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Sep 29, 2020

Detailed look at the internals and user experience of the new Microsoft Surface Duo and find out what sets it apart. Vineet Thuvara, Senior Director of Program Management for the Surface team, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share details on how Duo is the ultimate intersection of hardware and software experience.

It's the first dual-screen foldable device for Microsoft that combines the best of Surface's signature hardware design and Microsoft productivity experiences. It runs on top of an Android operating system, making it Microsoft's first Android device. At just 4.8 millimeters unfolded, it's the thinnest device in its category.

Duo is the perfect balance of productivity and mobility, similar in size to the footprint of your phone. We designed a foldable dual-screen device that is compact enough to fit in your pocket and can do everything a phone or portable smart device can do, plus much, much more.

Experience the versatility, engineering, performance, and manageability of Duo for yourself in the Quick Links below.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:23 - Check out all the ‘firsts’ Microsoft Duo represents

01:46 - Dual screen

02:44 - Device postures: book mode, pen and inking, and tent mode

04:53 - Engineering challenges: thickness, dual topology, and posture aware

07:57 - Specs of Duo

08:46 - Battery life

09:07 - Hinge design

10:07 - Manageability and Security

11:20 - Learn more links

► Link References:

Surface Duo is available today. Go to https://www.surface.com.

Learn more about how to manage Surface Duo at https://aka.ms/SurfaceDuoManagement.

Start building enhanced apps for Surface Duo at https://aka.ms/SurfaceDuoDev.

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Sep 29, 2020

Find out what we're doing at Microsoft to sustainably operate our global data center footprint that runs Azure's global network. When you consume services hosted in Azure, you’ll benefit from measurable reductions in your organization’s carbon footprint. This is helpful if you need to meet specific regulatory carbon goals or want to be more efficient and environmentally responsible in the way you operate your compute infrastructure. In fact, studies show that Microsoft's cloud services are up to 93% more energy efficient and up to 98% more carbon efficient than data centers run on-premises. Matt McSpirit, Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Azure, covers our approach to sustainability, as well as our research and development efforts in the areas of energy conservation and clean energy.

QUICK LINKS:

00:44 - Initial goal: carbon neutrality

01:31 - Next phase: become carbon negative

02:15 - Cooling

03:43 - Green backup

04:08 - Hydrogen-powered fuel cells

04:53 - Lithium-ion batteries

Link References:

See how Microsoft's sustainability efforts impact your own organization and explore the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator at https://microsoft.com/sustainability.

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Sep 28, 2020

Walk through Microsoft Teams Rooms setup, admin configurations, and getting your in-room consoles connected. Microsoft Teams Room combines a digital workspace for Microsoft Teams with dedicated Microsoft certified devices to enable first class meeting experiences, whether you're joining remotely or from in the room. Hardware options are available that range from simple integrated sound bars with a streamlined set of components, to larger systems that include multiple microphones, speakers, cameras and displays.

Join Jeremy Chapman as he focuses on the setup and configuration of a medium-sized room connecting to Microsoft 365 base services using Azure Active Directory authentication.

► Quick Links:

01:03 - Start with our in-room configuration.

02:38 - Move on to the Service Configuration in Microsoft 365.

04:35 - Walk through a setup for connecting Microsoft Teams using cloud-based authentication.

05:20 - Dive into a few optional configurations to tailor the system to your needs.

► Link References:

To make sure your access to Microsoft 365 is set up correctly, you can reference https://aka.ms/m365PortsnIPs.

For detailed guidance in additional configuration options, check out https://aka.ms/MTRdocs.

Stay tuned to our playlist at https://aka.ms/MechanicsMTR.

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Sep 28, 2020

Take a tour of Microsoft Teams Rooms; a solution that combines the digital workspace of Microsoft Teams with dedicated Microsoft certified devices. Jeremy Chapman shares how Microsoft Teams Rooms not only simplifies your meeting experience, but provides an integrated meeting solution to reshape team collaboration in your organization with a reliable experience for everyone. He’ll cover options based on how people collaborate in your meeting spaces and the size of your rooms, as well as the key steps to set up a Teams Room for your organization, with the security and enterprise management you would expect from Microsoft.

Microsoft Teams Rooms provide a rich immersive experience with powerful audio/visual capabilities wherever you are. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of meeting rooms are equipped with audio/visual capabilities. As flexible working becomes the new normal, it's important to make sure that the meeting collaboration experience doesn't suffer while some of us join from the office, and others remotely.

Teams Rooms is designed to give all meeting participants an inclusive and reliable experience:

• Cameras can frame the room and zoom into the active speaker.

• Audio devices are designed to ensure people's voices are clear and intelligible.

• Raise your hand to indicate you'd like to speak.

• Follow along with real time A.I. enabled live captions.

• A central console gives you full control over the meeting.

• Use an analog white board or take advantage of the Microsoft Whiteboard app.

► Link References: Find audio/visual devices from our certified hardware partners that meet your space and budget needs at https://aka.ms/TeamsDevices.

To learn more about Teams Rooms check out https://aka.ms/TeamsRooms.

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Sep 24, 2020

Find out how GE Aviation has implemented Azure's Custom Vision to improve the variety and accuracy of document searches through OCR. See the steps they are taking to modernize their on-premises records management system as they move to Azure, and how they are making it easier for their airline customers to respond to new requirements and regulations. Jeremy Chapman joins Nate Hicks, Senior Product Manager for GE Aviation's Digital Group, to discuss how they are taking advantage of Azure Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a part of the Azure Custom Vision.

Airlines are under increased pressure to show they can safely host passengers. Whether that's checking the air filtration system on planes due to public health requirements with COVID-19, or meeting industry standard general maintenance requirements — being able to keep good records is essential. Much of what gets archived is still paper-based, and these documents can contain both handwriting as well as printed text. Being able to convert documents that are in paper format to digital format, as well as process and store any documents that were never printed in the first place, is more important than ever. Watch to see how GE Aviation is using Azure’s Custom Vision to make it happen with scale, speed, and accuracy.

QUICK LINKS:

03:55 - Steps GE Aviation has taken to leverage Azure in a hybrid state

04:52 - How it works

06:17 - How accuracy and speed improved

08:14 - How handwriting searchability improved

► Link References:

Find out more about GE's Records Management System at https://www.AirVault.com. To learn more about Azure OCR, Cognitive Services, Azure Search and Azure Synapse analytics, visit https://www.Azure.com.

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Sep 24, 2020

Duplicate the Power BI and Azure efforts Humana, a US-based health and well-being organization, uses to create a single self-service reporting platform that builds a unified profile of their members. This enables Humana to proactively reduce members’ health risks with access to key services and healthcare.

Power BI offers flexibility for users to ask questions of their data and conduct ad-hoc analysis, while also updating reports with new material in a shorter amount of time. Sean Chandler, Business Intelligence Engineer for Humana, shows Jeremy Chapman how they've approached self-service reporting for their team, from building query optimized schemas to identifying the right filters and visualization.

Link References:

Learn more about Power BI at https://www.powerbi.com.

Check out our Power Platform Series at https://aka.ms/MechanicsPowerPlatform.

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