Working with Azure Key Vault Certificates for secure exchange of data

Abstract Azure Key Vault (AKV) provides REST APIs that Applications could invoke to perform cryptographic operations like Encryption, Decryption signing and verifying signatures. For scenarios where integrated applications are deployed across Data Centers or geographies, it would be optimal to perform operations like encryption, locally, instead of making a REST API Call on Azure Key…


Gotcha: Be an Office Insider

Good number of my developer customers/ISVs asking about “Microsoft Office Insider”, “what is it” and “where to getting started” – so i am sharing the related info. As you aware that Microsoft Office is available around the world, and we’re continuously hard at work on exclusive monthly upgrades and new features for Office 365 subscribers….

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Develop, debug code in Visual Studio 2017

With Visual Studio 2017, you can open code from nearly any type of directory-based project into Visual Studio without the need for a solution or project file. This means you can, for example, find a code project on Git, clone it, and then open it directly into Visual Studio and begin developing without having to…

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Top stories from the VSTS community – 2017.08.18

Here are top stories we found in our streams this week related to DevOps, VSTS, TFS and other interesting topics.  IMPORTANT Git vulnerability with submodules – Edward ThomsonThe Git community has disclosed a serious security vulnerability in Git that can lead to arbitrary code execution.  TOP STORIES Over 500 extensions in the VSTS/TFS marketplace -…


Microsoft Dynamics Marketing service will be discontinued, and learn what’s coming next.

Last year, we announced that Microsoft Dynamics Marketing would no longer be sold to new customers starting November 2016. Microsoft has made the decision that Microsoft Dynamics Marketing will be discontinued as of May 15, 2018. With the discontinuation of service, Microsoft suggests customers explore a few options that may serve their on-going marketing needs,…


U-SQL Tip: Generating ranges of numbers and dates

Many common scenarios for U-SQL developers require constructing a RowSet made up of a simple range of numbers or dates, for example the integers from 1 to 10. In this blog post we’ll take a look at options for doing this in U-SQL. In the process, we’ll get a chance to learn how to use some common U-SQL features:…


New SQL Server 2016 functionality helps SAP supportability

Due to the combined effort of the SAP – Microsoft Porting group the SQL Server Development team added a new functionality to the SQL Server UPDATE STATISTICS command and to the way SQL Server automatically updates statistics. This new functionality enables the SAP customers on SQL Server to persist a sample rate of the manual…


Using the Windows EventViewer GUI to view Eventlogs in Containers

If you work with legacy apps (or maybe some not so legacy apps) in containers then you know about what a pain it is to read the all important event log. In this post I’ll present a passable pattern that is good enough for occasional use, like when initially deploying or diagnosing an in-production failure….

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Teaching with a new device this term? View an on-demand webinar to get the most from Windows 10 in the classroom

To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.


.NET Framework Update for AppContext

A new update for .NET Framework is now available for the AppContext class. The behavior of the AppContext class was recently regressed. The update returns the class to the correct behavior. This update affects the .NET Framework 4.6 and later. The update is not required on Windows 10. The AppContext class was introduced in the…