Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18329 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18329 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
This build won’t be available for these Windows 10 editions in the following languages:

Windows 10 Home: RO-RO, SK-SK, SL-SI, SR-LATN-RS, TH-TH, UK-UA
Windows 10 Home N: RO-RO, SK-SK, SL-SI
Windows 10 Pro: FR-CA, IT-IT, JA-JP, KO-KR, NL-NL, PL-PL, SR-LATN-RS
Windows 10 Pro N: RO-RO, SK-SK

The 19H1 Bug Bash has continues to run until February 3rd, 2019. Make sure you head over to Feedback Hub for Quests to try out. If you missed Tuesday’s special edition Bug Bash webcast you can watch it on demand here!
REMINDER: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider switching to the Slow ring. Slow ring builds will continue to be higher quality.
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle (which currently is 19H1).

Introducing Top apps in Search
Get quick access to the apps that you use the most, just open Search Home and you’ll see them under Top apps—no typing required! One more way Search helps you find the things you need.

This change is rolling out server-side, so you may see it outside the bounds of this flight. Stay tuned for more improvements.
Run Desktop (Win32) apps in Windows Mixed Reality
In this update, we added the ability to launch Desktop (Win32) applications (such as Spotify, Paint.NET, and Visual Studio Code) in Windows Mixed Reality, just like how you launch Store apps. Please keep in mind this is feature is still in development and we are actively working on addressing bugs. You may find ways to “break” the feature, and when you do, please file a feedback via Feedback Hub!

To use this feature, bring up Pins Panel, then go to all apps, where you will find a folder named “Classic Apps (Beta)”. In this folder, you will be able to select and launch any Desktop (Win32) applications.
ADLaM and Osage keyboard support
Building on the font support we announced recently, today we’re introducing keyboard support for ADLaM and Osage. ADLaM script is used to write Pular/Fulfulde, the language of the Fulani people of West Africa. Osage script is used to write the Osage language spoken by the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.
Here is an example what you’d see on the touch keyboard when using ADLaM:

To try this out yourself, just go to Language Settings, click Add a preferred language, and search for ADLaM or Osage:

Mail & Calendar version 16.0.11231.20082
Currently rolling out to Insiders in Fast, this app update brings:
Dark mode now extended to Mail and Calendar items: Building on our previous release of Dark mode in Mail and Calendar, we have extended our dark UI to more parts of our app. With this update, Dark mode now works when composing a new message, updating a calendar item or reading your email. This helps provide a calmer reading experience for people that work in a low light environment or just prefer screens that are less bright, and helps to reduce eye strain.
To turn on Dark mode, go to settings, select “Personalization”, and choose “Dark mode”. For those who already have Dark mode enabled, you will see it expand to cover your email reading and compose experiences after receiving the update.
If you prefer to view a particular email in light mode, look for the sunshine icon in the command bar to “turn on the lights” and view the email with a white background. This can help if a particular email is not formatted well for Dark mode.

Default Font: We are introducing a top customer requested feature: Default font. Now you can customize how new messages will look. If you create a new mail or reply to an existing mail, the text you type will be in the font face, size, color and emphasis you have selected.  To change your default font, go into settings and select “Default font”. Default font applies per-account and does not roam to other devices.

These updates are the latest in a series of updates we’ve made based on your feedback, and we’re looking forward to hearing what you’d like to see improved next!

REMINDER: The new tamper protection setting in the Windows Security app protects your device by helping to prevent bad actors from tampering with the most important security settings. The setting is designed to be on by default, however the default state is not currently in effect for current Insider Preview builds. You may see a new recommendation in the Windows Security app suggesting you turn this setting on.
We fixed an issue resulting in many Win32 apps having an unexpectedly long launch time due to being incorrectly suspended by the OS in the last two flights.
We fixed an issue where the Windows Insider Program settings pages via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program had a bug preventing Narrator and Screen Reader programs from properly reading the page.
We fixed an issue from the previous flight where Desktop Window Manager would crash if multiple Office and/or video playback applications were running on the same screen on devices with Multiplane Overlay Support.
We fixed an issue resulting video playback going black after rotating a device from landscape to portrait.
We fixed an issue resulting in a green screen with error Kernel_auto_boost_lock_acquisition_with_raised_irql when using an Xbox controller with your PC.
We fixed an issue resulting in USB devices, including mice and keyboards, potentially not working after updating to recent builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in intl.cpl hanging when copying settings.
We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not being able to access local IPs.
We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to extend your monitor to a second screen connected via Miracast.
We fixed an issue where when you opened a new Notepad window and pressed CTRL + F, the Find window would unexpectedly be populated with the search query from the last time the Find window was used in a previous Notepad instance.
We fixed an issue from the previous flight that caused consistent black screens when using Remote Desktop, DisplayLink, or Miracast if you are on an AMD or Nvidia driver.

The Windows Security app may show an unknown status for the Virus & threat protection area, or not refresh properly. This may occur after upgrade, restart, or settings changes.
Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
While night light functionality is back up and running, you may still find issues with other blue light reduction software not working.
When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.
Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
The value in Narrator Settings “Change the level of detail Narrator provides about text and control” might be empty.  To work around this issue, use the Narrator command Narrator key + v to change the verbosity level, then close and reopen Settings app again.
After upgrade, there might be two Narrator voices talking at the same time.  Reboot the machine once, this issue will go away.
Windows Sandbox may launch to a black screen for some users.
Taskbar icons may stop loading and appear blank.
Some of the Real-Time Protection options for Malwarebytes Premium are not able to be turned on.
You may see an error when unzipping files.
The brightness slider may not work.
Opening Color filters setting in the Ease of Access setting will crash the Settings app.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

We have locked down the inbox apps in 19H1. These simplified versions of some of the inbox apps are what will ship with 19H1 when it is released. As a result, Insiders may have noticed that some features have disappeared from these apps. This was probably most noticeable with the Photos app. Insiders can get these features back by going into the settings of an inbox app like Photos and clicking the “Join preview” button.

The Windows Insider Team is hitting the road for Ignite The Tour! If you can be in Washington D.C. on February 4th- 5th, or in Sydney on February 13th – 14th, please come and see us. We will be hosting an Insider session at each conference as well as an “off hours” event for Insiders in each city!

Who will be the next Super Bowl champion? Bing predicts the Patriots will take home the title this year, but be sure to check out the season stats, injury report, and previous Patriots/Rams matchups to see if you agree.
Don’t forget about another Super Bowl highlight – the ads! Use Bing to explore the best Super Bowl commercials of all-time and even get a sneak peek of commercials running during this weekend’s game.
If you want to be among the first to learn about these Bing features, join our Bing Insider Program.
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Inside Xbox is Back with Its First New Episode of 2019 – Xbox Wire

Inside Xbox returns Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with an all-new episode featuring exclusive news, content, reveals, interviews and footage you won’t see anywhere else!

With the February 15 release of Crackdown 3 available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, you can expect it to take center stage in the February episode of Inside Xbox. We’ll have Creative Director of Crackdown 3, Joseph Staten, on hand to divulge details on the game’s campaign mode and more.

And that’s just the start! We’ve got reveals and new info to share on Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and of course, Xbox Game Pass and bunch of news under lock and key so be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 5.

You will find the show live on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We want you to watch the show where you want to watch it, but we hope you’ll check us out on Mixer for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a super-top-secret MixPot that will give you free stuff just for logging in. We’ll have more details on these exciting (and did we mention free?!?) giveaways before the show airs, but if you don’t already have a Mixer account, now’s the perfect time to head over to our streaming service on your Xbox, PC or mobile device and get logged in with your Microsoft account so that you’re all set on show day.

Set your alarm for Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m PT / 5 p.m. ET. See you then!

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Cloud storage outlook favors private and multi-clouds in 2019

Cloud storage will evolve in 2019 to involve more public and multi-cloud adoption, as well as data on the edge and containers, experts said.

CTOs and analysts predict that IT organizations will continue to design applications to make use of hybrid and multi-cloud storage. They expect organizations to extend their data center architectures to insure that storage systems are located in close proximity to where the data is processed. The cloud storage outlook also includes expectations that new applications will be cloud-native and increasingly use containers orchestrated through Kubernetes.

Below is a sampling of the 2019 cloud storage outlook predictions we gathered, including forecasts on hybrid and multi-cloud storage and persistent storage for containerized applications.

Multi-cloud storage spans on and off premises

David Floyer, CTO and co-founder, WikibonDavid Floyer

David Floyer, CTO and co-founder, Wikibon: IT is rapidly moving toward enterprise data being spread across a multi-cloud, multi-platform, multilocation environment, including on premises and at the edge. We’ve reached the point of no return, and the traditional storage market is going to decline at an increasing rate. All vendors are moving inexorably to a software-defined model in the cloud or private cloud, and most enterprises are well into the transition. Hyper-converged has been coming up very fast, and an increasing percentage of new spending will be on private cloud storage. For example, Dell EMC’s VxRack is going gangbusters, AWS will be shipping their Outposts in large numbers, and Microsoft Azure Stack is growing rapidly, as is VMware’s software-defined storage with vSAN and NSX.

When you look at large enterprises, there’s been almost zero movement to put their major systems of record into Amazon or Azure or any other public cloud. There’s a realization that it’s much better to create the cloud near where the data is processed than move it. That’s a very big shift in thinking and designing systems, and that’s going to come in spades when you look forward to internet of things. IoT is pushing processing all the way down to the edge. The days of bringing all the storage up to the cloud and doing all the processing there are all but gone.

Storage has become a service to the application, as opposed to it being owned by the storage controllers. You won’t separately install storage. The application requests storage and the orchestration fulfills the request. There will be file and management systems that will allow you to orchestrate applications and break them up, and optimize where the data and code execution should be placed. Distributed orchestration of multi-cloud systems is one of the new things that we’re going to see coming in 2019 and 2020. Cloud is an experience, not a location. Multi-cloud is here to stay.

Chris Evans, director, Brookend LtdChris Evans

Chris Evans, director, Brookend Ltd: Hybrid storage solutions will be the new software-defined storage (SDS). SDS hasn’t really made a big hit in the industry. We are, however, likely to see SDS-type solutions have a renaissance through the introduction of hybrid solutions that integrate storage on and off premises (public cloud). Already, some traditional vendors and startups have worked with hyperscale cloud providers to natively integrate their storage solutions as public cloud services. Expect this to continue into 2019 and beyond, with the most successful being the ones who help address the data mobility issue. As hybrid operation becomes more important to enterprises, storage vendors with a true multi-cloud, SDS-focused solution will be the most successful.

Gou Rao, CTO, PortworxGou Rao

Gou Rao, CTO, Portworx: People will stop talking about the cloud wars. People spend a lot of time talking about which public cloud vendor will win the cloud wars, with AWS, Azure and Google fighting it out. But with enterprises increasingly going multi-cloud for cloud-native applications — a trend that will accelerate a lot in 2019 — we’ll start to see the industry move away from “either/or” conversations and toward a “both/and” approach as customers take advantage of each cloud’s unique offerings.

Pulling workloads back from the cloud

Scott Sinclair, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy GroupScott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group: Public cloud adoption is going to continue to accelerate, but we’re also going to see an increase in the number of IT organizations pulling workloads back from the cloud. We’ve seen in our research that the greater the cloud enthusiasm, the more organizations put together mandates that say, ‘Thou shalt move to the cloud.’ But many don’t do the necessary upfront due diligence to look at sensitivity or performance, and they have to bring workloads back.

Steve McDowell, senior analyst, Moor Insights & StrategySteve McDowell

Steve McDowell, senior analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy: Hybrid and multi-cloud have become a fact of life for IT practitioners. While tools to move and manage server workloads in the cloud world are plentiful and rapidly maturing, there’s been less activity in the storage space. Most storage vendors look to cloud as data protection, with storage products using cloud as a snapshot or replication target. That changes in 2019, as storage functionality that has traditionally been locked into a physical storage array lets loose into the cloud, with virtual arrays running in cloud instances. Pure Storage kicked this off with its Cloud Block Store in 2018. The others will follow in 2019.

Chadd Kenney, CTO and VP of product and solutions, Pure StorageChadd Kenney

Chadd Kenney, CTO and VP of product and solutions, Pure Storage: The hybrid cloud is going to be fully realized this year. From a customer’s perspective, there’s a lot more options than there’s ever been to break down the divide between on premises and the public cloud. Some interesting things that played out last year included Amazon RDS being put into VMware’s platform and Amazon Outposts being delivered as a hybrid cloud architecture on premises.

Storage for cloud-native containerized applications

Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Red Hat StorageRanga Rangachari

Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Storage: We’re seeing a ramp in the use of containers and the need for persistent storage across the containers. It’s still early in the market, but it’s becoming a lot more pronounced than it was at this time last year. Containers are becoming the default way on how you build out a cloud-native app, deliver it and ship it, and that’s starting to put the onus on the storage substrate to keep pace.

Andy Walls, IBM fellow and CTO Flash StorageAndy Walls

Andy Walls, IBM fellow and CTO Flash Storage: We’re going to see private clouds and even multi-clouds start to increase support for Kubernetes. Many private clouds are increasingly based on containers. Therefore, Kubernetes support is going to increase and expand, and along with that, if that becomes the de facto standard, you can more easily go from one cloud vendor to another.

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The Microsoft Power Platform – Empowering millions of people to achieve more – Microsoft Dynamics 365

There has been a lot of energy surrounding Microsoft’s Power Platform lately.

A couple of weeks ago during a presentation he gave on campus, Satya Nadella talked about the importance of the Power Platform and how it serves as a core offering for our customers.

Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and the Power Platform on top of what we’re doing with Azure is the core of what we are doing as a company vis-à-vis I would say our commercial customers – businesses of all sizes, whether it’s small business, large business, whether it’s in an emerging market or in a developed market.

The Power Platform is today comprised of three services – Power BI, PowerApps and Flow. While each of these services is best-of-breed individually, their combination as the Power Platform is a game-changer without equal for our customers.

I wanted to spend some time today introducing you to our vision for this platform and, more importantly, to highlight some of the people and organizations leveraging it to bring that vision to life.

An introduction to the Power Platform

Now more than ever, organizations have embraced the value of using data to drive business outcomes. They’ve adopted the cloud to store mass quantities of data and have become more efficient at harnessing data and signals coming from a multitude of sources such as web traffic, social media and business systems such as CRM/ ERP applications. But once they’ve implemented the infrastructure for harnessing data, how can they make that data work for them most efficiently? They need a layer atop that data that lets all workers, regardless of technical ability, leverage it in a straightforward way to drive business impact.

That’s what the Power Platform does. It is a system that enables users to do three key actions on data that help them drive business: Analyze, Act, and Automate. We do this with Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow, all working together atop your data to help EVERYONE, from the CEO to the front-line workers, drive the business with data.

While we believed what we were doing would make a positive business impact for our customers, none of us fully anticipated the impact it would have on the lives of those it touched.

Empowering a community of millions (and growing daily)

Last year Satya said something about those who come to Microsoft that really resonated with me.

“You join here, not to be cool, but to make others cool.”

More than anything else, this is power of the Power Platform.

For several years now our teams have been quietly developing and working with a community that has swelled to millions of monthly active users globally. We’ve been guided by a belief that magical things are possible when technology is made approachable and accessible to those in the best position to identify transformative applications – those who work on the front lines of a business.

There is a growing community of people who have discovered the Power Platform, leveraged it to drive transformational change for their organizations and in the process completely changed the trajectory of their careers and lives.

I’ve been fortunate to meet and to get to know some of these amazing people:

Nick Gill, a training specialist at the American Red Cross, who with no formal IT background taught himself how to use Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow then used them to transform a process that over 650 First Aid and CPR instructors use to order training class supplies. Nick has since been promoted to Manager of Logistics for the Preparedness, Safety, and Services department for the entire country. You can learn more about Nick and his work on the PowerApps Blog.

Ashley Culmsee, a psychology student with no IT experience learned to use PowerApps and Flow. With her father she built “the universal audit app” – allowing people across many industries to perform inspections and audits. Ashley’s story about how she got into building these apps is pretty amazing and inspiring. Growing up she suffered from anxiety and social phobia and in the Power Platform found an outlet and built a passion for technology. Today she works with her dad Paul Culmsee running hackathons and building Power Platform-based solutions for mining and engineering companies worldwide. Here is a blog from her dad that speaks to the impact the Power Platform has had on his daughter.

Martin Lee, was a dispatcher at AutoGlass, and built his first app to automate the process field technicians use to update their job status while out repairing chipped and broken glass on autos. As a dispatcher, Martin saw firsthand the inefficiency of their old process. In the summer of 2017, he taught himself PowerApps, built and deployed his first app into production within one month. By October 2017 he had singlehandedly deployed eight apps used by more than 1,500 technicians. Martin has since moved from his role as dispatcher to a dedicated technology role. He has since built 50 more apps and deployed them across the business to more than 3,000 employees. You can learn more on Martin by watching this video.

Brian Dang, was a third-grade teacher in Southern California who discovered PowerApps and used it to build some pretty stunning applications for his students, other teachers and for the school district. When I first met Brian we were preparing for an upcoming PowerApps technical review with Bill Gates. Knowing Bill’s passion for technology and education I invited Brian to join us in the meeting to show off his great work. My colleague Sameer Bhangar interviewed Brian when he came up for that meeting. A couple weeks after this video was produced Brian moved to Redmond and joined the team at Microsoft! Over the last year he’s helped thousands of others across the globe discover and master the Power Platform.

Each of these individuals is deeply engaged in the Power Platform community, helping others succeed as they have. To celebrate and recognize these champs, our Power Platform “Customer Success Team” created a set of trading cards. My growing collection hangs just inside my office door and helps me start each day focused on what really matters – the people we’re empowering to achieve more.

My growing collection of Power Platform champs trading cards as of January 2019.

Meeting up with some of our Power Platform champs in July 2018.

The “Triple-A Loop”: Analyze, act, automate

Our vision for the Power Platform started from the recognition that data is increasingly flowing from everything, and a belief that organizations that harness their data – to gain insights then used to drive intelligent business processes – will outperform those that don’t.

We also recognize there aren’t enough programmers, data scientists and tech professionals to go around. So our goal was to build a platform not targeting these technology experts but for people like Nick, Ashlee, Martin and Brian – and the millions of other frontline workers who see opportunities every day to create something better than the status quo, but who’ve never been empowered to do anything about it.

Our guiding vision was a framework we called the “Triple-A Loop” – a closed-loop system allowing users to gain insights from data (Analyze) used to drive intelligent business processes via apps they build (Act) and processes they automate (Automate).

The Microsoft Power Platform implements this vision via three cloud-based services: Power BI, PowerApps and Flow.

Let’s look at each component:

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is a self-service business intelligence solution that makes it easy to connect, analyze and gain insight from the data that runs your business – wherever that data may be: in the cloud, or in your own data center; in an Excel spreadsheet or SharePoint list, an Oracle database or in an SAP or Salesforce application; or in any of the hundreds of other systems with built-in support by the Power Platform. Power BI was the first Power Platform service delivered, entering preview in January 2015.

In just four short years, Power BI has been adopted by tens of thousands of companies and millions of users. Every single month the service has been updated and improved.

Some of the service metrics today are just stunning: Power BI is available in 43 languages and used across 18,000 cities spanning the globe. Nearly 10 petabytes of data are uploaded to the service each month with more than 10 million report and dashboard queries executed against that data every hour (!) on behalf of users.

But insights without action are little more than idle chatter, so, while we were busy pushing toward general availability with Power BI we were simultaneously creating the services that would make Power BI’s insights actionable: PowerApps and Flow.

Microsoft PowerApps

Selection of PowerApps built by London Heathrow Airport

PowerApps is a “citizen application development platform” – allowing anyone to build web and mobile applications without writing code. The natural connection between Power BI and PowerApps makes it effortless to put insights in the hands of maintenance workers, teachers, miners and others on the frontline, in tailored and often task-specific applications that supercharge their productivity and make their work perhaps a little less tedious.

Like Power BI, PowerApps connects to hundreds of business systems and databases, making it easy to connect workers with the existing processes and data that makes the business tick. And all the data captured in PowerApps can make its way right back to those very systems for further analysis in Power BI creating a closed-loop process for continuous improvement. Additionally, PowerApps comes with a built-in, fully-managed, enterprise-grade datastore called the Common Data Service (CDS) for those applications that generate data not destined for a legacy system – and Power BI and Flow have deep connections to CDS making it that much easier to get even more value from data stored there.

I can remember like it was yesterday a meeting that really cemented for me that PowerApps was going to be a game-changer for our customers. In the Spring of 2016 I met with Integrated Power Services – a company that traces its roots to 1904. Sitting in a conference room in building 44 on our main campus IPS told me how they’d built a PowerApp that transformed their core business process – inspecting and repairing large electric motors and generators from a variety of manufacturers. Turns out there’s not “an app for that” and before PowerApps the technical hurdles to build such a solution put it far beyond their reach.

I’ve never had a customer so completely energized and excited by one of my products. For them PowerApps was like magic – they’d transformed an error-prone collection of manual processes into a tablet-based app their repair professionals could use to fix motors faster, with fewer errors and while keeping their customers informed of the process in a way never before possible. And they built the app right on the shop floor at one of their depots, with the repair personnel who now use the app.

Microsoft Flow


Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is garnering a lot of interest and attention in the market – with pure-play vendors raising enormous sums of money at astronomical valuations. By automating simple tasks, RPA solutions promise to lower costs while reducing errors. Microsoft Flow is an intelligent process automation service that goes beyond simple task automation, allowing non-technical users to automate complex business processes and workflows without a complex IT deployment.

Through a simple and intuitive interface, users can create automated workflows that can be triggered by insights from Power BI, leveraged via apps built with PowerApps (e.g. a user action in a PowerApp might kick off an approval process) and integrated with events from any of the hundreds of systems the Power Platform natively supports. The workflows run completely in the cloud and are fully managed and secured by Microsoft.

The power of three = The Power Platform

Power BI, PowerApps and Flow each represents best-of-breed solutions in their individual categories, but their combination as the Power Platform is a game-changer without equal for our customers.

Power BI unlocks insights and intelligence, PowerApps converts that intelligence into action through transformative applications built in record time, and Flow makes business process orchestration an easy point and click exercise … with further feedback to Power BI creating a powerful system of continuous improvement.

Putting this power to “analyze, act and automate” in the hands of individuals who know their business best, with built-in connectors to all the systems and sources of data in an organization, creates previously unimaginable transformation opportunities for our customers.

SNCF operates France’s national rail service and is a global leader in passenger and freight transport services. With 270,000 employees spread across 120 countries, it aims to become the benchmark for mobility and logistics solutions in France and worldwide. SNCF is a great example of a customer that has gone “all in” with the Power Platform. As with many customers, initial adoption was grassroots in nature – starting in some places with Power BI and others with PowerApps. They quickly realized the potential the platform represented for their business and has built a company-wide center of excellence to educate, train and support the thousands of employees now using the platform to help shape the future of SNCF.

Here is a short video that highlights the great work they’re doing at SNCF.

What’s Next?

It has been an exciting journey for all of us on the team. In so many ways we are just getting started.

As we look forward to the year ahead, we are planning to deliver some really special product developments. These will come together across all of our offerings – from Dynamics 365 to the Power Platform – as part of our April 2019 release. You can get ready for that now by checking out the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, April 2019 release notes.

I would also welcome you to join us for our Virtual Launch Event in April, where we may have a few added surprises.

And lastly, to our community of makers and creators – thank you for being on this journey with us. Your dedication, energy, and ingenuity inspire me. Your passion literally has me running up the stairs every day when I come to work. Thank you. Hope to see you all soon!

James.

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Cisco expands CloudCenter for multi-cloud management

Cisco has beefed up its CloudCenter multi-cloud management software to help enterprises work with disparate environments, rather than attempt to compete with the likes of AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Now called CloudCenter Suite, the product delivers workflow automation, application lifecycle management, cost optimization and governance across multiple clouds through a series of modules. It’s also built on a container-based architecture with Kubernetes, which provides benefits such as modularity and abstraction from underlying infrastructure. This differs from CloudCenter’s original deployment model, which grouped features more closely together onto virtual machines.

The Workload Manager module addresses governance of public and private cloud environments. Cost Optimizer analyzes, delivers reports and makes recommendations on how customers spend money in hybrid cloud scenarios. Both are subsets of the CloudCenter Suite. Action Orchestrator, which builds on Cisco’s acquisitions of Cmpute.io in December 2017 and CliQr in March 2016, handles workflow automation.

Other modules in the Cisco CloudCenter Suite include Suite Admin for central administration of CloudCenter tasks and Suite Installer, which installs the Kubernetes version of CloudCenter Suite in public and private cloud environments.

Cisco also added a more granular purchase model for CloudCenter. Many customers are interested in multi-cloud management capabilities, but lack an appetite for a full suite, a Cisco official said.

CloudCenter is available in three subscription license tiers: Essentials, Advantage and Premier. Essentials provides a basic set of cost reporting, governance tools and adapters. Advantage and Premier add richer features to each subcategory. Specific prices for each weren’t disclosed.

The product is supported on multiple clouds, including Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Dimension Data and IBM Cloud.

How to cut the multi-cloud fog

Cisco is far from the only vendor attempting to present itself as an ideal partner for enterprises’ multi-cloud management needs. The list runs from large companies, such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), to smaller ones, such as RightScale, which Flexera acquired in September.

Some large players shaped their multi-cloud strategy after they failed to gain a foothold in the market as public cloud providers. Cisco, for one, shuttered its Intercloud public cloud service in 2017. HPE pulled the plug on its own public cloud, Helion, in January 2016, and Dell and VMware long ago gave up public cloud aspirations.

Everyone is focused on helping the infrastructure guys [with multi-cloud management].
Naveen Chhabraanalyst, Forrester Research

The industry is in a bit of a multi-cloud hype wave, so customers must be especially careful to determine how this approach would benefit and fit within their enterprise.

A number of roles within enterprise IT shops have a stake in multi-cloud, said Naveen Chhabra, an analyst at Forrester Research. Application developers are at the center of gravity for cloud consumption, he said. Some companies have targeted developers in a multi-cloud context, evidenced by GitLab’s recent partnership with TriggerMesh.

Other companies, such as Cisco, HPE and NetApp, have focused on IT infrastructure professionals, who may have a command from above to make all cloud assets accessible through a single management pane.

Naveen Chhabra, analyst at ForresterNaveen Chhabra

“Everyone is focused on helping the infrastructure guys,” Chhabra said.

Storage administrators are also interested in the cloud, particularly for less frequently accessed data. And a fourth group, virtualization managers, have a potential stake in multi-cloud, given the increased options to push on-premises VMware workloads to AWS, Azure and other public clouds. Storage and VM pros may see their roles draw closer together over time, thanks to trends such as hyper-converged infrastructure, Chhabra said.

As for Cisco, CloudCenter Suite is a step forward, but more of an “accumulation of products,” he said. Cisco has more work to do with integrating its various components, he added. “It’s a vision.”

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For Sale – Ryzen system bundle

Bought this kit mid December, thought I’d be interested in PC gaming again, I was wrong.

All kit bought from my place of work (no staff discount, can be shown from invoice)

  • Ryzen 2600 OEM
  • B450 aorus I pro AC WiFi edition itx
  • 16GB Corsair vengeance 2933mhz 2x8GB made for ryzen
  • RX 570 Red devil 4GB
  • 500GB WD Black Nvme drive
  • 550w Corsair TXM
  • Corsair H100x

The case I am using cannot be sold unfortunately, it’s the ID cooling stream 2. You can have it for free if you collect.

Will be sold as bundle with all retail packaging.

Around £850 worth of kit for £600 under a month old sounds good.

Price and currency: 600
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer, cash or PayPal
Location: Huddersfield
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