Microsoft doubles down on Office 365 AI capabilities

Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform was the primary focus at the company’s Ignite conference this week, but a number of Office 365 AI and machine learning additions underscored the productivity suite’s strategic role in Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy.

Online subscriptions for Office 365 have risen rapidly over the past couple of years — to 31.4 million as of July 2018, according to Microsoft — as more users grow comfortable to entrust data in their productivity software in the cloud.

“[Office 365] is one of the first application areas where users are willing to put things in the public cloud,” said Meaghan McGrath, a senior analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. (TBR), in Hampton, N.H. “Customers are less willing to put things like ERP systems in the cloud, but most people feel comfortable putting productivity workloads in the cloud.”

Analysts agreed that Office 365 represents an important advantage for Microsoft in its competition with AWS. Amazon’s online productivity software has far fewer users than Microsoft’s applications suite.

“Office 365 has been the [cloud] leader for Microsoft getting into the larger accounts … and helping cement its subscription model,” said Josh Trupin, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland, Wash.

Few TBR customers who evaluated AWS’ application suite chose it over Office 365, McGrath said. The looming market presence of Microsoft’s suite was too great.

“They would have chosen AWS if it wasn’t for their parent company’s widespread deployment of Office,” she said. “‘[AWS doesn’t] have the legacy inroads of Office, and there is this draw to being a Microsoft shop. Even with a product, AWS will not compete there.”

Office 365 AI additions

One of the AI-based capabilities Microsoft showed off, called Ideas, will incorporate a number of AI features to simplify a user’s experience across the breadth of all Office applications. For example, as users create documents in PowerPoint, Ideas can suggest different layouts and images. In Excel, Ideas can identify statistical trends and suggest charts to make the information more understandable.

[AWS doesn’t] have the legacy inroads of Office. … Even with a product [in that space], AWS will not compete there.
Meaghan McGrathanalyst, Technology Business Research

Ideas is available in Excel this week. Microsoft will also roll out a preview version to other Microsoft applications, beginning with PowerPoint Online this week.

Another enhancement is a unified labeling capability to configure data-sensitivity labels simultaneously for Office 365 and Azure Information Protection. This offers users a more integrated approach to configure and apply protection, as well as retention labels and policies.

Microsoft also showed off additional features for Microsoft 365, which combines Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security products. The improved version includes several management and administration capabilities that customers can now manage under a single pane of glass, instead of multiple management locations across the web.

Another Microsoft 365 addition is Admin Center, which also works with Office 365. This offering streamlines system administrators’ job to monitor and manage applications and services across both Microsoft and Office 365 subscriptions.

More Office options risk user confusion

A third version of Office, Office 2019 for both Windows and Mac, is now available for businesses and will be available to individuals over the “next few weeks,” Microsoft said.

With three versions of Office now available, some analysts are concerned that Microsoft risks confusing users as to which version offers the most appropriate set of capabilities for their individual needs. AWS ran into a similar problem with the variety of its platform and infrastructure offerings, TBR’s McGrath said.

“Customers appreciate the many services AWS has, but there is a point where it becomes too much to consume, and they become unsure which product to use for certain uses cases,” McGrath said. “The AWS situation is different than what Microsoft faces on the applications side, but they need to keep an eye on how many SKUs they put out there.”

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How to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Earlier today, Yusuf Mehdi announced the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the newest feature update for Windows 10. I’m excited to share our October 2018 Update rollout plans, how you can get the update today, plus some new update experience enhancements.

As with prior Windows 10 feature rollouts, our goal is to deliver the October 2018 Update in a phased and controlled rollout to provide a great update experience for all. We are beginning the global rollout out via Windows Update in the coming weeks.  As with previous rollouts, we will use real-time feedback and telemetry to update your device when data shows your device is ready and will have a great experience. You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update.
Once the update is downloaded to your device and ready to be installed we’ll notify you.  You are then able to pick a time that won’t disrupt you to finish the installation and reboot.   We are continually working to improve the update experience with each new release of Windows 10.
The last Windows 10 feature update rollout, the April 2018 Update, utilized machine learning (ML) to identify devices that were ready to update, incorporating key attributes like compatibility data. By leveraging machine learning we were able to safely rollout quickly, and as a result the April 2018 Update is now the most widely used version of Windows 10.  Further, our artificial intelligence/ML targeted rollout approach led to the lowest call and online support requests for any release of Windows 10.
With the October 2018 Update, we are expanding our use of machine learning and intelligently selecting devices that our data and feedback predict will have a smooth update experience. We will be further enhancing the performance of our machine learning model by incorporating more device signals such as improved driver telemetry and weighting of key features such as anti-malware software as we broaden the phased rollout. As we did with the April 2018 Update, we will be proactively monitoring all available feedback and update experience data, making the appropriate product updates when we detect issues, and adjusting the rate of rollout as needed to assure all devices have the best possible update experience.

While we encourage you to wait until the update is offered to your device, if you’re an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10 and would like to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now, you can do so by manually checking for updates. In the Search box in the taskbar, type “Check for updates.” Once there, simply click “Check for updates” to begin the download and installation process. We are also streamlining the ability for users who seek to manually check for updates by limiting this to devices with no known key blocking issues, based on our ML model.  If we detect that your device has a compatibility issue, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates.”  You can also watch this video that outlines how to get the October 2018 Update.

If you’re using a Windows 10 PC at work, you will need to check with your IT administrator for details on your organization’s specific plans to update.
Improving the update experience
We have heard clear feedback that while our users appreciate that updates keep their devices secure, they find the update experience can sometimes be disruptive.  The October Update includes several improvements to the update experience to offer more control and further reduce disruptions.
Intelligent scheduling of update activity: For our many mobile users on laptops and 2-in-1 devices, we have improved Window’s ability to know when a device will not be in use and perform certain update activities then, so as not to disrupt the user. This ability to update at night when plugged in and not on battery power will help hide update activity and minimize user disruption from updates. To further minimize disruption (in case your system is updating overnight), Windows also silences audio when it wakes for Windows Updates.   If your device hasn’t updated for several nights, we will then suggest you plug in your device so that we can update at night.

Intelligent reboot scheduling:  Windows Update will now automatically determine the least disruptive opportunity, outside of Active Hours, and will use an enhanced machine-learning-powered activity check that can determine if a user is going to be away for a while or is only stepping away temporarily.
Faster updates, less down time:  We’ve also made further improvements to the feature update installation process and are targeting to further shorten the amount of time your device is offline during updates by up to 31% compared to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (based on results from the Windows Insider Program) during the rollout of the October Update.
Smaller downloads:  In the October Update we are introducing a new update package delivery design for monthly quality updates that creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment.  Users will benefit from the new small update size when installing applicable quality updates as they are 40% more efficient.
Enhanced privacy controls
We continue to focus on putting our customers in control so in the October Update we are enhancing the privacy choice and controls available to users to manage their privacy.  We are now enabling each new account on a device to personally tailor the main privacy settings, instead of only the initial user who sets up the device.   Furthermore, during new device setup, we now offer an activity history page that allows users the opportunity to opt in to sending activity history to Microsoft, to help improve cross device experiences.  This allows users to pick up where they left off in various activities (such as a working on a Word document) on their other devices (Learn more about activity history).
Additionally, we are splitting Inking & typing personalization out from the Speech privacy page.  This enables more granular control of your inking and typing personalization data by managing it separately from your online speech recognition data. Learn more about online speech recognition and inking & typing personalization.

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) released
For our commercial customers, the release of the Windows 10, version 1809 on October 2, 2018 marks the start of the servicing timeline for the Semi-Annual Channel (“Targeted”) release; and beginning with this release, all future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions that release around September will have a 30 month servicing timeline.  Just as we’re immediately beginning rolling out the October Update in phases to consumers, we recommend IT administrators do the same within their organizations to validate that apps, devices, and infrastructure used by their organization work well with the new release before broadly deploying. We use data to guide our phased consumer rollout and encourage commercial customers to do the same through Windows Analytics. The update is now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Update for Business (WUfB) and System Center Configuration Manager’s (SCCM) phased deployment.  For an overview of what’s new and what’s changed, please see What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 1809.
Continuously evolving Windows 10 and the update experience
We’re excited to bring you the latest Windows 10 Features and improvements and hope that you enjoy the improved update experience.    Please provide us feedback as we continue our journey to evolve the update experience, so that our great new product and security features and other enhancements arrive without disruption.
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Microsoft Introduces Dynamics 365 Government for the Department of Defense

The modernization of government will be driven in large part by people, process and technology working together. Today’s government technology systems are struggling to keep up with increasing citizen expectations for service, leaving government workers to manually bridge the gap. Old technology is dictating out of date manual processes that inherently lack consistency and add delays in providing the right level of service, hampering the ability for people to be effective and efficient.

Talking with government leaders, I learn about these challenges firsthand and we discuss how we can partner to accelerate innovation, decrease complexity and costs, improve security and overall effectiveness. What is consistent in these conversations is the profound opportunity to reduce the complexity of IT, connect siloed data, transform that data into intelligence and act upon it.

Microsoft Business Applications enable agencies to reduce the complexity of IT, meet their compliance regulations, and turn data and insight into intelligent action – making every interaction they have with citizens impactful and driving government efficiencies. The platform supports customers streamlining their service interactions. This not only helps drive benefit today, but provides long term value by empowering organizations to iterate on their systems; customers can adapt the application to their needs in safe and secure manner, allowing them to take advantage of cloud innovations in a more continuous fashion. The connected data from people and other systems is the fuel for intelligence to power modern government experiences, with those experiences further providing data to continuously refine interactions. We call this the digital feedback loop.

At the core of the Dynamics 365 Government platform is the Common Data Service, designed specifically to allow organizations to consolidate and access data. Through the over 200+ connectors, organizations can easily get to the data they need, when they need it, governed and protected by the level of security they expect and their regulatory requirements demand.

Dynamics 365 Government is for the exclusive use of the United States government and partners only. In March, Microsoft Dynamics 365 became the first SaaS service to achieve FedRAMP High level available to government customers.

Today we are making two Dynamics 365 Government announcements that provide new options for government agencies to take advantage of commercial innovation to meet their mission goals.

Introducing Dynamics 365 Government for the Department of Defense

In the first half of calendar year 2019, Microsoft will introduce our suite of Business Applications capabilities and features designed to meet workloads at Impact Level (IL) 5, as defined by the Department of Defense (DoD). This means Dynamics 365 Government will soon be available in our DoD cloud which is for the exclusive use of the DoD; authorization to follow in the second half of 2019. This suite of business application is designed to provide DoD customers seamless integration with Office 365.

Also in March, we shared that we’re expanding of Dynamics 365 Government’s capabilities and features to begin supporting the complex regulatory compliance requirements of the DoD, as well as contractors holding, or processing DoD controlled unclassified information or subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). We are making major progress in delivering this environment and are on track to make Dynamics 365 Government for IL 4 generally available to customers with regulations that require it by end of this calendar year (2018); authorization to follow in 2019.

Newest Spring 2018 Business Applications Release now available to government users

Today government customers can take advantage of the advancements of the Spring 2018 release for Business Applications which is now available. This unlocks for our government customers hundreds of new capabilities and features in three core areas: new business applications; new intelligent capabilities infused throughout; and transformational new application platform capabilities. This release also included Dynamics 365 v9 which provides a modern, unified and intelligence-infused family of business applications that spans the breadth of mission processes.

From the state and local level, to every military branch and all federal cabinet departments, our more than 1,600 U.S. Government customers are using Microsoft Business Applications to provide effective and modern government services. Learn more here.

Millennials encounter the most risk online, new Microsoft research shows – Microsoft on the Issues

Millennials around the world — those between the ages of 18 and 34 — are exposed to the highest levels of online risk and suffer the most severe consequences from those risks when compared to other age groups, a new Microsoft study shows. In addition, once millennials have had a negative experience online, more so than other age groups they lose trust in others online and off; they become stressed, depressed, lose sleep or lose a friend; and they worry that the hurtful experience will happen again.

These results are from Microsoft’s latest research into digital civility: how people are being treated online and how they are treating others, as well as our effort to encourage safer and healthier online interactions among all people. The study, “Civility, Safety and Interaction Online — 2018,” will be released on international Safer Internet Day in February, and polled teens and adults in 22 countries[1] about the various risks they face online.[2] This year’s survey builds on similar work done over the past two years that surveyed the same age groups. A total of 11,157 people took the latest poll.

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of millennials in 22 countries said they experienced at least one of 21 different online risks. That compares to 62 percent of baby boomers (ages 50-74), 63 percent of teens (ages 13-17) and 66 percent of Generation Xers (ages 35-49). In fact, data show, on average, millennials experienced 3.4 risks of the 21 our research asked about. That compares to 2.7 risks on average for both teens and Gen Xers, and 2.2 risks on average for baby boomers. The most common online risks encountered by millennials included unwanted contact (46 percent); hoaxes, scams and fraud (34 percent); and unwanted “sext” messages (28 percent).

2018 Digital Civility Index highest for millennials

In asking people about their online risk exposure, we use their responses to calculate our Digital Civility Index (DCI), a measure of the perceived level of online civility in a given country or among a specific demographic. The index works like a golf score: the lower the reading (on a scale from zero to 100), the lower the respondents’ risk exposure and the higher the perceived level of online civility among people in that country. Among age demographics, the DCI for millennials was the highest in 2018 at 73 percent. That compares to 66 percent for Generation X, 63 percent for teens and 62 percent for baby boomers, and is 8 percentage points above the all-country average for the past two years.

‘Severe to moderate pain’ from online risks also highest among millennials

In 2016 and 2017, the DCI was unchanged at 65 percent. Given the flat reading from Year One to Year Two, in this latest study, we decided to look more closely at the consequences of the various risks and the level of associated “pain.”

Across all respondents in all age groups, more than eight in 10 (84 percent) reported pain from the online risk. For 29 percent, the pain was “mild” — tolerable or able to be ignored. “Moderate” pain caused hurt among 27 percent of respondents, while 28 percent suffered “severe” pain, defined as negatively impacting the quality of one’s life. Of that 28 percent, 8 percent reported experiencing unbearable pain that proved mentally or physically disabling.

Among age demographics, 60 percent of millennials reported moderate to severe pain from online risks, compared to 58 percent of teens, 49 percent of Gen Xers and 29 percent of baby boomers. Thirty-four percent of millennials reported severe or debilitating pain.

The good news for millennials is that more than half of millennial respondents expressed strong confidence in their ability to handle risks, and millennials were the second most likely age group to act in response to a risk (teens were the first group to act. For more on the latest preliminary teen data, see last month’s post here.) That said, 60 percent of millennials also said they did not know, or were unsure, where to find help with an online risk, and nearly half said it was difficult to find help when needed. Millennials also scored the lowest percentage of those who believed their actions were effective in managing online risks.

So, what can we take away from these findings? Across age groups and geographies, online risks are real. The pain and suffering that result from online risk exposure can be devastating. We can all improve our sense of civility and decorum online as one way of minimizing risk exposure, as well as follow-on hurt and harm. And, we can start by living by four common-sense principles online, what we call our Digital Civility Challenge. In short,

  • Live the “Golden Rule”
  • Respect differences
  • Pause before replying, and
  • Stand up for yourself and others.

There are other actions that can be taken to grow a culture of digital civility and respect, whether you run a small technology company or are a parent, an educator or a policymaker. Click here to review our suggested best practices.

We will continue to make key findings from our research available in the coming weeks, all leading up to the full and final release on Safer Internet Day 2019. Meanwhile, to learn more about digital civility, visit www.microsoft.com/digitalcivility. For more on online safety generally, visit our website; check out and share our resources; “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

[1] Countries surveyed:  Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada*, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Singapore*, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. (* Indicates the first time this country has been included in this research.)

[2] In the latest study, the 21 risks break down as follows:

  • Reputational – “Doxing” and damage to personal or professional reputations
  • Behavioral – Being treated meanly; experiencing trolling, online harassment or bullying; encountering hate speech and microaggressions
  • Sexual – Sending or receiving unwanted “sext” messages and making sexual solicitations; receiving unwanted sexual attention – a new risk added in this latest research, and being a victim of sextortion or non-consensual pornography (aka “revenge porn”), and
  • Personal / Intrusive – Being the target of unwanted contact, experiencing discrimination, swatting, misogyny, exposure to extremist content/recruiting, or falling victim to hoaxes, scams or fraud.

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How to track Office 365 guest users

Office 365 and Azure are where many enterprises do their work, and IT pros need to understand how to keep these tenants secure.

As Office 365 has continued to mature, Microsoft has added more options to share information and work with people outside your organization.

However, inviting external users opens the company to some degree of risk when an outsider gains access to your organization’s data. This tip will cover the ways to monitor Office 365 guest users to see who has access to what data and how to modify those rights.

What Office 365 applications support sharing?

Microsoft is fond of presenting Office 365 as a single platform, but the reality is these are individual services linked together. Most of the services work very differently from each other.

The main application that allows access for Office 365 guest users is SharePoint Online. It integrates with several Office 365 services, such as OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups, which all have external sharing functionality built on SharePoint Online.

All external users are not equal

When we talk about external users, we’re talking about people from outside your organization who do not have an account in your tenant. There are two categories of Office 365 guest users.

Authenticated users sign in with a Microsoft account or an account from another Office 365 tenant to gain access to a much wider set of resources. Authenticated users appear in your Office 365 admin portal under the Active users section with #EXT# in their user names.

Anonymous users can only access documents or folders and they don’t have to sign in. They get a link to a file or folder without needing to log into a Microsoft service. Because the link contains the authentication to the document, there is no way to know who does what with an anonymous access link.

Authenticated users
The Active users section in the Office 365 admin center depicts the authenticated users with the #EXT# designation.

To see which external users have access to which Office 365 Groups, go into Groups in Outlook on the web and click members. Office 365 guest users appear under the Guests tab, as shown below.

Guests tab
From Outlook on the web, you can find which guests have access to certain Office 365 Groups under the Guests tab.

Give external access to Office 365 Groups

Adding external users into your Groups is a simple process. First, see if guest access is allowed for the Office 365 Groups in your tenant by checking the settings in the Office 365 admin portal. Check the settings by going to Settings > Security & privacy.

Office 365 Groups external access
The Security & privacy section shows whether users can give Office 365 Groups access to guests.

Scroll down to the Sharing section to see if external sharing is on or off. To change the setting, click the Edit button on the right.

The following chart shows what features guest users have access to  your tenant.

Feature

Guest user allowed?

Create group

No

Manage group members

No

Delete group

No

Join group

Yes, by invitation

Start conversation

Yes

Reply to conversation

Yes

Search for a conversation

Yes

@mention a person in the group

No

Pin/favorite a group

No

Delete conversation

Yes

Manage meetings

No

View Group calendar

No

You can also control external access to Groups by specific domain with a Microsoft PowerShell script you use in conjunction with the Azure AD Preview PowerShell module. To adjust access, run the following command:

Set-GuestAllowBlockDomainPolicy.ps1 -Update -AllowList @(“domain1.com”, “domain2.com”)

You can replace the -AllowList switch with -BlockList to define the domains in your Groups that external guests cannot gain access.

Use the audit logs for insights

To see what guest users are doing in your Office 365 Groups, check the audit logs in the Office 365 Security & Compliance center from the protection.office.com URL.

Microsoft’s improvements to the search GUI have made it a good way to get the information you need. Under Search & investigation, select Audit log search. In the screenshot below, I selected all the Azure AD group administration activities.

Audit log search
The audit log search features lets the administrator see what type of actions an external guest executed in Office 365 Groups.

Office 365 stores 90 days of audit information. To get more, there are several third-party offerings to get audit information for much longer periods.

You can refine your search options for specific users, including Office 365 guest users, and for specific files, folders or sites.

Microsoft CEO: Buyer beware for digital technology platform choice

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued a challenge and a warning to CIOs and other IT managers attending the company’s Ignite 2018 event: Gear up for “tech intensity,” and pick your digital technology platform partners wisely.

Microsoft Ignite 2018 drew some 30,000 attendees in Orlando, Fla. It generated more than 80 product announcements from the software giant and still more from partners in its ecosystem. Thematically, the annual event for enterprise customers, IT professionals and developers focused on the “intelligence cloud and intelligent edge” — the catchphrase Microsoft uses to describe the ongoing technology shift toward ubiquitous, embedded computing infused with AI.

“We need tech intensity” to deal with this emerging IT environment, Nadella noted during his keynote address at Microsoft Ignite 2018.

Nadella said he views tech intensity as having two facets: First, organizations need to make sure they are adopting “the latest and greatest technology.” And, second, they must build their own, unique digital capability.

“Irrespective of which industry you’re in, you are a digital business,” he said.

Digital technology platform perils

Adopting tech and building a digital technology platform has its perils, however. Nadella suggested businesses be wary of the strategic blunder of building a “unique” digital capability that is already available as a commodity.

“You want to make sure you are focusing on the things that truly make you unique,” he said.

Satya Nadella, CEO, MicrosoftSatya Nadella

Nadella warned attendees about another digital technology platform pitfall.

“If you are dependent on a provider who … is providing you a commodity on one end only to compete with you on another end, you could be making another strategic mistake,” he said. “Picking your partners well is where I think the strategic definition of being smart will really come through.”

Ned Bellavance, director of cloud solutions at Anexinet Corp., a systems integrator and technology management firm based in Blue Bell, Pa., said Microsoft has been advancing the trust-your-partner message for several months. He suggested Microsoft may be responding to a concerted effort by Amazon Web Services to court enterprise customers.

“Microsoft is saying … if you are an ISV or an enterprise trying to build a product on the Azure platform, Microsoft is not going to swoop in and release the same product and start competing with you,” Bellavance said.

The same argument applies to acquisitions, he added.

“Microsoft is saying, if you are a pharmacy delivery business and have built a platform on Azure, we are not going to buy a pharmacy delivery business and start competing.”

Amazon announced plans to purchase PillPack, an online pharmacy, earlier this year.

“Microsoft is more firmly and clearly focused on developing and delivering technology solutions that don’t directly compete with its customers’ businesses,” added Jeff Kaplan, managing director at THINKstrategies Inc., a strategic consulting firm. “This makes many of corporate customers much more comfortable working with Microsoft, rather than Amazon.”

Cloud, IoT offerings

Beyond Microsoft’s discussion of digital technology platform philosophy, Microsoft Ignite 2018 was notable for its range of product debuts and updates. Microsoft’s technology barrage emphasized security and previewed soon-to-be-available offerings, such as SQL Server 2019, which is slated for general availability in October.

Cloud, IoT and AI were at the center of a number of new product initiatives unveiled at the conference. The technology rollouts aim to help Microsoft stand out, as it vies for market share with top cloud companies, such as AWS and Google.

“I see the announcements this week from Microsoft as the latest in the battle for differentiation amongst the ‘big three’ hyperscale cloud providers,” said Grant Kirkwood, chief technical officer at Unitas Global, a Los Angeles-based managed hybrid cloud provider.

Irrespective of which industry you’re in, you are a digital business.
Satya NadellaCEO at Microsoft

“Providing on-demand scalable compute and storage has been considered table stakes for a long while now, so the various cloud providers are placing bets on what they think will be winning use cases, with capabilities unique to each provider,” he said.

At Microsoft Ignite 2018, the company announced a public preview of Azure Digital Twins, which will be added to Microsoft’s IoT platform. Among other things, the new offering will provide a “virtual representation of a physical environment that models the relationships among people, places and devices,” according to Microsoft.

The Azure Digital Twins service, Kirkwood said, “makes it clear Microsoft is betting big on IoT. Microsoft is building an entire ecosystem of services around IoT, including data processing, analytics and modeling.”

Kirkwood said potential enterprise use cases are limited only by the number of devices and the variety of functions they can perform, noting IoT applications are used in industries as varied as farming, manufacturing and energy.

Azure Machine Learning gets automation

On the AI side, meanwhile, Microsoft took the wraps off a machine learning capability that automates the data transformation, model selection and hyperparameter tuning elements of AI development. The automated machine learning feature will become part of the Azure Machine Learning service and is now available in preview.

The goal, Microsoft said in a blog post, is to make Azure Machine Learning an end-to-end offering for “anyone who wants to build and train models that make predictions from data.”

Kirkwood said Azure Machine Learning is similar to Azure Digital Twins, because it makes “the ability to process and analyze massive unstructured data — generated by IoT or other large data streams — available to anyone.”

From the enterprise point of view, making machine learning available as a consumable service moves the technology out of the data scientist domain and makes it available to nondata scientists in the organization, Kirkwood explained.

“Enterprise organizations are very much evaluating and exploring the capabilities of [machine learning] and AI in the cloud,” he added.

But enterprises, for the most part, are not quite ready to adopt the AI technologies on offer.

“Microsoft and the other leading AI vendors are well ahead of their customers in developing solutions that their customers are not yet able to implement and fully utilize,” Kaplan said. “This is not a new phenomenon. Over the past 50 years, tech vendors have often introduced new solutions that customers weren’t prepared to adopt, because they didn’t fully understand their potential or they faced organizational obstacles, which slowed the deployment process.”

Hyper-V Quick Tip: Nested Hyper-V VM Fails to Load Network and Mouse

Q: I enabled nested virtualization for a previously functional Hyper-V virtual machine, but now it doesn’t have network connectivity and I cannot use the mouse inside the console. What happened and how can I fix it?

So, you’ve decided to kick the tires on nested virtualization, but it seems like just the act of enabling the processor feature caused the guest to break. You know that the virtual machine worked just fine prior to making that switch, and you haven’t even enabled Hyper-V in the guest yet!

virtual machine connection - mouse not captured in remote desktop session

Known symptoms:

  • Synthetic network adapters do not function; the virtual machine has no network connectivity
  • You cannot use the mouse in the Hyper-V console
  • Enhanced session services do not function
  • In Device Manager, the status for “Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine Bus” has a problem. The exact code may vary. I have seen:
    • Code 10 (This device cannot start)
    • Code 39 (Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing)

Microsoft Hyper-v Virtual Machine Bus Properties

All of these symptoms point to a single problem: VMBus won’t start. Without VMBus, a Hyper-V virtual machine becomes a minimally-capable system. No synthetic devices, no mouse, etc.

A. Ensure that your Hyper-V host operating system upgrade level is at least as recent as your virtual machine.

I am equivocating somewhat on the usage of the term “upgrade level”. You do not necessarily need to be at the same build level. Your host just needs to be able to expose virtualization feature sets that are new enough to not cause problems for the guest’s VMBus. As much as I’d like to give you a certain way to predict that, I’m not sure that any foolproof way exists (other than for Microsoft’s teams to include something in patch notes).

Regardless of any other condition, the underlying cause for all of these symptoms is that Hyper-V in the host cannot properly communicate with the integration services/components in the guest. In the past, we’d have you check that you had installed the integration services and reinstall if necessary. Now, of course, all supported operating systems ship with at least a basic level of these components and usually have at least basic acceleration features.

However, the onset of rapid release cycles and open membership in the Insiders’ programs have changed things, sometimes dramatically. Usually, we still get enough functionality to prevent the above symptoms, even when versions don’t match well. However, enabling exposure of virtualization features makes a more fundamental change that  In my case, I was running an Insider build of Windows 10 (build 17127) on top of the normal LTSC Windows Server 2016. It worked fine when I started it on a host running a recent Insider build of Windows Server (17709).

Note: You can Live Migrate a virtual machine in this condition, but it will not automatically correct the problem. The normal techniques used to start a driver in a running Windows session did not work for me, either. You will still need to power cycle the virtual machine.

Have you experienced this problem but found a different solution? Let us know in the comments below!

More Hyper-V Quick Tips from Eric

Safely Shutdown a Guest with Unresponsive Mouse

How Many Cluster Networks Should I Use?

How to Choose a Live Migration Performance Solution

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  1. reima

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    Hello all

    I have a brand new and sealed Dell – 25″ Monitor – UP2516D

    RRP – £420

    Dell UltraSharp 25 PremierColor Monitor : UP2516D | Dell UK

    I Ordered and delivered from Dell.

    Not needed as ordered as a spare for project work.

    Collection Preferred in Central London – NW1 – Nearest Tube Baker Street and Edgware Road

    Delivery to UK only can be arranged.

    Price and currency: £340
    Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
    Payment method: Paypal, Cash, BT
    Location: LONDON
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    Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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    Would this be any good for the Xbox?

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    hi

    its got an HDMI ports.

    Hope this helps

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    Hi can offer £250 .+ Del or maybe organize fried to pick up or arrange a courier

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    Thanks for the offer but way to low

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    What’s the lowest would you take?

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    Hi

    Not much to be honest and I’m open to reasonable offers.

    Thanks

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