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#UpgradeYourWorld & Dive In!
This is a big year for Microsoft! A number of new products are being unleashed. This week we invited you to #UpgradeYourWorld with the “RTM” of Windows 10. We gave you the option to reserve the update and have it automatically download ready for upgrading, and we also gave you a media creation tool to let you download and create your own ISO or DVD/USB that you can use to upgrade at your own pace. We launched Skype for Business and many new features in Office 365 and Azure over the last few months. We have new releases of SharePoint 2016, Windows Server 2016, System Center, Hyper-V, and SQL Server on the way!

With all this shiny new stuff arriving, or on the way, what’s the fastest way to upskill? How can you find out about all the new features, understand how to migrate, deploy, and use these new products?

Well in just a months' time SKYCITY transforms into Ignite NZ and becomes the place for you to get yourself up-to-speed! There will be some amazing keynote speakers, plenty of networking amongst peers, a couple of coffee carts to keep you going, some swag (of course), but – most of all – there will be sessions! 140+ sessions! Covering a range of topics, including the return of our highly popular “make yourself more awesome” style sessions.

There are also a number of Exam Cram sessions available on the Tuesday before the keynote. If you’re thinking of taking an Office 365, Server, or Azure exam soon then be sure to attend one or more of these sessions as part of your Ignite NZ experience.

If you want to take a ‘deep dive’ into the session catalogue to see what’s coming, jump to the Ignite website and take a look! If you haven’t already bought your ticket, there are still some left – but be quick! Buy a single ticket or a 5+ pack before they sell out!

 
Regan Murphy
Regan Murphy
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News
Windows 10 is here!
It’s been available for some time for Insiders, and as ‘Windows as a Service’ it will be continuously ‘launching’ but now that Windows 10 has officially launched, TechCrunch, Wired and CNN have had a say. It’s free. Check it out yourself, if you haven’t already. In short: there's increased performance, security and it’s compatible and familiar. The gesturing features, Windows Hello and Cortana make the experience more personal, not mention more fun with the new Edge browser – and Continuum means it works across all your devices.
 
A chat style run through of Windows 10
Walk through what's new in Windows 10 deployment and management, with a team of experts. Join them for a chat to look at runtime provisioning, mobile device management (MDM), secure authentication, and much more. Plus, find out what Windows as a Service means for you and your organization. Check out Windows 10 Mobile Device Management and the latest: What’s New in Windows 10 Deployment.
 
A structured start to Windows 10 with MVA
This online Windows 10 training takes you through how to simplify planning and deployment—and ease migration from earlier versions of the Windows operating system. If you’re like a lot of IT Pros around the world, you would’ve dipped your toes into the Windows 10 Technical Preview for IT Pros. Following the official launch, there’s now the Update for IT Pros as well as the Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Pros track.
 
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Upcoming Events
NZ Microsoft Cloud & Infrastructure User Group
5 August (Auckland)
In this session, we’ll look at AAD (azure active directory): what it is / isn’t, how it differs from on-premises AD, the protocols it supports, groups, SaaS applications, SSO, self-service, ADAL and the Graph API Explorer. Rory, your presenter, has been involved in Microsoft Identity & Access Management since the early days of ADFS 2.0 and WIF 1.0.

Ignite NZ
1-4 September (Auckland)
The Kick-Off event begins with the keynote lineup featuring four Titans of Tech: Joe Belfiore, Laura Butler, James Staten and Chris Ford. Attendees are then invited to a fully themed entertainment and networking event with refreshments and live music. This is just where is begins. The 140+ technical sessions which make up the meaty filling of Ignite NZ have arrived! Make sure you have a ticket and find your top sessions.

AgileNZ Conference 2015
1-2 September (Wellington)
The focus for AgileNZ Conference 2015 is transformation. Lean|Agile approaches are not only continuing to transform software delivery, they're being adopted outside of software to transform entire businesses. The event will explore the latest thinking in Agile, the development of the 'Agile Enterprise' and what might be learnt from New Zealand's digital transformation.

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Recommended Apps
When there's a break in the harsh Winter weather, make sure you grab the chance to get outdoors! Keep an eye on what's going on up there with the Aotearoa Weather app. No matter what the weather's doing, it's easy to enjoy a night out with Zomato which helps you find places to eat. If you're looking to try something new that's not of the edible variety, don't miss the exclusive chance to use the TradeMe Mall app.
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Aotearoa Weather
  FL Studio Groove
Have a Windows project on the side? Show it off! Share it with the rest of the community in the Kiwi Windows Apps Facebook Group or send us an email at msdnnz@microsoft.com.
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Get Ready for Windows 10 with Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
Microsoft Virtual Academy  
Windows 10 Mobile Device Management
Take a closer look at today's mobile device management challenges, through more granular device management capabilities.

What’s New in Windows 10 Deployment
Focus on upgrading, provisioning, and Wipe-and-Load installations of Windows 10. Take a look at the tools that IT Professionals can use to make Windows 10 deployment happen.

Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Pros
As an IT Pro, how can you securely enable your organization with Windows 10? Find out, in this practical and informative course. Windows offers management features that empower IT professionals to address the current shift toward a mobile workplace, a realization of heterogeneous ecosystems, bring your own device (BYOD) and choose your own device (CYOD) scenarios, and the cloud. Walk through what's new in Windows 10 deployment and management, with a team of experts. Look at runtime provisioning, mobile device management (MDM), secure authentication, and much more.

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