[m365weekly] #18

☁️What’s on my mind

First things first. Last week I got my first coffee donation for my effort of putting M365 Weekly together. Yeah! Thank you! I am feeling like a young child who got his popsicle. 🙂 Now I’m even more resolute to continue publishing this newsletter every week.
If you find something useful on the net you can always email it to me. I will put it in the next issue.

Have a nice week.
Matic Z.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

Outlook training. Great set of tutorials on how to squeeze every liquid ounce of productivity juice out of Outlook.

Where Microsoft Might be Going with One Outlook. A few wild guesses what Outlook may look like in the very next year.

Poll attendees during a Teams meeting. As a meeting presenter, you can use Microsoft Forms to create polls before your Microsoft Teams meeting, then launch them during the meeting.

Managing the retention of records in Microsoft 365 with an E3 license. In this time and age being compliant with a myriad of legislative demands can be overwhelming. Some tools and good practices can be applied with a help of the Compliance center in the M365 administrative console.

Approvals in Microsoft Teams, Now Generally Available. Let’s make that approval process a bit more streamlined. You can read another review of this new feature in an article by Amanda Sterner.

Now in public preview: PowerPoint Presenter View in Teams. Until now you had to use a few extra steps to get to the presenter view and it was a bit confusing. But it’s getting much better.

Gain more flexibility with 250 GB file size support in Microsoft 365. File size limits raised. You can upload files that are 250 GB in size. Each.

☁️Sysadmin Stuff

99.99% uptime for Azure Active Directory. Microsoft is upgrading its SLAs. Great news for everybody, actually.

Instead of email alerts: Send system notifications to Microsoft Teams using webhooks. Off-load some email alerts that nobody ready anymore directly to Teams and gain a bit more visibility.

Create and manage Exchange distribution groups with PowerShell. When you get used to PowerShell commands, work gets done faster than with clicking in UI. Distribution groups are a vital part of managing the Exchange Online environment.

Get started with Migration Manager – SharePoint – Migrate to SharePoint and OneDrive. Migration projects are always stressful. Mini-projects you can almost do by hand but when you have more than a handful of users involved you need a tool you can rely on. Microsoft has a basic toolbox already implemented.

☁️Security & Data Governance

How to secure Microsoft 365 from attacks, with expert tips from Michael Van Horenbeeck. Great podcast episode to listen to if you’ve reached another level of awareness with the latest Solorigate attacks.

What is Conditional Access in Azure Active Directory? Working remotely, working from anywhere anytime you want. That’s every sysadmin’s nightmare. Fortunately there’s Conditional access set of rules you can use to make some sense out of security mess you may or may not have in your organization.

Remote Images Are Pushing Email Filters to Their Limits. Remote images have emerged as the latest filter bypassing technique by hackers looking to exploit weaknesses in email security technology.

Using Microsoft 365 Defender to protect against Solorigate. A comprehensive guide for security operations and incident response teams using Microsoft 365 Defender to identify, investigate, and respond to Solorigate attack.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

January 28, 2021. TeamsCommunityDay 2021.

January 29, 2021. The Power of the Cloud – Microsoft 365 Power User Conference. Free event.

February 10, 2021. VIRTUAL EVENT: Collaborating in the Universal Workplace. Free event.

💻 Slightly Off-Topic

The Future of Intranets: 5 Predictions for 2021. The technology powering intranets is rapidly changing. Find out what the future of intranets looks like in 2021 and beyond.

With great power comes great responsibility: Ensure that Microsoft Teams Owners are digitally literate. Nothing to add here.

☁️On a Less Serious Note

☁️ Last but not least …

Here are a few things you can do if you enjoyed reading this newsletter: