[m365weekly] #72

💻 What’s on my mind

It is getting harder for me to be really surprised by something. If two years ago I was surprised when Microsoft renamed the Office 365 Business packages to Microsoft 365 Business, I am not surprised today when we get a few more renamings and even redefinitions of services.

One of the most recent renames: “Microsoft compliance” is now Microsoft Purview and the solutions within the compliance area have also been rebranded.

For those of us who deal with the full range of Microsoft cloud solutions on a daily basis, these changes make our lives a bit difficult. It’s hard to write, hard to advise because many times even Microsoft’s official documentation doesn’t keep up with the changes.

What about you? Do you follow all the rebranding and renaming changes Microsoft does once few months? Hit reply and drop me a few lines.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

[FEATURED STORY] Connect Teams Essentials to Google (Google Workspace) mailing system.

Teams Essentials was designed with those who don’t use the Microsoft cloud ecosystem in mind but would like to use Teams to connect with external colleagues, customers, and partners. In the case where the identity is provided by Azure AD, it is possible to connect to Google Calendar and other mailing systems’ calendars.

Connect Microsoft Teams Essentials (AAD Identity) to an existing email system with a calendar. Official Microsoft documentation.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

Microsoft Teams’ Presenter Mode Now Lets Users Move and Resize Video Feed. Presenter mode is gaining new possibilities. This will make presentations even better and, above all, participants more responsive.

Share any window from the taskbar directly into a Microsoft Teams meeting. If you’re using Windows 11, thanks to a new option, you can now share any window directly in a Teams meeting. Here’s how.

How to use Whiteboard external sharing and other new Microsoft Teams meeting features. A great summary of all the latest updates that have hit Teams in the last month or two. Want to learn how to share a whiteboard with an external audience? Read on.

Teams Live Streaming Isn’t Difficult, Even for Video Novices. A new feature for Teams meetings allows Teams live streaming of meeting content to streaming platforms like YouTube. It’s easy to do, and it’s a great feature.


💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Find Unused Exchange Online Mailboxes to Save Licenses. This article explains how to find potentially unused Exchange Online mailboxes. Once you find them, you can decide what to do next. You’d probably want to save some money?

If You Use Office 2013, It’s Time to Move. Office 2013 is an old software package. It’s an outdated product. And by next year it will be obsolete. Move on.

Building Exchange 2019 Lab Environments. Exchange Server on-premises organizations need somewhere to test scenarios for updating, testing configurations, and running occasional “what-if” testing. It is also good to have a test environment in hybrid scenarios, too. This article provides guidance on notable alternatives for delivering suitable Exchange 2019 lab environments – without breaking the bank.


💻 Security

Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Gets Differentiated Protection for Priority Accounts. Particularly sensitive and critical users now have a slightly better chance of surviving in the jungle of constant security threats.

MFA prompt spamming/ MFA fatigue – What can you do to prevent/ detect attacks? Have you ever received an MFA push notification and pressed approve without a second thought? Yes? Well, that’s not the smartest thing to do. It could have been an attempted attack.


💻 Noteworthy (long)reads

How Important Are Microsoft Certifications for Partners? Have you ever wondered what the upside of applying for certain Microsoft certifications was? Short transcript of a video that explains certifications and competencies.

Microsoft will let you run Windows 11 on an M1 Mac, but they won’t support it. The title says it all. It will work but won’t be supported. Not a big downside for most users.


DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

June 14, 2022 – Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 – End of Support.

April 11, 2023 – Exchange Server 2013 – End of support.

April 11, 2023 – Microsoft Office 2013 – End of support. You might experience performance or reliability issues if you continue to use Office 2013 with Microsoft 365 services because it will no longer be supported client to connect to M365.


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