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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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Jan 19, 2017

Lead security engineer, Michael Dubinsky demonstrates Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, which combines machine learning and deterministic capabilities to detect, prioritize and investigate advanced attacks and insider threats within your datacenter. Watch as he orchestrates real-world attack scenarios and ATA detection in action in near-real time. Learn also how ATA integrates with your existing SIEM solutions. You can try ATA at the following link: Aka.ms/download-ATA

Jan 12, 2017

Microsoft StaffHub Engineer, Rich Halbert demonstrates the new StaffHub App for deskless workers. From how workers can gain access to their work schedule, communicate with others in their team and review important information; to how managers can easily create and manage schedules and share relevant information with their team, all the while ensuring IT manageability and control.
Learn more at staffhub.office.com

Jan 10, 2017

With Windows 10, Microsoft made the shift to delivering Windows as a service which introduces a new way for how it's built, deployed and serviced. In the next five minutes, Michael Niehaus will demystify the core components of the Windows as a service model. The build release process and update cadence as well as review the upcoming enhancements that further streamline the model.

Dec 16, 2016

Principal Windows security engineer Janani Vasudevan, walks you through the latest in modern management for Windows 10. Watch as she demonstrates how users can bring in a new retail device and be up and working with their personalized settings and a managed experience in a few minutes, without being on the corporate network. Janani also demonstrates how IT can apply policies and configurations to ensure device compliance.

Dec 15, 2016

Lead, Windows security engineer Anoosh Saboori offers a demo-rich introduction of the Windows Hello Companion Device Framework. New with Windows 10 anniversary edition, this expands your authentication options, beyond biometric face recognition and fingerprints, to any number of creative unique identifiers such as your employee badge and your heart beat. Watch this demo bench to learn how to set up your companion device such as a HID card for user authentication and to see other unique authentication experiences such as Nymi Band in action. For IT admins, Anoosh also highlights guidance for managing companion devices via MDM as highlighted on MSDN (aka.ms/cdfpolicy) and Group Policy.

Dec 15, 2016

Office 365 provides helpful tools to automate business processes including the ability to build new apps without custom code. In this demo bench you'll learn how to use PowerApps to gather SharePoint list data on mobile devices, Microsoft Flow and the Data Gateway to bring cloud data to on premises SQL and Power BI to build dashboards that you can easily embed in SharePoint

Dec 7, 2016

Lead engineer Mark Florida joins Simon May to demonstrate your options for managing Windows 10 devices using traditional management strategies with Configuration Manager and Cloud-based, modern management with Microsoft Intune.

Dec 7, 2016

Product lead, Catherine Pidgeon, demonstrates MyAnalytics in Office 365 and how you can use it to assess your time at work, including who you’re spending your time with, how you are using your time in meetings, your overall email habits and the impact of your communications with others. Catherine also reveals a “first look” at how her team is extending MyAnalytics to help you to assess your impact within the teams that you work with.

Dec 2, 2016

Office 365 Accessibility Product Manager, Malavika Rewari, walks through specific tips and updates that help you to author accessible content with Office 365 and ensure your peers with disabilities can consume your content without any issues. Watch as she demonstrates accessible templates in Office for PCs and Macs; auto generated descriptions for images and titles for hyperlinks; as well as how Word for Mac now creates Accessible PDFs.

Nov 29, 2016

Ben Walters joins Jeremy Chapman to look at the latest in intelligent Office App Experiences including: Intelligent new capabilities in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, including updates to personal work analytics. Ben also demonstrates new browser based experiences including the new customizable App Launcher and great additions that help you to get work done on the go.

Nov 21, 2016

Lead engineer Nick Burling, joins Matt McSpirit to demonstrate the new Service Map capability that provides application dependency discovery and mapping across Windows and Linux, in the Cloud, on-prem or hybrid environments. Watch as Nick demonstrates how Service Map automatically discovers app and system dependencies to accelerate troubleshooting and root cause analysis; and using Service Map expedite your app and workload migrations, whether you are migrating to the Cloud or other destinations. You can learn more at: www.microsoft.com/oms

Nov 21, 2016

Lead engineer, Eamon O’Reilly walks you through the latest update management capabilities for Windows and Linux as part of the new automation control service in Azure. Includes demos of how this gives you visibility and control of updates across your hybrid environments and how you can now deploy software updates with respect to your defined maintenance windows. To learn more go to: aka.ms/automationsvc

Nov 21, 2016

In this demonstration, community manager Anna Chu gives a step-by-step introduction of the recently launched Microsoft Tech Community. She explains how to sign-up, personalize your experience, find experts and get your questions answered. You'll also find out how to discover technical training content, like presentations from Microsoft Tech Summits and Microsoft Ignite.

Nov 16, 2016

Lead engineer, Travis Wright demonstrates SQL Server on Linux, including how you can: download and install SQL Server on a Linux Virtual Machine; run your SQL Server-based apps inside of Docker containers and improve the performance of your applications using powerful features such as Column Store in SQL Server.

Nov 15, 2016

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, explores what is now possible with high-performance computing and Microsoft Azure. He'll go over how you can use it for enabling powerful visual simulations and engineering scenarios. As well as dynamic rendering for GPU intensive work, and compute scenarios for deep learning.

Nov 10, 2016

Lead accessibility engineer, Jeff Petty demonstrates Microsoft Learning Tools being built into Office Lens, Word Desktop and Word Online. Learning Tools and Editor offer the capability to personalize reading and proofing experiences and are useful if you have a learning difference such as dyslexia. Capabilities demonstrated here start becoming available in November 2016, and more are coming to applications such as OneNote Online. You can learn more about these features and the latest accessibility updates for Office 365 applications on http://aka.ms/A11yInO365

Nov 7, 2016

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, demonstrates just how fast it is to spin up containers with pre-installed apps using ACS and how to configure and manage an app on the service to meet scale requirements dynamically using a Linux-based environment. If you are a developer, this gives you an agile way to package and deploy your apps; if you are an IT admin, you get a simple infrastructure solution to manage your IT environment and easily spin up or spin down resources as required. As outlined in the show, to try out just go to the Azure Portal and select ACS under containers in the Gallery.

Nov 2, 2016

We take a close look at Microsoft Teams, the latest addition to Office 365, that makes it easier for you to chat in groups, socialize, and collaborate. We’ll walk you through the experience of chatting, sharing files and hosting online meetings. We'll also demonstrate how your teams can connect to external services using connectors. And, if you are an IT admin we'll show you how you can enable and configure Microsoft Teams for your organization.

Oct 25, 2016

A look at how to upgrade any Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster to Windows Server 2016 with minimal or no downtime or need for additional hardware. You'll see how it works, get a demonstration on the steps it takes to upgrade, and how you can automate the process with Virtual Machine Manager.

Oct 11, 2016

Team leaders discuss and demonstrate their use of Power BI, MyAnalytics, Advanced Threat Protection, Advanced Security Management, Advanced eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox and Skype for Business Cloud PBX.

Oct 7, 2016

In watching this episode, you'll get a first look at how you can use operations management and security, the unified management of your Linux and Windows server environments at scale, with Microsoft Azure. You'll see configuration management in your hybrid environment, applications using resource manager templates and PowerShell DSC applying your IT policy with OMS. Also, a look at orchestrating operational tasks using PowerShell and graphical Runbooks.

Oct 7, 2016

The latest admin tool updates for administering Office 365 
Including the redesigned Office 365 admin center to make it easier to perform management tasks and customize your dashboard. You'll see new usage reports to track which Office 365 services are being used down to the individual user. Also, how you can share reports and expand reporting insights with the upcoming content pack for Power BI.

Oct 7, 2016

With the developer preview of the SharePoint Framework available, we’ll take a deeper look at how you can deliver new experiences for SharePoint using common Web development tools. You'll see the new SharePoint Framework and the new Client Side Web Parts that provide the ability to extend SharePoint in ways that were previously unavailable in the Cloud.
Also we’ll show you the news ways that you can build, test with SharePoint Workbench and deploy your SharePoint Web Parts in your production environment

Oct 7, 2016

Adam Harmetz, (Group Manager, SharePoint Experiences) gives a rundown of SharePoint's updated team collaboration experience across SharePoint and OneDrive and what's coming in the future. He will show you what the mobile and web experience is like working with and sharing team files. You will see the recently launched improvements to the SharePoint team site which allows for the quick creation of a home for your Office 365 Group’s content. Plus, stay tuned for a look at the Cross-platform mobile apps that help you connect with your team members and content while on the go.

Oct 7, 2016

Lead Windows engineer Rama Shastri, demonstrates the newly announced Windows Upgrade Analytics Service from Microsoft. A free service that gives you insights to streamline and accelerate your Windows 10 upgrades. It uses client telemetry to discover, rationalize and evaluate applications and drivers within your current environment. Try it for yourself at aka.ms/upgradeanalytics-signup

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