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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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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.

May 16, 2017

When we launched SharePoint Server 2016 in May of 2016, we shared a vision of a server that was cloud-born and future-proof. Join Bill Baer for an overview of updates to SharePoint Server 2016 and advances for co-existing with Office 365 services. Learn about your options for integrating SharePoint 2016 with the online services that make sense for your needs and get an overview of new capabilities delivered with SharePoint Server 2016 and Feature Pack 1 including: Hybrid Auditing and Admin Action Logging; custom tiles for the App Launcher and the OneDrive modern user experience. Keep watching, as Bill demonstrates what's coming with Feature Pack 2 with the availability of SharePoint Framework for on-premises development.

May 16, 2017

SharePoint has always been at the heart of collaboration.  With our vision of the mobile and intelligent intranet, we are now expanding the tools to deliver an out of the box experience for broad, internal communications. Join SharePoint engineers Andy Haon and Alyssa Danesh for a demo-rich overview of SharePoint communication sites, which provide a new way for you to publish your content, reach a broad audience and further power your organization's Intranet. Watch as they show you how to: create a fast, beautiful Intranet communication site that works across devices; use new, out-of-the box site designs to quickly get started, and incorporate your own look and feel; easily author pages that use SharePoint web parts to add rich capabilities and pull in data from other services; interact with your readers, and get usage information on how your site and content is doing.

May 16, 2017

With Office 365, we are making it faster and easier for you to create groups for teamwork. As the groups that you work with expand, in SharePoint we’re streamlining your collaboration experience across multiple teams. Join lead engineer Jeremy Mazner, to learn about new personalized, focused experiences across your SharePoint team sites including: Intelligent notifications and organization in our mobile apps; amplifying your SharePoint news posts with deeper integration with Microsoft Teams; personalizing your team home page and site, and using common organizational standards.

May 16, 2017

With SharePoint core to your business, we are making integration with your business processes much easier. Join lead engineer, Kerem Yuceturk to see what’s next for building zero code business apps for SharePoint through deeper integration with Microsoft PowerApps, Flow and Power BI. Watch as Kerem demonstrates: upcoming advances that allow you to create beautiful pages that weave together apps, workflows and Power BI visualizations across your devices; build custom forms that integrate with your data and go beyond what was possible with InfoPath; and lastly new ways to integrate your content with business processes and connect them to other services using Microsoft Flow.

May 16, 2017

With OneDrive for Business, we've set out to bring you a robust and scalable service to securely store, share, view and access your content in Office 365, from anywhere and on any device. Join lead engineer, Eugene Lin, as he demonstrates important new enhancements including: the simplified experience for sharing files and folders in OneDrive; new options to monitor and control who has access to your content; and for admins, controls to keep your data safe while keeping your users productive. Keep watching too, as he demonstrates the OneDrive experience in Windows 10, with the new OneDrive "Files On Demand" capability that allows you to see all your cloud files without needing to download them

May 16, 2017

The SharePoint Framework lets you create engaging SharePoint Pages by building modern web parts using open frameworks and your preferred tools, such as React, Sass, Gulp and more. Join Mike Ammerlaan for a demo-rich overview of updates to the SharePoint Framework with the introduction of new SharePoint Framework Extensions that give you richer customization options, including: site banners, to support site metadata and notification scenarios for your SharePoint Team sites and adding actions and custom fields within SharePoint Lists. Keep watching too as he demonstrates how you can harness Microsoft Flow along with your custom business logic to automate business processes; incorporate Office 365 data and activities using the Microsoft Graph API and finally, compose more sophisticated user experiences using connected Web Parts.

May 15, 2017

For SharePoint and OneDrive Admins, we’re continuing to modernize the experience, in addition to expanding security and compliance controls. Join lead engineer Navjot Virk, for a demo-rich overview of the redesigned SharePoint Admin Center that brings all the information that you need in one place while making tasks like site management much easier; and new conditional access security controls that allow you to manage user session lengths on unmanaged devices. Keep watching too for the latest compliance updates including: multi-geo capabilities for OneDrive for Business that allow you to store your data in different regions or countries and apply differentiated policies; and Service-level encryption, which gives you ultimate control over your data with the use of your own encryption keys.

May 15, 2017

With Yammer, we give you an additional modality for collaboration across your SharePoint sites. Join, Angus Florance for a demo-rich overview of the latest updates to Yammer and how you now can infuse conversations within your SharePoint experiences including: how you can use Yammer to drive viral interest and discoverability of your content; new integrated conversation experiences with enterprise video services; native OneDrive and SharePoint integration to make working with your files easier; using connectors to pull in content from 3rd party services; and new Office 365 Groups integration to ensure the right people have access to your content and conversations. Keep watching, as Angus shares, the simple admin steps to make these capabilities light up for your users.

May 4, 2017

Daniel Escapa from Office engineering joins Jeremy to walk through all the latest connected services to help collaborate, find your files quickly and even revert to previous versions. They'll demonstrate updates to real-time collaboration in Word and PowerPoint as well as new built-in chat capabilities, visibility into activity on your files "while you were away" and improved access to your content from recent folders, files shared with you or stored within sites and groups, and recent files list.

Apr 24, 2017

Jeff Stewart, Sr. Director of Program Management for Surface Devices, shares the engineering goals for Microsoft’s category defining laptop, and the additional advantages of the new Surface Book with Performance Base. This includes benchmark demonstrations of twice the graphics performance and a rich explanation of the Thermal design.

Apr 19, 2017

Lead engineer, Craig Marl, joins Simon May to demonstrate updates to Microsoft Intune on Azure. This includes: the new admin experience in the Azure Portal with new Role Based Access Controls, tighter integration with Azure Active Directory with Groups; reporting and automation capabilities leveraging the Microsoft Graph API and much more. For more information check out: https://aka.ms/microsoftintune

Apr 12, 2017

Lead engineer for Microsoft Identity Services Sarat Subramaniam, offers a detailed overview of Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration, now generally available. The Azure AD B2B service simplifies the secure sharing of your Apps and services with your external business partners and colleagues. It allows users to easily share common Apps and services to collaborate with their peers and IT to add and manage these external users without having to add them to the corporate directory or requiring partners to have Azure Active Directory in place. Further, conditional access authorization policies - including Multi-factor authentication enabled by Azure Active Directory keep data safe. Learn more at: aka.ms/AddB2Busers

Apr 8, 2017

Chris Van Wesep, takes you through how you can use your on-premises Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to deploy Azure virtual machines for your workloads, using the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. As Chris explains for every 100 Window server licenses you can run up to 200 virtual Machines with a potential savings of over $300,000 a year based on the popular D3-V2 VM size. Learn more at: aka.ms/HybridUseBenefits

Apr 5, 2017

Senior Windows Product Manager, Heike Ritter offers a cohesive overview of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Windows 10. This includes new capabilities with the Windows Creators Update for detecting, investigating and containing breaches such as in-memory attacks and Kernel exploits. See how Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection works at scale to expose otherwise undetected threats; investigate and understand the scope of breaches and contain and respond to threats. Learn more at: http://aka.ms/wdatp

Apr 5, 2017

Windows Program Manager, Desmond Lee, demonstrates the new MBR2GPT disk conversion tool that’s part of Windows 10 Creators Update. This is a comprehensive yet concise overview that explains how you can safely and non-destructively convert a Windows 10 machine from legacy BIOS to UEFI disk partitioning; and how you can automate the conversion as part of your in-place upgrade process from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Importantly, unlike wipe and load methods, all of this can be achieved without having to move your data off the disk. To learn more please also check out: http://aka.ms/mbr2gpt

Apr 3, 2017

Office 365 K1 has been updated to include many new experiences, from Microsoft Teams and StaffHub to PowerApps and Skype for Business Online. In this demonstration, Jeremy Chapman from the Office 365 team explains and shows what's new and gives a step-by-step tutorial for how IT admins can bulk add users to Office 365 services - even if they are not in an existing directory service - all using CSV files.

Mar 31, 2017

Lead Azure engineer, Ashwin Kamath provides an overview of Azure Monitor, just released to GA, which gives you built-in platform monitoring for all-up visibility into the performance, health and state of your Azure Resources. Ashwin walks through you how it works; how to create alerts and enable deeper insights and analytics with your preferred monitoring system to inform troubleshooting.

Mar 28, 2017

Principal Program Manager Lead, Paul Barr, joins us again to demonstrate the top things to know about provisioning, managing and monitoring Surface Hubs in your organization, including an overview of the software update model.

Mar 20, 2017

A walk through of the design and capabilities of the new Surface Dial. The Surface Dial is a new input accessory that allows you to interact naturally with your applications on any current Windows 10 device. You'll see the Surface Dial's design and features as well as experience both off-screen and on-screen usage with Surface Studio. This overview is perfect for everyday or advanced users.

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