Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway!

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Figure 1 & 2 from the site https://logs.msdn.microsoft.com

Check it out!   Tons of Free Microsoft eBooks.  The list of all books and the download selection is located at the link below.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2017/07/11/largest-free-microsoft-ebook-giveaway-im-giving-away-millions-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-again-including-windows-10-office-365-office-2016-power-bi-azure-windows-8-1-office-2013-sharepo/ 

Note from Eric:

It’s that time of year again, and today I am kicking off my annual FREE MICROSOFT EBOOK GIVEAWAY extravaganza! And this time, I’m posting MORE FREE EBOOKS in this post than I ever have in any of my previous giveaways! Based on this, you will notice something different about this year’s post… In previous years, I included images of the eBook covers next to each item; however, I would also get feedback from people on the amount of time to load all of the images. So, this year I decided to streamline the list to make it easier to get to the eBooks you want. You will now find a simple list, organized by category, with the download links in the Format column so you can choose which format you want to download.

  1. How many can you download?
    • ANSWER: As many as you want! This is a FREE eBook giveaway, so please download as many as interest you.
  2. Wow, there are a LOT listed here. Is there a way to download all of them at once?
    • ANSWER: Yes, please see the note below on how to do this.
  3. Can I share a link to your post to let others know about this giveaway?
    • ANSWER: Yes, please do share the good news with anyone you feel could benefit from this.
  4. I know you said they are “Free,” but what’s the catch?
    • ANSWER: There is no catch. They really are FREE. This consider it a, “Thank you,” for being a reader of my blog and a customer or partner of Microsoft.
  5. Ok, so if they are free and you’re encouraging us to share this with others, can I post a link to your post here on sites like Reddit, FatWallet, and other deal share sites to let them know, or is that asking too much?
    • ANSWER: Please do. In fact, I would encourage you to share a link to this post on any deal site you feel their users could benefit from the FREE eBooks and resources included below. Again, I WANT to give away MILLIONS of FREE eBooks!
  6. Are these “time-bombed” versions of the eBooks that stop working after a certain amount of time or reads?
    • ANSWER: No, these are the full resources for you to use.
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Windows 10 Creator Update Has Some Great Features

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Every time that Microsoft does a Windows update, I check to see if there are features that I will actually use.  In the Creators Update, there are several processes that will make my life easier.  If you want to check out all the features, go the blog link listed below. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/04/05/whats-new-for-it-pros-in-the-windows-10-creators-update/?MC=Windows&MC=SysMagSof&MC=SecSys&MC=EntMobile 

Here are some of the cool things that I will use… note that these features are lifted from the blog noted above.   

1.  New Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) capabilities, including the ability to create custom threat intelligence alerts, investigate a specific user account, and take immediate actions on a machine or file to contain a breach. (Watch the demo for more insight.)

2.  Hyper-V improvements, including:

  • “Quick Create,” a new option to create virtual machines in Hyper-V.
  • Checkpoint and Save for nested Hyper-V
  • Hyper-V instances will now remember your zoom level for the next session.
  • You can now override the scaling in Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • You can now resize Hyper-V windows in Enhanced session mode.
  • Networking improvements (NAT)
  • Developer-centric memory management

You can see more in a blog from Windows, and see videos embedded in the blog that show off some of the features.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/11/whats-new-in-the-windows-10-creators-update/

Learn More About Microsoft Azure

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Figure 1 – Screen shot focusing on some Azure courses  from https://mva.microsoft.com

What is Azure?

In the mundane world, azure is another name for the colour “blue”.  In the software world, Azure had a different definition.

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. It provides a range of cloud services, including those for compute, analytics, storage and networking. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.  – from http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/definition/Windows-Azure 

Why Should You Learn About Azure?

If you are a company that is struggling with the expanding hardware requirements for managing in-house accounting systems, CRM  software, and any industry specific hardware along with your web site, email service, and any other software that you have adapted, then Azure should interest you because it reduces the cost of infrastructure for technology.  That is a big statement.  To understand what I mean, start doing some research on all the things that Azure can do.

If you are an IT or Technology professional, then you will want to know how a cloud tool works, what issues may exist, and you will need to understand how the security works.  Cloud service is a rapidly expanding specialty area. 

Where Can You Learn About Azure?

Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Virtual Academy with new courses focusing on Microsoft Azure.  The picture above shows a small sample of the Azure courses.  Currently, MVA has 93 related courses on Azure.  Check them out at https://mva.microsoft.com.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Business Edition

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When is Dynamics 365 Business Edition Available?

Dynamics 365 – Business Edition is scheduled to be available in Canada and the US sometime in October 2016.

 

What is the Base Software?

The Business Edition  will be based on Dynamics CRM and a NAV-type Finance and ERP application, optimized for 10-99 employee SMBs.

The Business Edition is made up of 3 parts:

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Dynamics 365 for Financials – NAV-based (what was called Project Madeira). A release for the US and Canada will go live in October 2016, with 4 countries (the UK is strongly expected to be one of them) in EMEA and APAC likely to be Feb-March 2017 (unconfirmed).

Dynamics 365 for Sales (no firm dates have been announced when this is likely to be released, but sometime in 2017)

Dynamics 365 for Marketing (again no firm dates – likely sometime in 2017)

 

Why Is This Exciting?

Some companies are wanting their CRM and ERP systems to be totally cloud based.  This eliminates a technology worry around software errors and who will solve them, as well as ensuring the software stays up to date since the cloud provider manages the updates and upgrades.  Hotfixes will be applied to proactively deal with errors. 

References:

1.  www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/dynamics-365

2.   www.365talentportal.com/blog/nav-2017-project-madeira-and-dynamics-365-update-microsofts-erp-roadmap-for-the-next-12-months/

3.  https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/07/06/turning-business-process-into-business-advantage-for-organizations-everywhere/#sm.000lnawap16dqcztpm61rym3p1s4c

PowerShell–Who Has Access To This Directory?

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Moving forward in the Microsoft Windows Server world, one sees that Windows PowerShell is being used more and more.  I have been learning that there are some sweet things you can do with it.  Here is a blog about “Who Has Access To This Directory?” by MVP Thomas Rayner, from CANITPRO (Canadian IT Pro Connection).  Thanks Thomas, for posting this.  Everyone else –  enjoy!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2015/11/03/powershell-tips-who-has-access-to-this-directory.aspx

Get Some Information on Windows Server 2016

 

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Figure 1 – picture from Microsoft Virtual Academy, from the course “What’s New In Windows Server 2016 Preview”

Microsoft is releasing a lot of new technology between June and December 2015 including Dynamics AX 7.  All of the new releases are built to work together in the cloud. 

Some of us don’t need to install Windows Server, but would like to have an understanding of the features and how the features might be used to support what we are doing in ERP or CRM.  Microsoft’s course in the Virtual Academy gives an overview of some cool features.

  • Explore enhanced virtualization functionality.
  • Explore  automated processes and configuration to help you spin up compute, storage, and networking resources faster.
  • Preview new features that reduce system downtime.
  • Find out how rolling upgrades can help you adopt updates and operating systems faster for Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Server.
  • Learn about the zero-footprint, cloud-optimized Nano Server technology, along with scripting with the new PowerShell Desired State Configuration features.

Other resources:

More on Dynamics CRM 2016 Features

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From http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-takes-the-wraps-off-its-dynamics-crm-2016-feature-list/?tag=nl.e505&s_cid=e505&ttag=e505&ftag=TRE0fb9d06 

On the updated list of new features coming to Dynamics CRM 2016and the rest of the Fall wave later this year:

  • More new Cortana integrations (beyond what’s there already in Dynamics CRM) with sales activities
  • Tighter integration with the Cortana Analytics Suite
  • More use of Azure Machine Learning for sentiment analysis in Microsoft Social Engagement
  • Offline mobile capabilities
  • Better mobile app management with Intune
  • New Excel templates for automating many core tasks
  • Next release of Microsoft’s CRM app for Outlook that will allow users to track emails, add contacts and create records through the browser on PCs or Macs or mobile browser on a phone
  • Integrated Delve functionality
  • Ability to open Office apps within CRM or CRM mobile app

The company also plans to bring the field-service capabilities it acquired when it bought FieldOne this past July together with the knowledge management and self-service capabilities it has added to its CRM family via it 2014 Parature acquisition, official said.