Happy New Year Wishes 2018!

  It’s once again time to take a quick moment to step back and share my thanks and gratitude with all of you, the fantastic people I have the incredible privilege and honor to connect with, speak to, interact with and work with with around the world in my role here at Microsoft and with…


AdalException : authentication_ui_failed with ADAL and Xamarin Forms Android

Recently I was helping a client with an Azure Active Directory integrated project ( ADAL not MSAL for some various reasons ) . All was going well and good as I plugged away with the various integration pieces.   We are targeting Xamarin Forms on this project.   Luckily there was a great blog post by Mayur…


Co přinesl rok 2017 v Azure v kontejnerech

Rok je v cloudu dlouhá doba. V této sérii zpětných pohledů se pokouším ohlédnout za největšími novinkami, které rok 2017 přinesl. Co se stalo v mé snad nejoblíbenější oblasti: ve světě kontejnerů? Kontejnery na začátku roku 2017 Jak vstoupil Azure do roku 2017 z pohledu kontejnerů? V roce 2016 šla do plné dostupnosti služba Azure…


Lets bring in the New Year together – Make 2018 Epic with Technical presales assistance and training benefits

“Customers first” is the mantra of any successful business, and as Microsoft partners, you are the connection between customers and Microsoft. The Microsoft Partner Network offers support benefits and paid support options to help you delight your customers with the Microsoft-based solutions you build, sell, and deliver. Partners with a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or…


Sharing assistive technology through the Microsoft Store

This post describes how a free tool to help people with low vision was made available at the Microsoft Store. In this case the tool was not built as a traditional Microsoft Store app, and so leveraged the Desktop Bridge for making desktop apps available at the Store. The tool is now available at Herbi…


Cryptocurrency’s liquidity problem

It was only a week ago I wrote How do I know which cryptocurrencies will go up in value. It’s not easy, and is a lot of work. My personal view of cryptocurrency and blockchains that their social value lies in their utility – what problems do they solve, and how effectively do they it? At…


Lets bring in the New Year together – Make 2018 Epic by Investing in M365!

Microsoft regularly announces product updates to its Productivity, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S), and Windows & Devices solutions. We have a wealth of training courses that will help you stay ahead. Microsoft 365 Security Technical Series for Enterprise Type: Technical (L300) Audience: IT Professional / Developers Cost: $99 Product: Office Date & Locations: Perth (February…


Calculate Pi to measure processor performance

We know that computers can calculate very quickly, but how do we compare performance between code? I know that processors have been improving immensely since my first processor in 1971 (see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/calvin_hsia/2005/10/30/my-toys-over-the-years/ ). As improvements come to processors, not all programs take advantage of them. As processor manufacturers come up with new improvements (such as…


SQL Updates Newsletter – December 2017

Recent Releases and Announcements Cumulative Update #9 for SQL Server 2014 SP2 https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlreleaseservices/cumulative-update-9-for-sql-server-2014-sp2/ Announcing Power BI Premium support for larger datasets Power BI Premium now supports uploading Power BI Desktop (.PBIX) files that are up to 10 GB in size – a x10 increase compared to before. https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-power-bi-premium-support-for-larger-datasets/ Power BI Desktop December Feature Summary This…


SQL Server DBA Morning Health Checks

Introduction: As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, I get to work with amazing colleagues who create incredible customer solutions. Patrick Keisler ( blog | | ) is a long time SQL Server professional, who also works as a PFE supporting customers throughout Europe. He recently created a very handy “SQL Server Morning Health Check” solution…