The Fire Hose https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose Covering the news of the day at Microsoft Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:16:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 69497479 Admins get more control in Azure AD with public preview of group-based license management https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/admins-get-more-control-in-azure-ad-with-public-preview-of-group-based-license-management/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:16:04 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341415 Read more »]]> Administrators now will have access to easier tools to control who gets a product license and which services are enabled, with the public preview of group-based license management in Azure Active Directory. Admins will now be able to define a “license template” and assign it to a security group in Azure AD. The preview also includes the ability to selectively disable service components in product licenses, making it possible to stage the deployment of large service suites such as Office 365 Enterprise E5.

For more details about Azure AD and this new capability, visit the Enterprise Mobility and Security Blog.

Susanna Ray
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Updates to Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps include new tabs, color categories and more https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/updates-to-windows-10-mail-and-calendar-apps-include-new-tabs-color-categories-and-more/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:24:02 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341382 Read more »]]> New updates to the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps include Focused and Other tabs, color categories and more.

The Mail app now separates your inbox into two tabs – Focused and Other. Emails that you likely want to act on appear under the Focused tab, while the rest remain easily accessible—but out of the way. In the Calendar app, you’ll be able to organize events in a variety of color categories, so you can quickly scan similar events, and plan your day better.

You’ll also see Interesting Calendars, powered by Bing, so you can keep track of TV schedules and your favorite sports teams’ calendars. The updates also add simplified summary cards in your inbox and calendar, for quicker access to travel reservations and package delivery details. You’ll also be able to check in for flights, change hotels and rental car reservations, and stay on top of these events with reliable reminders.

Find out more about these updates on the Windows Blog.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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New Internet of Things approach helps save energy and money when it comes to hot water usage https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/new-internet-of-things-approach-helps-save-energy-and-money-when-it-comes-to-hot-water-usage/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:13:42 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341367 Read more »]]> During Sweden’s frigid winters, typically an apartment building’s No. 3 energy expense after heating and cooling is the cost of hot water. But a new Internet of Things (IoT) solution is helping apartments become more efficient, conserve natural resources and save money.

Stockrose, a Swedish property management company, is out to change the way building owners and tenants consume resources, so there’s incentive to take a shorter shower over a luxurious bath. The company has evolved from the old model of dividing utility costs equally between tenants to a model where those who consume less, pay less.

Stockrose worked with Eniga, a provider of intelligent cloud solutions, to connect the approximately 250 buildings and 10,000 apartment units it operates to Microsoft Azure IoT technology. They began by tracking hot water usage. The result of their collaboration is a building-as-a-service offering that will save Stockrose property owners an estimated $42 million in hot water costs within 10 years.

To learn more, visit the Internet of Things blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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OneNote Class Notebook add-in now supports richer grade scales, adds customizable stickers https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/onenote-class-notebook-add-in-now-supports-richer-grade-scales-adds-customizable-stickers/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:57:15 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341334 Read more »]]> New updates for the OneNote Class Notebook add-in give teachers additional tools for more personalized learning.

The additions include customizable stickers and expanded grade scale support for Canvas, a learning management system, and Skooler, a suite of learning management tools that joins the OneNote add-in family today. Teachers can now use additional assignment values beyond just basic grade points, such as custom points, letter grades and pass or fail ratings.

Learn more on Office Blogs.

Deborah Bach
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Azure Government adds 12 services to FedRAMP coverage, expanding cloud lead https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/azure-government-adds-12-services-to-fedramp-coverage-expanding-cloud-lead/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:57:10 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341325 Read more »]]> Azure Government has received authorization to add 12 customer-facing services to its FedRAMP Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO).

The announcement Wednesday means that Azure Government now offers 32 infrastructure and platform services to customers in the Azure Government compliance boundary – all authorized for use with up to High Impact level data.

Also on Wednesday, Azure Government announced that the entire Operations Management Suite is now authorized for use, empowering customers to take full advantage of the Hybrid Cloud.

“Our coverage of services, and the rate at which we are increasing our scope, highlight our commitment to being the most trusted and certified cloud, accelerating compliance for government customers,” writes Matt Rathbun, chief information security officer for Azure Government.

Visit the Microsoft Azure Blog to learn more.

Bill Briggs
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Network Performance Monitor now available for visibility across public and hybrid clouds https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/network-performance-monitor-now-available-for-visibility-across-public-and-hybrid-clouds/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:24:29 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341292 Read more »]]> Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is now available. It’s a cloud-aware network monitoring solution in Operations Management Suite Insight & Analytics, which monitors networks for performance degradation and outages.

The solution continuously tests for reachability between various points on the network across public clouds, datacenters and user locations, and enables application administrators to quickly identify the specific network segment or device that may be causing the problem.

Since the public preview release last year, thousands of customers have used the solution and shared their feedback and suggestions. There’s also new features and enhancements to aid in comprehensive monitoring and faster troubleshooting, including topology maps, a network state recorder and Internet Control Message Protocol-based reachability tests.

Head over to the Hybrid Cloud Blog to find out more.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Gov’t agencies: How Microsoft can help you better serve citizens, employees with disabilities https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/govt-agencies-how-microsoft-can-help-you-better-serve-citizens-employees-with-disabilities/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:21:06 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341301 Read more »]]> Microsoft plays a unique role in helping federal, state and local governments implement accessible technologies so that citizens with disabilities can easily use public services, participate in civic employment and be part of an inclusive society that embraces equality, writes Michael Donlan, Microsoft vice president for U.S. State and Local Government.

To learn about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion, visit the Office 365 U.S. Government site and register for a free trial, and check out the new Microsoft accessibility website. Also, if you’re attending the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, Feb. 27-March 4, join Microsoft at some of its 16 sessions.

Read Donlan’s post on the Microsoft Enterprise blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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New in Bing Maps: Imagery of 3 million square kilometers of eastern Canada https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/new-in-bing-maps-imagery-of-3-million-square-kilometers-of-eastern-canada/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:32:06 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341265 Read more »]]> Bing Maps aerial view of Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario imagery in Bing Maps.

Bing Maps has released new imagery for eastern Canada that covers 3 million square kilometers and includes locations such as Niagara Falls, Ontario, located on the western bank of the Niagara River that flows into the famous Niagara Falls; Peterborough, Ontario; and Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

Using Bing Maps, you can get a pilot’s perspective when descending for a landing at the airport, the second busiest passenger airport in Quebec after Montréal-Trudeau.

Visit http://www.microsoft.com/maps to learn how you can incorporate maps into your app, and to learn more about the new imagery, visit the Bing Blogs.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Buy these award-winning movies for $4.99 each and get a $5 Windows Store gift card https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/buy-these-award-winning-movies-for-4-99-each-and-get-a-5-windows-store-gift-card/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:21:12 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341232 Read more »]]> To celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night Sunday, you can now buy any of these award-winning movies for just $4.99 HD and get a $5 Windows Store gift card to spend on even more movies, games, apps or music. But hurry, this offer only lasts through Feb. 27.

Once you own these movies, you can watch across any Windows 10 device or Xbox console or download for offline viewing.

Head over to the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store to see this collection of some of Hollywood’s best big screen work, including “12 Years a Slave,” “The Departed” and “Schindler’s List.”

Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Willis Towers Watson opts for Office 365 to empower employees worldwide https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2017/02/22/willis-towers-watson-opts-for-office-365-to-empower-employees-worldwide/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:07:00 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/?p=341211 Read more »]]> The merger of Willis Group and Towers Watson in 2016 created an opportunity for the company to streamline its information technology environment, and Microsoft was key to that effort.

The global advisory, broking and solutions firm implemented Office 365 to support a productivity platform aimed at empowering all of its 40,000 employees in more than 140 countries.

“Willis Towers Watson drives business performance for our clients by helping them unlock potential,” says Eoghan Doyle, the company’s global head of infrastructure the operations. “We aim to do the same for our global workforce. The Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 solution provides the advanced enterprise security, collaboration and intelligence from Office 365, which our colleagues can use to drive business results.”

Head over to Office Blogs to read a post by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft, on how Willis Towers Watson is leveraging Microsoft technologies.

Deborah Bach
Microsoft News Center Staff

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