Windows 10 Just Keeps Getting Better!

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Windows 10 Just Keeps Getting Better
New Devices
This week was HUGE for Windows 10. At an event in New York we announced a slew of new devices including:

It's not over yet, however: our OEM partners have new devices on the way, so get ready for some more exciting announcements. If you weren’t able to catch the live event at 3am, you can catch the replay on-demand here.

Free Training
Of course if you’re going to snag any of those new devices and use them in your organisations, you’ll need to get yourself updated with the latest on the Windows 10 features for business, and understand the options you have when it comes to deployment.

IT Camps: we’re kicking off in October with a couple of free, hands-on, full-day Windows 10 for Business IT Camps in Auckland and Wellington. These will be popular and will ‘sell out’ fast so be quick to secure your seat! We also have a couple of Azure Infrastructure IT Camps lined up for Wellington and Christchurch for you in November.

Online: There is a huge amount of great content available on our Microsoft Virtual Academy and Channel 9 websites to help you learn about Windows 10, Azure for IT Pros, and more. We also have most of the sessions from our Ignite NZ event available online: check out the Windows 10 related sessions listed below, or browse the full catalogue.

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New Era of Windows 10 Devices
With more than 110 million devices, and over 8 million business PCs running on Windows 10, there's a whole lot of device goodness to get excited about with the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4, the new Lumia phones, the Microsoft Band 2, and the HoloLens Development Edition taking to the streets. More device announcements from Microsoft partners (like HP) are on the way. Get ready to be amazed!
Azure Backup Introduces Backup of SQL, Hyper-V VMs & More
The backup of Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V VMs, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and Windows Clients has been introduced in Microsoft Azure Backup server. As well as workload support, Azure Backup comes with support for backup of large data sources and long-term retention for up to 99 years. For more details, refer to the Azure Backup documentation.
You're Going Places. Microsoft Could Be One of Them.
Building and sharing your Windows 10 prowess could win you a trip to Seattle and a backstage pass to see all the exciting things happening across the Microsoft campus. Know it. Prove it. is back, and they've cranked up the technology challenge to another level. Enhance your skills with Microsoft Virtual Academy for a chance to win. More details here.
Watch #AzureCon On Demand
Missed the #AzureCon event? With all sessions now live on Channel 9, you can still hear from the experts about the latest Azure innovations and easy-to-adopt solutions. With four epic keynote speakers including Scott Guthrie, Bill Staples, T.K. Rengarajan and Jason Zander, alongside 50+ technical sessions, this is an event that shouldn't go amiss. Accelerate your journey to the cloud and get watching!
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Upcoming Events
Windows 10 IT Pro Readiness
13 October (Virtual)
The MVP Award Program and the Windows IT Pro teams are pleased to offer a *free* live webcast, as part of a global community event, to provide first hand guidance about Windows 10 Enterprise for IT Pros. Join Microsoft MVPs as they take you through topics such as an overview of the Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows Security, Windows as a Service, Windows Deployment, Windows Management & Store, and Windows Networking.

IT Camp: Windows 10 for Business
20 October (Auckland - BOOKED OUT), 22 October (Wellington)
Registration for our Auckland Windows 10 for Business Camp is now full. Please stay tuned to @TechNetNZ for upcoming events!

Attend this Windows 10 IT Camp to gain a deeper understanding around Windows 10 for business. This IT Camp will be covering what’s new in Windows 10, Windows 10 Deployment and Provisioning, and Windows 10 Security. You also have the option to BYO secondary Windows 7 or Windows 8 device to upgrade throughout the day with the help of a Windows expert.

SQL Server User Group
21 October (Christchurch)
What's new in SQL Server 2016: This month we've persuaded Rob Douglas to tell us all about SQL Server 2016 and it's new features. Come along and learn all about this and how SQL Server is evolving to embrace the cloud and mobile revolutions.

IT Camp: Azure Infrastructure
12 November (Wellington), 24 November (Christchurch)
If your organisation needs to scale on-demand, rapidly respond to your customers, and maintain total control over your data at all times, consider extending your datacentre and choosing a Hybrid Cloud model infrastructure. Attend the IT Camp “Azure Infrastructure” to learn how your existing skills are applicable to extending your business beyond the capabilities of your on premises infrastructure.

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Featured Apps
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Windows 10 Sessions from Ignite NZ
Microsoft Virtual Academy  
What's New in Windows 10 Deployment
With the release of Windows 10, there are new and updated ways to deploy Windows. In this session, we review new recommendations for upgrading existing devices using a simple in-place upgrade process, provisioning tools for transforming new devices into ones ready for enterprise use, as well as updates.

Windows 10 in the Enterprise
Enterprises want a joined-up experience – one that delivers a converged ecosystem. Join Katharine Holdsworth and Simon May as they take you through the new Windows infrastructure, capabilities and experience for a modern enterprise.

What’s New in Windows 10 Management and the Windows Store
In this session, we talk about all the changes that are coming, including enhancements to built-in mobile device management protocols, new Windows Store and volume purchase program capabilities, sign-on capabilities with organizational IDs (Microsoft Azure Active Directory), and much more...

Upgrading to Windows 10: In Depth
With Windows 10, we are encouraging everyone, including organizations, to upgrade from their existing OS (Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1). This upgrade process is easy and reliable, but how exactly does it work? We dig deep and explore how the process works to ensure that everything is preserved.

Windows 10 + Azure AD + Intune = Full Desktop Management and Provisioning in the Cloud
Join us as we take a retail bought laptop running Windows 10, connect it to the internet and with the power of Azure AD and Windows Intune convert it to a fully managed Windows 10 Enterprise corporate device complete with applications.

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