Category : Features

Written on Jun, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Microsoft’s Reactive Extensions for .NET has joined the .NET Foundation Family! Click here to learn more, and to read the blog from those who helped make it happen, including BlueMetal’s Oren Novotny – Sr. Architect. Oren was instrumental in this effort and is part of the team organizing and leading the ongoing contributions from the community in this project.

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Written on May, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

[Cross-posted from blog.davemdavis.net] When Microsoft first announced the HoloLens, I was interested in the possibilities that this device opened up. When I tried it a few months later at Build 2015, I knew I had to get my hands on it and start to developing for it.  This past winter, Microsoft announced that they were going to start selling developer …

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Written on May, 09, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

(cross-posted to Bob German’s Vantage Point) This week Microsoft mapped out a bold new plan for SharePoint. Microsoft is investing heavily to modernize the product to make it work as well in the Device and Cloud era as it once did in when the Web was still shiny and new. This article will explain how these changes could affect your …

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Written on May, 06, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Microsoft MVP Doug Finke asks “Who moved the cheese” about Microsoft’s new modern editor, Visual Studio Code. It’s code editing, redefined, free, open source and runs everywhere. • Intelligent editing • Powerful debugging • Built-in Git support • Hundreds of extensions Read more at Doug’s Blog: Development In A Blink

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Written on May, 03, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Microsoft recently started enabling a new user experience for document management within SharePoint Online, part of Office 365. The user interface is much like that of OneDrive/OneDrive for Business. Microsoft’s description of the new capability highlights simpler navigation, phone and tablet capability, and faster performance. The user’s expectations, however, are very much challenged compared to what is now being referred …

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[Cross posted from granitestatehacker.kataire.com] There were a number of very cool announcements made at Microsoft Build’s 2016 kickoff, Wednesday, March 30th.  On first brush, one might not notice the common theme across the announcements, however. Hololens is shipping for developers. Xbox One has an active Dev mode, enabling any Xbox Retail unit to become an Xbox dev kit (and go …

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Written on Apr, 11, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Bob Familiar has released a new code repository for learning how to architect and implement an IoT solution using Windows 10 Core IoT hardware devices and Azure IoT Hub and Stream Analytics. The material is in the form of a 5-module hands-on lab. At the conclusion of going through the hands-on lab, you will have provisioned an Azure environment using …

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Written on Mar, 02, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

[Cross-posted from blog.davemdavis.net] Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of the HoloLens Developer Kits.  The kits are available to developers who registered and were approved to get them. They will be shipped in waves with wave 1 shipping on March 30th.  These kits are going for $3000 and are only available in the US and Canada. Making a real hard decision …

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Written on Dec, 02, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

How to speed up performance of Excel Reduce Operations The number of cell references and operations has the biggest impact on workbook performance, not the number of formulas. A few smaller helper formulas are usually more efficient than one enormous formula. If possible, avoid the use of the same formula repeatedly in multiple cells by taking it out and using …

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Written on Nov, 11, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

This is a second blog in a four-part series dedicated to building efficient Excel models. Here, I’ll discuss some general recommendations for building lean and mean (and small) Excel models. Although you can build large Excel models, there are several reasons not to. Large Excel models containing multitudes of tables and columns are overkill for most analysis and consume large …

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