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For Sale – Corsair Vengeance 8GB 3600Mhz

Hi guys,

I started to build a new computer for myself over the course of the last 6 months while moving house, and by the time it was finished I ended up getting 16GB.

So, here you go! the fan has never been used, and the RAM has been used for a few months.

2x 4GB sticks, max 3600 Mhz. On my new system I had them at 3200 mhz on an x470 board and 3000 on a previous b350 board.

Price and currency: £100
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Location: Redcar
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For Sale – Desktop Components

From a no longer used gaming desktop. All working of course and in good condition. Postage after individual price

4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengence DDR3 @ £20 each or £70 for 4 – pp £3 for 4- SOLD

4 x 120mm Corsair Blue LED Fans – £12 the lot pp £3.00

Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD – £55 – pp £2.50

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For Sale – Desktop Components

From a no longer used gaming desktop. All working of course and in good condition. Postage after individual price

4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengence DDR3 @ £20 each or £70 for 4 – pp £3 for 4

4 x 120mm Corsair Blue LED Fans – £12 the lot pp £3.00

Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD – £55 – pp £2.50

Intel 3570 @3.4Ghz OC’d to 3.8 – £75 – pp £2.50

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For Sale – Desktop Components

From a no longer used gaming desktop. All working of course and in good condition. Postage after individual price

4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengence DDR3 @ £20 each or £70 for 4 – pp £3 for 4

4 x 120mm Corsair Blue LED Fans – £12 the lot pp £3.00

Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD – £55 – pp £2.50

Intel 3570 @3.4Ghz OC’d to 3.8 – £75 – pp £2.50

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For Sale – Destop Components

From a no longer used gaming desktop. All working of course and in good condition. Postage after individual price

4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengence DDR3 @ £20 each or £70 for 4 – pp £3 for 4

4 x 120mm Corsair Blue LED Fans – £12 the lot pp £3.00

Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD – £55 – pp £2.50

Intel 3570 @3.4Ghz OC’d to 3.8 – £75 – pp £2.50

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How to muster the troops

A digital transformation journey, make no mistake, is no walk in the park. It involves major course corrections to technology, to business processes, to how people do their jobs and how they think about their roles. So, how does a company make something so radical as digital transformation part of its DNA?

Gail Evans, who was promoted in June from global CIO at Mercer to the consulting firm’s global chief digital officer, believes an important first step is getting people to see what’s in it for them, “because once you see the value, you’re all in.”

In this video recorded in May at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, then-CIO Evans provided some insight into how she musters the troops at Mercer, explaining that a digital transformation journey is, by nature, long and iterative, requiring people to see value all along the way.

Editor’s note: The following was edited for clarity and brevity.

What can companies do to get started on a digital transformation journey?

Gail Evans: Actually, I think there are a couple of things. I think digital transformation, at its core, is the people. At the very core of any transformation, it is about how do you inspire a team to align to this new era — this new era of different tools, different technologies that can be applied in many different, creative ways to create new business models or to drive efficiencies in your organization.

So, I think the leaders in the enterprise are ones who understand the dynamics of taking your core and moving it up the food chain. Where does it start? I think it starts with creating a beachhead, creating a platform of digital, and then allowing that to grow and swell with training and opportunities, webinars, blogs so that it becomes a part of a company’s DNA. Because I believe digital isn’t a thing — it’s a new way of doing things to create value through the application of technology and data.

Which departments at Mercer are in the vanguard of digital transformation? Who are laggards?

Evans: One would argue that marketing is already digital, right? I mean, they are already using digital technologies to drive personalized experiences on the web and have been doing that for many years. I would say that it starts in, probably, technology. Technology will embrace it, and also it needs to be infused into the business leaders.

I think the laggards are typically … I guess I wouldn’t necessarily call them ‘laggards.’ I think I would refer to them as not yet seeing the value of digital, because once you see the value, you’re all in.

Pockets of resistance

[Digital transformation is] humans plus technology and new business models. That is what digital transformation is all about and it’s fun!
Gail Evansglobal chief digital officer, Mercer

Evans: There are teams or pockets of folks who have done things the same way for a long time and there is a resistance there. It’s kind of the, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Those are pockets, but you’d find those pockets in every transformation, whether it’s digital or [moving into the] information age, whatever — you’ll find pockets of people who are not ready to go.

And so, I think there are pockets of people in our core legacy who are holding onto their technology of choice and may not have up-skilled themselves, so they are holding on and they are resisting.

And then there are business folks who have been used to one-to-one relationships and built their whole career — a very successful career — with those one-to-one relationships. And now digital is coming from a different place where some of what you might have thought was your IP in value is now in algorithms. What will you do differently and how do you manage those dynamics differently?

I think there’s education [that needs to happen] because I think it’s humans plus technology, it’s not just technology; it’s humans plus technology and new business models. That is what digital transformation is all about and it’s fun! It is a new way to just have fun. It will be something else two, three, five years from now.

Speaking to ‘hearts and minds’

What strategies do you have for getting people to sign on for that ‘fun’ digital transformation journey?

Evans: At Mercer, what I’ve done was, first, you have to create, I think, a very strong digital strategy that is not just textbook strategy, but one that speaks to the hearts and minds from the executive team down to the person who’s coding, that they can relate to and become a part of it. Many people believe, ‘What’s in it for me? Yeah, I get that technology stuff, but what is it in for me?’ [Showing that] then what is in it for the business and bringing that strategy together and having proof points along the way [is important].

It’s not a big bang approach; it’s really very agile and iterative. And so, as you iterate and show value, people will become more open to change. And as you train them, so build a strategy and inspire your team, inspire your executive leadership team because that’s where all the money is. You need the money, so they need to believe in the digital transformation [journey] and the revenue aspect and the stakeholder value that it would bring.

Basically, create a strong vision that applies to the team, create a strategy that is based on efficiencies and revenue and also create what many call a bimodal [IT approach] because you need to continue to drive the core legacy systems and optimize. They’re still the bread and butter of the company. So, you have to find a strategy that allows both to grow.

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Major Hyper-V Developments in 2017 (& what lies ahead in 2018)

It’s that time of year again. I’m of course talking about that time of year when most IT Pros are huddled in their homes spending time with family and hopefully not beating their heads against servers that went down over the holidays. While I should honestly be doing the same, I always like to reflect on things around the holidays. I find it helpful to sum up the year we’ve had and to also think about what lies ahead in the coming new year.

We’ve had an amazing year here on the Altaro Hyper-V Hub. We’re so thankful to you, our readers, for your support. There have been a ton of new exciting technologies and features to talk about, and there is much more to come. While Hyper-V isn’t as “front and center” as it once was (more on this later), it remains a core piece of the Windows Server stack, and as such we’ll have much to talk about over the coming 12 months. However, before we talk about that, let’s take a little bit of time and reflect on where we’ve been.

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Hyper-V in 2017 – A Year-End Review

2017 was an interesting year overall in the Microsoft Space. I attended many Microsoft focused events over the last 12 months, including Inspire and Ignite, and I now finally have the sense that the cloud is truly taking things over. That is maybe not in the sense that every workload will reside in a public cloud, but more in the sense that every workload out there will be hosted in some sort of cloud, whether it’s public, hybrid or private. Sure, people have been saying that for the last several years, but this is the first year where I felt there was no denying it. Yes, people are still running on-prem, and there will be those that are running on-prem for a long time yet, but Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy is coming in hot and it’s becoming easier and more economical than ever to run things in a cloud, and Microsoft Azure Stack is one of the drivers of this change.

Azure Stack is in the House

Again, one of the key pieces of technology that is leading the charge in this movement is Microsoft Azure Stack (MAS). We’ve talked about Azure Stack in a few articles over the past months and we get a lot of comments stating it has nothing to do with Hyper-V. Well the folks saying that are both right and wrong. They’re wrong in the sense that Hyper-V is in the stack and is a core piece of it. Yet, they are right at the same time because Hyper-V is becoming so abstracted in some of these new platforms that we no longer have direct access to it. the ARM management layer is used in Azure Stack to interface with Hyper-V and many of the decisions and configurations that we would take on ourselves are simply automated and taken care of according to best practices. While it does amount to some loss of control, what this really allows us to do is provision workloads faster, and it has the added benefit of being a deployment mechanism that is the same as it is on public Azure.

Take those ideas and now imagine a world where you have large enterprises, and regional service providers hosting their own Azure Stack instances. Now you literally have Azure and its management stack everywhere. Enterprise companies will use their local Azure Stack, and the SMB and SME will start a move to regionally hosted Azure Stack instances if they aren’t comfortable with the public cloud. Again, you’ll have the organizations that will still run on-prem, but the option for cloud will be everywhere, and that is really what Microsoft has done with Azure and MAS in 2017.

2017: The Year of the Container?

If I think about other disruptive technologies from over the last 12 months, another one that sticks out to me is containers. Containers have been around for some time in the form of docker and the open source community, but Microsoft has somewhat driven them into the mainstream this calendar year. If you’re a Hyper-V admin and you’re not familiar with containers, you should take a look. You can think of a container as an ultra-slim VM. It contains your application and just the supporting software needed for said app. The container then relies on the underlying host OS for OS related functions, so they aren’t as isolated as traditional VMs, but due to their makeup you can get much higher density of containers per host than VMs.

I attended a session (recording below) at Microsoft Ignite regarding containers. MetLife, a large insurance company here in the states had reduced a significant chunk of their infrastructure by moving over the containers, and all I could think of was: “I’m watching what VMs did to physical machines all those years, all over again!”. It was that moment where I saw that containers weren’t going away, and they and server-less computing are here, now.

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Finally, I also had the pleasure of talking with Taylor Brown who heads up containers at Microsoft. I met with Taylor at Ignite and we talked about what is new for containers in 2017 and where he sees them going in the future. You can view the video below

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Hyper-V Continues to Get Enhancements

This wouldn’t be a year-end review article on a Hyper-V blog without some mention of Hyper-V right? I’ve been talking about Containers and Azure Stack, but Hyper-V saw some big improvement this year, the largest of which I think is Project Honolulu.

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Project Honolulu is the new upcoming management experience for on-premise workloads, including Hyper-V and it’s supporting infrastructure. The community has been asking Microsoft for an updated on-prem management experience for years, and they have delivered. While relatively new and web-based, Honolulu is a strong utility for so young a management tool, and if you haven’t had a chance to check out Project Honolulu yet, I highly encourage you to check out Eric’s article on the subject!

Other notable enhancements are:

What Comes Next in 2018?

Looking ahead is always subjective right? I won’t pretend to be the definitive expert on what happens in the Microsoft space over the next 12 months. However, I have been in this industry and in Microsoft circles long enough to have a pretty good gut feeling about where things are headed. So where do I think we’re headed?

Microsoft Will Continue to Push Cloud

This one is a no-brainer right? Microsoft will continue to push Azure adoption sure, but they will also be enabling service providers and enterprises to use Microsoft Azure Stack in an economical way. Like most new Microsoft technologies MAS was intended for the huge enterprise, and is now in a place where it can be scaled down to 4 nodes. This makes the entry point more reachable to more organizations and will enable the proliferation of that Azure anywhere idea I was talking about earlier. Don’t want to use public Azure? No problem! You’re about to have a whole lot of new options for where you place that “cloud” workload!

The Recent Net-Neutrality Vote Could Impact the Cloud

If you have eyes and ears, you’ve likely heard that the FCC stripped Net Neutrality of its title 2 protections. With these protections repealed, ISPs now have the ability to tinker with, and charge more for certain types of traffic. As such, with so much moving to the cloud, I could potentially see a world where you need to buy the “Public Computing” package with your ISP to reach public cloud services such as Azure. As such, this could limit Azure’s explosive growth to date, depending on the amount of tinkering done by ISPs.

More options if you run VMware

Microsoft and VMware really have an on again/off again relationship. You likely heard the news that Microsoft will provide the ability to run VMware workloads in Microsoft Azure. After the initial announcement came out, VMware stated they would deny support to such deployments, but I saw an article just the other day that they’re suddenly fine with it now. Whatever the outcome, it looks like we’re going to live in a world we’re you can run VMware workloads natively inside of Azure, which will ultimately lead to more Azure service adoption. Not surprising!

Hyper-V will Continue to be Abstracted

With containers, Azure Stack and server-less computing, Hyper-V is becoming so abstracted these days, that we don’t even have access to it in some cases. I’ll be blunt. The hypervisor has become commoditized. It’s no longer this niche, disruptive technology. As a result I think you’ll start to see some skill-sets moving away from Hyper-V and onto other technologies and platforms that contain Hyper-V under the hood, such as MAS and Azure.

Our Top 10 Posts from 2017

To finish up our final 2017 article, I’d like to post a list. As I said, we had a great year on the Hyper-V blog, and we had a number of popular posts. We’ve compiled a list of those posts below for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Wrap-Up

With that, I can wrap up our 2017! We’ve enjoyed our year here at Altaro, and we’re looking forward to another fantastic year of providing Hyper-V howtos, breaking news, and more community focused content!

Any 2017 highlights or thoughts for the future you’d like to share that weren’t mentioned? Feel free to use the comments section below to let us know.

Happy New Year!

Biggest SDN and SD-WAN news and trends of 2017

It can certainly be said that 2017 was a year of disruption.

The disruption, of course, refers to the major SDN and SD-WAN news and trends that occurred throughout the year. If you want to review the highlights from a software-defined perspective, the SearchSDN 2017 timeline below can help you refresh yourself on what happened and get prepared for what happens next.

But first, to set the stage, SD-WAN news continued to steal the show in terms of market attention, vendor moves and new services announcements, as SD-WAN adoption increased throughout the year. SD-WAN global revenues surpassed $300 million, and the number of operational SD-WAN sites passed 90,000, according to a Frost & Sullivan study released in October. Analysts expect SD-WAN to continue growing throughout the next few years.

As predicted in 2016, vendor consolidation disrupted the SD-WAN market in 2017. The first major announcement came from networking vendor Cisco, who set its acquisition sights on Viptela, a leading SD-WAN vendor. VMware followed a few months later with its intention to acquire VeloCloud. Speculation continues about which vendors will be next to move.

2017 timeline of SDN and SD-WAN news and trends
A timeline showing major SDN and SD-WAN news stories of 2017

While the SD-WAN vendor market might have started shrinking in 2017, service providers looked to grab their piece of the SD-WAN pie. In hopes of remaining competitive within a changing industry, a slew of service providers formed partnerships with SD-WAN vendors to offer their own managed services to customers. A short list of managed SD-WAN service providers includes AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Windstream, MegaPath, Global Capacity, Orange Business, Masergy and Telefónica.

What about SDN? It has garnered its own share of hype in the past few years. While SDN might not be living up to its originally defined expectations in some aspects, it can be credited with spurring interest in SD-WAN technology, policy-based networks and a broader software-based networking initiative.

Now, here are the SDN and SD-WAN news stories that grabbed our attention this year.

Kronos Workforce Dimensions stirs HR tech world

The Kronos Workforce Dimensions mobile-first SaaS system represents a major course shift for the long-dominant, but sometimes stodgy, workforce management and time and attendance software vendor.

The company, based in Lowell, Mass., unveiled the new AI-based suite of social media UI-style workforce management (WFM) apps at its KronosWorks user conference in Las Vegas.

Kronos sunk about $150 million and three years of R&D into building Kronos Workforce Dimensions, and it hopes to smoothly migrate many of its existing on-premises software and hosted cloud customers to the subscription-based service housed in the Google public cloud, executives told SearchHRSoftware.

Kronos tries to evolve

If that strategy succeeds, the $1.2 billion firm, which has historically been wedded to older-generation software, could, indeed, transform itself into a more agile, cloud-first vendor in a next-generation HR tech world.

Bill Bartow, Kronos vice president of product managementBill Bartow

Two leading older-generation, large HR tech vendors, Oracle and SAP, are attempting similar, though perhaps less dramatic, transitions with their human capital management (HCM) offerings, while smaller Kronos competitors, such as Ceridian and Ultimate Software, already are cloud-only.

“We see a lot of potential opportunities to change the direction of and disrupt markets,” said Bill Bartow, vice president of global product management at Kronos. “We want to challenge ourselves … Put ourselves out of business.”

Bartow was not speaking literally, but rather reflecting a strategic outlook articulated by Kronos CEO Aron Ain when Kronos formed an off-site working group of about 20 people in August 2014 to conceptualize an entirely new product — what became Kronos Workforce Dimensions.

Soon, that team swelled to several hundred dedicated to the project.

Building new WFM software

An analyst who previewed the system, Mark Smith, CEO of Ventana Research in Bend, Ore., said the Kronos Workforce Dimensions product is a significant departure for Kronos, and one that looks poised to meet the company’s goal of reinventing itself and pushing the WFM market toward thorough digitization.

“For a company to move toward the next evolution, they had to basically take their existing product and say, ‘We’ve taken this as far as it’s going to go, and we’ll still maintain it, but we’re going to need a new digital platform for the broader needs of the workforce,'” Smith said. “This is a smart move. There are not many companies that can put people, resources and time to build something that’s new and takes you to the next level.”

Inspired by Workday

For his part, Bartow cited the cloud-only HR tech paradigm pioneered, in particular, by Workday — one of Kronos’ big HCM vendor partners for Workforce Dimensions — as one inspiration.

“Our vision became to transform the workforce management market,” Bartow said.

The other HCM partners, so far, are Oracle and SAP SuccessFactors. Notably absent from this list are Ceridian, which Kronos views as a direct competitor in the WFM space, and Ultimate.

Analysts noted that both Ceridian and Ultimate, though offering robust WFM technology, mainly go after midsize customers, while Kronos’ target market for Workforce Dimensions is large enterprises.

In an interview, Bartow and Jim Kizielewicz, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Kronos, emphasized the artificial intelligence and deep learning technology they said underlies Kronos Workforce Dimensions.

Kronos Workforce Dimensions app manager view
Kronos Workforce Dimensions tablet screenshot showing manager time-off approvals

Kronos puts AI in HR tech

This is a smart move. There are not many companies that can put people, resources and time to build something that’s new and takes you to the next level.
Mark SmithCEO, Ventana Research

A key theme of the new system — intended to be used primarily on smartphones and tablets, but which also runs on laptop and desktop computers — is automating many routine tasks corporate managers feel swamped by and give the executives more time for strategic work. Those tasks could be approving timecards, vacation requests or shift swaps.

The software’s machine-learning-based assistant, Workforce Advisor, delivers recommendations, which can become more automatic as the system learns about the manager’s intent regarding approvals and the manager starts to trust the advice.

WFM tech for managers and workers

Meanwhile, Kronos found in its product development research that many line employees are now influenced by gig economy culture and want more say over their own schedules, better balance between work and home life, and more feedback from managers.

Workforce Dimensions, which also has a module for salaried employees, enables hourly employees to find and choose their own shifts while informing managers in a “collaborative self-scheduling” mode, according to Kronos.

For HR tech and IT professionals, Kronos is providing the new Kronos D5 platform that supports all the functions in Workforce Dimensions. The platform as a service is built with what Kronos calls “foundational AI,” and it includes open APIs, a new domain model and unified information architecture.

The D5 platform also enables high-volume, real-time processing, embedded analytics and forecasting, and the predictive artificial intelligence of the system, including proactive compliance, Kronos said.

In its development of the Workforce Dimensions suite, Kronos also relied on feedback from 10 large employers it calls “early adopters,” which piloted the system and plan to stick with it when it goes live in the commercial release expected in March.

Early adopters

Those early users are BorgWarner, Brookstone, GATE Petroleum Co., Google, London Energy, Snyder’s-Lance, Things Remembered, Tru Blu Beverages and University of Colorado, Boulder.

Still, the Kronos executives said the company will still support its Kronos Central hosted cloud WFM system, and the new product will have “feature parity” with the older platform.

However, they said Kronos built transition tools into the new system to help streamline the process of migrating customers that want to move to the mobile-oriented SaaS software. Pricing is per employee, per month, depending on the module.

Migration a key challenge

As for that migration issue, Ron Hanscome, another analyst, said converting many of Kronos’ 7,200 Workforce Central customers to the cloud, just as Oracle and SAP are doing, will be a critical and likely challenging task for Kronos. Kronos has 13,200 customers using other products.

“This does present a target to start bringing in these customers to. How do you migrate your legacy base and keep them in the mainstream of your product support?” Hanscome said. “This introduction triggers 10 years of migration and transition of the customer base.”

Even so, Hanscome came away from his preview especially impressed with the new system’s AI and machine learning technology and broad WFM applications.

“Clearly, they’ve put a lot of thought into the new architecture. What they’ve done around user experience and how to help the employee, the manager and the IT function, they’ve addressed those issues,” he said.

Kronos’ new offices sport fun features

SearchHRSoftware interviewed the Kronos executives at the company’s newly renovated world headquarters in the former Wang Laboratories complex it moved into in the fall of 2017.

For Kronos, the ultra-modern offices — complete with remote employee temporary docking stations, “scrum-rooms” for impromptu brainstorming and employee lounges with expansive new picture windows and foosball tables — embody its attempt to remake the 40-year-old company.

Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education updates rolling out, with more coming soon |

Over the course of debuting Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education, we’ve been privileged to have educators from across the globe join us in creating technology to foster collaborative classrooms and improve student learning outcomes.

Whether it’s through events like Hack the Classroom, or message boards on the Microsoft Educator Community (MEC), or in conversations over social media with our product team members, we’ve been listening to your feedback and incorporating your ideas and diversity of needs into the Teams experience.

Today, we’re taking time to share the latest updates from that continuous feedback, and we’re eager to share the excitement around how teachers have discovered ways to transform their classrooms and workflows with Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365 Education. It’s clear that Teams saves valuable teacher time and fosters a more modern classroom experience, and we see it in conducting virtual PLC meetings with the meet-now feature, and organizing group projects via channels. Take a look at how Teams and OneNote came to the rescue for a teacher on their sick day.

Create an assignment with a OneNote page

Since the start of the 2017 school year, educators have created over 10,000,000 student notebooks using the OneNote Class Notebook app, either stand-alone or as part of Microsoft Teams. The number one piece of feedback we’ve heard is to integrate OneNote even more deeply inside of Teams.

Today, we’re starting to roll out the ability for teachers to create assignments and attach a page from OneNote to distribute and ultimately grade. When creating an assignment, simply select a page from Class Notebook in the file picker, then choose a destination for distributing the assignment page in the student notebooks. We’ve had our private beta customers trying out this capability – here is what Amy Vester, Lead Teacher from Omaha Public Schools has to say:

“Having the Class Notebook in the Assignment feature of Teams is FANTASTIC! This ties Teams together even better for teachers. Having the Class Notebook just a click away is so much more convenient for teachers and their students.”

 

Efficient grading support for OneNote pages

This also includes the time-saving ability for teachers to easily pull up OneNote page assignments in the quick grading view of the Assignments app in Teams.

Class Notebook Addin integration with Teams

We’re excited to be updating the OneNote Class Notebook Addin to support Teams integration, answering a top request from User Voice. This allows teachers to create Teams assignments, plus grading, all from within the OneNote Desktop app. Here’s a short training video demonstrating exactly how this works.

In the coming days, we will be rolling out version 2.0.0.0 of the Class Notebook Addin to get this capability, and bring the Teams integration to the OneNote Windows 10 app, OneNote Online, and iPad later in November.

Support for permissions in the Collaboration Space

We recently put out a blog post detailing how teachers can now add permissions to the Collaboration Space for OneNote Class Notebooks created in Teams. This capability was enabled last week.

Assignment notifications

With today’s announcement, we have started to roll out new assignment creation notifications for our Microsoft Teams education customers. After the update, once the Teacher creates a new assignment, all students in a class will get notified in the activity bell and a rich assignment card will be visible in the conversation stream, presented with due date and a link to the assignment details.

In addition, here are some other exciting cases that comes along with this change:

  • Collaboration around assignment: Teachers and students can now easily facilitate contextual and relevant collaboration around the specific assignment in a class.
  • Assignments search: Teachers and students can now easily search for assignments with specific key words from the assignment title, helping them save time. Below, you’ll see an example where a student uses “essay” as a keyword that shows up in the search bar for easy navigation.

Student new file submission

Students will now be able to initiate their work using Office apps right in context of the assignment submission flow, helping them save time. This addition will also be helpful for students who might not have access to Office apps at home and would like to get started on their assignments there.

Assignment full screen view

We visited many schools and learned from teachers and students that having a full screen view makes working on assignments more immersive. With this addition, students and teachers will now be able to easily switch into full screen view while working on their assignment, making it more productive and delightful. Below you’ll see is an example of a student expanding to full screen view while working on an assignment.

Coming soon: We will be launching the following features in the next few months, thanks to your feedback

Multiple class distribution

We value any teacher’s productivity and the invaluable time that they would like to spend with their students. This update will allow teachers managing multiple classes to easily distribute assignments at once, as opposed to sending to every single class individually today. Once it is distributed, teachers can always edit or delete the assignment in their respective class teams.

 

 

Assignments on iOS and Android

Today, schools using Microsoft Teams for education in the classroom can download mobile applications from the iOS and Android app stores. Students and teachers are using it to collaborate, ask questions in the conversations stream, and access files stored in the class.

In the coming months we will be rolling out assignments to the Teams mobile app, where teachers and students will have easy access on the go. Students will be able to easily scroll through the list of assignments, turn in their work, and get notified on new assignments through their mobile app.  To the right you’ll find an example of a student view in which they can easily scroll through their list of assignments within a class.

Assignment List view

We’ve heard a lot of great feedback from various educators on the need for having both list and week view for assignments. In the coming months, students and teachers will get a quick and easy way to scroll through the list of assignments within a class, and a new way to toggle between the week and the list view. We will also add a new “go to today” capability for easy navigation.  Below is an example of a student viewing the list of assignments in a class.

FAQ

Q: How can a teacher delete any message in a class?

A: Once the IT Admin enables “Allow owners to delete all messages,” team owners will be able to delete any message posted by members in any team. The list of IT Admin control can be referenced here.

Q: How can IT Admins disable private chat for students?

A: IT Admins can toggle “Allow users to privately chat” for students to enable or disable private chat in their schools. The specific instructions on how to do this are here.

Q: What is the best IT Admin Support channel?

A: https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home#

We hope these Teams updates will continue to inspire how educators like you transform the classroom. As you continue to use Teams at your school, share your feedback, suggestions, and ideas! You can let us know of any functionality issues directly through the in-product feedback button, or you can send us your suggestions and ideas through User Voice – a feedback tool that our product team closely uses when continuing to update Teams. Finally, you can engage online and reach out on Twitter to @MicrosoftTeams, and you can follow @MicrosoftEDU for the latest updates on Microsoft Education.