Reimagining Chemistry with Minecraft: Education Edition

Aussie Science Teachers – it’s your time to shine in Minecraft: Education Edition! With the recent introduction of the Chemistry Update for Minecraft: Education Edition, there has been no better time to expose your Chemistry students to a new dimension of learning. Discover the building blocks of matter, combine elements into useful compounds and Minecraft…


This maths teacher’s mistakes help high-achieving students to learn

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. We caught up with Jarrad Strain, Maths Teacher at Perth Modern School, to hear about how digital technology has helped extend his gifted and…


Experiencing Data Access Issue in Azure and OMS portal for workspace data – 02/20 – Mitigating

Update: Thursday, 22 February 2018 01:14 UTCHot-fix deployment is completed for one of the locations. ETA for all location still remains same as 02/26. We will keep this blog updated as per the progress. Customers who are seeing their work space data missing are recommended to look for Guest Agent (version – 2.7.41491.872) updates on…


What is a SharePoint architect anyway?

As you progress through your SharePoint career you may be starting to wonder what’s next from technical perspective.  You may be a developer and want to start writing code, or the thought of writing code makes your hair curl.  As I’ve progressed through my SharePoint career and worked with many customers on how to structure…


RichEdit Animated GIFs

The post RichEdit 8.0 Image Support describes how RichEdit supports popular image formats, such as jpeg’s, png’s and GIF’s. RichEdit 8.1 added direct support for jpeg’s and png’s in the Rich Text Format (RTF) instead of using RichEdit’s proprietary blob format. Even so, GIFs were treated as second-class images in two ways. First, they were…


Announcing Azure US Government regions on Azure Status page

We are happy to announcement that Azure US Government regions are now listed on Azure Status page. Microsoft Azure Government customers can now visit the page to view the availability status of various services and also get the latest status on any ongoing service interruption incidents. Status information on the page is near real time…


ADVISORY – East US region unavailable for Load Test users

This is to make you aware that we have removed East US as an option for the regions to execute Load tests. Users are advised to follow the workaround mentioned below. Workaround : We recommend Load Test users to choose a location other than ‘East US’ when triggering a load run. See ‘Run and Analyze…


High CPU Performance issue in SQL Server 2016/2017

There is a performance issue in SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 where the processor utilization will run very high for certain queries  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3216543/fix-many-consecutive-transactions-inserting-data-into-temp-table-in-sq The queries that will experience this higher utilization are queries that insert many records into a table or temp table OUTSIDE of a transaction.  Not starting your own BEGIN/COMMIT transaction…


New VSTS Messaging Extension for Microsoft Teams

Today we are releasing our new Messaging Extension to add to the integrations between Microsoft Teams and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). The messaging extension allows you to search, find, and discuss specific work items in your channel or private chats. It is great way to have a group conversation about your work, without leaving…


More Showplan enhancements – UDFs

Cross post with http://aka.ms/sqlserverteam As I mentioned on yesterday’s post, with the recent release of SQL Server 2017 CU3, we released yet more showplan enhancements: you can see other posts related to showplan enhancements here. In this article I’ll talk about the second showplan improvement we worked on, to assist in the discoverability of UDF…