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Thursday March 23

15:30
Swift Playgrounds 1.2 Now Available

Swift Playgrounds, the revolutionary app for iPad that helps students learn to code, is now localized in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, making it even easier for more students around the world to learn and experiment with code.

Read the full press release.

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15:30
Swift Playgrounds 1.2 Now Available

Swift Playgrounds, the revolutionary app for iPad that helps students learn to code, is now localized in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, making it even easier for more students around the world to learn and experiment with code.

Read the full press release.

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10:15
Episode 123 on the Excel Bot with Jakob Nielsen—...
09:56
Jamf Pro 9.98 Now Available

The next release of iOS (10.3), macOS (10.12.4), and tvOS (10.2) bring us a host of new management features. These include DEP configuration, remote wipe, single app mode, conference room mode, and remote reboot for Apple TVs. The next evolution of iOS brings us sounds in lost mode, the ability to prevent users from connecting to unmanaged wireless networks (just make sure to push that policy after sending down the actual managed wireless networks – or eek), the option to remotely shut down and reboot devices,

The Mac options includes some of the above but also restricting the feature to unlock macOS devices with Touch ID, restrict documents and desktop syncing with Apple’s iCloud service. Shared iPad environments also get new passcode policies.

Jamf Pro 9.98 has also comes with Symantec PKI integration and lots, and lots, and lots of resolutions to product issues. For more, see https://www....

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Wednesday March 22

13:59
Unravelling Undocumented Middleware

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Some tasks are like the Labrynth. You walk around a corner, mark a block in chalk so you can go back, and then a goblin switches your arrow to a different direction. Or you go through a door and fall down an oubliette. But hey, if you write a few more scripts, you can always bring sanity to those you already have but don’t know exist, right?

The post Unravelling Undocumented Middleware appeared first on krypted.com.

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12:52
Office Store brings you Power BI custom visuals

The Office Store is introducing Power BI custom visuals to download and use in Power BI service reports and Power BI Desktop. Users will be able to easily discover and quickly download BI visualizations that interact with data to find key insights and drive important business decisions. Power BI custom visuals provide compelling data visualizations created by members of the community and by Microsoft. They behave just like the native rich visualizations already included with Power BI but can also be filtered, highlighted, edited and shared.

Here are some examples:

  • Word Cloud—Visualize the text in your data in a beautiful way.

...

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Tuesday March 21

16:00
Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

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16:00
Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

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09:00
Reducing complexity and boosting creativity with...

Architects have the unique challenge of balancing creativity and business needs to create something beautiful—and profitable. While the profession is known for vision and creativity, bringing a building to life also requires extensive planning and coordination. The assembly, tracking and accounting of nuts, bolts, beams and every other material needed—can make or break a project.

Tools that ease project planning and let architects and staff focus on the creative work are essential. Ian Butcher, owner of the small architectural firm Best Practice Architecture and Design, knows this well.

For Ian, becoming an architect was a near-lifelong dream. Naturally, it was the artistic side and not the business side of the profession that captivated him. “I grew up in the suburbs. All I knew were suburban houses and strip malls. But in 8th grade we went on a field trip to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Our group was so large that we entered through the freight elevator. When...

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09:00
Announcing the SharePoint Virtual Summit

I am excited to announce the SharePoint Virtual Summit—a free, global online event—will be on May 16, 2017.

With more than 85 million active users, Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and entire organizations with the broadest and deepest toolkit for collaboration. Office 365 is designed to meet the unique workstyle of every group with purpose-built, integrated applications: Outlook for enterprise-grade email; Yammer for networking across the organization; Skype for Business as the backbone for enterprise voice and video; Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace; and SharePoint for intelligent content management and intranets.

Last May, at the Future of SharePoint virtual event—viewed by over 50,000 people—we unveiled a new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive. Over the last year, we have delivered on new innovations,...

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09:00
Scott Photography evolves with Office 365

In an era of filtered perfection and disappearing selfies, Louis Scott has made a living by photographing the authentic, “raw” versions of his subjects. The mission of Scott Photography (located in San Antonio, TX) is to help individuals and businesses grow through the art of portraiture.

Since founding his business in 2012, Scott has depended on Microsoft Office for operating his business. Whether it’s a corporate client in need of headshots for the employees who make their product possible––or an aspiring actor, hoping to be the next big thing––Office helps Scott to always be ready.

Scott has also taken more time for personal projects as his business grows. He created the Human Uniqueness Project, which includes The Firefighter Initiative—portraitures of firefighters in day-to-day life, rather than in the acts of heroism that characterize their work. The Firefighter...

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Monday March 20

11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

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09:15
Outlook 2016 for Mac adds Touch Bar support and now...

Last week, Outlook for Mac released two highly requested features designed to help you get more done, quickly. First, we added support for the Touch Bar for MacBook Pro users. Through the Touch Bar, we intelligently put the most common inbox, formatting and view commands at your fingertips—all based on what you’re doing in Outlook.

Additionally, we’re bringing your favorite apps to your inbox with add-ins for Outlook for Mac. Whether it’s translating emails on the fly or updating your notes or project board, you will now be able to accomplish all this and more right from your inbox. These add-ins are also available across Outlook for Windows, iOS and the web, so your favorite apps are always there to help you accomplish tasks quickly.

Here’s a look at what’s new!

Intuitive commands at your fingertips with Touch Bar support in Outlook...

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09:00
New reasons to make Microsoft Bookings the go-to...

Last year, we released Microsoft Bookings to customers in the U.S. and Canada, introducing an easy way for small businesses to schedule and manage appointments with their customers. Today, we are pleased to announce that we’re beginning to roll out the service to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers worldwide. Based on your feedback, we are bringing several new features to Bookings:

  • Add your Office 365 calendar to Bookings—Connect your Office 365 calendar to Bookings, so that the times you are busy will automatically be blocked in your public Booking page.
  • Add buffer time before and after your appointments—Do you need prep time before or after an appointment? Adding buffer time to a service automatically blocks that time in your Booking page too.
  • Bookings apps for your iOS and Android phone—Now you...
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09:00
Improving patient health through collaboration,...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Dennis Giles, director of Unified Communications for Advocate Health Care.

Traditionally, hospitals concentrated on taking care of patients while they were within the walls of the building. Today, there’s a new model for healthcare, one in which hospitals and healthcare systems look beyond the facility itself, helping patients avoid hospital stays and ensuring the best possible long-term outcomes. That new model requires a new way of thinking about patients and how a healthcare system operates to most efficiently care for them.

As one of Illinois’s largest hospital systems, Advocate Health Care faces special challenges. We aim for excellence in all that we do, but providing the same high level of service across our entire organization of 37,000 associates is no small task. We decided to enhance our ability to share best practices and promote teamwork among our facilities by giving all employees underlying...

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Thursday March 16

15:00
Episode 122 on Microsoft Graph webhooks, delta...

In episode 122 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates to Jeff Sakowicz about new Microsoft Graph features such as webhooks, delta queries and extensions.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP122_Sakowicz.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

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09:00
Graph math equations with Ink math assistant in...

Last summer we introduced Ink math assistant in OneNote—a digital tutor that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to solve your handwritten math problems. Today, we are excited to announce that Ink math assistant can draw graphs of your equations, all within OneNote for Windows 10.

Now, when you write your math equations, the Ink math assistant quickly plots an interactive graph to help you visualize those difficult math concepts. You can zoom in and move the graph to observe intersection points or change values of parameters in your equations to better understand how each of them reflects on the graph. Finally, you can save a screenshot of the graph directly to your page to revisit it later.

Five steps to graph an equation in OneNote

  1. Begin by writing your equation. For example: y=x+3 or...
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09:00
Work smarter—not harder—on the next Office Small...

Is your business falling victim to silent killers of productivity? Register now for the next episode of Office Small Business Academy, “Work Smarter: Productivity Tools for Your Business,” airing March 28 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET, and learn how to develop processes and key disciplines that will allow your business to work smarter, not harder.

  • Robert Sher, CEO to CEO founding principal and Forbes columnist, will present his article “The 7 silent growth killers,” which outlines what can destroy your organization’s productivity, along with common pitfalls to watch out for.
  • Jeff Haden, Inc. Magazine contributing editor, will discuss how you can streamline operations using technology solutions and will share a dose of practical advice you can use today—whether you’re running a full-grown...
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05:40
TA17-075A: HTTPS Interception Weakens TLS Security

Original release date: March 16, 2017
Systems Affected

All systems behind a hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) interception product are potentially affected.

Overview

Many organizations use HTTPS interception products for several purposes, including detecting malware that uses HTTPS connections to malicious servers. The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) explored the tradeoffs of using HTTPS interception in a blog post called The Risks of SSL Inspection [1].

Organizations that have performed a risk assessment and determined that HTTPS inspection is a requirement should ensure their HTTPS inspection products are performing correct transport layer security (TLS) certificate validation. Products that do not properly ensure secure TLS communications and do not convey error messages to the user may further weaken the end-to-end protections that HTTPS aims to provide.

Description

TLS and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (...

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03:21
Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

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Wednesday March 15

09:00
Test drive our hottest new collaboration tool—...

Today’s fast-paced workplace requires you to transition between tasks seamlessly and find things quickly. As work and collaboration evolve to become more web-based and complex, changing professional styles call for tools that provide agility across the full span of a workday.

Instead of wasting time searching for your most-used features and content, you need technology that allows you to transition from email to collaboration to project work and back again with ease.

Get the chance to test our latest technology on your own work

Microsoft offers hands-on live sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to test drive Windows 10, Office 365 and our hottest new collaboration tool: Microsoft Teams. During these small-group sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you.

Each 90-minute session starts with an online business roundtable discussing your biggest business challenges with a...

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08:00
Microsoft Teams featured on Good Morning America—...

Good Morning America’s “Boosting Your Business” segment, sponsored by Microsoft, provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with simple advice and tools to help them grow.

On March 15, Good Morning America brought in Maxie McCoy, a career expert, to give tips and tricks to help businesses across the country be more productive and collaborative. To demonstrate some of these tips, Maxie visited WeWork, the hugely successful shared–office space startup, and talked about how the WeWork Creator Awards team can work together in a new way using Microsoft Teams, a new chat-based workspace in Office 365.

Maxie gave the Creator Awards team advice on aligning their vision, delegating responsibility and communicating clearly within team workspaces. She showed them how...

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Tuesday March 14

11:00
tvOS 10.2 beta 6 (14W5264a) Now Available

tvOS 10.2 beta 6 (14W5264a) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 10.2 beta 6 (14W5264a) Now Available

tvOS 10.2 beta 6 (14W5264a) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 3.2 beta 6 (14V5245a) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 6 (14V5245a) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 3.2 beta 6 (14V5245a) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 6 (14V5245a) Now Available

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08:30
J. Walter Thompson pioneers new brands on a global...

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JWT breaks new ground with Microsoft Teams

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Jamie McLellan, chief technology officer at J. Walter Thompson.

For 152 years, J. Walter Thompson (JWT) has been moving at the speed of culture—and in some cases even shaping it.

As one of the world’s best-known communications brands, JWT...

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08:30
Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 customers...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today, during a global webcast from Microsoft headquarters, we announced that Microsoft Teams—the chat-based workspace in Office 365—is now generally available in 181 markets and in 19 languages. Since announcing the preview in November, more than 50,000 organizations have started using Microsoft Teams, including Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Cerner Corporation, Conoco Phillips, Deloitte, Expedia, J.B. Hunt, J. Walter Thompson, Hendrick Motorsports, Sage, Trek Bicycle and Three UK. We’ve also introduced more than 100 new features to deliver ongoing innovation and address top customer requests.

With more than 85 million active users, Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and entire organizations with the broadest and deepest toolkit for collaboration. Office 365 is designed to meet the...

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08:30
Hendrick Motorsports drives collaboration to the...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Matthew Cochran, information technology manager at Hendrick Motorsports.

At Hendrick Motorsports, we look at IT as a competitive advantage. And it’s my job to support the company’s goals with the right technology. When Mr. Hendrick says he wants everyone—pit crews, engineers, accountants, mechanics—to work together to win NASCAR championships, we use Microsoft Teams to achieve that goal.

Most fans watching a race think it’s all about the car and the driver. But behind that combination is a ton of data, and the real question becomes how quickly we can consume and act on information to make race-winning decisions that give us a competitive edge. At the track, there’s not only adrenaline, but there’s a lot of noise, power issues and radio interference—so a lot of this collaboration has to be text driven. The persistent chat-based workspaces we get with Microsoft Teams are perfect on pit road.

In Talladega, Alabama,...

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07:00
Use awk to evaluate compound conditions

You search for items in macOS using compound conditions in a number of ways. One way is with awk. Here, we’re going to grab the output of a simple ls command. That gets piped into an awk statement. Then we’re going to look at the expression to evaluate. Basically, we’re going to say anything that contains com. as well as apple and .plist. Because it’s ls, we’re looking for names of files that match those patterns. Each pattern is listed in brackets. And then there’s the {print} to lay out the action of printing to the files that match the pattern to the screen:

ls |awk '/[com.][apple][.plist]/ {print}'

Note: I know you’re not supposed to use ls in scripts. Don’t care. If it were dates and such, I’d of used stat…

The post Use awk to evaluate compound conditions appeared first on krypted.com.

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Monday March 13

11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 6 (16E189a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 6 (16E189a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 10.3 beta 6 (14E5273a) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 6 (14E5273a) Now Available

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 6 (16E189a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 6 (16E189a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 10.3 beta 6 (14E5273a) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 6 (14E5273a) Now Available

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08:46
macOS Logging Subsystems In A Gist

If you happen to be tweaking the macOS subsystems for logging, I’ve put them into a little python class. If you need it, find it at this gist:

https://gist.github.com/krypted/495e48a995b2c08d25dc4f67358d1983

Could use an array of all the levels, TTLs, and options. But I’ll get to that when I get some time. If this is all you need, though:

class Logging(object):

__name__ = 'logger.info(1)'
plist = '/System/Library/Preferences/Logging/Subsystems/'

def __init__(__name__, plist, *args, **kwargs):
super(getLogger/, self).__init__()

logger.info('Input parameters:\n'
'accessibility: "{com.apple.Accessibility.plist}"\n'
'StandaloneHIDFudPlugins: "{com.apple.StandaloneHIDFudPlugins.plist}"\n'
'duetactivityscheduler: "{com.apple.duetactivityscheduler.plist...

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Friday March 10

11:33
Just a few tips on contract negotiations

My latest Huffington Post article is available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58c2eeeee4b0c3276fb7845c and starts off as follows:

Whether establishing a business agreement with a client, buying a car, or purchasing services at work, negotiating contracts is an inevitable part of life. Most negotiation advice dispensed online or in books falls far short of the mark, and some of it can actually backfire. Pretending that you have another, better potential deal in the wings or being too aggressive, for example, both shut down the possibility of forming a real connection with the other party—thereby making them less willing to cut you a good deal. In other words, a lot of the traditional tools out there are just inauthentic.

A few strategies help set the record straight when it comes to contract negotiation, allowing you to get the best deal possible:

To read more, see...

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10:00
Introducing the new Office 365 profile experience

In the modern workplace, an organization’s most important assets are its people. The knowledge, skills and expertise found throughout your carefully recruited teams are tantamount to individual and collective success.

All too often, however, this specialized knowledge is obfuscated by physical and organizational barriers. People know what information they need, but are unable to track down the answers they’re looking for. The popular adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” reminds us that the best-connected employees get the most done.

That’s where Office 365 can help. As Microsoft works to reinvent productivity for the modern workplace, our goal is to put people at the center of the connected suite experience. When you’re able to tap into the hidden knowledge throughout your organization and leverage your talent pool, you’re able to achieve more.

Starting today, we’re rolling out an extended profile card experience across Office 365 to enhance the...

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10:00
March 2017 updates for Get & Transform in Excel...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful set of features based on the Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce two new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers.

These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage...

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Thursday March 9

04:00
Episode 121 with Richard Moe on Microsoft Teams...

In episode 121 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Richard Moe, the Developer Community Program Manager for Microsoft Teams to discuss the launch of Microsoft Teams and the developer story with it.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP121_RichMoe.mp3

Download the podcast.

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Wednesday March 8

19:21
Episode 26 Of The MacAdmins Podcast :: Public...
10:00
Deploy your SharePoint Server 2016 farm in Azure

SharePoint Server 2016 in Microsoft Azure is designed to leverage faster provisioning of servers allowing you to take your first step in hosting a server-based IT workload in the cloud. To dramatically reduce the time it takes you to plan, design, test and deploy SharePoint farms in Azure, we have published articles for SharePoint Server 2016 in Microsoft Azure, including:

  • An overview that describes the benefits of hosting SharePoint Server 2016 farms in Azure infrastructure services.
  • Step-by-step instructions for two prescriptive dev/test environments:
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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 4 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10.3 beta 5 (14E5269a)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 5 (14V5243a)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 5 (14W5260a)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 4 (8W143q)

View all downloads.

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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 4 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10.3 beta 5 (14E5269a)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 5 (14V5243a)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 5 (14W5260a)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 4 (8W143q)

View all downloads.

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Tuesday March 7

13:16
A few tips on working from home

My latest @inc piece is up, at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/work-from-home-here-are-6-things-you-should-do-every-day.html?cid=search. It starts like this:

Telecommuting is on the rise. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 37 percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted at one point or another– four times greater than in 1995.

But working remotely can be a challenge. Not only can telecommuters feel disconnected from the organization, the organization can also feel disconnected from them.

If you’re into it,...

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 5 (16E183b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 5 (16E183b) Now Available

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 5 (16E183b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 5 (16E183b) Now Available

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10:00
Join us for an online event to celebrate the global...

On Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30 a.m. PT, we will celebrate the global availability of Microsoft Teams—the chat-based workspace in Office 365. Please join us for an online event to mark the occasion. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer and a special guest will share perspectives on teamwork, what’s new in Microsoft Teams, and talk about how customers are using Office 365 to collaborate and deliver great results.

Register now.

The post Join us for an online event to celebrate the global availability of Microsoft Teams appeared first on Office Blogs.

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10:00
New Office 365 adoption resources, webinar with...

Today’s blog post was written by Mike Grafham, adoption lead for the Microsoft FastTrack Engineering team.

Over the past couple years Microsoft FastTrack, the customer success service for the Microsoft Cloud, has helped more than 22,000 customers worldwide achieve success with Office 365. That number is growing quickly, with more than 4,000 new customers each month now turning to FastTrack for guidance on Office 365 implementation and user adoption. In addition to providing onboarding, FastTrack helps customers think beyond just the deployment to help organizations move to the cloud with confidence and realize business value faster.

Many organizations rely on FastTrack for assistance, guidance and resources that are provided directly from the people that build and run Office 365. Today, FastTrack is announcing several exciting new resources to help customers achieve widespread adoption of Office...

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10:00
Cyber risk is a business risk

Should your security focus be on systems or people?

In the latest Modern Workplace episode, “Cyber Intelligence—The Human Element,” we look at how organizations not only need to look at their systems but also have to address the security threats that stem from the behavior of their own employees, who oftentimes are the source of cyber-attacks. Phil Ferraro, CISO of Nielson, explains how security is not a responsibility to be merely delegated to IT and how failures in security have a direct impact on the business.

In the past, organizations typically focused on ensuring their networks were secure. But today, so many attacks are a result of employee actions, taking advantage of human behavior because employees provide easier entry points for malicious attacks. For example, spear phishing emails are commonplace and becoming more sophisticated.

Ferraro and Dr. Jessica Barker, cyber intelligence advisor, give actionable recommendations on how to educate your...

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09:30
Apple Pay Has Expanded to Ireland

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Ireland, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay within your app and website with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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09:30
Apple Pay Has Expanded to Ireland

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Ireland, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay within your app and website with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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Monday March 6

20:19
Programmatically Grab Active DNS Servers On macOS

There are a number of ways to grab what DNS server a device is using in macOS. So when you’re running a script you might choose to grab DNS information one way or another, according to what you’re after. Some of this might seem more complicated than it should be. And that’s correct…

resolv.conf

The /etc/resolv.conf file is updated automatically to look at what servers are used to resolve names used for DNS. The easiest way to see theses to simply cat it and grep for nameserver:

cat /etc/resolv.conf | grep nameserver

scutil

The next way we’ll grab DNS information is using scutil. Here, we use the –dns option, which outputs a lot of DNS stuffs, including all the built-in resolvers:

scutil --dns

To just grab the name servers:

scutil --dns | grep nameserver

We can also simplify the output to just the servers with awk:

scutil --dns | grep nameserver | awk '{print$3}'

networksetup

The second way is using...

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11:35
WWDC Scholarship Details Now Available

WWDC Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Developers selected for a scholarship will receive a WWDC17 ticket and lodging free of charge.

Learn more about WWDC Scholarships.

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11:35
WWDC Scholarship Details Now Available

WWDC Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Developers selected for a scholarship will receive a WWDC17 ticket and lodging free of charge.

Learn more about WWDC Scholarships.

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10:00
New basics training to get the most out of Office

Today, we are rolling out six new training courses covering the basics of using Office. Like any subject—math, chemistry or video games—even when you understand more advanced concepts, you can stumble over the basics. We looked at what customers struggled with, both novice and expert alike, and Office Basics was born. Whether you work with Excel, Word, PowerPoint or another Office app, you can learn a lot in these short videos, like how to sign in to Office,...

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10:00
LexisNexis speeds up legal document drafting and...

LexisNexis and Microsoft Office have teamed up to equip legal professionals with a comprehensive document drafting and review solution that they can use while on the go. Lexis for Microsoft Office eliminates the need to toggle back and forth between document, research and proofreading tools as the full toolset is in one place.

Law firms of all sizes, including corporate legal departments and government agencies, are accelerating their productivity by reducing document drafting time. Learn more about the partnership and integration at Betterwith.Office.com.

The post LexisNexis speeds up legal document drafting and review with Office 365 appeared first on Office Blogs...

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10:00
New in Access 2016—Large Number (BigInt) support

In response to one of the most requested items on our UserVoice forum, the Access team is pleased to announce support for a new data type in Access 2016—Large Number (BigInt).

A significant aspect of business solutions built on Access is the ability to read and write data to and from external data sources that use BigInt (as PK or other), such as SQL.

Add Large Number field to local tables

Large Number (BigInt)—now a supported data type—provides additional analytical capability and deepens the integration experience when users are importing/linking BigInt data. When creating new local tables or editing existing ones, Access now allows users to add fields that store BigInt numbers.

Turn on/off Large Number (BigInt) support for linked/imported tables

Customers specifically asked for the ability to import BigInt columns and link to tables with BigInt columns in a native way. We added an option for users to turn on/off support for Large Number in the...

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09:00
Moving to the cloud with confidence—Deutsche Börse...

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.

Exciting news for global financial services providers in highly regulated countries looking to modernize their business operations with a move to the cloud: Deutsche Börse Group (DBG) is taking a thought leadership approach to digital transformation by moving to Office 365 to digitally transform the way they work. Based in Frankfurt, DBG is a leading stock exchange in Germany and one of the largest exchange organizations worldwide, with offices in more than 20 locations.

To drive business agility in a digital world, DBG chose Microsoft Office 365 as the foundation for a digital transformation to enhance their ability to grow with the demands of the market, and make their employees more productive.

According to Frank Fischer, chief security officer and head of security of Deutsche Börse Group:

“Microsoft satisfied DBG’s concerns about how it controls...

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Thursday March 2

10:00
Episode 120 with MVP Mikael Svenson—Office 365...

In episode 120 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by MVP Mikael Svenson to discuss his community efforts with Office 365 Dev.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP120_msvenson.mp3

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Yammer integration with Office 365 Groups now...

Yammer empowers people to work out loud and connect with others across their organization to share ideas and get things done. In Yammer, groups provide the structure for people to gather in open spaces to share best practices, develop into communities of interest and ignite new initiatives.

Today, we are pleased to announce the integration of Yammer with Office 365 Groups—the group membership service that provides a single identity for teams in Office 365. Now, when you create a new group in Yammer, it will automatically be part of the Office 365 Groups service, giving the group a OneNote notebook, a Planner for task management, a SharePoint Online team site and document library. With the integration, you and the members of your group can readily access these shared resources directly from Yammer.

This integration between Yammer and Office 365 Groups affects customers who have enforced Office 365 identity in their networks, and have only one Yammer network associated...

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Wednesday March 1

11:00
Learn how to protect your organization from the...

Join us for the second episode of a two-part Modern Workplace special security series, “Cyber Intelligence—the human element,” airing March 7, 2017 at 8 a.m. PST / 4 p.m. GMT. In this episode, get a deeper look inside the biggest threat to an organization’s security—its employees. In addition, you will learn how to motivate your team to proactively help prevent a breach.

Featured guests:

  • Cyber intelligence advisor, Dr. Jessica Barker, shares simple steps you can take today to motivate your organization to help keep security threats at bay.
  • CISO for Nielsen, Phil Ferraro, discusses five common security myths you must avoid to protect your data.

Plus, learn how Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection can help enterprise businesses detect, investigate and respond to advanced threats.

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10:47
Episode 26 of the MacAdmins Podcast: Can’t Spell...
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What’s new in Office 365 administration—new Service...

Today, we’re pleased to announce that the new Office 365 Service health dashboard is now available to all customers. Since the first preview—announced at Ignite in September 2016—the new Service health dashboard has provided admins with a deeper level of service health insight. We’re excited about the rich insights that it is bringing to admins.

The new Service health dashboard reaches general availability

For many of you, moving to Office 365 was a big change. In an on-premises world, if there was a service incident, you were the ones investigating and solving the issue. With Office 365, you trust Microsoft with running the service as well as with quickly solving service incidents. We know that having visibility into the service is crucial for you, and we built the Service...

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Visio Online—anywhere, anytime access to your...

Mobility is paramount in today’s business environment. That’s why we’re excited to announce Microsoft Visio Online, which enables users to share and view Visio diagrams in high fidelity from almost any device using their favorite browser. Today, Visio Online opens the online viewing experience to almost all Office 365 commercial users, boosting productivity for everyone on your team, no matter where they’re working. In addition to Visio Online, we’ve released JavaScript APIs for IT professionals to extend Visio capabilities to meet specific user needs.

The Visio team has steadily released more and more features to increase mobility across your organization. In November 2016, we brought...

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10:00
Outlook 2016 for Mac adds support for Google...

Today, Outlook 2016 for Mac is adding support for Google Calendar and Contacts—available first to our Office Insider Fast community. We’re excited to be delivering on these highly-requested features for Mac users and matching our Outlook apps for iOS and Android, providing Google accounts with a more powerful way to stay in control of the day ahead.

While today marks the beginning of this rollout, we need your help to test drive and provide feedback on the experience. We will be closely managing the rollout to Insiders, expanding availability over the next several weeks, before becoming broadly available to Office 365 customers later this year.

More than just email

Outlook for Mac has long supported connecting to and managing your Gmail. With these updates, Outlook will now also sync your Google calendars and contacts. The experience will be very similar to what you are...

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OneNote Class Notebook supports English Language...

Klein Forest High School is located in Houston, Texas. Our student body is about 3,700 students; our faculty and staff total approximately 500, and we are 1:1. We have an on-campus repair center that services our devices, but they do not teach teachers and students how to use software. That’s where we step in. As the instructional specialists in technology on campus, it is our responsibility to ensure that teachers and students can utilize the technology effectively for teaching and learning.

We first saw OneNote Class Notebook while attending the TCEA annual technology conference last February. We attended an amazing session called Personalizing Student Learning with the OneNote Class Notebook. We were in love with so many features of the class notebook, but what sold us was Learning Tools because of our high English Language Learner (ELL) population.

As our campus struggled to step...

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Tuesday February 28

14:27
Basic Bash Functions

According to @johnkitzmiller, you can’t spell function without fun. So let’s have some fun! What’s a function? Think of it as a script inside a script. Define functions at the beginning of the script instead of making repeated calls to the same task within a script. The other nice thing about functions is that the act of compartmentalization makes them simple to insert into a number of different scripts. For example, if you do a lot of curl commands to pull down something in a lot of different scripts, having the grabbing of the data as a function, then the parsing of it into an array as a function and ultimately the writing of it or dealing with an stderr as another might make it simpler to then port it into the next script and the next.

Functions are simple to define. Just use (yes, you guessed it) the function command. So let’s look at the most basic function. Here, we’ll wrap a simple echo line inside curly brackets. So the syntax is function followed by the name of the...

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tvOS 10.2 beta 4 (14W5252c) Now Available

tvOS 10.2 beta 4 (14W5252c) Now Available

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tvOS 10.2 beta 4 (14W5252c) Now Available

tvOS 10.2 beta 4 (14W5252c) Now Available

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10:00
Office 365 news in February—new and improved...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

This month, we released several improvements to our cloud-powered intelligence services. These services use machine learning and advanced algorithms to create magical experiences that save you time and help produce polished, gorgeous content. And they will just get better each month as we deliver continued innovation and further tune our intelligent recommendations as more people use them.

Jumpstart presentations with QuickStarter in PowerPoint

QuickStarter is now available in PowerPoint. Announced in September, QuickStarter reinvents how you create presentations by helping you conquer blank slides. Simply type in your topic and QuickStarter gets you going with a...

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Monday February 27

15:00
watchOS 3.2 beta 4 (14V5235b) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 4 (14V5235b) Now Available

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watchOS 3.2 beta 4 (14V5235b) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 4 (14V5235b) Now Available

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macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 4 (16E175b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 4 (16E175b) Now Available

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macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 4 (16E175b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 4 (16E175b) Now Available

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iOS 10.3 beta 4 (14E5260b) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 4 (14E5260b) Now Available

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iOS 10.3 beta 4 (14E5260b) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 4 (14E5260b) Now Available

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10:00
eBay makes a bid for flexibility in the workplace...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president at Microsoft.

eBay joined the Office 365 family of enterprise customers a few years ago, and I’m excited that the groundbreaking online retailer is now looking to take the next step toward advanced productivity by investing in Office 365 E5 for communication and analytics.

I recently heard from Rami Mazid, head of Global Infrastructure and End Users Services at eBay, about how Office 365 dovetails with the company’s internal goals. “At eBay, we were built on the belief that we can empower and connect people to create more opportunity, specifically through commerce. Within our own company, we’ve mirrored that same belief by leveraging technology and tools that enable our employees to easily connect and collaborate with one another. We’re using cloud-based technologies like Office 365 to give our employees the flexibility to work how they want, helping them forge bonds with...

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10:00
Learning Tools for Word Online and OneNote Online...

We are pleased to share that Learning Tools are now available in new languages to all customers with Office 365 or a personal OneDrive account. Previously, we announced that we would deliver Learning Tools to Word Online and OneNote Online, so users on any device can experience the same reading and writing benefits people see using Learning Tools for OneNote. To access these new Learning Tools in Word Online or OneNote Online, go to the View menu and click Immersive Reader. In addition, Learning Tools for Word 2016 has Learning Tools built into Read Mode.

Learning Tools includes a modified reader view that utilizes techniques proven to help people read more effectively, such as:

  • Read Aloud—Reads text...
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Tuesday February 21

12:11
About the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.1

This document describes the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.1.

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Monday February 13

11:30
About the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6

This document describes the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6.

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Wednesday January 25

20:49
About the security content of watchOS 3.1.3

This document describes the security content of watchOS 3.1.3.

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Monday January 23

15:38
About the security content of iTunes 12.5.5 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.5.5 for Windows.

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11:05
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1...

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1.1.

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11:02
About the security content of tvOS 10.1.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 10.1.1.

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11:01
About the security content of iOS 10.2.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 10.2.1.

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Wednesday January 18

14:04
Logic Pro X 10.3 release notes

Learn about the Logic Pro X 10.3 update. 

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11:24
About the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3

This document describes the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.

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Monday January 16

18:26
About the security content of watchOS 3.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 3.1.

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18:02
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7.

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Tuesday January 10

16:46
About the security content of watchOS 2.2.2

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.2.2.

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16:46
About the security content of iOS 9.3.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.3.

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Tuesday January 3

15:27
About the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12

This document describes the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12.

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Monday May 3

09:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
 

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