TechNet Flash - Volume 16, Issue 26: December 17, 2014

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Safeguarding data in Office 365: How Microsoft detects and mitigates anomalous activity

Microsoft uses big data analysis, machine learning, and dedicated intrusion detection teams to help safeguard data in Office 365. Senior Test Engineer Matt Swann offers an insider’s perspective in this episode.​

Five surprising findings about DevOps

Large organizations have been adopting DevOps strategies at a faster pace than recent research had originally suggested. Saugatuck Technology, a tech research and consulting firm, looks at five key factors.

Windows 10: Get a technical preview for IT pros available on demand

Want a sneak peak at Windows 10? Check out this on-demand course from Microsoft Virtual Academy to join leading experts as they explore improvements designed to help you meet your enterprise IT and security challenges.

A step-by-step guide to revoking and reinstating client VPN certificates for Azure point-to-site VPNs

Keith Mayer steps you through the process of revoking and reinstating user certificates for Azure point-to-site VPNs. Learn how you can do this using the Azure PowerShell module and the Azure Service Management REST API.

Windows Apportals: Learn more on the new MSDN blog for developers

Windows Apportals can integrate your entire line-of-business stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience. The concept is simple: introduce the same nested folder structure common in a desktop OS to the modern OS or mobile OS. Learn more on the new Windows Apportals blog.

Keep data secure and employees productive with managed Office mobile apps

You need to enable mobility to keep your workforce productive, but while also keeping corporate data secure. Take a look at how you can enable secure productivity on virtually any platform with the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Computerworld: The main obstacle organizations face when adopting DevOps

According to a recent study funded by Microsoft, most organizations want to embrace DevOps. The main hurdle, however, is not technology-related, but instead cultural barriers between developers and operations. Computerworld takes a closer look.

Now available: Scalable WordPress Web App enables easy, high-performance websites on Azure

While it is easy to set up a basic WordPress site from the Azure Marketplace, setting up a site that could readily handle large-scale traffic has been a more difficult task. The new Scalable WordPress Web App makes it easy to deploy high-performance websites.

Balancing your data needs: A look at high availability and disaster recovery with Microsoft Azure

High availability and disaster recovery are different strategies with different strengths and weaknesses. Microsoft technical evangelist Yung Chou explains how you can include both strategies in your environment to improve uptime and data loss prevention.

Moodle and Office 365: New MS Open Tech open source plugin for education and business

The open source Moodle project is the most popular learning management system in the world. Find out more about a project that kicked off this past fall that will soon have Moodle working even better with Office 365.

Get an in-depth look at the latest version of the Microsoft Azure (IaaS)Cost Estimator Tool

The updated Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool version 1.1 is now available. Technical Evangelist Kevin Remde walks through the tool, looking at the new features and capabilities. Discover how you can use the Cost Estimator Tool to profile your existing on-premises infrastructure and estimate the cost of running it on Azure.

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