSM 2016

    Hi everyone! Thanks for sharing your feedback and experiences with the Service Manager 2016 deployment. We heard you, and to make your deployment and upgrade experience better, we are now extending the support of following platforms for Service Manager 2016 – Support of SQL server 2014 SP2 for (...) Next page

  • Extending the support of platforms for SCSM 2016

    Hi everyone! Thanks for sharing your feedback and experiences with the Service Manager 2016 deployment. We heard you, and to make your deployment and upgrade experience better, we are now extending the support of following platforms for Service Manager 2016 – Support of SQL server 2014 SP2 for (...) Next page

  • Columnstore Index Performance: Batch Mode Execution

    Just posted the following blog as part of SQL Tiger team blog. I will continue with this series with many other performance specific changes done in SQL Server 2016 Columnstore index Performance: BatchMode Execution Thanks Sunil (...) Next page

  • Windows 10 Tip: Enable “Hey Cortana” and teach Cortana to recognize your voice

    Today, we’re showing you how you can enable “Hey Cortana” so you can simply ask Cortana for whatever it is you need with your voice! “Hey Cortana” lets you interact with Cortana hands-free so you can master multitasking. You can even use “Hey Cortana” to interact with Cortana above your lock screen (...) Next page

  • Columnstore Index Performance: Rowgroup Elimination

    Columnstore Index Performance: Rowgroup Elimination Thanks Sunil Agarwal SQL Server Tiger Team Next page

  • Columnstore Index Perfomance: Column Elimination

    Columnstore Index Performance: Column Elimination Thanks Sunil Next page

  • Evaluating Shared Expressions in Tabular 1400 Models

    In our December blog post; Introducing a Modern Get Data Experience for SQL Server vNext on Windows CTP 1.1 for Analysis Services, we mentioned SSDT Tabular does not yet support shared expressions, but the CTP 1.1 Analysis Services engine already does. So, how can you get started using this (...) Next page

  • Released: Exchange Generate Message Profile Script v2.0.

    Greetings Exchange Community! Today, I am pleased to announce the release of a major update to the Exchange Generate Message Profile script. This release primarily focuses on two enhancements. The first enhancement is script will now use multiple “threads” (currently in the form of PowerShell (...) Next page

  • This Week on Windows: tips, tricks & the best of Windows 10 for your new PC!

    If you got a new Windows 10 PC this holiday, we’re here to show you the latest features to keep you productive and having fun! Here are a few ways you can get started with Windows 10: Head over here to read more about the Get Started app Learn more about all the current features available on (...) Next page

  • Power BI Desktop – 2016 Year in Review

    2016 has been quite the year for the Power BI Desktop. Over the course of our 11 releases this year, we’ve released over 190 features and improvements based on the feedback that you've given us throughout the year. For December, we are taking a break from our monthly releases to focus on quality (...) Next page

  • Are you ready to host large-scale virtual presentations?

    Large-scale virtual meetings have unique needs and considerations that your IT team should keep in mind to ensure you can deliver a high-quality virtual experience. Beyond selecting the right virtual meeting software, what does your IT department need to do to ensure successful large-scale (...) Next page

  • Cumulative Update #10 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

    The 10th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2014 SP1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#10 KB Article: (...) Next page

  • Cumulative Update #3 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

    The 3rd cumulative update release for SQL Server 2014 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#3 KB Article: (...) Next page

  • When it comes to group collaboration, one size doesn’t fit all

    The way people work together is evolving, and unique projects, work styles, functional roles and workforce diversity call for a complete set of collaboration tools. As the appetite for new ways of working together grows, new developments in communications, mobility and cloud services are (...) Next page

  • The week in .NET – On .NET with Steve Smith, Jint

    To read last week’s post, see The week in .NET – .NET Core triage on On .NET, ShareX. Next week, the post will be a little late like this week. On .NET Last week, I published a short interview with Steve Smith that was shot during the MVP Summit. We talked about ASP.NET Core and its (...) Next page

  • Exploring the Tessel 2 IoT and robotics development board

    I'm still on vacation and still on the mend from surgery. I'm continuing to play around with IoT devices on my staycation. Last week I looked at these devices: Connecting my Particle Photon Internet of Things device to the Azure IoT Hub Playing with an Onion Omega IoT device to show live Blood (...) Next page

  • Basic Network Capture Methods

    Hi everyone. This is Michael Rendino, a Premier Field Engineer from Charlotte, NC and former member of the CTS networking support team. With my networking background, I have spent years reviewing network captures. One thing I always run into with my customers is that they often don’t know the (...) Next page

  • How do you tell the story behind your data? Find out on the next Modern Workplace

    According to a recent study conducted by Glassdoor, data scientists are the most in-demand job of 2016. But gathering the information is only half of your organization’s challenge—it’s what you do with it that counts. How can you be sure your data isn’t just telling you the story you want to hear, (...) Next page

  • 6 signs your company has outgrown its free email solution

    A free email solution is great when your organization is first starting out. But how do you know when you have grown beyond the capabilities of your free email service and you need a more sophisticated solution? The business email requirements of a growing company are much different than those (...) Next page

  • Windows 10 Tip: Getting started with Windows 10

    Windows 10 is packed full of features that will help you be more productive and have fun. With Windows 10, you have your very own digital personal assistant in Cortana, who you can count on to help you find things, complete tasks, set reminders and work across your devices more productively; a (...) Next page

  • ICYMI – AdDuplex, Windows Bridge for iOS, new Virtual Machine

    It’s that time of the week, devs. In case you missed our updates, here is an annotated list of the latest announcements coming from the Windows Developer team. We hope you enjoy them! AdDuplex Monetization and Marketing AdDuplex helps apps utilize app ad space before the app has reached a (...) Next page

  • This Week on Windows: A look back at this year

    This Week on Windows, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest Windows news of the year, including the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the things you can do with it, Xbox Play Anywhere, HoloLens and much more. This year was a big one for Windows 10, from game-changing updates to Windows (...) Next page

  • We Want You (to help us improve our blog)

    Developers, First of all, we can’t thank you enough for reading our blog. We put a lot of time and care into managing this site, and it means a lot that so many of you tune in regularly. That being said, we want to improve. We want to make sure that we’re giving you more than just the best (...) Next page

  • Linux Integration Services Download 4.1.3

    We’ve just published an update for the Linux Integration Services download. This release includes a series of upstream updates and adds compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Oracle Linux RHCK 7.3. The LIS 4.1.3 download is available from the Microsoft Download Center. The (...) Next page

  • Just released – Windows developer virtual machines – December 2016 build

    We’re releasing the December 2016 edition of our evaluation and licensed Windows developer virtual machines (VM) on Windows Dev Center. The VMs come in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox and VMWare flavors. The evaluation version will expire on 04/08/17. Evaluation VM contain: Windows 10 Enterprise (...) Next page

  • Countdown to the New Year with great deals in the Windows Store

    We’re counting down to the New Year with a brand-new collection in the Windows Store and today, we’re highlighting some of its awesome year-end deals you can enjoy on your Windows 10 PC.* GAMES Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition – $30 off Until Dec. 28, purchase Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition for (...) Next page

  • What’s new in Office 365 administration—December update

    Recent updates to the Office 365 admin experience include a new OneDrive for Business admin center, new settings to manage Microsoft Teams and GigJam, and improvements to the new Service health dashboard. In November and December, our efforts focused on enabling admins to manage new workloads (...) Next page

  • Becoming pitch perfect with PowerPoint

    Pitching ideas isn’t nearly as nerve-wracking when you’ve got a powerful presentation to share. We recently spoke about presenting with Jon Hammond, chief strategy officer for Galvanized Media, the company responsible for the New York Times best-selling books “Eat This, Not That!,” “Zero Belly (...) Next page

  • What employees can learn from your IT team to ensure better online meetings

    As more employees work from home and on the go, video conferencing has become a key way for colleagues to connect. Online meetings are becoming an increasingly important part of our daily business communications and collaboration. Working with your IT team can put employees at an advantage by (...) Next page

  • Exercise your greatest power as a developer

    To paraphrase Daniel Webster (American Statesman, 1782-1852), “If all my developer skills were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of learning like a developer, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.” To be a good developer is to be a perpetual learner; it is (...) Next page

  • General Availability: Larger Block Blobs in Azure Storage

    Azure Blob Storage is a massively scalable object storage solution capable of storing and serving tens to hundreds of petabytes of data per customer across a diverse set of data types including media, documents, log files, scientific data and much more. Many of our customers use Blobs to store (...) Next page

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays from the Power BI team, and our colleagues at PowerApps and Microsoft Flow! Thank you for all your support in 2016, and we hope you and your family enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Next page

  • Flashback 2016 – Highlights from Azure SQL Data Warehouse

    Earlier this year we announced the general availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, offering a SQL-based fully managed, petabyte-scale cloud solution for data warehousing. SQL Data Warehouse is highly elastic, enabling you to provision in minutes and scale capacity in seconds. You can scale (...) Next page

  • No slowdown in Cerber ransomware activity as 2016 draws to a close

    As everybody else winds down for the holidays, the cybercriminals behind Cerber are busy ramping up their operations. Following our discovery of a spam campaign that takes advantage of holiday shopping, we found two new campaigns that continue distributing the latest variants of Cerber (...) Next page

  • Windows Bridge for iOS: Customizing the Surface Dial Experience

    In part one of the Windows Bridge for iOS series, we created a simple to-do list app in Xcode and used the iOS bridge to bring it over to Windows 10. In part two of the series, we went on a tour of Visual Studio for iOS developers. In part three, we used the Windows Bridge for iOS to convert an (...) Next page

  • AdDuplex – your one stop shop for Windows app and game marketing and monetization

    From the early days of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace to the modern days of Windows Store, AdDuplex was and is committed to providing top-notch advertising solutions for app and game developers, publishers and advertisers. Premier cross-promotion network Back in 2011, AdDuplex launched the (...) Next page

  • Top 7 ways Office 365 offers more security than on-premises services

    It seems logical to think that data you stored in a privately controlled datacenter is safer than data in the cloud. But that’s not necessarily true. In fact, there is a broad range of security features that you benefit from when you put your data in a cloud service like Office 365. And when (...) Next page

  • Managing StorSimple virtual arrays in the new Azure portal

    This post was authored by Manu Aery, Senior Product Marketing Manager, ECG Were happy to announce that the management of the StorSimple Virtual Device Series is now available in the new Azure portal. You can use the StorSimple extension in the new portal to create Azure Resource Manager based (...) Next page

  • Managing StorSimple virtual arrays in the new Azure portal

    This post was authored by Manu Aery, Senior Product Marketing Manager, ECG Were happy to announce that the management of the StorSimple Virtual Device Series is now available in the new Azure portal. You can use the StorSimple extension in the new portal to create Azure Resource Manager based (...) Next page

  • LiveTiles presents: the new Power BI Tile

    LiveTiles is pleased to announce full integration with Power BI, allowing customers for the first time to visualize their data and other business content on a single pane of glass. The Power BI Tile will change the way you manage your analytics, by giving you the added advantage of being able (...) Next page

  • Visual Awesomeness Unlocked: Pyramid 3D Chart by Collabion

    Like the name suggests, a pyramid chart has a triangular structure. Lines run across it, dividing it into sections with thicknesses proportional to their values. A pyramid chart represents data in the form of percentages, with the whole chart representing 100%. A pyramid 3D chart built with (...) Next page

  • CMake support in Visual Studio 2017 – what’s new in the RC.2 update

    In case you missed the latest Visual Studio news, there is a new update for Visual Studio 2017 RC available. You can either upgrade your existing installation or, if you’re starting fresh, install it from the Visual Studio 2017 RC download page. This release comes with several enhancements in (...) Next page

  • Microsoft Cognitive Services QnA Maker Helps Developers

    As announced earlier this week on the Bot Framework Blog, the Microsoft Cognitive Services QnA Maker, is a free, easy-to-use, REST API- and web-based service that trains AI to respond to users’ questions in a conversational way. QnA Maker works in three steps: extraction, training, and (...) Next page

  • Create great looking, fast, mobile apps using JavaScript, Angular 2, and Ionic 2

    In a recent Visual Studio Toolbox episode, I highlighted some new Ionic 2 templates for use with the Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO). These new Ionic 2 RC templates are now available for you to try out and in this post I’ll talk you through what’s new. > Download Ionic 2 (...) Next page

  • The week in .NET – .NET Core triage on On .NET, ShareX

    To read last week’s post, see The Year in .NET – Visual Studio 2017 RC and .NET Core updated, On .NET with Stephen Cleary and Luis Valencia, Ulterius, Inferno, Bastion, LoGeek Night. I might not post next week, for reasons you’ll surely understand, or I might do so one or two days late… Happy (...) Next page

  • Troubleshooting ‘Unsupported Cluster Configuration’ errors in Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

    ~ John Clyburn | Senior Consultant Hi everyone, my name is John Clyburn and I’m a senior consultant here at Microsoft. I was recently working at a customer site where we were getting “Unsupported Cluster Configuration” errors in the SCVMM console for VMs in a Hyper-V cluster so I thought I’d take (...) Next page

  • Troubleshooting ‘Unsupported Cluster Configuration’ errors in Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

    ~ John Clyburn | Senior Consultant Hi everyone, my name is John Clyburn and I’m a senior consultant here at Microsoft. I was recently working at a customer site where we were getting “Unsupported Cluster Configuration” errors in the SCVMM console for VMs in a Hyper-V cluster so I thought I’d take (...) Next page

  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Early Access available now

    It’s finally here – I’m thrilled to say early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition starts today for folks who pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition! Having Halo Wars on PC has been something the community has asked for since the game launched so many years ago, and (...) Next page

  • New to Office 365 in December—accessibility updates and more

    Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team. This month, there are several updates to the Office apps to help you more easily create accessible content and more. Read on for the details. Enabling more accessible and efficient content creation (...) Next page

  • 5 ways a cloud-based email solution saves you time

    Email continues to be one of the most popular communication methods for businesses, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. With email taking the lead in business communications, you need to ensure your business is set up for success. Here are five ways how cloud-based email can save time (...) Next page

  • Microsoft Graph Preview for Exchange 2016 customers

    We are interested in working with Exchange 2016 customers or partners to help us validate Exchange hybrid scenarios using Microsoft Graph. This will be a self-paced development project where your developers will scope and get technical help to unblock Graph API issues from the product team. In (...) Next page

  • Happy holidays 2016

    Today is my last day in the office for the year. I just want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog and engages on TFS and VS Team Services. It’s great working with all of you. Overall, it’s been a good year. We shipped TFS 2015 Update 2 and 3 and TFS 2017. We continued (...) Next page

  • Azure Analysis Services is now available in North Europe and West US

    Azure Analysis Services is a new preview service in Microsoft Azure where you can host semantic data models. Users in your organization can then connect to your data models using tools like Excel, Power BI and many others to create reports and perform ad-hoc data analysis. We are excited to (...) Next page

  • 5 most popular questions from the Power BI Ask Microsoft Anything event

    A couple of weeks ago, the Power BI Team held its first Ask Microsoft Anything event, and it was a fantastic success! We received several pages of questions on the AMA community forum, and for over an hour a mixed group of Power BI Program Managers, Marketing Managers, and Developers answered (...) Next page

  • Integral Analytics moves to Azure SQL Data Warehouse from AWS for high performance

    With greater focus on new forms of energy and technological progress in the space of solar energy, the world in which traditional power utilities operate has been going through significant change. Integral Analytics helps power utilities be on top of this change by helping them tap into other (...) Next page

  • Connecting my Particle Photon Internet of Things device to the Azure IoT Hub

    My vacation continues. Yesterday I had shoulder surgery (adhesive capsulitis release) so today I'm messing around with Azure IoT Hub. I had some devices on my desk - some of which I had never really gotten around to exploring - and I thought I'd see if I could accomplish something. I've got a (...) Next page

  • Free Intermediate ASP.NET Core 1.0 Training on Microsoft Virtual Academy

    At the end of October I announced that Maria from my team and I published a Microsoft Virtual Academy on ASP.NET Core. This Free ASP.NET Core 1.0 Training is up on Microsoft Virtual Academy now for you to watch and enjoy! I hope you like it, we worked very hard to bring it to you. Again, start (...) Next page

  • How to revert to a previous version of a Microsoft Operations Manager Management Pack

    ~ Chandra Bose | Senior Software Engineer There are times when you may want to revert back to older version of a Management Pack (MP) for a given workload. Currently, the Operations Manager UI allows you to delete and re-import Management Packs from the “Installed Management Packs” screen, (...) Next page

  • How to revert to a previous version of a Microsoft Operations Manager Management Pack

    ~ Chandra Bose | Senior Software Engineer There are times when you may want to revert back to older version of a Management Pack (MP) for a given workload. Currently, the Operations Manager UI allows you to delete and re-import Management Packs from the “Installed Management Packs” screen, (...) Next page

  • Get ready for the holidays with new collections in the Windows Store

    We’re excited to share that the Windows Store team has put together awesome collections of apps, movies, TV shows, games and more to help get you in the holiday spirit! MOVIES & TV All your favorite holiday hits are in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store. From feel-good family (...) Next page

  • Windows 10 Tip: How to edit holiday photos with the Microsoft Photos app

    We’ve showed you how to draw on your memories with the Photos app update – today, we’re going to show you all the ways you can use the app to edit your holiday photos! Editing your images has never been easier In the first version of the new Edit experience, we introduced a new simple way of (...) Next page

  • Convert a Federated Domain in Azure AD to Managed and Use Password Sync – Step by Step

    Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here to give you the steps to convert your on-premise Federated domain to a Managed domain in your Azure AD tenant. In this case, we will also be using your on-premise passwords that will be sync’d with Azure AD Connect. There are many (...) Next page

  • New Office 365 ProPlus deployment guide for IT pros now available

    The Office 365 ProPlus deployment team has been working hard to give IT pros the tools they need to successfully deploy Office 365 ProPlus in various scenarios. We recently released a new guide focused on making your organization’s ProPlus deployment a success. The Preferred Practices for (...) Next page

  • Power BI mobile apps feature summary – December 2016

    Just before 2016 wraps up, we're happy to introduce the latest update for Power BI mobile apps! Within this update, you'll find new capabilities such as the ability to share an annotated report, and… Next page

  • Combining Excel Files hosted on a SharePoint folder with Power BI

    Have you ever wanted to consolidate, combine or append data from multiple excel spreadsheets or workbooks? I bet you have, and it has been a painful process either done manually or via 3rd party add-ins. In this blog post, we’ll show you how, with the newest version of the Power BI Desktop and (...) Next page

  • AzCopy 5.1.1 Release

    We are pleased to announce the release of AzCopy 5.1.1, and have made the following updates in this release: Integration of Data Movement Library into AzCopy A request we get often is "how does AzCopy work?" With this release, we have now integrated DMLib into AzCopy, which allows you to see (...) Next page

  • Announcing Exclude Disk Support for Hyper-V VMs with ASR

    A key ask that Azure Site Recovery (ASR) customers often have is the ability to exclude disks from replication, either to optimize the replication bandwidth consumed or to optimize the target-side resources utilized by such disks. ASR's VMware to Azure scenario has had this capability since (...) Next page

  • Turn up the joy and save big with the Microsoft Store Holiday Super Sale

    Exclusive offers on must-have holiday gifts including Surface Book, PCs, Xbox games and more! Still looking for last-minute holiday gifts? Microsoft Store has the perfect gift for the tech person in your life with its Holiday Super Sale starting December 17 through December 24. Save on your (...) Next page

  • Update 1612 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

    Hello everyone! We are happy to let you know that update 1612 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are (...) Next page

  • ICYMI – Cortana Skills Kit, Adobe XD, Surface Dial and the GameAnalytics SDK

    No time for an intro, we want to jump right into this. The New Cortana Skills Kit Excited doesn’t even begin to describe the glass case of emotion containing our feelings toward the new Cortana Skills Kit announced this week. In addition to preparing developers to reach millions of new users, (...) Next page

  • Singapore Machine Learning & Data Science Summit – Recap

    This post is authored by Tamarai G V, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Singapore has started to embrace the many benefits of digital transformation, and data plays a central role in this process. From using non-traditional indicators such as electricity consumption and public (...) Next page

  • Bing 2016 End Of Year

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