[m365weekly] #39

💻 What’s on my mind

Remote and hybrid work became a reality, thankfully. I’m writing these lines in a nice shadow beside a cottage on a desolate location somewhere in the middle of the Adriatic sea. The power is coming from photovoltaic cells and 4G is not always registering. But still if needed I could work comfortably from here with a few adjustments.

And you? What is your reality? Is working from anywhere something you (could) do? Drop me a few lines.

Have a nice week.
Matic Z.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

Scheduler for Microsoft 365 Debuts. Scheduler for Microsoft 365 is a new meeting scheduling service launched with a monthly subscription. Scheduler and Cortana work together to find the most suitable meeting times for participants.

Announcing general availability for Intelligent speakers for Microsoft Teams Rooms. Less notetaking for meeting participants as these intelligent speakers can hear and transcribe the speech for up to 10 participants in the meeting.

What kind of apps can you build on Microsoft 365? Short answer: standalone apps and apps that extend the existing M365 capabilities.

Microsoft Lists workshop now available on-demand. Two-part on-demand workshops where you can learn how to utilize one of the most productivity-boosting features in the whole M365 suite of services.

Keyboard shortcuts in OneNote. In my opinion one of the best services in the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. You can work with OneNote even more effectively by using keyboard shortcuts. The whole collection of shortcuts is gathered here in this article. Read on.

Microsoft Teams 2.0 will use half the memory, dropping Electron for Edge Webview2. Microsoft is completely revamping the Teams app and it seems it will run much smoother as it does today. Having more memory for other apps is good!

The latest feature for Microsoft Teams will be music to your ears. Microsoft is rolling out a music mode for Teams. The feature supports high-quality audio. It also lets you turn off components like echo cancellation and noise suppression.

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Fast and Free Incident Response Tools in Microsoft 365. There are a few built-in tools that you can use to quickly gather the data that you need for a fast and effective response to the incidents. All available in the form of PowerShell cmdlets.

How to Block User Access to Office 365. There is more than one way to stop users to connect to their M365 accounts. Maybe you need to block users only on weekends. It can be done.

Most Useful PowerShell Cmdlets to Manage Exchange Online Mailboxes. List of exchange online related cmdlets with examples.

Music on hold during Teams call transfer. A silence when transferring a call is bad and can lead to the caller thinking there’s something wrong with a call. At the moment there’s no music on the call transfers. And this is going to change soon. Read on to learn what is changing.

💻 Security

Conditional Access: Create policies to secure cloud resources using AAD authentication. Really good overview of what you can do with conditional access policies with step-by-step instructions on how to create your first conditional access policy to secure your organization.

The critical role of Zero Trust in securing our world. Microsoft is not only a software development company. It has also been recognized as a leader in information security matters. They have access to all the security-related data they collect when running their cloud services.

Ten Years On, Office 365 Backup is More Challenging Than Ever Before. Microsoft is celebrating 10 years of launching its productivity cloud, first known as Office 365 then renamed to Microsoft 365 a short while ago. In all those years a backup has become more complex. And what about the restoration of backed-up data? Vendors are slowly locking us in their clouds and there’s nothing we can do about it.

💻 Noteworthy (long)reads

Is it worth building a lab server for Microsoft 365 in 2021 and can you do it for under $1000? In the world of cloud computing, why would you install physical servers to better understand the cloud? The reasons may surprise you.

Windows 11: The operating system for hybrid work and learning. Windows 11 is coming in the fall and it will bring a new experience for remote and hybrid workers. Learn more about it in the article.

😂 On a Less Serious Note

Grown up cloud to a young one: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
The young one: "Data storage".

Last but not least …

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