[m365weekly] #82

☁️What’s on my mind

Summer is a time when I sometimes indulge in aimless wandering around the online backstreets. And so I came across a story about how some people survived the Bedlam DL3 incident.

The story dates back to 1997 when a reply-all bomb exploded at Microsoft.

And I still blush a lot when I remember that I, a sysadmin with more than 20 years of experience, also fell into such a booby-trap two years ago, pressed the “reply-all” button, and wrote everyone that they should stop replying to all. What an idiot I was.

Have you ever experienced an email storm like this? I would love to read about your experience. Just hit reply and write it down for me.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

How would you describe yourself in the context of the Microsoft 365 topic?
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a. A sysadmin.
b. Using Microsoft 365 in my workplace.
c. Advanced Microsoft 365 user and/or interested in basic admin tasks.
d. Cyber security professional.
e. Education professional.
e. Something else.

Answers will help me to fine-tune the content of the M365 Weekly Newsletter.

☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

Teams Files Channel Tab Keeps on Improving. One of the features of Teams is that it is actually a composite of other applications. The Wiki tab will finally no longer be installed by default … And there are some other new features coming.

Microsoft Edge Collections Feature Detailed Review | How to use Collections feature | Collections Vs Favorites. This feature in Edge may be the straw that finally pushes me over the edge and convinces me that it’s time to migrate from Chrome to Edge. I’ve been on the fence about it for a while.

Enhancing webinar experiences with Microsoft Teams. If you do webinars, you may well be missing out on the opportunity to use a pretty good webinar tool. Participants can register on the registration page, you can add other speakers …

Microsoft Teams Gets Excel Live, Video Clips, and Viva Engage. At the recent Inspire 2022, a number of innovations that will see the light of day in Teams were unveiled. It’s all about better collaboration and a better user experience.

Top 10 Microsoft Outlook Tips and Tricks to Increase Your Productivity. I started using Outlook in the last century, when my first employer used an Exchange 5.5 server. In these 22+ years, Outlook has accumulated so many useful things that it’s good to refresh the basics a little from time to time.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Microsoft Teams Connect shared channels is moving into general availability. The moment has finally arrived when we can all start using shared channels. What is it, what does it bring and how to use it? Read the community article.

It’s Time to Disable Basic Authentication in Office 365. If you wait too long to prepare for a basic authentication shutdown, you could end up panicking on 1 October. It’s better to prepare in advance and make sure you turn on modern authentication now everywhere you don’t already use it. That way you will identify some old software or hardware where you will need to look for alternative solutions. October is just around the corner.

Configure global mail flow settings from the new Exchange Admin Center. For me, it’s mostly a nightmare to switch to new admin consoles. I mostly have a feeling that something is missing in new ones. But probably the opposite is true.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager – Configuration policies for Google Chrome. Let’s learn how to manage Chrome in Intune.

☁️Security & Data Governance

How to set up Evilginx to phish Office 365 credentials. Needless to say. This guide is for educational purposes only and for testing vulnerabilities in your own production environment.

All Hands-on Deck: A Whole-of-Society Approach for Cybersecurity. A good summary of what the panelists discussed at RSA Conference 2022. How to overcome a culture of secrecy to create transparent and trusted cross-organization collaboration, and the challenge of encouraging responsible disclosure without the fear of backlash.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Organizational communications: Guidance, methods, and products. It is actually the introduction part of Microsoft’s technical documentation, but it is not yet fully technical in this part. It outlines the basics of organizational communication. Excellent!

How to use Microsoft Power Pages to create Websites. Not a read, actually, but a video. This new feature in the Power platform can be used to build an internet-facing website.


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 a supported client to connect to M365.

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☁️On a Less Serious Note

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