Cloud Weekly Digest – Week of February 7-13, 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.

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.

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!

Yammer YamJam | February 23, 2016 @ 9:00am PT
Join the Yammer Team for an hour of live Q&A. This is an opportunity to voice feedback, ask questions and learn about what's next directly from the people behind the product.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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.

Deferred Channel build now available for the Office 365 Client apps
The first Office 365 Deferred Channel build (previously known as Current Branch for Business) is now available for Microsoft Office 365 for Windows (including Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Project Pro for Office 365 and Visio Pro for Office 365). The Deferred Channel allows organizations to choose an update schedule that reduces the frequency of feature changes for the Windows desktop apps, enabling IT admins and developers to have more time between releases to validate Office against their line-of-business applications, add-ins and macros. For information on the updates available in the Deferred Channel build, visit the Office 365 Client Release Notes.

Dial-in conferencing frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Have questions about dial-in conferencing? We've got answers! Check out our FAQ.

Groups Update
Dynamic membership (Public Preview): you can now create groups with rule-based memberships using the Azure Management Portal.
Files quota management: you now have the ability to set quotas on groups’ underlying SharePoint sites to help manage the consumption of shared storage by Office 365 Groups’ files.
The team also documented how you can leverage “Send As” to a group’s mailbox and are in the process of rolling out multi-domain support.

70-347: Enabling Office 365 Services
Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-347: Enabling Office 365 Services with MVP/MCT Andy Malone. This is one of the two required exams toward MCSA: Office 365 certification.  

The New Azure Converged Auth Model and Office 365 APIs
The New Azure Converged Auth Model and #Office365dev APIs by Steve Peschka.

Office Dev PnP Web Cast – Introduction to Microsoft Graph for Office 365 developer
In this PnP Web Cast we concentrate on the Microsoft Graph and more specifically on how you can use that without in your solutions to access user or company specific information when you are developing solutions for Office 365. In the presentation part we concentrate on covering what's in the Microsoft Graph and how you can use that in general.

Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices – February 2016 release
This post contains all the details related on what was included with the release and what else has been happening in the PnP world during the past month.

Episode 084 on Clause Library Word add-in—Office 365 Developer Podcast
In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to Brendon Ford from Provoke Solutions on the Clause Library Word add-in that integrates with SharePoint Online.

Data Management Gateway auto-update is available
The Data Management Gateway is an agent, installed on-premises, that works to enable hybrid data transfers between the cloud and an on-premises environment. Last week, we announced the auto-update capability for the Data Management Gateway. With auto-update, you no longer need to worry about downloading and installing a new gateway every month for bug fixes or new connectors.

Announcing early preview of Azure PaaS services and DevOps tools for Azure Stack
We’re making the following services and tools available for download today: web Apps feature in Azure App Service, SQL and MySQL database resource providers, updated Azure SDK, including PowerShell support and cross-platform CLI support, and native Visual Studio support for Azure Stack.

Join Microsoft and Azure Mobile Engagement at Mobile World Congress 2016
The Azure Mobile Engagement team will be at Mobile World Congress in just a few short weeks. Where to find us? Hall 3, room 3M30.

Azure IoT Hub general availability overview
IoT Hub has some exciting new features in addition to the rich feature set debuted in public preview. General availability brings the following functionalities and more: bulk device identity import/export, operations monitoring, and diagnostic metrics.

Announcing new Log Analytics (OMS) resource for Azure VMs
Learn more about new Log Analytics (Operations Management Suite) integration with the Azure Portal in form of extension and quickstart templates.

A sample application for pulling data from the web into an Azure Event Hub
Learn how to pull data from a public website you don’t control, then push that data into an Azure Event Hub.

Microsoft employees raise a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits in 2015
Microsoft’s Employee Giving Program raised a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits and schools around the world in 2015, including the company match of employee contributions.

Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms
Gartner acknowledges Microsoft as Advanced Analytics Visionary for cloud and on-premises integrated solutions.

PowerShell Basics: (Part 1) Getting Started with PowerShell
Tune in for Part 1 where Stephen Matthews shows us how to get started with PowerShell from basic cmdlts to using and finding commands and why you should upgrade to the latest version of PowerShell.

Exploring Nano Server for Windows Server 2016 with Jeffrey Snover
Microsoft Chief Architect, Enterprise Cloud, Jeffrey Snover, takes a closer look at Nano server - the secure new headless deployment option for Windows Server 2016. He demonstrates how it gives you the lightest and fastest option with significantly fewer patches and reboots. Watch as he shows you how to customize Nano Server for your next generation apps and highlights your management options from PowerShell to remote management.

Episode 197: Azure .NET SDK Updates with Brady Gaster
In this episode Chris Risner and Haishi Bai are joined by Brady Gaster, Program Manager on the Azure SDK and Tooling team. Brady joins us to talk about some recent updates to the Azure SDK for .NET. Brady talks about some of the new capabilities of the .NET SDK for Azure and does a deep dive on the new functionality provided in the Visual Studio tooling that is installed as part of the SDK.

Web Performance
Martin and Martin look at Web performance and how to make websites faster.

Enterprise Cloud Strategy eBook – FREE
Guidance for enterprises looking for proven methods to take their application portfolio to the cloud.
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