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For a company as large, international and diverse as GE, fostering team collaboration and individual productivity are paramount. The company’s IT organization has long been recognized as an innovative and forward-thinking one in its embracing the cloud.
Today, Microsoft and GE announced plans to roll out Office 365 to GE’s more than 300,000 employees across 170 countries worldwide. GE and its employees will get a comprehensive and integrated set of productivity capabilities including email, Skype for Business calling and meetings, real-time document co-authoring and team collaboration. The company will also benefit from the extensibility of the Office 365 platform, which will enable GE to enhance the capabilities of critical line-of-business applications by connecting to Office 365 through open APIs. And the IT organization values the IT controls and security capabilities built right into Office 365.
Read more about GE’s decision to choose Office 365 in today’s... | Read more »
As of OS X 10.9 (and in many cases more importantly in OS X Server for 10.9 and higher), OS X now performs ARP cache validation when trying to pass traffic over a router. If you are double NAT’d/use redundant gateways then the traffic can be interpreted as network redirection and cause some pretty bad packet loss/latency. You can disable this feature by turning off net.link.ether.net.arp_unicast_lim using sysctl:
sysctl -w net.link.ether.inet.arp_unicast_lim=0
That will only disable unicast arp validation until the next reboot. If it fixes a latency problem you’re having then you can go ahead and make it permanent by adding the following line into /etc/sysctl.conf:
If you’re still having issues with latency, you should turn it back on. To enable it again, repeat, swapping the 0 with a 1.
Just in time for teachers, students and families preparing to head back to school—the all new Office for Mac is here. Packed with a whole new set of features, Office 2016 for Mac is sure to help scholars of all ages do their best work. To help you get most out of the new Office for Mac, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 10.
Top 10 features and enhancements for students
1. If you save your Office documents in the cloud, a list of recently used files is available in the new Office for Mac. This helps you immediately pick up where you left off. Bonus: Pin the documents you use frequently and they will stay in the special “pinned files” list.
2. Working on an assignment with other students? Simply share your document in a few clicks and give permission to view or... | Read more »
So a few months ago, closing in on 3,000 posts, the database got too big and krypted.com started suffering from innodb corruption, resulting in database outages. While I was able to get the site up, it was using a read-only database that kept me from doing any new articles or updates. It was a strange time in my life, like suddenly being single after living with someone since Y2K (when I started the site). But I got through it and was able to repair the relation… er, site. Now, with a new database that is free from corruption we’re ready to get to 6,000 posts!
Also, I had a little feedback on the usability of the site. I had thought people would scroll down to find the search box. Apparently there’s a reason most sites put it at the top. It’s now there here. I also made a couple of new pages (in addition to the articles I’ve been posting since it came back up) and removed a couple of pages. Most of the pages have gotten fresh... | Read more »
Microsoft Office has long been the home base for homework. Students use Word to write papers, Excel for their math classes and PowerPoint for presenting a final report in class. But students across the country have also used this technology to do so much more. From writing editorials to drafting love notes, students can rely on Microsoft products to help them create, revise and re-imagine. And now, with an accessory like the Universal Foldable Keyboard, students can be creative even when they can’t bring along their laptops.
To get the imaginative juices really flowing, the Microsoft PC Accessories team is hosting a student writing contest. In 300 words or less, tell us how you use technology to be creative—in or outside of the classroom. Ten winners will receive Universal Foldable Keyboards and the grand prize winner will snag a Surface Pro 3. We want to... | Read more »
Today we’re excited to announce The Office Dev Show, a new dedicated Channel 9 show devoted to all things Office 365 dev-related. The show, hosted by Sonya Koptyev, will include guests from the Office 365 Extensibility engineering team, as well as key community members. The show will feature new code and capabilities that have been added for devs to customize the Office platform, including the desktop, online and mobile versions, as well as a series on how to “Get Started” building on the platform. The Office Dev Show airs weekly, on Wednesdays.
The first show, released on July 17, 2015, features an interview with Yina Arenas, senior program manager, who describes all the great features available in the Office 365 unified API Preview.
... | Read more »
I don’t get to spend that much time reading other sites. But when I do, here are a few pages/people I might check out. I thought this might help the Younglings of the MacAdmin community. If you have a site that you’d like added to the list, let me know. And no, I won’t judge you if you nominate your own site. In fact, I might learn something new! The final list will be stored at http://krypted.com/guides/macadmin-links/
Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
Whether it’s drafting a proposal, updating the quarterly budget, or putting the finishing touches on a presentation, creating great content requires teams to stay on the same page. That’s why the Yammer team has been hard at work building deeper integration with Office Online, bringing the familiar interface and rich capabilities of our Office applications right into Yammer. Today, we’re excited to announce several enhancements to the Yammer files experience, making it easier than ever to incorporate document collaboration into teamwork.
First, the document preview and edit experience for files uploaded into Yammer are now powered by Office Online. When you click the Edit File link in Yammer, a new browser tab opens up with a full-screen view of the document. Make changes and comments directly in the document using Office Online. When you’re done, simply close the tab. Your... | Read more »
This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the fifth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
On July 9th we announced the news that Office 2016 for Mac was released. Currently this includes support for Office Add-ins in Outlook, and our engineering team is working hard to support add-ins in Word, PowerPoint and Excel as well. This means if you have written an Office Add-in that works right now with Office 2013 on Windows desktop, Office Online or Office for iOS, it will also work with the Mac version.
On June 24th, we also announced that Office for Android Phone is generally available. Right now, these... | Read more »
Today’s post was written by Reuben Krippner, director of product management for Office 365, focused primarily on OneDrive for Business.
The OneDrive for Business team has been working to deliver the most commonly requested controls by IT admins. Today, we’ll highlight new management options you have to protect and control the flow of your information using OneDrive for Business.
In addition, this week’s Office Mechanics show walks through the new controls and how to implement them as IT admin:
Limiting file sync to domain joined PCs
OneDrive for Business enables users to synchronize their files for offline use across their PCs or Macs. One of the most common requests from IT admins is to have the ability to block sync on unmanaged PCs. Now you can enable file sync to work only on domain-joined PCs (and you can even specify which of your domains you want to allow to sync), thereby blocking file sync on personally owned or unmanaged PCs. Note that using this... | Read more »
Transforming the way your organization works isn’t easy. Employees, like consumers, have habits…patterns…favorites…none of which they’re willing to trade for the latest cloud productivity trends. Yet, the important conversations that help you to set your business apart don’t just happen in the office. You need to be where your employees are so you can listen to and learn from their changing needs. Companies report 76 percent* more visibility into other departments and office locations by using Yammer. In addition, companies have seen a 37 percent** improvement in project collaboration by leveraging familiar productivity tools like PowerPoint, Excel and Word in a real-time, co-editing cloud environment. And finally, 93 percent*** of business leaders agree that internal social tools stimulate innovation, leading to business and innovation growth.
Microsoft Partners help you realize your own success with Office 365. As service providers and as Microsoft customers themselves,... | Read more »
In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to a panel of SharePoint MVPs at SPTechCon Dev Days including Marc Anderson, Andrew Connell, Scot Hillier, Paul Schaeflein and Eric Shupps.
As a digital storytelling app, Sway makes it easy for students, teachers, professionals and consumers to bring all sorts of narratives to life in a new and interactive way. This blog series highlights the great examples of Sways made across different categories by all sorts of people to make their ideas shine.
In the last Sway Use Case blog, we got a taste of many delicious and visually delightful Sways that chefs, foodies, and culinary adventurers have created, all centered around food. In today’s post, we’ll get down to business and dive into some of the many ways that small businesses and professionals alike are using Sway for professional storytelling, collaboration and sharing ideas in new ways internally and with their customers. Check out the highlights below!
Swaying potential clients with an event venue brochure
Jonathan Price (London, @JonnoPrice) is the... | Read more »
This month we’re upgrading your OneNote mobile experience with improvements to iOS and Android.
One app for OneNote iPad and iPhone
You might have noticed that our apps had a “for iPad” and “for iPhone” in the title—that’s because they were two separate apps. This month we did a bunch of work behind the scenes to create one universal iOS app that works on both iPad and iPhone. If you are an iPad user today, you will need to get the new OneNote app from the store. When you open your current iPad app, you will see instructions for getting the app. If you are an iPhone user, you don’t need to do anything—we merged the iPad app into the iPhone app so you already have it.
With the universal iOS OneNote app, iPad users will have some of the recent updates made to the iPhone app, and we’ll be able to move even faster to update the app with new features.
New iPad features... | Read more »
The tools to automate OS X firewall events from the command line are still stored in /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall. And you will still use socketfilterfw there for much of the heavy lifting. However, now there are much more helpful and functional options in socketfilterfw that will allow you to more easily script the firewall.
Some tricks I’ve picked up with the Mac Firewall/alf scripting:
Last week, the United States Air Force announced it has selected Office 365 to power productivity and collaboration for more than 100,000 active, civilian and reserve personnel. Through deployment of a Department of Defense (DoD) dedicated version of Office 365, Service members will have access to the comprehensive and integrated set of productivity capabilities Office 365 provides, including email, Skype for Business calling and meetings, real-time document co-authoring, and other collaboration tools.
The agreement is one of the largest commercial cloud contracts in DoD history, and is expected to help the Air Force significantly reduce costs over the next three years. No organization deserves a more enterprise- and security-ready approach than the Air Force. Read more about its selection of Office 365 over on the... | Read more »
This month’s Power Query update includes six new or improved features including:
You can continue reading below for more details about each feature.
Improvements to ODBC Connector
We improved the ODBC Connector by making the SQL statement optional instead of required. Now users can simply provide the Connection String for their ODBC source and navigate the list of tables available from the data source, pick up the ones they want to import, and apply... | Read more »
For a long time, we used the bless command to startup systems to a specific volume in OS X. Back in 2009 I started using the systemsetup command for more and more tasks. These days, I’m being guided to replace all of my bless options in scripts to systemsetup. The easy way to configure your startup volumes using systemsetup is to list the available volumes, set one as the startup volume and then check to see which one is the current volume. The first task is to list the available startup volumes, using the -liststartupdisks option:
sudo systemsetup -liststartupdisks
You can then set the disk as one that was listed by the above command:
sudo systemsetup -setstartupdisk /Volumes/HAVOKMELTDOWN
You can finally check the current startup disk as a sanity check in your script to verify the desired disk is the startup volume using -getstartupdisk
sudo systemsetup -getstartupdisk
Original release date: July 14, 2015 | Last revised: July 15, 2015
Microsoft Windows systems with Adobe Flash Player installed.
Used in conjunction, recently disclosed vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with system privileges. Since attackers continue to target and find new vulnerabilities in popular, Internet-facing software, updating is not sufficient, and it is important to use exploit mitigation and other defensive techniques.
The following vulnerabilities illustrate the need for ongoing mitigation techniques and prioritization of updates for highly targeted software:
With Project Server 2013 and Project Online, we replaced our server-side scheduling engine with the Project Calculation Service (PCS), bringing the power of the Project Professional scheduling engine to the browser. This new service also powered our new cloud-ready Project API, also known as the Client Side Object Model (CSOM). However, the transition to PCS and CSOM wasn’t quite exhaustive. There are still elements of Project Web App (PWA) and our legacy API, the Project Server Interface (PSI), which rely on the old server-side scheduling engine. Discrepancies between the two engines are a problem for our customers. To resolve these issues, the legacy server-side scheduling engine will be fully removed from Project Server 2016 and Project Online, along with the Project class methods of the PSI. CSOM is the future of PWA extensibility, and we will continue to make improvements to CSOM based on your feedback to ensure parity with legacy PSI scenarios.
... | Read more »