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Tuesday May 3

11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

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10:25
Test drive Microsoft Office 365 from the comfort of...

Test drive Office 365 from the comfort of your own office.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.

We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.

Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team’s productivity by sharing documents...
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10:01
About the security content of Xcode 7.3.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.3.1.

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09:11
BCC all mail to an OS X Server to an Email address

I’m pretty big on privacy. Actually, I don’t need much privacy; I’m an open book. But I try to be very respectful of the privacy of others. Still, there are certain valid circumstances to send all mail that goes to an OS X Server to an email address. Maybe you have an automation that picks up mail from support staff and files it into software for ticketing, maybe you have a legal hold. In many cases, it’s not my place to judge the validity of such requests; only to find ways to implement them.

To bcc all mail to an OS X Server, first disable the feature from Postfix so you can enable it in serveradmin. First, edit the postfix config file, /Library/Server/Mail/Config/postfix/main.cf. Open the file in your favorite text editor and remove the line that starts with always_bcc. Then close the file and save.

Next, run the following command to enable the option:

sudo serveradmin settings mail:postfix:always_bcc_enabled = yes

And finally, define the email...

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09:00
Our journey into the world of OneNote

Today’s post was written by Gerald B. Johnson, data support specialist at Feldwood Elementary School in College Park, Georgia.

As the data support specialist at Feldwood Elementary School, my role is to support teachers in using their students’ assessment results and to support my principal in identifying key data points for decision making. As I began planning how to facilitate these tasks effectively, I knew I would need a medium to organize, store and share the vast amount of information we collected throughout the school year. Like many of you, I was used to keeping a physical binder containing this information about my homeroom class. The problem I faced was that I was no longer in the classroom and needed to facilitate this process with over 30 teachers. The idea of thumbing through over thirty five-inch binders on a regular basis was not an appealing idea.

During the second semester of 2015, our school district purchased the Office 365 suite. My school...

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Friday April 29

09:00
Register for “Management in Motion—building an...

Employee turnover is not only expensive, but it can also have a massive impact on the morale of a team. In fact, in a recent study conducted by INC, roughly three out of four employees said that their manager is the worst and most stressful part of their job. In addition, 65 percent said they would take a new manager over a pay raise. To get the best out of your teams and their talents, managers need to be able to inspire and energize their teams.

Join us May 10 at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. GMT for the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Management in Motion—building an energized workforce,” where we explore how effective leadership fosters a collaborative environment, empowers employees and improves productivity while enhancing customer satisfaction.

  • David Marquet, leadership expert, retired U.S. Navy captain and author of “Turn the Ship...
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09:00
National Small Business Week special edition webcast...

Join us for a bonus episode of the Office Small Business Academy, “Small Business, Big Ideas: Live Expert Q&A, in celebration of National Small Business Week, airing May 5 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.

We invite the small business community to ask our experts their questions about entrepreneurship during this special one-night event live from the Microsoft flagship store in New York. Together, we’ll discuss the best ways to lead and grow your small business—including tips to empower employees, embrace change, manage resources and create a loyal customer base.

Carol Roth, CNBC on-air contributor and best-selling author of “The Entrepreneur Equation,” will host the event and take your questions, along with Ramon Ray, publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine and small business evangelist, and Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of...

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06:00
List of Safe Complex Characters for Passwords

A number of systems require you to use complex characters in passwords and passcodes. Here is a list of characters that can be used, along with the name and the associated unicode:

  •    (Space) U+0020
  • ! (Exclamation) U+0021
  • ” (Double quotes) U+0022
  • # (Number sign) U+0023
  • $ (Dollar sign) U+0024
  • % (Percent) U+0025
  • & (Ampersand) U+0026
  • ‘  (Single quotes) U+0027
  • ( (Left parenthesis) U+0028
  • ) (Right parenthesis) U+0029
  • * (Asterisk) U+002A
  • + (Plus) U+002B
  • , (Comma) U+002C
  • – (Minus sign) U+002D
  • . (Period) U+002E
  • / (Slash) U+002F
  • : (Colon) U+003A
  • ; (Semicolon) U+003B
  • < (Less than sign) U+003C (not allowed in all systems)
  • = (Equal sign) U+003D
  • > (Greater than sign) U+003E (not allowed in all systems)
  • ? (Question) U+003F
  • @ (At sign) U+0040...
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06:00
The topicdesk.com Roundcube Installer for Server 5...

I thought I posted this previously, but it doesn’t appear as though I did. Server 5, Roundcube installer. Get better mail on OS X Server if you’re misguided enough to use the service.

https://topicdesk.com/downloads/tools/roundcube-for-os-x-server/

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Thursday April 28

15:49
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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15:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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15:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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09:15
OneNote and Office Lens April roundup

Today, we are releasing several new capabilities for OneNote and Office Lens that enhance multimedia experiences, collaboration and canvas organization.

We’ve got a lot of great stuff to cover, so let’s dive in!

Multimedia

Insert and view content from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway and more, right alongside your notes. By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac or iOS, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it. Soon you’ll also be able to embed with copy and paste for OneNote Online.

OneNote for Windows

We updated the work and school sign-in process, so now you can sign in to OneNote for the first time using your Office 365 organization ID. We hope this eliminates potential confusion, saves time and gets people into their notes more quickly.

For OneNote for the Windows Phone, we added audio recording, giving you an additional and easier way to get your ideas down while on the go.

OneNote for iOS

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09:00
Seal Industries switches direction, gets to the...

Today’s post was written by Rick Cooper, director of IT at Seal Industries.

Seal Industries delivers high-quality monitoring, maintenance and repair services in the petrochemical industry. We’ve built our business on a reputation for innovation and cost-effective, highly technical service options, but we had outgrown a corporate IT infrastructure that was starting to impact our business.

We have more than 600 field employees working at refineries and plants around the country. They’re equipped with state-of-the-art technology to perform their functional roles, but they had no corporate email, and no way to connect with our network if they did. Meanwhile, we have almost 100 managers and sales people at the main office who had to rely on a small infrastructure of aging on-premises servers.

From impossible to the Microsoft cloud

We had most of the company shut out of our business loop and doing tons of actual paperwork. Back at the office, my IT...

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09:00
Episode 091 on Angular 2 with Sahil Malik—Office 365...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks with Sahil Malik about what it means to be a developer with Office 365 and the Office 365 work Sahil has been doing with authentication, Angular 2 and Cordova.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP91_SahilMalik.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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09:00
Mobile application management and conditional access...

We are pleased to announce support for mobile application management (MAM) and conditional access capabilities for Skype for Business mobile apps for online customers. These capabilities are delivered through integration with Intune, Microsoft’s cloud-based mobile device and application management solution.

An integral aspect of enabling true productivity is ensuring that employees can communicate and collaborate from wherever they are, on their favorite devices. At the same time, keeping sensitive corporate information secure is critical. With Skype for Business, we are committed to enabling productivity on the go for end users, as well as providing IT the tools to protect and manage the applications and associated data.

Here’s a look at some of the core Intune MAM and conditional access capabilities that can help you enable managed productivity with Skype for Business.

Manage and prevent data loss from Skype for Business apps using Intune

With an...

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06:00
Precache Now Supports AppleTV

Precache, available at https://github.com/krypted/precache, is a script that populates the cache on an OS X Caching server for Apple updates. The initial release supported iOS. The script now also supports caching the latest update for an AppleTV. To use that, there’s no need to include an argument for AppleTV. Instead, you would simply  run the script followed by the model identifier, as follows:

sudo python precache.py AppleTV5,4

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Wednesday April 27

11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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09:00
OneNote transforms the way we work as a staff

Today’s post was written by Stewart Davies, assistant principal at the Ysgol Bae Baglan, opening in September 2016.

Ysgol Bae Baglan is a brand new, state-of-the-art school for 1,600 students aged 3–16 in Wales. The school’s team is proud to be in one of the very first schools serving students from age 3–16. Bae Baglan is the amalgamation of four very successful schools, and has students with a broad range of needs and from different socio-economic backgrounds. The school will open in September 2016 and will implement a one-to-one program with the Microsoft Surface over the next three years, starting with Year 9 from day one.

The challenge for Ysgol Bae Baglan is to have our brand new cross-phase school ready to open in September 2016. Our teachers currently work in four different schools, so we needed an effective way for them to communicate and collaborate. Eighteen months ago, we started by deciding what we needed to achieve: simple email group...

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09:00
Sway featured story #2—“That Dragon, Cancer”

Last month, we kicked off our featured story series with our Sway on Nathan Sawaya. Nathan’s inventive use of LEGO blocks to create works of art strongly embodies Sway’s mission to provide an adaptable medium that empowers everyone to tell their stories in unique, innovative and delightful ways.

Our second piece features the profoundly moving story of the family behind the video game “That Dragon, Cancer” and the film “Thank You for Playing.” Ryan and Amy are the parents of Joel Green, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was just a year old. Ryan, a game designer, first began developing the game to express his feelings about their family’s struggles. Over time, it became the couple’s way to broaden the conversation about cancer, uncertainty and death. Amy notes that people...

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09:00
Get started in the cloud with the new IT Pro Cloud...

As the IT profession continues its transition to leveraging more and more cloud services and technologies, we’re introducing the new IT Pro Cloud Essentials program to give you a better experience on the journey with access to professional training, extended trials, Azure credit and priority support. Last week, Mike Neil announced the program on the Server & Cloud blog, but this also helps IT pros focused on Office 365 and supporting services.

Technologies born in the cloud are transformative opportunities for you to support the needs of your organization. As an IT pro, people look to you to be the first to know about new technologies, and you are vital to technology adoption.

With IT Pro Cloud Essentials,...

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06:00
The AppleTV Software Update Feed

AppleTVs automatically update. They do so using a process similar to how iOS updates, but instead of looking at the feed I posted in http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/, they look at http://mesu.apple.com/assets/tv/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate.xml.

The AppleTV feed is similar to that available for iOS updates, with each dictionary having roughly the same data:

ActualMinimumSystemPartition
1482
Build
13Y6234
InstallationSize
0
MinimumSystemPartition
1534
OSVersion
9.2
ReleaseType
Beta
SUDocumentationID
PreRelease
SUInstallTonightEnabled

SUMultiPassEnabled

SUProductSystemName...

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Tuesday April 26

11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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09:37
Episode 3 of the MacAdmins Podcast Now Available!
09:00
More April 2016 updates for Get & Transform in...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on 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 more updates to this powerful feature set. 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 of these updates by downloading the latest ...

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09:00
Introducing Yammer external groups

The Yammer team is passionate about helping people work effectively in teams across their company. But collaboration doesn’t stop at the company boundary. Sometimes you need to work closely with customers, consultants, partners or suppliers outside your organization.

Today, we are pleased to announce the new external groups feature in Yammer, enabling you to include people outside your company in a Yammer group—making it easier for extended teams to work together. The external groups capability builds on the existing ways to work with people outside your company, such as external networks and external messaging, which enables you to add people outside your organization directly to a thread in your organization’s Yammer network.

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09:00
First step to the all new Skype for Business for Mac

We are excited to announce the start of the Skype for Business Mac Public Preview. Commercial customers can request an invite to test the Mac client at www.SkypePreview.com. We’ll start by issuing invites to IT administrators to download the client and gradually expand the preview to everyone in the coming weeks.

The preview will release in three cumulative stages leading to public availability, planned for the third quarter of 2016. Today’s initial release lets you see and join your meetings. Let’s take a look at the functionality rolling out today and what’s coming in the future.

Preview phase one—Once you sign in, you’ll see your meetings for today and tomorrow, based on your Outlook calendar, displayed in the Skype for Business client.

View your meetings schedule.

Join any meeting with just one click and enjoy full screen video, content viewing, in-meeting chat and...

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08:59
New to Office 365 in April—Skype for Business Mac...

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

This month, we’re announcing several new Office 365 investments to help people better collaborate. This includes the much anticipated Skype for Business Mac Preview, new Yammer external groups and improvements in our Office Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Please read on for details.

Introducing Skype for Business Mac Preview

Today, we are excited to announce the start of the Skype for Business Mac Preview. This new app offers a simple yet powerful experience that brings our Mac customers into the modern era of Skype for Business.

Skype Meetings are now available with the Skype for Business Mac Preview.

The Skype for Business Mac Preview will release in three...

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Monday April 25

09:00
Indivior poised for growth with Office 365

The pharmaceuticals industry is in a constant state of flux. To succeed in this dynamic atmosphere, companies like Indivior need to stay flexible so that they can fold in those new business units or quickly launch new ones, as the case may be. In December 2014, Indivior became an independent company through a demerger from its former parent company. As a result, we had to quickly stand up a brand new IT environment, separate from what we’d known, including everything from phone systems and desktop support to business applications and email.

It’s a common pitfall to worry so much about the short-term timeline that a company doesn’t plan for the future, but we didn’t make that mistake. We knew that we wanted to structure our environment to not just get us launched on time, but to put us in a position to grow quickly on a global scale.

That’s why we adopted Microsoft Office 365. After all, in the pharmaceuticals industry, document and file formats are critical because we...

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06:00
Automatically Cache Updates To Your OS X Server

A little while back, I did a little writeup on how the OS X Caching Server caches updates at http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/. The goal was to reverse engineer parts of how it worked for a couple of different reasons. The first was to get updates for devices to cache to my caching server prior to 15 people coming in before it’s cached and having caching it down on their own.

So here’s a little script I call precache. It’s a little script that can be used to cache available Apple updates into an OS X Server that is running the Caching Service. To use, run the script followed by the name of the model. For example, for an iPad 2,1, you would use the following syntax:

sudo python precache.py iPad2,1

To eliminate beta operating systems from your precache,use the –no-beta argument:

sudo python precache.py iPad2,1 --no-beta

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Sunday April 24

14:36
20 Things To Do In Austin While Attending ACES

Things to Do In Austin In May

Diverse, fun and infused with culture, Austin is the capital of Texas and home to a prosperous community and a wide variety of culture, from the world class cuisine in the many fine restaurants, the growing population of infamous tech companies, the summer festivals and creative atmosphere, to the magnificent country music in what is also referred to as the Live music capital of the world (although Nashville, Athens, and other cities might have some arguing of that point).

Here are some great things to do when you visit Austin: 

  1. Austin City Limits

I grew up seeing acts including Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, George Strait, REM, and everyone who was anyone play at Austin City Limits. The same is true today. It’s like playing at the Grand Ole Opry, but open to acts that today include the Arctic Monkeys, Lumineers,...

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Saturday April 23

06:00
Run A Caching Server On A Computer Without Ethernet

I do a lot of testing on MacBook Airs and the latest MacBooks. Neither have a built-in Ethernet port and I try not to travel with one. But, when you enable the Caching Server service in OS X on a machine without an active Ethernet connection, the AssetCache will report an error of the following:

Wireless portable computer not supported

The cause is pretty obvious, but bypassable because of how the sanity check was built. Simply run the following:

sudo serveradmin settings caching:Interface = en0

Now try again. Enjoy.

PS: Since people always jump on the article where I talk about how to do things that shouldn’t be done in production, I mostly use this for testing. Don’t do it in production… And if you enjoy being judgmental about things, please feel free to find something constructive to do with your time, like write up how to do something that everyone else can judge you harshly for…

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Friday April 22

15:30
Upcoming Requirement for watchOS Apps

Starting June 1, 2016, all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. Learn more about developing for watchOS.

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15:30
Upcoming Requirement for watchOS Apps

Starting June 1, 2016, all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. Learn more about developing for watchOS.

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08:00
Atkins to become “digital by default” with move to...

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

It’s amazing to watch how some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies are using Microsoft Office 365 to transform their businesses. The latest example is Atkins, one of the world’s leading engineering, design and project management consultancies, which has chosen to roll out Office 365 E5 to over 18,600 employees worldwide. Office 365 E5 is our most comprehensive Office 365 offering ever, providing the core Office apps, plus email, cloud storage, a robust set of team collaboration capabilities, Skype for Business meetings and voice services, and advanced security and analytics capabilities. Atkins selected Office 365 to help achieve its goal of moving all its IT systems to the cloud.

Richard Cross, chief information officer and chief digital officer at Atkins. He refers to his company’s cloud transformation as one that will result in Atkins being “digital...

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06:00
Migrating Objects From Active Directory To Apple...

Apple School Manager is a portal used to create classes, import students, manage Managed Apple IDs, and link all these things together. You can use a Student Information System (SIS) to create these classes, import students, etc. But, only if you have a SIS with an API that Apple links to. If you don’t, you’ll need to import data using csv files. And you’ll need to import four csv files: Classes, Instructors, Staff, and of course Students.

Many schools will already have this data in Active Directory or another LDAP-based solution. Here, we’ll look at getting the information out of Active Directory and into csv. The LDIFDE utility exports and imports objects from and to Active Directory using the ldif format, which is kinda’ like csv when it gets really drunk and can’t stay on one line. Luckily, ldif can’t drive. Actually, each attribute/field is on a line (which allows for arrays) and an empty line starts the next record. Which can make for a pretty messy looking file the...

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Thursday April 21

11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 (13Y763c) Now Available

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06:00
Get the OS X Server Version

You can find the version of the Server app that an OS X Server is running using the serveradmin command. To do so, run the serveradmin command followed by the -version option:

sudo /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin --version

The output would be as follows:

Version 15S5127

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Wednesday April 20

18:15
About the security content of tvOS 9.2

This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.2.

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16:00
Global manufacturer switches to Office 365 to...

Today’s post was written by Gary Cantrell, CIO of Jabil.

These are exciting times in the manufacturing industry. Disruptive innovation across many sectors—digital manufacturing, intelligent supply chains, self-optimizing factory machines, new build-to-demand manufacturing paradigms—are all pushing the rate of change exponentially. Against this backdrop, product lifecycles are shrinking while consumer expectations for customized products are growing.

At Jabil, we see these trends as business opportunities. To compete in today’s digital economy, we’re diversifying into new markets, expanding our global supply chain management services and building intelligent factory solutions. And to win these opportunities, Jabil needs an enterprise-grade business productivity platform that tens of thousands of employees can use to collaborate anytime, from anywhere, and on any device across 110 plants in nearly 30 countries. Jabil was an early cloud adopter, deploying Google...

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 (13F61) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (13V420) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 2 (15F24b) Now Available

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09:00
OneNote Class Notebook as an e-Portfolio

Today’s post was written by Edita Rabizaite, ESL teacher and ICT coordinator at the Kaunas Kazys Grinius Progymnasium School in Lithuania.

I have been working with kids, teachers and parents since 2012 on the concept of portfolio. A few years ago, I chose OneNote to create portfolios for my students and teachers. Back then, I was looking for a simple solution for kids and teachers to understand. OneNote, which looked familiar to teachers and students (like a digital notebook) proved to be a great tool for portfolios. It was easy for teachers and students to learn how to use. Many tools used for portfolios were technically hard for teachers to understand and for students to find all their work in one place and not scattered. OneNote helped me to create a class portfolio where all students and teachers in one class were connected in one place. It is hard to imagine it now, but in 2014, I created a folder in...

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06:00
Run a script directly from github

There are a lot of scripts stored on github. And you can run them directly by curling them into bash. To do so, you’ll need a link to the raw script (using the github page with the URL of the script brings in all the cruft, so you’ll need to find the raw text). To grab that, click on the page with the script and then right-click  on Raw, as seen here:

Then, throw out a bash command followed by < and then the URL you just copied into your clipboard in parenthesis:

bash <(curl -Ls https://github.com/krypted/resetsoftwareupdate/raw/master/resetsoftwareu...)

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Tuesday April 19

16:00
New Office 365 Project Portfolio Dashboard apps are...

The Project Portfolio Dashboard apps announced last fall are now available in the Apple and Office app stores! These apps come pre-configured with powerful dashboards allowing business leaders, portfolio managers and project managers to gain insights into areas such as resource utilization, project portfolio performance, costs, active risks/issues and key milestones.

Project Portfolio Dashboard web app

While the rich, out-of-box reports are designed to be immediately useful for many customers, the web app also allows customization of your portfolio dashboard to help meet specific organizational needs. Choose from a variety of project, task and resource-based reports, including issues/risks/deliverables reporting. Choose from several filtering options, including filtering by custom fields. Reports...

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11:00
Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

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11:00
Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

Xcode 7.3.1 GM Seed (7D1012) Now Available

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10:50
Exchange Server 2007—end of support coming next year

Last week marked one year until Exchange Server 2007 reaches the end of its support lifecycle. Customers who are using Exchange Server 2007 for any of their email and calendar services should begin planning to move the associated mailbox data and resources to Office 365 or update their infrastructure to a newer version of Exchange, such as Exchange Server 2016.

Email server technology has evolved significantly in the nearly 10 years since Exchange Server 2007 became available. Modern Exchange Server versions incorporate major changes in the technologies that enable data high availability and communication between Outlook and Exchange Server; greatly simplify the creation of hybrid connectivity between on-premises Exchange infrastructure and Office 365; and support collaboration scenarios such as modern attachments.

Exchange Server 2007 customers who want to use this opportunity to migrate...

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09:00
Learning Tools are a game changer for my special...

Today’s post was written by Lauren Pittman, special education teacher at Holly Springs Elementary School in Georgia.

As an educator, you see a lot of technology floating around and you wonder to yourself which ones are useful, or worth the money. Well, look no further, my friends. Microsoft has invested not only money but a great deal of time to make our job as educators easier. They have given us a one-stop shop in Office 365 and a range of lesson tools such as PowerPoint and Sway. However, one of the most incredible tools they have designed is OneNote. OneNote is a digital binder that can house your entire classroom. It gives you real-time access to student work, the ability to send an assignment to an entire class at one time and a way to organize student work without using paper. OneNote has the ability to transform your classroom from paper-dependent to paper-...

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06:00
Enable Apple Configurator Debug Logs

Apple Configurator 2 is a great tool. But you need to debug things from time to time. This might mean that a profile is misconfigured and not installing, or that a device can’t perform a task you are sending it to be performed. This is about the time that you need to enable some debug logs. To do so, quit Apple Configurator and then write a string of ALL into the ACULogLevel key in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator.ui/Data/Library/Preferences/com.apple.configurator.ui.plist:

defaults write ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator.ui/Data/Library/Preferences/com.apple.configurator.ui.plist ACULogLevel -string ALL

To disable, quit Apple Configurator and then delete that ACULogLevel key:

defaults delete ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator.ui/Data/Library/Preferences/com.apple.configurator.ui.plist ACULogLevel

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Monday April 18

16:00
Get Ready for WWDC16

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 13 in San Francisco. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. Register now for an opportunity to join Apple’s renowned developer community at this year’s conference. Students and STEM organization members can also apply for a WWDC Scholarship to attend. Learn more about WWDC.

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16:00
Get Ready for WWDC16

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 13 in San Francisco. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. Register now for an opportunity to join Apple’s renowned developer community at this year’s conference. Students and STEM organization members can also apply for a WWDC Scholarship to attend. Learn more about WWDC.

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16:00
Make the Most of the App Store

Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide. See how developers approach finding success on Apple platforms and what they’ve learned along the way. Learn more.

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16:00
Make the Most of the App Store

Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide. See how developers approach finding success on Apple platforms and what they’ve learned along the way. Learn more.

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09:00
Expanding FastTrack to help Office 365 customers...

Today’s post was written by Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Office Marketing.

Microsoft FastTrack, the customer success service for Office 365, is designed to help you move to the cloud and realize business value faster. It has rapidly evolved over the past year from a one-time onboarding benefit for our largest customers to an ongoing customer benefit available for free to customers with 50 seats or more of eligible Office 365 plans. FastTrack lets you discover what’s possible with Office 365, plan for successful rollouts and enable new users and capabilities at your own pace.

FastTrack has already helped thousands of organizations—of various sizes and complexity—move to the cloud...

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06:00
Scripting The OS X Caching Server To Cache Updates

The Caching Server in OS X is a little bit of a black box. But, it’s not all that complicated, compared to some things in the IT world. I’d previously written about command line management of the service itself here. When you enable the caching service, the server registers itself as a valid Caching Server. Nearby devices then lookup the closest update server with Apple and register with that update server using a GUID:

/Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin settings caching:ServerGUID

Then, each time the device looks for an update, it does so against http://mesu.apple.com/assets/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/...

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Saturday April 16

22:16
Thіngѕ To Do When Visiting Stаtе Cоllеgе,...

When уоu thіnk of State College, thеrе’ѕ a gооd сhаnсе thаt one thіng соmеѕ tо mіnd: Pеnn Stаtе fооtbаll. And while thе tеаm іѕ a bіg drаw for thе rеgіоn, thеrе are рlеntу оf оthеr grеаt thіngѕ tо dо іn State Cоllеgе аnd the rеѕt of Cеntrе Cоuntу. Thеrе аrе mаnу оutdооrѕ асtіvіtіеѕ іn Cеntrаl Pеnnѕуlvаnіа. Cеntrе Cоuntу has several rесrеаtіоn сеntеrѕ аnd facilities for уеаr-rоund fun, іnсludіng сусlіng, fіѕhіng, hiking, саmріng, golf, ісе ѕkаtіng аnd more. Whеthеr уоu lіvе іn Stаtе College, Bеllеfоntе, Boalsburg or Phіlірѕburg, аttеnd Pеnn Stаtе University, оr аrе vіѕіtіng Central Pennsylvania fоr business оr рlеаѕurе.

Sоmе оf thеm, like thе All-Stаtе Museum оr thе Pеnn Stаtе Creamery аrе wеll known. Hоwеvеr, оthеrѕ mіght bе a bіt оf a ѕurрrіѕе fоr еvеn thе mоѕt knоwlеdgеаblе оf residents аnd аlumnі. Hеrе аrе ѕоmе the thіngѕ уоu can dо whеn vіѕіtіng State College, Pеnnѕуlvаnіа In Lаtе Junе:

Drink Crаft Beer

Aѕ a соllеgе town, уоu might thіnk...

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22:16
mysql command switches

Mysql command options:

–auto-rehash Enable or disable automatic rehashing
–auto-vertical-output Automatically display output of commands vertically rather than horizontally
–batch Do not write to the history file

–binary I use this when I have large results timing out due to blobs being in there
–bind-address Specify a network interface when connecting to the server
–character-sets-dir Indicate a custom directory where character sets are installed
–column-names Output column names when running queries
–column-type-info Show metadata
–comments Enable or disable commenting when sending statements to the server
–compress Compresses data sent to/from client and server
–connect_timeout Seconds of inactivity before a ...

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20:54
My Latest Appearance With The MacVoices Podcast

Love working with Chuck Joiner. It’s great to record these podcasts, and always have a blast hanging out with Chuck. This episode is covering my latest book on OS X Server. Stoked to get the chance to do this again! To check out the book, click here!

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Friday April 15

09:00
Office 365 news roundup

Office 365 is not only an outstanding suite of cloud-based productivity tools for end users and a comprehensive solution for businesses and organizations of all sizes, it’s also a great platform for developers. That has never been clearer than it was at the recent Build developer conference in San Francisco, where we announced a slew of new Office opportunities for developers and showed how Microsoft is reimagining Office for a new era of computing.

First, we’ve expanded the capabilities of Microsoft Graph so developers can build smarter apps—powered by data and insights from Office 365. Second, we’re extending Office add-ins already available with Office 2013 to Office for Mac, making...

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08:35
Driving successful adoption of Office 365 at Mott...

Mott MacDonald provides engineering, management and development consultancy services for some of the world’s most challenging and complex projects, from hydropower plants in Peru and Vietnam to the Channel Tunnel connecting England and France. Collaboration is at the heart of success for this Croydon, UK–based company. The company needed an integrated digital solution that would help drive innovation and productivity by streamlining collaboration, increasing efficiency and enhancing mobility for its global workforce. Office 365 was the answer.

The company knew that implementing Office 365 would be just the first step on its journey, and that driving adoption of the new platform would be critical. Simon Denton, a business architect at Mott MacDonald, has been helping to lead the charge around end-user adoption. He turned to Microsoft FastTrack* for insight and resources.

Denton was already aware of the FastTrack team from its previous support of the company’s email...

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06:00
Create Classes In Profile Manager For The Classroom...

Creating a classroom is a pretty straight forward process in Profile Manager. To do so, open the Profile Manager web interface and click on Classes in the sidebar. For your first class, click Add Class (for future ones, click the plus sign (+).

At the New Class screen, click into New Class in the title bar and provide a name for the class. Optionally, provide a description, as well. Click on the Save button to save the class.

Then click on the Instructors tab and use the plus sign towards the bottom of the screen and then choose the user or group you’d like to add as the Instructor for the class. Click on the Students tab to add a user or group as a student.

...

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Thursday April 14

20:29
Software Update Server Reset Script

Any time I need to get a bunch of cruft out of Software Update Server on OS X Server, I just reset it real quick. To do so, simply remove /Library/Server/Software Update. But first, it’s important to stop the service, and once removed, set the port back up (which isn’t done automatically), and then start the service (swupdate). As this has become somewhat routine, I made a micro-script of it here.

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12:48
TA16-105A: Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for...

Original release date: April 14, 2016
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed

Overview

According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation. [1]

Description

All software products have a lifecycle. Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows. [1]

The Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows. [2] [3]

Impact

Computer systems running unsupported software are exposed to elevated...

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09:00
New opportunities for real estate on a global scale...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Robert Franch, chief technology officer at Cushman & Wakefield.

There’s no question that the global property management market is booming. Increased density and continued development generate plenty of activity, with buyers and sellers looking for the right properties in the ideal locations at the perfect price. Cushman & Wakefield operates out of more than 400 offices across 60 countries, and our 43,000 employees work with customers in every corner of the world. We’ve more than doubled in size over the last 18 months—and we’re not done growing.

Operating at that geographical spread and scale can be daunting, but it also presents a number of opportunities. We needed to find streamlined ways to quickly integrate new employees and business units and make them productive immediately. We also want to improve our cross-regional selling strategies, so that we can maximize market revenue. For instance, if we...

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09:00
Add videos, choose your viewing experience and tell...

Last month, we came out with the ability to create Sways right from your Microsoft Photos albums and breathe life to your photos through Living Images. Thanks to your continuous feedback, we’ve added several features over the past weeks to make Sways even easier to create and more engaging for viewers.

Add video to your Sways

Whether it’s for your company newsletter, travel blog or classroom activity, video is one of the most dynamic ways to get your...

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08:59
Episode 090 on the 2016 Build Conference

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega discuss all the exciting announcements from the 2016 Build Conference in San Francisco, Jeremy’s transition to Azure Marketing and the future of the show.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP90_Build.mp3

Download the podcast.

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06:00
Announcing new experiences for teachers and students...

Today’s post was written by Eran Megiddo, vice president of Education Engineering at Microsoft.

As part of today’s Microsoft’s Education announcement, we are announcing new and unique experiences and updates to Office 365 Education coming summer 2016* that will make it easier for teachers to manage their classroom; students to learn; and IT administrators to set it all up.

Manage classes in one place with Microsoft Classroom

Office 365 Education now includes Microsoft Classroom, a single experience for managing all classes and assignment workflow—with a teacher and student view.

Microsoft Classroom has a OneNote Class Notebook built into every class, allowing teachers to create assignments with due...

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06:00
New updates for the OneNote Class Notebook add-in,...

Since launching the OneNote Class Notebook add-in a month ago, tens of thousands of teachers have downloaded and started using it. The reaction has been tremendous and we have been hearing from happy teachers all over the world. We’ve also seen some amazing creativity from teachers who have already deeply integrated the add-in into their classroom pedagogy, such as this example from Marija Petreska from Macedonia.

Since the initial launch of the Class Notebook in 2014, one of the top requests we’ve had from teachers and schools was to allow Class Notebooks to integrate more deeply with assignments and grades, as well as the workflow of existing Learning Management Systems (LMS) or related systems. We have...

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Wednesday April 13

09:00
6 security red flags when identifying the perfect...

For a long time, the cloud was considered the “wave of the future.” But the future has arrived. A great cloud storage solution not only allows your employees access to files anytime, anywhere—it also makes it simple to sync files, work on the go and share and coauthor documents with ease. But more than 50 percent of organizations find cloud storage to be the riskiest cloud app category.

A big reason for that? Security threats. Despite all the data out there showing the cloud to be just as or more secure as on-premises storage, security remains the top barrier to...

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09:00
Introducing a new home page experience for Office...

Earlier this month, we began to roll out a new, more intuitive home page experience for Office 365 users. This update brings a fresh new look and feel to the Office 365 welcome page, and a range of new features for both administrators and users.

We’re constantly looking for opportunities to improve the way our users get things done. The new Office 365 home page enables more consistent and unified experiences for work, education and home users across every device. This new platform also helps us respond to user feedback and deliver innovative new features at a faster pace than ever before.

Simple, responsive design

We’ve simplified how people access their Office 365 applications and documents. Now, when you log in to Office 365, you have immediate access to all your online applications and recent documents to help you get to what you need faster.

As part of this update, we’ve also taken the opportunity to add improved page responsiveness for a better,...

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Tuesday April 12

09:00
The Office Small Business Academy April webcast—“...

It’s no surprise that small businesses consider culture to be a major contributor to their overall success—and a healthy culture starts at the top. Register now for the April episode of Office Small Business Academy—“Culture Rules! Create a Positive Business Culture Inside and Out” —airing April 26 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET. You’ll get easy tips for shaping workplace values, developing effective leadership and polishing your digital presence.

  • CNBC on-air contributor Carol Roth has four tips every entrepreneur needs for smart social media strategy.
  • Brand-building expert and author of “What Great Brands Do,” Denise Lee Yohn, explains the connection between happy employees and loyal customers, and how to create a culture your employees will love.
  • The president and editor-in-chief of Inc., Eric Schurenberg, shares his advice to help you grow into...
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09:00
Outlook on the web makes going on vacations less...

Vacation is a time to relax. However, the weeks leading up to it can often be as stressful as the time off is fun, as you rush to get packed and finish all those important to-dos before you set your “Out of Office” message. We want to take one thing off your to-do list.

Outlook on the web now makes it easier to clear your calendar and automatically decline meetings before you head out for some time away from the office. When you set an automatic reply in Outlook on the web, Outlook will offer to do the following on your behalf:

  • Block your calendar so people know you’re away.
  • Clear existing meetings on your calendar by declining/canceling them.
  • Automatically send a response to incoming invitations while you’re away.

Block your calendar

One of the most common things you do before taking time off is block time on your calendar so people know you are going to be away. Now, when you set your automatic reply, select the option...

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08:59
EPIC Planning in OneNote

Today’s post was written by Lynette Barker, librarian teacher at St Therese’s Primary School in New Lambton, Australia.

Creating a comprehensive and authentic learning program gives many teachers a sense of purpose and direction in the classroom. They feel more prepared, more ready to teach. Through observations and informal discussions with my teaching colleagues, it became obvious that a considerable amount of their creative planning time was spent looking through SharePoint folders, personal document libraries and USB sticks trying to locate the latest programming documents, checklists and guides. As a result, valuable time that could have been spent chatting and brainstorming with colleagues to design rich lessons was lost.

The solution—bring all documents for teaching and learning together into one dynamic workspace that is accessible by all and supports collaborative planning.

The natural tool of choice—OneNote!

The OneNote Notebook not...

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08:21
OneDrive for Business recognized as an EFSS leader...

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive and SharePoint.

OneDrive for Business has made significant progress in the last 6 months, and was recently named a Leader by Forrester Research in “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms, Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016.” You can read the report here.

It’s an honor to get industry recognition like this, but we know there’s always more for us to do to improve the service. Today, we’re announcing important improvements and new capabilities in our sync, browser and mobile experiences, as well as new IT controls for administrators.

New features added to the Next Generation Sync Client

In December 2015, we released the first version of the Next Generation Sync Client, which we now refer to as the new OneDrive sync client. The new OneDrive sync client has...

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08:20
Announcing content viewing for Skype for Business on...

Today, we’re pleased to announce an update to the Skype for Business apps for Android and iOS, including the ability to view meeting content on Android and improvements to the meeting experience on both platforms, even when you are experiencing spotty Internet connectivity.

Content viewing now on Android and enhanced on iOS

You can now view a presenter’s desktop and applications shared in a meeting on your Skype for Business app for Android phones and tablets. When viewing content during a meeting on your Android device, the meeting controls disappear, so that you can focus on the content without distractions. A light tap on the screen will bring back the controls when you need them.

We have also greatly improved the content viewing experience on the Skype for Business app for iOS. Faster content refresh now allows for a smoother meeting experience—you’ll notice less delay between the presenter’s view and the content displayed on your device. The latest update...

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07:00
Style on the go—personal stylist uses Office 365 to...

Constance Turman, owner of The Constant Stylist, is a personal fashion and style consultant in the greater Seattle area. We recently spoke with Constance about how she uses Office 365 to help her business be more agile, responsive and professional. Here are some highlights:

As a personal style consultant, what’s your biggest business challenge?

To create the style that’s right for any client, I have to build a very close relationship with them. It’s almost intimate. I come into their most private personal space, where very few people get to go. It’s critical that I take that trust seriously, get to know who they are and do all I can to make them comfortable. If I can get them to be vulnerable, speak freely and still enjoy the experience, they’ll walk away more confident with their style and their image.

How did you decide that Office 365 could help you meet that challenge?

I wanted to be known for constant availability...

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Monday April 11

09:48
My first article in Entrepreneur: Business Lessons...

My first article on Entrepreneur is out! This is a piece on lessons about running a business that I learned from… Superheroes. So continuing the overarching theme of linking business, technology, and what we in those realms are actually interested in! These articles evolve once they go to the publisher, which is fun for me to watch as well. Anyway, I hope you enjoy. As usual, a sample, and a photo (many of these are for my own library, btw).

“Batman v Superman” set a record in late March for the biggest superhero movie international opening ever (negative reviews aside, as parodied in the “Sad Affleck” video that’s closing in on 20 million hits as of this writing). Superheroes are serious business, in more ways than you might think.

Comics, movies and TV shows have taught me a bunch of lessons. For example, growing up without much diversity in my community, I learned about racism from reading...

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09:00
This just in—Satya Nadella to kick off Microsoft...

We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in September. During the keynote, Satya will provide his unique perspective on the technology trends shaping the future of business and enabling powerful new ways for people and organizations to work.

And that’s just the beginning.

We’re working to deliver an amazing lineup of product experts, top Microsoft executives and industry visionaries at Microsoft Ignite, making it the event for IT decision makers and professionals to get hands-on learning and industry insights.

Register now to join the IT community in Atlanta, Georgia, from September 26–30, 2016, and stay tuned for more Ignite conference news in the coming weeks.

The post...

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09:00
Take Microsoft for a test drive and boost your...

You have business problems—we have answers. Let’s get to work!

This isn’t your typical online event: you won’t see any slides, demos or sales pitches. You’ll start the session in an online roundtable to discuss your biggest business challenges and then sign in to a live environment in the cloud. Our trained facilitator will guide you through a hands-on experience to see how Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 2016 can meet your needs in this collaborative, fun environment.

We’ll send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges. During this interactive online session, you will explore how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere...
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09:00
Email Safety Tips in Office 365

Today’s spam and malware attacks are sometimes so well-crafted they may look legitimate to your users, and putting messages into the Junk Email folder isn’t enough. Over the coming weeks, we are rolling out Safety Tips in Exchange Online Protection, an additional layer of protection for all users that provides a warning to the user in an email that is marked suspicious, or a reassurance when a message is safe.

When a message includes a safety tip, the tip will be displayed in a messaging bar at the top of the email in one of four color-coded categories indicating that the message is either Suspicious, Unknown, Trusted or Safe.

  • Messages marked Suspicious have a red safety tip and are either a known phishing message, have failed sender authentication, are a suspected spoofing message or have met some other criteria that Exchange Online Protection has used to determine the message...
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09:00
Education staff leaders—invite your colleagues to a...

Education staff in over 100 countries have been using OneNote Staff Notebooks to save time, get organized, collaborate more effectively and capture activities such as professional development and classroom observations. Today, we are pleased to announce that school leaders, teachers and education staff who do not have an Office 365 Education account can sign up for free and create OneNote Staff Notebooks for their schools.

In a few simple steps, education staff leaders can add staff members into their Staff Notebook; set up a collaboration space for meeting notes, shared curriculum or initiatives; create a Content Library for read-only staff material; and add a private workspace for each staff member. All of this is within one powerful notebook and free with Office 365 Education. All you need is a school-assigned email for each staff member to get them into the Staff Notebook and give them free access to...

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09:00
Register for “Machine Learning—How technology...

Machines are helping people learn faster, better and more efficiently. Join us as we explore cognitive technology and learn what advances in artificial intelligence will impact analytics and demand for human interaction on the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Machine Learning: How technology advances human intelligence,” airing April 12 at 8 a.m. PT / 3 p.m. GMT.

This month, two of the industry’s most forward thinkers share their predictions of where business is going with big data and how we can take advantage of the changes in technology to come.

Dr. Tom Davenport, president’s distinguished professor of IT & Management at Babson College, shares how analytics technology is being advanced by the progression of artificial intelligence and will discuss how to strike the right balance between man and machine.

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09:00
Can a shift to the cloud improve your security...

Today’s post was written by Sara Manning Dawson, principal group manager for the Office 365 Core Foundations team.

I recently returned from the RSA Conference in San Francisco, where each year the security community meets to discuss the latest security risks and concerns, share best practices and showcase new solutions. As the threat landscape continues to evolve, so do the stakes for staying ahead with security intelligence. IT is under pressure to be able to quickly prevent, detect and remediate to minimize the impact of attacks if they do occur.

As many of our customers are now discovering, keeping up with changes to the security landscape is one of the unique advantages of the cloud. In fact, there are a number of properties that make the cloud inherently different versus managing your own IT services. These go well beyond security, but have important security implications and benefits.

As I explain in this episode of “From Inside the...

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09:00
What’s new in Office 365 administration—April update

First, we’d like to thank each one of you who took the time to provide feedback on the new admin center. Since we started to roll it out as default experience, the amount of feedback has increased substantially, and we love reading every single message. Your feedback helps us prioritize our work, fix bugs and improve the overall experience and performance of the new admin center.

This month, we continued our work to improve the new Office 365 admin center to make it faster, easier and more efficient for you to manage the service. Here’s a summary of the latest updates, including improved search, new usage reports and additional user list management functionality.

Updates for the new Office 365 admin center

Quickly find what you’re looking for with expanded search—In addition to users and groups, you can now search for tasks, settings...

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Sunday April 10

15:46
My Huffington Post Article: From Dungeon Master to...

My latest post on Huffington Post is “From Dungeon Master to Scrum Master: 15 Software Development Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons” and is a bit of a revamp of my D&D article from here, but geared towards SCRUM mastering and managing Software Development teams. You may find it fun and kitschy or you may find it dumb. I’m kinda’ ok with both (I’m learning that I can’t make all the people happy all the time).

A sampling of that article:

I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in about the 5th or 6th grade. I didn’t get good at it for a while, but once I did, I didn’t play much longer (insert reference to “The Best Days of My Life” here.) Dungeons and Dragons taught me a few lessons that I didn’t realize would turn out to be great life lessons, until I was much older. This childhood game taught me life lessons that I would eventually apply to the business...

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Apple now has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are... Read more
Indian Smartphone Market Grows Annually by 12...
India’s smartphone market grew by 12 percent year-over-year, with 24.4 million units shipping in Q1 2016. The top five vendors stayed the same, with Samsung in the lead, followed by Micromax, Intex... Read more
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11-inch 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for...
Amazon has the current-generation 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MJVM2LL/A) on sale for $749.99 for a limited time. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model... Read more
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B&H Photo has dropped prices on clearance 2015 13″ MacBook Airs by up to $250. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air (MJVE2LL/A): $799, $200... Read more
Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP
B&H Photo has Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac mini: $649 $50 off MSRP - 2.8GHz Mac mini... Read more
13-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for $130-$200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1169 $130 off MSRP - 13″ 2.7GHz/... Read more
Apple price trackers, updated continuously
Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
SanDisk Half-Terabyte SSD Optimized for Every...
SanDisk Corporation has announced the SanDisk Z410 SSD, a cost-competitive, half-terabyte solid state drive (SSD) that enables manufacturers to design for a broad range of desktop PCs and laptops.... Read more

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