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This blog is aimed at our East Region State & Local Government customers. Opinions are our own - be gentle with us.

OneDrive for Business sync client preview and new browser, mobile, IT control and developer experiences, New IOS and Android Features

It’s the most significant set of updates we’ve ever released. First and foremost, we’re delivering a rock-solid new sync experience. Beyond this, we have a new browser experience, mobile app improvements, critical new IT controls and extended developer experiences to enable people to do and achieve more with OneDrive for Business.


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What’s new in Project 2016

We are excited to announce availability of Project 2016. This release includes significant updates to Project Professional, Project Pro for Office 365 and Project Online. Project 2016 delivers on some of the most requested capabilities: Resource Management and Resource Capacity Planning. Supporting these key capabilities are enhancements such as new Resource Engagements, a brand new experience for resource managers, and Capacity heat maps. Project 2016 now provides an end-to-end experience for managing and optimizing your resource utilization.

The resource manager experience

The resource manager (or line manager) is a people manager who may not want to use the full Project client. To allow the resource manager to collaborate with the project manager, Project Online now has an area for the resource manager to view and approve or reject all proposed resource contracts. In addition, the new resource views allow the manager to understand the capacity utilization of their resources at a quick glance.

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Resource Capacity heat maps

Ensuring that the resources are well utilized and productive is a key strategic need for any company. Project 2016 introduces the Capacity heat maps and a brand new set of intuitive reports to enable at-a-glance visualization of resource utilization. Both under- and over-utilization of resources can be problematic, and both can be seen quickly with the new heat map.

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Data Loss Prevention in OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Office 2016 is rolling out

IT admins will see new controls in your Office 365 Compliance Center, allowing you to easily set up DLP policies for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. As a further protection, we recently announced even more protection controls with policy tips integrated throughout Office desktop apps—from Outlook and now to Word, PowerPoint and Excel—providing consistent notification across all of their productivity applications. IT admins also can configure their policy tips so that users can interact with the pertinent policy, for example, providing a business justification to override the policy or reporting a false positive.
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Announcing general availability of ExpressRoute for Office 365

Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 enables organizations to establish a private, managed network connection to Office 365 as an alternative to connecting over the Internet. This direct connection offers customers more predictable network performance, an SLA for guaranteed availability and additional data privacy. As more organizations depend on Office 365 for document collaboration and communications, they will come to depend more and more on the network connectivity they have between their users and Office 365.

Today we’re pleased to announce that Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 is now generally available from these network operators:

  • British Telecom
  • Equinix
  • Tata Communications
  • TeleCity Group
  • Verizon

You can read about how Microsoft is using ExpressRoute for Office 365 in the Microsoft IT whitepaper, “Optimizing network performance for Microsoft Office 365.”

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Microsoft State and Local Government Events "Introduction Windows 10 Webinars"

What's new in Windows 10 Security
Presented by Mandy Tidwell
‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2015 ‎12‎:‎00‎:‎00‎ ‎PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 60 minutes | Available Seats: 116

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What's new in Windows 10 Management
Presented by Mandy Tidwell
‎10‎/‎9‎/‎2015 ‎12‎:‎00‎:‎00‎ ‎PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 60 minutes | Available Seats: 118
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What does 'Windows as a Service' really mean?
Presented by Mandy Tidwell
‎10‎/‎16‎/‎2015 ‎12‎:‎00‎:‎00‎ ‎PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 60 minutes | Available Seats: 121

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Office 2016 Quick Start Guides are now available!!

To coincide with last week’s release of Office 2016, we put together a set of handy Quick Start Guides that introduce you to the newest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

Whether you’re coming from previous versions of your favorite apps and want a quick orientation about where to find familiar basics or you’re entirely new to Office and want an overview of how to get to some of the most important things, each of our Quick Start Guides provides helpful information that you can read, print out and share.

Guides are now available for all three of our recent Office releases. Download just the ones you want or get the entire set for your preferred operating systems.

Visit Office 2016 Quick Start Guides to download guides for the desktop versions of Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Outlook 2016 or OneNote 2016 on any recent version of Windows.

Visit Office Mobile Quick Start Guides to download guides for the modern versions of Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, or OneNote on Windows 10.

Visit Office 2016 Quick Start Guides for Mac to download guides for the Mac versions of Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Outlook 2016 or OneNote 2016 on Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

While viewing any guide, you can save a copy of it to your computer, zoom in to get a closer look at a screenshot, or search for feature names or keywords to quickly find something in the text.

Windows 10 TechCenter is Live

The Windows 10 TechCenter is now live on TechNet!  You'll find information organized by task, such as explore, plan, deploy, manage, support and so on.  There are links to evaluation downloads, links to training and links FAQs.  Head over and bookmark the site!

Office 365—project and portfolio management (PPM) for the mobile-first, cloud-first world

Four months ago, we announced the acquisition of Wunderlist, the highly acclaimed to-do list app. Last week, we announced the preview of Office 365 Planner for lightweight project management, and today, we are thrilled to announce that we are acquiring several apps and add-ins for Project Online from our partners—Sensei Project Solutions, Inc. and Projectum ApS. Between Wunderlist, Office 365 Planner and Project Online, you now have tailored, cloud-based solutions to help you manage everything from simple tasks to the most advanced projects, programs and portfolios, anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Check out this Office Blog post for more information about how these new, award-winning solutions will be integrated into our PPM solutions.

Microsoft expands Azure Data Lake to unleash big data productivity

What’s a “data lake?”  It’s a large storage repository that holds data of all sizes and formats.

Azure Data Lake includes all the capabilities required to make it easy for developers, data scientists, and analysts to store data of any size, shape and speed, and do all types of processing and analytics across platforms and languages. It removes the complexities of ingesting and storing all of your data while making it faster to get up and running with batch, streaming, and interactive analytics.  Azure Data Lake works with existing IT investments for identity, management, and security for simplified data management and governance. It also integrates seamlessly with operational stores and data warehouses so you can extend current data applications.

Microsoft is announcing a new and expanded Azure Data Lake that makes big data processing and analytics simpler and more accessible.  The expansion includes Azure Data Lake Store (which is a repository, not a market), Azure Data Lake Analytics and Azure HDInsight.  We’re also releasing tools for Visual Studio, and introducing a new programming language called U-SQL for big data analytics.  And, the product page is already up and ready for you, if you want to be notified when the preview is available.

Microsoft Azure is an ideal platform for big data and analytics.  Only pay for the storage and compute that you need to get the job done. 

Free e-book - Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Get a free introduction to Azure Machine Learning, a service which developers can use to build predictive analytics models (using training datasets from a variety of sources) to easily deploy for consumption as cloud web services. From Microsoft Press, this e-book presents an overview of modern data-science theory and principles, associated workflows, and some of the more common machine learning algorithms currently in use. Find this book and more at the Microsoft Virtual Academy eBooks site.