Office Apps for iOS updated to version 1.6

IMG_0358This morning at 4:21 AM Eastern I was greeted by a pleasant surprise with an update in the iOS App Store alerting me to version 1.6 of the various Microsoft apps for Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel). In the change notes the first item listed is “iCloud Support” meaning that now you’ve got three options for your file source – Office 365, DropBox and iCloud.
That’s pretty swanky all things considered. And even upon opening the app it gives you a little reminder of what new things are in store for you as seen here:

When you actually go into the app and click on the ellipsis, you’re greeted with your iCloud location as an option or source of data. Note that you’re given a view of the folders available as seen here:
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As you can see I don’t see iCloud all that much… 🙂

More goodness pertaining to this new capability as well as other data source providers (Box, SalesForce, Citrix) in the Office Web Applications available here in the Microsoft Office Blogs:
http://blogs.office.com/2015/02/17/new-cloud-storage-integration-office/

For more about the Cloud Storage Provider program check here – http://dev.office.com/programs/officecloudstorage

Brewery FM

So for the past year, some of you might have wondered, “What happened to Dan always presenting with Scott Hoag and all of a sudden they’re not. Did they have a falling out?”

Not quite… more Scott took a position that moved him to Australia. So back to presenting on my own. I had the treat and privilege of getting to present 5 sessions with him at SPS Events Virginia Beach back in January 2015. While Scott was back we tossed around a couple of ideas – primarily around setting up a podcast or blog or something.

9742milesSo, fast forward 15 days and here we have the launch of Brewery.FM. It’s our podcast, recorded weekly, 9742 miles and change (or ~15678.2 Kilometers for our friends that use Metric measurements) to chat about a few different things.

The core focus of the podcast is the following:

  • For us to catch up – the time difference is killer and makes it tough to have regular conversations…
  • For us to compare notes on what’s going on in the world of Azure, AWS and other cloud technologies…
  • For us to talk about our favorite hoppy potent potables…
  • For us to share about what else is going on in our lives that doesn’t fall into one of those buckets…

Nevertheless, we hope that you’ll join in and catch us on the cast. To check out episode 1, browse on over here – http://brewery.fm/post/110519480495/e001.

If you’re sold and you just want to subscribe to our feed in your favorite podcasting software, then go ahead and click on over here – brewery.fm feed – http://bit.ly/breweryfmfeed

If you’ve got questions about what’s going on, definitely feel free to submit them to us on Twitter by following @breweryFM. Some day we’ll open an e-mail account… someday.

Microsoft Learning Roadmap Updated

4762.MSL_CertificationPathways_Commercial_2015.png-550x0Just in case you didn’t catch this notice on the Microsoft Learning blog, thought I’d post it up as a reminder (and so that I could find it more easily later on… :)) Microsoft Learning has updated their learning roadmap to show the MCSE and MCSD certification tracks to provide technology professionals and developers with a more concrete planning tool. It depicts the exams needed to get to the different designations and provides the framework to assist in figuring out what’s next and how things build upon one another.
It also includes some of the information pertaining to the three new Azure exams – note that they’re not a part of an MCSE / MCSD training path… yet. It wouldn’t surprise me to see that change in the next year or two based on the way that Microsoft seems to be going more toward services where Azure is the service delivery platform.

For more on the learning roadmap, check out the blog post from MSL here – https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/archive/2015/01/30/updated-certification-roadmap-now-available

Best of all you can download the Learning Roadmap and print it off on a plotter and cover a wall with it, maybe make a game out of it with your colleagues to show where everyone is at and have a friendly competition. 🙂