💻 What’s on my mind
Last week was really exciting thanks to Microsoft’s launch of Microsoft Teams Essentials. I don’t expect the whole world to suddenly want to use Teams just because it was introduced as a standalone service.
It is true that Teams Essentials is considerably cheaper than, for example, Zoom, and that it also offers considerably more for the money in terms of business support. But on the other hand, it is the complexity of the Microsoft 365 environment that is the big drawback.
How long does it take you to start using Zoom? Let’s be conservative in our estimate and say like 30 minutes. And anyone can do it. How long does it take to get started with Teams Essentials? If you want it to work the way it should, you need to integrate it into your existing Microsoft 365 environment. And now we’re getting to the point where you need an expert to set it all up for you.
If you’re a Microsoft 365 expert, that is good news for you, isn’t it?
Have a great week.
💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace
Become part of your presentation with Presenter Modes in Microsoft Teams. When you present in Microsoft Teams and you share your screen you might not be visible. Presenter modes make it easier to interact with your audience.
Create Connected PivotTables in Excel for the web. You can now create reports connected to Power BI datasets from a blank workbook in Excel for the web.
How to format a group header to display the weekday in Microsoft Lists. Format a group header in Microsoft Lists and SharePoint lists to display the day of the week when the item was created.
Now it’s easier than ever to edit photos in OneDrive. OneDrive is getting better as a photo editor as well. Check out new features.
💻 Sysadmin Stuff
Microsoft Teams Direct Routing changes you need to be aware of for Q1 2022. Recently, Microsoft notified via Message Center that there are two upcoming changes to Teams Direct Routing. These might affect your telephony service based on Teams Direct Routing.
Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Let’s deploy End to End Encryption (E2EE) for 1 to 1 VOIP Calls. A step-by-step guide for those who would like to enable this security measure.
Policy Lookup for Microsoft 365 Retention Policies in Preview. The ability to lookup a user, site, or group and report the Microsoft 365 retention policies applicable to the location is now available in preview.
Email Security Predictions 2022: 4 Ways Hackers Will Target Businesses. Vade Secure experts sharing their thoughts on the threats that will loom largest in 2022.
Easiest Method To Enable MFA For Admins Using Azure AD Conditional Access. Let’s see the easiest method to enable MFA for Admins using Azure Active Directory Conditional Access policies.
Use Registration campaign to promote Microsoft Authenticator App. Let’s face it. Multi-factor authentication is here and it is a good security solution. Now we just need a way to promote it among users.
📖 Noteworthy (long)reads
How’s your intranet doing these days? The death of Intranet portals was predicted years ago. What is the situation today? Read …
Our leadership team lived together for a week and… Working from home or hybrid presents a number of challenges for businesses. The fact is that direct human interaction is essential because that’s the way the human race is built. But what has this company’s experiment shown? Read on.
😂 On a Less Serious Note
☁️ Last but not least …
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