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Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing

Today, Microsoft continue to show why it is at the forefront of the computing and technology world. A company that was once joined by the hip to the personal computer (PC) is now able to move with the times with a vision centered on mobile computing – to think, a few years ago the company was scrambling to catch up with Apple and Google.

Just 10 weeks ago, Microsoft begun rolling out Windows 10 and now boasts 110 million users and 8 million business PCs. Once more, Microsoft surprises the computing world with a host of new computing devices designed specifically for Windows 10.

Windows 10 Devices Briefing

Microsoft Devices: Do Great Things.

The New Microsoft Band

The New Microsoft Band: Live Healthier and Achieve More

The New Microsoft Surface Book

The New Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The New Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL

Tell you the truth, I moved from a Windows phone (Samsung ATIV S Neo) on the Sprint network to a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on the same network, which runs Android. While I have been able to adapt to the Android platform, I still don’t quite get the fuzzy feeling I did with my Windows phone. Maybe if Sprint decides to take on the new Lumia phones, I will switch back in a heartbeat, but that’s wishfull thinking. At this point, I will sign up for a new Microsoft Band as today I have the first iteration of that device which has been quite surprising so far (less the barometer feature now available in the second iteration). I will also be looking to upgrade my Xbox One to Windows 10 as soon as release becomes available. And speaking of Xbox One, here’s one of the coolest commercials they have.

My son has been enjoying Forza 6, which I got when I went to Fargo for reIMAGINE 2015. This game has been awesome to play so far, but I find it challenging without a driving wheel. Maybe it’s time to consider that Logitech G920 Driving Force.

I will also be looking forward to jump on a Surface Pro 4 as soon as I can, but for now it’s all a matter of enjoying Windows 10 all around on my laptops.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP

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#Windows10Devices Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, 6th October 2015 at 10:00am US Eastern time in New York City, the Microsoft Windows 10 Devices Briefing took place and it was an extremely polished presentation that introduced the world to the new Microsoft Devices for Windows 10.

The briefing announced some awesome new devices and games. Below are some of the videos from the event including the new Microsoft Band, new Microsoft Lumias, and the new Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book.

Microsoft Devices: Do Great Things (direct link)


Xbox One: Greatest Games TV Commercial (direct link)


The New Microsoft Band (direct link)


The New Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL (direct link)


The New Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (direct link)


The New Microsoft Surface Book (direct link)


I know what is now on my wish list. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the Australian releases.

If you want to watch the full presentation (which is definitely worth the time), click the link below:

The Hololens demonstration of the Project X-Ray game was amazing.



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#reIMAGINE2015 – Pre Conference

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So, now you know that I don’t have any photos of my own. But I do have some from friends at the conference, if you have any photos that include me or from the sessions that Mariano and I presented, please send them over.

Sunday was the day before the conference and I started with a good sleep in. I was still getting adjusted to the 13 hour time zone shift from Perth and my sleep was very restless.

After my late start, I felt a bit more alive and caught up with my friend Leslie Vail as she was going to provide a sample audience and feedback for the two sessions planned for reIMAGINE 2015. However, as typical, this did not go to plan and we ended up chatting most of the time. I also showed Leslie through the new features added to GP Power Tools that did not exist in the now discontinued Support Debugging Tool.

While I had a late start, my buddy and usual co-presenter, Mariano Gomez, was instructing a Microsoft Dynamics GP installation and configuration class. This class was to help prepare for the new certification exams organised by the Association of Dynamics Professionals. Unfortunately, Mariano, felt unwell and was unable to complete the class. However, fellow MVPs Belinda Allen and John Lowther quickly took over and swapped to a workshop format.

I took advantage of the opportunity and took the Installation and Configuration exam during this first sitting. While I have not actually installed Microsoft Dynamics GP for a live cutomer system for many years, I thought I would test my knowledge. As a developer I do install GP, but only what I need for my test systems. We shall see in due course whether I passed, I think I did well enough. I also provided feedback on the exam as this was both a test of my knowledge and a test of the exam and its ability to test my knowledge.

After I had taken the exam, I spent some time socialising with other attendees who had come down to complete their registration and pick up their reIMAGINE 2015 bags with lots of goodies, including a nice Microsoft branded polo shirt. While it was not planned, it turned into an unofficial reception party as partners socialised and caught up with friends.

The day finished with a dinner across the road from the Home2 Suites at Johnny Carino’s with Leslie Vail, Shelia Jefferson-Ross, Kim Peterson and Mariano Gomez (who was feeling better).

Imagine fantastic photo here.

The conference proper starts tomorrow….


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It’s official, say hello to David Musgrave MVP!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have been involved with the Great Plains / Microsoft Dynamics GP Community for many years and for much of that time I have been friends with some of the most knowledgeable and helpful people in the community.

A number of these friends have been recognised by Microsoft for their contributions by being awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status.

Many people have been surprised to find out that even though I usually hang out with the Dynamics GP MVPs, I was not actually a MVP. That said, I was usually treated as an honourary MVP and invited to MVP events. Thank-you for the unofficial recognition.

The issue was that a Microsoft Employee cannot be a MVP and I had been a Microsoft Employee for 13.5 years starting not long after Microsoft acquired Great Plains.

In October 2014, I left Microsoft and restarted my consulting business as Winthrop Development Consultants.

A number of the MVPs and also people in Microsoft immediately nominated me for MVP status, however as the MVP award is based on the contribution to the community made over the previous 12 months, I was not eligible until I had been out of Microsoft for at least a year.

Today is October 2015 and 12 months have passed since I left Microsoft and I am very proud to say that it is now official. I received the email today confirming that I have been awarded MVP status.


Dear David Musgrave,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Dynamics GP technical communities during the past year.

Thank you to everyone who nominated me and to the people who approved my nomination. It is great to be recognised for the work I do and I feel very proud to now be able to say that I am part of an elite group of people….

The Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs


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#reIMAGINE2015 – Getting There

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Starting with a taxi ride at 3:00am Friday morning to the airport, my 31.5 hour journey to Fargo, North Dakota, USA for the reIMAGINE 2015 conference began.

This trip is the longest I have had in the US as I will be staying until the GPUG Summit 2015 conference in Reno.

My flights were uneventful, I watched too many movies (8 movies and 1 music concert) and did not sleep enough. I flew from Perth to Sydney (4 hours), Sydney to Dallas (15.5 hours), Dallas to Fargo (3 hours). The only downside was a long transit time in Dallas where I spent about 4 hours snoozing.

Once I got to Fargo (at 9:30pm Fargo Time), I was disappointed to find that the spread of Minions had got here was well. They seem to be taking over the world and one day they will turn on us and become our masters. :-)


Once I got to the hotel, I unpacked my stash of Australian yummy treats and Vegemite. This trip I have even more as I have 3 events to go to (the two conferences and Dexterity training in Mexico). I then went to bed to get some well deserved sleep.


The reIMAGINE 2015 conference is being held at the Convention Center attached to the Hilton Garden Inn with most of the attendees staying at Garden Inn or the Home2 Suites next door. I went out on Saturday morning to get some photos during daylight.

In the photo below, you can see the Convention Center to the left of the main building.


I am staying at the Home2 Suites next door.


The view from my room window shows the cross walk that takes you straight to the Convention Center.

Convention Centre

Looking forward with catching up with my friends as they start arriving on Saturday afternoon.

Next update from Fargo soon.


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Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client no longer working on Google Chrome 45

If you had gotten used to running the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client on Google Chrome, chances are you have just woken up to the constant requests for installing the Silverlight plugin. You may have attempted the installation a few times by now, only to notice that you are still being requested to install Silverlight.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client on Chrome 45 

Google Chrome users who normally relied on functionality that NPAPI plugins provided won’t be able to make use of them anymore with the release of Chrome 45. NPAPI-only plugins such as Java or Silverlight are used throughout the web and while their use is declining, there are numerous applications and services that make use of either one or another plugin – for example, your beloved Microsoft Dynamics GP web client.

This Chrome Extensions article explains the security concerns behind the use of NPAPI-based plugins, mainly, the ability of said plugins to gain access to a user’s local machines. Any security gaps in such plugins would render a user’s machine vulnerable to exploits by malicious code.

However, this should not at all come as a surprise, since Google had it in the works to remove NPAPI support since September of 2013, see Saying Goodbye to Our Old Friend NPAPI, with Chrome 45 selected as target for final deprecation.

So what are the alternatives?

Well, you can fall back once more to Internet Explorer 10 (desktop), Mozilla Firefox, or even Apple’s Safari. If my mind serves me correctly, the latter two will have some minor limitations (as in “may not be fully compatible”).

Option number 2 would have you downgrading Chrome, if you are willing to get the installer from non-Google sites like Old Apps or File Hippo.

As a final note, the following browsers DO NOT support Silverlight:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 modern UI
Microsoft Edge (formerly code name Spartan, available on Windows 10)
Google Chrome (version 45 and above)
Opera (version 20 and above, current version is 32)

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

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Friday Funny: What is AFL? Aussie Rules Explained

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, I start my flights to the USA for reIMAGINE 2015 in Fargo, ND and GPUG Summit 2015 in Reno, NV. By the time this article posts I will have already left Perth and be coming in to land in Sydney.

As is customary when I visit the US, I will be bringing some of Australia with me (usually in the form of edible treats). In this article, I thought I would bring some Australian sports knowledge to my overseas readers.

I know that most of my friends in the US have heard that Australia has a “football” game of its own, but don’t really understand what Aussie Rules or Footy is really about.

The videos below have been created by the AFL (Australian Football League) and help explain the game.

The first video is a great 5 minute introduction to the game with comparisons to other sporting disciplines.

What is AFL? Aussie Rules Explained (direct link)


This second video is much longer (30 minutes), but does go into the history as well as details about the teams and their star players, as well as how the game effects the community.

AFL Explained (direct link)


For more information check out the ALF website at

As I write this article, both Western Australian teams (the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers) have advanced to the preliminary (semi) final round.  We need to wait until after this weekend’s games to know who they will be facing.


Time will tell if we will have an all West Australian “Derby” Grand Final.



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