Announcing the December Office International Insider Sweepstakes

Do you use localised Insider builds of Office (on any platform)? We want to hear how the localized (non-English) versions of Office Insider are landing in your market. From December 5th to December 31st we are running a sweepstakes in our competitions space.

We’re giving away 12 USB Mobile Phone Chargers in our Office International Insider December Sweepstakes.

How to enter the Office International December Sweepstakes?

If you see anything you think we should fix or improve in your Office Insider build, just submit your entry by selecting  “start a new conversation” in the Competitions space here, adding a screenshot and as much detail as you can in the body of the post:

  • Description of issue
  • Steps to reproduce your issue
  • Screenshots of your issue
  • Platform
  • Build number

If applicable

  • Current translation
  • Suggested translation
  • English text (if known)
  • Reason why you feel the translation should change

Please try to keep it to one issue per post if at all possible. The more conversations you start the better your chances of winning in the sweepstakes. If you have no issue to report why not just tell us some of the following to enter:

  • What you like about being an Office Insider?
  • What your favourite Office Insider feature was in the last year and why?
  • What language of Office Insider you use?
  • What platform you are using Office Insider on?

Not sure what an Office Insider is? Then please visit here or have a look at this

Here are some useful resources for Office Insiders:

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What’s New for Insiders (All Platforms)

Update history for Office Insider for Windows Desktop

Update history for Office Insider for Mac

Release notes for Insider Fast builds of Office 2016 for Mac

Competition Rules

Full details of the competition, eligibility and rules are available in this post. Note: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.

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Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams now available

When moving your organization to cloud services, security concerns add another layer of consideration; one of trust.

Security and compliance is an ongoing process, not a steady state. It is constantly maintained, enhanced, and verified by highly-skilled, experienced and trained personnel. We strive to keep software and hardware technologies up to date through robust processes. To help keep Office 365 security at the top of the industry, we use processes such as the Security Development Lifecycle; we also employ techniques that throttle traffic and prevent, detect, and mitigate breaches.

At Microsoft we continue systematic approach to disrupting attacks through eliminating weaknesses by eliminating the vectors of attack themselves by implementing architectural changes some of which leverage virtualization, containers, and other types of technologies.

In April 2015 we launched Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to help customers secure their environment from evolving security threats providing protection against unknown malware and viruses, real time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs, and rich reporting and URL trace capabilities.

In our continued effort to address the modern threat landscape, today we’re announcing General Availability of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams.

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams uses signals and smart heuristics as quality indicators to identify the files within your tenant that may contain malicious content, which includes correlating the file activity signals from SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams within your tenant with the Microsoft Security Intelligence Graph threat feeds.

Examples of file activity signals include anonymous, company wide or explicit sharing, or activity from guest users. Threat feeds that Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection leverages include known malware in email or SharePoint, Windows Defender/Defender ATP detections, suspicious or risky logins or other indicators of irregular file activity within your tenant.

Let’s Celebrate – The Microsoft Office Tech Community is 100,000 Strong!

We’re excited to announce that the Microsoft Tech Community has now surpassed 100,000 community members. To celebrate, we’ve awarded our first 100,000 community members our 100K Milestone Badge. Thank you all for your contributions and for making the Tech Community such an amazing place to connect and learn.  

Since our launch just over a year ago, we’ve continued to see amazing growth in the community. Our team has enjoyed meeting community members at Microsoft Ignite and Tech Summits. We’re continuously working to bring value to the community, so in the last year we’ve added Community Events,Tech Academy, and Microsoft Ignite and Tech Summit content to the community. In the future, our team is looking forward to making the Microsoft Tech Community even stronger with great content and more ways to connect and get involved. We appreciate you for being a part of our journey! 100kMilestone.png

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Windows 10 Now Used on 600M Active Devices

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting was held on Wednesday, and CEO Satya Nadella took the opportunity to confirm that Windows 10 is now in use on 600 million active devices every month.

To give you some idea of the growth rate, back in May at Build 2017 Microsoft stated Windows 10 had reached 500 million active devices. So that’s an additional 100 million devices in six months. As GeekWire reports, Microsoft’s original goal back at the launch of Windows 10 in 2015 was to hit one billion devices within three years. That now seems unlikely.

 The slower than expected rise of Windows 10 on the desktop could be put down to a number of factors including how device use is changing. But a big part of the problem is Windows 7. The latest figures from Netmarketshare show Windows 7 still counts for over 46 percent of the desktop operating system market. Windows 10 sits at just over 29 percent.

If growth continues at its current pace, Windows 10 will hit one billion devices just as we are about to celebrate Christmas 2019. Even so, Microsoft won’t be concerned when you consider its main rivals on the desktop only manage to grab 3.3 percent (Mac OS X) and 2.98 percent (Linux) of the market.

Microsoft needs Windows 10 to keep selling not only to continue its desktop market domination, but also to help pay for the Redmond Campus expansion and planned addition of 8,000 new employees there.

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Office International November Competition Summary and Winners

From November 13th to November 24th, 2017, we ran a contest in our Office International Community in search of the top language issues in localized versions of Word Online and OneNote Online. We wanted people to discover how feature rich our Online offerings have become, get people to use them in their native language and let us know about issues that affected their user experience.
We were giving away 3 X $100 Amazon voucher to the top 3 contributors in three categories:

Category 1 – Highest creation of new, original posts
Category 2 – Best new, original post
Category 3- New, original post with largest international impact

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our competition. We really appreciate the time you took to report issues to us. We can now proudly announce our three winners:

Mourad Louha from Germany wins category 1 for his 37 issues reported.
Marianne van Teijlingen – van Bemmelen from The Netherlands wins category 2 for her reporting of an overlocalisation of indent in Dutch.
And finally, Danish native speaker Jorgen Koch wins category 3 for his reporting of an inconsistency in allign commands across Office applications.

Congratulations and well done to our winners!

Quick summary of our Competitions Dashboard:
Below is a Power BI Dashboard that summarizes all the feedback we received during each competition. You can filter by month selection to see the summary of the November competition. At the top it shows who the competitions contributors were, how many bugs they each reported, the languages they were reported in and the type of issue reported. Competition entrants can also see the status of what they reported by clicking on the bug row in the table at the bottom and the comment for that bug will appear in the top left.
Most of the bugs have been implemented in our localised files. Depending on the platform builds with those new translations and fixes should be live in the next product update. That could be anything from 1 week to 4 weeks’ time.
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and congratulations to the winners!

What’s coming in December?
We are changing tack next month. Users of localised Office Insider builds on any platform can enter our Sweepstake after it is advertised next week. People can enter as often as they like throughout December and we will have the sweepstake in early January. After the start date which will be announced next week then once you join the community and report an issue from a localised Office Insider build (from any platform) then you will be automatically entered into the sweepstake. Please let any Office Insiders you feel that may be interested know about our competition and ask them to join our Office International Community when you see it advertised on the Tech Community or social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter) next week.

Office International Community Competitions Power BI Dashboard:

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The December 1st Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup December 1, 2017 – Microsoft Tech Community

Table of Contents

  • Product News
  • Handy Resources
  • Interesting Perspectives
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured Group

Microsoft showcases latest industrial IoT innovations at SPS 2017

On November 22, 2017, Microsoft announced they are extending their lead in standards-based Industrie 4.0 cloud solutions using the industrial interoperability standard OPC UA, with several new product announcements at SPS IPC Drives 2017 in Nuernberg, Europe’s leading industrial automation exhibition. Join the conversation in the Azure IoT space.

Technical reference implementation for enterprise BI and reporting

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced the technical reference implementation of an enterprise grade infrastructure to help accelerate the deployment of a BI and reporting solution to augment your data science and analytics platform on Azure. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

New in MyAnalytics: See your after-hours impact on co-workers

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced that MyAnalytics now shows you the after-hours impact you impose on co-workers. Join the conversation in the MyAnalytics space.

Update for the Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced that an updated version of the Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK version 5.1710.1059.1000 is now available on NuGet.org. Join the conversation in the System Center Configuration Manager space.

Launching preview of Azure Migrate

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced the preview of Azure Migrate. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Get notified when Azure service incidents impact your resources

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced a set of new features for creating and managing Azure Service Health alerts. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Run your PySpark Interactive Query and batch job in Visual Studio Code

On November 27, 2017, Microsoft announced the integration of HDInsight PySpark into Visual Studio Code (VSCode), which allows developers to easily edit Python scripts and submit PySpark statements to HDInsight clusters. Join the conversation in the Azure Data and Storage space.

New Remote Desktop app for macOS available in the App Store

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the next generation application of the Remote Desktop (RD) experience for macOS. Join the conversation in the Windows Server for IT Pro space.

Automatic tuning introduces Automatic plan correction and T- SQL management

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced several new features in Azure SQL Database automatic tuning. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Introducing Azure Automation watcher tasks public preview

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Automation watcher tasks. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Elastic database tools for Java

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the release of a new version of the Elastic Database Client Library for Azure SQL database supporting Java. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Announcing Azure Location Based Services public preview

On November 28, 2017, Microsoft announced the Public Preview availability of Azure Location Based Services (LBS). Join the conversation in the Azure IoT space.

Update on retirement of Azure AD classic portal experience and migration of conditional access policies

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced some updates related to the Azure Active Directory admin experience. Join the conversation in the Azure Active Directory space.

Holidays feature in Auto Attendant is now available to all Phone System customers

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced that the holidays feature for Auto Attendants has been rolled out to all Skype for Business Online customers. Join the conversation in the Skype for Business space.

Azure Analysis Services integration with Azure Diagnostic Logs

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced that Azure Analysis Services is now integrated with Azure Monitor Resource Diagnostic Logs. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

New usage reports for Microsoft Teams

On November 29, 2017, Microsoft announced two new usage reports for Microsoft Teams. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Teams space.

What’s new in Microsoft Teams – November Update

Check out what’s new in Microsoft Teams in the month of November!

Handy Resources

Detecting remote code execution with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

We know that attackers can often use legitimate tools to take malicious actions. Recent incidents have been perpetrated using a known technique called Remote Code Execution (RCE) to spread malware inside a target network. This technique can be executed using legitimate tools such as WMIC and/or PSExec. However, what attackers may not know is that this technique can be detected with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA).

Windows 10 version 1709 AMA

On November 30, 2017, Microsoft hosted a Windows 10 version 1709 AMA to help answer questions. The summary from this event will be available when it’s ready in the Windows 10 space.

Microsoft FastTrack: Engage Experts at Tech Summits

The FastTrack booth at the Sydney Tech Summit was bustling throughout both days of the conference with a steady stream of attendees experiencing one to one sessions with our FastTrack experts. Over the two-day conference, we helped many IT Professionals to identify on-the-spot Microsoft 365 and Azure solutions for the challenges they face like: email migration; reducing deployment times, automation, maximizing the effectiveness of their subscription, accelerating product delivery, building solutions on Azure, and more.

Server aliases for Azure Analysis Services

Server aliases for Azure Analysis Services allow users to connect to an alias server name instead of the server name exposed in the Azure portal. This can be used in the following scenarios: to migrate models between servers without affecting users, to provide friendly server names that are easier for users to remember, to direct users to different servers at different times of the day, and to direct users in different regions to instances of Analysis Services that are geographically closer, for example using Azure Traffic Manager.

Part 4: Promote Microsoft 365 awareness and enable end users with training

This is the fourth and final post from our blog series on the four success factors for driving Microsoft 365 adoption. In this blog post I will focus on the last two success factors – Awareness and Training, outlining best practices and available resources.

New SharePointDsc Blog

SharePointDsc (formerly known as xSharePoint) is the PowerShell Desired State Configuration module for SharePoint. Follow the new blog!

Windows AutoPilot Documentation Update

A couple of changes were recently made to the Windows AutoPilot documentation. We realized that we were missing some pretty important details so that you can implement Windows AutoPilot end- to-end. Documentation now includes network connectivity requirements, OOBE branding, and multiple ways to manage and apply deployment profiles.

Interesting Perspectives

SharePoint Online and Bing Maps

A user was having some frustration integrating Bing Maps with SharePoint Online. Another contributor, Christopher Webb, was able to offer some guidance that helped resolve the issue.

Testing an updated web part, on a live SharePoint site, without affecting the existing version

Contributor Alan Trafford asked about making an updated web part look like a new web part for testing in SharePoint. MVPs Paul Keijzers and Andrew Koltyakov offered advice that answered his question to his satisfaction.

Backup and Compliance

Some concerns were raised about Backup and Compliance in Microsoft Teams, which several contributors were able to help clarify.

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Announcing an AMA for Windows Server Containers on December 5

Do you have questions about Windows Server Containers? On December 5, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT, there will be an opportunity to ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) in the Windows Server AMA space.

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Featured Blog

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Member of the Week

Damien Rosario

A member since October of this year, Damien has been incredibly active in the community, especially in the Skype for Business space, with great questions and contributions. Thanks for being a member of the community, Damien!

Office International November Competition Summary and Winners

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From November 13th to November 24th, 2017, we ran a contest in our Office International Community in search of the top language issues in localized versions of Word Online and OneNote Online. We wanted people to discover how feature rich our Online offerings have become, get people to use them in their native language and let us know about issues that affected their user experience.
We were giving away 3 X $100 Amazon voucher to the top 3 contributors in three categories:

Category 1 – Highest creation of new, original posts
Category 2 – Best new, original post
Category 3- New, original post with largest international impact

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our competition. We really appreciate the time you took to report issues to us. We can now proudly announce our three winners:

Mourad Louha from Germany wins category 1 for his 37 issues reported.
Marianne van Teijlingen – van Bemmelen from The Netherlands wins category 2 for her reporting of an overlocalisation of indent in Dutch.
And finally, Danish native speaker Jorgen Koch wins category 3 for his reporting of an inconsistency in allign commands across Office applications.

Congratulations and well done to our winners!

Quick summary of our Competitions Dashboard:
Below is a Power BI Dashboard that summarizes all the feedback we received during each competition. You can filter by month selection to see the summary of the November competition. At the top it shows who the competitions contributors were, how many bugs they each reported, the languages they were reported in and the type of issue reported. Competition entrants can also see the status of what they reported by clicking on the bug row in the table at the bottom and the comment for that bug will appear in the top left.
Most of the bugs have been implemented in our localised files. Depending on the platform builds with those new translations and fixes should be live in the next product update. That could be anything from 1 week to 4 weeks’ time.
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and congratulations to the winners!

What’s coming in December?
We are changing tack next month. Users of localised Office Insider builds on any platform can enter our Sweepstake after it is advertised next week. People can enter as often as they like throughout December and we will have the sweepstake in early January. After the start date which will be announced next week then once you join the community and report an issue from a localised Office Insider build (from any platform) then you will be automatically entered into the sweepstake. Please let any Office Insiders you feel that may be interested know about our competition and ask them to join our Office International Community when you see it advertised on the Tech Community or social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter) next week.

Office International Community Competitions Power BI Dashboard:

Source : techcommunity.microsoft.com

Lexis for Microsoft Office just got a bit more flexible for legal advisors

www.office.com/setup Blogs: Chalk another point for Microsoft Office 365! Today, the partnership between legal research solution provider Lexis and Microsoft has become just a bit more available for users spanning across PC, Mac, and mobile.

www.office.com/setup Blogs: The Lexis tools for legal documentation aren’t anything new Microsoft Office add-in list. However, now the partnership targeted for advisors on-the-go can be used from desktop, laptop, and mobile devices seamlessly thanks to Office 365.

The Office 365 Lexis add-in includes all of its key features such as legal research in context, implementation of Shepard’s Citation Service to validate easier, quote checking, and a Table of Authorities creator.

Here’s what the store page has to say:

Just open a Word document online from practically any device. Then activate your Lexis for Microsoft Office add-in. Now you’re ready to use research, drafting and review tools, such as:

  • Search & Display: conduct research without leaving your document
  • Get Cited Docs: validate cited sources by accessing Shepard’s® Citations Service from within the context of your document
  • Set and Check Cite Format: efficiently match the format requirements you specify
  • Check Quotes: quickly validate against source documents
  • Prepare Table of Authorities: organize your authorities with fast, flexible options
  • Link to Cites: permanently link Lexis Advance® content to your documents

Of course, the Lexis Advance subscription is required to sign into the add-in for full features even within Office 365. But at least now you’re getting a bit more bang for your buck by being able to access all of these features across almost any device. You can download Lexis for Microsoft Office 365 on the Office store.

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Time has run out, Microsoft is cutting OneDrive storage limits starting today

www.office.com/setup Blogs: Last year, Microsoft announced that it would no longer offer unlimited OneDrive storage to Office 365 customers after too many users abused the generous offer. At the time, the company explained that it would limit OneDrive storage to 1TB for Office 365 customers starting March 1, 2017, and if you’re still above that limit today it’s now time to take action.

www.office.com/setup Blogs: The company explained to Neowin that the new storage limit may take up to 48 hours to be applied on all accounts. For users that still have more than 1TB of files store on OneDrive, their account will enter an “over quota mode,” giving them three months to remove enough files to reach the new 1TB limit.

www.office.com/setup Blogs: If Office 365 customers fail to do that during the three month period, their account will then be in a locked state for six months. During that time, Microsoftwill give them one opportunity to unlock their account for a period of 30 days, which should be more than enough to move data out of OneDrive and comply with the new storage policy.

If you need help to manage your OneDrive storage, we invite you to read our previous list of tips that we published a couple of months ago. Let us know in the comments if you had to prepare your account for the recent cutbacks.

Here are the new features in Office 365’s February Insider Slow update

www.office.com/setup Blog: Yesterday, Microsoft announced the February Insider Slow update for Office 365. As usual, this update is packed with new features, and if you’re a Office Insider, you can take advantage and download it now by heading to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

www.office.com/setup Blog: Overall, this update pushes the newest version to Version 1702 (Build 7870.2013.) For the details on what has changed, you can check Microsoft’s official changelog below.

  • A quick start to your research: PowerPoint QuickStarter gives you research ideas and design suggestions for a presentation on a subject of your choosing. Just choose the QuickStarter template from File > New, and specify the subject you want to study.
  • Set things straight: On devices that have touch screens, you can use the Ruler on the Draw tab of the ribbon to draw straight lines or to align a set of objects. The Ruler pivots to any position you want: horizontal, vertical, or anything in between: it has a degrees setting so that you can set it at a precise angle, if necessary. (We’re rolling out this feature gradually, so if you don’t see the Ruler button on the Draw tab right away, don’t worry. It’s coming soon.)
  • Enhanced digital writing assistant: With additional intelligent services built-in, Editor is better able to recognize your words in context and offer the right spelling suggestions. Look for these improvements in Word and Outlook.
  • Easier background removal: In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, we’ve made it easier to remove and edit the background of a picture. You no longer have to draw a rectangle around the foreground of your picture; instead, the app will automatically detect the general background areas. In addition, the pencil for marking areas to keep or remove can now draw free-form lines, rather than being limited to straight lines.
  • Move pages from side to side: In Word, navigate pages in Print Layout view by sliding them side-to-side like a stack of paper. To try it, click View > Side to Side.
  • From Visio to PowerPoint in a few clicks: Take snippets of a Visio drawing and export them as slides to PowerPoint. To get started, open a diagram and click View > Slide Snippets Pane. In the pane, click Add to snip portions of your diagram and Export to send your slide snippets to a new PowerPoint slide deck.

www.office.com/setup Blog: As always, you can sign up to become an Office Insider by visiting this link. It is worth noting that signing up and installing these builds will give you access to new features, but may result in an unstable experience. Let us know what you think of these latest updates by dropping us a comment below!