Last week it was the week of the Microsoft Partner Conference called Inspire, the conference where Microsoft invites all partners to come over to the special partner conference to get into the new fiscal year and to realign the partner plans for the upcoming year. It appears there is a slight change in policy where the Microsoft wants to include the partners more in their sales flow for selling their cloud products like Azure and Office 365. In previous years much of the sales was often done directly through Microsoft. The new strategy is to include the partners more in this process sharing the revenue processed by these sales initiatives. An important change is thinking in scenarios of specific industries.
Microsoft was always very much integrated at the level of the technology specialists, but when it came to selling the product at the board level there was an issue. The new strategy is to explain more how Microsoft fits in the process of the business itself. How can they extend their services in a way where the business improves by providing better quality and better services to their customers together with Microsoft.
New was the announcement to bring Microsoft 365 to the market for business and enterprise subscribers. An extension to the Office 365 program where Windows is now included next to several other services like security services. In our Dutch webcast we dive into this, this week.
This week we also bring the annual list of free e-books published by one of the Microsoft guys who made a hobby of collecting all the available free e-books and this is a huge list by now! Look at the links from the show-notes below for the URL to get the e-books. The link also contains a couple of links for instance to download the full list to your local machine. Not that this is advised, it really is a huge amount of data to pull in, but if you really want you can do it.
Also two AI APIs became available, one for General Availability (the Bing Entity Search API) and one in preview (Project Prague). The links are like all others in the list below. We discussed the APIs in depth, but in Dutch … sorry for that .
Fanie prepared another demo for us, and this week he is showing the Web Assembly and what you can do with it. If you want to explore by yourself here are some links:
WebAssembly Community Group
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Community Leader Zone
Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway
Introducing Microsoft 365
Announcing UWP Community Toolkit 1.5
Samsung Releases 4th Preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen including support for .NET Core 2.0 Preview
The State of Developer Ecosystem in 2017
Calling all game devs: The Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge is Here!
Bring rich knowledge of people, places, things and local businesses to your apps
This week’s events
Inspire July, 9-13 – Washington D.C.
Next Week events
Faculty Summit 2017: The Edge of AI – July 17,18 Redmond, WA
Agile 2017 – August 7-11 2017, Orlando FL
Wazug – September 7 2017, Hilversum
Ignite 2017 – September 25-29 – Orlando
Hybrid IT Event – September 26 – Maarssen, NL
SDN Event 3 – 6 October 6, Zeist, NL
TechDays October 12-13, 2017 RAI Amsterdam
SharePoint Unite – October 24-26 2017, Haarlem
Visual Studio Live! November 12-17 2017 Orlando, FL
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