Microsoft Research Releases Oscars Ballot Predictor app for Excel

Microsoft releases new Oscars Ballot Predictor app, Hosting and Multi-Tenancy Guidance for Exchange Server 2013, Media Player Framework for Windows 8, WP8. Updates Exchange Server TechNet Library URLs.

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Microsoft Research economist David Rothschild is working on new visualization methods that could help bring better insights from user-generated data.

Rothschild is using a data-driven approach to forecast who will take home Oscars at this Sunday's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 85th annual Academy Awards through Oscars Ballot Predictor Office app for Excel, "that uses predictive modeling from PredictWise.com to estimate the nominees' chances of winning," writes Office team.

You can see his picks to win in all 24 categories using the new Oscars Ballot Predictor Office app.

Oscars Ballot Predictor Office app for Excel

In other news, Microsoft has also released the oft-requested Hosting and Multi-Tenancy Guidance for Exchange Server 2013 document.

"Using the on-premises version of Exchange to provide a hosted Exchange solution requires some unique considerations and specific configuration changes. Microsoft provides guidance for hosters and control panel vendors to assist them in developing solutions that are supported," Microsoft stated.

In addition, the company has announced of updating the Exchange Server TechNet Library URLs. If you look at Exchange documentation library, you'll find content for Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2003.

"Going forward, we'll make it so that all of documentation exposes the version information in the URL. So, for Exchange 2010, that would mean that you'll see (EXCHG.141) as part of the URL, and for Exchange 2013 you'll see (EXCHG.150). These are the URLs that will be used in the navigation elements on TechNet and in links in the content. Version-less URLs will still point to the latest version of the specific article. However, as version-specific URLs will be available (and visible when you browse our documentation) for everything, we expect that the use of version-less URLs will decrease over time. In other words, any Library topics you link to (by copying from your browser's address bar) will have the version identifier," explains Exchange team.

Visit, Exchange documentation library here.

Exchange Server TechNet Library URLs Updates

Microsoft Media Platform team has released the 1.1 version of the Player Framework for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

"The Player Framework is an open source video player available for Silverlight, HTML5, and Xbox, as well as Windows 8 apps and Windows Phone apps. It allows you to play both progressive download videos and Smooth Streaming videos," explains Microsoft.

Evaluating Virtual Smart Cards Guide present an overview of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) virtual smart cards (VSCs) as an option for strong authentication.

"It is intended not only to provide the means for evaluating VSC use in an enterprise deployment, but also to provide the information necessary to deploy and manage," the company wrote.

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