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Tuesday July 29

10:00
Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices la...

The Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices team shipped the new open source repository today to GitHub.com/OfficeDev. This marks the transition from the Office App Model Samples (Office AMS) project, which was an internal Microsoft initiative, to a broader open source community vision.

Background
The Office AMS team shipped three main releases in the last year that focused on common customer scenarios. Many existing SharePoint developers were extremely familiar with how to build these scenarios with SharePoint Full Trust Code solutions and Office VSTO/COM add-ins, but didn’t know how to approach implementing these same scenarios with the App Model. The main purpose of providing these samples is to address this transformation from... | Read more »

09:00
OneNote for Mac and iOS get dressed for business a...

We are thrilled to announce today four major updates for OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone. Building on our recent updates in May, these enhancements make OneNote the best choice for taking notes and staying organized at work or school.
Addressing customers top requests, we added several new features in this release including the ability to:

  1. Access your work or school notebooks on your Mac stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online (on Office 365).
  2. Open and insert files, including PDF files, into your notebook pages.
  3. View your password protected sections.
  4. ... | Read more »
08:12
Network Port Testing With Netcat

You can do some pretty simple testing of ports and network communications using strategies I’ve outlined in the past with tcpdump, trace route, telnet, curl, stroke and of course ping. However, netcat has a few interesting things you can do with it; namely actually run a port super-quickly to test traffic between subnets, forcing scans of ipv6 traffic, debugging sockets, keeping connections alive, parodying through SOCKS 4 and 5 and just checking for daemons that are listening rather than actually sending data to them.
In this first example, we’re going to just check that Apple’s web server is accessible (adding -v for verbose output):
/usr/bin/nc -v www.apple.com 80
The result would be pretty verbose
found 0 associations
found 1 connections:
1: flags=82
outif en0
src 10.10.20.176 port 50575
dst 23.78.138.214 port 80
rank info not available
TCP aux info available
Connection to... | Read more »

08:00
New Office 365 admin tools

Lawrence Chiu is a senior product marketing manager for the admin experience on Office 365.
On our journey in simplifying the Office 365 admin experience, we’ve introduced new features over the past few months. These include: streamlining commonly used administrative tasks, proactive DNS records checks and more detailed reports  and continuous enhancements to Message Center so that you can stay up to date with Office 365 service communications. Today, we’re providing Office 365 admins with more ways to stay informed with Office 365 service communications. You can now receive Office 365 service communications in Microsoft System Center by importing the newly available Office 365... | Read more »

06:00
Introduction to Office 365 Development: attend thi...

On August 8, 2014, Microsoft Virtual Academy site will host a series of sessions introducing Office 365 development. During each live session, the Office 365 Developer Platform engineering team and technical product managers will answer your questions in a live Q&A chat. Register now for this live event.
The Introduction to Office 365 Development course includes these sessions:
Overview of Office 365 development
This session will introduce you to the Office 365 development platform. It covers the two main approaches to developing: using the App Model to make your customizations appear in our products; and using the Office 365 APIs to consume those customizations from within your own applications.
Getting started with Apps for Office
This session will give you an overview of the Getting started with Apps for SharePoint Apps for Office. It  tackles how to get started, as well as... | Read more »

Monday July 28

05:21
Register for Tuesday’s webinar: Busting myths abou...

Is Office 365 Small Business just an online version of Office? Why do I want to store stuff in the cloud? Can I share docs with those outside the business? Guest host Tom Werner will lay out how Office 365 can help small businesses like yours and answer your questions. Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).
Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=9m9f08s7
Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A.
At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn... | Read more »

Friday July 25

15:38
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 008 with Bri...

In episode 8, Jeremy Thake chats to Brian Jones, Group Program Manager for the Office 365 Developer Platform. As an Office 365 Developer you would have most recently seen Brian speak at the SharePoint Conference 2014 alongside his lead Rob Lefferts, Director of PM, about the future of Office 365 development.
In this show, Brian talks about his career at Microsoft and the journey he’s had in Office evolving the development experience with his team. This includes talking about the Open XML SDK, App Model and Office 365 APIs. He shares some great stories of the old world of three year release cycles compared to the new monthly release cycle including some pretty interesting ship party stories!
 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP08_BrianJones.mp3
... | Read more »

Thursday July 24

08:00
OneNote available for Kindle Fire and Fire phone

Today OneNote is available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, delivering on our promise to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go.

 
 
OneNote is a free download and can also be used on Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0 and up.
We’re excited that people will be able to use OneNote on their brand new Fire phone and Kindle Fire, and we’re committed to improving the app with regular updates. Please send us suggestions on how we can improve OneNote on the OneNote Feedback & Suggestions website.
Get... | Read more »

08:00
Retaining a competitive advantage: Why staying cur...

Today’s post was written by Jennifer Yust, senior marketing manager on the Lync team.
It’s no secret—an organization that runs well internally is better positioned to adapt to changing market conditions, shorten project timelines, and add more value for its customers. That’s why MWH Global, a “wet infrastructure” engineering firm that handles huge water-related projects, has embraced each new version of Microsoft unified communications (UC) solutions as it is released. As Gregory Tornrose, the firm’s Global Director of IT Operations, puts it, “Our strategy is to simplify our technology tools and processes and empower employees to work in whatever ways they want to stay productive, share ideas, and serve our customers.” And that’s exactly what the firm is doing with Microsoft Lync.
The upgrade path
MWH Global recently upgraded to Microsoft Lync Server 2013 to uphold its practice of staying at the forefront of technology and to gain the latest... | Read more »

07:52
About AirPrint

With AirPrint, it's easy to deliver full quality photo and document printing from your iOS and OS X apps without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built into most popular printer models. AirPrint features include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and enterprise-class finishing options.

| Read more »

Wednesday July 23

11:40
The Garage Series for Office 365: What’s new in th...

This week hosts Jeremy Chapman and Richard diZerega explore what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. They look at the top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Watch as Richard masterfully demonstrates all of this along the way.

Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5... | Read more »

Tuesday July 22

17:52
iOS: About diagnostic capabilities

iOS offers the following diagnostic capabilities to help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues.

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08:00
Let’s get cooking! Collecting recipes in OneNote j...

OneNote is a great place to catalog your recipes. And now adding them to OneNote is a piece of cake (pun intended) with the OneNote web clipper or the email clipper (me@onenote.com). When you use the OneNote web clipper or email clipper (me@onenote.com) to clip a recipe, we’ll simplify the page down to just the steps, ingredients, and key pieces of information you need most, giving your recipes a simpler, cleaner format in OneNote.

Our goal is to help you collect just the information you want, boiled down (see what I did there?), free of distraction,... | Read more »

07:00
Uninterrupted communication with Office 365 helps...

Today’s post was written by George Estrada, Vice President for Technology, Online Communications at Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans. Our goal is to shape the national debate by critiquing existing policies, developing new policy ideas, and challenging the media to cover the issues that truly matter. To achieve these goals, some of our staff is tasked with helping develop legislative ideas and driving their deployment. Some are expert witnesses for congressional hearings and meetings, some create training programs on policy, and others release reports and messages to the media and to executive, legislative, and state agencies. For all these tasks in our “need to know everything and be everywhere” world, communication and... | Read more »

06:00
Mousecape – Customize Cursors on OS X

Mousecape is a new open source Mac App which is available on GitHub to finally allow you to create and use your own mouse cursors, or 'capes' as the app calls them.

Once you download the app, there is a remastered version of the Svanslös cursor set created by Max Rudberg which is retina-screen ready.

Mousecape is as non-instrusive as possible, never asking you for your password for anything. It works by using private APIs created by Apple to register system cursors so it has no performance hit at all.

Capes, or cursor sets, are applied for as long as display state doesn't change, meaning until you change resolution, monitors, sleep your computer, reboot or logout. However, inside of the application is a helper application that will detect when the cape is reset and will apply it again.

Mousecape is available for free, open source and with no obligations. ...

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Monday July 21

11:30
Montgomery County, PA: How government can become m...

Today’s post was written by Anthony Olivieri, Chief Technology Officer at Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
One of the best things about working in technology is that there’s always something new, some way to “build a better mousetrap.” But mousetraps are only worthwhile if they truly address the business needs that you’ve identified within your organization.
Montgomery County is considered a leader when it comes to effective use of technology in the public sector. We feel it’s our obligation to harness technology to empower employees to work smarter and be more productive, while reducing costs. When we increase productivity, we can serve the public more quickly and comprehensively—which is ultimately our mission.
When I consider my vision for the County, I think first of mobile productivity. One of my top priorities is to enable County employees... | Read more »

08:00
Gary: Death by sticky note

Our friends at Microsoft IT put together two hilarious videos about how OneNote can help organize your life. Don’t be like Gary – get OneNote and stay on top of your life without the sticky notes.
Work Smart: Notes Notes Everywhere

Work Smart: OneNote: The Meeting

Starring Justin Sund as “Gary”
Produced by RUN Studios
For more productivity tips on OneNote and more, check out our YouTube channel here.
Leave a comment below!
 
Get OneNote       |     Follow OneNote     

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07:00
Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterpris...

Over the past few months, it has been awesome to connect with our technical communities, customers, and partners at the SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Exchange Conference, Project Conference, and most recently, at TechEd North America. While the world is increasingly digital, there is still no replacement for time together, in person, to talk tech and business, and simply get to know each other better. Hands down, my favorite weeks of the past year have been those spent at these conferences, meeting with many, many of you!
As we took stock of the past conferences and looked forward to the next year of conferences, we decided we can do better – better for our technical communities, better for our business customers, better for our partners, and better for Microsoft. Part of this is a recognition that as our industry continues to evolve, so must our approach to creating valuable experiences for all of you. Part of this recognition is feedback from attendees across the... | Read more »

05:21
Register now and join Tuesday’s webinar: iPad, Off...

You have an iPad. Now bring it into the workplace and work on Office docs. Better yet: share them with your coworkers using OneDrive for Business. PCs, Macs, iPads – they can all play along together. We’ll show you how when you join us on Tuesday, July 22, for our webinar.
 
Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=r6p4e153
 
Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A. A video will be available a few days after the webinar.
At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn

  • How to use Office for iPad
  • Sharing things the iPad way
  • ... | Read more »

Friday July 18

09:00
Office 365 news round-Up

For the past few days, Microsoft executives, product managers and developers have been meeting in Washington, D.C., with our partners from around the world. The Microsoft partner community has always been a core component of our success, and that’s as true today with our mobile-first, cloud-first strategy as it was when we released our first operating system.  
In recognition and support of that ongoing relationship, we announced several new cloud-based technologies and services at the Worldwide Partners Conference this week to help our partners succeed. We also recently launched a new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program to make it easier... | Read more »

08:32
WPC 2014 takes it to the cloud and beyond

Guest post by:  Dux Raymond Sy, Chief Technology Officer, AvePoint Public Sector
As the Chief Technology Officer of AvePoint Public Sector and having been in this space for years as a Microsoft MVP, I have witnessed the power of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference firsthand and can honestly say it continues to be one of the industry’s most valuable assets. The buzz of partners from all over the world congregating in a city with as much repute as Washington D.C. (my hometown) only elevates the excitement. This year, I had the fortune of being highly involved in WPC—by representing an amazing company that offers solutions for enabling enterprise collaboration alongside Microsoft business platforms. I led numerous speaking sessions, helping AvePoint spread the word about our latest announcements such as our all-in cloud investment in Office 365 and Azure, its new product for... | Read more »

06:00
Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging

Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info » Change All trick doesn't work.

Here's what to do to remedy that.

First, make a backup. Then install the latest iWork apps. Your older versions get moved to a subfolder called iWork 09. That's why you have the backup.

Next, move the NEW apps to an external disk or other partition. You can then restore the 09 apps to the /Applications folder. Or leave them in the subfolder if you prefer.

Having the apps on different volume from the system disk lowers their priority, so the 09 apps in your /Applications folder remain the defaults for your documents. What is more, any fu ...

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Thursday July 17

08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 007 with Sco...

In Redmond at the end of June, Jeremy Thake got to catch up with Scot Hillier after they recorded some new Office 365 Developer training that will be published on Microsoft Virtual Academy. They chatted about development and Scot talked about single page apps, focusing on AngularJS and other frameworks like Bootstrap UI, Knockout, and jQuery.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP07_ScotHillier.mp3
Download the podcast here directly
Weekly updates

08:00
Podcasting with OneNote

William Devereux is a Program Manager on the OneNote team.
I’ve been podcasting for nearly six years and recorded over 200 episodes. Along the way, I’ve gone through dozens of equipment configurations, including different microphones, PCs, and recording software. But one thing has remained the same since the beginning: OneNote. My fellow hosts and I rely heavily on OneNote, thanks to its sharing and real-time collaboration features.

Every podcast needs show notes to help the hosts stay on track, and this is where OneNote truly shines. All three of the hosts have access to our shared OneNote notebook, allowing us to edit topics, move them around, and even cross them off in real time. The changes are instantaneous, so it feels like we’re sitting in the same room instead of hundreds of miles apart. And with OneNote Online, our guests can access the show notes too,... | Read more »

07:00
Lync Partner momentum continues at Worldwide Partn...

This week I attended the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). It was a great way to connect with Lync partners and see them in action—demoing new products, swapping success stories, and sharing key announcements. With over 16,000 partner attendees, it was impossible to speak to everyone, so I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued commitment to the Lync business and share some personal highlights from the week.
Our customers are responding very well to our vision and to our product offering. This is creating significant opportunities for partners as they help drive large end-to-end deployments of real time voice and video applications. This is only the beginning. As we continue to lead the industry to the next era of Universal Communications, I believe our partners will have a critical role in helping us transform the way... | Read more »

 
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