How to Use Office 365 First Release

What is first release?

First release is a selective program that any administrator can enroll in to try out new Office 365 features before they roll out to everyone else. This is a part of all Microsoft’s Office 365 plans (with the exception of consumer plans). The features that you receive will be fully functional as they are tested by Microsoft internally before they reach your doorstep. Continue reading “How to Use Office 365 First Release”

Will It Play 4K?

One of the most common questions I’m asked by customers about choosing the correct digital signage media player for their application is: “Which media player supports playing 4k content?”.  This invariably leads to a host of questions.  Almost all of our digital media players support 4k content, however your playback application has the biggest impact on whether or not a player will work in your installation. Using the product selector in tandem with some of the questions below will help you evaluate a 4k media players. Continue reading “Will It Play 4K?”

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?

Choosing between Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro is an important step in setting up a digital signage environment. The right operating system should be easily customizable, secure and fully supported. With its flexible licensing, simple activation and custom settings, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is the best OS for use in digital signage environments and any embedded/purpose built computing environment. Continue reading “Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?”

IoT Security Considerations

IoT Security Considerations and Now Micro IoT Player
IoT security has become a discussion point in many organizations after recent reports of compromised IoT devices crippling critical pieces of internet infrastructure via Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.  Recent digital compromises of high profile companies, organizations combined with these DDOS attacks has raised the visibility of IoT/Embedded device security and placed critical questions near the top of any organizations device selection criteria. 

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Where to download Office Online Server 2016

So you’ve decided to deploy Office Online Server 2016, but after looking everywhere can’t find where to download it? You’re not alone.

Office Online Server, formerly known as Office Web Apps Server, provides the ability to view and edit Office files in the browser using Skype for Business, Exchange, and SharePoint on premises. Basically the same functionality you get with Office 365. Full details can be found here.

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1610 Legacy to UEFI Conversion

With the release of ConfigMgr 1610 came the ability to transition from MBR (legacy) to UEFI in a single task sequence.  This is an awesome feature and it is outlined nicely here.  And, it works great. 🙂

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Let’s dig into each of these steps:

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Introducing Now Micro’s IoT Player

When Windows 10 IoT Core was released by Microsoft, we saw a path to deliver a low cost, reliable and high performance HTML5 digital signage device. We’ve taken learnings from the industry around Android and Chrome OS devices and created the Now Micro IoT Player to address them in a way that fits with customer expectations of more costly digital signage players.  Continue reading “Introducing Now Micro’s IoT Player”

Intro to Windows IoT Core

Digital Signage Ecosystem

Digital signage is becoming a seamless and ubiquitous part of our physical world in the 21st century.  We often consume the information on these displays without realizing exactly what has occurred in public and private spaces.  Displays giving us direction, advertisements, ambiance have become a critical way of communicating dynamic information. Continue reading “Intro to Windows IoT Core”

Recast 2.5 Release Feature Preview

The Recast 2.5 release is the first release that merges the free and enterprise versions into a single installer.  Previously Recast RCT Free and Recast RCT Enterprise were separate downloads with independent code bases.  Combining them allows us to more efficiently fix bugs and add features to both sets of tools.  To accommodate this, there are significant changes to both Recast RCT Free and Recast RCT Enterprise. View the Recast 2.5 Release Webinar from Sept 12th for an in depth walk through of these updates and new features.  Continue reading “Recast 2.5 Release Feature Preview”