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Personal Development Books for Mastering Personal Development

I’ve updated my round up of the best personal development books: Personal Development Books I read a lot of personal development books to explore and expand what I’m capable of and to help me realize my full potential. Sometimes a book has only one or two actionable insights or ideas. Other books are like a…


Self-service deployment for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

We are excited to announce the availability of self-service deployment for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations cloud environments. While most changes will be transparent to you, in the coming weeks you will see some changes in the Lifecycle Services (LCS) experience for new customers. For now, the experience for existing customers will remain unchanged….


Top Stories from the Microsoft DevOps Community – 2018.12.14

Happy Friday! Now that I live in Jolly Old England, the holiday festivities have begun (if you’re not British, you might not know the whole of December is reserved for parties). So this will be the last top stories post for 2018, but don’t worry, I’ll be back in 2019. In the meantime, here are…

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Announcing .NET Framework 4.8 Early Access Build 3707

We have another early access build to share today! This release includes several accessibility, performance, reliability and stability fixes across the major framework libraries. We will continue to stabilize this release and take more fixes over the coming months and we would greatly appreciate it if you could help us ensure Build 3707 is a…

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Maintain high-quality contact data to maximize deliverability and  performance with Dynamics 365 for Marketing

One of the fastest ways to lose sender reputation when doing email marketing is to generate a high number of hard bounces and spam complaints from your email blasts. Your deliverability rates will fall together with your sender reputation, and you risk ultimately landing on blacklists operated by internet watchdogs, major corporations, and major inbox…


Creating Memories with Better DevOps for Unity Games in Visual Studio App Center

2018 has been a big year for Visual Studio App Center, with all the updates and releases. It has been especially exciting to work with the game developer community to provide better-tailored services for your needs. Here are some of the highlights from 2018, mainly for Unity developers, as well as a glimpse into what…


Extending the Extended Logon functionality for MPOS and Cloud POS

Included in MPOS and CPOS are two methods for extended logon functionality: logging in by scanning a barcode or by swiping a card with a magnetic stripe reader (MSR). Setup for these are described here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/retail/extended-logon. One shortcoming of the out-of-the-box functionality, however, is that each of these methods only allows for five significant digits…


New Start Window and New Project Dialog Experience in Visual Studio 2019

Two features available in Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1 for C++ developers are the start window and a revamped new project dialog. The main goal of the start window is to make it easier to get to a state where code is loaded in the IDE by concentrating on the commands that a developer will…

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Friday Five: Python with Power BI, Microsoft Azure, and More!

Microsoft Azure: implement Update Management Silvio Di Benedetto is founder and CEO at Inside Technologies. He is a Digital Transformation helper, and Microsoft MVP for Cloud Datacenter Management. Silvio is a speaker and author, and collaborates side-by-side with some of the most important IT companies including Microsoft, Veeam, Parallels, and 5nine to provide technical sessions. Follow him on…