TechNet Flash - Volume 17, Issue 3: February 4, 2015

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Cloud Platform Roadmap: Get details about new releases, previews, and technologies being developed

First look: Watch a demo of Office for Windows 10 with touch-optimized features

Limited-time offer: Free Pluralsight Starter subscription (13 courses) for TechNet community

Free training: Advanced PowerShell Desired State Configuration and Custom Resources (February 26, 2015)

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TechNet Radio: An introduction to enterprise device management

If you are new to enterprise device management, check out this 5-part series that will cover broad issues and technologies that IT organizations should consider when planning to support BYOD, mobility, and device choice.

Endpoint Zone: Watch what’s new in the world of enterprise mobility management

In the latest episode of Endpoint Zone, Brad Anderson and Simon May discuss cyber attacks, Intune roll-outs, recent developments, and predictions for what they think will happen with enterprise mobility management in 2015.

TechNet Radio: An introduction to PowerShell Desired State Configuration

The latest episode in the 'Automation and DevOps” series features an overview of PowerShell DSC (Desired State Configuration). Learn how DSC is relevant to automation and DevOps, and see how it works in a Microsoft Azure environment running Windows or Linux workloads.

Share your best tech support stories for a chance to win a Surface Pro 3 or Microsoft Band

The Enterprise Mobility Suite team is looking for the best tales from tech support – those crazy, unbelievable moments from the trenches that only an IT pro can truly appreciate. Get the contest details and enter the Tales from Tech Support contest and sweepstakes for a chance to win.

Edge Show: Watch how to integrate SaaS applications with Azure AD

Simon May and Eran Dvir (Senior Program Manager from Microsoft’s Identity Team) discuss Azure AD SaaS app integration. Learn about adding your own custom SaaS apps, discover how to use Azure AD SaaS apps to manage access to corporate apps, and see what integration with HR systems looks like.

Office Mechanics: Get an overview of the new Power BI updates

Power BI has new features, dashboards, visualizations, and support for popular SaaS applications. In this episode of Office Mechanics, see these new capabilities as well as hybrid connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services.

Live webinar: Forrester Research explains why and how firms are adopting the cloud

If you’re wondering how the cloud fits into your business or career, register for this live webinar (February 18, 2015) for IT pros and developers. You will learn key concepts, industry trends, common first steps for adoption, and criteria for picking the right solution.

How “Azure in a box” eases your move to a hybrid cloud

If you don’t need a full-blown Azure cloud solution, a hybrid cloud might be the right option for your environment. Discover how you can use Windows Azure Pack and its underlying private cloud engine to provision resources and configure hybrid connectivity.

OneDrive for Business gets new Mac sync client and updated iOS app

Check out this episode to learn about new updates to OneDrive for Business. Beyond the new Mac sync client, you’ll hear about the upcoming Office 365 Compliance Center updates, including a sneak peek at the upcoming file and user auditing.

Azure Active Directory: 5 IAM advantages of connecting on-premises AD to Azure AD

Azure Active Directory doesn’t replace your on-premises Active Directory infrastructure. Instead, Azure AD complements and extends Active Directory. Learn how to connect your on-premises Active Directory to Azure AD and learn how it can solve some common problems.

Office 365: Making adjustments for cloud security and privacy in specific industries

Microsoft is investing in how it designs and operates services world-wide with contracts for core principles rather than based on fluctuating technical specifics. Watch this video to learn more.

Edge Show: A look at how Release Management service supports open source

The Release Management service can run any executable to use third-party deployment mechanisms, including Chef, PowerShell DSC, and other build systems. Learn more about how Release Management supports open source. Join the conversation on Twitter using #TalkDevOps.

Training and Books

Live training: Getting Started with PowerShell Desired State Configuration

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) transforms how IT pros deploy and manage resources on premises and in the cloud. Get a solid foundation with this course from Microsoft Virtual Academy on February 25, 2015.

New on-demand training: Open source for DevOps practices

Leading DevOps experts Ross Gardler and David Tesar explore common open source tooling and demonstrate what’s possible from a zero-process environment to a fully automated production environment. Take the on-demand course and join the conversation on Twitter using #TalkDevOps.


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February 1–28, 2015
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Microsoft Ignite: The session catalog is now available online

May 4–8, 2015
Get ready to talk tech all day and night at Microsoft Ignite. Check out the session catalog and filter hundreds of sessions to find the topics that are right for you. And don’t forget to register.