Windows Phone remains open for OEM partners

Posted by bink on September 3 2013, 6:43 AM.

Terry Myersson, the engineering lead of WIndows Phone since day 1 posted a blog entry on today's Nokia announcement:

With our announcement today regarding Nokia, we’re taking a huge step in fulfilling our stated strategy of transforming Microsoft. For me, it’s been an incredibly rewarding journey. As the engineering leader for the Windows Phone efforts, I was there at the birth of Windows Phone, and a key part of our original partnership with Nokia. I know firsthand how critical it was for me and the team to be a valuable partner to Nokia, in addition to building out a great ecosystem of partners, hardware and software alike.

Today’s announcement doesn’t change that – acquiring Nokia’s Devices group will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners.

This goes to the core of how I think about my new job running the Operating Systems Group here. We have exciting ideas, and so do our OEM partners. Our partners bring innovation, diversity and scale to Windows. I’m always thrilled by the beautiful new device designs our partners are continually bringing to market. There’s a breadth of choice in form factor, finish and materials that deliver unique devices at a variety of price points. These devices feature innovative high resolution displays, audio, cameras, multi-finger touch screens, creative new hinge designs, new sensors, and other hardware enhancements that provide choice in the market and great experiences for users.

Our OS group mission is to enable the innovations of our hardware partners to shine through on the Windows platform. We collaborate with our Microsoft hardware teams in the same way we partner with our external hardware partners: we discreetly discuss technical and business opportunities, make shared bets, empower each other to do great work, and then operate closely together to delight our shared customers. We look forward to building new products together that will provide valuable business opportunity for the ecosystem and enable OEMs to deliver huge value to their customers, from consumers to the largest enterprise.

I was driving to work the other day and heard a song that perfectly sums up the relationship we have with all our partners. It’s a song from a few years ago by The Killers called “Read My Mind”; the lyric is “I don’t shine if you don’t shine.” Together, the light is pretty bright.

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/09/02/thoughts-on-today-s-nokia-announcement.aspx

Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s devices & services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services

Posted by bink on September 3 2013, 6:10 AM.

In a much speculated but still unexpected move, Microsoft takes over Nokia. Here is there press release:

REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 3, 2013 – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”

“We are excited and honored to be bringing Nokia’s incredible people, technologies and assets into our Microsoft family. Given our long partnership with Nokia and the many key Nokia leaders that are joining Microsoft, we anticipate a smooth transition and great execution,” Ballmer said. “With ongoing share growth and the synergies across marketing, branding and advertising, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to our adjusted earnings per share starting in FY15, and we see significant long-term revenue and profit opportunities for our shareholders.”

“For Nokia, this is an important moment of reinvention and from a position of financial strength, we can build our next chapter,” said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today’s announcement, Nokia Interim CEO. “After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders. Additionally, the deal offers future opportunities for many Nokia employees as part of a company with the strategy, financial resources and determination to succeed in the mobile space.”

“Building on our successful partnership, we can now bring together the best of Microsoft’s software engineering with the best of Nokia’s product engineering, award-winning design, and global sales, marketing and manufacturing,” said Stephen Elop, who following today’s announcement is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO to become Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. “With this combination of talented people, we have the opportunity to accelerate the current momentum and cutting-edge innovation of both our smart devices and mobile phone products.”

Nokia has outlined its expected focus upon the closing of the transaction in a separate press release published today.

TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services-related production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions. At closing, approximately 32,000 people are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide. The operations that are planned to be transferred to Microsoft generated an estimated EUR 14.9 billion, or almost 50 percent of Nokia’s net sales for the full year 2012.

Microsoft is acquiring Nokia’s Smart Devices business unit, including the Lumia brand and products. Lumia handsets have won numerous awards and have grown in sales in each of the last three quarters, with sales reaching 7.4 million units in the second quarter of 2013.

As part of the transaction, Nokia is assigning to Microsoft its long-term patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm, as well as other licensing agreements.

Microsoft is also acquiring Nokia’s Mobile Phones business unit, which serves hundreds of millions of customers worldwide, and had sales of 53.7 million units in the second quarter of 2013. Microsoft will acquire the Asha brand and will license the Nokia brand for use with current Nokia mobile phone products. Nokia will continue to own and manage the Nokia brand. This element provides Microsoft with the opportunity to extend its service offerings to a far wider group around the world while allowing Nokia’s mobile phones to serve as an on-ramp to Windows Phone.

Nokia will retain its patent portfolio and will grant Microsoft a 10-year license to its patents at the time of the closing. Microsoft will grant Nokia reciprocal rights to use Microsoft patents in its HERE services. In addition, Nokia will grant Microsoft an option to extend this mutual patent agreement in perpetuity.

In addition, Microsoft will become a strategic licensee of the HERE platform, and will separately pay Nokia for a four-year license.

Microsoft will also immediately make available to Nokia EUR 1.5 billion of financing in the form of three EUR 500 million tranches of convertible notes that Microsoft would fund from overseas resources. If Nokia decides to draw down on this financing option, Nokia would pay back these notes to Microsoft from the proceeds of the deal upon closing. The financing is not conditional on the transaction closing.

Microsoft also announced that it has selected Finland as the home for a new data center that will serve Microsoft consumers in Europe. The company said it would invest more than a quarter-billion dollars in capital and operation of the new data center over the next few years, with the potential for further expansion over time.

NOKIA LEADERSHIP CHANGES

Nokia expects that Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber would transfer to Microsoft at the anticipated closing of the transaction. Nokia has outlined these changes in more detail in a separate release issued today.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/Sep13/09-02AnnouncementPR.aspx

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months

Posted by bink on August 23 2013, 1:28 PM.

Board of directors initiates succession process; Ballmer remains CEO until successor is named.
 
Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

The Board of Directors has appointed a special committee to direct the process. This committee is chaired by John Thompson, the board’s lead independent director, and includes Chairman of the Board Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and Chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo. The special committee is working with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., a leading executive recruiting firm, and will consider both external and internal candidates.

“The board is committed to the effective transformation of Microsoft to a successful devices and services company,” Thompson said. “As this work continues, we are focused on selecting a new CEO to work with the company’s senior leadership team to chart the company’s course and execute on it in a highly competitive industry.”

“As a member of the succession planning committee, I’ll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO,” said Gates. “We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.”

 

Steve Ballmer employee e-mail

Multi-Tenant Scalability Guidance for Exchange Server 2013

Posted by bink on August 21 2013, 7:51 PM.

    This document contains high-level guidance for properly scaling and deploying a multi-tenant Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 solution. It includes details of testing performed in Microsoft labs to validate the scalability of the product and suggests methods that can be used during the design and deployment process to mitigate potential risks associated with such solutions.

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    Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Posted by bink on July 25 2013, 10:02 PM.

    Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is fast and fluid, and lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

    Internet Explorer 11. Fast and fluid for Windows 7.

    • Fast: Internet Explorer 11 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
    • Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
    • Safer: Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.

     

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    Service Pack 2 for Office 2010 family released

    Posted by bink on July 25 2013, 10:03 AM.

    Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Office 2010.

    Overview of Office 2010 SP2 improvements

    The following are the key areas of improvements that are offered by SP2:

    Excel 2010 SP2
        • Improves the overall stability, performance, and compatibility with other versions of Excel. For a more detailed list of specific issues that the service pack fixes, please download a version of the workbook that is available below.
        • Fixes issues in which the performance of Excel decreases, and Excel file sizes become larger when additional built-in styles are copied during the duplication of data between different Excel instances.
        • Fixes an issue in which data validation lists that contain comma signs (,) are broken in an .xlsx or .xlsb file. This issue occurs when you set the user locale to a location that does not use comma signs (,) to separate the lists. For example, Germany uses semicolons (;) to separate the lists. When you set Germany as the location, data validation lists that contain commas are all broken.
        • Fixes an issue in which an .xlsx file created in Microsoft Office 2013 that contains an App bound to a table is corrupted on save. Additionally, it addresses the issue in which all Agave formulas in the workbook sheet are removed from the file.

    Outlook 2010 SP2
        • Fixes the issue regarding the message size of certain long email messages. Additionally, it fixes an issue that occurs when you perform a spell check before you send an email message.

    PowerPoint 2010 SP2
        • Improves the quality of videos in a presentation after the videos are optimized or compressed by PowerPoint.
        • Fixes issues that occur when you co-author a presentation with other users at the same time.
        • Fixes an issue in which Mozilla FireFox crashes when you try to view a presentation in PowerPoint Web App on a Mac computer that has Microsoft Silverlight 3 or Silverlight 4 installed.

    Word 2010 SP2
        • Fixes issues regarding bookmarks, fields, track changes, templates, tables, object wrapping, autocorrect options, and email addresses. Additionally, it fixes general reliability issues that occur when you post a blog entry on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and Microsoft Office 365 blogs.

    For improvements for other family members click the download below and follow the KB article links

    Below is a complete list of all SP2 available downloads

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2687455) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer (KB2687469) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (KB2687463) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2687455) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (KB2687453)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (KB2687456) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (KB2687464)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack (KB2687466)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office Web Apps (KB2687470)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office Web Apps contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Project 2010 (KB2687457) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Search Server 2010 (KB2687461)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Search Server 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack (KB2687449) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack (KB2687449) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Language Pack 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server 2010 (KB2687452)

    woensdag 24 juli 2013, 17:22:41Go to full article
    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 (KB2687468) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer (KB2687469) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack (KB2687447) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Indexing Connector for Documentum (KB2687459)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Indexing Connector for Documentum contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack (KB2687447) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Project 2010 (KB2687457) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (KB2687446)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Visio 2010 (KB2687468) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Visio 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (KB2687463) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft 2010 Server Language Pack (KB2687462)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft 2010 Server Language Pack contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Groove Server 2010 (KB2687448)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Groove Server 2010 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit (KB2687458) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable (KB2687467) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime (KB2687444) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime (KB2687444) 32-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime 32-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit (KB2687458) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP (KB2687445)

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable (KB2687467) 64-Bit Edition

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable 64-Bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

    Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.1

    The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.1 (OffCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze several Microsoft Office programs for common configurations that may cause problems. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Office programs or when you want to proactively identify possible issues.

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.5

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:48 AM.

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process. 

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations—including Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2010 and Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, Hyper-V, Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, and Windows Azure.

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    Download App-V 5.0 SP2 and UE-V 2.0 beta

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:51 AM.

    • UE-V 2.0: Allows users to switch devices without reconfiguring their applications or settings. The beta adds support for Windows 8 and 8.1 applications, including Windows Store apps and customized line of business apps. It provides enhancements to how settings and applications sync across devices, including giving users more flexibility and control of their individual sync settings.

    Signup for beta UE-V 2.0

    • App-V 5.0 SP2: Gives IT pros the ability to deliver virtually any application, anywhere to users for a more flexible, integrated and powerful experience across virtualized applications. This beta builds on Microsoft’s long history of providing virtualization solutions for our customers, enriching the user experience by enabling virtual applications to behave as if they were locally installed on a device.

     Signup for Beta App-V 5.0 SP2

    Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 (formerly Project codename "GeoFlow")

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:39 AM.

    Power Map is a new 3D visualization add-in for Excel for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data, enabling people to discover and share new insights. Power Map Preview is now a part of Power BI for Office 365 Preview. 

    Power Map is a new 3D data visualization add-in for Excel that provides a powerful method for people to look at information in new ways enabling discoveries in data that might never be seen in traditional 2D tables and charts. Power Map lets you plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create visual tours to share with others.

    With Power Map you can:

    • Map Data: Plot up more than million rows of data in 3D visually on Bing maps from an Excel worksheet table or the Excel Data Model.
    • Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time.
    • Share Stories: Capture screenshot "scenes" and build cinematic, guided video "tours" that can be shared broadly, engaging audiences like never before.

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    Microsoft Power Query for Excel

    Posted by bink on July 10 2013, 8:38 AM.

    Microsoft Power Query for Excel is an Excel add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery and access.

    Microsoft Power Query for Excel is an add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery and access. Power Query enables users to easily discover, combine, and refine data for better analysis in Excel. Power Query includes a public search feature that is currently intended for use in the United States only.

    With Power Query, you can:

    • Identify the data you care about from the sources you work with (e.g. relational databases, Excel, text and XML files, OData feeds, web pages, Hadoop HDFS, etc.).
    • Discover relevant data using the search capabilities within Excel.
    • Combine data from multiple, disparate data sources and shape it in order to prepare the data for further analysis in Excel and PowerPivot.

    Download http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39379

    PoweShell 4.0 preview released

    Posted by bink on July 3 2013, 8:11 AM.

    Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview includes updates to Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell ISE, Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension), Windows Remote Management (WinRM), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Server Manager WMI provider, and a new feature for 4.0, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

    This software is a prerelease version. Features and behavior are likely to change before the final release.

    This preview release lets you explore new features and functionality in Windows Management Framework 4.0, including the following:

    • Windows PowerShell 4.0
    • Windows PowerShell ISE
    • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
    • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
    • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
    • The Server Manager WMI provider
    • A new feature for 4.0, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

    Your feedback about Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview is valuable to us; we invite you to provide feedback before features are finalized. For important information about changes in behavior from Windows PowerShell 3.0, and a list of known issues with this release, be sure to read the WMF 4.0 Preview release notes that are available for download with this package. You can log bugs and suggestions by using the Microsoft Connect website.

    Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview makes updated management functionality available for installation on Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012.

    Windows PowerShell 4.0
    Some of the new features in Windows PowerShell 4.0 include:

    • Support for workflow and remote script debugging
    • Improved workflow authoring experience to make it more consistent with script authoring
    • Added PipelineVariable as a common parameter
    • Better support for downloading updatable help by using Save-Help and Update-Help in offline scenarios
    • Updated version from 3.0 to 4.0
    • Several bug fixes and performance improvements


    Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment
    Windows PowerShell ISE in Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview introduces:

    • Support for Windows PowerShell Workflow debugging
    • Support for remote script debugging
    • IntelliSense support for Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration providers and configurations


    Windows PowerShell Web Services
    Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension) enables an administrator to expose a set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets as a RESTful web endpoint accessible by using OData (Open Data Protocol). This provides remote access to run cmdlets from both Windows-based and non-Windows-based client computers or devices.

    • Improved error messages in event logs
    • Endpoint versioning support
    • Autopopulation of OData dispatch schema fields
    • Support for complex types
    • Multilevel association support
    • Ability to perform large binary stream transfers
    • Support for non-Create/Read/Update/Delete (CRUD) actions
    • Key-As-Segment URL syntax support
    • Constrained resource operations


    WMI, WinRM, and Server Manager CIM Provider
    These features were included with WMF 3.0, and continue to be included in WMF 4.0 Preview. There are no significant changes to these features.

    Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration
    Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview introduces Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), with the following highlights:

    • Local configuration manager for applying configurations on the local computer
    • Windows PowerShell language extensions for authoring DSC documents
    • PSDesiredStateConfiguration module and DSC-related cmdlets
    • A set of built-in DSC configuration providers
    • DSC service for distributed access to DSC resources

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