IT pros attend conferences in order to enhance their knowledge of existing technologies, learn about upcoming developments and to network with their peers. Unfortunately, some of the ways they behave at those events make actually achieving those goals more difficult.
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Visual Studio saw a major update this week, but the developer tool has long boasted a rich set of keyboard shortcuts -- so many that there are always new ones to learn. Two very handy options you may not have encountered revolve around the Shift key.
In a corporate environment where bring your own device (BYOD) has become widely accepted, the competition for business IT dollars has increasingly switched to mobile device management (MDM). Microsoft's play in this space relies on two non-mobile technologies where it dominates: Office and Active Directory.
One of the key Azure announcements at TechEd was Azure Files, which provides a permanent mapped file system that can addressed by any virtual machine in your cloud environment. But why does Azure Files use SMB 2.1, rather than the newer SMB 3.0 release used in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?
Azure is the big unifying theme at Microsoft TechEd this week; every session I've been to has made reference to it. But there's one question that still doesn't have an official answer: when will the Australian Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne finally open?
So it's an odd Patch Tuesday this month. Windows XP wasn't supposed to be patched after April, but it received an out-of-band patch. Windows 8.1 was supposed to be ditched after this month in favour of its newer Update sibling, but it scored a temporary reprieve. And many IT pro patch deployers are hanging around at TechEd North America, so rollout might take a little longer.
Microsoft's newly-announced RemoteApp tool lets you stream Windows-based applications to computers and tablets using Azure -- effectively creating a virtualised desktop, but with a focus on apps rather than the overall OS. Here's how it works.
Just as TechEd North America 2014 kicks off, Microsoft has officially released Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013. The big addition here is the ability to work on universal Windows apps, which can use most of their code across Windows, Windows Phone and (eventually) Xbox.
Microsoft's opening day keynote at TechEd North America included a stack of new announcements relating to its Azure cloud services. Here are all the key Azure developments, from the new Azure Files storage system through to RemoteApp for delivering desktop apps to end users via Azure, and when they'll become available.