New Azure B2C Logon: Enable social logins to your apps without coding!

January 7, 2016 by

If you struggle with identity management and the user sign-in experience for your consumer applications and websites Azure AD B2C is a new service to help you to reliably and securely maintain user accounts for your B2C apps. Watch the show as lead engineer Alex Simons walks through the tech behind the scenes that makes it all possible and how you can quickly: Connect your existing Web and mobile apps; allow your users to sign-in with social network accounts; configure the service and scale your app to reach millions of consumers globally.

For more information and a free consult, please contact Henson Group at http://www.thehensongroup.com/Pages/Default.aspx or 800-980-1130.

New Developer Access to Office 365 Data

November 19, 2015 by

Microsoft at its Connect conference on Wednesday flipped the switch on Microsoft Graph, a Office 365 Unified API and set of APIs that let developers integrate, manage and tap into vast expanses of data stored in the Office 365 cloud.

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For Microsoft it’s all about unification. In the hands of developers, the graph’s unified API promises not just an endpoint for building in Office 365 and other software integrations, but a starting point for new intelligent interactions.

According to Microsoft GM of Office Extensibility Rob Lefferts, the graph represents a gateway to intelligence and insight capable of harnessing user data to solve everyday problems. From common queries like “what files do I need for this meeting,” to more complex requests dealing with user trends and customized insights, developers can tailor their app or service as they see fit without jumping through hoops.

“It would be our reimagining of what it means to be productive in a modern world,” Lefferts says, referring to solutions mobile, cross-platform and cloud-integrated solutions. “The way that people work has changed, it’s much more connected, people are more collaborative.”

Microsoft’s data pool is deep. Lefferts says some 500 petabytes of information already live in Microsoft’s cloud, with Office 365 users generating 4 trillion emails and creating 850 million meetings every month. The number of data points is bound to increase once currently siloed Office 365 information is offloaded to the graph. The company is even looking into Skype integration.

Access to rich data is the bedrock of intelligent analytics, where another prong of Microsoft Graph comes in. The Redmond software giant uses advanced machine learning algorithms fed by data and user behavior to dish out query responses in a format familiar to developers. Secure access to client activities — documents, contacts, meetings, etc. — is authorized through a single token, meaning apps don’t have to fetch multiple authorizations for different services.

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Lefferts stressed the idea of an open graph, something easily accessible by coders of any ilk. To that end, Microsoft built out client libraries and SDKs for iOS, Android and .Net for the graph’s launch, with work on other platforms like Node.js, Python, Java, Ruby currently underway.

“We’ll handle the authentication, we’ll handle the common queries, we know how to interpret the responses,” he says. “The real pitch there is all about making sure that developers can start coding in five minutes.”

Prior to the graph’s public release, Microsoft collaborated with select service partners like SkyHigh Networks, Uber, Smartsheet and ZenDesk to refine its backend implementation, an exercise that resulted in interesting integrations.

For example, in a quest to make meetings more productive, Do.com pulled data from Outlook and Exchange, documents in OneDrive and other assets directly from the graph to provide deep insights into meeting planning, agenda strategy, post-meeting follow-ups and more. Everything was integrated into Outlook, ensuring users had a seamless data-driven experience.

The main thrust, Lefferts says, is to get data out of silos and into the hands of developers, who can “offer more in terms of being seamless, being smart and being effective.”

Data privacy is a hot-button topic and Microsoft is making security a high priority with the graph. The system is designed not only to protect raw data from prying eyes, but also any insights Microsoft Graph’s intelligence engine gleans from that data.

“It’s built into the business model,” Lefferts says about privacy. “There are parts of Microsoft that are driven by advertising, but Office 365 is very much organization-facing. […] And that means that we have to make sure we’re not misusing the information for anything inappropriate, we’re not sharing information with people who shouldn’t see it, whether that’s outside the organization or other people inside the organization.”

Developers interested in taking Microsoft Graph for a test spin can visit http://graph.microsoft.com for more information.

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Quick video introduction to the new PowerShell 5

November 2, 2015 by

Video: Introduction to PowerShell 5

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Google Apps Vs. Office 365 Comparison

October 19, 2015 by

http://www.cio.com/article/2992546/office-software/why-companies-are-switching-from-google-apps-to-office-365.html

Exchange Server 2016 Released

October 3, 2015 by

Exchange Server 2016 is here and available to download starting today! Here is a quick overview video for Exchange Admins (Spoiler Alert – No more CAS role):

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Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics is now available

September 17, 2015 by

Today I am excited to tell you that Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) is generally available. Microsoft ATA is designed to help you detect suspicious user and entity activities, known malicious attacks and security issues and is a new approach for identifying cyber-security incidents. You can download the GA evaluation bits and implement ATA in your organization.

7 minute overview video

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Does Linux run well on Microsoft Azure?

June 2, 2015 by

A lot of myths and misinformation is out there about what you can do with Microsoft Azure. People say Microsoft and Linux / OSS workloads don’t work well together. What people don’t know is over 20% of workloads running in Azure are Linux workloads.

Check out this 2 minute video of Tom Hauberger, Senior PM on the Azure team to see what he had to say: Tom’s 2 Minute Video on Linux in Azure

Also, check out the Linux documentation page on Azure.com for all sorts of resources on how to run Linux and OSS workloads on Azure: virtual-machines-linux-opensource

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System Center 2012 R2 Rollup 6 Now Available

May 11, 2015 by

Just a quick reminder that Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager is now available. Note that the System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager Update Rollups are cumulative.  Read more and download here:

Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager

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Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials

April 30, 2015 by

The power that Microsoft Azure gives you is thrilling but not unheard of from Microsoft. Many don’t realize that Microsoft has been building and managing datacenters for over 25 years. Today, the company’s cloud datacenters provide the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for its 200-plus online services, including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive, and, of course, Microsoft Azure. The infrastructure is comprised of many hundreds of thousands of servers, content distribution networks, edge computing nodes, and fiber optic networks. Azure is built and managed by a team of experts working 24x7x365 to support services for millions of customers’ businesses and living and working all over the globe.

Download Here

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Disaster Recovery for VMware Virtual Machines and Physical Servers to Azure

March 27, 2015 by

Today’s announcement delivers on another widely requested scenario from Azure Site Recovery (ASR) users – the ability to enable protection and disaster recovery for VMware virtual machines and physical servers to Azure. This is among the top four requested asks on the ASR User Voice and today Microsoft is introducing this capability. ASR, with its ability to protect Hyper-V or VMware virtual machines and physical servers, is a unified solution for workload-aware disaster recovery for your heterogeneous IT environments.

Read More Details Here

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