[m365weekly] #36

☁️What’s on my mind

I vividly remember the times when I was eager to try every new Windows release, service pack, and whatnot. This week Microsoft leaked info that Windows 11 will be available soon. Why 11 when they promised that Windows 10 is going to be the last Windows?

I only hope that history is not repeating itself in the case of Windows 11 which will be officially available in fall 2021. Remember the past where every other Windows release was crappy. Windows XP – great OS. Windows Vista – crap of all craps. Windows 7 – mature, stable, with a great user interface. Windows 8 & 8.1 – crappy, and they “fixed” what needed no fixing. Windows 10 – the best Windows OS ever. Windows 11 ??? Let’s hope for the best.

One thing is sure. Windows 11 will be even more integrated with Microsoft clouds – Azure and Microsoft 365.

Have a nice week.
Matic Z.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

No more “next slide please” with Microsoft Teams PowerPoint Live Presenter Mode. One of the great meeting features of Microsoft Teams is PowerPoint Live Presenter mode. The killer feature is that anyone can “Take control” of presenting the deck seamlessly.

You’ll soon be able to stream Microsoft Teams to YouTube and Twitch. Microsoft Teams will soon support Real-Time Messaging Protocol, which will make it easy to stream content from the app through Twitch, YouTube, and other platforms.

What is Microsoft Planner? This article explains what a Microsoft Planner is and what are some of its core features and functionalities.

How to Create Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms. A good how-to tutorial for all those who would like to learn how to create and manage breakout rooms.

PowerPoint for the web introduces Auto Fix: A new time-saving feature to clean up your slides! The new AI-based feature is now available in PowerPoint for the web for people with a Microsoft 365 subscription.

How to Use Measurement Converter in Microsoft Office. Easily convert one unit to another in Microsoft Office with the ‘Measurement Converter’ tool.

Giving a great remote presentation: 3 tips using OBS I’ve learnt in the last 12 months. Many use Teams in conjunction with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). A few tips and tricks for better remote presentation using OBS.

☁️Sysadmin Stuff

Microsoft SharePoint Online Domain can be renamed. Till now sysadmins could only dream to rename their Sharepoint Online domain. No more. Microsoft is slowly releasing this ability to the crowds. You will find the whole procedure in the MS documentation. This is a huge improvement for all Microsoft 365 sysadmins.

Microsoft Teams Direct Routing SBA. Having your business telephony in the cloud has it’s downsides, too. When your internet connection drops you’re left without working phone system even for devides sitting on the same local network. Unless you utilize Survivable Branch Appliance …

How OneDrive Sync resolves sync conflicts. OneDrive Sync conflicts are inevitable. In this article, you will find a few scenarios and explanation how OneDrive Sync handles and resolves them.

Configure External Sharing in SharePoint Online. External sharing allows you to share documents outside your organization. You can configure external sharing in SharePoint Online either through UI or PowerShell.

Teams Meeting Tenant To Tenant Migration! Tenant to tenant migration is a complex task. One of the problems you’ll have after such migration are invalid Teams meeting links. Fortunately, there is a script that will solve even that.

☁️Security & Data Governance

Microsoft Information Protection – tips from the field – Modern Work & Security. Sensitivity labels offer you a simple way to identify, classify and protect your data. This functionality is now even a part of the Office 365 E3 plan.

Adopting a Zero Trust approach to security – part 2. In the second part of the article, you’ll find more about securing the most important pillar of the zero-trust principle – identity.

Azure’s DNS Problem Highlights Fallibility in Cloud Services. Clouds are vulnerable – to bugs and attacks. Microsoft had a major bug in its DNS infrastructure a few months ago, resulting in a worldwide outage. Every Cloud provider is facing its own challenges and we must be aware of that fact.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Moving to Microsoft 365 means getting to know your data (and your business). Migrations to Microsoft 365, or any cloud for that matter, can be full of roadblocks, disappointments. Such a migration needs months of preparations in same cases. And it’s mostly a bad planning that create problems, not a software (cloud).

☁️On a Less Serious Note

☁️ Last but not least …

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