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Oct 13, 2020

Reduced COVID-19 risk in the workplace with AI and IoT on the Edge, RXR Realty, New York based real estate company shows the full implementation. Cory Clarke, Product Management VP at RXR, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how they’re tackling an issue that many of us (whether as an employee or an organization) are trying to figure out— how to operate during the pandemic while keeping people safe. See how they are leveraging Azure AI and IoT for automated health checks, air quality control, social distancing, mask compliance and much more.

For those of you who are new to RXR Realty, they're one of the largest real estate companies in New York with over 27 million square feet of real estate. Normally, around 75,000 office workers occupy their building spaces. While New York was the epicenter of COVID-19 early on, it's positive recovery provides an interesting model for how to safely go back to normal life in the middle of a pandemic. RXR is offering its own unique perspective by implementing its RX Well platform, an IoT and AI based solution that supports safe return of people back to the office. The core advantage of Azure IoT Hub is it's end-to-end device management, massive scale, and seamless integration with other Azure services.

Walkthrough some of the user experiences:

• Office workers who need to feel safe in their return back to the office

• Property managers’ comprehensive view of building data in real-time, so they can dynamically adjust policies and procedures

• Facility managers that are actually tenants in the spaces who can see if more needs to be done to improve compliance to public health measures

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:43 - Walk through the user experiences

06:48 - Behind the scenes tech

09:50 - Security

11:22 - How to report on both employee and property manager apps

14:19 - Device management

► Link References:

Find out more about Azure Spatial Analysis at https://aka.ms/SpatialAnalysis.

Get our RxWell solution in the Azure Marketplace at https://aka.ms/RXWellSolution.

Learn more about RXR's example at https://aka.ms/RXWell.

For more on Azure IoT and AI, check out https://www.azure.com.

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Oct 12, 2020

Full tutorial of the end-to-end experience that makes it easier for you to communicate and work more effectively with your teams. Aya Tange, Microsoft Teams Product Manager, joins host Jeremy Chapman to walk through some of the core capabilities and highlight all the updates along the way.

Teams brings together three main experiences:

• Chat, so you can collaborate with your team

• Meetings and calling, so you can always stay connected

• Apps and automation of your everyday business workflows

We've been working around the clock to make sure you have the best experience possible, which includes optimizing the service and bringing new experiences that allow you to have a natural human connection when using Teams – whether that's joined from the office, from home, or remotely. Dive into our Quick Links to see each new update in detail:

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:40 - Chat- call, video chat, share content, and multiple chats

03:12 - Teams- invite-only channels, thread messages, rich-text editing, and tabs

07:34 - Pre-join screen- new audio and video controls and background effects

08:54 - Dynamic view- adjusts to prioritize what's most important

09:45 - Large gallery view- supports up to 49 people

10:04 - Together mode- brings your Team into one virtual shared space

10:57 - AI capabilities- will remove distracting background noise

11:29 - Live captions- see who is speaking

12:09 - Live transcription- see the full transcript accessible in the meeting chat

13:30 - Manage tasks- new unified view to track everything you need to do

► Link References:

Watch our seven-part Teams series at https://aka.ms/MicrosoftTeamsforIT.

See how to have multiple copies of Microsoft Teams open https://aka.ms/wfhmechanics.

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Oct 12, 2020

Find out how you can run your VMware workloads natively in Azure with the new Azure VMware Solution. Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure Senior Product Manager, joins Jeremy Chapman to show you how to create a VMware private cloud in Azure, and move your on-premises VMware easily to Azure, while continuing to use your existing investments and skill sets in VMware in the cloud.

For anyone new to this concept, Azure VMware Solution, or AVS, is a fully-managed Azure PaaS service that lets you run your VMWare environment natively in Azure. It is essentially VMware in the cloud with your existing VMware tools and processes.

Dive into this special edition of Microsoft Mechanics for answers to questions such as:

• How do I know how to size the environment in Azure?

• How easy is it to create a new AVS private cloud?

• How long does it take to build? (only about an hour!)

• What does the process look like to migrate VM workloads?

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:25 - What is AVS?

00:43 - What’s new about it?

01:59 - Azure environment size

03:30 - What it takes to create AVS private cloud

05:34 - Process of Migrating VM Workloads

► Link References:

Learn more about Azure VMware Solution at https://aka.ms/getAVS.

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Oct 9, 2020

How to enable seamless management across your hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and tap into Azure services locally, by taking advantage of the latest updates to Azure Arc and the newly refactored Azure Stack HCI.

Azure's always been hybrid by design — we took that hybrid expertise and extended it, enabling multi-cloud and multi-edge capabilities. Azure CVP Julia White joins Matt McSpirit, Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Azure, to show Azure hybrid capabilities that give you a seamless approach to running and managing your applications across on-prem, multi-cloud and at the edge.

• With Azure Arc you have a consistent control plane for all of your resources wherever they reside.

• With Azure Arc enabled services, you can deploy Azure fully managed services anywhere, on-prem, and on other clouds.

• With Azure Stack portfolio, you can bring Azure consistent infrastructure directly into your data centers and even run it on existing certified hardware with Azure Stack HCI.

This takes Hybrids to the next level. You can take advantage of Azure on your terms, and truly innovate anywhere.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:18 - What you can do with Azure Arc

03:25 - Tech in action, and latest updates

05:11 - Azure Services anywhere

05:40 - Azure Stack Portfolio- updates to Azure Stack HCI

07:13 - How to deploy and manage

09:51 - Look at the experience within the Azure Portal

► Link References:

To learn more about Azure Stack and Azure Arc, experience hands-on tutorials, and get access to the latest previews of everything, go to https://www.azure.com.

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Oct 9, 2020

A deep dive into the newly announced Microsoft Defender. We'll show you how this integrated and automated approach to threat detection response across your end-user environments, multi-cloud, and on-premises infrastructure allows you to stop even the most sophisticated attacks. Microsoft Security CVP, Rob Lefferts, joins host Jeremy Chapman to give a comprehensive tour of Microsoft Defender in action and to show how it can be used to identify and contain an attack.

Two of our biggest areas of focus are threat detection and response — to help you prioritize the most important threats and apply the right layers of defense. We've just announced our holistic solution, for what's known in the industry as eXtended Detection and Response (XDR), with the newly named Microsoft Defender.

With Microsoft Defender, we give you a set of connected best-of-breed solutions for your data, device endpoints, identities, and apps. This is now combined with Azure Defender for threat protection across your server endpoints, containers, network, IoT devices on the edge, and managed apps. Together, Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender give you an end-to-end XDR solution for threat detection and response across your Microsoft estate in the cloud, on-prem, and in other clouds.

It's the most comprehensive XDR solution in the industry, by far.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:40 - See the breadth of our threat protection

02:57 - What is Microsoft Defender?

04:08 - Combine with Azure Defender for an end-to-end solution

04:53 - Combine with Azure Sentinel for entire threat protection solution

05:25 - See an example of an attack

06:33 - Walk through a Microsoft Defender case

09:08 - View a threat analytics report

10:10 - Take a look from the point of view of Azure Defender

12:30 - See how Azure Sentinel connects to Microsoft Defender and Azure Defender

13:39 - Tips to get started

► Link References:

To learn more about Microsoft Defender, go to https://aka.ms/SIEMandXDR.

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Oct 6, 2020

in control of your own identity online. Owning your identity is more relevant than ever. In the digital environment, it’s hard to retain ownership of your identity once you’ve shared it. Every time you give away personal information in exchange for a service — like bank account numbers, proof of education, or even employment, it’s now in the custody of those different institutions. You no longer control the data associated with them, and you can’t take it back.

Verifiable Credentials is one of the most exciting and transformative areas of innovation. Verifiable Credentials and Decentralized Identifiers help you share your verifiable credentials without giving up your privacy. No one company or institution can control or store your information centrally— you can revoke your verifiable credentials at any time.

Joy Chik, Microsoft’s Identity CVP, joins Jeremy Chapman to show you how it works and gives you the key steps to get up and running.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:07 - New solution: Verifiable Credentials

01:39 - What is it, and how do things change?

02:16 - See how it all works

06:29 - Blockchain-based

08:04 - Get it up and running

13:26 - Where else are Verifiable Credentials applied?

14:08 - Links to learn more

► Link References:

To learn more and get all of the tutorials, go to https://aka.ms/DIDForDevs.

Download the Verifiable Credentials SDK and create your own DID at https://aka.ms/VCSDK.

Keep up to date with our Decentralized Identity blog at https://aka.ms/IdentityBlog/DID.

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Oct 6, 2020

eep your users and data safe wherever they're working from, take a tour of all the recent upcoming updates for Microsoft 365 admins. As people work remotely or in hybrid work environments, potentially on unmanaged devices or less trusted networks, information protection is more important than ever. We’ve created a simple environment for everybody — from end-users to administrators, in a way where the data is secure and able to be accessed from any device, in any location. Jeff Teper, Microsoft 365 CVP, joins Jeremy Chapman to discuss how his team is helping make the lives of our admins easier.

► Flag Locations:

Discover the locations in Microsoft Teams and SharePoint where your most sensitive information is generated and stored, so you can holistically apply these labels at that site or team level.

► Endpoint DLP:

Configure rules to detect and take actions at the file system level and manage Windows devices, so you can protect your files if they're moved from the cloud to a local device.

► Split tunneling:

To get best optimal performance, connect the user to the nearest Azure Front Door with a new service called Network Connection Insights found in the M365 Admin Center.

► Migration Tools:

On-Prem File Servers require VPN connectivity for remote work. Moving these files to the cloud can help the VPN saturation, get you to the cloud even faster, and ultimately allow you to take advantage of everything in Microsoft 365.

QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:36 - What's easier for admins now?

01:49 - Apply labels at site or team level

06:06 - DLP to enforce responsible sharing policies

07:26 - Endpoint DLP

09:38 - Split Tunneling

11:17 - Migration Tools

Link References:

Find out more about security controls at https://aka.ms/securityinM365.

To learn more about migration, go to https://aka.ms/MigrateToM365.

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Oct 5, 2020

Go on a tour of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), and see all the latest updates. If you're new to WVD, it's a desktop and app virtualization service hosted in Azure, and it’s more popular than ever with the global acceleration of people working remotely. Kam VedBrat, Partner Group Program Manager for Windows Virtual Desktop, joins host Jeremy Chapman to show how they’ve been accelerating efforts to improve elasticity, simplify deployment and management, and optimize latency for customers all over the world.

► Updates include:

• Microsoft Teams A/V redirect: improves latency and reduces CPU usage, which lowers costs

• QuickStart: streamlines the setup experience, and makes deployment easier

• Service Monitoring: a dashboard with all the essential KPIs to monitor user experience and performance

• Policy management and security configuration: Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session support is coming to Microsoft Endpoint Manager for hybrid AAD joined VMs

• MSIX App Attach: you can have a slim virtual desktop image and customize the apps that are available for each user

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - WVD Progress

02:12 - Microsoft Teams A/V redirect

03:07 - QuickStart

04:07 - Service Monitoring

05:49 - Policy Management

07:18 - MSIX App Attach

09:04 - How to Lower Costs

► Link References:

The new WVD QuickStart can deploy a full WVD environment for you with the click of a button at https://aka.ms./WVDQuickStart.

Learn how to scale your VM's and find guidance on setting up the scaling tool at https://aka.ms/wvdautoscale.

Check out our updated learning path for WVD, and walk through the new setup and management processes at https://aka.ms/LearnWVD.

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Oct 5, 2020

See how anyone can now build an App directly from within Teams (without ever leaving Teams) using Power Apps, as well as the latest templates to kickstart your efforts. And for pro developers, we’ll show you how T-Mobile built their mission-critical Orbit Power App using custom code, Azure APIs, and connectors. Host Jeremy Chapman is joined by Charles Lamanna, CVP of Microsoft’s Low Code Platform, who shows you:

• New Power Platform solution templates for common apps you might use in the context of Teams

• How to increase storage as your app gets more and more use

• How to build connectors and APIs

• For Power Apps used in Teams, Azure API management is free

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction 

01:04 - Build Power Apps in Teams

08:47 - Solution templates

10:08 - Increase storage

14:08 - Build connectors and APIs

16:16 - From simple to complex

17:01 - How to get started

► Link References:

Find everything you need to get started at https://powerplatform.microsoft.com.

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Oct 1, 2020

Introducing Azure Communication Services: a brand new platform that leverages the same enterprise-grade services behind Microsoft Teams through Azure to deliver video, voice, and chat experiences, and much more. CVP Scott Van Vliet, joins Jeremy Chapman to announce the public preview of Azure Communication Services, to discuss the significance of delivering these capabilities, and to show you how to build it.

Imagine taking the same chat, voice, video experiences, and capabilities of Microsoft Teams and making them available to any digital experience you want to build, tailored to your specific scenarios. You can now integrate the proven communications capabilities of Microsoft Teams across your apps, websites, mobile, and IoT platforms via Azure Communication Services with the same secure, compliant enterprise-scale foundation.

Built for the enterprise, you can now build secure connected experiences on your website that incorporate a variety of communications modalities. All this makes rich communication capabilities accessible, wherever your users might be engaging.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:03 - What Azure Communication Services is

01:13 - Built for enterprise

02:14 - 5 Communications services

03:46 - Real world demo

06:49 - How to build it

12:14 - How it integrates with Microsoft Teams

► Link References:

The public preview of the Azure Communication Services SDK is available today at https://aka.ms/ACSPreview.

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Oct 1, 2020

The latest updates for endpoint and app management, to enable secure remote work experiences from wherever your users are. Due to the pandemic, “work from everywhere” is the new normal. Common tasks like hardware procurement and provisioning, and help desk are radically different when users and IT teams aren’t coming into the office. People have quickly realized not all of their hardware is up to the task of enabling work from everywhere. Brad Anderson, Microsoft 365 CVP, joins host Jeremy Chapman to walk through the latest updates.

► Windows Autopilot: Dropship devices directly to your users – whether that is a work or home address. We recently added support for co-management to Autopilot. Apps you’ve been managing from Configuration Manager can now easily be deployed as part of the Autopilot process.

► Tenant attach: You get a unified list of devices and don’t need to choose between one tool or the other. This is a huge update and simplification on enabling customers to attach the Microsoft 365 Cloud to their ConfigMgr deployment.

► ADMX Templates: We keep these up-to-date with not only the latest Windows policies, but all of the policy settings you need to manage Microsoft 365, the Edge browser, Office 2016 – which manages everything Office 2016 and newer, as well as your Office 365 apps and OneDrive policies. Now with the Office and Edge ADMX settings in there and up-to-date, it’s not just more control for non-domain-joined PCs, but a huge time saver.

► Protection in Edge: We are building more Microsoft Endpoint Manager controls into Edge, and we’ll be able to ensure the data never leaves the browser or the storage locations that you have approved. Policy management is happening directly from Edge at the app layer. This protection is now baked into Edge, which expands data loss protection to unmanaged devices.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:28 - Windows Autopilot

03:43 - Tenant attach

06:01 - ADMX Templates

08:59 - Protection in Edge

11:32 - Endpoint analytics

14:01 - Microsoft Tunnel

15:19 - Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

► Link References:

Watch our 3-part series on Edge and Search at https://aka.ms/EdgeforIT.

Get started with everything we saw in Microsoft Endpoint Manager by going to https://endpoint.microsoft.com.

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