Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of February 28 – March 05, 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.

Join Microsoft and Early Adopter Customers for the Global Dynamics AX Virtual Launch Event | March 9th, 8:00 am PST
Register for the new Microsoft Dynamics AX Virtual Launch Event. See the technology that enables organizations to make smarter decisions quickly, efficiently redesign business processes and support business growth through the flexibility of the cloud.


YamJam: Sway | March 9, 2016 @ 9:00am PT
We are excited to announce the Sway YamJam! Join the Sway product team on the Office 365 Network for a live hour of Q&A, the opportunity to voice feedback, and a discussion on how to make the most of Sway in your organization.

Microsoft Virtual Security Summit Webcast | March 29th
Cyberattacks cost organizations $400 billion a year. It seems nearly every week a new cyberattack is announced, against a corporation, a government agency, or a nonprofit organization. This has made cybersecurity a top issue for IT, Security, Legal and the board room. On March 29th, hear from top security experts and key Microsoft security professionals for a three-hour event dedicated to better understanding today’s Enterprise Security industry.


LAST REMINDER: 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!

REMINDER: - Ask The Expert Session - Intro to Azure Machine Learning: Predict Who Survives the Titanic
| March 15th at 9:00 am PST
Interested in doing machine learning in the cloud? In this demo-heavy talk, I will set the stage with some information on the different types of machine learning (clustering, classification, regression, and anomaly detection) supported by Azure Machine Learning and when to use each.

REMINDER: Azure OMS TECH Friday Skype sessions
Please join the OMS team every other Friday for an hour focused on technical information regarding Microsoft’s business continuity and disaster recovery solutions including Azure Site Recovery (ASR), Azure Backup (AB), Operational Insights (OI), Azure Automation (AA), and related technologies. Recordings will be posted here.

LAST REMINDER: 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.

LAST REMINDER: 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.

  • 3/10: Security is Not a Privilege, It’s a Right
  • 3/17: Reinventing Customer Experience: Create Agent “Superheroes” via the Modern Service/Call Center
  • 3/24: What’s Next in SharePoint 2016
  • 3/31: Reinventing Customer Experience: Field Service and the Modern Dispatch Technician

Azure Active Directory Premium Customer Training Webinars | March
Join us and learn how to get up and running on Azure AD Premium quickly and easily!

  • Getting Ready for Azure AD - March 14, 2016 7:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm PST
  • Manage Your Enterprise Applications with Azure AD - March 15, 2016 7:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm PST
  • Secure Your Identities with Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) - March 16, 2016 7:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm PST
  • Streamlining Password Management Using Azure AD - March 17, 2016 7:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm PST
  • Accessing Your Organization's Internal Application via Azure AD App Proxy - March 18, 2016 7:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm PST
  • Manage Partner and Vendor Access Using Azure B2B Collaboration - March 22, 2016 7:00am, 11:00am, and 7:00pm PST


Yammer YamJam February 2016
The summary for the February, 23, 2016 Yammer YamJam has been posted. Check it out!

Unite your team with Groups
Scenario training is now available on the Office Training Center to help you get started with Office 365 Groups. We have a lot more coming, including localized content, new content, and additional assets on FastTrack to help you drive usage and adoption at your organization.

Updates to Office experiences on Windows tablets and iPad Pro
Last week, Ben Walters returned to give a tour of recent updates to Office experiences spanning Sway, Excel, PowerPoint and Word Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets and what’s new with Office on the iPad Pro.

Announcing the new Office 365 admin center
Last week, we announced the rollout of the new Office 365 admin center. The new admin center makes it faster, easier and more efficient to manage Office 365.


Sway integration in Microsoft Photos helps you share your memories as interactive stories, Sway supports Living Images
Microsoft is all about empowering you to do more in your personal, professional or academic life. Last week, we announced the integration of Sway with Microsoft Photos app.

Create your very first good-looking Word add-in
DEV | Create your very first good-looking Word add-in by Simon Jaeger.

ngOfficeUiFabric v0.5.0 Released - Two New Directives
DEV | Two New Directives by Andrew Connell.

Sending mails with embedded images via the Microsoft Graph
DEV | Sanding emails with embedded images via the Microsoft Graph by Elio Struyf.

Global networking firm clicks to share collective knowledge in the cloud
Success Story | It takes the whole village at Ixia—all 1,750 talented, global employees—to create great security, test, and visibility products. By deploying Microsoft Office 365 and the modern voice and meeting capabilities of Skype for Business Online, Ixia has made it even easier to share knowledge, find answers fast, and communicate with one another. By standardizing on Skype for Business Online, Ixia can also save about US$100,000 a year and better serve its diverse communications.

Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices (PnP) - Community Survey - Spring 2016
Make your voice heard | The Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices (PnP) is conducting a community survey. Your input truly matters; they want to collect some feedback around the PnP initiative for the future direction. Survey will be open for feedback until Friday 11th of March 2016. Results and details will be shared with the community.

Episode 087 with Todd Baginski on the Property Manager Hero Demo updates—Office 365 Developer Podcast
In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega with Todd Baginski on the Property Manager Hero Demo.


Proactive notifications on Cloud Service issues with Azure Diagnostics and Application Insights
Application Insights will now send you notifications if your Azure Cloud Services roles experience common issues in addition to providing diagnostic information to help you solve the problem.


Guidance for running Elasticsearch on Azure
The Microsoft Patterns & Practices group has provided guidance on implementing Elasticsearch and illustrates many of the challenges our customers face and how to work through them.

Microsoft first global CSP to receive the Cloud Security Mark (Gold) accreditation
This past week we announced the latest accreditation in our compliance series based on the new ISO/IEC 27017 standard, the accreditation is called the Cloud Security Mark.

Announcing general availability of the StorSimple Virtual Array
Last week, Microsoft announced the general availability of the on-premises StorSimple Virtual Array, for all customers with an Enterprise Agreement for Microsoft Azure.


Azure Search introduces new lower cost tier in preview
Based on customer feedback, we are happy to announce that Azure Search has introduced a new, lower-cost Basic tier into preview which fills the gap between the existing Free and Standard tiers.

Have some Java with your Event Hub
Last week, we announced a brand new, open source Azure Event Hubs client for Oracle’s Java® programming language, and for all other JVM-based languages leveraging Java libraries. The client library is made available under the MIT license.


SQL Server 2005 Upgrade: The Path to Better Database Performance and Security webinar
On-Demand | With extended support for SQL Server 2005 ending on April 12, 2016, it’s a good time to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your database technology and to get your migration plan in place.


Analyze CPU and Memory while Debugging
Make your code run faster, use less memory, or just find out whether your code has a CPU or memory issue.


Microsoft wins awards at Mobile World Congress 2015 with Surface Pro 3, Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
Microsoft has racked up six awards so far at Mobile World Congress 2015, including Best Mobile Tablet (Surface Pro 3), Best of Mobile World Congress 2015 (Lumia 640) and Top Pick of Mobile World Congress 2015 (Lumia 640 XL).


PowerShell Basics: (Part 2) Real Word Examples for Our Most Common Cmdlets
Lex Thomas and Stephen Mathews are back for Part 2 in their PowerShell Basics series and in this episode they show us some of the most command cmdlets used as well as some real world examples of what to use them with. | Part 1

Linux in Azure – overview
In the first module, we're going to take a look at the Virtual Machines service in Azure and how you can quickly provision a Linux instance running your favorite distribution on it.

Monitor Team Services web extensions with Visual Studio Application Insights
Yes, you can monitor team services web extensions with VS application insights.

Developing Windows 10 applications with C#
On-Demand |Everything you need to know to develop Windows 10 applications with C#.