Connecting Technology and Business.

Windows Azure - Primary Models

Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft managed data centers. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing environment.

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Virtual machines

VMs are basic cloud building blocks. Get full control over a virtual machine with virtual hard disks. Install and run software yourself. Configure multiple machines with different roles to create complex solutions. VMs are nearly identical to conventional (real) servers, and are the easiest way to move existing workloads to the cloud.

Cloud Services

Easily access and manage these general purpose VMs. Microsoft maintains and updates each VMs as need with system updates. You configure the VMs as needed, and scale out as many copies as needed. You can have two types of VMs – Worker roles and web roles.  Worker roles are made for computing and sunning services. The web role is simply a worker role with IIS already installed and configured.

Web sites

Use these for pure web apps. The underlying system software is hidden from you and managed for you. Focus only on your web code. First choose a web technology from the gallery, then develop with your framework and finally deploy from your source control. Use the data platform of your choice. Develop 1 site of 500. Scale can be automated – by schedule, usage or by a quota trigger.

Mobile services

Mobile service allows you to quickly implement data and authentication capabilities. With mobile service, easily create a web API to store data and execute business logic. Apps on any device call the API, and users are authenticated by third party providers. Apps can also receive notifications when events occur. Worry less about data and authentication and focus more on your service.

Delve into your content

Delve is a new addition to the Office 365 offering from Microsoft. It was called as Oslo earlier and was designed to enhance the Search experience of the users.

Delve helps you discover the information that's likely to be most interesting to you right now - across Office 365.

The more you and your colleagues work together, by viewing, editing and sharing each other's documents, the more useful Delve will be for all of you.

Delve learns from how you and your colleagues work, and tailors the information to each of you. What you see in your views in Delve is different from what your colleagues see in theirs.


You don't have to remember the title of a document or where it's stored. Delve shows you documents no matter where they are stored in OneDrive for Business or in Sites in Office 365.

Delve never changes any permissions, so you'll only see documents that you already have access to. Other people will not see your private documents, for example documents that you've stored in private folders in OneDrive for Business.

Store documents in OneDrive for Business - access them from anywhere

Store your documents in OneDrive for Business and share them with your colleagues. To share your documents, create a folder and invite people you work with.

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  1. Select OneDrive in the Office 365 navigation.
  2. Click new > New folder.

    Type a name for the folder, for example Shared with my colleagues.
  3. Click Invite people, and enter names or email addresses.

    Click Create.
  4. Click the folder to open it and upload existing documents or create new ones.

    When you add documents to this folder, you and the people you invite will be able to see the documents in Delve and work on them together. Other people will not be able to see them.
  • To share documents with everyone in your organization, upload or create documents in the Shared with Everyone folder in OneDrive for Business.
  • To share individual documents, select the document in OneDrive for Business, click Share, and then Invite people.
  • To share an existing folder, select the folder in OneDrive for Business, click Share, and then Invite people.

The Wikipedia in Word

​Creating a research paper or citing the text in a document to its original source has become easy. Now you can search the Wikipedia from your favourite MS Word application. There is a Wikipedia app that can help you search for info from the Online encyclopedia when you are working on a Word document.

Just open the app and it displays in a pane to right of the document for easy view and reading. Now click a word or sentence in your document. The app immediately searches the Wikipedia for this search term. It has sections, images infobox and references tabs for easy navigation. Additional quick links that are related to the search term are also presented at the bottom of the main content.

When you mark a portion of the text or point to a picture in the pane, it presents a + sign that helps quick insertions of the content with a citation as to where this info is picked from. A complete summary of the search item from the Wikipedia's page content is displayed in the infobox. The references tab gives a lot of links to various pages in the net that relates to the search term.

Office 365 software downloads and apps

Enterprise E4 or E3 plan users can download the entire Office 2013 suite (Office 365 ProPlus) and the Lync 2013 and OneDrive for Business 2013 and install them in their Desktops and Laptops (maximum 5 active devices) by going to the Outlook Web Apps ->Setting -> Office 365settings -> Software. The Office suite is available for Offline access for this subscribers.

Enterprise E1 Plan users can download and install only Lync 2013 and OneDrive for Business 2013 in their systems. This will of course get installed alongside the existing licensed MS Office 2007/2010/2013 if at all installed already in the respective systems.

The Lync 2013 app and the OneDrive for Business app are available for free downloads from the respective mobile phone stores that one is using - Google store for Android phones, iStore for iPhones and Windows store for Windows phones. These apps give the user a better experience than just accessing the features using just the browser.

Yammer also has an app for download from the respective stores. This is applicable for both E1 as well as E3/E4 users.

Lync software / app brings to the users the presence, IM, audio meeting and conferencing and video meeting and conferencing and live meeting capabilities.

OneDrive for Business software installs as a folder in the user's local hard-drive that syncs with the cloud automatically. It also becomes a favourites folder in the Windows explorer (File explorer). Just  a drag and drop of the files or folders from the local drive to the OneDrive for Business folder under Favourites creates a synced copy in the cloud. The app instals as Office mobile in the smartphones  and enables access to the files here from anywhere you are.