Use Windows PowerShell in Windows 8.1 to list locally attached printers.
You could win an Xbox One and Surface Pro 2 in the Great Skype Easter Egg Hunt, now underway and continuing through April 21.
The Easter Bunny has visited Skype’s social profiles and hidden five “eggmoticons,” eggs with cute faces. They’re scattered around Skype’s Facebook, @Skype Twitter, @SkypeMoments Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages. For a chance to win prizes, you need to find all five eggmoticons on those social channels. Then, sign into Skype, select “Add a contact,” and search for the Skype ID “Skype Easter Basket.” Then, using the emoticon library, IM the matching emoticons to “Skype Easter Basket.”
If you’re interested in finding out how Microsoft can strengthen your internal compliance and identity systems, sign up for the May 7 webinar, “NERC CIP Version 5: Compliance Support with Microsoft,” at 10 a.m. PST.
Join the Oxford Computer Group, Microsoft’s Larry Cochrane, EnergySec and other utility security experts in this panel discussion. While the focus is North America – the jurisdiction of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) –NERC’s actions have global ramifications and are watched closely by utilities, regulators and governments worldwide.
In a guest post on the Office Blogs, Anthony Kurban, chief information officer of averda, the largest environmental solutions provider in the Middle East and North Africa, writes that before moving to Office 365 and Yammer, the company’s servers were stored on site in one country. It was something that didn’t suit a growing company that has plans to be in 50 cities within 10 years, he says.
Averda works with businesses and governments of all sizes to collect, recycle, compost and dispose of waste. Not only has Office 365 made it possible for averda’s employees to be more productive no matter where they are working, Yammer has proven invaluable as well, he writes.
In “The Final Hours of Titanfall,” journalist Geoff Keighley takes you on a four-year, behind-the-scenes journey through the offices of Respawn Entertainment as it creates the hit game “Titanfall.” This virtual documentary chronicles the twists and turns of the game’s development and includes exclusive concept art, never-before-seen videos, interviews with more than 80 people and images by acclaimed photographer Art Streiber.
XYY, a clever little sheep, needs your help in the new “Where’s My Water? XYY” – available on Windows Phone, tablets and PCs. His friends are trapped underground in a medieval city, and your skills at diverting water and new elements like fire and oil are vital to their rescue.
Welcome to the world of fighting both zombies and inner demons in “Deadlight,” a survival-horror adventure. It’s available to Xbox Live Gold members, who have access to Games with Gold on Xbox 360 and get a new, free game every two weeks.
“Deadlight,” available for free until April 30, puts you in the rapidly moving shoes of Randall Wayne, who is desperate to get back to his family amid the horrors of a zombie apocalypse. In the game’s bleak-yet-lush atmosphere, built on a heavily customized Unreal Engine 3, Wayne faces not only the living dead, but his own inner demons.
General Assembly, a global group that provides practical education in business, technology and design, has unveiled the Opportunity Fund, a scholarship and support program. The pilot program is in New York City and will serve underrepresented students entering the technology industry. As part of the program, Bing is underwriting eight scholarships for military veterans.
There’s nothing like sharing our photos and videos on the big screen – our home TVs – with family and friends from the comfort of our couches. Microsoft’s new All-in-One Media Keyboard lets you do that easily when you connect a laptop or tablet to a TV.
The All-in-One Media Keyboard has a multi-touch trackpad next to its full size keyset so you can not only type things but swipe, drag, drop, zoom and click, writes Brandon LeBlanc. There are also three buttons above the trackpad that you can customize for quick access to your favorite apps, including Xbox Music or Video, Netflix and Hulu.
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Brady Gaster (@bradygaster) is a Microsoft Azure Program Manager and the former host of Channel 9’s Web Camps TV, who focuses on building tools that make it easier for web developers to benefit from the cloud. His recent interests involve connecting devices like the Kinect, Netduino, and robotics platforms to Microsoft Azure, as well as finding creative ways to use SignalR, the groundbreaking open source persistent HTTP abstraction. Brady took a break from all things .NET, ASP.NET, Web API, SignalR, Kinect, microcontrollers, C#, and Java to chat with us on his work to ensure Microsoft’s cloud platform is open.
What’s your favorite technology innovation?
This is a great question, and the answer is part of the reason I’m at Microsoft.
SignalR, a library for ASP.NET developers, makes it incredibly simple to add real-time web functionality to your applications and is one of my favorite technologies created in the last five years. It has an interesting history, and I feel fortunate to have witnessed its creation and maturing.
Two guys at Microsoft were on separate teams, but both were excited about the possibility for real-time web functionality for applications. They started meeting in their free time discussing the potential and eventually created SignalR. In the beginning it was just a pet project, but over the course of a year, it became the most popular .NET project on GitHub. From its inception, SignalR was an open source project.