News from Microsoft Ignite 2015

 

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Microsoft Ignite 2015 took place in Chicago this week. Branded as the largest comprehensive technology event, the agenda was packed with keynote speakers, hands on labs, breakout sessions, and certification testing.

Microsoft also used the Ignite event as an opportunity to share exciting announcements including:

  • Office 2016 Public Preview is now available!
  • Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge browser updates
  • Organizational analytics will be offered inside of Office Delve
  • Public preview of SQL Server 2016 coming this summer
  • Operations Management Suite: new cloud-based software for keeping track of server infrastructure across multiple clouds and in companies’ on-premises data centers that will perform tasks including logging analytics, automating operations, replication, and security monitoring
  • Azure Stack: next-generation hybrid cloud software that will offer Microsoft’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) cloud technologies for companies’ existing on-premises data centers

Learn more and check out the 5 Most Important Announcements at Ignite According to Partners

Skype for Business Replaces Lync

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Skype for Business recently rolled out for Office 365 and quietly replaced Lync on desktops. Microsoft also premiered the online version of the app called Skype for Business Online. It appears that this transition was meant to be very easy, barely even noticeable, so users could slide from Lync to Skype with minimal hassle.

Skype for Business is built into Office so features like presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are an integrated part of the Office experience. The integration allows for users to view contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps. Powered by the Microsoft Cloud, it’s also integrated with Delve and Office Graph. Skype for Business users can search for and connect with anyone in the Skype network, both inside and outside their organization.

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Cengage Learning Computing Conference

Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2015

From March 18 through 20, 2015, we celebrated twenty years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of enthusiastic computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: 3D printing, online portfolios, privacy and cyber security, digital literacy in the 21st century, Raspberry Pi, computing in the cloud, and much more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap, and other Cengage Learning solutions.

Keynote presenters Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, Jim Federico and Anthony Salcito of Microsoft®, Corinne Hoisington of Central Virginia Community College, and teen inventor Jack Andraka addressed invaluable insights, trends, and tips related to teaching computing to today’s students.

Learn more and visit the Office Mix channel for the Cengage Learning Computing Conference.