[m365weekly] #24

💻 What’s on my mind

Moving between universes can be quite challenging. That’s why I have never thought about buying myself an Apple computer. I’m used to my Lenovo laptop and its familiar Windows environment. I’m well fond of open-source software but for the same reason, I never used Linux as my desktop.

I can only imagine how much will-power a user needs to put in to switch from Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) to Microsoft 365. Outlook acts so disobediently and what’s even more frustrating: Outlook Web App has some cool features that the Outlook desktop app doesn’t have (yet).

But if management says that M365 is the only way … there’s really not much you can do. It would be the same pain in the proverbial backside if it happened to me (to start using Google Workspace).

Have a nice week.
Matic Z.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

Why do I not see a feature but my colleague does? Did you know you can have the same release of Teams installed as your colleague but you don’t see the same features? Your release already has all the features but the “feature flag” is not triggered. Read the article if you want to understand the whole release process.

12 New Connectors Released in January 2021. The list of Power Automate Connectors released in January. Just to mention some of them: 365 Training, Cioplenu, Lettria GDPR Compliance, …

Reactions are Headed to Outlook on the web and Mobile, Shows Promise but Significant Gaps Remain. You will be able to react to email messages just as you can react to Teams messages. Is this feature something that will be used often? I doubt I’ll use thumbs-up, celebrate or cry reaction in a daily business Outlook use. But I may be wrong.

Create a screen recording from your desktop. You don’t need any special software to record the screen or yourself. Microsoft Stream service enables you to record yourself or your screen for up to 15 minutes just by clicking the right button. Very useful for recording instructional videos.

Change handwritten ink to text or math in OneNote for Windows 10. Did you know OneNote has the ability to recognize your handwriting? Try it out. Another cool feature: OneNote can help you solve math equations.

Want to Run a Webinar in Teams? You will Need Teams Pro. In case you’re a webinar organizer you’ll get a few very useful tools built inside the Teams in March. As far as it is known at the moment these Teams Pro features will be available for all Office 365 E3 / E5 /A3 / A5 and (possibly all) Microsoft 365 Business plans. What remains unclear is whether Teams PRO would be included in Microsoft 365 Business Basic plan.

Get the most from your meetings and calls with Microsoft Teams. The second article from the article series about getting the most out of Teams: AI noise suppression, a new audio codec, …

Microsoft To Do iOS 14 widgets are now available. With the launch of iOS 14, you can now add To Do widgets to your home screen.

Add a survey, poll, or quiz to a Microsoft Stream video. Make your video in Microsoft Stream more engaging by adding a survey, quiz, or poll using Microsoft Forms anywhere in a video you own.

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Basic Authentication and Exchange Online. Microsoft announced they will begin to disable basic auth for five Exchange Online protocols in the second half of 2021.

Deploy LAPS with PowerShell. I know, it’s slightly off-topic as it’s on-prem computing related but nevertheless … LAPS is a good solution to manage local admin accounts. And can be done also by using PowerShell.

Commsverse – A Microsoft Teams Conference. Recorded sessions from Commsverse: Microsoft Teams Conference.

How to Create a Report of Microsoft 365 Groups Membership. There are many examples of PowerShell scripts that create reports about the membership of Microsoft 365 Groups. Most are slow. This version is faster because of its per-user rather than per-group approach to processing.

SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business are Kissing Cousins and Now Share an Admin Center. The SharePoint Online admin center is absorbing the functionality of the OneDrive for Business admin center. Some settings have already moved across.

Upcoming changes to mailbox receiving limits: Hot Recipients Throttling. The limit of 3600 messages received per hour was a soft limit so far. But soon Exchange Online servers will start to enforce this threshold as a hard limit.

Getting started on using CLI for Microsoft 365. In this 12-minute Developer-focused demo, Albert-Jan Schot shows how to manage your Microsoft 365 tenant easily and securely from any platform.

💻 Security

Steps to Securing Microsoft Teams. Recently, Microsoft Teams adoption in organizations worldwide has skyrocketed. To keep up with this pace, here’s a detailed long-read post about securing the Collaboration Experience, configuring Compliance, and a look at Security options.

Privileged Identity Management Discovery and insights. This post might be slightly off-topic for this newsletter but Microsoft 365 and Azure are quite well intertwined. Inside you’ll get some well-founded best practices you can use to further secure your tenant.

Number matching with Microsoft Authenticator App in Azure MFA. MFA works in different ways. You can go completely passwordless on the desktop. In this case, you do some number matching: the logon screen shows you a number and you have to press the same number on your authenticator app.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

March 2-4, 2021: Microsoft Ignite 2021. Free online event.

💻 Slightly Off-Topic

Microsoft: Our free tool helps to improve your websites. Microsoft Clarity is a free tool that brings you heatmaps, recording user actions on your website and analysis of the data. Cool.

Azure Learning Explorer. Discover published Azure Learning modules and learning paths for services of your interest.

Are you talking to me? Azure AI brings iconic characters to life with Custom Neural Voice. AI speech has been quite robotic over the past years. A new neural voice is a leap forward to make it sound really natural.

#digitalclutter and our 168 open tabs – Part 2. Are you one of those that has an n+1 tab open because there might be some gold among those opened tabs? RAM usage is to the roof … and you’re still afraid to close your browsers?

😂 On a Less Serious Note


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