Short Takes Daily: What's going on in the world of Microsoft for Thursday, June 4, 2015 Microsoft

Short Takes Daily: What's going on in the world of Microsoft for Thursday, June 4, 2015

Today in the news: Dropbox cozies up to Active Directory; resizing windows is a snap in Windows 10; Office 2016 rolls out new features.


Granular administrative roles appear in Office 365

Office 2016 on Windows Preview updated

Exchange Exposed #4: Exchange 2016 and the future of on-premises IT

Q. Can an Azure resource be in more than one Resource Group?

Q. How can I manage Azure VMs from System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2?

Q. When I deploy System Center Update Rollups, why do I have to manually run SQL update scripts for some components?



After a month of public participation in the Office 2016 on Windows Preview, the development team has taken a look at the data from customers and rolled out a few new features in response. A breakdown on the blog outlines:

  • Real Time Presence in Word—While Real Time Typing will ship in subsequent builds, we are rolling out a key part of that collaborative experience with Real Time Presence. Real Time Presence allows you to see where in a document your teammates are editing. We are turning this on first for OneDrive for Business subscribers but it will be available more broadly soon.
  • Simplified file sharing—We are simplifying the process of sharing files and making them available to others to review, comment, and edit. Just clicking Share on the Ribbon will save your file to the Cloud and make it available to others in one easy step.
  • Insights for Office (currently in Word and Outlook)—Insights, powered by Bing, brings you contextual information from the web right into your reading experience. Try it by selecting keywords, like people or places, in your content and watch as Insights pulls relevant information into the Task pane to help you learn more.
  • Version History improvements—We made it easier to find different versions of files stored on SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. You can click the History command in the File menu to view or restore any previous version.

These are just a few of the highlights, with many others available including Power Pivot improvements, improved grammar checkers, and more.



In the ongoing quest to help you do more while doing it more efficiently, Microsoft's debuted Snap Assist, a new Windows 10 feature that should help users more quickly and easily snap two windows on their screen. Here's how it works:

  • The user snaps the first window, i.e. drag windows to the left or right edges of the screen to resize them to half the screen, via the Aero Snap feature that debuted in Windows 7.
  • Snap Assist presents the user with a list of recently used windows and apps.
  • The user selects the window they want from that list.

There's more — users can now snap windows to the corners of the screen for a nifty multi-window layout. And Snap Fill automagically resizes the second, third or fourth windows selected to fill space, thus letting users hold on to a bigger primary window if that's helping them work.

The Snap feature is available for mobile devices. Microsoft says, "When you’re in tablet mode, you can still snap with a simple touch gesture, resize side-by-side apps simultaneously using the on-screen divider, and have apps automatically open side-by-side … and when you enter and exit tablet mode, we preserve any snap layouts you may have created so that you keep your workflow."



Windows 10 is expected to integrate Microsoft's PC and video console gaming platforms in unprecedented ways, so it might be worth paying attention to Microsoft's E3 presentation. Make a reminder in Outlook to watch at 2:30pm EDT / 9:30am PDT on June 15 and watch it via your Xbox One,, Xbox 360 or Windows Phone.



In an effort to woo more enterprise-level customers, the popular file-storage service has released a connector for Active Directory. This "will help simplify provisioning and accelerate deployment," said Dropbox. The company's scrambling to gain ground in the enterprise against other storage services like Box, and simplifying deployment and user management in Active Directory is part of that push.



Finally, two articles that promise to improve your general know-how:

How to move the OneDrive folder to another drive in the Windows 10 Technical Preview

How to use the God Mode on your Windows 10 Insider Preview PC 


See you back here tomorrow for the weekly wrap-up.


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