TechNet Flash - Volume 18, Issue 24: November 23, 2016

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Democratizing artificial intelligence: Hear about the future of AI and why OpenAI chose Azure

Webinar: Build, deploy, and manage services with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Azure

Now available: Check out the new SQL Server on Linux public preview

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Announcing Azure Bot Service: Industry’s first cloud Bot-as-a-Service
Powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and Azure Functions, the new Azure Bot Service enables rapid bot development. Discover how you can build, deploy, and manage intelligent bots that interact naturally with users and allow your bots to scale based on demand. Learn more.

Isolate Windows and Linux issues with dependency mapping
Watch a demonstration of Service Map and see how it provides application dependency discovery and mapping across Windows and Linux, in the cloud, on premises, and in hybrid environments.

Video demo: SQL Server on Linux
The public preview is now available. Learn how you can download and install SQL Server on a Linux virtual machine, run SQL Server-based apps inside Docker containers, and improve the performance of your apps.

Know it, Prove it: Take the challenge and earn an MVA badge
The latest 30-day challenge offers an opportunity to earn a badge from Microsoft Virtual Academy. Pick the tech topic of your choice – big data, web development, or IoT – and get started. Learn new skills along the way and for each challenge you complete, you will earn a badge. Get the details and sign up.

Overview of accessibility updates to Microsoft Learning Tools
Learn about the latest Microsoft Learning Tools enhancements for Office Lens, Word Desktop, and Word Online that will make it easier for users to write, read, and share work on any device.

Extreme gaming: Alienware shows off eye tracking gameplay with new VR-ready machines
Alienware showed off some extreme desktop and laptop gaming PCs at the ESL One gaming event in New York City. Watch this video to check out some of Alienware’s latest VR-ready products using Tobii eye tracking technology.

GPU intensive work in the cloud
Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team explores what is now possible with high-performance computing and Microsoft Azure.

Updated management capabilities for Windows and Linux
Lead engineer Eamon O’Reilly walks you through the latest update management capabilities for Windows and Linux available with the new automation control service in Azure.

Live: Watch the Microsoft Tech Summit keynote live from Tel Aviv (December 7, 2016)
On December 7, 2016 (at 10:00 A.M. IDT), keynote speaker Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise Group, will take the stage. Watch the live broadcast to learn how the Microsoft Cloud can help you stay competitive in today’s digital transformation landscape.

Take the Azure Functions Challenge
Test your skills and learn how to build solutions using Azure Functions at the same time. Azure Functions is an event-based serverless compute experience that can help accelerate your development. Learn more and take the challenge.

Microsoft Tech Summit: Find an event near you
Attend a free, two-day technical training event to build your cloud and infrastructure skills. Discover how Microsoft’s enterprise solutions can help you be more successful, productive, and valuable to your organization. Choose from over 70 training sessions and hands-on labs.


MVA training: Introduction to Microsoft Azure for IT pros
Explore both foundational and high-level concepts that relate to Microsoft Azure implementation. Learn about accounts, subscriptions, and Azure Active Directories. And explore users, roles, and common administration tasks.


IT Showcase: Skype for Business at Microsoft
December 7, 2016
In this roundtable event, subject matter experts from the Skype for Business at Microsoft course will answer questions, share insights, and discuss how Microsoft IT implements, maintains, and supports Skype for Business. Register now for this online discussion.

IT Showcase: SharePoint at Microsoft
December 14, 2016
In this live online discussion, experts from the SharePoint at Microsoft course will answer questions and discuss how Microsoft IT designs, implements, manages, and supports SharePoint at Microsoft. Learn some of the insights and best practices discovered by Microsoft IT.

Build your cloud and infrastructure skills at the Microsoft Tech Summit
Through April 27, 2017, worldwide
Attend a free, two-day technical training event with top Microsoft engineers who build and run cloud services across Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. More than 70 training sessions to choose from at events being held worldwide. Find a Microsoft Tech Summit near you.