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Microsoft BYOD and Mobile Device Management

LOTS of recent announcements on Microsoft mobile device management strategy are worthy of an aggregated post. EMM Game-Changing Announcement #1 (source) Intune-managed Office mobile apps that enable your workforce to securely access corporate information using the apps they know and love while preventing data leakage. This is achieved by managing/restricting actions such as copy/cut/paste/save-as and interaction/”open […]

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Azure AD – Not Just a Directory in the Cloud

What is Azure AD?  At an architect level, Azure AD is a high-availability, geo-redundant, multi-tenanted, multi-tiered cloud service that has delivered 99.99% uptime for over a year now. We run it across 27 datacenters around the world. Azure AD has stateless gateways, front end servers, application servers, and sync servers in all of those data […]

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Azure Search

Azure Search is getting rolling and customers may have questions, or will have questions, about where it makes the most sense. First and foremost, doing Search is hard, and it can also be expensive. Azure Search is targeted at three core scenarios in this iteration: Online retail/ecommerce Most customers of ecommerce applications/sites will find products […]

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Windows 8.1 Sleep Study

Surface Pro 3 I recently purchased a Surface Pro 3 and have to say – I absolutely love it.  The marketing is spot on with this device, it truly is a laptop and tablet in one.  I am particularly impress with the battery life.  Last week, I did a few battery tests with very pleasing […]

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30 Days with Office 365 – Week 2 – Chromebook

For week 2, I’m working off of a Samsung Chromebook.   Let’s Get Right To It Lync is a core tool for daily communication and collaboration. My experimentation last week had a caveat with Lync; however, this week (on Chromebook) there’s no hiding behind the fact that Lync (desktop) app is critical to get work […]

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Yammer Search in IE

Here’s a quick little tip to add a search provider for Yammer in IE.  It makes searching for a thread in Yammer SUPER fast. Browse to Yammer and do a Search Just do a search for “TEST”.  You can optionally search in a group if you want.   Copy the URL for example:<>/#/Threads/Search?type=following&utf8=%E2%9C%93&search_group_name=Inbox&search_group=&search_inbox=0&search_startdate=&search_enddate=&search=TEST   […]

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30 Days with Office 365 – Day 1

I’m kicking off 30 Days with Office 365 experiment with a Day 1 post on my Outlook experience today.  Being one of the more critical tools of my work day, I thought I’d start here and see how it goes.  I definitely wasn’t new to OWA (Outlook Web Access), and felt fairly confident I would be ok for awhile […]

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30 Days with Office 365

I’m kicking off an experiment where I’ll use only browser-based applications via O365 for 30 days.  You can follow the story on Twitter with #30daysO365  or  on Storify: There is also an embedded feed for Storify on the lower right of the front page of the blog.

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SharePoint Conference 2014 – Enterprise Social Sessions

I’m completely plagiarizing this from Christophe Fiessinger…stealing from an internal Yammer post. Here is a list of Enterprise Social sessions from the recent SharePoint Conference.  See other posts on content from SPC2014:  Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3  |  All Session Recordings (Channel 9) Product  SPC246   Knowledge Management with SharePoint and Yammer  – Jan […]

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Azure + Chef

Keeping the topic of Open Source going…I thought I’d share a bit of information on Microsoft’s partnership with Chef with Azure. About 18 months ago, Opscode announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft Azure to support rich Chef integration: Maximizing the power of public cloud platforms is best accomplished through the use of a dynamic, consistent automation engine. […]

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