Recommended Microsoft Blogs


Need to stay on top of Microsoft Technologies?  Herewith a collection of recommended Microsoft Blogs to bookmark.

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Free online course: Windows Server 2016 – First Look Clinic


Free On-Demand course

Windows Server 2016 – First Look Clinic

Offer valid until 30 July 2017

This Microsoft First Look Clinic introduces IT Pros to the new features and capabilities of Windows Server 2016. It’s designed to provide a broad range of knowledge across a broad array of technologies focusing on the pillars Identity, Compute & Networking.

People who are key influencers and technology decision makers in an IT organization will also be interested in attending this online clinic. Continue reading

Microsoft Certifications for IT Pros


MCSA Cloud Platform

MCSA – Cloud Platform

Earning an MCSA: Cloud Platform provides the foundation for a position as a cloud administrator or architect and is the first step on your path to becoming a MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.
Pass any 2 of the following exams: 70-532  |  70-533  |  70-534  |  70-473  |  70-475

 

Azure Development

Course 20532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Start Anytime  |  90 days  |    Exam 70-532   |   Level 300
Course Outline  |  More info on Cloud Courses

Azure Infrastructure

Course 20533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
Start Anytime  |  90 days  |   Exam 70-533   |   Level 300
Course Outline  |  More info on Cloud Courses  

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Game-changing Skype For Business SDK Released


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It’s becoming very clear that in 2016 and beyond organizations in every industry will need to design and implement very solid social media strategies to connect with their customers through mobile driven social media platforms. The release of the Skype For Business SDK is yet another step in that direction. Continue reading

Highlights From 2016 #EmpowerBiz S.A


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The South African leg of the Microsoft Empower Cloud and Enterprise launch event took place yesterday 6 April 2016 and oh what an event it was! With Microsoft’s mobile-first and cloud first push in full swing since 2015, tech industry leaders from around South Africa gathered together to learn about what the the future holds for the cloud and the Enterprise and what key decisions need to be made now. Here are the highlights of the event. Continue reading

Cloud PBX with Skype for Business


Simplify communications in the cloud

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With Skype for Business Cloud PBX (Private Branch Exchange), users can globally manage calls right within Office 365 and eliminate separate PBX systems for information workers. This provides users with access everywhere, so they can make, receive and transfer calls from mobiles, tablets and PCs from nearly anywhere with Internet access. It also provides consolidated management, so the Office 365 administration portal is the central location to manage users for communications, email and content.

See the product in action by watching the following video:

Skype for Business Training:

Course 20334: Core Solutions using Skype for Business 2015 – More info
Classroom instructor-led training: 5 days
Virtual Learning: 30 days
Training Provider: LGIT Smart Solutions (Winner: Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year 2015)