[m365weekly] #19

💻 What’s on my mind

Back in 2014, I was servicing small business clients. One year earlier we were one of the early birds among Office 365 resellers. OneDrive was already a part of the suite at that time, and it was, mildly put semi-finished and subpar service.

Microsoft was pushing partners hard to sell this “product”, but in good conscience, I couldn’t. In a fury, I even wrote an article for a computer magazine. The premise of the article was that OneDrive is a crappy product that shouldn’t be sold to customers unless you want to get rid of them. I vividly remember the-day-after as Microsoft’s representative called. “How could you write something like this???!!!! You beat the hand that feeds you!” Ohh, yeah? Ohh, those were the days …

But 7 years later the picture is very different. OneDrive is a well-accepted and mature service that is working as expected. And in February MS is lifting the file size limit to 250 GB per file. Nice, isn’t it?

Have a nice week.
Matic Z.

P.S.: Found something interesting on the net? Let me know and I will include it in the next newsletter.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

The Ultimate How-To Guide for Presenting Content in Microsoft Teams. An extremely valuable and comprehensive overview of everything about presenting content in Teams.

External presenters in a Teams Live Event. There’s always a layer of mystery wrapped around external users and how they can participate and what is the best way to connect. You’ll find out what you need to take into account when you invite external presenters to your live events.

Meet the new Microsoft Teams history menu. The highly anticipated feature is finally coming to Teams. There’s still a place for improvement, though. I miss support for work with multiple windows – multiple teams each one in its own window, for example.

How to embed apps in Microsoft Word // YouTube, Forms, Sway, and more! Yes, you can embed interactive apps straight into your Word documents.

Microsoft Lists Formatting Examples. This SharePoint tutorial explains various Microsoft Lists Formatting Examples.

How the new PowerPoint Presenter View in Microsoft Teams Meetings works. A very informative video on what to expect from new presenter view in teams. There was a workaround, yes. But now it will be very simple to get the presenter’s view.

Refreshed look for Microsoft Teams rolling out in public preview. Interested in what’s coming to Teams in the near future? Let’s check.

Microsoft Lists – Create a List from Excel. Step-by-step guide for those who want to get some hands-on experience with still quite fresh Microsoft Lists.

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Set up multi-factor authentication for users. Multi-factor authentication is a must in today’s world of cyber-attacks and cyber-crime. Learn how properly implement MFA.

Office 365 Roadmap Watch. It’s not always easy to watch Microsoft 365 Roadmap closely. This tracks changes to the official Roadmap.

Why Do You Need to Backup OneDrive for Business? Because of shared responsibility. End-user is responsible for the data and who’s accessing it. Human error can be quite damaging when it comes to losing data. So I guess relying on a 3rd party backup products is a good solution. Better safe than sorry.

Exchange Online Updates. December updates condensed in one article. Nice tech reading material for a lunch break.

💻 Security

A little bit more security. Security is never an absolute and is … Security is never absolute and is largely about defense in depth. That is, adding more layers of protection.

How to lock down your Microsoft account and keep it safe from outside attackers. Latest attacks aside, the first and primary focus of every sysadmin and user should be basic security.

How To: Get Started With Zero Trust in Microsoft 365. Trust no one. And always act like you’ve already been hacked.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

January 28, 2021. TeamsCommunityDay 2021.

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

February 9, 2021: GET-IT: Free SharePoint 1 Day Virtual Conference.

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

💻 Slightly Off-Topic

Why Microsoft Teams Is So Much Better Than Zoom And Slack For Collaboration. I’m seeing a lot of this kind of opinions in the last few weeks. The tide is changing in favor of Teams.

😂 On a Less Serious Note


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