Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of February 14-20, 2016

The purpose of this weekly post is to help IT Cloud Admins and IT professionals gain access to the most relevant Microsoft Cloud news that occurred in the previous week(s).

Take a look at last week’s news on Microsoft Cloud and miscellaneous.

Data Driven Summit - NYC | March 10, 10:00 am PST
Get help building the strategy that you need. Learn about the latest SQL Server, Hadoop, and much more at Data Driven!

Office 365 – FastTrack webinars | Multiple dates
Learn how to do more, together. Ask questions, learn shortcuts and find out how Office 365 can make you and your team more productive. Select one of the webinars available, register, and attend a live presentation with demos and Q&A. Webinar selection range from using Office 365 to working like a network.

SME roundtable on mobility at Microsoft Webinar | March 31st at 10:00 am PST
IT subject matter experts (SMEs) from our Mobility at Microsoft IT Showcase course will answer your questions about how Microsoft IT designs, develops, deploys, and supports mobility at Microsoft. Get candid answers from our experts as they share their insights and best practices.

REMINDER: Drive Business Results with Intelligent Tools Series | All webinars (45 minutes) will take place on Thursdays at 10:00 am PST.
Moving to the cloud is no longer a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when.” In this series you will get to see the exciting innovations enabling best-in-class, cross-platform mobile productivity, intelligent tools that can anticipate your needs to deliver timely solutions, collaboration tools built for the modern workforce and how Microsoft has delivered on its commitment to trustworthy computing across security, privacy and compliance.

REMINDER: Azure Active Directory Premium Customer Training Webinars| February 16 – 24 at 7:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm PST.
Join us and learn how to get up and running on Azure AD Premium quickly and easily!

REMINDER: TechNet Virtual - Conference 2016 | March 1-3, 2016
3 days of technology, inspiration and fun! To attend the event, please visit the event landing page

LAST REMINDER: RSA Conference 2016 | February 29 – March 4, 2016
RSA Conference 2016 is your best opportunity to connect with the technology, trends and people that will protect our digital world.

LAST REMINDER: Learn new insights from leaders in the business analyst community | Cost: $299 | March 22–23, 2016
The Excel and Power BI teams are hosting a new conference designed specifically for you, the business analyst.

LAST REMINDER: Introducing Microsoft Envision, our new event for business leaders | New Orleans, LA | April 4-6, 2016
Microsoft Envision is designed for CxOs and their senior department and functional leaders who are driven to shape their own future and position their organizations and business for success in a mobile first, cloud first world. 

LAST REMINDER: Microsoft Ignite 2016: Registration is open—sign up now | September 26–30, 2016
It’s time—register now for Microsoft Ignite and mark your calendar. Be there when top industry leaders talk about what’s next, get direct access to the people who built the products you use every day and surround yourself with smart people talking tech.

Ofice Video updates for First Release
Insert O365 Video from SharePoint Page: Now in a SharePoint Online page you can search for a video to embed directly from the edit page ribbon.
Basic Video Statistics/Analytics: With this feature, every viewer of a video can see statistics about the video. You can see views/visitor trends in the last 14 days and last 36 months. You can even see which part of a video gets viewed the most. NOTE: You may not see both of these charts today as the data collection is being rolled out. Over the coming days new views to a video will start being collected and aggregated for the charts.
Improved Upload Flow: There is an upload button on every page of the video portal (if you have upload rights), and you can pick which channel you want to upload your video into. There is a progress bar showing how much of the video has been uploaded, and you can even fill out the title/description of the video while you wait.

Delve update: Updated people profile experience coming soon to Office 365
Improvements include: consolidation of the main activity feed and profile information, previously multiple tabs; learn who others are working with, not just who they work for; learn what others are working on, and get back to the documents you are working on; and give a personal touch, change your profile picture and choose a unique background image.

Auditing, reporting and storage improvements for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business
Updates include: auditing and reporting for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, for both user and admin activities like share, file and folder and sync actions; 10GB file uploads for SharePoint Online; includes uploading to OneDrive for Business, Office 365 Video, and Office 365 Groups; and 1TB storage for SharePoint Online pooled storage; what used to be 10GB, now making our pooled storage calculation: 1TB + (0.5 GB times the number of users in a tenant).

Office 365 Groups: Quick tour of new user and admin experiences
Microsoft Mechanics video on recent updates to Office 365 Groups – spanning user, IT and developer experiences. Groups are pervasive in Office 365, providing self-service capabilities to accelerate collaboration – from conversations, calendar, files, to notes and planning. From an admin's perspective, this also means there is a need to create, modify and audit all activities; Groups in Azure AD provides these capabilities as well.

SfB Video Broadcast: Ep 9. VDI
On-demand | Learn about Skype for Business & VDI (Virtual Device Infrastructure) in this Skype Video Broadcast episode.

Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for February
This is the 12th edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.

Microsoft Graph: Outlook Extensions
If you have worked with Azure AD and its Graph API in the past – you might know about the Entity Data Model. This is great for anyone who needs to extend the current data model with custom data or properties – relevant to your service. It saves you time and capacity by not having to manage and store this data on your end.

Episode 085 on best practices for Office Add-ins—Office 365 Developer Podcast
In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to Dean Slawson and Jeffrey Dunn on best practices for Office Add-ins.

Annotations detail blade now available in Application Insights
Good news, the detail blade for the Annotations feature in Application Insights is now available!

Build an Azure App Service to record Raspberry Pi Sensor Data
If you have a Raspberry Pi this is a great article with sample code. This post walks through the creation of an application that can send sensor data to an API App running in Azure App Service.

Leverage OCR to full text search your images within Azure Search
With Azure Search and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) you can provide full text search over text in images files.

Cloud Backup of Azure China
Based on overwhelming interest from Azure China customers in enabling backup of their Azure virtual machines, we are excited to announce Azure China will now extend the service to protect all cloud virtual machines using Azure Backup.

SQL Server AlwaysOn Cluster Template updated with internal listeners and optimized performance
We made some exciting improvements to our SQL Server AlwaysOn Cluster template in the Azure Portal to improve security, availability, and performance.

Introducing: Elasticsearch with Azure File storage
Recently we made some improvements to the Elasticsearch template that enable you to create a pre-configured Elasticsearch cluster which stores data on Azure File storage, and provides you with the option of installing plugins like Sense, Marvel and Kibana, all in just a few minutes.

U-SQL for Big Data a Definitive Guide
On-Demand | Watch this webinar to dive deep on U-SQL and learn why we decided to build a new language, what its core design underpinnings are as well as show the language in its natural habitat.

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
On-Demand | Preparation for exam 98-365

Continuous Deployment and Release Management
10 Demos | This session discusses the benefits and demonstrates Continuous Deployment and Release Management. Continuous Deployment, which usually comes after Continuous Integration (CI), is the ability to use the output from CI and deploy this new known good build to an environment automatically. The session also covers Release Management, which is the way to mature Continuous Deployment from just one environment to the rest of the environments in your pipeline.

Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials
On-Demand | Interested in data science? Demand for data science talent is exploding. Learn the essentials, with experts from MIT and the industry, partnering with Microsoft, to help develop your career as a Data Scientist.

Polycom + Microsoft. Better together
By combining the flexibility of Microsoft's UC products and the power of Polycom's audio, video and content solutions, the business value is unmatched. | AV Magazine

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