We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Learn more about Instagram’s arrival on Windows 10 PCs and tablets and next week’s Microsoft Windows 10 Event, or head over here to read our Windows 10 Tip on four ways to get the most out of Microsoft Edge.
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The last time we saw the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire in Halo Wars, they were settling in for a long cryosleep on their way home, knowing that with a little luck, they’d make it back to civilized space in one piece. Nearly 30 years later, they’re awakened to a new threat to the Halo universe and find themselves as the one thing standing between hope and annihilation. Halo Wars 2 will take us back to the Ark, introduce new heroes and villains, and deliver a new multiplayer mode that has the potential to push the real-time strategy genre forward. Read more over at Xbox Wire and pre-order Halo Wars 2 here!
Get ready for Halloween with the Shocktober Collection in the Windows Store, available Oct. 25-31
The Shocktober Collection in the Windows Store just might be the ultimate gathering of curated Halloween content, with dozens of music and movie offerings to set your spine a-tingling. Don’t miss The Walking Dead: Michonne for 50 percent off, the Polarr Editor Pro app for 90 percent off and Marilyn Manson’s album Pale Emperor for only 31 cents! And, starting Oct. 28, you can rent the movies The Witch and Insidious for only 31 cents. Look for the collection in the Windows Store on Oct. 25!
A new Boss Update for Minecraft rolls out big changes and cool features, including some of the most ferocious bosses ever devised – Elder Guardians and a new version of the Wither. Ocean monuments, new blocks and beacons are here, along with Add-Ons, which let you change the way things in your game look and behave. In fact, two sample Add-Ons are available for free download this Friday, Oct. 21, at https://minecraft.net/en/addons. How long can you survive in this brave new Minecraft world? Download the new Minecraft Boss Update and find out today.
Viber for Windows 10 – Free
Following July’s introduction of Viber for Windows 10, the app just added lots of enrichments to the user experience – features like Media Gallery in the chat info screen, which collects all the photos, videos and links from your conversations in one easy-to-reference location. Large emoticons are also here to give your messages more impact, and now you can answer video calls with video – no fumbling for the video button.
Alice Through the Looking Glass – Buy from $ 14.99
In this brand-new whimsical adventure based on the beloved characters of Lewis Carroll, Alice returns to the magical world of Underland, where she must travel back in time to rescue her old friend, the Mad Hatter. Watch Alice Through the Looking Glass, available now to rent or own in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.
Have a great weekend!
Today, I am excited to announce that our popular developer event Connect(); is back for a third year on November 16th and 17th and will be live-streamed globally from New York City. I encourage you to save the date for what promises to be our best Connect(); yet.
At Connect(); 2016, Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie and Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman, alongside leading industry innovators, will share the latest innovations from Visual Studio, .NET, Xamarin, Azure, SQL, Windows, Office and more. Over the two days, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in live, interactive Q&A sessions with our engineering teams, customers and partners and learn how it’s now easier than ever before to build and manage breakthrough intelligent apps that work across Android, iOS, Linux and Windows.
Al Hilwa, IDC recently said, “Microsoft’s Connect(); developer event has grown into a significant milestone for developers building modern apps for cloud, mobile and DevOps deployment scenarios, in the process helping drive positive business impact at their companies.”
Developers inspired us to create the Connect(); event. You are at the center of incredible business transformation and the disruption of entire industries through the development of powerful apps that change the world. For the past two years, we’ve unveiled new innovative technologies and solutions at Connect(); that represent our relentless drive to meet the needs of any developer, building any application on any platform. Connect(); 2016 is the next step on our cloud-first, mobile-first world journey.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you on November 16th and 17th.
|Mitra Azizirad, Corporate Vice President, Cloud Application Development & Data Marketing
With an expansive technical, business and marketing background, Mitra has led multiple and varied businesses across Microsoft for over two decades. She leads product marketing for C+E’s developer and data platform offerings spanning SQL Server, Azure data services, Visual Studio, .NET, Xamarin and associated developer services.
Azure Government Engineering is pleased to announce the initial release of the Azure Blueprint program! The program is designed to facilitate the secure and compliant use of Azure for government agencies and third-party providers building on behalf of government.
Azure Government has been granted a JAB Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) based on Microsoft internal security protections and processes. Customers can leverage this P-ATO to reduce the scope of security responsibilities in a cloud-based system. Inheriting security control implementations from Azure Government allows customers to focus on implementations specific to their IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS environments built in Azure.
One of the greatest challenges we see when working with Agency customers on their ATO efforts is understanding the scope of what can be inherited from Azure Government. Responsibility for each security control must be defined to ensure that controls are properly implemented through the entire stack. Without these responsibilities defined, ISSOs face a daunting task of determining how security controls must be implemented in a cloud environment. This challenge is the focus of Azure Blueprint Phase 1.
The initial release includes documentation to assist Azure customers with documenting their security control implementations as part of their individual agency ATO processes. The FedRAMP Moderate baseline Customer Responsibility Matrix (CRM) and System Security Plan (SSP) template are designed for use by Program Managers, Information System Security Officers (ISSO), and other security personnel who are documenting system-specific security controls within Azure Cloud.
The FedRAMP Moderate CRM document explicitly lists all control requirements that include a customer implementation requirement. This includes both controls with a shared responsibility between Azure Government and Azure customers, as well as controls that are fully implemented by Azure customers. The format is conducive to focused documentation of only the customer portions of security controls.
The FedRAMP Moderate SSP Template is customer focused and designed for use in developing a SSP that includes both customer implementations as well as control inheritance from Azure Government. Customer responsibility sections include guidance on how to write a thorough and compliant control response. Azure inheritance sections include information on how the control is implemented by Azure Government on behalf of the customer.
For any questions and to access to these documents, please e-mail AzureBlueprint@microsoft.com.
Future iterations of the CRM and SSP Template will include the security control baselines for FedRAMP High, DISA Impact Level 4, and DISA Impact Level 5.
Many thanks to the customers and partners who have provided feedback on these documents during our pilot phase. We value your feedback and look forward to assisting you with ATO efforts in the future!
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The 9th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2014 SP1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates.
To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit:
- CU#9 KB Article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3186964
- Understanding Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server
- Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 SP1 Latest Cumulative Update: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51186
- Update Center for Microsoft SQL Server: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sqlserver/ff803383.aspx
PowerTip: How to use regular expressions to split a string without losing the character you split on
Summary: Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, Thomas Rayner, shows how to split a string without losing the character you split on.
I’m splitting this file name some file.txt into its name and extension by going “some file.txt” –split “.”. It’s giving me some file and txt, but I want to keep the dot and get .txt instead. How can I do this?
You can split on a regex lookahead and split on the space between characters where the character on the right is a dot
'some file.txt' -split '(?=\.)'
When was the last time you had an in-person meeting? Let’s face it: today’s work rendezvous are becoming increasingly more electronic. While online or virtual meetings can be convenient, they also detract from participant accountability by providing more room to lose people’s attention. When people are distracted, meetings lose focus and require more time for repetition.
To keep your meetings—and your schedule—on track, consider these six tips and transform your routine.
- Agenda action—Whether your meeting participants are located across the building or the world, it’s important to get everyone on the same page. While formal agendas may not be as in vogue as they once were, reinstate the practice. Include the meeting’s topics in the body of your calendar invite or email out a document 24-48 hours before the designated time. This will provide all parties the chance to set their expectations regarding the meeting goals. And yes—if you’re the recipient of a meeting agenda, read it! Even if you’re familiar with the project or discussion topics, you may learn important information about the perspectives or concerns on the table, and it’s never fun being blindsided.
- Prep your (Ps and) Qs—Whether your meeting has a set agenda or not, make sure you know what your goals are. Before the meeting, compile any notes or background information you may need to reference as well as any questions. Having a prepared list or set of bullet points will relieve the pressure of thinking of any questions on the spot as well as allowing you to engage with the discussion at hand. Feel free to jot down questions on the agenda if there is one, or set up your notes document ahead of time with initial goals or thoughts at the top. No matter your preparation style, following this preparation practice will ensure you’re reminded of your own agenda the day of the meeting.
- Troubleshoot your tech—Whether it’s your first online meeting or your millionth, make sure you know how to use your technology. Confirm how to dial in and that your speakers work. If you need internet to access your conference or your (meeting-related) email or notes, check that Wi-Fi! Initial frustrations often develop when that one person needs one more minute to access the conference line. Don’t be that cause—get to your conference room early and dial in. Even if you set your phone to mute until other people join, at least you can focus on the content of your talk rather than getting there in the first place.
- Sharing is caring—If you are reviewing any information with accompanying visuals or statistics or if you’re referencing external documents, make sure everyone can follow along. Set up a screen share so that you can direct your audience’s attention and keep everyone on the same page. This step may alleviate the “Wait! Where are we?” questions as well as the “Hold on, I have to get to the right page.” Sharing your screen eliminates the need for those pauses and moments of confusion. Just remember: if you’re sharing your screen, make sure to turn off any email, phone or messaging programs or notifications to avoid any uncomfortable announcements.
- Be direct—One of the challenges of online meetings is knowing who is about to speak or who needs to jump in. Based on the meeting participants and their personalities, virtual meetings can range on the spectrum of everyone talking over each other to long pauses after someone’s finished speaking. To avoid indistinct vocal jumbles or empty air time, frame questions specifically to other meeting participants. If people are working together or relying on other steps in the process to move forward, don’t be afraid to ask them specifically if they have anything to add or additional questions. By being direct with turning the conversation, you’ll ensure that you’ve maximized meeting time while allowing everyone to be heard.
- Personality perks—Online, phone or virtual meetings can be a drag—you don’t have body language to read how people are responding or whether they’re following along. To remedy the possibility of losing people’s focus, keep your personality primed. Be as personable as you would be in person—or more so, as the meeting requires. High energy will engage your audience and keep them tuned in to the topics at hand. They wouldn’t want to lose track, especially if you have a habit of asking people directly how they respond to a point. With everyone involved at the top of their meeting game, your meeting points will be addressed quickly, and you’ll cover more material in less time.
No matter the meeting format, there’s no need to get lost in the virtual shuffle. By being prepared and engaging your colleagues, your meetings will be clear and on target with your goals. Download The Ultimate Meeting Guide to get the info you need to hold meetings that people want to attend.
- Learn how to run large virtual meetings like a pro.
- Get The Ultimate Meeting Guide and learn how to hold meetings that people actually want to attend.
The Windows Subsystem for Linux was announced as a beta feature at //Build 2016. Since then, we have explored an architectural overview, how Pico Processes work, System Calls redirection and File System support. Today we explore a new WSL feature: the ability for WSL to call Windows executables, and for Windows to call Ubuntu binaries. Ben Hillis will deep dive into the inner workings of our most requested feature and show how these two environments can complement each other in some very interesting ways.