💻 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.
💻 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.
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?
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😂 On a Less Serious Note
☁️ Last but not least …
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