Judging by the traffic to work this week, Summer is over for everyone.
School has begun.
And so has every kid activity imaginable.
All the co-workers are done taking vacation.
The days are getting shorter.
The nights are getting longer.
And the 2016 Election never ceases.
All this commotion is enough to give you walking pneumonia.
For The Snuser, after a bit of a health scare, he took a break over the Summer.
We thought maybe he was done. That he wasn’t going to return.
But as you can see, he’s back with a new round up of Software News You Can Use.
Let’s see where this goes…
Trendy Items for this Week
- Microsoft CEO Says AI-Powered Bots Will Change Customer Experience – Gizbot :: We are more and more fascinated by AI, Bots, Machine Learning, etc. Where will this go and how will it change how people work. Maybe we won’t work at all? The Snuser is looking to purchase an army of robots and rent them out while he does whatever it is he does.
- Automation Technologies and the Future of Work – CIO Journal. – WSJ :: You think you can’t be replaced by a robot? Think again. This article reports on a McKinsey study that analyzes how much of a job can be automated. The analysis is quite interesting. What happens when robots start writing their own code?
- In the machine age, only one type of organization will thrive: a human one | World Economic Forum :: Okay, maybe there is hope for us people after all. As the author states, “…only the human heart can animate morality, imagination, ethics, compassion and empathy.” Don’t panic yet, The Singularity remains only a theory.
- GitHub CEO Talks How Microsoft and Apple Are Changing :: MSFT’s embrace of open source is real. Apple is teaching kids to program via Swift. Both companies realize that the more people build applications with their platform, the better their long-term prospects. MSFT knew this once but forgot it under Ballmer. Satya understands this and it’s why MSFT is cool with the hipsters.
- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Peggy Johnson ‘Make Silicon Valley our new best friend’ – Business Insider :: Hire smart people and let them tell you what to do. Satya gets it.
- Microsoft’s big win over Salesforce: HP signs up to six-year cloud CRM deal | ZDNet :: A 6 year deal with HP that kicks Salesforce to the curb? What will Salesforce do to counter strike? The battle is real and this is a “HUGE” win for Microsoft.
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 pricing to start at $50 per user per month for Business Edition | ZDNet :: $50 a month? After reading this, the SNUSER was left confused. When it comes to licensing, the more MSFT changes, the more the stay the same. The positive is there are lots of options. The negative is, this isn’t a snap decision.
Office 365 News You Can Use
- Office 365 now lets you invite guests to your projects | TechCrunch :: This is great news and was a popular feature request. With tools like Groups and Planner, we can now impress our clients by how organized we are. We now also need to pay more attention to security to ensure clients don’t see our messy work papers.
- Introduction to Microsoft Graph for Office 365 developer – YouTube :: What’s the Graph? What can do with it via code? How do I code against it? If you don’t know answers to these questions, this is a good video for your informational/learning purposes.
- Office Dev Center – Property Management Code Sample Updates Ship! :: It’s great to see MSFT continue to invest in end-to-end samples like this. They go a long way in explaining how to use all the various Office 365 APIs and dev tools to build something useful.
- New usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online – Office Blogs :: This is a included for the admin/infrastructure people among us. We love developers but we recognize we need infrastructure to help make the magic happen.
- MS Office competitor OpenOffice may shutter due to lack of developer interest – MSPoweruser.com :: Included here just for fun. OpenOffice…is that still a thing?
- New book: Programming Microsoft Office 365 :: A long overdue addition to the Office Development library. We haven’t read all of it yet but the early results are solid. Maybe we’ll have a full review after we finish it. Then again, maybe not.
- Office 365 Development: Getting Started :: If you don’t want to buy a book, you can start here instead.
- Putting (my VB6) Windows Apps in the Windows 10 Store – Project Centennial – Scott Hanselman :: Does this really work? Can you really take a VB app, run it through a utility, and then presto/bingo!…you have a Windows 10 store app? Scott Hanselman does his all-too-common (and perhaps undervalued?) job of explaining what happens under the hood. This is a good read.
- Application Development: DevOps and open source solutions – Microsoft US Partner Enablement blog :: That is…DevOps, Microsoft, and Open Source solutions. You could spend your morning pouring over this info.
- Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait • The Register :: It always seems to come down to developers supporting your platform. If you build it and the devs don’t use it, you suck and you wasted your time.
Bits and Pieces
- Jason Fried: Make “Creative Destruction” a Regular Part of Your Routine – 99U :: Anything Mr. Fried writes is worth reading. But this is a presentation so it has to be even better right?
- Why Group Brainstorming Doesn’t Work – Trello Blog :: Despite what theories this article promulgates, it doesn’t work because a large number of people lack a brain.
- 50% chance we’re living in The Matrix :: The Snuser is pretty damn certain he’s in The Matrix.
- 2 astros fans win the game – YouTube :: How do they have the energy for this?!
That’s it and that’s all…for now.