[m365weekly] #83

☁️What’s on my mind

I got a call on Viber few days ago. Belgian number. It looked legit. But it wasn’t.
After a few words, I realized it was one of the “Microsoft technical support” scam calls. They were calling me because they were getting “signals” from my computer that indicated that my computer was infected with a vicious virus.
I invested about 10 minutes to get to know how the crooks operate. They tried to convince me that my computer specifically was infected by showing me some random “identifier”, which is the same on all Windows computers.
There will obviously be more and more of these scam calls because if these calls were not profitable, the criminals would have left the business by now. Quite the contrary: they are obviously increasingly motivated. According to Brian Krebs, they are willing to hire an Uber driver to come and pick you up at home, to take you to the bank.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

How to create professional Business PowerPoint slide design. Really neat walk-through video.

Quick Guide to External Sharing in SharePoint Online. This link would be better suited for “Sysadmin stuff” section, but it’s good that even regular users of the Microsoft 365 environment know some of the behind-the-scenes stuff. Misconfigured external sharing often results in data being available to the whole world.

How to change slide size for one slide only. It’s good to know how to do it. But I definitely recommend subscribing to the whole YT channel, because the content is great.

Loop Components Appear in OWA for Internal Use Only. Loop components are a great way to further simplify collaboration between colleagues. However, due to technical constraints, Loops can currently only be used within the same organisation.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Introducing the Microsoft 365 Health dashboard: an easy way to view key health information. The health of a Microsoft 365 environment is like the weather. Sometimes storms are global, but most often they are localised. I usually explain this to sysadmin noobs when they ask me if there’s something wrong with the Microsoft ecosystem because one of their customers isn’t receiving emails. “Have you looked at the health of the services?” “Can you look into it for me?” No, actually I can’t because I don’t have access to your customer’s tenant. The new Health dashboard will make things more clear, I hope.

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

How To Enable Windows 11 Classic Context Menu. This one is a life saver. I can’t stand Win11 context menu. What about you?

☁️Security & Data Governance

Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting proactively hunts threats. Humans and AI work together to make threat detection more effective. Microsoft’s Defender Experts for Hunting service is now available to all interested organisations.

Unboxing Microsoft Defender for Business, Part 4: Integration with MEM and Conditional Access. Microsoft Defender for Business is most effective when it is well integrated with other services such as Micrsoft Endpoint Manager and Conditional Access.

Beware: Microsoft email users, even with MFA on, are unsafe from this new phishing attack. The scammers have figured out how to trick the victim into clicking on MFA notifications, thinking it is a legit authentication request. The horror of this will, apparently, never end.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Selling the Digital Transformation Journey: Security & Compliance. I think about the problems I had 10 years ago selling Office 365. Lots of cloud sceptics, and those who were used to one-off payments and didn’t want to pay subscriptions as a matter of principle. Today, it is a similar situation, except that different services are harder to sell. Fortunately, the awareness of the need to be both compliant and secure is already at a fairly high level in many places.

Common Mistakes Made in Managing Microsoft 365. In short: not everything is an IT problem.

What happens when you ask an ‘AI Companion’ about Windows 11 and licensing? If that were not true, it would belong more under “On a less serious note” section.


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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