[m365weekly] #78

☁️What’s on my mind

Recently, there has been a lot of dissatisfaction in the Microsoft partner channel. I am in contact with Microsoft partners practically every day and they all complain that they will have difficulty maintaining their partner status and obtaining new designations that would qualify them for rebates and other perks (internal use right licenses, etc.).

Especially in smaller markets, this move by Microsoft will significantly reduce the earnings of most partners.

Why is this happening? I think for two reasons.

The first is that shareholders need to stay happy. The second is that Microsoft has finally got the opportunity to focus partners strictly on moving everybody and everything to the cloud.

No cloud, no partner status, no incentives.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

[FEATURED STORY] Chat with yourself like a pro psycho

The start of summer in the northern hemisphere is usually an opportunity for lighter themes. Perhaps even humorous.

One of the new features in Teams made me laugh. Now you can use this collaborative tool to have a chat with yourself. Finally, you can talk to someone who is as smart as you are.

Joking aside. The new option is very appreciated. You can try out all the features of the chat option in Teams. You can test, for example, how the Loop components behave.

You can make drafts before you send them, and save some files that you would like to always have quickly accessible.

Microsoft Teams Launches Chat with Self Feature. A bit more technical overview of the chat-with-self feature.

☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

How to use Supervised Chats In Microsoft Teams. Do you want to learn how to lock down the Teams in education so the students can only chat when the teacher is present? This is one of the quite new features in Microsoft Teams.

3 Best Ways to Clear Clipboard History in Windows 11. Windows 11 can handle multiple items in clipboard history and you can even pin items to use them frequently, and it can sync to the cloud. Knowing how to clean the clipboard history may be useful.

How to Create a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word – Add an Automatic Contents Page Fast. I don’t use Word for long documents and I rarely need to create ToC. This video saved my day. ToCs are quite easy in Word.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Remote help for windows with Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Remote help with Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a new feature available in Intune. The support staff can connect end-users devices and assist with troubleshooting.

Enable Cloud PC Local Admin Access to User in Windows 365. Creating a local admin on Windows 365 machine is not as straightforward as it was on a usual PC. Learn how to do it quickly.

Find All Inbox Rules that Forwards Emails Externally in Office 365. It’s always good to know to who all the users in your organization are automatically sending mail. This PowerShell script helps to find inbox rules configured with external email forwarding (forwards emails to external users) and export them to a CSV file.

☁️Security & Data Governance

What are the limitations with Microsoft Defender for Business Standalone? Defender for Business is also available in a stand-alone version, but it has some limitations that you should be aware of.

Social Engineering Kill–Chain: Predicting, Minimizing & Disrupting Attack Verticals. Protecting an organization from social engineering attacks is not an easy task. It’s an asymmetric game where information, education, and strategy are paramount.

Microsoft Adds Security Defaults to Unprotected Office 365 Tenants. Microsoft will enable Security Defaults for Office 365 tenants created prior to October 2019. The move will protect 60 million accounts against attack.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft Announces the Future for Exchange Server. What is the future of Microsoft’s flagship Exchange on-premises server? Will MS continue to develop it?

Only 27% of users truly collaborate in Microsoft Teams, SWOOP Analytics Microsoft 365 Benchmarking Report 2022. Microsoft boasts that Teams is used by more than 270 million users as of January 2022 (active monthly users), but the survey shows a different picture – that only a small fraction of these users actually collaborate within Teams.

Microsoft Claims Teams is Now Up To 60% Faster on Windows. Okay, if Teams is now 60% faster, what the hell was Microsoft doing in the past to make Teams so slow?


October 1, 2022 – Basic Authentication Deprecation in Exchange Online. This may fast become a serious issue for unprepared organizations.

October 3, 2022 – The new rules for achieving MS partnership are in place.

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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☁️On a Less Serious Note

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