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Sunday December 7

Get The Current Logged In User From The Windows Co...

You can get the currently logged in user from a powershell script by using
$env:username. But most deployment scripts use elevated privileges. Therefore, you need to be a tad bit craftier.

Here, we’ll use the Get-WMIObject command to look at system data and then effectively grep for the username object:

Get-WMIObject -class Win32_ComputerSystem | select username

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Friday December 5

Register now for the December 9th webcast on how t...

Join us for a series of webcasts on Enterprise Mobility designed to help you create a strategy, teach you about our current and coming integration, highlight best practices and protect your company resources wherever they are. The webcasts will feature a number of Microsoft executives who will discuss how and why the Cloud makes Enterprise Mobility possible.
December webcast
How can I make email and Office secure on mobile devices? 
Date: 12/9/2014
This session is the first in a series of webcasts for a discussion on the integration we’ve done across Intune, Azure Active Directory and the Office mobile apps—and how we enable secure mobile productivity on an enterprise scale. 
Featuring: Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, for Office 365 and Brad Anderson, corporate vice president at Enterprise and Mobile Client.
Moderated by: Stacy Crook... | Read more »

He Wasn’t Kidding When He Said “I’ll Be Back”
Video calling between Skype and Lync available now

Today’s post was written by BJ Haberkorn, director of product marketing for the Lync Team
In 2013, we enabled Lync users to contact people on Skype using instant messaging, presence, and audio calling right from your contact list.  I’m happy to say that we’ve now taken the next step by adding video calling between Lync 2013 and the latest Skype for Windows desktop client, available for download here.  Now Lync users can conduct everyday business and collaboration “face-to-face” with customers, partners and suppliers who use Skype.

The screenshot above shows a video call from the Lync perspective.  Whether you’re using Lync or Skype, it’s an easy, familiar experience—... | Read more »

Thursday December 4

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C78c) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C78c) Now Available

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C78c) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C78c) Now Available

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Office 365 news round-up

Merriam-Webster defines collaboration as working “with another person or group in order to achieve or do something.” So it’s no surprise that for an increasing number of businesses and individuals, the real-world definition of collaboration is Office 365.
Office 365 is built for collaboration—across the web and across devices—making it easy for you to work with other people and get things done, even when you and your colleagues are separated by time or distance, or you’re all using different platforms and devices. Office 365 combines the power of world-class productivity tools, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Lync and Skype, with the social capabilities of Yammer and the ability to discover the right information at the right time with Office... | Read more »

Organize your holiday with OneNote

Holiday shopping can be hectic. There’s so much to do in a narrow window of time that sometimes we can lose sight of the cheer in it all. Let OneNote help you keep everything in its place—so you can stress a little less and enjoy each moment a little more.
Holiday gift lists
Keep track of everyone you’re buying for with organized wish lists in OneNote. (Even convert handwriting to text with OneNote 2013 to make a child’s list legible.) To simplify, categorize each list by person, store, or discount deals. When you’re shopping on the go, save time with the recently updated OneNote Clipper. Just clip a product you’re interested in and automatically save the most important information to your notebook for later. You can also choose to send the clipping to your inbox with the Email to OneNote feature.
Wish list ideas
If you’re stumped on what to buy... | Read more »

Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 024 on testi...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Karthik Ramamoorthy about writing Office 365 apps with AngularJS and testing them with Protractor.
Download the podcast.
Weekly updates

Who will be crowned Financial Modeling World Champ...

It’s a big deal. This year, ModelOff, the Financial Modeling World Championships, caught the attention of over 3,700 Microsoft Excel users and financial modelers from the U.S., Australia, Russia, India, China and other countries across the globe. After two intense preliminary rounds of solving both financial and Excel-focused problems written by top institutional experts, 16 finalists are making their way to the Microsoft Time Square offices to compete in front of a live audience. For these finalists to be recognized by their peers around the world, the honor and the pressure could not be higher.
And the Excel team is going to be right there in the action! As an ongoing commitment to learning from our users, we have partnered with ModelOff throughout the year to engage with... | Read more »

The Hour of Code 2014

We’re supporting the next generation of innovative developers by hosting workshops and other special events during Computer Science Education week, December 8–14. And on December 11, we’ll host the Hour of Code, a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming from, at your local Apple Store. Learn more.

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The Hour of Code 2014

We’re supporting the next generation of innovative developers by hosting workshops and other special events during Computer Science Education week, December 8–14. And on December 11, we’ll host the Hour of Code, a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming from, at your local Apple Store. Learn more.

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Casper 9.62 Is Out!

Casper 9.62 is now out! And holy buckets, look at all the stuff that got fixed in this release:
PS – There’s also some api improvement goodness!

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Bringing more search and more intelligence to Sway

From the beginning, Sway has aimed to help people easily create and share fantastic content that looks great on any device. Today, we’re thrilled to start bringing the intelligence of Bing Image Search into Sway Preview. These features allow you to search for content, review any applicable license terms, as well as expand Sway’s intelligent assistance to help you with content searches. It’s now easier than ever for you to use Sway to express your ideas using a variety of multimedia.
More search
Currently in Sway Preview it is easy to collect your content from a variety of cloud-connected sources already built right into Sway. Simply navigate to a source, tap or click your content, and then drag and drop it into your Sway. It’s what being part of the ‘cloud’ really means. We’ve already seen a great response to the built-in sources we started with, which include OneDrive, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and your device’s local storage.
We also... | Read more »

Wednesday December 3

About the security content of Safari 8.0.1, Safari...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.1, Safari 7.1.1, and Safari 6.2.1.

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Microsoft Virtual Academy course—Office 365 perfor...

The Office 365 Team has developed a new course focused on performance management, featured within Microsoft Virtual Academy. The course titled, Office 365 performance management, includes eleven 45-90 minute modules covering topics like testing, troubleshooting, firewall configuration and best practices.
Course instructors are experts in the topic and include Paul Andrew, senior technical product manager; Joshua Maher, senior content developer; Alice Appleton, business planner; Zach Rosenfield, principal PM lead; Ed Fisher, senior consultant; Paul Collinge, senior premier field engineer,  Philip Newman , senior program manager
Watch this course to learn how you can plan for great performance for a new deployment and manage performance post deployment of Office 365.... | Read more »

Welcome to the new OneNote in Education blog!

Today’s post was written by Mike Tholfsen, program manager for the OneNote team.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural entry for the OneNote in Education blog!  With the growing momentum of OneNote in education, we wanted to start this blog to have a dialog with the education community, as well as share ideas, resources, and gather feedback from teachers, students and faculty.  We also hope to point to examples of unique ways educators and students use OneNote in education.  There are also so many of you out there with great stories to tell and share.  We plan on having regular guest writers, including teachers, faculty, principals, heads of school, students, partners and a host of others who are doing amazing things with OneNote in education and the classroom.
In addition to the education space, there are great things happening in eLearning, corporate training and on-boarding, which we will discuss on this blog.  Many companies, including Microsoft, are... | Read more »

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Garage Series: A developer’s view of transitioning...

This week long-time developer and VP of Product, Ryan Duguid from Nintex describes what it took to make the shift going from full trust code to the apps for Office model. He explains the architectural changes, integration with other cloud services and platforms as well as how the development and servicing model has evolved for Nintex. Ryan also demonstrates the Nintex Workflow app for Office 365 and how it compares it to the on premises version.

Jeremy: We’ve done quite a few shows describing what the apps for Office model is, the differences between existing models, and what’s... | Read more »

Tuesday December 2

What’s new: November 2014

November was a month full of updates in response to customer feedback. Dropbox support has been added across Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android. Office for Android tablets entered preview. Clutter and enhanced bulk mail filtering help improve your email experience. On sign-in we’ve streamlined Yammer and Office 365 sign-in, including new SAML and multi-factor authentication options. Office 365 Video is a completely new video portal experience making it simpler to upload and share videos across your organization. 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: October 2014.
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:
Office for iPad and iPhone now support Dropbox – With the next updates to... | Read more »

Why Office 365 is the best choice for collaboratio...

The rise of mobile technology and cloud computing has transformed the way we work, making collaboration not only easier, but also essential for the success of every organization. There are now more mobile devices than people worldwide, according to a report by Cisco, and work increasingly occurs outside of offices—in homes, hotels, airports, coffee shops, and other temporary spaces. As a result, the trend toward greater mobility, and the need for more efficient collaboration across the web and across devices, is accelerating every year.
The IBM Global CIO Study, found that 49 percent of an individuals’ work is the result of “network contribution” by fellow employees and partners. Yet 80 percent of employees are ineffective at collaboration, according to... | Read more »

How To View What Payloads Do To Devices

You can see exactly what Bushel, and other MDM platforms do to your OS X devices using the System Information utility. As with all Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions that interface with OS X, you can use the About this Mac menu item under the Apple menu at the top of the screen to bring up the System Information utility. When you open this tool, you will see a lot of information that can be derived about your devices. Scroll down the list and click on Profiles. Here, you will see all of the Device and User profiles that have been installed on your computer, the payloads within each profile and the keys within each payload.

Inside each profile there are a few pieces of information that define how the profile operates on the computer. Click on one to see the specific... | Read more »

edX and Office Mix

When we launched Office Mix, a key scenario was providing an easy way for educators to create and share interactive lectures online. In the past few months, we’ve been delighted to see educators from around the world create online lectures and courses leveraging PowerPoint and Office Mix. We’re constantly updating Office Mix based on feedback, and if you haven’t tried it yet, download the newest version at today!
Today we’re pleased to share news about an exciting new partnership with edX. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT that offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations benefitting millions of students around the world. EdX hosts a web portal at for online education, and also sponsors Open edX—an open source initiative for developers to create a next-generation online... | Read more »

Quick-Tip: Menu Items Modifier Keys In OS X

A modifier key is a key that when held in combination with another key, causes a unique behavior. For example, Command-c copies highlighted data to your clipboard. The Finder modifier keys are pretty well documented. But a number of menu items support modifier keys as well. For example:

  • Click on the Dropbox item in your menu, you’ll be able to see the status of files that have sync’d as well as a cogwheel with the typical settings for an app like Dropbox. Option-click on the Dropbox menu item, you’ll see the items under the cogwheel menu.
  • Option-click the Wi-Fi menu item to see extended Wi-Fi information.
  • Option-click Bluetooth, you’ll see version and MAC address information for your bluetooth interface (note that the extended options are usually greyed out/informational).
  • Option-click on the sound menu item and you can switch input and output devices (these extended options are actually shown as you can switch between things).
  • ... | Read more »

Monday December 1

Santa’s Elves use OneNote to create giant wish lis...

Chances are, if you’ve ever dropped a letter to Santa in a mailbox—whether it was stamped or not, or addressed with “North Pole” or not—it ended up at a post office in one small town in southern Indiana.
Why Indiana? It’s because that town is called, for reasons too complex to relay logically here, “Santa Claus” and the U.S. Postal Service, cleverly and with no better alternative, began delivering them all there. Great canvas sacks of them. Literally, tens of thousands of envelopes filled with Christmas wishes and petitions of unnaughtiness that arrive by the truckload each December.
Since 1914, the townspeople have taken it upon themselves to answer every child’s letter they receive. And for a town which, even today, only has 2,500 residents, it’s a serious endeavor. “Santa’s Elves” is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to tackling it, and as Elf Pat Koch explains in the most kid-friendly way possible, “Santa Claus has to get all of those toys ready. He has so... | Read more »

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Make your own Tribez Figures (and More)...
Make your own Tribez Figures (and More) with Toyze Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 19th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
So Many Holiday iOS Sales Oh My Goodness...
The holiday season is in full-swing, which means a whole lot of iOS apps and games are going on sale. A bunch already have, in fact. Naturally this means we’re putting together a hand-picked list of the best discounts and sales we can find in order to make your own App Store holiday shopping easier. Things are already kicking off with an... | Read more »
It’s Bird vs. Bird in the New PvP Mode f...
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WarChest and Splash Damage Annouce Their...
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Badland Daydream Level Pack Arrives to C...
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A Bunch of Halfbrick Games Are Going Fre...
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