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Feb 20, 2019

Explore Progressive Web Apps (PWA), a new class of apps that deliver native platform experiences to enhance performance, resilience, installation, and engagement with apps. Aaron Gustafson, Principal Program Manager from the Microsoft Edge browser team, tells you what PWAs are, shows you where to find them, and explains how to build them. You'll also get a look at the most recent PWA addition: the brand new Office app.

Feb 7, 2019

A deep look at the robust foundation for all enterprise analytics, spanning SQL queries to machine learning and AI. Charles Feddersen, Principal Program Mgr. for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, starts you off by looking at the core updates to Azure's SQL Data Warehouse, ranging from improvements to query performance to new capabilities with row-level security and workload importance. And finally, you'll learn how the Modern Data Warehouse Solution pattern, comprised of Data Factory, Data Lake Store, Databricks and SQL Data Warehouse, is revolutionizing data pipelines and enabling the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit to apply an analytical approach to solving global cybercrime and stop tech scammers in their tracks.

Learn more about the Modern Data Warehouse solution pattern on Azure: https://aka.ms/ModernDataWarehouse

If you suspect that you've been a victim of a tech scam, report it: https://Microsoft.com/reportascam

Jan 31, 2019

Lead engineer Iram Arras takes you on a demo-rich tour of updates to Advanced eDiscovery capabilities for Microsoft 365. See how we’ve streamlined and automated organizational search with a central built-in eDiscovery solution. This allows you to hold, search, and review data as you conduct investigations of any type.

Jan 9, 2019

What’s changed for Office client deployment, with Click-to-Run, now the only installation option for Office. See what gets better with the new Office Client Policy Service and the Office Customization Tool...including fast and predictable removal of previously installed MSI packages and how combined with System Center Configuration Manager you get a greatly improved and single integrated process for Office deployment with Click-to-Run. If you’ve deployed Office client for your organization in the past, you’ll know that with previous versions of Office there were two primary paths for installation, you could choose to either deploy a version of Office with MSI packaging or a version of Office using Click-to-Run packaging. Many of you may have chosen to use the MSI package. It’s familiar, had great customization options, and an affinity with volume activation. Moving forward all current versions of Office, including Visio and Project will only use Click-to-Run for installation and with our new tools you can still perform granular configurations.

Jan 1, 2019

This is step 8 in the desktop deployment process - ensuring that your users are informed, ready and able to benefit from updates to Windows, Office and more. In this step, you'll learn about best practices for communicating to users, phased deployment to move at a measurable pace and pre-built user training for Office 365 via FastTrack's free Productivity Library.

Applies to Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus, System Center Configuration Manager and related enterprise deployment tools.

More resources:

Modern Desktop Deployment Center:
www.aka.ms/howtoshift

Modern Desktop Deployment Essentials on Mechanics:
www.aka.ms/watchhowtoshift

Modern Desktop Deployment Labs:
www.aka.ms/howtoshiftlabs

Learn about the user and IT benefits of a modern desktop:
www.microsoft365.com/shift

Microsoft FastTrack Productivity Library:
www.aka.ms/productivitylibrary

Windows 10 IT Showcase Readiness Resources:
www.aka.ms/Win10ITShowcase

Jan 1, 2019

This is step 7 in the desktop deployment process - staying up-to-date with Windows-as-a-Service and Office-as-a-Service. In this step you'll learn about and assess the differences between your current software update management approach and how that changes with the introduction of Semi Annual Channel feature updates.

In this video, we explore the update types for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus - including Feature Updates and monthly Cumulative Updates with security, bug and quality fixes. We also take a look at your options for deployment tools, spanning update Group Policies and install-time configuration options to remote admin tools like WSUS, Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager. Finally, we'll explain how Upgrade Task Sequences in Configuration Manager can be used at massive scale to apply Feature Updates with pre and post installation tasks.

Applies to Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus, System Center Configuration Manager and related enterprise deployment tools.

More resources:

Modern Desktop Deployment Center:
www.aka.ms/howtoshift

Modern Desktop Deployment Essentials on Mechanics:
www.aka.ms/watchhowtoshift

Modern Desktop Deployment Labs:
www.aka.ms/howtoshiftlabs

Learn about the user and IT benefits of a modern desktop:
www.microsoft365.com/shift

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