A Closer Look at the Newest Azure SQL Database Features

Microsoft's cloud DBaaS has had a whirlwind month with the introduction of managed instances, database migration tools and more. Here's what each feature does and when to use it.

Using Microsoft Word's LinkedIn-Powered Resume Assistant

Microsoft's blockbuster acquisition of the enterprise social network is starting to bear fruit. Here's a quick tour of the built-in LinkedIn integration inside Word.

Synchronizing SharePoint to the OneDrive for Business Client

Though it's tempting to think of SharePoint as a Web-based collaboration platform, it's also possible to synchronize the contents of a SharePoint document library to your PC using OneDrive.

The Assumptions Hyper-V Manager Makes on Your Behalf

Some of these assumptions are perfectly valid for most situations, but others -- despite Microsoft's best intentions -- are a bit more puzzling.

Making Power BI Reports Available in SharePoint Online

A close look at Microsoft's new Power BI Web Part, currently in preview, which expands your ability to publish and share Power BI data.

Taking a Fresh Look at the Surface Pen

Microsoft's digital inking device has finally outgrown its awkward start to become a truly effortless productivity tool.

Is Microsoft Once Again Becoming a 'Devices and Services' Company?

With his advocacy of everything from Bluetooth to quantum computers, CEO Satya Nadella doesn't seem as eager to abandon his predecessor's hardware focus as he once was.

Hyper-V: Revisiting the Chicken and the Egg Paradox

It's not 2008 anymore; go ahead and virtualize all of your domain controllers.

Microsoft and LinkedIn: When Next-to-No News Is 'Good' News

In a departure from its other acquisitions, Microsoft seems content to let LinkedIn do its own thing. At least for now.

How To Use Windows 10 Timeline (While Protecting Your Privacy)

The new feature is incredibly handy for power users, but could cause some stress if you don't like the thought of all of your activities being logged.

Massive Surge in Cloud Datacenter Traffic Coming, Cisco Report Says

Also in the tea leaves: The rapid ascendance of hyperscale datacenters the likes of Microsoft, Amazon and Google need to run their massive clouds.

How Telemetry Is Making SQL Server and Azure SQL Better: Part 2

More from Microsoft's lead SQL architect about how telemetry data is helping the company deliver regular, highly requested and targeted feature improvements at a massive scale.

How To Try Out Microsoft's Project Honolulu

Installing the new Windows Server management tool is easy enough, but figuring out how to make it work for you will take some time and experimentation.

Office 365 Gets Serious About Artificial Intelligence

Here are some of the more practical ways Microsoft is using its vast machine learning and AI assets to make its productivity suite more useful.

Oracle Plans Major Cloud Datacenter Push

This is one of Oracle's most ambitious infrastructure projects to date, but is it too late to unseat leaders AWS, Microsoft and Google?

How Telemetry Is Making SQL Server and Azure SQL Better: Part 1

In the first of this two-part series, Microsoft's lead SQL architect explains how the company collects -- and secures -- telemetry data from Azure SQL Database customers to improve its engineering process.

My Wish List for Microsoft Surface, Revisited

Where the Surface Pro fell short, the newer Surface Book 2 more than makes up for it.

First Impressions of Microsoft Mixed Reality

From Brien's perspective (floating in outer space high above Mars), Microsoft's latest efforts at melding virtual reality and augmented reality are a vast improvement over the HoloLens.

How To Play Sounds with PowerShell

Instead of twiddling your thumbs as you wait for a long-running script to complete, you can have PowerShell play a sound to alert you when it's done.

How To Navigate the File System in Windows 10's Bash Shell

Bash is fairly easy to install, but using it is another matter. Here are some commands to help IT pros dip their toes in Bash.

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