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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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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.

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.

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