[m365weekly] #86

☁️What’s on my mind

To be honest, I am still trying to comprehend some of the things that have happened recently, not quite believing it.
I am very happy that Microsoft has recognized the value of my newsletter. Therefore, also for the sake of transparency, I am proud to announce that Microsoft is partially sponsoring my newsletter.
What will change? Not much, actually. I will still be as critical of some services and solutions as I have been so far when it was justified. But most importantly, the Microsoft sponsorship will allow me to expand the content and improve the newsletter in general.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

[FEATURED STORY] Blocked senders in Exchange Online

There are a number of reasons why the security system within Microsoft 365 will block an individual user from sending emails. If this happens to the whole organization, it’s even worse. Fortunately, Exchange Online has quite strict limits. These limits usually save us from unnecessary technical and legal complications. But sometimes they are quite a nuisance.

Office 365 user blocked from sending emails. How to fix it?

☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

4 Ways to Build a Knowledge Base in SharePoint. From the simplest to the more sophisticated (or complicated) method.

All In One Guide OneNote For Windows 11 Detailed Review. The most comprehensive and detailed comparison of the three versions I have seen so far.

What’s The Deal With The Microsoft Teams Chat With Self Feature? No, you’re not a weirdo if you are chatting with yourself. This new Teams functionality is useful in many ways. Interested in more? Read the article.

Adding External Users to Microsoft Teams Shared Channels. Establish a collaborative external space via shared channels through B2B Direct Connect. To enable this you’ll need the help of your designated IT guy. But it’s worth it.

Top 10 Advanced Features of MS Forms. Forms is not just for deciding where to take your colleagues for lunch. No, no … it does much more.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Connecting IMAP4 Clients to Exchange Online with OAuth 2.0. You’ll almost certainly need this soon. Especially since the basic authentication is going away.

Introducing Adoption Score – helping customers get the most out of Microsoft 365. Knowing your customers’ adoption score will come in especially handy after 1 October, when you renew your partner status with Microsoft. One of the metrics for getting new designations is also related to how much your customers are using Microsoft 365 services.

Improved External Email Tagging in Office 365. Put another barrier in the way of criminals, informing users that an email is coming from the outside world.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

September 19 to 23 – Data, Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics Summit. SQL Server, Power BI, Azure SQL, AI, Arc, Pureview, … Free summit.

☁️Security & Data Governance

New security products added to the Microsoft stack. Microsoft announced two new products in the Microsoft cloud Security stack. Both products were acquired from respectable tech companies.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud. Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) for all of your Azure, on-premises, and multi-cloud resources. Defender for Cloud fills three vital needs as you manage the security of your resources and workloads in the cloud and on-premises. But it also goes beyond that. It gives you insights into the regulatory compliance posture of your cloud workloads. Cool, huh?

Cloud Vulnerability Scanning – Everything You Need to Know. No, there’s nothing magical about Cloud vulnerability. Today, it has become a necessity.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft responds to European Cloud Provider feedback with new programs and principles. What’s bothering European cloud providers and how Microsoft has addressed their concerns?

How Microsoft Partners Can Participate in Community Events. Want to get involved with your local Microsoft 365 community but aren’t sure how? Read the article for some tips from active community members.

MoCapAct: Training humanoid robots to “Move Like Jagger”. To be honest, I have never understood what is so fascinating about the way Mick Jagger moves. But young scientists have figured out how to teach humanoid robots to move like Jagger. Go figure.


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. This seems no longer true according to this article. I will closely follow the MS statements regarding Office 2013 and 2019 connectivity.]

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☁️On a Less Serious Note

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