Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of March 13 – 19, 2016

Please take a look at last week’s news on Microsoft Cloud and the highlights below.


  • Global Azure Bootcamp is happening again (April 16th)
  • //Build is next week!!!
  • New reporting portal in Office 365


Data Driven Keynotes

  1. Data is the new electricity - Hear Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella share why data is driving business transformation and how customers can use SQL Server 2016 to harness their data and transform it into intelligence, insights, and action.
  2. Transforming businesses with data - Hear Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group talk about Microsoft’s journey to becoming the new leader in data He also talks to executives at Docusign, Johnson Controls and Renault Sport F1 Team about how they are using data to transform their businesses.

Microsoft Data Insights Summit | March 22 – 23, 2016
Learn to tell compelling data stories, monitor your business, or finally figure out how to build that formula at Microsoft Data Insights Summit. Attend the free worldwide.


//Build 2016 | March 30 through April 1st
Save The Dates - Make sure you don't miss your view into the future of Developer Tools.
//Build2016 will be Streaming Live at


Tackle the top five data challenges with SQL Server | March 31st at 10:00 am PST
Learn how to address the top data management challenges with a unified approach that improves security, reduces complexity, and lowers the costs normally associated with data platforms.


Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 | April 16
his year we are again doing a one-day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity we will have another set of hands on labs. Check the different locations worldwide!


Azure Active Directory Premium Customer Training Webinars
REMINDER | Join us and learn how to get up and running on Azure AD Premium quickly and easily!

  • Manage Partner and Vendor Access Using Azure B2B Collaboration - March 22, 2016 11:00am and 7:00pm PST

Get More from Office 365 to Work Smarter, Not Harder | March 23 at 10 am PST
REMINDER | Tune into this live session with Microsoft + DocuSign to learn how to: boost productivity, save time, and gain visibility by tracking each step of the workflow.

Drive Business Results with Intelligent Tools Series | 45-minute webinar on Thursdays at 10:00 am PST
REMINDER | Moving to the cloud is no longer a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when.” In this series you will get to see the exciting innovations enabling best-in-class, cross-platform mobile productivity, intelligent tools that can anticipate your needs to deliver timely solutions, collaboration tools built for the modern workforce and how Microsoft has delivered on its commitment to trustworthy computing across security, privacy and compliance.

  • 3/24: What’s Next in SharePoint 2016
  • 3/31: Reinventing Customer Experience: Field Service and the Modern Dispatch Technician

Microsoft Virtual Security Summit Webcast | March at 29th 12:00 pm PST
REMINDER | Cyberattacks cost organizations $400 billion a year. It seems nearly every week a new cyberattack is announced, against a corporation, a government agency, or a nonprofit organization. This has made cybersecurity a top issue for IT, Security, Legal and the board room. On March 29th, hear from top security experts and key Microsoft security professionals for a three-hour event dedicated to better understanding today’s Enterprise Security industry.

SME roundtable on mobility at Microsoft Webinar | March 31st at 10:00 am PST
REMINDER | IT subject matter experts (SMEs) from our Mobility at Microsoft IT Showcase course will answer your questions about how Microsoft IT designs, develops, deploys, and supports mobility at Microsoft. Get candid answers from our experts as they share their insights and best practices.

Office 365 – FastTrack webinars | Multiple dates
REMINDER | Learn how to do more, together. Ask questions, learn shortcuts and find out how Office 365 can make you and your team more productive. Select one of the webinars available, register, and attend a live presentation with demos and Q&A. Webinar selection range from using Office 365 to working like a network.


Office 365 news roundup
First, we announced the new Office 365 admin center, which makes it faster, easier and more efficient to manage Office 365. Second, in conjunction with that announcement, we started rolling out the new reporting portal in the Office 365 admin center, which provides admins with valuable insights about how people are using the Office 365 services and delivers details down to the individual user level. In addition, admins can now manage Office 365 client updates—including those for Office 365 ProPlus, Visio Pro for Office 365 and Project Pro for Office 365—directly through the System Center Configuration Manager’s built-in software updates workflow engine.

Sway YamJam summary has been posted
On March 9, 2016 Microsoft hosted an action-packed YamJam with the Sway product team with lively Q&A, valuable feedback and discussion on how to make the most of Sway in your organization.


SfB Video Broadcast: Ep. 10 Windows Desktop Client
On-Demand | Learn what's new in the Skype for Business Windows Client.

Skype for Business will give businesses improved collaboration on a budget
Microsoft's new updates are aimed at helping companies collaborate remotely for less money.  

Skype for Business User QuickTip #41: How to Save Meeting Participant List Using OneNote
Tip | You are in a Skype for Business meeting and you would like to get a list of all the participants and their Skype for Business ID/Email. How do you do it? Microsoft OneNote! Skype for Business meetings have a “My Notes” feature under “Present” which will nicely export all the participants of the current meeting. Just click Present > My Notes | Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks eBook


Episode 089 with James McQuillan on Moodle Office 365 integration—Office 365 Developer Podcast
In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to James McQuillan about the Moodle Office 365 integration open source project.



Manage your API Management service instances with Git access and Properties
The API Management team is excited to release two new features to help you manage your API Management service instances: Git access and Properties.

Moving from Endpoint monitoring to Application Insights Availability tests
Availability monitoring with Application Insights in the new Azure portal replaces Endpoint monitoring in the classic portal. We created equivalent tests in the new portal so you can manage them without going to the classic portal.

Top three takeaways from #MWC16
Read about the key highlights and themes that stood out to us: Virtual Reality and 4D, 5G Hype, and Internet of Things (IoT).


Important changes coming for Service Bus and Event Hubs
After May 1, 2016, Service Bus will introduce separate namespace types for Event Hubs, Relay, and the Broker (Queues and Topics). This change will affect only newly created namespaces. Any existing namespaces will work as they do today.

Azure SQL Database learns and adapts with your application
What if your database could learn the patterns of your workload and alert you of a potential breach before it’s too late? We use machine learning to proactively provide you more than just a database. We offer a service that learns and adapts with your app, ultimately enabling you to dynamically maximize performance, reliability and data security with little effort on your part.


Simple and reliable data movement with Azure Data Factory Copy Wizard
We are glad to announce the public preview of Azure Data Factory (ADF) Copy Wizard. An intuitive and seamless wizard for copying data.


Project AIX: Using Minecraft to build more intelligent technology
AIX allows computer scientists to use the world of Minecraft as a testing ground for conducting research designed to improve artificial intelligence.

2016 TechFest at Microsoft on March 8, 2016.

Microsoft Is Testing Azure IoT Platform from The Stratosphere
Microsoft Research is deploying a balloon into the stratosphere which is connected to Azure IoT.

Mark Nichols and Matt Long, both architects for the Azure Center of Excellence about their Pegasus mission’s high-altitude balloon

Hybrid Cloud Workloads: Disaster Recovery and High Availability
On-Demand | Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager protects applications by coordinating the replication of virtual machines (VMs) at a secondary location. In this course, explore how Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager brings together Hyper-V Replica asynchronous virtual machine replication capabilities in Windows Server and the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center, and how it combines them with the power of Microsoft Azure to provide site-to-site protection of your virtual machines and private clouds. This includes remote health monitoring and orchestrated recovery. The course examines other features that help with disaster recovery and high availability in a hybrid cloud environment.

How a Microsoft Research Project Captured the Hearts of Millions
Using Machine Learning (ML), Microsoft developed a research project that “captured the hearts of millions.” Learn how Bing and other teams at Microsoft are furthering the development of artificial intelligence using ML.

DataDriven – 34 Tech deep dives
On-Demand | Everything you need to know about SQL Server 2016, all in one place. Watch the Data Driven technical deep dives on your own terms.

PowerShell Basics: (Part 3) Real Word Script Examples
In this episode they show us an example of a real world script that was created to help a customer find and check the value of a property and then go through five versions of the script to show you various results. | Part 1 | Part 2


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