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  • Blog Post: What is Azure Rights Management?

    Azure Rights Management Services (RMS), newly added to Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, enables the ability to help protect sensitive company information by controlling how said information is used and to block unauthorized access. The service uses identity, encryption, and authorization...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2014: Entering a Mobile First, Cloud First World

    “ IT pros are at the center of the transformation ” Words spoken today by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division, define the IT professional as the corner stone crucial to the transformation in truly harnessing the power of the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Tips: Disabling Automatic Windows Store App Updates

    During a recent vacation in the Caribbean, I was happy to see the use of Windows 8.1 notebooks and tablets throughout most of the resort. Mid week I was invited to speak to the IT manager of the resort who had mentioned she recently used the post entitled Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Mobile Application Distribution Via Windows Intune

    Every year Microsoft Canada graciously sponsors Canadian start-up hubs by providing tools and work space to fledgling companies. Recently, through an investment from the Microsoft Ventures group, additional equipment was purchased to be used by start-ups to build applications utilizing the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling iOS Devices in the Workplace Via System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2

    As most are well aware, iOS tablets have garnered a great deal of appeal for utilization within businesses. For that matter, utilization of all iOS devices available for daily tasks has become a common ask amongst a multitude of workers. The People-centric IT (PCIT) trend has many industry segments receiving...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Utilizing Windows Intune and SCCM to Manage Android Devices

    People centric IT requires enablement of a plethora of devices. While OS offerings differ, so do individuals needs. IT professionals must be ready for this eventuality as we at CANITPRO have written previously, BYOD is no longer the trend but the norm . Windows Intune and System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing–You’re Probably Already Using It!

    I’m not sure if are aware of this, but twice a year through something we call "The Global Relationship Study" – we here at Microsoft Canada reach out and contact you to see how we're doing and what Microsoft could do better. Every year a number of items come up where you tell us we need to...
  • Blog Post: My Return to Microsoft as An IT Pro Evangelist

    Why hello esteemed audience of the Canadian IT Professional blog. My name is Anthony Bartolo and I am the newest Technical Evangelist focusing on IT Professionals to be added to the Developer and Platform Evangelism group here at Microsoft. I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 & Windows 8 Devices

    This post was taken from a TechNet Flash Editorial written by Pierre Roman. I picked up my Microsoft Surface last week and it is awesome! My only problem is that now I can’t use it anymore. My daughters have adopted it. Which means I need to order another one. As a Microsoft employee I could have...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Intune and the BYOD Revolution

    The term “Bring your own device” or BYOD has become more mainstream as of late. Gone are the days of IT simply handing out a device prescribed in part because the solution was thought of as secure and easily managed. More and more, “Mobile Workers” are enticed by the latest and...
  • Blog Post: 4 New Technical Training Sessions - Get a "Jump Start" in the New Year

    We love travelling this great country of ours, especially when we get to connect with the IT Professional Community and to deliver in person events. If IT Camps have taught us anything, it's that there’s an huge appetite out there for deeply technical, hands on training. And rest assured...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone: Built for Business

    During a recent Edmonton Microsoft User Group meeting covering how Microsoft's System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 addresses the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) trend, an interesting question was asked in regards to Windows Phone's ability to address business needs. When asked...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Windows Phone 8 Receives FIPS 140-2 Certification

    One of the challenges that IT Professionals face when planning for an acceptable "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) strategy is understanding or measuring the level of security that can be utilized by said devices provided by an organizations employees. Certain devices provide certain levels of security...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Microsoft's Mobile Device Management Toolset

    A great deal of questions are currently being asked around best practices surrounding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. One of the items to take into consideration is which mobile devices management offering would best enable people centric IT. With Windows Phone steadily growing in market share...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Connecting System Center Configuration Manager with Windows Intune Service

    In the CANITPRO.NET BYOD Basics series we recently explored the new mobile device management capabilities found in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager when combined with the Windows Intune service . To coincide with this post, this Step-By-Step has been created to help you setup your lab to test...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Beta–V2 now available

    Originally it was US only… …but it’s now available IN CANADA. In case you don’t already know - I’m a fan of Windows Intune. One advantage of Cloud Services and Software As A Service is the speed at which new updates can come around and be available for deployment to YOUR clients – on YOUR schedule. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Now Available–PC Management in the cloud

    Yet another cool announcement from MMS 2011 – Windows Intune is now RTM and available for a free 30 day trial or purchase. It’s a very interesting service that provides a one stop shop for keeping your PCs running at their best, no matter where they are – WITHOUT a local server infrastructure. I said...