Microsoft Azure Back after Yesterdays Outage

Microsoft Azure Outage Shows the Good & Bad of Cloud Services Microsoft Azure Services were restored after an outage Tuesday that affected a wide variety of customers. After what Microsoft described as a “Cooling Issue” in their South Central US Data Center, customers began experiencing a loss of services such as Azure AD and Visual [...]

Azure File Sync Now Generally Available for Hybrid File Storage

Call Now for Fast Cache After almost a year in public preview, Azure File Sync is now generally available. Like all good hybrid solutions, Azure File Sync solves both some problems unique to on-premises and to cloud while emphasizing the strengths of both options. Here’s how it works.  Organizations centralize their file storage in Azure’s [...]

Microsoft Q4 Growth, Earnings in Cloud Surpass Expectations

Microsoft Q4 Growth Earnings In Cloud Surpass Expectations

Growing Gains Microsoft recently released their Q4 earnings report, and the results are impressive. Analysts were projecting $29.21 billion in overall revenue but actual results were $30.09 billion, a 17% increase year-over-year. Per share, that shakes out to $1.13, a nickel more than the expected $1.08/share. Most legacy, non-cloud based services increased in growth moderately [...]

Free Whitepaper: Top 5 Methods to Reduce Office 365 License Costs

Top 5 Methods to Reduce Office 365 License Costs

Office 365 licenses are incredibly diverse in both function and price. With a smart license strategy and a few tips, your organization can optimize license usage and minimize costs while simplifying day-to-day license administration.   This whitepaper will illustrate 5 key areas where you can build this critical strategy. You’ll explore how to squeeze the most out [...]

Have Teams and Skype for Business Reached Feature Parity?

Have Teams and Skype for Business Reached Feature Parity?

Inequal to the Task As discussed frequently on this blog, updates to Teams have been pouring in over the last year. Teams will eventually replace Skype for Business, so it was big news at Microsoft’s Inspire partner show when it was announced that the two solutions had achieved feature parity. The claim has raised more [...]

Exchange Web Services Fossilizes, Loses Basic Authentication

Exchange Web Services Fossilizes, Loses Basic Authentication

Exchanged for a Graph –  The word is out. Exchange Web Services (EWS) will receive no more feature updates, though security and “certain non-security” updates will continue going forward. The same applies to EWS’s SDKs for Java and .NET. EWS will remain available and supported in production environments, but the lack of feature updates means [...]

Microsoft Teams Goes Through a Growth Spurt

Microsoft Teams Goes Through a Growth Spurt

Like any 1-year-old, Microsoft Teams is growing at a cracking pace. New features are popping up by the day—so many that most can only be discussed in amalgam. Accordingly, here are our top twelve recent and any-day-now updates for Microsoft Teams. Why twelve? Depending on your setup, any one of these updates could completely change [...]

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Windows Server 2019 Build 17677 Rolls Out to Insiders

Windows Server 2019 Build 17677 Rolls Out to Insiders

A Small Serving of Updates –  Soon after the release of Windows 10 Insider build 17677, the new Windows Server 2019 Insider preview build 17677 is following hot on its heels. Insiders, grab these new updates now; for everyone else, here’s a hint of what’s on the horizon. Storage Spaces Direct’s performance history has been [...]

April Showers Bring SharePoint Updates

April Showers Bring SharePoint Updates

This month so far has been good for SharePoint updates—and there are plenty more still to come. Here’s the rundown.  The News is New News  –  For those tenants receiving test updates, it’s now possible to create news pages in SharePoint. These pages can then be integrated into Teams as a tab (as can normal SharePoint pages) or emailed as a digest.   Similar to how the Site [...]