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Friday August 1

13:31
What’s new: July 2014

July has been a busy month for mobile apps and admins. OneNote continues to receive updates to its Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, and Android versions. Office for iPad was enhanced with many top customer requested features. Admins can now have 10x the number of Public Folders and new communication tools to stay informed about their Office 365 service.  Power BI, Power Map, and Power Query all also were updated this month. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: June.
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:
Clip the web with me@onenote.com – Send a link to me@onenote.com and get a screenshot of the site added to your notebook.
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11:00
Office 365 news round-up

OneNote is one of the great apps you get with your Office 365 subscription. OneNote lets you capture your ideas, write, sketch or type your thoughts, and easily organize everything in one place. You can even clip links and web pages, insert photos and videos, embed tables and attach files.
During the past two weeks, we made OneNote even better, adding four major updates to OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone, and making One Note available for Kindle Fire and the new Fire phone from Amazon. We also highlighted a very useful existing feature—the Insert Space tool—that lets you easily split the body of your notes and insert additional space so you can add new text or drawings. Just one... | Read more »

08:55
Create 100′s of Autopkg Recipes With This One Weir...

If you’re like me, you love autopkg. You don’t even want to perform web searches for download links anymore. I’m told there are certain things that can’t be automated. But, when I first saw that many recipes could follow roughly the same format, I thought to myself ‘we have to go deeper’(BUMMMMMMM!BUMBUM!) I created RecipeGenerationUtils, which lazily generates plists in an easily-customizable format. This allows you to follow a suggested pipeline of making download, then munki, then pkg recipes for apps that leverage the Sparkle framework of checking an RSS feed to discover updates. Each recipe step builds upon the previous, and one can obviously extend it for Absolute Manage, DeployStudio, FileWave, or Casper recipes just the same. I threw in a convenience script to find .app bundles and the associated appcast URL/bundle identifier in your ~/Downloads, /Applications and /... | Read more »

08:30
SharePoint Online simplifies admin interface plus...

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.
Narrow in on what is important—the task at hand. And when that changes, refocus. The journey to simplify the Office 365 admin experience continues, this time with a focus on simplifying the SharePoint Online admin center. For those admins who don’t specialize in deep SharePoint management, our goal is to allow you to manage the service more easily while maintaining access to the most common controls.
With the new capabilities in Office 365 and SharePoint Online, you can now:

  • Choose between a Simple or Advanced SharePoint Online admin user experience.
  • Control which Office 365 top navigation items your users see.
  • Block SharePoint 2013 workflows from being used from your environment.

Let’s dive into the details of these new capabilities that... | Read more »

08:00
A tribute to 25 years of Office users

Twenty-five years ago today, Microsoft launched Office, and ever since, Office has been helping people get things done in their work and personal lives. Of course the world is a very different place today than it was 25 years ago, and so is the way people work, but what is constant is how Office has evolved to help people work in new ways, to be more productive and focus on what truly matters. Today, Office apps and services—from the traditional ones like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, to newer experiences like Office 365, Office Online, OneNote and OneDrive—are designed for the modern ways in which people work, delivering ever more personalized experiences, and helping people be productive from wherever they are and on any device.

People use Office to get things done on screens of all sizes, and in a million places beyond their desk. They use Word to capture their ideas,... | Read more »

Thursday July 31

08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 009 with Ves...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake chats with Vesa Juvonen and Steve Walker about the Office 365 Developer Patterns & Practices initiative, which is the re-launched Office App Model Samples project that went live on Monday, July 28. They talk about their roles on the Office 365 CAT team and why the Patterns & Practices initiative came about.

 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP09_VesaJuvonen.mp3
Download the podcast here directly

Weekly updates

08:00
Office for iPad: now with Presenter View, Pivot Ta...

Four months ago we released Office for iPad—the world’s best productivity experience reimagined for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Since then millions of you have had the chance to use Office for iPad and provide feedback, and we’ve been hard at work delivering updates for the things you’ve asked for the most. Today we’re sharing the next wave of updates to Office for iPad. We’ve done a ton of work and we hope you like it.
PowerPoint: Presenter View, audio and video playback, and more
With this release, you can enable Presenter View when projecting to another screen, so that you can see your notes, what’s coming next, and more. You asked for this. Now you’ve got it.

... | Read more »

06:07
Mail Chapter of Take Control of OS X Server Now Av...

The Mail Server chapter of the Take Control book is now available up on http://tidbits.com/article/14950. I’m always torn when it comes to writing chapters on setting up mail servers. Is it socially irresponsible to help people potentially (but accidentally) create spam bots…

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03:30
TA14-212A: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Original release date: July 31, 2014
Systems Affected
Point-of-Sale Systems 
Overview
This advisory was prepared in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), United States Secret Service (USSS), Financial Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), and Trustwave Spiderlabs, a trusted partner under contract with the USSS.  The purpose of this release is to provide relevant and actionable technical indicators for network defense.Recent investigations revealed that malicious actors are using publicly available tools to locate businesses that use remote desktop applications. Remote desktop solutions like Microsoft's Remote Desktop [1] Apple Remote Desktop,[2] Chrome Remote Desktop,[3] Splashtop 2,[4] Pulseway[5], and LogMEIn Join.Me[6] offer the convenience and efficiency of connecting to a computer from a remote location. Once these applications are located, the suspects attempted to brute... | Read more »

Wednesday July 30

09:53
Thunderbolt ports and displays: Frequently asked q...

Learn about the Thunderbolt ports on Apple computers and displays, their uses with OS X and Boot Camp, and system requirements for Thunderbolt usage.

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09:52
Mac computers: How do I configure PPPoE on a new c...

When you set up a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2012 and later), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 and later), Mac Mini (Late 2012), or iMac (Late 2012 and later) the Setup Assistant does not offer to configure PPPoE connections. Follow the steps below to set one up on your new Mac.

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09:52
Mac computers: Apple USB SuperDrive and MacBook Ai...

The Apple USB SuperDrive and MacBook Air SuperDrive allow you to install software, play, and burn both CDs and DVDs. Use the table below to determine if your computer can support the Apple USB SuperDrive or MacBook Air SuperDrive.

 

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09:52
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

Learn more about using USB 3 ports and devices on Mac computers.

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09:52
MacBook Pro: Frequently asked questions about usin...

The MacBook Pro with Retina display has a pixel density that is so high, your eyes can't discern individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. The Retina display packs four times the pixels of the standard MacBook Pro display, giving content incredible detail and dramatically improving the viewing experience. See the frequently asked questions below to learn more about using your MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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09:52
Avoiding image persistence on Apple displays

This article explains how to avoid image persistence on certain Apple displays, and describes the unique characteristics of IPS display technology.

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08:00
Try it out: Insert Space

No matter how hard you try, you’ll inevitably run into a situation where you’ll want to write something in between existing content. Maybe you’re a student whose professor forgot to mention an important point earlier in the lecture. Or you are an artist who needs more space to draw. While you could add the content to the bottom of the page or along the side, this isn’t always ideal. Thankfully, OneNote makes it easy to quickly add more room using the Insert Space tool.

The Insert Space tool, found on the Insert tab of OneNote 2013’s ribbon, lets you effectively split the content on the page and move the bottom half down by a specified amount. It’s easy; just click on the area where you want more note-taking space and drag your mouse down until you’re satisfied. Voila! Now you can get back to writing instead of worrying about where to place that afterthought.... | Read more »

06:19
FOIL

How does he keep doing it?!?!?

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Tuesday July 29

13:00
Safari 7.0.6 beta and Safari 6.1.6 beta Now Availa...

Safari 7.0.6 beta and Safari 6.1.6 beta Now Available

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13:00
Safari 7.0.6 beta and Safari 6.1.6 beta Now Availa...

Safari 7.0.6 beta and Safari 6.1.6 beta Now Available

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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 »

 
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