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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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Mar 7, 2018

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance combines the best aspects of SQL Server and Azure SQL as a platform service. It enables you to run applications with dependencies on SQL CLR, SQL Server Agent or cross database queries like you would on a physical or virtual server running SQL Server, but as a managed instance you get the as a service benefits so you don't need to spend time keeping servers patched and up-to-date, plus machine learning powered capabilities like auto-tuning to improve query performance and proactive security recommendations. Lara Rubbelke explains and demonstrates all of this, including how you can set up you own Azure SQL Database Managed Instance in this show.

Mar 6, 2018

In this demonstration, Chris McNulty from the SharePoint team explains recent optimizations in SharePoint to support Enterprise Content Management. From increases to file count and size limits to improved indexing, classification and data protection controls, Chris highlights major platform updates for ECM.

Feb 27, 2018

A complete tour of data ingestion, modeling and BI options with Azure. We'll explore the services Azure offers to help you model and visualize your data for interactive reporting and business intelligence. Wherever your data is stored, Azure offers Azure comprehensive lineup of services to help you ingest, transform and store the aggregate data so that it can be modeled and explored with commonly used visualization tools, like Microsoft Power BI, Excel and more.

Feb 27, 2018

On this episode, Will Thompson from the Power BI team joins Jeremy Chapman to take a hands-on look at updates to Power BI, including new capabilities to help you to bookmark and spotlight your data during presentations, enhanced AI for Quick insights and Q&A, options for bi-directional integration between Power BI and other apps like Visio, new metrics to see how your reports are being consumed, and how you can to securely share your reports externally.

Feb 26, 2018

The Quantum Development Kit preview is now available for macOS and Linux. Jeff Henshaw from Microsoft's quantum computing team demonstrates how to get up and running on a Mac with Visual Studio Code, new interoperability with Python and Microsoft's Q# quantum programming language and how you can participate in the open source community to find and share your quantum code.

To get up-to-speed with the core concepts in Microsoft's quantum approach and see everything in action, check out the quantum playlist: www.aka.ms/quantumplaylist

And visit www.microsoft.com/quantum to find more information and resources.

Feb 22, 2018

In this episode of Microsoft Mechanics, we go hands-on with the updates to Azure Information Protection with its lead program manager, Gagan Gulati. We demonstrate and give step-by-step instructions for creating labels, scanning your files in Office 365 and on-prem server locations using the new AIP Scanner. And we'll show how these protections extend beyond Microsoft platforms, locations and file types as we show how AIP protections can extend to third party SaaS services like Box, using Microsoft Office apps on Windows or MacOS and even in non-Microsoft apps with a first look of AIP label integration coming to Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files.

Feb 22, 2018

We take a look at the new tools and controls in Microsoft 365 - including Office 365 - to prepare for GDPR. Gagan Gulati from Microsoft's information protection engineering team goes hands-on with the new Compliance Manager to help you assess and manage your GDPR preparation for files stored in Office 365, file servers and SharePoint on-premises. We also highlight how the new capabilities in Microsoft's information protection tools extend beyond Microsoft platforms, locations and file types with a preview of Adobe Reader.

For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/gdpr

Feb 14, 2018

Microsoft Office is infused with artificial intelligence (AI) throughout app experiences to save you time and help you do your best work; from authoring in Word to designing slides in PowerPoint, automatically analyzing data in Excel (with the Excel Insights preview) and more. In this episode of Microsoft Mechanics, Jeremy Chapman is joined by Jack Elmore to take a hands-on demo tour of updated AI-driven capabilities across core Office apps, Office 365 services and other infused AI capabilities in the context of Office.

Jan 31, 2018

In this demo-filled overview, Bahram Banisadr from the Azure Event Grid engineering team, explains the efficiencies and benefits of using events to trigger actions versus polling. Bahram then walks through 3 common working examples using code to call the Event Grid service for automating an operational workflow spanning new database record creation, equipment ordering, and custom email generation.

For more information, visit: http://azure.com/eventgrid

Azure blog: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-general-availability-of-azure-event-grid/

Jan 17, 2018

The goal of every Surface device that we develop combined with Microsoft 365 teamwork experiences across Office 365 and Windows 10, is to help you to achieve a richer and higher level of collaboration. Watch as Jeremy and Nydia walk you through the latest Microsoft 365 powered device experiences and also share room design principles to bolster collaboration in your workspace.

Dec 15, 2017

Jeff Woolsey, principal program manager from the Windows Server team, explains and demos the steps to discover, assess and migrate Windows and Linux virtual machines from VMware to Azure. The new Azure Migrate service helps you find on-premises VMs and apps using a collector appliance, then exposes VM attributes - including utilization, sizing and dependency information - to help you plan your migration. Azure Site Recovery then provides the tools to replicate discovered and targeted VMs into Azure storage, then allows you to test and move workloads into production. Along the way, Jeff explains how the tools in Azure help you determine costs and take advantage of potential cost savings via the Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server.

Dec 15, 2017

Coming up on the show we look at the steps you can take in Azure to secure and manage your VMs in production. From how you can enable threat prevention, receive security alerts, and take advantage of the new just-in-time admin capability. To how you can use Azure backup with multi-factor authentication to protect against ransomware attacks. And how you can leverage your latest in log analytics to discover and mitigate potential issues.

Dec 11, 2017

Krysta Svore, principal researcher at Microsoft, demonstrates the new Microsoft Quantum Development Kit, now in preview.

The Quantum Development Kit makes it easy for you to start experimenting with quantum computing now and includes:
· A native, quantum-focused programming language called Q#
· Local and Azure-hosted simulators for you to test your Q# solution
· And sample Q# code and libraries to help you get started

In this demo, she walks through a few code examples and explains where quantum principles like superposition and entanglement apply. She explains how quantum communication works using teleportation as your first "Hello World" inspired program. And keep watching to see more complex computations with molecular hydrogen.

Get started by accessing the preview at www.microsoft.com/quantumdevkit and there you can access Q#, the simulators, code samples and tutorials.

Dec 3, 2017

Gabe Long, Senior Product Manager for Office 365, offers a demo-rich overview of the new Microsoft 365 Business which gives small business owners a single solution comprising the productivity and collaboration capabilities of Office; plus built-in data protection and an easy way to manage users, devices and data, all within a single admin console.

Dec 2, 2017

A look at the most recent Microsoft StaffHub updates as presented by Principal Program Manager for Office 365, Rich Halbert.

Based on user feedback, StaffHub has been updated with new tools to schedule and communicate with your team. Easily view and manage work schedules, communicate with your team, as well as simplify sharing of content and training resources while keeping access to company
information secure.

StaffHub is purpose-built for the firstline workforce to manage their workday and get more done. For more information go to staffhub.office.com or give the StaffHub team your feedback at staffhub.uservoice.com

Dec 1, 2017

Microsoft 365 Director, Jeremy Chapman, shows you Microsoft's approach to security with Microsoft 365. Learn about the spectrum of built-in security defenses that protect your users, information, and devices. This rich capability set spans Windows 10, Office 365, enterprise mobility and security while leveraging a number of services within Microsoft Azure. To go even deeper, check out the link: aka.ms/m365workshops/security

Dec 1, 2017

Microsoft 365 Director, Jeremy Chapman, covers the teamwork essentials to Microsoft 365. Starting with tools built for teamwork using apps designed for easy file sharing and co-authoring experiences. As well as tools to make your team's work broadly discoverable by your intranet while engaging with other teams
across the organization via Enterprise Social. All connected with a shared foundation of built-in security and compliance controls, discovery and intelligence via the Microsoft Graph, and Office 365 Groups with an Azure Active Directory. To go even deeper, check out the link: aka.ms/m365workshops/teamwork

Dec 1, 2017

The core things to know about when deploying and managing
Microsoft 365 powered devices. Microsoft 365 Director, Jeremy Chapman, takes you through the IT aspects of planning, building, deploying, and operating the technologies that comprise Microsoft 365 power devices. To go even deeper, check out the link: aka.ms/m365workshops/deployment

Nov 15, 2017

An introduction to the new Cassandra API for Azure Cosmos DB from Principal Engineering Manager for Azure Cosmos DB, Kirill Gavrylyuk. This new API allows you to move your existing Cassandra applications to Azure Cosmos DB without modifying a single line of code. Watch and learn how you can take advantage of this fully managed globally distributed database service with limitless scale.

Nov 14, 2017

Join Jeremy Winter for a comprehensive guide of updates for securing your virtual machines in Azure. From monitoring VM health and getting proactive recommendations to new ways for defending against ransomware using MFA, we'll show you everything new and provide tips for securing your virtual machine infrastructure.

Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2248

 

Nov 13, 2017

Join Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich to go inside the design and architecture of the Azure platform and services. Get answers to your questions about how we got here and where things are going.

Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2116

 

Nov 9, 2017

LinkedIn integrations in Office 365, bring you rich, contextual insights and intelligent services that harness the knowledge and the power of your professional network. In this demo, Tom Batcheler explains how the LinkedIn integrates with the people card experience in Office 365 to easily find and connect with people on LinkedIn without leaving the context of your work. In Microsoft Word, we can leverage the intelligence of LinkedIn to make authoring your resume and finding your next job easier. Resume Assistant will find you the best work experience descriptions to help you author your resume, plus top skills for your desired role and even help with your search for your next job. Finally, within Office, you'll get instant access to over 200+ how-to videos available on LinkedIn learning corresponding to common Office help questions.

Nov 7, 2017

Microsoft Quantum Compute, thought leader and engineer Krysta Svore, walks through her team's critical breakthroughs and their potential for solving the worlds biggest problems, with computationally-intensive tasks now resolved at record speed

Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2273

 

Nov 7, 2017

Join Microsoft CVP, Brad Anderson, to take a look at deploying and managing Microsoft 365 powered devices. We'll show you new capabilities that make it possible to automatically provision new devices using Windows Autopilot and deliver apps including Office 365 ProPlus and Win32 line of business apps. Learn about integrated, modern management experiences to plan Windows 10 deployments at scale and to help stay compliant and up-to-date.

Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2245

Nov 5, 2017

Join Microsoft CVP Jeff Teper to take a look at recent and coming updates to SharePoint and OneDrive, and how they power collaboration experiences across Office 365.

Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2121

 

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