[m365weekly] #79

☁️What’s on my mind

I come from a part of the world where, 15 years ago, we did not see any particular problem with software being pirated. If you had a problem that a piece of software solved for you, the last thing you thought of was to buy that piece of software. Somehow you had already found the installation file, which had been modified accordingly.

I was reminded of this attitude last week when I traveled to a part of the world where, to this day, nobody thinks twice about installing proprietary software that has not been purchased. If it is not bought, it is stolen.

That is why I also see a lot of reluctance towards cloud computing in those parts of the world. Cloud computing and the SaaS model are radically changing this area as well.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

Microsoft Loop components: Extending capabilities in Microsoft Teams and Outlook. Have you tried Loop components? I think it’s a great way to make collaboration between colleagues even better. Get some ideas on how you can use them in this article.

Reordering Last Name and First Name (Microsoft Excel). Something more than great Excel acrobatics. A trick that often comes in very handy.

New Stream Client Includes Some Useful New Features. Stream is one of the more forgotten Microsoft 365 services. While it had more functionality in its old form, the new app is also getting more powerful.

OneDrive – how to check who has access to your files. Many times I find myself in a situation where I feel that I may have shared a confidential file with too many people. How can I check if this is true? This video explains it all.

How to Use Dictation in Microsoft Word. I know a man who wrote an entire book by dictating it to a computer. Word took over the conversion to text. You have to try it to believe it.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Top 50 PowerShell Scripts for Microsoft 365 Admins. This article is a real treasure trove for every Microsoft 365 sysadmin. Super useful scripts, organized by category.

Activate Windows with the firmware embedded product key. You may find yourself in a situation where computers can no longer connect to the on-premise activation server. In this case, you can activate Windows in other ways. Read on.

Five Best Practices for Microsoft 365 Exchange Online Domain Transfers. Standardize Exchange Online domain transfers after migration to ensure a seamless user experience with these five best practices.

☁️Security & Data Governance

4 Practical Tips to Protect Your Customers from Ransomware. Do you have concerns about your customers falling prey to ransomware? Here are several ways to keep them as safe as possible.

Social Engineering Kill–Chain: Predicting, Minimizing & Disrupting Attack Verticals. A very captivating story. There are more and more of them, and there will be even more. Criminals are becoming more and more resourceful, but human beings are still the weakest link.

When You Should Disable Azure AD Security Defaults? The answer should be: never! But let’s check this out.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Top Resource You Should Bookmark for Power Apps Development. Are you involved in Power Apps development? Then this is definitely a must-read for you.

Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War – Microsoft On the Issues. “But the first shots were in fact fired hours before when the calendar still said February 23. They involved a cyberweapon called “Foxblade” that was launched against computers in Ukraine. Reflecting the technology of our time, those among the first to observe the attack were half a world away, working in the United States in Redmond, Washington.”

Microsoft increases email security market share 18%. Microsoft email security solutions are gaining a good reputation among Fortune 500 companies.


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

October 3, 2022 – New rules for achieving MS partnership designations 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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