Webinars 3/30-5/31 R Script, Marketing Insights, Modeling Deep Dive, New Flow Features, Power BI Embedded and visualization best practices from Marco Russo

Using R Script with Power BI by Leila Etaati In this webinar Dr. Leila Etaati will show walk us through one her favorite topics how to take advantage of R Script with Power BI. This demo rich session will include how to use R script as a data source in Power BI desktop. Register today:…


Australian Start Up Uses Machine Learning to Tackle $14.1b Global Recruitment Problem

27 March 2017, Melbourne Australia Australian science technology company Gooroo is using big data, machine learning and sociometrics to search, select and deliver qualified and verified shortlists of IT candidates. “We’ve taken one of the most expensive, manually intensive and biased parts of the recruitment process and replaced it with data and scientific rigour,” said…


Performance issues with Visual Studio Team Services in South Brazil Region – 03/27 – Resolved

Update: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 02:01 UTC Root cause is believed to be to post-deployment SQL steps which were impacting the performance across a wide set of features. The problematic SQL statements completed at 27 March 2017 18:35 UTC and the service is now working as expected. We do not expect any residual issue from this incident for customers…


DirectX Compiler APIs

If you are used to building HLSL with fxc.exe, your build process can now use dxc.exe to compile shaders with the new DirectX Shader compiler. This is convenient for standalone projects. Games, middleware and asset pipelines will often have a need to do this multiple times and/or from source code that doesn’t exist as a file…


Hinting Font Variation fonts in VTT 6.2

The latest version of VTT, (6.20) allows for the easy addition of hinting to Variable Fonts. There are two main new additions to the UI, to facilitate this. Download VisualTrueType 6.20. Variation Window. The Variation window shows you the current selected glyph outline and hints, (just like in the Main window) for the selected variable font instance….


Understanding data security in cloned databases created using DBCC CLONEDATABASE

DBCC CLONEDATABASE feature was first introduced in SQL Server with SQL Server 2014 SP2 and was later added to SQL Server 2016 with SP1. The primary design goal for DBCC CLONEDATABASE which the SQL Product team had in mind is to provide mechanism to create fast, minimally invasive and transaction ally consistent database clones, useful…


Large Australian Energy Company Modernizes SAP Applications & Moves to Azure Public Cloud

This blog is a technical overview of a project recently completed by a large Australian Energy Company (the Company) over the past 12 months to transform the Company’s SAP Solution from an End of Life HPUX/Oracle platform to a modern SQL Server 2016 solution running on the Azure Public Cloud. This blog focuses on the…


TypeScript’s New Release Cadence

One of the things we love about the TypeScript community is the enthusiasm around new features and rapid adoption of new TypeScript releases. Because of this, we have been focusing on increasing the velocity and consistency of TypeScript releases so that you can get your hands on the latest features even more quickly and predictably….


Azure GPU Tensorflow Step-by-Step Setup

  This guide will walk you through running your code on GPUs in Azure. Before we start, it cannot be stressed enough: do not leave the VM running when you are not using it. The expected time from start to finish is 1-2 hours. The most time consuming part will be downloading and installing NVIDIA…


Facebook authentication issue due to service-wide changes. RESOLVED for all Standard Azure AD B2C tenants.

ISSUE: Today, March 27, 2017, at  1235h PST, the Azure AD B2C monitors detected failures in new authentications when Facebook was used as the identity provider (most existing sessions would continue unaffected).   The team has discovered that Facebook has implemented a change in the method they use to send their response from the access_token…