Bing Apps for Office; SCM 3.0 with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, IE10 Support

Bing Apps for Office introduces ways to be more productive without having to leave the applications. New Outlook Calendar best practices document for Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013. SCM 3.0 now supports Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Internet Explorer 10.

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With the Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium now available for purchase, Microsoft has also made available Bing Apps for Office, which are free add-ons for the new Office 365.

These free Bing-powered apps currently include: "Bing Maps for Office, Bing Finance (Beta) for Office, Bing News Search for Office, Bing Dictionary for Office, and Bing Image Search for Office."

Bing Apps for Office 365

In addition, Venue MapsWindows Store apps now available. "Venue Maps are often thought of as maps of indoor structures such as malls and airports; however, venue maps can be opened up to so much more. A few examples of other types of venue maps include: the layout of shopping districts, stadiums, race courses, and universities," explains Bing Maps team.

Bing Maps Venue Maps in Windows Store Apps

Using Venue Maps in Bing Maps requires loading in the Venue Map module.

Check this blog entry that walk you through the steps to create a simple application that when zoomed in, will load in nearby venues into Bing Maps in your Windows Store App as you pan the map around.

In other Microsoft news, the company published new "Best Practices Document for Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013."

"This newly published best practices document is the culmination of many months of work by numerous individuals and was developed with the help of the support and product teams. And, it supplements (not replaces) the Essential do's and don'ts document. The older document still applies to Outlook 2003 and earlier versions," Microsoft stated.

Check the new document here.

Finally, Microsoft also made available Security Compliance Manager version 3.0, that now supports Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Internet Explorer 10.

"With SCM v3.0 you can easily configure computers running Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Microsoft Office applications, and Windows Internet Explorer 10 with industry leading knowledge and fully supported tools," Microsoft stated.

In addition to the latest software releases, you can also configure previous additions of Windows Server and Microsoft Office.

For those not aware, "SCM is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables you to quickly configure and manage the computers in your environment and your private cloud using Group Policy and System Center Configuration Manager. SCM provides ready-to-deploy policies and DCM configuration packs based on Microsoft Security Guide recommendations and industry best practices, allowing you to easily manage configuration drift and address compliance requirements."

Grab the SCM 3.0 from the Microsoft Download Center.

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