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Top 12 Tech Gifts of 2017: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
12/14/2017 | Office 365 Advisors | 7
We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. The Samsung Galaxy

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Microsoft Tech Summit is going government – register today!
12/6/2017 | Microsoft Azure Government | 17
Announcing the Microsoft Government Tech Summit coming to Washington DC March 5-6, 2018! Build your cloud skills during this free technical learning event for IT professionals and developers. We’re hitting the road with our top engineers to bring you two days of in-depth sessions, networking opportunities,

cloud-init for RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 preview
12/6/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 11
cloud-init is an increasingly popular way to configure Linux VMs. Today we are pleased to announce a preview of provisioning RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 using cloud-init. This will allow you to migrate...

#AzureSQLDW cost savings with Autoscaler – part 2
12/6/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 5
Azure SQL Data Warehouse is Microsoft’s SQL analytics platform, the backbone of your Enterprise Data Warehouse. This post discusses Autoscaler, a set of Azure Functions that have been provided by the Microsoft Education Data Services team to optimize costs with scaling and SQL Data Warehouse Optimized

Performance best practices for using Azure Database for PostgreSQL
12/6/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 6
Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Database services for PostgreSQL and MySQL at Build 2017 which is a simple, fully managed database service for PostgreSQL and MySQL that removes the…

Azure brings new Serverless and DevOps capabilities to the Kubernetes community
12/6/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 6
Starting today, the Kubernetes community comes together at KubeCon in Austin, Texas, with the goal of making it easier than ever to use containers to modernize existing applications and manage new applications to drive digital transformation

Connect your applications to Azure with Open Service Broker for Azure
12/6/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 4
I’m excited to announce today a preview of the Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA), an implementation of the Open Service Broker API for Azure services. In a multi-cloud, multi-platform world,…

Control how your files are cached on Azure CDN using caching rules
12/6/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 4
Content Delivery Networks (CDN) help bring your content closer to your users all over the world. One key way the CDN improves latency is by intelligently caching files on CDN edge servers located in various geographic regions. This new feature allows customers using Azure CDN standard from Verizon or

Optimize your Azure SQL Database performance with Automatic Tuning
12/6/2017 | | 6
When moving SQL databases to Azure, let Azure do some work for you. As the name suggests, the Azure SQL Database Automatic Tuning feature provides automatic performance optimization for databases. Activate it, it’s simple.Once the data is available in Azure SQL Database, there is no more server maintenance

Microsoft opens up its Windows 10 Whiteboard app for public preview
12/5/2017 | ZDNet All About Microsoft | 8
Microsoft's collaborative Windows 10 Whiteboard app is now ready for testers.

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12/5/2017 | Microsoft Press | 5
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Conquering the Upfront Cost Barrier to IoT
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure Government | 6
According to a recent report from the International Data Center (IDC), How government organizations look at IoT, the top three roadblocks to IoT deployment are upfront costs, security, and privacy.[1]  Over 30 billion devices are estimated to be connected to the internet by 2020.[2] The Internet of Things

Microsoft debuts Windows 10 on ARM
12/5/2017 | ZDNet All About Microsoft | 8
Microsoft and Qualcomm are showing off the first Windows 10 on ARM devices, which provide Win32 app compatibility via emulation. Most models won't be available until next Spring, however.

Microsoft delivers public preview of its new Azure IoT software as a service
12/5/2017 | ZDNet All About Microsoft | 12
Microsoft IoT Central, Redmond's one-stop IoT software-as-a-service shop, is now in public preview, with final availability slated for 2018.

Announcing the general availability of B-Series and M-Series
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 10
In addition to the new Lv2 size announcement from earlier today, I am also excited to share two GA sizes available today.

Bringing hybrid cloud Java and Spring apps to Azure and Azure Stack
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 7
Microsoft is proud to be a platinum sponsor of Pivotal’s SpringOne Platform conference, which started yesterday in San Francisco. SpringOne Platform is a premier destination for enterprise developers…

Don’t build your cloud home on shaky foundations
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 8
You probably wouldn’t furnish a house you’re building with a state of the art entertainment system without first installing doors and an alarm system. Similarly, it isn’t advisable to put valuable…

HDInsight Tools for VSCode supports Azure environments worldwide
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 7
To better serve HDInsight customers worldwide, HDInsight Tools for VSCode now can be connected to all the Azure environments which host HDInsight services.

Database Scoped Global Temporary Tables are generally available for Azure SQL DB
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 7
We are delighted to announce the general availability of Database Scoped Global Temporary Tables for Azure SQL DB.  Similar to global temporary tables for SQL Server (tables prefixed with ##table_name), global temporary tables for Azure SQL DB are stored in tempdb and follow the same semantics.

Resumable Online Index Rebuild is generally available for Azure SQL DB
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 9
We are delighted to announce the general availability of Resumable Online Index Rebuild (ROIR) for Azure SQL DB. With this feature, you can resume a paused index rebuild operation from where the rebuild operation was paused rather than having to restart the operation at the beginning.

Microsoft IoT Central delivers low-code way to build IoT solutions fast
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 6
Microsoft IoT Central allows companies throughout the world to build production-grade IoT applications in hours and not worry about managing all the necessary backend infrastructure or hiring new skill sets to develop the solutions. In short, Microsoft IoT Central makes it so that everyone can benefit

Announcing the Lv2-Series VMs powered by the AMD EPYC™ processor
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 8
Providing a diverse set of Virtual Machine sizes and the latest hardware is crucial to making sure that our customers get industry-leading performance for every one of their workloads.

Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is generally available
12/5/2017 | Microsoft Azure | 7
The Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is now available with the same great support you've come to know and expect from Azure IoT services. The Device Provisioning Service enables customers to…

Azure Location Based Services
12/5/2017 | Azure Fridays | 9
Chris Pendleton joins Scott Hanselman to discuss Azure Location Based Services, which is a portfolio of geospatial service APIs natively integrated into Azure that enables developers, enterprises, and ISVs to create location-aware apps and IoT, mobility, logistics, and asset tracking solutions. The portfolio

Office 365 Update: December 2017
12/5/2017 | Channel 9 - Office 365 | 8
Welcome of the Office 365 update for December of 2017. This video covers topics including PowerPoint Morph, Resume Builder, Office training options, new Power BI capabilities, and more. Be sure to check out the companion blog at for the transcript, which includes links

Synchronize List Box in Microsoft Access using VBA to change SQL
12/4/2017 | Channel 9 - Office 365 | 6
See how to to change the SQL for the RowSource of a list box using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). Raise the bar on database applications that you build with Microsoft Access.With just a little bit of SQL and VBA, many doors open to cool things like synchronize a list box to display data relevant