Microsoft Office 365 news - June 2016

Microsoft Office 365 news - June 2016

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Insider’s Guide to Cybersecurity for Government’ shows how the cloud can bring peace of mind: The cloud can seem like a risky, unfamiliar technology to government agencies, yet cloud solutions can actually provide a new level of security across data and devices. Read more

SAP and Microsoft’s expanded partnership, custom universal Windows 10 apps for the PGA Tour and Internet of Things for everybody — Weekend Reading: May 20 edition: In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ll catch you up on the week’s big moments, including an expanded partnership with SAP, custom apps for the PGA Tour and a London-based startup that wants more hands-on participation to shape the future of the Internet of Things. Read more

Microsoft researchers present ways for securing technology old and new: Microsoft researchers are looking at ways to better secure both the latest, cutting-edge consumer technologies and the more traditional tools that we rely on for everyday activities like accessing bank records and identifying ourselves at work. Read more

How Microsoft does IT

Creating the business intelligence ecosystem at Microsoft: Kirkland Barrett, Director of Business Programs, discusses how Microsoft IT promotes awareness of Power BI to increase adoption of its self-service business intelligence tools. He shares the benefits we've seen and some "gotchas" we faced along the way. Read more

How Microsoft IT manages its move to the cloud: Microsoft IT has transitioned from a classic, on-premises IT hosting organization to a hybrid cloud management organization. Senior Program Manager, Lyle Dodge, describes how Azure subscription models were implemented and how financial management changes have accelerated innovation and automation. He discusses the organization's evolution using an interdisciplinary approach to maximize knowledge growth and training, as Microsoft IT becomes a cloud services broker. Read more

Microsoft saves 20 percent on third-party software spending by using Power BI: At Microsoft, we consistently look to cut costs and incorporate best-of-breed internally developed solutions. But we do license third-party software for some applications. Learn how Microsoft IT developed the infrastructure and processes necessary to effectively manage, control, and use third-party software licenses within our organization, throughout all stages of a software license lifecycle. Read more

Executive Summary

Adopting modern engineering processes and tools at Microsoft IT: Microsoft IT is adopting agile development methods as part of the move to modern engineering. Learn how we’re using Azure and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, and about our processes for agile development and automated testing. Read more

Ask, find, and act—harnessing the power of Cortana: Microsoft integrated Cortana and Power BI natural language functionality in a powerful and easy-to-use way. Engineers and executives in the Windows Shell team now have easy access to unique business intelligence insights. Team members ask for, and then quickly receive, specifically tailored views of Windows 10 consumption, problem, and business data. Read more

Creating a culture of modern engineering within Microsoft IT: Moving to agile development methods and modern engineering practices requires a cultural shift across the organization. Learn how Microsoft IT adopted agile principles, created a new mindset of cooperation, and adjusted our leadership approach. Read more


Protecting Identities in the Cloud: Mitigating Password Attacks: We just released a new volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. Included in the report, for the first time, is security data from the Microsoft cloud that reveals how we are leveraging an intelligent security graph to inform how we protect endpoints, better detect attacks and accelerate our response, to help protect our customers. Read more

Link (.lnk) to Ransom: We are alerting Windows users of a new type of ransomware that exhibits worm-like behavior. This ransom leverages removable and network drives to propagate itself and affect more users. We detect this ransomware as Ransom:Win32/ZCryptor.A. Read more

Limited Periodic Scanning in Windows 10 to Provide Additional Malware Protection: Every month, Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) scans more than 500 million Windows devices for malware and malicious software. This tool aids in the detection and removal of malware from 1 to 2 million machines each time, even on those devices running antivirus software. Read more

Other information

Visualize the output of an Azure Machine Learning model inside Power BI with this tutorial: Microsoft’s Power BI team has put together a tutorial on a proposed approach for visualizing the output of an Azure Machine Learning model inside Power BI. Read more

Jump into the Fast Lane with the NASCAR Expansion for Forza Motorsport 6: America’s most popular form of motorsport is coming to the best-selling racing franchise of this generation, with over 11 million unique players on Xbox One. Read more

Colorado craft brewer rises rapidly with support from Office 365: Founded in 2011, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company has gone from a small brewer with capacity for about 15,000 barrels annually to a significant producer capable of 80,000 – with distribution in 22 states and nine countries, and facilities in both Denver and the Vail Valley. Read more

Microsoft Developer Information

Cloud: Simplify performance tuning and troubleshooting with Azure SQL Database: SQL Database helps you improve the performance of your databases by providing intelligent tuning recommendations via a new feature called Database Advisor. Read more

Windows: Sharing your local app data: In the first installment of this blog series we looked at the various options at your disposal to store your app’s local data. In this post we will be looking at how that local data can be shared, both between apps and users. Read more

EDGE: Web Notifications in Microsoft Edge: Web Notifications allow sites to display notifications to alert users outside the context of the webpage and the browser, keeping users informed of new messages or alerts and allowing sites to improve user engagement. Read more

Skype: Office Dev Show - Episode 29 - Getting Started with the Skype Web SDK: You can use this Skype Web SDK to embed Skype for Business presence, IM, audio, and video into existing web applications. In the show Richard and Srividhya look at converting a simple helpdesk application to incorporate Skype for Business presence and IM. Read more

IE: Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 are even better together in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Last year, we announced that you can use Enterprise Mode with Microsoft Edge to open sites in IE11 and vice versa. Today, we’re announcing a number of improvements in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that make Microsoft Edge and IE11 work even better together. Read more

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