[m365weekly] #54

💻 What’s on my mind

Those of you who do not have a deep technical background and have never worked in IT support may not be aware that there is a special kind of humor among IT professionals. Humor whose tail is aimed at the dumb users. Abbreviations such as error ID10t or PEBKAC are well known. ID10t is self-explanatory. PEBKAC = Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair, ergo the user is the problem.
Today I feel like one of those proverbialy dumb users who does not know how to work with computers, even though I have been working with them for the last 20 years.
Some time ago I bought the most expensive Sony noise-canceling headphones. When the headphones are in headset mode (during a Teams call) I hear all the background noise amplified. This somewhat beats the purpose of noise-canceling, doesn’t it?
It drives me crazy. Not sure, but maybe I’m just getting to old for this and I’m a representation of the ID10t error.

Have a great week.
Matic Z.

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💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

How to link to a specific location on a SharePoint page via Page Anchors. Are you trying to create a link to a specific location on a SharePoint page? You can easily do so via Page Anchors.

How to Find and Use Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Icons. You’ve probably searched for Microsoft product icons before, and now you can easily find them on the Microsoft website. See how.

The NEW Microsoft Teams Whiteboard 2021 // A fully updated & improved Whiteboard in Teams meetings. A great video with information about the new Whiteboard.

How to Use Microsoft Loop Components in Teams Chat. Find out more about what Loop is and how to use this new service, which is not yet in general availability.

Pin, save, follow, favorite the “Microsoft365 stuff you like”. When you work in a large organisation and you are spread over several projects, it’s quite difficult to keep track of all the important things. How do you organise yourself to be the most efficient at navigating through the data in your organisation? Read the article.


💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Self-service Microsoft Teams Auto Attendant administration. Automate your Teams Auto Attendant administration ahead of the upcoming holiday season and take the pressure off yourself and your technicians. Almost for free. Step-by-step guide.

How to configure branding for Endpoint Manager in your Microsoft 365 tenant? A step-by-step guide on the custom branding of Endpoint Manager.

Use Desired State Configuration to Snapshot the Configuration of Your Microsoft 365 Tenant. Microsoft 365 Desired State Configuration (DSC), is a way to capture details of a tenant’s configuration using PowerShell in such a way that any changes made to the configuration can be easily detected.

10 productivity tips for M365 administrators. Yeah, my dear sysadmin. You need to read this article. You’ll miss a lot if you don’t.


💻 Security

The extra value that many have missed with Microsoft Defender for Business. Microsoft has rattled the cage with the announcement of a new security suite for Microsoft 365. With it, users get a lot of security for relatively little or no extra cost.

What is a security breach in Office 365? What is a security breach and how can we reduce the chances of one? Why can’t Microsoft prevent every intrusion and breach? Tough questions.


💻 Noteworthy (long)reads

What You Need to Know About Privacy Management for Microsoft 365. The latest Ignite introduced a new Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 tool. A brief summary of how it looks like and what’s new is available in this neat article.

Drive value with Microsoft 365 adoption tools. Great site with all the tools and materials you need on the Microsoft 365 adoption path. Explore your options, train your users, persuade your boss to migrate to the cloud, …


DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

31 December 2021 – Last day of Microsoft Open License Program (OLP). From the start of 2022 OLP products are available in CSP (source, source 2).

1 January 2022 – No more transacting in OLP program. From then on perpetual licenses are available in CSP.

1 March 2022 – First Microsoft 365 price increase since 2011 (source). It’s going to be a substantial price increase.


😂 On a Less Serious Note


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