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Microsoft Mechanics

A weekly show that covers your favorite tech and news across Microsoft, including Office, Azure, Data Platform, Windows, and Surface. It focuses on demos, how-tos and insights from Microsoft's tech leaders and engineers - Mark Russinovich, Corey Sanders, Julia White, Jeffrey Snover and more.
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Oct 12, 2017

Take a look at updates to machine learning and artificial intelligence with the Azure machine learning workbench. Senior PM Manager for Microsoft Cloud, Sandhya Vankamamidi, will show you a new solution that assists in the construction and delivery of intelligent AI enabled data models. You'll see how it can be used efficiently to understand datasets through visualization. Increase the rate of experimentation, and monitor and manage your models wherever they're being used in production. All as part of a unified workflow.

Oct 12, 2017

See the capabilities of Multi-Geo in Office 365 which allows you to determine, where your data resides within a single Office 365 tenant across multiple regions and countries. Presented by Principal Program Manager for SharePoint & OneDrive, Sesha Mani.

Oct 12, 2017

On this show, Roy King, Sr. Product Manager for Office 365 Security takes us through General Data Protection Regulation and how Microsoft 365 can help with your compliance journey. If your organization is in the European Union or you have customers or employees in the EU, this regulation applies to you.

We'll walk you through service level controls that make Microsoft a trusted platform. How regulation control sets have been mapped to Microsoft cloud capabilities. And we'll make the IT experience real with the things that you can configure as an admin.

Oct 12, 2017

Take a look at deploying and managing Microsoft 365 powered devices with Microsoft's Enterprise & Mobile Client CVP, Brad Anderson. He'll be going over the capabilities that make it possible to provision new devices using Windows AutoPilot and deliver apps and services including Office 365 ProPlus on a line of business apps. You'll see simplifying the management of identity, devices, apps and data with an integrated management experience. And planning Windows 10 deployments at scale with readiness efforts and stay compliant and up-to-date. Keep watching to learn more about new upcoming co-management capabilities that allow you to take advantage of cloud based modern management at your own pace.

Sep 22, 2017

A first look at the improvements Microsoft has made to bring you a more personalized experience on Office.com and in the Office 365 app launcher.

Katie Kivett, Principle Program Manager for Office 365, will show you the updates for sign-in and how to quickly get started with apps, documents, and sites that are most relevant to you. You'll see how easy it is to open and switch between web apps. You'll also learn how to get valuable information, for the apps you already have, using the new Office 365 gallery.

Sep 20, 2017

The first look at updates to remote desktop. Now with deeper cloud integration from endpoints and authentication to back-end infrastructure.

Principle PM Manager for Remote Desktop Services, Scott Manchester, shows you the new service architecture options to improve security and authentication. You'll see the simplified setup and management leveraging Azure and transformative app delivery as well as the end-user experiences.

Aug 15, 2017

A look at Cloud Shell. A new way for managing resources in the cloud. See how, within the browser, you can use BASH or PowerShell to troubleshoot and automate your most common management tasks. And manage on-the-go, by keeping your favorite scripts in the cloud so you can trigger them for Cloud Shell from any modern browser or the Azure mobile app.

Aug 15, 2017

Windows Program Manager, Sandeep Deo, demonstrates the new Update Compliance Service in Windows Analytics. Windows Analytics Update Compliance gives you a unified view of the update and anti-malware status of your Windows 10 devices regardless of your management solution. See how you can use it to keep your devices secure and up to date, track the overall protection and threat status, and monitor your updated deployments and troubleshoot issues as they arise.

Aug 10, 2017

Explore the streamline update model between Office and Windows 10. See the upcoming changes to Office 365 system requirements so that your Office desktop apps can benefit from the latest Office 365 capabilities. Also, take a look at the improvements that we're making to make it simpler to deploy and update Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 10.

Aug 10, 2017

Explore the updates to Dynamics 365 from a B2B and B2C perspective. Check out the new capabilities in relationship insights per sales optimization as well as talent discovery and hiring with LinkedIn integration. You'll also see a demo of the latest intelligent and unified digital and in-store experiences for consumers and retailers. This all concludes with a demo on how to light up these capabilities if you are an IT Pro.

Aug 10, 2017

A look at the recent updates to Microsoft Planner including the updated look and feel, as well as faster web interface, deeper integration with Office 365 app experiences such as Microsoft Teams, assigning multiple users to a task, new ways to access your plans on
the go via mobile and how you can automate your plans with Microsoft Flow.

Jul 31, 2017

See how Azure Serverless offerings allow you to build and deploy elastic scale, cost-efficient apps on Azure. You'll see how adopting a serverless compute approach removes the need to worry about hardware resources and the operational complexity of running applications.

Jul 30, 2017

Principal PM Manager for Windows Enterprise and Security, Sidd Mantri, offers an overview of Windows Autopilot, a new cloud service from Microsoft that provides you with a zero-touch experience for deploying new Windows 10 devices to your organization. Sidd illustrates how you and hardware vendor can use Windows AutoPilot, to enable your users to easily setup new Windows 10 devices, and demonstrates the user’s set-up experience. Learn more at: aka.ms/WindowsAutoPilot.

Jul 27, 2017

With Windows 10, there is a shift to delivering Windows as a Service. Catch up on the new way Microsoft builds, deploys and services Windows. Michael Niehaus, Director, Windows Commercial, defines the core components of the Windows as a Service model and recent updates Microsoft announced. He will also review the build release process and update cadence, upcoming enhancements to further streamline the model, and how the model also applies to Office 365 ProPlus and Windows Server.

Jul 27, 2017

See how Azure Site Recovery can help you to keep your applications available, including setting up replication for your on-premises applications to Azure and testing that the solution meets your compliance needs.

Jul 10, 2017

Today we take a look at Azure Stack integrated systems, a combination of optimized hardware, software and services that delivers Azure, with Azure Stack, to your data center. We catch up with Vijay Tewari from the Azure Stack engineering team to see how it works and how to get Azure Stack up and running with your hardware partners.

And as you take on the role as your own Cloud operator, we'll explain the Azure Stack integrated systems approach and demonstrate the end to end IT experience including planning the size of your system and setting yourself up for scale, configuring your system with your hardware partner, provisioning resources to your developers, plus ongoing management and monitoring of your apps and services running on Azure Stack.

Get started here: https://aka.ms/Azurestackintegratedsystems

Jul 5, 2017

A look at Workplace Analytics, a tool that uses the power of Office 365 to provide rich actionable insights into how your organization spends its time. Workplace Analytics shows ways that people network internally and externally and the effectiveness of collaboration across teams. We'll also share how it works, including how you can correlate Workplace Analytics data with other business information to generate powerful models and best practices to drive positive business outcomes.

Jun 29, 2017

We take a look at Windows Defender Application Guard a new capability coming to Windows 10 Creators update this fall to prevent browser-based attacks. You'll see the user experience in Microsoft Edge when navigating to untrusted and trusted sites. How Windows Defender Application Guard leverages virtualization and Hyper-V to isolate the running processes from Windows and how you can deploy and configure application guard in your organization.

Jun 26, 2017

Today on Microsoft Mechanics, we are joined by the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Finnish mobile gaming company Next Games, Kalle Hiitola, for the next episode of “How we built it.”
Next Games has built a successful global connected gaming platform on Azure spanning 166 countries and growing.
Their popular “Walking Dead No Man’s Land” game is aligned to the popular Walking Dead TV series, which uniquely releases a rapid cadence of new gaming chapters and characters to compliment the release of each new show episode.

Jun 23, 2017

Lead architect, Dave Green, from British online fashion retailer ASOS, helps us take a closer look at their design goals and approach for moving from a locally-operated monolith to a fully architected built-for-Cloud online retail system.

Jun 20, 2017

Group program manager, Vishal Sood, takes you on a tour of Microsoft Stream, a new enterprise video service built on Microsoft Azure that gives you a dynamic and secure video engagement platform for your organization. Vishal shows you how to get started with the upload experience. From there you can leverage integrated video streaming within Office 365 experiences, as well as unique intelligence capabilities that deliver speech-to-text and face detection as you search for specific content in the video. Finally, stay to the end to learn how Microsoft Stream works as well as the governance model behind it.

Jun 12, 2017

Explore the security across your email and endpoints with the unified ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) experience across Office and Windows. See the spectrum of defense's across known and unknown attacks, including the filters in place to stop known threats in real-time, near real-time threat removal ahead of broad impact, and the discovery investigation containment and response to advanced threats that make it through all prior defenses.

Jun 6, 2017

Surface Hub engineer Jordan Marchese, walks us through updates to Microsoft Surface Hub with Windows 10 Creators update. For users of Surface Hub, Jordan demonstrates updated experiences including the new welcome screen; start menu and intelligent Whiteboard; single sign-on for easier access to your content, Office Apps and personal meetings; improvements to ending your Hub session and more.  For IT professionals, Jordan also walks through new ways to deploy and manage Surface Hub at-scale, as well as other admin settings introduced with Windows Creators Update. To learn more about Surface Hub please go to: www.microsoft.com/surfacehub. Thanks for watching!

Jun 6, 2017

With orchestration and containers taking over modern- App Management we look at the role of Kubernetes (now generally available) for managing reliable and scalable Cloud-native Apps using Linux and Windows containers.

Brendan Burns, the co-creator of Kubernetes, who leads the team for Azure Container Service at Microsoft, will guide us as we look at the advantages to moving to container-based, modern approaches, how Kubernetes compares to existing IT tools and processes. And, what IT needs to do to take advantage of this and provide the infrastructure for containers to run.

Jun 6, 2017

The latest on reporting insights available for Office 365 Admins, starting with the new Adoption content pack that allows you to track user adoption of Office 365 services.

You can track Licensed versus Active users of the service, apps that are used most for communication and usage trends for collaboration services such as OneDrive and SharePoint.

Also, you'll see updates to the Office 365 Service health dashboard to help you to stay on top of incidents.

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