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Microsoft Mechanics Podcast

Why, how & when to use current and upcoming Microsoft tech for IT implementers, developers and tech enthusiasts. Hosted by Microsoft Director Jeremy Chapman and his colleagues. An official Microsoft video series.
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Now displaying: April, 2021
Apr 26, 2021

Need to share a video with AUDIO during a Microsoft Teams meeting? What used to only be possible in Windows is now also possible in MacOS!

In this work from home tip, Jeremy Chapman from the Microsoft 365 team will show you how to "Include Computer Sound" while sharing your desktop or app windows using a Mac or PC. At the time of release, this is a Public Preview feature in Microsoft Teams for MacOS, so we'll also show how to get that enabled if you don't see the options demonstrated.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - Demo in Teams to Include Computer Sound

01:40 - Demo of Including Computer Sound after sharing desktop

02:20 - What to do if you don't see the Include Computer Sound options

02:56 - Enabling Preview Features in the Teams Admin Center

03:21 - Closing remarks

► Link References:

Find more shows in our work from home series at https://aka.ms/WFHmechanics

Apr 21, 2021

Azure Percept is a new zero-to-low-code platform that includes sensory hardware accelerators, AI models, and templates to help you build and deploy secured, intelligent AI workloads and solutions to edge IoT devices. Host Jeremy Chapman joins George Moore, Azure Edge Lead Engineer, for an introduction on how to build intelligent solutions on the Edge quickly and easily.

Azure Percept Vision:

Optically perceive an event in the real world. Sensory data from cameras perform a broad array of everyday tasks.

Azure Percept Audio:

Enable custom wake words and commands, and get a response using real time analytics.

Templates and pre-built AI models:

Get started with no code. Go from prototype to implementation with ease.

Custom AI models:

Write your own AI models and business logic for specific scenarios. Once turned on, they’re instantly connected and ready to go.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:18 - Azure Percept solutions

02:23 - AI enabled hardware accelerators

03:29 - Azure Percept Vision

05:22 - Azure Percept Audio

06:21 - Demo: Deploy models to the Edge with Percept

08:16 - How to build custom AI models

09:57 - How to deploy models at scale

10:57 - Ongoing management

11:40 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

Access an example model as an open-source notebook at https://aka.ms/VolumetricAI

Get the Azure Percept DevKit to start prototyping with samples and guides at https://aka.ms/getazurepercept

Whether you’re a citizen developer or advanced developer, you can try out our tutorials at https://aka.ms/azureperceptsamples

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Apr 21, 2021

Get an insider's look at the latest Surface Laptop 4. While Surface Laptop’s familiar signature sleek form factor has been retained, under the covers you'll find major optimizations to bring the overall performance, battery life and device experience to the next level.

NOTE: Models with AMD Ryzen™ 5 Microsoft Surface Edition processors have 7 GPU cores and 6 CPU cores. See https://docs.microsoft.com/surface/surface-laptop-processors for more information.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:56 - Color options

01:16 - Processor options from AMD and Intel

03:00 - Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

04:06 - Speakers and microphone

04:57 - Camera performance

05:40 - USB connectivity and ports

06:14 - Replaceable SSD and serviceable components

06:30 - IT management capabilities

06:59 - Wrap Up

Taking a tour of the internals, both Intel™ and AMD processors are now available on 13.5" and 15" models. Models with AMD chipsets are now equipped with 7 nanometer multi-threaded Ryzen™ 5 & Ryzen™ 7 Microsoft Surface Edition processors. Models with Intel® chipsets now use 11th Gen Core™ i5 & Core™ i7 quad core and multi-threaded processors with integrated Intel™ Iris® Xe graphics.

New to Surface Laptop 4 is the addition of Dolby® Atmos™. There's also an HD camera array with integrated IR sensor for Windows Hello-based authentication. Surface Laptop 4 is equipped with a full-sized USB-A port, USB-C® 3.2 Gen 2 supporting display output and charging, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Surface Connect port.

► Link References:

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

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Apr 8, 2021

Explore your options to select the right VMs for your workloads. On this episode of Azure Essentials, Matt McSpirit shares core compute and disk storage options for any workload you want to run in Azure.

If you're new to Azure, shifting your apps or workloads onto a virtual machine or multiple VMs in Azure can be achieved without rearchitecting them or writing new code. You can even deploy your workloads to Azure Dedicated Hosts that provide single tenant physical servers dedicated to your organization. Azure literally becomes the equivalent of running your physical data center in the cloud.

The primary benefit of running your apps and workloads in Azure is choice. Azure provides a comprehensive range of hundreds of VMs to deliver the scale and performance needed across your preferred Linux distros and Windows Server based applications.

Select the right VMs for your workloads: From entry-level to optimized, depending on the workload

Deployment: Download images from the Azure Marketplace, or deploy your own

Scale: Create thousands of virtual machines using Azure Virtual Machines Scale Sets.

Pay for what you consume: Bring existing and future Windows and SQL server licenses, Red Hat enterprise Linux, and SUSE licenses into Azure using the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:40 - Azure offers choice

01:38 - A series: Entry-level

02:24 - D series: General purpose compute

03:33 - E series: Memory optimized VMs

04:09 - M series: Optimized

04:27 - Constrained vCPU VMs

04:47 - F series: Compute optimized

05:10 - L series: Storage optimized

05:42 - Deployment

06:05 - Scale

06:32 - Pay for what you consume

07:19 - Wrap up

► Link References:

To learn more about the economics of running your workloads in Azure, check out our recent Azure Essentials episode at https://aka.ms/AzureEconomics

Find more resources at https://aka.ms/AzureVMEssentials

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