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Windows haters, back off. Yes, I know that the tech giant is far from perfect.  I mean, Windows Vista?! Awful.  They have redeemed themselves beyond all recognition in recent weeks, though. First, they unveiled a bunch of amazing new tech at the Microsoft Build Conference this year.  If any of it works as well as promised, detractors may soon become avid fans.

The coolest thing they came out with is an intelligent, intuitive video editing program which is a mix of machine learning (AI) and apps called the Microsoft Story Remix. At first glance, it just seems like another video editing tool–but Microsoft didn’t stop there.  It doesn’t just collect and edit your media. Editing tools and integration with Microsoft’s Remix 3D service add “mixed reality” digital images and animations to your projects. You can choose a highlighted “star” for you movie, and remix it instantly. It then adds a soundtrack from MS Groove Music service, and you have a stellar video worthy of Cannes.  Early reviews on the product have been universally good, which is pretty unusual in the tech world.  Here is a video of Story Remix in action.


The tech giant also introduced a universal clipboard and some new mixed-reality motion controllers. 

And on that note, Google’s ginormous dev conference, Google IO 2017, is next week. Rumors are swirling about what the folks at Google will have to present. If you can’t go this year, fear not–the entire event will be live-streamed so that tech nuts short on cash flow can still get their fix. Regardless, it should be nirvana for fans of the search-engine giant. Reports of improvements to previous Google products are in the works.  In addition, the company has announced the release of Android O–we don’t know what delicious dessert will bear its namesake yet. There has also been talk of adding phone calling to Google home, as well as other features.  We will definitely be tuning in to the live stream!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so for this week’s Tech News, we are multitasking. We’ve combined some great new tech with some great ideas for mom this Mother’s Day.

Don’t forget to show that special lady in your life how much you care, whether it’s your mom, your stepmother, or your grandmother. So many tech gifts tend to value function over emotion, but this list shows that you put a bit of thought into her gift.

Nonetheless, here are some tech gift ideas that are sure to delight any lady, even if her idea of tech is a digital clock.

  1. Kate Spade Everpurse. For the lady that is both tech-savvy and label conscious, this nifty little wristlet, starting at $139, the bag is a great mix of form and function. It has a pocket that charges your iPhone. You can charge the purse when you aren’t using it–just place the purse on a wireless charging mat and it’s ready to go the next day.
  2. Beauty subscription. If the very idea of anything tech-related terrifies your mother more than spiders, this is a great alternative. You can set up a monthly subscription service that you (or mom) can customize. The company then sends a variety of their best sellers and new products for them to try out. A couple good choices are Birchbox and FabFitFun.
  3. This nifty vanity mirror. The iHome 9” vanity mirror is the multitasker of the beauty world. It charges your phone, has a Bluetooth connection so you can chat as you gild the lily, plays music as you get ready, lights up, and oh, yeah, shows you your reflection too.
  4. Echo Home Hub. Even if your mom/grandma/stepmom has no tech skills whatsoever, this great gadget is really user-friendly. This voice-activated module can be installed anywhere her little heart desires and has almost limitless functionality. She can play music on demand, get the weather report, the news, or even get a recipe. It supports a variety of apps, including Pandora, Uber, and even Domino’s.
  5. Nox Music Smart Sleep Light. We all have nights where sleep is as elusive as a unicorn. This groovy little light produces red wavelengths, which  (supposedly) raise melatonin levels. It also produces the sound of lapping waves to relax the mind. So for the insomniac lady in your life, this should be a great gift.

If you get really stuck and none of these appeals to you, Amazon gift cards are always a winner. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! Thanks for all that you do.

Are you going to Microsoft WPC 2016? We are! We wouldn’t miss the chance to network and learn with hundreds of thousands of other Microsoft partners (and you shouldn’t either).

WPC 2016 is an action packed event taking place July 10-14. There are so many networking events and sessions to choose from it can be a little overwhelming. So, in an effort to ease your planning anxieties, we figured we’d share the top 5 sessions we look forward to attending at WPC 2016 this year (and give you a chance to meet up with our Director Of MS Dynamics CRM, Stephen Fellinger, while you’re there).

  1. Vision Keynote Address. WPC Keynotes are highly anticipated addresses from Microsoft executives. Keynotes will be taking place between 8:45am-10:45am Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. You may not be able to make it to every keynote speech but if there’s one you should not miss it’s Satya Nadella’s Vision Keynote speech which takes place on Monday, July 11th.
  2. Partner Opportunities For Sales Analytics Solutions With Microsoft Power BI And Microsoft Dynamics CRM. This is a great opportunity to learn about the new Power BI solution template for sales analytics. Using Power BI, Microsoft Dynamics CRM users will be able to customize dashboards to the specific needs of their customers. It’s an exciting learning opportunity and just one of many to choose from at WPC 2016. This session takes place 1:00pm-2:00pm on Monday, July 11th.
  3. Business Lessons From The Grateful Dead. This session takes place 2:30pm-3:30pm on Monday, July 11th so you’ll be cutting it close if you want to attend the aforementioned session first; but boy will it be worth it. Speaker David Meerman Scott is going to teach us how to run a business based on the successes of one of the most iconic bands in history.
  4. Creating The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Of The Future: Microsoft’s Partner Strategy, Plans, And Programs To Support Your Success. For us, WPC 2016 is all about building exciting new partnerships so of course we’ll be attending this session. There’s never been a better time to work as a Microsoft Dynamics partner and we’re excited to learn everything we can in order to fully realize the opportunity of being a Dynamics Partner and working with other partners. This session takes place 1:00pm-2:00pm Tuesday, July 12th.
  5. Co-Market and Co-sell Your Solution With Microsoft For Greater Success. As we already mentioned, one of the biggest reasons for attending Microsoft WPC 2016 is networking and this session is all about ISVs expanding partnerships, attracting new customers, and accelerating business growth. This session takes place 4:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday, July 12th and we hope you’ll be there too.

In between sessions, Stephen Fellinger, our Director Of MS Dynamics CRM will be meeting with other partners to discuss Commercient, our ERP and CRM integration application (Commercient SYNC), and exciting new partnership opportunities with Commercient.


If you’d like to set up a time to meet with Stephen while in Toronto, you can reach him via email at sfellinger@commercient.com or by phone at 678-383-4518 extension 101.