Microsoft Introduces New Features For Office 365

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Microsoft is all set to please its users and has recently released a new feature intended for businesses to manage and share their videos using a new cloud-based offering aptly named Office 365 Video.

Mark Kashman, senior product manager for Microsoft Office 365, and Office 365 Video has described the product as “First of many NextGen Portal.” The new feature has a SharePoint-inspired smart hub which is capable of acting as a social, shareable and mobile destination most suited for business professionals. In an official blog post, Kashman wrote, “Office 365 Video is designed to meet the requirements of IT and win the hearts and minds of user.” To know more information about the same, contact the Microsoft help department.

The all new feature, Office 365 Video, is powered by Azure Media Services, Microsoft’s own cloud-based digital media transcoding and delivery platform that is suited for video content producers and similar enthusiasts. The feature saw public attention during its first announcement in 2012 and was later launched in early 2013. Moreover, Azure Media Services has undergone rigorous public tests, as it was NBC’s go-to online video provider and responsible for coverage of this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Observing the product’s collaborative bent, Kashman observed, “Office 365 Video benefits from adaptive smooth streaming technology optimizing video playback for the device it’s being viewed on. It, too, leverages Yammer and the Office Graph to deliver a social, personalized experience within Office 365.”

The major highlights of the all new Office 365 Video are drag-and-drop video upload support. It also supports a wide range of video codecs that include MPEG-4 v2, H.264, and the Windows Media Video, among others. After the videos are uploaded and available on the cloud, enterprise search can be used to search through the videos as well. Contact the Microsoft help department to know more information about Microsoft Office 365 Video.

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Moreover, once uploaded, all videos appear in Microsoft’s smart, Flipboard-like Office 365 app. Unlike traditional news and activity feeds, Microsoft Office Delve, the new feature, makes use of machine learning in order to transmit relevant information and content.

Microsoft’s enterprise social networking platform, Yammer has been completely integrated with Office 365 Video. The video conversations are automatically linked to the posted videos, and can be easily accessed using the Yammer app or from the stock Yammer interface.

As an ending note, Kashman highlighted the security feature of Office 365 Video. He wrote, “It’s very easy to set the permissions for the home page leveraging the same Active Directory powering authentication in all areas of Office 365. This same governance model enables admins to manage permissions for each channel.”

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Scripting With Windows PowerShell

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Windows PowerShell is an extremely useful scripting language that finds application in task automation and managing configuration in Windows operating system. The DOS-style command prompt in most versions of Windows, from Windows XP to Windows 8, is outdated and is devoid of many essential features. In answer to this, Microsoft has released a more updated and sophisticated command-line interface that is more in line with the modern Windows environment and contains many functionalities that are unavailable in the standard Windows command-line.

PowerShell is not some new concept; it was available under the name of Monad way back in 2002. PowerShell is the best tool when it comes to performing administrative tasks when using Windows OS. Bill Boswell, Microsoft employee and acclaimed technical writer, has once said “the single most important skill a Windows administrator will need in the coming years is proficiency with Windows PowerShell.”

PowerShell is available in every Microsoft product ever since its release and can be used to run scripts used to automate tasks with Microsoft Exchange, SQL server, Windows Server and more. Indeed some of the actions can be performed by using the Graphical User Interface. However, if you require advanced controls, you will need to be proficient in PowerShell. Because of its success, even third party administrative service providers like Cisco and VMware allow management of their products using PowerShell. To know more about the various capabilities of PowerShell, contact Windows tech support.

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If you are using Windows 7 or higher Windows operating system, the Windows PowerShell is pre-installed and available, buried inside the menu system under Accessories. In both the operating systems, it can be easily accessed by hitting the Windows key and typing powershell. This would bring up the PowerShell ISE, which is the graphical editing and testing system you require. Right-click on the icon and then select Run as administrator. This option is selected because most administrative tasks require administrator permissions.

Although PowerShell may not look like much, it is extremely powerful. To get a feel, you can run basic DOS commands. Among the list of features that PowerShell has, it will enable you to perform file operations, modify user settings and manage various services and processes. However, a few commands are different for PowerShell; so, it is better to stick with the Help guides before you perform tasks on your own.

If you require any further help with the PowerShell, contact Windows tech support. The support technicians will be able to help you with the basic commands and actions.

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Microsoft Announces Genre Defining VR Headsets

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As per a recent leak from Digitimes, Microsoft has some hatching plans to manufacture a head worn virtual gaming device in the year 2015. This product is expected to be showcased at the E3 gaming show in June. It is expected that the device can be used on the Xbox one device to communicate directly or with the Kinect system. This was brought by Oculus Rift to completely change the way users play and interact with games. They have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first product called as the Oculus Rift. This is a ground breaking virtual reality headset that offers immersive gaming on computers.

With the help and support from the top video game companies like Epic Games, Valve and Unity, Kickstarter was a great success and it raised over 2.4 million dollars in funding from the various project backers and supporters round the globe.

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As per the sources, the Microsoft gaming device’s development is managed and handled by the hardware team of Microsoft. This is the team that is in charge of the Surface tablet development. Microsoft has been very much open in saying that virtual reality is something that they were experimenting for a long time.

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It is also rumored that Sony is also having plans to have virtual reality devices and the name of the device is Project Morpheus. This was announced during GDC in March 2014, but they have not yet said anything on the launch of the PlayStation 4 device or about the cost. The aim of Microsoft has been to be the leader in the market and with the other players in the field, Xbox and Microsoft need to get the lead in the game.

It is hoped that the virtual reality device from Microsoft will be released before this Christmas, as this will the best time to get your hands on the latest Microsoft products. Also, there will be much discounts and offers on the products on Christmas Eve. The only problem is with using this device with the Xbox One gaming console without encountering any common Microsoft problems. It can be a bit confusing to setup the device and use it with the gaming console for a beginner.

If you would like to know more on the steps to configure and use the virtual reality device from Microsoft with the Xbox gaming console without any Microsoft problems, you can contact the Microsoft help and support team.

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Kinect Manufacturing Stopped

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Kinect will be reaching its end of life this year. The motion sensor component of the Microsoft Xbox gaming rig has been around for a meager four years, and it’s already being scrapped. The company brought out the v2 sensor instead, and this is what the MSDN developers are giving their full attention to at this time.

There’s an official blog for Kinect, where Microsoft recently announced that they’d be ending sales of the device this year. They shipped the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor in October, with the accompanying software development kit (SDK 2.0). The post says Microsoft will be phasing out the sale of the original sensor to make way for the new iteration.

Kinect was originally intended as Microsoft’s answer for the hugely popular motion controller in Nintendo’s Wii. The latter was a device which sold impressively, despite not being much to look at. By the time it got to the 100 million-unit mark, Microsoft and Sony were keen to try their own luck with motion sensing equipment. Sony leaned more towards accuracy in their design, while Microsoft favored ergonomics over accuracy. The Microsoft help page has more details about the initial design.

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The first time they brought out Kinect, it wasn’t even for gaming. This device was meant for pitching to large business clients who were already using a Windows infrastructure for their computer systems. The tech giant let it out to eleven teams in 2012, so that they could come up with their own creations. Each team got a $20,000 allowance as well, and 13 weeks to finish the job. The stuff they came up with was varied, from automatic animation interfaces, to sterility management in the room.

Kinect v2 is a more advanced version of the hitherto sensor, adding an infrared camera, depth sensing, and higher resolution on the camera. Developer response has been strongly supportive, and there have been quite a few apps built to fit the new sensor and SDK. Most Microsoft help page feedback suggests that transition to v2 has been smooth for the most part. But many businesses are invested heavily in the older setup, and Microsoft is urging them to get in touch with MSDN. There will be no more manufacturing of the original Kinect, which means that the ones being sold right now will be the last anyone can buy.

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How To Enable DEP In Windows XP OS

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Most of you might have heard about buffer in the operating system. However, many of you may not be aware what it is or its purpose. In this post, we will find out what buffer is and how to enable it in your Windows XP PC.

Buffer is the specific area in your computer’s memory where the program that is running on the PC is stored. Now, this data can be a song, movie or an application software. When the data is executed, many malicious programs try to take up the space.

However, according to Windows tech support, the program, Data Execution Prevention (DEP) keeps a close watch and makes sure that no programs are executed from this area other than the required ones. Whenever an unauthorized program tries to execute from this zone, DEP closes it down. However, you will have to turn on this function. Let us find out how to enable this function in the program.

Steps involved

  • Open the ‘Start’ menu in the operating system and click ‘Control Panel’.
  • In the ‘Control Panel’ window, choose the option ‘System’.
  • The above step will open the ‘System Properties’ window. Choose the tab ‘Advanced’ in this window.
  • Under the heading ‘Performance’, choose the option ‘Settings’.
  • The above step will launch the window for ‘Performance’.
  • Go to the tab ‘Data Execution Prevention’.
  • Select the option ‘Turn on DEP for all programs and services and except those I select’.
  • Choose the button ‘OK’ and then close the window for ‘Performance Options’.
  • Choose ‘OK’ and this will close the window for ‘System Properties’.

As the next step, you will have to add the programs to the DEP Exception List.

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  • Open ‘Start’ and click ‘Control Panel’.
  • Double click and open ‘System’.
  • In the window for ‘System Properties’, choose the tab ‘Advanced’.
  • Select the ‘Settings’ option in the new window.
  • Click ‘Data Execution Prevention’ tab in the window for ‘Performance’.
  • Select the button ‘Add’ in the program.
  • Choose the programs that you wish to keep out of the exception list.
  • Click ‘OK’ and close the window for ‘Performance Options’.
  • Click ‘OK’ in the window for ‘System Properties’.
  • Restart the PC.

We hope that this post has helped you to find out what buffer is and how to enable it. If you have any queries regarding the steps mentioned above, you may contact Windows tech support or our technical support team for assistance.

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