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Great new app: Office Lens for Windows Phone

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Office Lens

Microsoft has published a very useful new tool for Windows Phone. With Office Lens you can trim and enhance pictures of whiteboards and documents taken with your mobile and save them to OneNote. Actually it is similar to a scanner but you have it in your pocket. Here’s an example of what the app does.


Image source: Microsoft

If you want to learn more about the app please follow the link or just search for the app on your Windows Phone.

Link: Windows Phone Website

Written by Christoph Harding

March 17th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

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Surface Firmware Updated (March 2014)

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The Surface system firmware has been updated on 11/03/2014. The new version comes with great enhancements which you can find in the list below.

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your update history.

  • Surface Pro UEFI (v2.04.0450) improves experience when using BitLocker so that a Surface Cover can provide PIN input.
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.262.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.262.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update Device (v2.0.268.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Cover Telemetry (v2.0.229.0) improves stability and experience for Surface Covers.
  • Marvell AVASTAR 350N Wireless Network Controller (v14.69.24052.168) resolves wireless network connectivity issues.
  • Marvell AVASTAR Wireless Composite Device (v14.69.24052.168) improves Miracast support.
  • Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth ®Radio Adapter (v14.69.24052.168) updated as part of a driver package that includes the Marvell Wireless Network Controller and Marvell Wireless Composite Device. There are no Bluetooth updates in this version of the driver.
  • Intel(R) Display Audio (v6.16.00.3135) improves Miracast support.
  • Intel(R) HD Graphics Family (v10.18.10.3431) improves Miracast support and enables daisy chaining of monitors using DisplayPort 1.2.
  • Intel WiDi Audio Device (v4.5.44.0) improves Miracast support.



Written by Christoph Harding

March 13th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

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Pre-order Surface Power Cover now

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If you live in the US and you own a Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 you might be interested in the Surface Power Cover which can be pre-ordered at the Microsoft Online Store. (see Link). With the Power Cover you can increase your battery life by up to 70%.

Surface Power Cover

Image Source: Microsoft


Written by Christoph Harding

March 11th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The making of Surface

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Written by Christoph Harding

January 26th, 2014 at 12:05 am

Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business

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Microsoft has published a great guide for Windows 8 which gives you an overview of how the OS functionality can be used for businesses. I really like the last few slides as they explain all important keyboard shortcuts and swipes.

Windows 8.1 brings together everything you do across all your devices whether at work or on the go. Windows helps you stay productive and connected while mobile. Windows allows you to create a truly one of a kind experience that is made for the way you work. Whether you’re brand new to Windows 8.1, or just want a refresher, this quick guide will show you the basics and beyond.


Written by Christoph Harding

January 25th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

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Project Siena: Enabling Business Users to Create Mobile Apps for the Enterprise

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I’m back from vacation and it seems that in the last 3 weeks loads has going on! Microsoft has introduced Project Sienna which is a great tool for the LOB to create applications for Windows 8. Actually it’s a WYSIWYG Editor which helps to easily create a GUI for accessing data. On the TechNet blog you’ll find detailed Information and a great Video which Shows the power of Sienna. Please follow the link to TechNet to learn more.

Link: TechNet

Written by Christoph Harding

January 8th, 2014 at 9:21 am

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Yammer updates its apps for Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android

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Microsoft has updated all Clients for Yammer including Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android. You’ll get loads of new Features which you can all find on the Yammer blog.

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Link:  TechNet

Written by Christoph Harding

December 11th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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Microsoft announces mail encryption for Office 365

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Microsoft has announced a new feature within Office 365 called “Office 365 Message Encryption”. This enables you to send encrypted emails to any other mail service. Check the Office 365 blog for more Details. The article explains how to Setup the new Feature. Good read. There is also a FAQ section which includes:


Q. When will Office 365 Message Encryption be available?

A. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2014, and customers who are currently using Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) will be upgraded to Office 365 Message Encryption beginning in the same timeframe. EHE customers can learn more about the upgrade by visiting the EHE Upgrade Center.

Q: How do I get Office 365 Message Encryption?

A: Office 365 Message Encryption will be available as part of Windows Azure Rights Management. Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 users will get Office 365 Message Encryption at no extra cost. We’re including it in Windows Azure Rights Management, which is already part of the E3 and E4 plans. We’re also including it in the standalone version of Windows Azure Rights Management, without raising the price of that service. Office 365 Message Encryption is available as an add-on for other Office 365 plans and for standalone plans. For example, Exchange Online Kiosk Plan 1 and Plan 2 customers will be able to add the service to their subscriptions at a cost of $2 per user per month.

Office 365 Message Encryption is also available to Exchange on-premises customers who purchase Windows Azure Rights Management service. Office 365 Message Encryption requires on-premises customers to route email through Exchange Online, either by using Exchange Online Protection for email filtering or by establishing hybrid mail-flow.

Q. I am currently an Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) Subscriber. What happens to my subscription?

Customers who are currently using Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) will be upgraded to Office 365 Message Encryption beginning in the first quarter of 2014. EHE customers can learn more information about the upgrade by visiting the EHE Upgrade Center.

Q. How does Office 365 Message Encryption relate to other encryption technologies?

A. A variety of encryption technologies work together in Office 365 to provide protection for emails at rest and in transit:

  • TLS encrypts the tunnel between mail server to help prevent snooping/eavesdropping.
  • SSL encrypts the connection between mail clients and Office 365 servers.
  • BitLocker encrypts the data on the hard drives in the datacenter so that if someone gets unauthorized access to the machine they can’t read it.
  • Information Rights Management. Windows Azure Rights Management in Office 365 prevents sensitive information from being printed, forwarded, or copiedby unauthorized people inside the organization.
  • S/MIME is an encryption scheme that uses client-side encryption keys, popular for some government B2B scenarios. Read more about the upcoming S/MIME enhancements in Office 365 here.

Office 365 Message Encryption is designed to help you send confidential messages to people outside your company simply and securely, without the administrative overhead required to use S/MIME or similar technologies. It’s an outside-the-company companion to Information Rights Management, which is why it’s included as part of the Windows Azure Rights Management offering.



Written by Christoph Harding

November 22nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

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Surface Pro 2 boots within seconds

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When I started at Microsoft a month ago I received a Surface RT and a Surface Pro. The Surface Pro is a fully Business enabled device which can be integrated in the Active Directory and which can run all Windows Desktop apps. The Surface Pro is pretty fast as it contains a Intel Core processor but when I received the new Surface Pro 2 last week based on the Haswell processor I couldn’t stop smiling. The devices is even faster and a complete boot takes only a few seconds. I’ve recorded a quick Video. If you’re interested just click the link.

Link: SkyDrive

Written by Christoph Harding

November 11th, 2013 at 11:46 am

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Free Ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

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Microsoft Press has published a new article on it’s blog about a free Windows 8.1 ebook. The book should should help IT professional to get a technical overview of Windows 8.1. Please visit the Microsoft Press blog to get Access to the ebook.


Written by Christoph Harding

October 17th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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