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The IF-Blueprint IoT Plant Application – Part 1

Or „how to avoid the office plant apocalypse”   Plants have a hard life in our office. They are in a constant state of dying. To avoid the slow death, we decided to use the power of the cloud and IoT. We started to develop an IoT environment that measures the humidity of each plant and push the collected data into an Azure Database. From this cloud based data pool we have endless possibilities to process and analyze this data, e.g. [...]

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Get low-battery push notification from your notebook

Imagine the situation while presenting your newest PowerPoint slide show in front of your customer, when your notebook’s screen suddenly goes black. Reason: You missed the “Your battery is running critically low on power” message. But you’re lucky: If you are an owner of a Microsoft Band (or any other push-compatible smart wear), here is a tiny proof-of-concept solution, preventing such a blame: (more…)

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Microsoft expands Office on Android preview

Microsoft is expanding the availability of its Office on Android preview program, orginially announced in November 2014. After two months of a more or less restricted beta phase, as of January 6th, 2015 Microsoft makes the Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) available via the Google Play Store. A seperate pre sign is no longer needed. Support for Android KitKat and Lollipop Microsoft Office is now covering ARM based Android tablets with screen sizes between seven and 10.1 inches. The supported platform is either KitKat (4.4) or Lollipop [...]

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SharePoint predictions 2015 at the Dec, 30th #CollabTalk Tweetjam

SharePoint is dead – long live SharePoint Christian Buckley (MVP) together with others MVPs from the SharePoint and Office365 community joined the #CollabTalk tweetjam on December 30. The focus was to discuss the future of SharePoint. Developers from the Microsoft product group also joined the jam. Focus questions of the SharePoint #CollabTalk tweetjam You find my personal summary of the tweets in italic. Is SharePoint still relevant? Summary: Yes, SharePoint as a technology is still relevant, but in the future it will be more part of an [...]

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Microsoft Office for Android Tablets

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft announced the Office version for Android. It shall become available in early 2015. Currently preview versions for Excel, PowerPoint and Word are available. Together with OneNote, OneDrive (for Business), OWA and Lync this sums up to a nice productivity package for Android in the enterpise universe. The last two weeks I spent some time to install and test  the preview versions on a Lenovo IdeaTablet A3500-FL (7″ Display) with MTK 8121 (1,3 GHz) Quad-Core Prozessor, 1 GB RAM [...]

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