[m365weekly] Issue #2: Exciting week for Microsoft 365 professionals and fans.

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Hello.
This week was full of news and announcements from Microsoft. Microsoft was igniting audiences in the first virtual Ignite 2020 conference. I hope you managed to attend some of the sessions as it was really interesting.

As expected the focus of the conference was on the modern workplace and how to work better and smarter using Microsoft 365 tools and all new things that Microsoft is preparing for 2021. It seems that AI with GPT-3 engine will be a thing in the foreseeable future of Microsoft 365.

Have a great weekend,
Matt

P.S.: You can always send me links and resources that you find useful and I will try to include them in the next issues.


💻 Modern Workplace

What’s new in Teams universe? Great overview of all that is coming in the next months. That’s the gist of what was announced on the Ignite 2020.

Teams features by platform. A quite common question is what are the differences between windows/macOS, web, and phone app release of Teams. Microsoft put together a document clarifying a few things.

A new vision for Microsoft Stream. The corporation I work for uses Streams extensively. The main downside I see is the lack of ability to share videos externally. Microsoft is soon to change that. Among other things.

Automate tasks with Power Automate. Power Automate is getting better from week to week, MS is adding new connectors. The main pro is its integration with M365, which is not true for its competitors like Zapier, Integromat, IFTTT. This article is a great resource for beginners.

Microsoft is recognizing the importance of mental health. Especially now when we lack real in-person human contacts due to pandemic. The issue of mental health has found its place on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap.

Teams Education drops support for cloud recording in Stream for A1 customers. This could be a show stopper for many educational institutions. Someone on Teams team should be let go.

💻 Security

Is backing up Microsoft 365 data critical? You can be either YES or NO on this matter. Having extensive experience in dealing with problematic end-users I would say that it cannot hurt to have an extra copy somewhere on-premise or in the cloud. But when Tony Redmond questions the very basic backup postulates then you simply need to rethink some of those basics. What is your take on this?

Secure your tenants properly. A fundamental checklist you shouldn’t overlook. Although it’s over one-year-old it is still a valid article.

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Conditional Access Powershell script. Conditional Access is a powerful tool for managing users’ access to corporate data according to set policies. You can click through configuration or, even better, use the PowerShell script to quickly configure and enable.

Want to know when Guest accounts are added to Teams? Of course … PowerShell script for the win.

💻 Noticed On Youtube

Teams now support NDI standard. Wow, this will definitely catch eyes of professional video broadcasters.

AI is more than a buzzword. It’s comming to end-users in M365. SharePoint Syntex explained.

😂 On a Less Serious Note

Lazy Friday today …

Last but not least …

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