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Sep 22, 2021

Surface Laptop Studio is our most versatile laptop with unparalleled performance, all while delivering the best possible experience with Windows 11. Chris Greiser, from the team that engineered and designed Surface Laptop Studio, gives an in-depth, hands-on tour of the newest member in the Surface family.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introducing Surface Laptop Studio
00:38 - Designing the hinge
01:09 - CPU and GPU performance
01:58 - AI-powered app demo - NVIDIA Canvas
02:58 - SSD options and serviceability
03:16 - Ports and battery
03:42 - Exterior design and display
04:16 - Inking experience with tactile feedback and haptics
04:55 - Camera and audio optimizations

Core to the innovation in the Surface Laptop Studio, is the flexible, and ultra-durable hinge. It uses a special form of woven fabric together with advanced cable management on the display pivot point and the base of the device, so it can bend up to 180 degrees.

This is also the most powerful device in the Surface portfolio, performance tuned with the latest generation of discrete NVIDIA GPUs and 11th generation Intel® Core™ processors. GPU performance is the highest of the Surface family with discrete NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti or NVIDIA® RTX™ A2000 for business. Also, with two USB-C Thunderbolt™ 4 ports, Surface Laptop Studio is capable of high-speed data transfers of up to 40 Gbps and it works with the breadth of peripherals.

Its PixelSense™ Flow touch display is 14.4” with a 3:2 aspect ratio at 2400 x 1600 resolution and it has a 120Hz refresh rate. The optional Surface Slim Pen stores at the front of the base with integrated wireless charging, so it’s always ready when you need it. The screen when paired with the optional Surface Slim Pen 2’s built-in haptics and tactile signals in Windows 11, enable a natural inking feel.

The 1080p front-facing camera has been optimized to perform well in low light conditions and even as you move or cover your face. Combined with Dual Studio Mics and accurate omnisonic sound reproduction, it's the perfect device for Microsoft Teams.

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Learn more at https://www.surface.com/business

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Sep 22, 2021

Surface Pro 8 is designed to be the most modern expression of the purpose-built, class-defining Surface 2-in-1, now designed for Windows 11. Dave Mitchell, from the team that engineers and designs Surface 2-in-1s, gives an in-depth, hands-on tour of the Surface Pro 8, along with updates to the rest of the Surface 2-in-1 family.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introducing Surface Pro 8
00:27 - Review of Surface Pro 8 user experience
00:58 - Performance updates and specs
02:04 - Exterior design and tour
03:29 - Inking experience with tactile feedback and haptics
04:12 - Camera and audio optimizations
05:51 - Internals, connectivity, battery and thermals
07:43 - Updates to Surface Go, Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7+

Surface Pro 8 was completely redesigned inside and out for the next level of performance and productivity. Its 13" display combines tactile feedback enabled through Windows 11 and the Surface Slim Pen 2 with a 120Hz refresh rate to give the best Surface inking experience to date. It now has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors. Commercial models now have the option of built-in LTE Advanced with Intel Core i7, i5 or i3 processors.

Beyond the updates to Surface Pro 8, we introduce updates to the rest of the Surface 2-in-1 lineup. Surface Go 3 has been updated to support Windows 11 with more powerful 10th Gen Intel Core i3 and Pentium processors. Surface Pro X is now available with a new WiFi-only option with Windows 11 on ARM, which now supports 64-bit emulation.

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Sep 8, 2021

The Windows 11 team gives an exclusive look at the Windows 11 performance optimizations, improvements to the Windows servicing model and orchestration engine, as well as policy management and the rationale behind Windows 11 system requirements. Steve Dispensa, VP of Enterprise Management at Microsoft, joins host Jeremy Chapman to take you under the hood of Windows 11.

This is the first Windows conceived for Zero Trust and a hybrid work world. For users, we've removed distractions as you work to make it easier for you to focus with the new modern interface and refined aesthetics. For IT, we've made incremental improvements that are designed to fit like a glove in your existing management tools and processes.

Save time- Choose which screens you want to focus on most with the new Snap Assist feature.

Save resources- Configure new sleeping tabs to go dark after inactivity.

Resume your PC from sleep instantly. RAM stays energized and other process threads run faster.

MEM policies for Windows 10 also apply to Windows 11.

Feature updates are delivered once per year; Enterprise and Education is supported for 36-months.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
02:09 - Prioritizing apps and processes
04:22 - Resume from sleep
05:42 - Reduced disk footprint
06:25 - Windows 11 hardware requirements
07:28 - Application compatibility & servicing model
08:38 - Update process for admins
10:16 - MEM policies
11:38 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Try Windows 11 for yourself at https://insider.windows.com/
Learn more about the new Windows DCH drivers at https://aka.ms/DCHdrivers
IT resources are available at https://aka.ms/Windows11Docs
Check out our shows on Windows 365 at https://aka.ms/CPCMechanics

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Aug 24, 2021

Watch how Microsoft's cloud-based SIM, Azure Sentinel, along with our XDR technologies, including Microsoft 365 Defender, provide an automated approach to threat detection and response. Rob Lefferts, Microsoft Security CVP, joins Jeremy Chapman to show you the latest integrative defenses and tools to respond quickly in the context of a real attack.

The threat landscape has reached a new level of urgency, whether it's human operated ransomware, or sophisticated command and control attacks, and the techniques being used are getting harder to detect — like supply chain attacks that embed malware in the apps and IoT devices that you trust. Stop these types of attacks with the right measures and preparation.

Put the right defense layers in place with the Zero Trust security model.

Increase your organization's ability to detect and respond before an attack does any damage.

If the damage has already started, contain the blast radius and quickly reverse any damage that has already been done.

Our integrated SIM with Azure Sentinel and Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender for XDR apply Microsoft's unique volume and diversity of threat intelligence for early warning and response to give you visibility and depth of insight across your organization.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
01:07 - Preparation to stop attacks
03:02 - Demo of hybrid attack
04:56 - Where to start: Azure Sentinel
08:53 - Stop the spread: Microsoft 365 Defender
10:27 - Alerts
13:10 - Compromised user accounts
15:21 - Users on unmanaged devices
16:59 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Learn more about our integrated SIM and XDR solution with Azure Sentinel and Microsoft's Defender solutions at https://aka.ms/XDR
Watch our series on implementing the Zero Trust security model at https://aka.ms/ZeroTrustMechanics

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Aug 16, 2021

Protect data across your files and content, as well as structured and unstructured data wherever it resides, with the Zero Trust security model. As always, the approach applies the principles of verify explicitly, least privileged access, and assume breach. Jeremy Chapman, Director of Microsoft 365, highlights how you can apply Zero Trust security to keep your data protected.

With Zero Trust, protections are designed to follow your data wherever it resides, whether that's in your infrastructure or in the services that you manage. Protections continue as data flows and people work together with sensitive information. Information can also be protected from leaks by people inside of your organization or from people who should not have access. With the right protections in place, you can protect data if your devices are infected with malware, and you can also block and prevent data access in the case of a data breach. The good news is you can extend protections at a granular level, from your databases and individual data fields, to sensitive words within your databases, and trigger words while using apps.

Steps to protect your data:
Identify top sensitive information
Apply labels and classifiers
Apply principle of least privilege and assume breach

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
01:36 - Identify your sensitive data
03:55 - Data classification
06:51 - Take action: Least privilege and assume breach
07:22 - See an example
07:54 - Insider risk management capabilities
09:20 - Wrap up

► Link References:
Watch our previous deep dive shows across the layers of Zero Trust at https://aka.ms/ZeroTrustMechanics
For more on Zero Trust, go to https://aka.ms/zerotrust

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Aug 9, 2021

Get an in-depth look at how you can find and keep your customers with Customer Insights in Dynamics 365. Explore the predictive AI and automation that can identify the customers you are most at risk of losing, as well as develop and track the marketing that will earn them back. Thiale Diop, Product Manager for Dynamics 365, joins Jeremy Chapman to walk you through the configuration and setup.

With Dynamics 365 Marketing, you can leverage artificial intelligence to personalize and optimize customer experiences across every channel. Build automated marketing workflows that deliver targeted content based on the individual's unique needs at any point in their buyer journey with built-in tools for event management and insights about all your company’s marketing activities.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
02:08 - Requirements to Get Started
05:16 - Review the Results
07:16 - Handover to Marketing Team in Dynamics 365 Marketing
12:37 - Assessment of Campaign Data
14:45 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Find our Customer Insights video with Satish Thomas at https://aka.ms/CIMechanics
For guidance on how to implement personalized customer journeys, check out https://aka.ms/D365MarketingHowTo

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Aug 2, 2021

Get your Cloud PCs up and running with Windows 365. Explore the prerequisites, what the imaging and provisioning process looks like, as well as ongoing management. Christiaan Brinkhoff, Principal Program Manager for Windows 365, joins Jeremy Chapman to walk you through the administrator setup in Azure and Microsoft Endpoint Manager, as well as the user experience in the browser and the additional functionality you get when you access your Cloud PC with Remote Desktop apps.

If you're new to Windows 365, it's a Cloud PC that lets you securely stream your Windows experience, including your desktop, apps, settings, and content to any device. Everything is kept simple and familiar from a deployment configuration perspective. If you're a device admin, it will be easy to get everything started and running with Windows 365.

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
00:50 - Setup experience
01:29 - Build and assign Cloud PCs
02:35 - Configure Cloud PC environment in MEM
04:36 - Create provisioning policy in MEM
06:15 - Assign policies to a group
08:22 - User experience in the browser
10:15 - Benefit of Remote Desktop apps
11:58 - Wrap up

► Link References:
Access a trial for Windows 365 at https://aka.ms/CPCTrial
Find our Windows 365 introduction video with Scott Manchester at https://aka.ms/cloudPCMechanics
For guidance on choosing the right Cloud PC for your specific user types, check out https://aka.ms/CPCsizing
Get a detailed step-by-step guide for setting up Windows 365 at https://aka.ms/deploycpc

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Jul 27, 2021

Simplify your app authoring experience with the latest updates in Power Apps. The new modern app designer makes model-driven apps far more accessible and easier to build. Customize pages, then generate Power Fx formulas that write themselves when you specify what you want using natural language. Emma Cooper, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Power Apps, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how these updates make it easier to build apps and bring in advanced functionality with very low code.

Build your own model-driven apps:
Fully working app, no formulas or code building
Generate data already stored in Dataverse
Preview, then publish

Customize your apps:
Add custom pages
Build custom logic with Power Fx
Make apps available in Microsoft Teams

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
01:34 - Office Depot’s model-driven app
02:41 - How to build a model-driven app
04:58 - How to customize your app
06:44 - What is Power Fx?
09:56 - Make apps available in Teams
10:25 - Wrap up

► Link References:
Get a full list of the Power Fx functions available at https://aka.ms/powerfxfunctions
For tips, tricks, and guidance on Power Apps, go to https://aka.ms/powerappsresources
Check out our show on Dataverse at https://aka.ms/MechanicsDataverse

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Jul 19, 2021

Take a look at options for migrating your apps to a hybrid cloud and on-premises state with Azure Migrate and Azure Arc. Matt McSpirit, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Azure, joins host Jeremy Chapman to show how your resources in the Cloud can work seamlessly with resources on premises under a single management plane.

Hybrid migration is a reality for most organizations, especially when some workloads must be kept on premises. The good news is with Azure Migrate, we help you migrate and assess your on-prem environment and can place those resources under management. Your entire environment, whether on-prem or in the Cloud, can come under unified management with Azure Arc that extends the Azure control plane to your hybrid environment.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:53 - Dependency map
02:43 - Migrate backend to Azure
04:32 - Migrate frontend to Azure
06:53 - Azure Arc
09:02 - Management and compliance
10:32 - Other options
11:25 - Wrap up

► Link References:

For a guide on how to run an assessment with Azure Migrate, check out our show at https://aka.ms/MechanicsAzureMigrate
If you're ready to test out migration with Azure Migrate go to https://aka.ms/azuremigrate
Find out more about Azure Arc at https://aka.ms/AzureArc

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Jul 14, 2021

Windows 365 is your PC in the cloud. Securely stream your personalized Windows experience, including your desktop, apps, settings, and content, at any time to all of your devices. For IT, see how easy it is, as a fully-managed service, to assign and configure Cloud PCs using familiar tools like Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Given the need to work remotely and securely, there has been a huge demand for cloud based solutions in the past year. Windows 365 modernizes the way Windows experiences are delivered for anyone on any device. It’s a premium experience for both end users and IT. It’s easy to use, and just as easy for IT to manage using familiar tools and processes. Scott Manchester, Partner Director of PM for Windows 365, joins Jeremy Chapman to show how it works and how to set it up.

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
01:08 - User experience
05:39 - Admin experience: Deployment
09:01 - Monitor health and performance
11:16 - Security and compliance
13:11 - Wrap up

► Link References:
Get started at https://www.microsoft.com/Windows365
Find the latest info on the Trust Center at https://www.microsoft.com/trust

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Jul 7, 2021

Apply zero trust principles and policies to your network and infrastructure with this essentials episode. It's a high-level overview of the principles of the Zero Trust security model, spanning identity, endpoints, applications, networks, infrastructure, and data.

Your network and its underlying configuration provides secure access to your resources. Infrastructure, whether on premises servers, local or cloud hosted VMs, containers, storage, or PaaS databases, all represent a critical threat vector. Jeremy Chapman, Director of Microsoft 365, walks you through how to apply the core Zero Trust tenets of verify explicitly, apply least privileged access, and assume breach for each of these layers, along with your options.

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
00:42 - Network: Verify explicitly
02:21 - Network: Least privileged access and assume breach
04:20 - Infrastructure: Verify explicitly
05:56 - Infrastructure: Least privileged access and assume breach
08:48 - Wrap up

► Link References:
Check out our other shows on Zero Trust Essentials at https://aka.ms/zerotrustmechanics
Use Azure resource manager templates to deploy hands-on experiences in your Azure subscription at https://aka.ms/AZNetSec
Learn more at https://aka.ms/zerotrust

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Jun 24, 2021

Need to present a video to a group of people online, but when you play it on your computer and share your desktop, it’s laggy and dropping frames for others in a Microsoft Teams meeting, or maybe it’s missing the audio track?

In this remote and hybrid working tip, Jeremy Chapman from the Microsoft 365 team at Microsoft will show you a simple trick that will avoid those issues using web streaming along with PowerPoint Live as part of a Microsoft Teams presentation, so everyone can watch your video without lag or missing audio.

He'll also explain what’s causing the lag or dropped frames when you share a video using desktop or window sharing and give you a step-by-step tutorial so can share videos the right way in your future presentations.

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
00:28 - Video playback challenges when sharing your desktop
01:24 - The solution using web streaming
01:58 - Using PowerPoint Live to share and synchronize video playback
02:22 - Demo: adding online videos using PowerPoint on the web
03:34 - Demo: Microsoft Teams meeting experience for the presenter and other participants
04:29 - Demo: Using PowerPoint desktop to add a video from your device
04:50 - Demo: Uploading a local PowerPoint file to enable web-based video streaming in a Teams meeting
05:39 - Closing thoughts and link to similar videos

► Link References:
To find more videos in this series, go to https://aka.ms/WFHMechanics

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Jun 21, 2021

Look at Azure as a platform for running your Linux virtual machine and open source database workloads. Check out options for how you can lift and shift existing VMs and databases to Azure and modernize them using cloud native approaches. Matt McSpirit, from the Azure engineering team, joins Jeremy Chapman to show how Azure supports open source platforms across operating systems, with different Linux distros as well as their publishers and open source databases.

Azure has been working with Red Hat, SUSE, Canonical, Flat Car, Elastic and HashiCorp, and open source databases like MySQL, Postgres, Cassandra, MariaDB for years. More than 60% of our marketplace solutions run on Linux, and we support open source native PaaS services, as well. Beyond the workload level, we contribute back to the upstream Linux and Kubernetes communities that many of the modern and cloud native architectures rely on.

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
01:09 - Run Linux VMs in Azure
03:01 - Move an open source app from on-prem into Azure
06:04 - How to migrate VMs
07:36 - How to move database into Azure
10:52 - Repackage your VM to run as a container
12:40 - Configure an app
13:31 - Other options
14:48 - Wrap up

► Link References:
To find information related to Linux running on Azure, check out https://azure.com/Linux
Go to Azure migrate and test out a migration at https://aka.ms/azuremigrate
Find the tools to migrate your data stores at https://aka.ms/datamigration
Deploy Red Hat solutions on Azure at https://Azure.com/RedHat
Run SUSE Linux on Azure at https://Azure.com/SUSE
For more on Azure, go to https://Azure.com/AzureMigrate

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Jun 17, 2021

See how Microsoft Viva Insights delivers data-driven privacy, protected insights, and recommended actions to help individuals and teams improve productivity and wellbeing. Engineering leader, Kamal Janardhan, joins Jeremy Chapman for a deep dive and a view of your options for configuration.

If you're new to Microsoft Viva, it comprises four modules that deliver new employee experiences across knowledge, communications, learning, and insights, all in the context of your work. These leverage the foundational technologies of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Graph and AI to deliver a modern employee experience platform.

With hybrid work at home and in the office as the new normal, Viva Insights gives individuals, managers, and leaders the insight to develop healthier work habits and a better work environment. It is an intelligent experience designed to leverage MyAnalytics, Workplace Analytics, and Exchange Online to deliver insights that recommend actions to help prioritize well-being and productivity.

As an individual: Get personalized reminders to book focus time or to take regular mental breaks. Integration with Headspace brings in guided meditations to help relax your mind.

As a manager and a leader: Get granular visibility into work patterns to detect trends like burnout. Stay more connected with your team and minimize attrition.

► QUICK LINKS:
00:00 - Introduction
00:54 - What is Viva Insights?
02:52 - Individual user experience
07:43 - Configuration
08:40 - Manager & leader experience
09:42 - Org leader experience
10:43 - Customization
11:40 - Privacy
12:26 - Wrap up

► Link References:
Learn more about Viva Insights at https://aka.ms/VivaInsights
For more on configuration, go to https://aka.ms/SetVivaInsights
Watch our Essentials episode at https://aka.ms/VivaEssentials
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Jun 16, 2021

Take a look at the latest Microsoft hardware innovations in support of remote and hybrid work at home and in the office. Engineering leader, Branden Powell, joins Jeremy Chapman to show how the new Microsoft and Surface accessories deliver the best experience on Microsoft Teams.

All our accessories are made with premium materials, so they look great and are built to last. They're compact and lightweight to optimize your space, no matter where you're working from. We've prioritized all-day comfort and mobility, and everything is certified for use with Microsoft Teams to give you a great online meeting experience. The convergence of hardware plus software helps minimize meeting fatigue, so you can stay fresh and in the flow of your work.

The latest round of accessories is available today: Surface Headphones 2+ for Business, Modern USB, Modern Wireless Headsets, Modern USB-C Speaker, and the new Modern Webcam.

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00:00 - Introduction
01:27 - Mobility
02:26 - Comfort
03:26 - Microsoft Teams button
04:08 - Mute button
06:20 - Dongle vs. Bluetooth
07:23 - Audio and video experiences
09:24 - Accessories work across platforms
10:09 - Wrap up

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Jun 10, 2021

See how you can apply Zero Trust principles and policies to your endpoints and apps; the conduits for users to access your data, network, and resources. Jeremy Chapman walks through your options, controls, and recent updates to implement the Zero Trust security model.

Our Essentials episode gave a high-level overview of the principles of the Zero Trust security model, spanning identity, endpoints, applications, networks, infrastructure, and data. For Zero Trust, endpoints refer to the devices people use every day — both corporate or personally owned computers and mobile devices. The prevalence of remote work means devices can be connected from anywhere and the controls you apply should be correlated to the level of risk at those endpoints. For corporate managed endpoints that run within your firewall or your VPN, you will still want to use principles of Zero Trust: Verify explicitly, apply least privileged access, and assume breach.

We've thought about the endpoint attack vectors holistically and have solutions to help you protect your endpoints and the resources that they're accessing.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
01:16 - Register your endpoints
01:49 - Configure and enforce compliance
02:31 - Search policies with new settings catalog
03:15 - Group Policy analytics
04:00 - Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
04:36 - Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS)
06:36 - Reverse proxy
07:06 - Authentication context
08:44 - Anomaly detection policies
09:21 - Wrap up

► Link References:

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Jun 7, 2021

Go deeper on Microsoft Viva Learning, a central place for individuals and teams to discover personal learning content and build skills within the flow of everyday work. Swati Jhawar, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft Viva, joins Jeremy Chapman to share options for setup, learning content curation, and integration with your existing learning management system.

Microsoft Viva has four modules (Connections, Insights, Topics & Learning) that deliver new employee experiences in the context of their work. Viva leverages the foundational technologies of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Graph and AI to deliver a modern employee experience platform.

With Viva Learning, you have a center for personalized skill development that offers a unique social experience where learning content is available in the flow of work. It recommends and manages the progress of key trainings all from one place and is built on top of SharePoint, Microsoft Search, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Graph, and Substrate.

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00:00 - Introduction
01:00 - What is Viva Learning?
02:35 - See the personal learning experience
04:46 - How to share content
06:40 - Content within Teams app and others
08:04 - Setup for admins
09:03 - How to configure required training
10:14 - What’s next for Viva Learning?
10:46 - Wrap up

► Link References:

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Jun 3, 2021

Take a closer look at how the Power Platform can be used for professional developers’ most demanding business apps. Per Mikkelsen, GPM for Microsoft Power Platform, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share how you can build APIs as serverless functions, integrate Power Apps as part of your CI/CD pipelines, and publish Power Apps to Microsoft Teams for increased discoverability.

The Power Platform is designed for any app and any developer. We've set out to remove a lot of the pain in the software development process and speed things up that can take a lot of time. This makes it simple to build new apps or extend existing apps, fast.

Most of what you need to build your UI and to integrate your business logic and workflow processes can be done by the Power Platform. It sits on top of Dataverse to give you a powerful and managed data backend for any data, so that you have common data and logic stack that all your apps and services can use. On top of that, we give you all 400 data connectors, which seamlessly connect with the barrier systems and services that you may have in your organization. And if you need more custom logic on the backend, you also have all the coding environments available in Azure.

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00:00 - Introduction
01:55 - Build complex apps
03:00 - T-Mobile example app
04:41 - How to build custom APIs
08:52 - How Power Apps works with existing DevOps or CI/CD processes
11:35 - How to make apps more discoverable
12:11 - Wrap up

► Link References:

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Jun 1, 2021

Take a look at new project management options from Microsoft, and how they meet your project needs. From integrated experiences with Microsoft Teams using Project for the web, all the way to Project Operations in Dynamics 365 to support the delivery of project-based services with seamless integration into your ERP system, and manage all phases of your projects.

We've set out to take our mature project management engine with Microsoft Project, and make project management more accessible to everyone in your organization. George Bullock, joins host Jeremy Chapman, to share project management options for sophisticated projects.

Project for the web

Now use it within the context of Microsoft Teams.
Easy to create and manage projects — see completed tasks, track progress, and modify details
Contacts are in Teams, natively, right in your directory service.

Dynamics 365 Project Operations

Project for the web capabilities are embedded within, so core project planning and resource management is the same.
Expanded set of capabilities across sales management and project accounting.
Easily manage your entire project life cycle, from planning to billing and finance.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
02:32 - Project for the web in Teams
04:30 - How to manage a more sophisticated project
06:06 - Project Operations in Dynamics 365
08:46 - Billing capabilities
09:33 - Finance capabilities
09:59 - Set up: Project for the web
10:47 - Set up: Project Operations
11:27 - Wrap up

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May 24, 2021

Take a look at the new Microsoft Viva Connections, part of your Microsoft 365 subscription, that provides a curated, company branded experience in the context of the apps used every day, like Microsoft Teams. Adam Harmetz, lead engineer, joins host Jeremy Chapman to walk through the user experience, how to set it up, and options for personalizing information sharing by role.

If you're new to Microsoft Viva, it comprises four modules that deliver new employee experiences across knowledge, communications, resources, learning and insights. These leverage the foundational technologies of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Graph, and AI to deliver a modern employee experience platform.

Viva Connections is specifically about boosting employee engagement. This spans everyone in your organization, from everyday users, specific groups in departments, to frontline workers. It expands on your SharePoint home site and newsfeed and is designed to offer a destination that delivers personalized news, conversations, and commonly used resources.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
01:45 - Desktop UX
02:24 - Web UX
03:32 - How to set it up through PowerShell
05:54 - Mobile UX
07:26 - How to build adaptive cards
09:40 - Audience targeting
10:34 - How to get started
11:15 - Wrap up

► Link References:

To get started and find PowerShell scripts, go to https://aka.ms/VivaConnectionsPSBlog

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Set up Global Nav in your SharePoint Homesite at https://aka.ms/SetupGlobalNav

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May 24, 2021

Tour your identity options when moving to the Zero Trust security model. Our last Essentials episode gave a high-level overview of the Zero Trust security model principles: identity, endpoints, applications, networks, infrastructure, and data.

Join our host, Jeremy Chapman, as he unpacks the foundational layer of the model with identity. As the primary control plane for Zero Trust, it acts as the front door for people, service accounts, and devices as each requests access to resources. Identity is at the core of the Zero Trust concepts of never trust, always verify and grant the appropriate level of access through the principle of least privilege.

Verify Explicitly
Azure AD - easily implement additional protections to verify explicitly
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) - requires an additional authentication factor. Replace passwords with Microsoft Authenticator, Windows Hello, or FIDO2 keys.
Activity reports in the Authentication methods - see who’s capable of MFA and passwordless authentication, how many recent registrations and by type.
Usage - see the distribution of MFA sign-ins and by method, as well as the number of password changes and resets.

Least Privilege access
Conditional Access in Azure AD - uses real-time intelligence at the time of sign-in to assess the risk level, then blocks or grants access.
Built-in Insights and Reporting - expose the impact of enabled policies pre- and post enforcement.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:37 - Demo in Azure AD
01:47 - Azure AD Application Proxy
02:50 - How to set up multi-factor authentication
04:44 - Activity Reports for admins
05:21 - Least privileged access and conditional access
07:22 - Conditional Access Insights and Reporting
08:16 - Wrap up

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May 17, 2021

Take a deep dive on Microsoft Viva Topics, which uses AI to organize information into accessible knowledge within the apps and services you use every day. Walk through the admin experience for setup, as well as the controls available to publish and curate topic pages and ensure content accuracy. CJ Tan, Lead Program Manager, joins host Jeremy Chapman to cover the overall experience for users, knowledge managers, and admins.

If you're new to Microsoft Viva, it comprises four modules that deliver new employee experiences across knowledge, communications, resources, learning and insights. These leverage the foundational technologies of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Graph, and AI to deliver a modern employee experience platform.

Viva Topics builds a system that transforms information into knowledge and actively delivers it to you in the context of your work. As many of us are working remotely or in more hybrid office environments, it can be harder to stay informed. With Topics, we connect you to the knowledge and the people closest to it.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:45 - See how Topics works

03:46 - AI behind the scenes

04:57 - Knowledge manager experience

07:47 - User experience

09:25 - Admin experience- how to set it up

10:58 - Protect sensitive information

12:01 - Scope who can contribute

13:37 - Manually create topics immediately

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Find additional tutorials and guidance at https://aka.ms/vivatopics

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May 13, 2021

Adopt a Zero Trust approach for security and benefit from the core ways in which Microsoft can help. In the past, your defenses may have been focused on protecting network access with on-premises firewalls and VPNs, assuming everything inside the network was safe. But as corporate data footprints have expanded to sit outside your corporate network, to live in the Cloud or a hybrid across both, the Zero Trust security model has evolved to address a more holistic set of attack vectors.

Based on the principles of “verify explicitly”, “apply least privileged access” and “always assume breach”, Zero Trust establishes a comprehensive control plane across multiple layers of defense:

Identity: Azure Active Directory assigns identity and conditional access controls for your people, the service accounts used for apps and processes, and your devices.

Endpoints: Microsoft Endpoint Manager assures devices and their installed apps meet your security and compliance policy requirements

Applications: Microsoft Endpoint Manager can be used to configure and enforce policy management. Microsoft Cloud App Security can discover and manage Shadow IT services in use.

Network: Get a number of controls, including Network Segmentation, Threat protection, and Encryption.

Infrastructure: Azure landing zones, Blueprints and Policies can ensure newly deployed infrastructure meets compliance requirements for cloud resources. Azure Security Center and Log Analytics help with configuration and software update management for on-premises, cross-cloud and cross-platform infrastructure. Data Limit data access to only the people and processes that need it.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:37 - Six layers of defense

02:31 - Identity

03:48 - Endpoints

04:48 - Applications

05:46 - Network

06:36 - Infrastructure

07:18 - Data

08:11 - Wrap Up

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May 10, 2021

Tour Microsoft Viva, the new employee experience platform that connects learning, insights, resources, and communication. Viva is a unique set of curated and AI enriched experiences built on top of and integrated with the foundational services of Microsoft 365. Join Jeremy Chapman as he shares Viva’s capabilities, the underlying tech, and your core options for enabling and configuring Microsoft Viva as a team leader or admin.

Microsoft Viva’s 4 core modules:

Viva Topics - builds a knowledge system for your organization

Viva Connections - boosts employee engagement

Viva Learning - creates a central hub to discover learning content and build new skills

Viva Insights - recommends actions to help improve productivity and wellbeing

As an employee:

Get more time to focus and recharge – no matter where you’re working from.

Connect with others, stay informed and engaged.

Accelerate learning new skills, and balance your time at work.

At an organizational level:

Boost morale and retention and the overall success of your organization.

Foster a new culture of support for employees, so even when not physically together with colleagues, they feel connected to collective goals.

Employees can easily leverage the knowledge and connections of their work community to get things done and feel invested in their career growth.

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00:00 - Introduction

01:13 - Viva Topics

01:54 - Viva Connections

02:21 - Viva Learning

02:56 - Viva Insights

03:38 - Implementing Viva

04:18 - Upcoming highlights

05:49 - Privacy and security

06:50 - Platform extensibility

08:21 - Wrap Up

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May 4, 2021

How to build a fast, scalable data system on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Hyperscale’s flexible architecture scales with the pace of your business to process large amounts of data with a small amount of compute in just minutes, and allows you to back up data almost instantaneously.

Zach Fransen, VP of data and AI at Xplor, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how credit card processing firm, Clearent by Xplor, built a fast, scalable merchant transaction reporting system on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Take a deep dive on their Hyperscale implementation, from their approach with micro-batching to continuously bring in billions of rows of transactional data, from their on-premises payment fulfillment system at scale, as well as their optimizations for near real-time query performance using clustered column store indexing for data aggregation.

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00:00 - Introduction

00:35 - Intro to Clearent

01:33 - Starting point and challenges

03:12 - Clearant’s shift to Hyperscale

04:53 - Near real-time reporting/micro-batching

06:25 - See it in action

08:28 - Processing large amounts of data

09:42 - Named replicas

10:34 - Query speed ups - clustered column store indexing

11:45 - What’s next for Clearent by Xplor?

12:26 - Wrap up

► Link References:

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