VIDEO: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Shows Off LA Clippers Court Vision Amazing Augmented Reality

Today former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed and explained the LA Clippers Court Vision Augmented Reality.  Courtvision allows the viewer to see estimated probabilities, predict player moves, change cameras, add computer generated highlights, overlay play by play audio and explain plays all in real time as the game is being played. If you want more detail on how Second Spectrum applies machine learning to create context (difficulty, probabilities, …) in live sports, watch this 9 minute…

SOLVED: What’s New in Microsoft Teams & When Will Teams Replace Skype?

Microsoft Teams started as little more than a web only SharePoint Template that encouraged: Inviting specific people and groups to the Team Note taking and comment making But that was 2017.  At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference in Florida Microsoft likely mentioned Teams more than any other product.  It was drilled on in the keynote, in demonstrations, in Teams sessions, in Stream sessions, in Office 365 sessions, in OneDrive sesssions, in OneNote sessions, and in…

Everything You Need To Know About Intel Optane & Optane DC

We will explain everything you need to know about Intel Optane memory in a very concise point form. 1: What is Intel Optane? Intel Optane is special memory + software + memory controllers.  The basis of Optane is extremely fast Intel proprietary “3D XPoint” memory that does NOT get erased when the power is removed (i.e. it has ‘persistance’).  This means 3D XPoint memory can be used for hard drive storage when it is used…

Simple Explanation of The Differences Between Office 365, Microsoft 365 and Windows 365

It is difficult to understand what Microsoft if offering these days.  It was hard enough when there was just Office 365 with the E1 E3 and E5 packages but today Microsoft is offering 3 different bundles (Office, Windows & Microsoft) each with their own E1 E3 and E5 sub-bundles. What is Office 365? In simple terms, Office365 is a bundle of software that (for most packages) provides Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more on the…

Whats New In Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection?

Microsoft is using the term Advanced Threat Protection with several products so it can be difficult to find the information you need.  In this article we are referring to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection which is unrelated to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. In case you want to play along at home, you can get to Office 365 ATP by: Logging into Portal.Office.com and clicking ADMIN (if you are not already there) Scroll to the bottom and…

Anatomy of an Attack: How Apple & Amazon Got Servers With Chinese Hacking Chips

Today Bloomberg reported that Apple and Amazon were (are?) using servers with an extra chip that hacks their data at the hardware level making it virtually impossible to detect.  From a technical perspective we wanted to know how this could happen, and so here is the explanation. A secretive part of the Chinese military infiltrated a chip manufacture and embedded code right in the “Baseboard Management Controller” (BMC).  The BMC is used to have direct…

SOLVED: Intune vs GPO vs SCCM Which Rules Win & What The End of Hybrid SCCM-Intune Means for the Future

If you have a Group Policy Object or System Center Configuration Manager setting some parameter on your PC and you also have the setting configured in Microsoft Intune, Intune will win. Put simply, Intune overrides GPO and SCCM. It is also notable that Microsoft has dropped SCCM – Intune Hybrid support.  You must move your SSCM/Intune hybrid configuration to a Standalone Intune by September 2019. At the recent Microsoft Ignite Conference in Florida I asked…

Microsoft Says Replace User State Migration Tool with OneDrive For Business

At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference in Florida, Microsoft pitched using OneDrive For Business instead of the User State Migration Tool (USMT).  This suggestion was largely based on the new ONEDRIVE > MANAGE PROTECTION OF IMPORTANT FOLDERS wizard. Previously you had to manually move your DESKTOP, DOCUMENTS and PICTURES folders to folders under your C:\USERS\<YourName>\ONEDRIVE – <BUSINESS NAME> or come up with an even more creative solution like building Junction Points.  This was just not…

How To Install and Use Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center was code named Project Honolulu during its development cycles.  It went live in April 2018 and was titled “Our Re-imagined Management Experience” for good reason. At Ignite 2018 in Florida Microsoft drove home a few points over and over and over again.  One of those points was get on Windows Admin Center now.  So strip away the hype and ask why should you use Windows Admin Center (WAC) WAC is a web based…

SOLVED: WdsClient: An Error Occured While Obtaining IP Address

If you are using new (or different) hardware from what you built your Windows image on, you may see:  WdsClient: An Error Occured While Obtaining IP Address From the DHCP Server.  Fortunately, you can ignore most of the other solutions floating around the internet telling you to manually inject the drivers into your image.  Windows Deployment Service (WDS) has a simple mechanism to inject drivers into your image using the WDS GUI. How to Add Drivers to…

What’s New In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook Online in 2019

Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and PowerPoint online have had continuous massive improvements since they were introduced a few year ago.  Today they are nearing parody with their full version desktop equivalents.  Notably, Microsoft announced that all new features for the desktop versions will also be available for the web versions.  So what is new, in particular: You can now copy and paste content, including pictures, from web pages or your desktop right into…

Whats New In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for 2019

I recently attended Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Florida which presented many new useful features and function for Office products. What’s New In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook Desktop LIST TO GRAPHICS Microsoft want out of its way to show of the Artificial Intelligence that is built into desktop Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.  The coolest new Office feature demonstrated at Ignite 2018 was a simple but powerful suggestion to move text lists into dynamic graphics using…

New Functions in Excel For 2019

You would not expect much new in Excel after 30 years of development but you would be wrong if you think there is nothing highly useful and new in Excel for 2019.  I recently attended Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Florida which presented many new useful features and function for Office products in 2019 but Excel was a special case.  In addition to all the common functionality explained in THIS article, Excel has some new VERY…

SOLVED: Why Is 64 Bit MS Office Now Recommended?

Microsoft has changed their guidance to state that from September 2018 on, they recommend the 64 bit version of Office be installed.  This is a departure from the 32bit guidance Microsoft provided previously. After Microsoft first compiled a 64 bit version of MS Office in June 2010, they immediately told consumers and companies not to use it.  The issue was not cost, stability or features; they were all the same as the 32 bit version. …