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For Sale – HP EliteBook 840 G2 i5-5200U 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro 1903

Hi guys
I have HP EliteBook 840 G2 for sale.

I got it more than a year ago (second hand) and the plan was to use it as a media center PC and manage wifi security cameras from it. However, I got the smart TV and the media center idea faded away and the security cameras plan did not work (was much easier to have a dedicated cctv system)

It is well looked after and is in very good and clean condition.
There are no cracks or scratches on top side, but a few scratches on the bottom part of the case (please see pictures).

This model has the rubberized top lid and it is difficult to clean, as it attracts finger prints. I cleaned the lead the best I could, but it will need cleaning again once it is delivered. I tried connecting to 1080P TV over ‘DP to HDMI cable’ (not included in sale) and it plays Netflix at 1080p and passes 5.1 sound to TV (AV amplifier).
Tested the battery several times: full charge and play music videos from youtube at full screen, it lasted over 4 hours with windows managing power settings automatically.

Delivery cost is included within my country, will be 2-3 day delivery from parcel2go and fully insured.

Spec:
HP EliteBook 840 G2 14″ (not touch screen)
Intel Core i5-5200U 2.20GHz
8GB (2x4GB) RAM
120GB Kingston SSD 300v – was installed new and only used for several days
Intel HD Graphics 5500 (1920 x 1080)
Windows 10 Pro 64bit 1903
It has 4 USB 3.0 ports, LAN port, DP ports, wifi and BT

Backlit keyboard
Original HP charger included

Delivery cost is included within my country, will be 2-3 day delivery from parcel2go and fully insured.

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Price and currency: 150
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift, Bank transfer
Location: Manchester
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – AMD Ryzen 5(sold) + GTX 970 4gb

Approx 1 year old AMD Ryzen 5 1600, AM4 socket with the stock cooler included.
Working perfectly, only for sale due to upgrade to 3600.

Will need new thermal paste for assembly.
Please ignore MSI disc in photo, inc by mistake!
£70 inc 1st class post (SOLD)

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Price and currency: £70
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Lincoln
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It’s back to school and back to innovation with free tools for student developers – The Official Microsoft Blog

It sneaks up on me every year. One minute, my family is fully ensconced in summer break, the next we’re deep into school supply lists and pre-work to prep for the first day back.

This year, as I’ve helped my own students get ready to go back to school, I’ve been thinking about all the cool (and free!) offerings Microsoft provides to bridge the technology gap for student developers. We’re committed to empowering the next generation of creators with access to technology and training – after all, our future is in their hands! – and we have a little healthy competition thrown in for good measure. Here are a few of the offers that students can take advantage of today and throughout their educations:

One of the newest additions to our lineup, developer hub GitHub offers their Student Developer Pack, which provides access to the best real-world developer tools and training. Students who join the Pack receive GitHub Pro at no charge while in school, plus exclusive offers from GitHub Education partners, including Microsoft.

Microsoft Azure for Students offers a free annual renewal subscription to our top cloud services, plus access to dozens of other Azure and artificial intelligence (AI) tools and training. Students can build skills in trending tech including data science, AI, machine learning and other areas with access to professional developer tools like Visual Studio Code.

Microsoft Education has a plethora of resources available for students and educators, who can get Office 365 free as well, which includes powerful tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams and a lot more. This isn’t a trial – it’s a full-featured product that is free while the student is in school and offered at a big discount after graduation. Educators also have a wealth of resources available to them to help students engage with STEM, from customized training opportunities to unique Minecraft editions to access to special guest speakers.

For college and university students, the annual Imagine Cup competition is now open for entry. I’m continually impressed by the impactful ideas that come out of Imagine Cup – many of which go on to become full-fledged products. But big ideas that make a difference aren’t born in a vacuum, and they can’t be achieved alone. I think that’s one of the things that makes Imagine Cup so special. Students learn how to work together, be resourceful, meet deadlines and a select few receive funding to help take their ideas to the next level.

This year’s Imagine Cup theme is AI for Good. Driven by inspiration and a growing sense of purpose, we’ve seen student competitors create applications tackling some of the world’s biggest social, environmental and health challenges – one user at a time – and that’s what Imagine Cup is all about! So, it only makes sense that there is a stronger focus on AI this year. It’s one of the most promising ways technology can help us be more inclusive, effective and productive. I encourage students with a dream of a better future and an idea to sign up and get to work.  I’m excited to see where the competitors take the challenge this year – and where the competition takes them.

Students who want to be a force for good and make a difference in their communities – while learning and sharing Microsoft technologies with their peers – can apply to be a Microsoft Student Partner, a program that lets student leaders gain experiences, access exclusive resources and gather real-world technical and career skills.

Finally, LinkedIn offers a wide variety of networking and educational opportunities to support students when it comes time to look for a job, learn a new skill or connect with classmates. A current and accurate LinkedIn profile is one of the best ways to build and maintain a career network.

Our goal is for all students to have access to the technology and support they need to make their dreams come true. Please share these offerings with the students in your life, and if you are a student, I hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of them to take your ideas to the next level this year.

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U.S. spends more on AI as AI in China continues to grow

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget includes nearly $1 billion in non-defense AI research and development as the adoption and funding of AI in China continues to grow rapidly.

The budget request is to fund the Network and Information Technology Research and Development Program, a federal program that coordinates the activities and budgeting for research and development of several technology agencies.

U.S. AI efforts

The fiscal year 2020 budget supplement, released in September, allocates $973.5 million for AI as a new spending category to support existing White House efforts to ramp up robotic process automation and AI innovation and adoption.

Millions of dollars will go toward funding research and development for a range of AI-related projects, including machine vision, cybersecurity challenges unique to AI, and chips optimized for neural nets.

While the funding should help U.S. government’s AI efforts, it’s unclear how it will match up with AI work in China.

Past efforts of the U.S. government, according to Rudina Seseri, founder and managing partner of venture-capital firm Glasswing Ventures, have lagged considerably to those of other countries.

“For all that is being done, it’s not even 1% of the spending that other countries have made,” Seseri said during a talk at the AI World Government 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. in June.

The U.S. government’s efforts in the global AI race are “far, far behind China,” a country that, in addition to spending more, also collects more data from its citizens, she noted.

In China, “the human rights of data (is) not a notion that exists,” she said. “The government has free control of everyone’s data.”

AI in China

That may be evident in China’s development of smart cities. The government is constructing, or plans to construct, more than 500 cities with smart city capabilities that include automatically monitoring and routing buses to optimize traffic flows, and prioritizing mobile payment systems. The urban strategy also leans heavily on the internationally controversial goal of expanding surveillance of citizens by setting up networks of security cameras with gait and facial recognition software.

Traditional industries are still lagging behind [in AI adoption in China].
Danny Muanalyst, Forrester

Given the Chinese government’s extensive involvement in city planning, and its propensity to spy on its own citizens, these kinds of smart cities have no real equivalent in the U.S. A number of U.S. cities, however, have begun using AI and analytics to better their transportation systems and some have started to install intelligent security cameras and intelligent street lights.

Other Western countries have begun creating smart cities as well, including the U.K. and Canada. Calgary, Alberta, for example, deployed sensors to collect data on noise levels to help with noise management and on soil conditions to create better care for gardens, among other things.

Development of AI in China has skyrocketed in past years, with the government spending heavily on research and development. In 2017, the State Council of China released a plan with China’s AI goals over the next decade.

The plan details China’s ambition to become level with other world players in AI theories and technologies by 2020, and become the world leader in AI by 2030, with a domestic industry worth almost $150 billion.

The plan includes efforts to promote and support domestic AI enterprises, and encourage partnerships between them and international AI schools and research teams.

Yet, at an enterprise-level, the adoption of AI in China is comparable to that in the U.S.

Chinese and U.S. enterprises

A 2018 Forrester study commissioned by Chinese tech-giant Huawei surveyed 200 large and medium-sized companies and found that the vast majority of respondents see AI as a driver of innovation in their industry. About 65% of respondents say AI will play an extremely important role in their digital transformation.

Meanwhile, a little over half of the respondents lacked professional AI talent, and 70% of respondents said a lack of technology skills is slowing the adoption of AI in the enterprise intelligence market.

According to Danny Mu, a Forrester analyst based in Beijing, AI has been widely adopted by digital-native enterprises in the internet industry, even as “other traditional industries are still lagging behind.”

That’s about on par with enterprises in the U.S. Reports regularly highlight that most business leaders see the importance of AI, even as many traditional companies have yet to start using it.

The U.S. trade war with China has hampered China’s push to develop AI technologies, however, and has begun to force China to become more independent of Western hardware and software.

Some of China’s largest technology companies, including Baidu, Alibaba, and Huawei have started developing their own hardware and AI platforms to rely less on Western-developed technology.

The “trade war is a good reminder to Chinese companies to evaluate the risk from dependence,” Mu said.

While the trade war may affect Chinese companies’ ability to purchase American-made technologies, Chinese scientists are still actively conducting AI research, something which “is hard to ban by trade wars,” Mu said.

“AI is changing industries,” he said. “Companies and governments can’t afford to lag behind when it comes to AI technology.”

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Building cloud-native applications with Azure and HashiCorp

With each passing year, more and more developers are building cloud-native applications. As developers build more complex applications they are looking to innovators like Microsoft Azure and HashiCorp to reduce the complexity of building and operating these applications. HashiCorp and Azure have worked together on a myriad of innovations. Examples of this innovation include tools that connect cloud-native applications to legacy infrastructure and tools that secure and automate the continuous deployment of customer applications and infrastructure. Azure is deeply committed to being the best platform for open source software developers like HashiCorp to deliver their tools to their customers in an easy-to use, integrated way. Azure innovation like the managed applications platform that power HashiCorp’s Consul Service on Azure are great examples of this commitment to collaboration and a vibrant open source startup ecosystem. We’re also committed to the development of open standards that help these ecosystems move forward and we’re thrilled to have been able to collaborate with HashiCorp on both the CNAB (Cloud Native Application Bundle) and SMI (Service Mesh Interface) specifications.

Last year at HashiConf 2018, I had the opportunity to share how we had started to integrate Terraform and Packer into the Azure platform. I’m incredibly excited to get the opportunity to return this year to share how these integrations are progressing and to share a new collaboration on cloud native networking. With this new work we now have collaborations that help customers connect and operate their applications on Azure using HashiCorp technology.

Connect — HashiCorp Consul Service on Azure

After containers and Kubernetes, one of the most important innovations in microservices has been the development of the concept of a service mesh. Earlier this year we partnered with HashiCorp and others to announce the release of Service Mesh Interface, a collaborative, implementation agnostic API for the configuration and deployment of service mesh technology. We collaborated with HashiCorp to produce a control rules implementation of the traffic access control (TAC) using Consul Connect. Today we’re excited that Azure customers can take advantage of HashiCorp Consul Services on Azure powered by the Azure Managed Applications platform. HashiCorp Consul provides a solution to simplify and secure service networking and with this new managed offering, our joint customers can focus on the value of Consul while confident that the experts at HashiCorp are taking care of the management of the service. Reducing complexity for customers and enabling them to focus on cloud native innovation.

Provision — HashiCorp Terraform on Azure

HashiCorp Terraform is a great tool for doing declarative deployment to Azure. We’re seeing great momentum with adoption of HashiCorp Terraform on Azure as the number of customers has doubled since the beginning of the year – customers are using Terraform to automate Azure infrastructure deployment and operation in a variety of scenarios. 

The momentum is fantastic on the contribution front as well with nearly 180 unique contributors to the Terraform provider for Azure Resource Manager. The involvement from the community with our increased 3-week cadence of releases (currently at version 1.32) ensures more coverage of Azure services by Terraform. Additionally, after customer and community feedback regarding the need for additional Terraform modules for Azure, we’ve been working hard at adding high quality modules and now have doubled the number of Azure modules in the terraform registry, bringing it to over 120 modules. 

We believe all these additional integrations enable customers to manage infrastructure as code more easily and simplify managing their cloud environments. Learn more about Terraform on Azure.

Microsoft and HashiCorp are working together to provide integrated support for Terraform on Azure. Customers using Terraform on Microsoft’s Azure cloud are mutual customers, and both companies are united to provide troubleshooting and support services. This joint entitlement process provides collaborative support across companies and platforms while delivering a seamless customer experience. Customers using Terraform Provider for Azure can file support tickets to Microsoft support. Customers using Terraform on Azure support can file support tickets to Microsoft or HashiCorp.

Deploy — Collaborating on Cloud Native Application Bundles specification

One of the critical problems solved by containers is the hermetic packaging of a binary into a package that is easy to share and deploy around the world. But a cloud-native application is more than a binary, and this is what led to the co-development, with HashiCorp and others, of the Coud Native Application Bundle (CNAB) specification. CNABs  allow you to package images alongside configuration tools like Terraform and other artifacts to allow a user to seamlessly deploy an application from a single package. I’ve been excited to see the community work together to build the specification to a 1.0 release that shows CNAB is ready for all of the world’s deployment needs. Congratulations to the team on the work and the fantastic partnership.

If you want to learn more about the ways in which Azure and HashiCorp collaborate to make cloud-native development easier, please check out the links below:

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For Sale – Macbook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) – 1.8ghz i5, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD – £150

I bought this laptop direct from Apple in 2012, but since the start of the year I haven’t been using it so would like to move it on.

This is a well used laptop! I will do my best to describe any issues – but please understand that this is not in pristine condition.

I have recently wiped the machine and installed the latest version of OSX (Mojave).

Here are all of the things to bear in mind with this laptop.

1) The condition of the casing – there a various dings and knocks on the body of the laptop. I have tried to take pictures of them all, however there will undoubtable be more than I haven’t captured. These are all cosmetic issues.
2) The charger has been better days! It was eaten by the Roomba a couple of times and the plastic from the cable is coming away. It still works though.
3) Some of the antireflective glaze, or what every it is, has come away on the screen. Looks terrible when its off – not as noticeable when it is on.
4) There are a couple of bright spots in the bottom left of the screen.
5) The touch pad is a little funny. Clicks fine in the bottom left, but have to really put a lot of pressure on if clicking anywhere else. Taps work all over the touchpad.

All of that said it works fine, if you connected it up to a screen with a mouse and keyboard you’d be fine.

I still have the box and it will be sent in the box. Happy to answer any questions etc.

My preference is to sell as collection only (London SM6 or WC2B) however would consider delivery.

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Price and currency: £150
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer or PayPal
Location: London SM6 or WC2B
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Adobe Experience Platform adds features for data scientists

After almost a year in beta, Adobe has introduced Query Service and Data Science Workspace to the Adobe Experience Platform to enable brands to deliver tailored digital experiences to their customers, with real-time data analytics and understanding of customer behavior.

Powered by Adobe Sensei, the vendor’s AI and machine learning technology, Query Service and Data Science Workspace intend to automate tedious, manual processes and enable real-time data personalization for large organizations.

The Adobe Experience Platform — previously the Adobe Cloud Platform — is an open platform for customer experience management that synthesizes and breaks down silos for customer data in one unified customer profile.

According to Adobe, the volume of data organizations must manage has exploded. IDC predicted the Global DataSphere will grow from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to 175 zettabytes by 2025. And while more data is better, it makes it difficult for businesses and analysts to sort, digest and analyze all of it to find answers. Query Service intends to simplify this process, according to the vendor.

Query Service enables analysts and data scientists to perform queries across all data sets in the platform instead of manually combing through siloed data sets to find answers for data-related questions. Query Service supports cross-channel and cross-platform queries, including behavioral, point-of-sale and customer relationship management data. Query Service enables users to do the following:

  • run queries manually with interactive jobs or automatically with batch jobs;
  • subgroup records based on time and generate session numbers and page numbers;
  • use tools that support complex joins, nested queries, window functions and time-partitioned queries;
  • break down data to evaluate key customer events; and
  • view and understand how customers flow across all channels.

While Query Service simplifies the data identification process, Data Science Workspace helps to digest data and enables data scientists to draw insights and take action. Using Adobe Sensei’s AI technology, Data Science Workspace automates repetitive tasks and understands and predicts customer data to provide real-time intelligence.

Also within Data Science Workspace, users can take advantage of tools to develop, train and tune machine learning models to solve business challenges, such as calculating customer predisposition to buy certain products. Data scientists can also develop custom models to pull particular insights and predictions to personalize customer experiences across all touchpoints.

Additional capabilities of Data Science Workstation enable users to perform the following tasks:

  • explore all data stored in Adobe Experience Platform, as well as deep learning libraries like Spark ML and TensorFlow;
  • use prebuilt or custom machine learning recipes for common business needs;
  • experiment with recipes to create and train tracked unlimited instances;
  • publish intelligent services recipes without IT to Adobe I/O; and
  • continuously evaluate intelligent service accuracy and retrain recipes as needed.

Adobe data analytics features Query Service and Data Science Workspace were first introduced as part of the Adobe Experience Platform in beta in September 2018. Adobe intends these tools to improve how data scientists handle data on the Adobe Experience Platform and create meaningful models off of which developers can work. 

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Cloudera open source route seeks to keep big data alive

Cloudera has had a busy 2019. The vendor started off the year by merging with its primary rival Hortonworks to create a new Hadoop big data juggernaut. However, in the ensuing months, the newly merged company has faced challenges as revenue has come under pressure and the Hadoop market overall has shown signs of weakness.

Against that backdrop, Cloudera said July 10 that it would be changing its licensing model, taking a fully open source approach. The Cloudera open source route is a new strategy for the vendor. In the past, Cloudera had supported and contributed to open source projects as part of the larger Hadoop ecosystem but had kept its high-end product portfolio under commercial licenses.

The new open source approach is an attempt to emulate the success that enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat has achieved with its open source model. Red Hat was acquired by IBM for $34 billion in a deal that closed in July. In the Red Hat model, the code is all free and organizations pay a subscription fee for support services.

New subscription model

Under the new model the plan is that starting in September 2019, Cloudera will require users to buy a subscription agreement to access binaries and the Cloudera-hosted source they are built from, for all new versions and maintenance releases of supported products. Not all of the vendor’s products are open source today, but they all will be by February of 2020, if everything goes according to the Cloudera open source plan.

Over the past several weeks, Cloudera has briefed customers, partners and analysts on the new licensing model and the feedback thus far has been largely positive, said David Moxey, VP of product marketing at Cloudera.

“We believe that reflects market understanding and acceptance of the Red Hat model which we have chosen to emulate,” Moxey said. “Influential analysts have been positive and have helped clients and colleagues accurately understand the change and rationale.”

Open source path a departure

The shift to a completely open source model is a departure from earlier comments the company made about maintaining both open source and some proprietary tooling, said James Curtis, analyst at 451 Research. Overall, Curtis said he sees the Cloudera open source move settling a number of things for the vendor.

 “Trying to drive both a hybrid and OS [open source] strategy would have had it challenges,” Curtis said. “Now the company can move forward and concentrate on its products and services.”

It makes sense to maintain that strategy not only from the standpoint of keeping faith with former Hortonworks customers, but also to trade on the momentum that open source software is seeing in the enterprise.
Doug Henschen Analyst, Constellation Research

Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research, said he wasn’t entirely surprised by Cloudera’s all open source commitment as it’s consistent with Hortonworks’ strategy before the merger with Cloudera.

“It makes sense to maintain that strategy not only from the standpoint of keeping faith with former Hortonworks customers, but also to trade on the momentum that open source software is seeing in the enterprise,” Henschen said.

Also, now that it’s apparent that cloud services — in particular AWS EMR (Amazon Elastic MapReduce) — are cutting into Cloudera’s business, it makes sense to back the hybrid- and multi-cloud messaging and differentiation from cloud services with a purely open source approach, Henschen added. Looking forward, Henschen said he sees Cloudera continuing to emphasize its hybrid- and multi-cloud story by continuing to develop and deliver its Altus Cloud services.

“Cloud services are clearly winning in the market because they offer both elasticity and minimal administration, two traits that save customers money,” Henschen said. “What wouldn’t be surprising is seeing new Altus services options, perhaps including pared down, lower-cost options featuring Spark, object storage and fewer, if any, Hadoop components.”

Hadoop’s prospects uncertain

At the core of Cloudera’s business is Hadoop, a technology and a market that is arguably in retreat as organizations choose different options for handling large data sets and big data.

While the financial fortunes of Cloudera and other Hadoop vendors, notably MapR, have been under pressure, Curtis noted that there is still demand for Hadoop and related distributed data processing frameworks. The market is shifting and settling, however.

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Cloudera Palo Alto headquarters (on screen is the Workload XM)

“What is happening is that where enterprises are doing their analytics is changing and specifically to the cloud,” he said. “Cloudera was late to fully adopt the cloud, but it wasn’t completely behind either.”

Curtis added that while the Cloudera open source route still leaves the vendor with catchup to do, he doesn’t expect Hadoop to go away completely as there is still a demand for that type of processing capability.

But big data market is vibrant

As for Henschen, he said he doesn’t think of it as ‘the Hadoop market’ so much as ‘the big data market,’ and that’s not going away.

“Companies are continuing to harness big data to understand their businesses and to spot new opportunities,” he said. “What is clear is that companies are moving away from complexity, if they can avoid it.”

The demand to reduce complexity has forced changes in Hadoop software and vendors associated with Hadoop. For example, Henschen noted that Cloudera embraced Apache Spark as early as 2017, with Cloudera executives making the point that they were behind more Spark software deployments than any other vendor. Indeed, as part of the company’s recent open source announcements, Henschen said that Cloudera executives emphasized that Cloudera plans to invest in Spark, Kubernetes and Kafka.

Henschen emphasized that it’s important to note that AWS, Microsoft, Google and other cloud vendors still offer Hadoop services because that software addresses certain big data needs well.

Also, there are thousands of on-premises Hadoop deployments that are disappearing right away, Henschen pointed out.

The installed base of deployments is a legacy that the vendor can build on as the Cloudera open source strategy unfolds, he said. But the big question, according to Henschen, is whether the vendor can succeed in offering the right mix of software and services that will address today’s big data needs, appeal to customers and drive growth.

“Hadoop helped usher in the big data era, but today there are more choices and combinations of software and services that companies can use to address their big data needs,” he said.

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Accelerating innovation with Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform – Dynamics 365 Blog

Every year, we bring together thousands of Microsoft partners from around the world to celebrate, connect, and learn about what’s coming in the next year. Just last week, I had the chance to join this year’s Microsoft Inspire with 13,000 of our partners in Las Vegas, and it was an amazing week full of energy and excitement.

I had the opportunity to share how we’re accelerating innovation with Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform in two featured sessions. Hayden Stafford joined me to talk about the business opportunity in FY20 for Business Applications, and Charles Lamanna and Arun Ulagaratchagan showed off the innovation and partner investments across the Power Platform. In both sessions, partners from Hitachi Solutions, VeriPark, WorkSpan, and EY joined me on stage to talk about the opportunities they’re seeing in the market. Check out the session recordings to see more.

We also shared a few major announcements with the partner community throughout the week that will deepen our partnership, align with how our business is growing, and help customers realize the potential of digital transformation. Take a look at a few highlights below.

Launching the new Microsoft Business Applications ISV Connect Program

ISVs that build on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and PowerApps can offer their customers innovative apps they couldn’t build elsewhere using connections to industry-leading cloud services on Azure and developer tools built just for them.

After previewing elements of the program in the spring, we officially launched the Business Applications ISV Connect Program on July 15th. This program brings together platform and program benefits created specifically for ISVs to support their success. We’re laying a path for a stronger partnership with our ISVs through ongoing platform investments, development tooling enhancements, and go-to-market support for mutual success. Read Steven Guggenheimer’s blog for more information about the program’s requirements and benefits.

Expanding our Dynamics 365 Industry Accelerators

We know our partners want to go to market fast. Our industry accelerators help them do just that.

At Inspire, we introduced two new industry accelerators: the Dynamics 365 Automotive Accelerator and Dynamics 365 Banking Accelerator. We also announced significant updates to the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator.

Each of these accelerators was developed in deep partnership with industry experts to provide pre-built dashboards, sample data, and workflows that align with common industry scenarios. Steven Guggenheimer’s blog has more on this update as well.

Updating our Dynamics 365 packaging model

In October, Microsoft will be moving from “one-size-fits-all” Microsoft Dynamics 365 licensing plans to focus on providing customers with the specific Dynamics 365 applications that meet the unique needs of their organization. Customers need software that aligns to their functional roles and scenarios, and they require the ability to add or remove applications as their company grows and changes over time. The new licensing model will allow customers to purchase the applications they need, when they need them. Each application is extensible and applications can be easily mixed and matched to configure integrated solutions that align to a customer’s unique business requirements.

To learn more about these new options for your customers, check out the Inspire sessions “Customer Engagement Licensing Updates” and “Unified Operations Licensing Updates.”

Introducing new licensing options for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow

Over the past few months, we’ve announced a set of continued investments in the Power Platform and vision for one connected platform that enables everyone, regardless of their skill set or background, to innovate.

In addition to the general availability of innovations like AI Builder and PowerApps Portals, we will be introducing new licensing options in October 2019 shaped by the feedback we’ve received from our customers and the community of makers and creators who have been with us on the Power Platform journey. At Inspire we previewed new licensing options for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow that:

  • Make it easier to get started with a single use case before rolling out the full platform for all users.
  • Make licensing easier to understand by simplifying the complex feature-level differences between P1 and P2 plans.

To learn more about these new options for your customers, check out the Inspire session Microsoft Power Platform business model and licensing updates or read the PowerApps community blog post with additional details.

Customers realizing the potential of digital transformation

Throughout the event, we heard inspiring stories from customers and partners around the world.

One highlight came in Monday’s Corenote with Judson Althoff. We saw how Unilever is transforming its business with Microsoft technology, including Power BI and PowerApps. With connected data at the core, Unilever is able to increase productivity with more accessible insights and empower individuals to solve problems on their own, without a developer.

On Wednesday, Satya Nadella talked about Crane Worldwide Logistics, a Dynamics 365 customer who grew from a startup to a major player in the global logistics industry over the past 10 years. With Dynamics 365 for Sales and LinkedIn Sales Navigator, Crane can seamlessly combine customer engagement data with data about customer and seller activities from Office 365, as well as from LinkedIn – even when these interactions take place outside their CRM. And with Dynamics 365 Sales Insights, sellers are able to focus on the right customers, thanks to AI-driven insights that flag existing accounts that need extra attention, as well as leads that offer the most potential.

These are just two of the stories we shared at Microsoft Inspire this year. If you missed any part of this year’s event, take some time to check out the content on-demand to learn how you can build success in the coming year.

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For Sale – Lenovo Yoga 370 core i7 reversable laptop/tablet

hi

we purchased this a little over a year ago 2nd hand to take on a holiday we had planned but that didn’t materialise. This has had very little use as its too small to use doing work stuff with – i like big screens, and i use a 32″ monitor and desktop at home. as such, this comes without a warranty.

It is unboxed but in excellent condition, complete with its stylus and its a black laptop.

Specs are:

Core i7 7500U cpu
16 GB of DDR4 ram
256 GB SSD drive
13.3″ full hd screen.
windows 10

Price and currency: 499
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank transfer
Location: heybridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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