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Announcing availability of SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and cloud hybrid search


In April, we broadly announced our vision, strategy, timeline and investment in three major areas: familiar and intuitive user experiences, cloud-inspired infrastructure with hybrid at the core and robust security and compliance for SharePoint Server 2016.


Now, Microsoft is excited to announce availability of both SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and the new cloud hybrid search preview for SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016.  Read this Office Blog entry for descriptions of the new features in SharePoint 2016 (many of which are already available in SharePoint Online).  This Office Mechanics video shows some of these new features. 


The new cloud hybrid search preview allows customers using SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365 to retrieve unified search results through a combined search index in Office 365.  Cloud hybrid search offers users the ability to seamlessly discover relevant information across on-premises and Office 365 content.



Preparing your enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service, free training


Michael Niehaus and Simon May provide an inside view of how to stay current on Windows 10 in your enterprise.  This is a module from a Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) session.  The session covers installation, updates and more.  If you are curious about the upcoming Windows Update for Business and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), then this will be worth your time.

See Simon May’s blog for info and the video.

Deeper integration between Office documents and Outlook for iOS

Open attachments right from Outlook

Editing Office documents sent as attachments is now quick and simple. Tapping on an attachment in Outlook will open the file directly in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, ready for editing in the richest and most powerful authoring apps for iOS. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Office apps, Outlook will load a built-in viewer and provide a link to download the app in the App Store.

You can tell which apps are installed by noting the Open in <app name> text underneath the title of the attachment.

Collaborate with attachments in email

A common scenario for many is collaborating on attachments and sending edits in email. To date, this activity was almost exclusively done at a computer, due to the many manual and sometimes confusing steps necessary when using the built-in Mail app for iOS. Outlook and the other Office apps make this process a breeze.

With the latest updates, once you’ve opened a file from Outlook and finished making your changes, a single tap on the Back button closes the document and returns you to Outlook, automatically adding the now-updated file as an attachment in your reply.

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Read more on the Office Blogs

AzureCON is coming! Sept 29, 2015

Event Experience

AzureCon will include live, interactive and on-demand sessions. All of the content from AzureCon will be available on-demand after the event, so you can watch the sessions at your convenience.

  • Live keynotes delivered by Scott Guthrie, Jason Zander, Bill Staples, and other executives.
  • Interactive Q&As with keynote speakers, technical leaders, and partners.
  • Technical lap-around sessions presented by Mark Russinovich, Scott Hanselman, and other technical leaders.
  • More than 50 on-demand deep-dive technical sessions that drill into Azure features and capabilities led by members of our product team and community members. We will be sharing a view of these sessions in the coming weeks.

Row-Level Security for Azure SQL Database generally available

Row-Level Security for Azure SQL Database is a programmable security feature which customers can implement in databases for fine-grained access control over rows in a table. This helps you determine which users can access what data. It also allows more flexibility and data protection when multiple users or applications need access to different records in the same database tables.

Row-Level Security can help organizations more easily meet their internal or industry compliance policies. Row-Level Security management takes place at the database level and can leverage familiar tools like SQL Server Management Studio or SQL Server Data Tools for setup and maintenance. For more information, please visit the Row-Level Security documentation webpage.

August Dev Digest for Office 365

Are you taking advantage of all the great dev tools and resources for the Office 365 platform?  The Microsoft team has published their sixth blog post full of tools, tips and training.  Read the blog post or head right over to the Office 365 Dev Center to get started.


Power BI Desktop August Update

It’s only been a few weeks since we announced our GA release and shipped lots of new features, but we’re very glad to announce another update to Power BI Desktop. As we mentioned to you in previous blog posts, GA is only the beginning and we are going to continue delivering lots of new features to you in Power BI Desktop, every month.

This month’s release is packed with lots of new features, from new data connectors to improvements on the Query Editor, Data Modeling and Live Analysis Services Connectivity areas of the product. Read the blog post for a full list of new features, as well as details, screen shots and videos.  

August Office 365 News Roundup


This Office Blog post highlights some of the updates released for Office 365 this month, as well as some customer stories.  There are links to the deeper articles on the new Wearable Productivity Apps, the Skype for Business updates for Android, the real-time co-authoring in Word and more.  Did you know that Microsoft has released over 450 updates to Office 365 in the last year?  We’re reacting to our customers’ needs and wants.  Get on the fast track of innovation with Microsoft and Office 365!!

Introducing the Office IT Pro Deployment Script project

PowerShell has quickly become an indispensable skill for Office 365 administrators, and if you’re like me, you are starting to gather a toolbox of useful scripts. If you are new to PowerShell for Office 365, make sure you check out our PowerShell for Office 365 site with common scenarios and sample scripts available to download.


But perhaps you are looking for some more advanced scenarios, or you’re thinking about how to streamline your Office client deployment process. If that sounds like you, check out our new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts. Office 365 experts from around the world are contributing to a collection of PowerShell scripts that are designed to automate various procedures that would normally require manual intervention from an IT pro. All of the scripts are stored in a repository out on GitHub and released under the MIT license.


While these scripts are provided “as is,” with no warranty of any kind, we have done some testing and documentation on the scripts you will find in the Master branch. Please take the time to read through the README associated with each script carefully to ensure proper use of it. The number of scripts available in the Master branch will continue to grow as we collaborate with anyone willing to help in an effort to automate tasks and add new scripts.


Check out this Office Blog entry for the rest of the story and some examples of the available scripts.

Office Mechanics: Beyond MDM


In this August 19th show, the team demonstrates how built-in Mobile Device Management (MDM) in Office 365 allows you to set up conditional access to data by a specific device. We also show the resulting user experience. New MDM capabilities were introduced almost a year ago on this Office Mechanics show and are available in Office 365 now, and they get even better when you add Microsoft Intune.


To learn more and see everything in action, watch the show. And if you are an admin already using Office 365, you can start testing out most of the controls today.


See this Office Blog entry for more information and a video of the show.