Month: May 2014

Work like a network! Enterprise social and the future of work!!!!!!!!!

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As customers gather this week for the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas and Convergence in Atlanta, I want to update you on our enterprise social vision and road map—including several new announcements.

The world has become a giant network

Over the last few years, the world has become a giant network, and social media has rewired the way we connect with people and information. Today we build relationships with family and friends on Facebook, get breaking news from the other side of the world on Twitter, and find our next big break on LinkedIn. Indeed, the old saying still holds: It’s not just what you know but also who you know that matters. And in 2014, technology makes connecting with others, building relationships, and sharing information easier than ever before.



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Windows Azure Websites online tools you should know about!!!!!!!!!

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If you like getting up-close and personal with managing your computing resources, you’ll be happy to know that your Windows Azure Web Sites comes with some useful online tools that let you do some really cool things with it.

These tools are part of your site’s Kudu dashboard, also known as the SCM (Site Control Management) dashboard, and today we’ll see what these tools are.

To get to the Kudu dashboard, simply browse using your favorite internet browser to https://{site name} (in other words, add .scm in front of the site name). Upon entry, you will be asked for credentials and those will be the same as your deployment credentials. If you have never set up your deployment credentials, you can open your site’s dashboard in the Azure Portal and click Set up deployment credentials. If you already have deployment credentials but do not remember them, you can use the dashboard to reset them as well:

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Network Isolation Options for Machines in Windows Azure Virtual Networks!!!!!!!!

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Application isolation is an important concern in enterprise environments, as enterprise customers seek to protect various environments from unauthorized or unwanted access. This includes the classic front-end and back-end scenario where machines in a particular back-end network or sub-network may only allow certain clients or other computers to connect to a particular endpoint based on a whitelist of IP addresses.

These scenarios can be readily implemented in Windows Azure whether client applications access virtual machine application servers from the internet, within the Azure environment, or from on-premises through a VPN connection.

Machine Isolation Options

There are three basic options to be discussed in this paper where machine isolation may be implemented on the Windows Azure platform:

  1. Between machines deployed to a single virtual network
  2. Between machines deployed to distinct virtual networks
  3. Between machines deployed to distinct virtual networks where a VPN connection has been established from on-premises with both virtual networks

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Announcing release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC and Azure SDK 2.3!!!

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We are excited to announce the releases of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC and the Azure SDK 2.3 for .NET.  These releases add a number of great features for Azure development:

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC

This update to Visual Studio 2013 includes built-in tooling for Azure developer and test scenarios:

  • Dev/Test: Create Dev/Test environments (Azure Web Sites or VMs) for Web apps and generate automated PowerShell deployment scripts
  • JSON Editor: New editor with IntelliSense support when editing Resource Manager templates
  • Mobile Services: .NET support including remote debugging
  • Notification Hubs: Send test notifications

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The Office 365 platform —new opportunities for developers!!!!!!!!!

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In the SharePoint Conference, we announced huge investments in making Office 365 a robust platform on which developers can build amazing solutions. As a developer, you have new scenarios to create contextual solutions that span Office 365 from the web, mobile apps and Office.

Build contextual solutions for any device

Productivity apps should be available everywhere and anywhere users want them. The average information worker spends hours each day in the Office user experience across Office apps, web browsers, and mobile devices. We’re committed to enabling developers to easily and securely build solutions that integrate across the entire Office 365 user experience, including core productivity,mail, social collaboration, and communication powered by Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer, and Lync.
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Announcing the Office you love, now on the iPad!!!!!!!!!!

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The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint.

Your documents will look as good as they do on your PC and Mac®, and better than ever on your iPad.  With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. And, you always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

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Introducing new forecasting capabilities in Power View for Office 365!!!!!!!

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In Power View, you can now apply predictive forecasting, and hindcasting, when visualizing and exploring your data. Forecasting in Power View utilizes built-in predictive forecasting models using exponential smoothing to automatically detect seasonality in the data to provide forecast results from a series of data.

Explore forecast results by adjusting the desired confidence interval or by adjusting outlier data to see how they affect results. You can also hindcast to see how Power View would have predicted the present and recent past based on older data.

The best data for forecasting is time series data or uniformly increasing whole numbers. The line chart has to have only one line. Multiple-line charts won’t work, even if all but one line is filtered out. See more things to keep in mind about forecasting.
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