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Curriculum Vitae Builder, a great Office add-in

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

When I talk to partners or during my speeches at conferences I almost always mention the fact that there is a big market for Office add-ins and that developers should clearly exploit it. Today I stumbled upon a great Office add-in called Curriculum Vitae Builder, developed by Egomnia. And this add-in is really great, especially for graduates or for professionals that seek a new professional challenge. With a lot of different versions of résumé it is often difficult to put together a very strong and appealing curriculum vitae. However, with Curriculum Vitae Builder you surely won’t forget any important information about yourself. Continue reading

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 faster than the Ipad Air 2

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet seems to be the fastest flagship tablet according to which.co.uk. Even if the Ipad Air 2 ist the best selling tablet at the current time and Apple enthusiasts claim that it is also the fastest one, it seems that some specific speed test revealed something else: the Surface Pro 3 is 20% faster than the Ipad Air 2.

To assess a tablet’s speed, which.co.uk used the industry-recognised Geekbench software. It puts tablets’ processors through their paces by seeing how quickly they can complete simulations of real-world tasks. Continue reading

Microsoft and VMWare working together on Pester open source project

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Jeffrey Snover announced at Ignite that Microsoft and VMWare are jointly working together to contribute to an open source project called Pester. Pester is a BDD based test runner for PowerShell which provides a framework for running Unit Tests to execute and validate PowerShell commands and scripts.

But what does this mean? Well when we create some PowerShell scripts, we also have to test them heavily before we use them in production. But testing PowerShell scripts is not always easy since in some cases these scripts interact with critical processes that might bring our test environment to a total failure in just few seconds. And we would need a lot of time to rebuild it.

With Pester this is not a problem any more because we are able to test our script in an isolated framework that will also send out some hints whether our script is performing the expected actions generates the expected results. So Pester is a great tool to safely test and validate PowerShell scripts.

Now, if I did not misunderstand anything, Pester will be shipped by default with Windows 10, which is another great news!

If you want to find out more about Pester, you may refer to the GitHub Wiki. Also on GitHub you may be able to track the progress use the resources other contributors have created and contribute yourself to this project.

Microsoft Continuum turns your smartphone into a desktop PC

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Have you ever thought that your smartphone could easily turn into a desktop PC? Well, with Microsoft Continuum and Windows 10 this is not a dream anymore. Microsoft Continuum is a innovative Windows 10 capability that allows users to connect their smartphone to a mouse, keyboard and display and get the full desktop experience out of a tiny Windows Phone. This capability was announced and demonstrated both at Build 2015 and Microsoft Ignite and in my opinion will be one of the major selling point of Windows 10 powered devices.

You would then ask, of course, how would Microsoft Continuum work? And this is a legit question. According to the demonstrations made at Build 2015 in San Francisco and Microsoft Ignite in Chicago you would be able to connect a mouse and keyboard via bluetooth. An additional display could be connected via an HDMI adapter. Windows 10 will recognize this new input and output options and will turn into the familiar Windows 10 full desktop version. Continue reading

Skype for Business Online to support PSTN integration

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Skype for Business Online will soon support PSTN integration and will allow Office 365 users to call local and mobile phone numbers directly from their Skype for Business client. This is a very long awaited feature for business decision makers inside organizations, since till now the enterprise voice capability was not present for Lync Online users.

Integrating Skype for Business Online with PSTN will be also a great benefit for small and mid-size businesses since this will allow them to decommission all phone hardware and they will able to use the same services at a probably smaller cost. Continue reading

Microsoft a inceput din nou sa inoveze! Cei de la Apple au devenit plictisitori

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

In lumea tehnologiei lucrurile se misca foarte repede, iar companiile care vor reusi sa faca ceva important pe aceasta piata sunt cele care inoveaza si impun astfel ritmul schimbarilor tehnologice. Daca ne uitam putin la ultimii 7-8 ani, cred ca suntem intr-o adevrata revolutie tehnologica, iar protagonistii acestei revolutii tehnologice par sa se schimbe.

Desi acum 7-8 ani cei de la Apple impuneau ritmul industriei, ei au devenit incredibil de plictisitori in ultime vreme. Daca incercam sa ne gandim obiectiv, ce a facut Apple in ultimii ani? A scos un Iphone, apoi o varianta mai mica, apoi una mai mare, apoi alta versiune de Ipohone, dupa care una mai mica si una mai mare. Daca vorbim despre Ipad, lucrurile stau la fel. Evolutia este extrem de predictibila si sterila. Inclusiv specificatiile tehnice ale terminalelor, de la o versiune la alt, nu aduc schimbari fundamentale. Poate doar introducerea prcesorului pe 64 de biti pe care nu il foloseste nicio aplicatie.  Continue reading

VIDEO Cloud Labs: Office 365 and Azure integration

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

 

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Fotbal in cloud! Shakhtar Donetsk mizeaza pe Office 365

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

In contextul unei situatii politico-militare din estul Ucrainei, administratorii echipei de fotbal Shakhtar Donetsk mizeaza pe cloud si Office 365. Astfel clubul isi poate continua activitatea, fara riscul de a putea pierde oricand toate datele.

Situatia actuala din estul Ucrainei i-a fortat pe reprezentantii echipei Shakhtar Donetsk sa mute echipa. Din diferite motive, tot clubul a fost mutat practic in trei orase diferite. Echipa in sine a fost mutata la Kiev, academia de copii si juniori la Poltava, iar prima echipa a clubului isi joaca meciurile la Lviv. In acest context, necesitatea unei infrastructuri care sa poate fi folosita in mod remote a devenit extrem de pregnanta. “Pe langa personalul ce se ocupa direct de echipa de fotbal, mai avem inca 30 de angajati. Necesitatea ca ei sa poata colabora in timp reala este vitala pentru noi“, explicat Dmytro Teplyakov, CIO al echipei de fotbal Shakhtar Donetsk.  Continue reading

Windows Phone, cum sa faci un screenshot

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

In ultima vreme am observat mai multe persoane s-au plans de faptul ca nu gasesc cum se poate face un screenshot cu un Windows Phone. Astfel m-am gandit ca exista  o oarecare nevoie de un articol care sa clarifice acest aspect.

Prin urmare, daca avem in mana un Windows Phone si vrem sa facem un screenshot, apasam Power Button + Volume Up. Asta este valabil daca avem Windows 8.1. Daca avem la dispozitie un telefon care inca nu a fost actualizat la versiunea 8.1, modalitatea de a face un screenshot este putin diferita, si anume: Windows Button + PowerButton.  Continue reading

Office 365 si administrarea automatizata prin Windows PowerShell

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Office 365 este o suita de instrumente ce sunt fundamentale pentru productivitatea oricarui business. Datorita scalabilitatii specifice serviciilor cloud, am aratat ca Office 365 este deopotriva un serviciu extrem de utill atat pentru companiile mici si mijlocii, cat si pentru companiile mari. Fie ca vorbim de Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, Lync Online sau de gestionarea identitatii cibernetice a utilizatorilor, toate aceste lucruri se pot face din interfata grafica a serviciului.

Apare insa o oarecare problema atunci cand trebuie sa administram un numar mai mare de utilizatori. Chiar la inceput, sa spunem ca trebuie sa cream 150 de utilizatori in Office 365 si sa le acordam licentele necesare pentru ca acestia sa se poata loga si folosi serviciile puse la dispozitie. Sa creezi 150 de utilizatori din interfata grafica nu e neaparat o placere, intrucat necesita destul de mult timp, iar task-ul este repetitiv si devine plictisitor.  Continue reading