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Microsoft Ignite 2020 Reaction, Part 2: Standouts from the Tech Demos

Despite the strangeness of the keynote, Microsoft pulled off some its most geek-worthy product demos at Ignite this week.

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Microsoft Ignite 2020 Reaction, Part 1: A New Normal for Tech Conferences

Something about Satya Nadella's opening keynote makes Brien wonder if Microsoft thinks we'd all be better off doing everything -- including conferences like Ignite -- remotely, even after the pandemic is over.

How To Work with Microsoft 365 Search Connectors

Microsoft now lets Microsoft 365 connect to various data sources -- whether in the cloud or on-premises -- so that those data sources can be indexed for searching.

How Microsoft 365 'Safe Documents' Works

Because sometimes (a lot of the time), Protected View isn't enough to guard against potentially malicious Office documents.

Microsoft Ignite 2020 Predictions

Ignite is Microsoft's most important event of the year. What direction will Microsoft take for Ignite's first-ever virtual outing, during the IT industry's most challenging year on record?

Microsoft Surface Duo: Some Early Misgivings

Why did Microsoft go with Android and not Windows 10? Why aren't other Surface devices supported? Microsoft's upcoming Surface Duo might end up being brilliant, but for now it has us scratching our heads.

What's New in Microsoft's Yammer Makeover

Since Microsoft acquired it in 2012, Yammer has been the odd application out. Microsoft's latest updates bring the chat application closer to the rest of the Microsoft 365 family.

How To Execute Parallel Script Blocks in PowerShell

One of the best new features in PowerShell 7 is the ability to perform parallel execution of script blocks, which can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to process ForEach-Object loops.

How To Create Cross-Platform PowerShell Scripts

To avoid errors, it's important to write PowerShell scripts that prevent code from running on an unintended platform. Luckily, this is easier to do than it sounds.

It's Time for IT Pros To Reclaim Their Work-Life Balance

IT pros are working long hours right now to keep their organizations afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that shouldn't be the expectation once the crisis passes.

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New Microsoft Teams Features: The Gimmicky, the Practical and the Maybe

With much of the corporate world now interacting via online chat, Microsoft is throwing a bunch of new features at its Teams platform, hoping that at least a few of them will stick. But chat bubbles?

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COVID-19 Opens the Door for 'Natural Machine Interaction' Technologies

The next wave of technical innovation will be driven by businesses looking to provide more touchless experiences to their coronavirus-wary customers.

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Hyper-V Snapshots vs. Backups: Addressing the Confusion

Microsoft's Hyper-V snapshots feature is a convenience, not a backup replacement. But with different cloud vendors using the term "snapshots" in different ways, that's easy to forget.

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Is Application Awareness on the Cusp of a Renaissance?

With cloud suites like Microsoft 365 scattering user data across multiple apps and services, application-aware backups and restorations are due for a surge in renewed interest.

Digital Ink Editing in Microsoft Word, Revisited

Microsoft took its time on Word's ink editing features, making them generally available only recently. Now that Brien has put them through their paces in the real world, here's his take on their usefulness.