Microsoft is an often misunderstood global corporation with massive influence and a product strategy like no other technology company in the world. Every Tuesday and Thursday, join Brad Groux, a Microsoft enterprise expert, as he guides you through the countless products, services, initiatives and brilliant minds at One Microsoft Way. If you're interested in technology, automation, business, education and setting yourself up for future success, then MSFT Today is the podcast for you.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have made improving K-12 education in the United States a priority mission.
Summit Innovation in Education
Bill Gates on improving K-12 Education
Bill Gates TED Talk, Teachers Need Real Feedback (April 2013)
Teachers get very little feedback
US is tied for 15th in reading, but 23 in science and 31 in math
Bill Gates against Common Core
Bill Gates on his Education Mission
Is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students
Receieved significant funding early on from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and has received more than $9 million in funding from the foundation overall
Microsoft has developed and released Khan Academy Universal Windows Platform Apps
Bill Gates on Khan Academy (2010)
Microsoft Imagine (Formerly DreamSpark)
Dream it. Build it. Live it. Enter your tech project in the 2019 Imagine Cup for the chance to bring your innovation to life and win up to USD100,000!
DreamSpark was originally announced by Bill Gates in 2008
Free training - Azure Labs Computer Science training on GitHub
$100 in free Azure Credits
Imagine Webstore - Obtain software through your school at now cost
Microsoft Small Basic
Is a programming language and associated IDE for Microsoft's simplified variant of the BASIC programming language, intended as an easy programming language for beginners
Released in October of 2008
Kodu and Kodu Game Lab
Kodu is a visual programming tool (like Scratch) which builds on ideas begun with Logo in the 1960s, and Kodu Game Lab is the integrated development environment (IDE) by Microsoft's FUSE Labs
First released in June 2009
Still actively updated
Was a game platform build on the foundations of Kodu, that allowed players to create game using the platform and programming language and share them with others
Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels
Microsoft created MakeCode utilizing their Touch Develop technology
They have partnered with many different companies and brands to create fun and engaging coding tracks for students, including:
micro:bit - a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun!
Circuit Playground Express - An introduction to electronics and pro
First off, we can't talk Microsoft without acknowledging what was truly their first acquisition, MS-DOS. In 1980, after not being able to reach a license agreement with a competitor, IBM tasked Microsoft with developing or licensing an operating system for their upcoming IBM 5150 Personal Computer. Microsoft had already been hired to write the BASIC programming language for the PC, but now they had asked for them to provide the OS to go with it.
No sweat, said Microsoft… DOS, which was developed as QDOS (Quick-and-Dirty Operating System) and originally launched as 86-DOS the company Seattle Computer Products. 86-DOS had been written by Tim Paterson - the owner and operator of Seattle Computer Products, in just six weeks' time. So rather than re-invent the wheel Microsoft paid Tim Paterson just $75,000 in the summer of 1981 for version 1.10 of 86-DOS.
Upon receiving PC-DOS in July, Microsoft simply renamed it to MS-DOS 1.10 and handed it off to IBM in August of 1981, who decided to license it for distribution in November of the same year. From 1981 until 1993, IBM utilized a branded version of MS-DOS on their systems, known as PC DOS… and while IBM offered alternative operating systems for its PCs throughout the years, Microsoft's licensed version of MS-DOS was sold on more than 9 out of every 10 IBM PCs sold - thus cementing Microsoft's place in history as a software behemoth.
Microsoft had been around for five years before being award the operating system contract by IBM, and while they may have survived or even thrived without the PC-DOS deal - there is no denying that their successful sales pitch to IBM changed the trajectory of the company, and the world forever.
1987, Microsoft acquired Forethought, which had a little know presentation program that would later be known as Microsoft PowerPoint
1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail.com as an integral part of their push for MSN.com leading up to the release of Windows XP
2000, Microsoft acquired the Visio Corporation whose diagraming program was rebranded as Microsoft Visio
2002, Microsoft purchased Navision for their ERP (enterprise resource planning) technologies which kicked off a new division of the company, Microsoft Business Solutions which has lead us to what we now call Microsoft Dynamics
2007-2008, in escalated efforts to keep pace with Google's massive ad revenue, Microsoft acquired aQuantive and its subsidiaries which included Avenue A/Razorefish, followed quickly by Fast Search and Transfer
2011, Microsoft acquired Skype and created a new division of the company to house the chat and VOIP solution, a move that was surprising to some due to the technology behind Skype (Delphi)
2012, acquired Yammer, an enterprise social networking service used for private communication within organizations
2013, acquired Nokia in a last ditch effort by then CEO Steve Ballmer to save Microsoft in the competitive mobile space
2014, acquired Minecraft and its parent company for $2.5 Billion, shocking the world
A move that has already paid for itself ten-fold
2016, acquired business social networking platform LinkedIn
Thomas Mauer is a #MicrosoftMVP / #Cloud Architect driving Cloud and Datacenter transformation / #Virtualization Hyper-V #Azure #AzureStack #PowerShell #WinServ
The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is given by Microsoft to "technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. "The awarded are people who "actively share their ... technical expertise with the different technology communities related directly, or indirectly to Microsoft". The MVP recognition lasts for a year and is awarded for a person's Microsoft related activity, contributions and influence over the previous year.
The rules and guidelines to getting awarded as a Microsoft MVP are not strictly defined. The reason for this is that every Microsoft MVP contributes to the community in different ways. However, the largest key indicator Microsoft looks for when considering someone for the Microsoft MVP Award is how much impact their activities over the last 12 months have on the community.
Brad has a short introduction
Thomas gives a short introduction about himself, possible topics could include:
Where you're from
Career synopsis to date
What got you into technology
And personal details you'd like to share
I think this is important, as work/life balance is crucial in technology - but I understand if it isn't a subject that you'd like to approach
Hobbies are always a "safe" bet here, if you don’t want to get too personal
Brad transitions to your role as an MVP
Thomas provides a short summary
Just what an MVP is
How long he's been an MVP
How he obtained his MVP
Transition to discussing the MVP practice more in depth
Why Microsoft feels MVPs are important
How difficult is it to become an MVP
How being an MVP changed your life (if at all)
How can one start down the path towards becoming an MVP
And advice you'd like to share on the subject
Transition to where you see technology taking us over the next 10-20 years
We can discuss how we think Microsoft may guide the technology world in that time
Possibly provide insights on how people can better prepare for the changes coming
Which would help us transition to learning
Discuss the certification test you just took
We can discuss the importance of Microsoft Learning
How has Microsoft learning helped you in your professional life?
Any advice for those looking to become certified?
Closing out, we can transition to any questions you may have for me
I'm an open book, nothing is off limits so ask away!
After any discourse we have with further questions, we can move on to what projects you may have in the works that you'd like to share
You can also freely discuss where people can follow you
"Shout out" any other Microsoft or technology professionals you think people should follow
Automation - The application of machines to tasks once performed by human beings or, increasingly, to tasks that would otherwise be impossible. Although the term mechanization is often used to refer to the simple replacement of human labour by machines, automation generally implies the integration of machines into a self-governing system. Automation has revolutionized those areas in which it has been introduced, and there is scarcely an aspect of modern life that has been unaffected by it.
Machine learning - the discipline concerned with the implementation of computer software that can learn autonomously. Expert systems and data mining programs are the most common applications for improving algorithms through the use of machine learning. Among the most common approaches are the use of artificial neural networks (weighted decision paths) and genetic algorithms (symbols “bred” and culled by algorithms to produce successively fitter programs).
Automation is not a new concept. Cotton gin, Steam engine, Industrial revolution, Computers. Bill Gates is often attributed with a quote: I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
Bill probably didn't say that, but it doesn't make it a bad quote. Humans have always looked for easier ways to do hard jobs. Which brings us to, CGP Grey's 2014 YouTube film, Human's Need Not Apply - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU
Microsoft AI - Deep Neural Network, Bing Decision Engine
Azure Datacenters (Intel FPGA)
Azure Machine Learning
Azure Logic Apps
Workflow Definition Language
Microsoft Bot Framework
Data Connectors and APIs
Windows 10 IoT
Happy New Year and welcome everyone. My name is Brad Groux and this is Microsoft Today, a podcast and web community dedicated to Microsoft, technology and the impending automated world.
This is our first ever episode which is being recorded on January 1st, 2019 - and in this episode we'll cover my vision for he podcast, who I am and my background - and where we're going from here.
So stayed tuned as we discuss all of that and more, next!
Hello again everyone, and welcome back to the first ever episode of the Microsoft Today podcast. I first of all want to thank you for taking the time to give us a listen, a huge part of why I've decided to do this is because I've met so many great Microsoft fans and enthusiasts through the years, that I wanted to provide a podcast that I feel we all deserve.
With that said, this episode is going to be different than future episodes because it's focus is to outline our plans for the podcast, and what you can expect as a listener and member of the Microsoft Today community. Our next podcast which releases in just two days, will be more in line with what you can expect as a fan, subscriber, patron, follower and listener going forward. So we hope you stick around!
- Why Microsoft?
Microsoft is an often misunderstood global corporation with massive influence and a product strategy like no other technology company in the world. For this reason, the media, bloggers and consumers tend to misunderstand or misrepresent what Microsoft, their products, services and people.
- When is the Podcast?
New episodes are released every Tuesday and Thursday, where you can join Brad Groux, a Microsoft enterprise expert, as he guides you through the countless products, services, initiatives and brilliant minds at One Microsoft Way. There are also Patreon exclusive podcasts!
- Who is the Podcast For?
If you're interested in technology, automation, business, education and/or setting yourself up for future success, then the MSFT Today community and podcast is for you. This is not your typical technology podcast, we not only discuss Microsoft and their products and services, but we discuss how they can improve your life while they are changing the world - and enabling you to change the world right along with them.
- What Makes You a Microsoft Expert?
I've spent nearly 20 years in global enterprise IT environments, and I worked at Microsoft for nearly four year as a Premier Field Engineer. In that role, I supported and was invited into over 100 of Microsoft's enterprise customers infrastructures, which gives me a unique inside perspective into enterprise IT.
There are only a handful of people with the varied and vast work experience that I have, and you may view my LinkedIn profile for more information. I'm not saying I know more than anyone, just that I've seen and experienced far more than most. This is the reason I've been on countless podcasts and news panels as a Microsoft Expert, including BBC World News.
- Why a Community?
I've been running online communities for nearly 20 years, including the first ever Xbox Achievements website which I sold in 2008. I then went on to blog for more than four years at a now defunct Microsoft Blog that I had to scuttle when I joined Microsoft. I love being part of an online community, and sharing with and learning from like-minded individuals.