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The Future of Office 365 Pricing

With a raft of new Office 365 features in the pipeline, Microsoft also seems ready to change the way it bills its subscribers. Will it replicate Azure's pay-per-use model, or will it look like something else entirely?

What Happens When You Use a Virtual Reality Headset in Space?

And now for something (almost) completely different, Brien sees how well a HoloLens-like headset weathers the unique conditions of a zero gravity flight.

For Nadella, the Ignite 2019 Keynote was Business (Almost) as Usual

In many ways, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered a very typical Ignite opening keynote -- with a few notable exceptions.

Configuring a Shared Virtual Hard Disk in Hyper-V

Creating a shared virtual hard disk is a relatively easy process. Brien walks you through it.

How To Perform Conditional Logic in PowerShell

While you wait for PowerShell to add support for ternary operators, here's a method you can use now to evaluate Boolean conditions without the need to write If – Then – Else statements.

How To Use PowerShell Like a Spreadsheet

Instead of viewing data in a static list, use PowerShell's grid view capability to manipulate how your data is displayed.

How To Ransomware-Proof Your Backups: 4 Key Best Practices

Backups are the only guaranteed way to save your data after a ransomware attack. Here's how to make sure your backup strategy has ransomware mitigation built right in.

Microsoft Helps Office Users Cope with Unfamiliar Acronyms

A new AI-powered feature in Office scans your e-mails and documents to help you tell one "SaaS" apart from another.

Better E-Mail Management with Outlook's Insights Feature

How a new capability is succeeding where Cortana failed at taming the Outlook beast.

Exploring OCR, a New Way To Get Data into Excel

Microsoft recently added a new optical character recognition feature to Excel that lets users import data from a photograph taken from a smartphone. Here's how to use it.

A Quicker Way To Create Hyper-V Inventory Reports

If you need to generate Hyper-V inventory reports but don't want the hassle of writing your own custom PowerShell script, here is a shortcut.

Is a Cloud Backlash Coming?

The cloud has long been touted as the future of computing. But for some organizations, cloud computing has only added more complexity and not enough cost-savings.

Automating Virtual Machine Activation in Hyper-V

Microsoft's "automatic virtual machine activation" feature lets you spin up a short-lived VM without wasting a license key. Here's how to use it.

How To Make Office 365 Planner Acknowledge Recurring Tasks

While useful in plenty of ways, Microsoft's task-management service doesn't have a feature to manage repeating tasks. The solution? Create a "template plan."

Is There a Good Alternative to Microsoft's Surface Studio?

Microsoft is expected to unveil new Surface hardware next week, but unless a standalone Surface Studio monitor is one of them, it might be time to consider some of the other (cheaper) options from its OEM partners.

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