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This week Microsoft announced update 1712 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager, a new major release of SharePointDsc, version 2.0, and the general availability of the new Microsoft Graph reporting API.

@Andrew Huddleston is our Member of the Week for his thoughtful contributions, particularly in the SharePoint community.

View the Weekly Roundup for the week of December 18, 2017 to December 22, 2017 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Custom Functions in Excel: Developer Preview

On December 15, 2017, Microsoft announced custom functions in JavaScript in Excel. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Excel space.

Update 1712 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

On December 16, 2017, Microsoft announced update 1712 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager. Join the conversation in the System Center Configuration Manager space.

Get rich insights from your data with intelligence in Excel

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced more information on the new Insights feature in Excel. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Excel space

Bring your own vocabulary to Microsoft Video Indexer

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced that Video Indexer (VI) now supports industry and business specific customization for automatic speech recognition (ASR) through integration with the Microsoft Custom Speech Service. Join the conversation in the Azure space.

Announcing the General Availability of Microsoft Graph reporting APIs

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced the General Availability of Microsoft Graph reporting APIs for retrieving Office 365 product usage data. Join the conversation in the Office 365 space.

New release: SharePointDsc v2.0 is a fact!

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced a new major release of SharePointDsc, version 2.0. Join the conversation in the Windows PowerShell space

GPDR How-to: Get Organized and implement the right processes

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced a new detailed implementation guide, GDPR – Get organized and implement the right processes, available in both English and French. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Azure HDInsight Integration with Azure Log Analytics is now generally available

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced that Azure HDInsight Integration with Azure Log Analytics is now generally available. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Announcing Apache Kafka for Azure HDInsight general availability

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced the general availability of Apache Kafka for Azure HDInsight. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Azure HDInsight announcements: Significant price reduction and amazing new capabilities

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced a price reduction for Azure HDInsight service and general availability of several capabilities. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Enterprise Security Package preview for Azure HDInsight

On December 18, 2017, Microsoft announced new features as part of the add-on (optional) Enterprise Security Package for Azure HDInsight. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Azure #CosmosDB: Entry point for unlimited containers is now 60% cheaper and other improvements

On December 19, 2017, Microsoft announced a few changes to Azure Cosmos DB including a 60% reduction in the cost of the entry point for unlimited collections/containers. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Reference Architecture and automation for Financial Services web applications

On December 19, 2017, Microsoft announced the release of a new Azure Financial Services Regulated Workloads Blueprint. Join the conversation in the Azure Security & Identity space.

Announcing the preview release of subscription level budgets via ARM APIs

On December 19, 2017, Microsoft announced the preview release of subscription level budgets via ARM APIs. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

New connectors available in Azure Data Factory V2

On December 20, 2017, Microsoft announced that Azure Data Factory newly enabled copying data from the following data stores using Copy Activity in V2. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

New Alerts (preview) in Azure Monitor

On December 20, 2017, Microsoft announced the preview of a new re-imagined user interface to create and manage alerts for any resource from a single location in the Azure Monitor blade in the Azure portal. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Azure space.

Azure Backup now supports BEK encrypted Azure virtual machines

On December 21, 2017, Microsoft announced the support for backup and restore of Azure virtual machines encrypted using Bitlocker Encryption Key(BEK) for managed or unmanaged disks. Join the conversation in the Azure Data & Storage space.

Announcing the public preview for Adaptive Application Controls

On December 21, 2017, Microsoft announced the public preview of new adaptive applications controls that protect your applications from malware by using whitelisting rules. Join the conversation in the Azure Compute space.

Office 365 for Android – December 2017 Release details

On December 22, 2017, Microsoft announced an updated version of Office for Android (Excel, PowerPoint & Word) build # 16.0.8827.2054 in 68 languages. Join the conversation in the Office International community.

Skype for Business Online: Changes to reporting cmdlets

On December 22, 2017, Microsoft announced that the new Microsoft Graph reporting API is now generally available, allowing allows customers to obtain richer access to usage information in their environment. Join the conversation in the Skype for Business space.

Handy Resources

We traveled to Toronto, Canada for our fourth city on the Microsoft Tech Summit tour! Over 3,000 attendees braved the cold weather for two days of intensive technical learning with Microsoft at a completely sold-out event.

Cheers to 2017: Yammer takeaways, best practices and resources to achieve more

As 2017 comes to a close, we’ve rounded up some information you can take advantage of as you enter the holidays. Whether you’re taking a relaxing holiday vacation or already gearing up for New Year’s resolutions, these recaps, insights and resources can be useful for either passive reflection or active planning.

Azure Information Protection – the year that was 2017!

What a year! It seems like only yesterday that we were getting ready to launch AIP. After a bit of a splash at Microsoft Ignite, on October 4, 2016, AIP moved to GA and was quickly followed up with a December Preview. We looked to operate at a fast pace, so the December release moved to GA in February 2017 which to me was the beginning on when we really started to see adoption move in earnest (and it has continued to accelerate all year!)

Build your ads free search engine with Bing Custom Search API

It’s a little over 6 weeks since we made the Bing Custom Search API generally available. We are excited to see the applications our partners are building and are overwhelmed with the response we are receiving. If you haven’t tried Bing Custom Search API yet, this blog post will help you to get started.

Modern Android Management with Microsoft Intune

Earlier today, Google announced the deprecation and eventual disablement of Device Admin Android management. Device Admin, sometimes referred to as “legacy” Android management, is the technical term for the management mode that existed since Android 2.2 that is in use by the majority of our customers. For the customers who manage Android in the enterprise, this is an important announcement. This means that starting in Android Q (Android major version releases come roughly every year), the only way to manage an Android device will be to use one of the two new Android enterprise management modes. But more importantly, Google is signaling to the ecosystem that Device Admin is “legacy” and insufficient for many enterprise scenarios. Google’s recommendation is to start considering how to adopt one of these new management modes now.

How I Grew My Career in 2017

Growth is essential. It can also be scary! Just like when you’re growing up as a child, you have to stretch—sometimes literally—past your comfort zone to get what you want. Often there are growing pains along the way. And sometimes you suddenly find that what you’re reaching for is in your grasp. You also have to consider what might happen when you’re reaching for that something: What if you fail? What if you don’t?

VMware Virtualization on Azure

We have had tons of interest in our VMware virtualization on Azure offering. This includes questions about what we are offering and how we will provide an enterprise-grade solution.

XBox – Analytics on petabytes of gaming data with Azure HDInsight

Microsoft Studios produces some of the world’s most popular game titles including the Halo, Minecraft, and Forza Motorsport series. The Xbox product services team manage thousands of datasets and hundreds of active pipelines consuming hundreds of gigabytes of data each hour for first party studios. Game developers need to know the health of their game through measuring acquisition, retention, player progression, and general usage over time. This presents a textbook big data problem where data needs to be cleaned, formatted, aggregated and reported on, better known as ETL (Extract Transform Load).

Source : techcommunity.microsoft.com