Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of March 20-26, 2016

All – last week Microsoft made great announcements and I have highlighted three below but please take a look at all last week’s news.


  • Alex Kipman Ted talk on Hololens
  • Gartner names Microsoft Azure a leader in aPaaS
  • Office 365 Connectors


Turbocharge your productivity with Windows 10 and Office 2016 | March 30th and April 6th at 10 am and 12 pm PST
Check out how you can help your business cross the finish line with time to spare using Windows 10 and Office 2016.


Windows 10 for device management webcast | March 31st at 11:00 am PST
In this webinar, we will introduce the tools that eliminate stress. We will show you how Windows 10 out-of-the-box Active Directory and Azure Active Directory help you control access, manage identities, and configure policies.

Skype Show | April 4th at 12:00 pm PST
Microsoft's own Jamie Stark and Skype for Business MVP Thomas Poett will join the live Skype Show.

  • Session 1: The Future of UC
  • Session 2: Geographically Dispersed Edges and CCE
  • Session 3: Skype for Business new features
  • Session 4: Q&A

MOMENTUM’16 Conference | April 5-7 in San Francisco
Microsoft will have a significant presence and a chance to showcase Office 365 at DocuSign’s upcoming MOMENTUM’16 conference in San Francisco. From April 5–7, the sharpest minds in technology will come together to brainstorm, attend breakout sessions and discover the possibilities that adopting a digital workflow can bring their business.

Are my robots going to attack me? Tips for a secure IoT strategy. | April 12th at 10:00 am PST
During this webinar and live Q&A, our IoT and cloud security experts will walk you through best practices for making sure you’re as safe as you can—and should—be with IoT. Register to learn:

  • Tips for a more secure IoT strategy
  • How to recognize weak links in your IoT operations
  • Why Microsoft’s comprehensive security solutions and investments make Azure a trusted cloud for IoT


Machine Learning: How technology advances human intelligence | April 12th at 8:00 am PST
Join us as we explore cognitive technology, and learn what advances in artificial intelligence will impact analytics and demand for human interaction on the next episode of Modern Workplace.


Office 365 Connectors YamJam! | Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 9:00 am PST
Join us for a Connectors YamJam! As we announced last week, Office 365 Connectors are currently available for First Release customers and in the process of being rolled out for generally availability shortly.

YamJam will be hosted in the Office 365 Groups group


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

  • Secure Your Identities with Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Accessing Your Organization's Internal Application via Azure AD App Proxy
  • Getting Ready for Azure AD
  • Manage Your Enterprise Applications with Azure AD
  • Manage Partner and Vendor Access Using Azure B2B Collaboration
  • Streamlining Password Management Using Azure AD

//Build 2016 | March 30 through April 1st
REMINDER | 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
REMINDER | 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.

Drive Business Results with Intelligent Tools Series | March 31st at 10:00 am PST
REMINDER | Reinventing Customer Experience: Field Service and the Modern Dispatch Technician

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.

Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 | April 16th, 2016
REMINDER | This 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!

Office 365 – FastTrack webinars | April dates are now available
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.


What’s new—Office 365 Video
As you may have seen on the Office 365 Roadmap, we’ve been working hard to bring you numerous features and capabilities ranging from improving the upload experience, enhancing accessibility with closed-caption support, delivering analytics per video to provide aggregate trending patterns and more.

6 tasks ideal for the cloud—cloud storage and beyond
This post covers six ‘other’ ways the cloud can be used by any businesses.


New to Office 365 in March—move from Evernote to OneNote, PowerPoint Designer updates and more
This month, our updates include a tool for migrating Evernote notes to OneNote, enhancements to PowerPoint Designer and new languages supported in Office for Mac and Skype Translator. We also have updates for our commercial customers using Skype for Business, Project Online and Office 365 video. Read on for more.

Introducing Office 365 Connectors
Office 365 Connectors surfaces all the information you care about in the Office 365 Groups shared inbox, so you can easily collaborate with others and interact with the updates as they happen. In addition to the current Groups inbox integration, we plan to bring Office 365 Connectors to the Outlook inbox for individual users to leverage and over time to other experiences across Office 365.


Skype for Business for iOS productivity guide
Skype for Business for iOS is a productivity app that brings Skype Meetings, presence, instant messaging (IM), voice, and video capabilities to your iOS mobile device.

Skype for Business for Android Productivity Guide
Skype for Business for Android is a productivity app that brings Skype Meetings, instant messaging, voice, and video capabilities to your Android mobile device. It has a new look and feel, at-a-glance view of your upcoming meetings and conversation history, simplified call controls, and many other improvements.


Microservices: An application revolution powered by the cloud
Mark Russinovich talks about how and why a microservices architecture can help with application development and lifecycle tasks, and describe the capabilities that platforms can provide to support those architectures. Then he lists some of the platforms commonly used by developers as the foundation for their microservice based applications that Azure supports, and finally, he briefly describes our microservice application platform, called Service Fabric, that provides comprehensive support for microservices lifecycle management out of the box. | Channel 9 conversation with Mark Russinovich on Microservices

Full text search of audio and video files
Watch how to perform full text search over the spoken words within your audio and video files. Read on to learn more.


A sample application for pulling data from SQL into an Azure Event Hub
A recent article and code sample I produced with Dinar Gainitdinov shows how to build a simple application to run some complex joins and queries then push the updated records to an Azure Event Hub.

Application Packages and Task Dependencies now available on Azure Batch
As promised, we’ve been hard at work porting preview features to the generally available, production-ready Batch service. We’re excited to announce two of the most popular features, Application Packages and Task Dependencies are now available.

Developer's introduction to Azure IoT
This post is for the cast and crew of developers that make any IoT solution work for its intended audience. It's a guide not just to the “Things,” but to their secure connection to the “Internet” that powers every IoT solution.

Announcing Azure Storage Python Client Library 0.30 preview
We are pleased to announce the 0.30 preview release of the Azure Storage Python Client Library.

Azure Compliance: DocumentDB certified for ISO 27001, HIPAA, and the EU Model Clauses
The Azure DocumentDB team is excited to announce DocumentDB is ISO 27001, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses compliant.

Brand new Docker Machine for Azure
We are very excited to announce a brand new Azure driver for Docker Machine using the new Azure Resource Manager APIs.

Gartner names Microsoft Azure a leader in aPaaS
We’re excited that Gartner recognized Microsoft Azure as a leader in their Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service for the third year in a row based on completeness of our vision and ability to execute.



A futuristic vision of the age of holograms
Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content.


Time is running out: Upgrade SQL Server 2005 now
Less than one month remains before support ends for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016. If you’re still using this version or other legacy versions of SQL Server, there’s never been a better time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database to safeguard your business and reap all the benefits of a modern data platform.

Web.Dev 2: Getting Started with Angular 2.0
Angular 2.0 is pretty great. It's the latest iteration of the very popular Angular.js client-side web framework. It's different from Angular 1.x. Actually, it's very different!

Getting started with app design
This blog is the first in a multi-part series on app design for developers. We’ll introduce you to the tricks of the design trade so you can create more attractive and more successful UWP apps.

Squash: A Whole New Way to Merge Pull Requests
A squash merge is a merge option in Git that will produce a merge commit with only one parent. The files are merged exactly as they would be in a normal merge, but the commit metadata is changed to show only one of the parent commits. The result is a single commit on the target branch with all of the changes from a normal merge.

Accessing the Red Hat Customer Portal from Azure
Did you know you can access premium Red Hat content by using a Red Hat Enterprise Linux VM image in the Azure Marketplace? Check the post for details.

72% of businesses worry about mobile security
Being mobile is one thing. Being mobile productive is another. Discover how you can combine the freedom of mobility for employees with added productivity for your business.

TWC9: SQL on Linux, Microsoft Joins Eclipse Foundation, UWP Porting Guides for Android/iOS, Dogs and Cats living together and more...
Last week on Channel 9.



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