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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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Mar 20, 2017

Azure Analysis Services is a proven analytics engine that connects and analyzes disparate data sources whether on-premises or in the cloud without having to manage your own infrastructure. Josh Caplan & Jeremy Chapman show you how you can gain insights from your data using analysis services semantic model, the speed of in-memory processing and querying of your enterprise data sets and migrating your on-premises data models to the cloud.

Mar 14, 2017

Microsoft Teams product developer, Dan Stevenson walks you through the latest updates to Microsoft Teams, new with GA. Including: ‘Public Teams’ and how you can find and join them; new integrations with email and other cloud services; improvements to calendar and meetings; new mobile clients and call-kit integration as well as accessibility updates. For IT admins, Dan also demonstrates compliance search and eDiscovery. Try teams for yourself here: aka.ms/startteams

Mar 8, 2017

Microsoft engineer and identity expert Alex Simons, joins Simon May to demonstrate updates to Conditional Access, part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), that allows you to apply access controls to company data. These include: the new unified administration experience in the Azure Portal; the expansion of contextual controls that specify app and data access based on specified users, permitted locations and compliant devices; and risk-based conditional access controls that incorporate machine learning to continuously safeguard access to your apps and data in real-time. Learn more at: aka.ms/AADConditional_Access

Mar 6, 2017

An in-depth tour of Surface Hub user experiences. Including joining and running meetings using Skype for business, usage of touch and pen to navigate, create, and annotate and we'll look at how you bring your own content to Surface Hub.

Mar 1, 2017

Lead Azure engineer, Natalia Mackevicius joins host, Jeremy Chapman, to explore the industry shift from the traditional development and operations lifecycle to DevOps practices. They look at what DevOps aims to solve and demonstrate how with Azure Stack, the approach can be applied to the development and management of your apps as part of a hybrid cloud strategy.

Feb 21, 2017

Information security expert, Dan Plastina from the Azure security team shares the top 5 tips for successfully accelerating information protection inside of your organization. Watch too as Dan also highlights key technology updates for Azure Information Protection, including: ‘scoped policies’ for scaling up and personalizing default information classification labels for specialized teams and next generation RMS-protected secure email.

Feb 15, 2017

Jeremy Chapman is joined by Principal engineer and SharePoint security expert, Navjot Virk to demonstrate security and compliance updates in SharePoint and how the platform is  foundational to keeping your files safe across Office 365. See new conditional access controls to safeguard against insecure networks and devices; as well as new data governance capabilities for site classification and unified auditing within hybrid environments. Learn more at aka.ms/sposecurity.

Feb 10, 2017

Principal Engineer Kamal Janardhan, shares a 5-minute overview and demonstration of Office 365 Advanced Data Governance (ADM) including knowing and classifying your data in the Cloud; as well as Cloud intelligence for proactive policy recommendations based on your industry, geography and other criteria. Learn how ADM can help you to determine the data that you need to keep and the redundant and obsolete data to delete. Also, see how default alerts can help monitor data management on your behalf.

Finally, a look at what's coming to explore your data and look for rich visibility and insights that will allow you to better govern your data throughout its lifecycle.

Feb 10, 2017

A 4-minute overview of Office 365 Secure Score, a new tool that helps you to automatically assess the security posture of your Office 365 accounts, data, and devices. Discover the security features and best practices available to you to implement based on your overall security and productivity goals.

Feb 7, 2017

Principal Program Manager Lead for Surface Hub, Paul Barr, walks us through the top defense in depth strategies behind the design of Microsoft’s Surface Hub. As a communal device, the engineering team had the challenge of maintaining Surface Hub’s user friendly, ready to use multi-media experience without compromising on security. Paul takes on possible attack vectors to illustrate Surface Hub’s defense in depth strategies at the level of physical hardware, OS, app and users of the device. Learn more at aka.ms/surfacehubadminguide and aka.ms/endofsession

Jan 26, 2017

Windows Server engineer Greg Cusanza, joins Matt McSpirit to demonstrate the new Software Defined Networking capabilities in Windows Server 2016. Watch as he explains the technology underpinnings and shows you how you can use SDN to: dynamically create, secure and connect your network to meet the evolving needs of your apps; speed up the deployment of your workloads and contain security vulnerabilities from spreading across your network, all while reducing your overall infrastructure costs.

Jan 25, 2017

On today's show, Luis Camino from the Dynamics 365 team joins Jeremy Chapman to explain your options for Dynamics 365 extensibility. They demo simple experiences to customize process workflow and create contextual PowerApps for managing customer relationships to more advanced options powered by Visual Studio to incorporate advanced cognitive services in the cloud - like sentiment analysis using Azure Functions.

Jan 24, 2017

Principal engineer, Randy Wong, highlights updates to the OneDrive sync client to enable users to access and sync their Office 365 files including team sites and folders shared with you. He also gives you a quick tour of the new OneDrive admin center that delivers a simple, centralized experience to configure policies for sharing, sync, device management and more.

Jan 23, 2017

A look at the newly expanded FastTrack to help you successfully rollout Microsoft solutions. Office 365 Senior Product Manager, Sharon Liu will show you how FastTrack helps you to identify and prioritize your key scenarios and stakeholders, build a customized success plan that you can share with others, get assistance from our team of FastTrack engineers and use pre-built assets to inform and train your users. Try it for yourself at FastTrack.Microsoft.com

Jan 23, 2017

Director of Surface Hub engineering, Peter Oehler, gives you a comprehensive tour of the hardware and design of Microsoft Surface Hub. Surface Hub is an intelligent, multi-touch, large screen collaboration device with powerful and simple video and teleconference capabilities in one integrated package. Watch as Peter illustrates what went into the creation of this new class of device from the: large screen, interactive all in one computer, with fully immersive experience; best-in-class 4K resolution, using an optically bonded screen that supports 100-point touch and inking and more.

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.

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