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

IT Pro Cloud Essentials program


As the IT profession continues its transition to leveraging more and more cloud services and technologies, Microsoft is introducing the new IT Pro Cloud Essentials program to give you a better experience on the journey with access to professional training, extended trials, Azure credit and priority support.

 

With IT Pro Cloud Essentials, you get exclusive access to extended trials, both Office 365 for 60 days and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) for 90 days. Part of evaluating the cloud is also testing out your infrastructure—like SharePoint, hosted Office apps and more—in the cloud.  Sign up before September 30, 2016 and for three months we give you $100 per month of Azure credits.

 

Beyond the trial experiences, you also get access to curated training resources from Microsoft and Pluralsight, the new IT pro career center, priority support in selected TechNet forums and a technical support call.

 

Check out the new IT Pro Cloud Essentials site and sign up.

 


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.


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.


State and Local Goverments Upcoming Webcasts and On Demand Videos

Upcoming Webcasts

SLG customers are invited to join us to explore solutions for their organization.

   

 

Date

Webcast Topic

How To Engage

9/3/2015

Bring Your Office to the Cloud

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9/3/2015

Northwest Cadence: Deliver a Mobile Experience Rapidly!

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9/3/2015

Northwest Cadence: Letting developers use the hybrid cloud secure

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9/9/2015

Northwest Cadence: A Lap Around TFS 2015

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9/10/2015

Modern Document Management

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9/10/2015

Northwest Cadence: The Right Tools To Create a Mobile Experience

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9/17/2015

Northwest Cadence: Automating a test infrastructure in Azure

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9/24/2015

Empower Your Mobile Workforce: Office & Windows 10 Better Together

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9/29/2015

How tablet-based field inspections enable government orgs to do more with less

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10/6/2015

Registration for the Virtual CIO Summit is now open!

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10/7/2015

Northwest Cadence: A Lap Around TFS 2015

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On Demand Videos

SLG customers are welcome to view on demand videos so they can explore solutions for their organization.

 

On Demand Video Topic

How To Engage

Visual Studio 2015 Final Release Event!

Watch On-Demand

How Microsoft Secures Your Data in Office 365

Watch On-Demand

How to Secure Your Employee Identity in Office

Watch On-Demand

Citizen Relationship Management as an Agile, Efficient and Engaging Customer-Centric Platform (Adxstudio)

Watch On-Demand

Embracing Public Records Requests: Taking The Pain Out Of The Process (Webfortis)

Watch On-Demand

Basic Outcomes Analytics: Moving from Volume to Value for Vulnerable Population Health Care (Care Director)

Watch On-Demand

Emerging Technologies: How machine learning is facilitating criminal investigations and public records

Watch On-Demand

Intelligence Led and Predictive Policing

Watch On-Demand

Delivering Operational Resilience through the Cloud

Watch On-Demand

Basic Outcomes Analytics: Moving from Volume to Value for Vulnerable Population Health Care

Watch On-Demand

Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras – Lessons from the Early Adopters

Watch On-Demand

Forbes Webinar with Curt Kolcun: Transforming Government in a Mobile-First, Cloud-First World

Watch On-Demand

 



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.

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.

 

Reinvent Productivity in our Webinars

Achieve more. Don’t compromise on collaboration or innovation.


With the industry’s most advanced productivity suite—Office 365, Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity to empower your users and organization with tools that you can rely on every day to be more productive, mobile, collaborative, and intelligent without sacrificing trust or security. We are making updates weekly, monthly, quarterly, to all parts of the cloud service ensuring your users have "the right tool" at "the right time".

 

Register now and join Microsoft Subject Experts live in September or on demand from a Microsoft Technology Center and learn how you can empower your end users to be more productive from anywhere on any device while maintaining compliance and security controls.

 

Reinvent Productivity: Bring Your Office to the Cloud

Thurs., Sept 3
10:00AM PST
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Give your employees the freedom to work when and where they need to—on their favorite devices—increase productivity, simplify team collaboration, and enhance employee work-life balance. With Office 365, anything you can do in the office, you can now do on the go.


Join this webcast live or on demand to learn more about bringing this suite and the Office you know and love to the cloud with Office 365. 

 

 

Modern Document Management

Thurs., Sept 10
10:00AM PST
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Your teams want the flexibility to be productive anywhere, but no one wants to waste time hunting down files, tracking version control issues or, worse still, suffering security problems. You need an easier way for your teams to find, edit, and share documents and information quickly and securely.

 

Save time and collaborate with confidence with Office 365 and OneDrive for Business. Learn how to empower your users to easily file, sync and share.

 

 

 

Maximize Sales Productivity: Office & Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Thurs., Sept 17
10:00AM PST
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With Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online integration, you can enable your users—especially sales people—to be more productive, especially when they’re on the go. And aren't your sales users always on the go?

 

Register today and learn how Microsoft's solution can transform your sales and marketing teams, making them highly connected and collaborative by surfacing the right information at the right time no matter where they are.

 

 

 

Empower Your Mobile Workforce: Office & Windows 10 Better Together

Thurs., Sept 24
10:00AM PST
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Today’s business users want more intuitive technology, uninterrupted services, and the freedom to work when and where they need to. Office 365 helps take location out of the equation and Windows 10 provides a single OS across Windows Devices and form factors. 

Together, you can collaborate, share, and put ideas into action wherever you are. Explore how you can leverage these flexible tools and empower your mobile workforce.

 

Skype for Business Showcase

Interested in learning how to be more productive and improve collaboration throughout your workday? Sign up for the 30-minute online Skype for Business Showcase to learn collaboration techniques for integrating Skype for Business into your daily work routine, enabling your to get your job done more efficiently and effectively. 

See list of Upcoming Skype for Business Events here..

Live Training: Building Linux-Based Solutions on Azure Jump Start

Do you run an open-source infrastructure? Want a public cloud solution that fits your environment? Join Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and four engineers from the Azure Compute team for this live event, and see how easy and efficient it is to build Linux-based solutions on Microsoft Azure. (In fact, 20% of virtual machines that run on Azure run Linux!)

Explore options you can use to build, deploy, and manage your Linux infrastructure on Azure. Learn how they work and how to support, build, and scale them, along with how to make them available to Devs. See technical demos, and examine open-source tools, such as Docker containers, to manage DevOps pipelines on Azure and to dramatically increase productivity. Plus, walk through application platform as a service (aPaaS) options, and learn what lift and shift is all about. Don't miss this look at the Ops in DevOps, as you explore Azure as a cloud provider for open source software (OSS) applications.

July 14, 2015 - 9am‒1pm PDT  (which means it starts at noon for use East Coasters…)

This is a live event where you will interact directly with the instructor team.

REGISTER HERE