[m365weekly] #89

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Issue #89

💻 What’s on my mind

Almost exactly two years ago I published the first issue of the M365 Weekly Newsletter. At the time, I was afraid that there wasn’t enough going on in the world of Microsoft Cloud to send a new issue out into the world every week.
But it turns out I was wrong. The authors of the blogs, podcasts, videos, and official Microsft announcements are very prolific. There is never a shortage of good content and links.
What happens is that I have to think damn well what to save for next time and what to post right away, because it’s important.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

[FEATURED STORY] Language interpretation in Teams

Imagine you are organizing an international online conference. One of the things that guests at such conferences need is an effective online translation into many languages. Not so long ago, this was not something that could be arranged in Teams, but that is changing too.

Language Interpretation is now Generally Available (GA) in Microsoft Teams Meetings. You can add up to 16 language pairs.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

10 Useful Microsoft Teams Apps to Boost Your Productivity. The vast number of apps available through the Teams app allows employees to have the best possible workplace experience — wherever they are.

Microsoft Loop and the Future of Work. Relaxed chat about the possibilities of Microsoft Loop and the future of online work as a whole.

Share Files in OneDrive in 3 Easy Steps (And Manage Sharing Settings). I know people for whom sharing files on OneDrive remains a mystery. They don’t dare to share because they’re sure they’ll screw something up. But it’s not that hard.

Microsoft Retires Kaizala Application in August 2023. Very sad news for the large masses who used this very well-known service.

Teams Expanded Reactions Makes 800 Emojis Available to Users. I have to be honest, I think the emoji reactions in Teams are great. The fact that users will now be able to express themselves even more seems OK to me. As well as that, I’m absolutely delighted with the choice of animated GIFs, because they really do liven up the sometimes boring Teams conversations and meetings.


💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Cross-Tenant User Data Migration in Exchange Online. For some time now, large and small companies have been crying about the lack of cross-tenant migration in the M365 environment. This video sheds some light on this migration issue and gives an indication of the solutions Microsoft is working on. Hopefully, they will launch them as they promise.

Migrating On-Prem Active Directory Computer Accounts to Azure AD. With modern networking and cloud adoption, it only makes sense for computer accounts to make the move from Active Directory to Azure AD.

Outlook Automapping and Offline (OST and NST) Files. Exchange tags a mailbox when a user receives full access permission. Outlook automapping occurs when Autodiscover informs Outlook about the mailbox access. And that is not the desired behavior in all cases.

Get Device Hardware Details From Intune MEM Portal. Intune updates the hardware inventory of each computer on a weekly basis. MEM collects a lot of information about hardware. How do we produce reports that we can use?

Removing and Modifying users appearing in the Org Chart. It turns out that it takes some configuration gymnastics to remove a user who may have left the company or moved horizontally from the Org Chart.


🔐 Security

5 ways to secure DevOps. DevOps teams are exposed to significant security risks due to the very methodology of their work. Let’s secure them in a proper way.

Microsoft 365 guidance for security & compliance. If you drill down into this document, it will probably take you more than an hour to get through it. But it’s worth it, because it explains in great detail everything from the basics of licensing, to Microsoft’s view on security and compliance.

Microsoft Teams stores auth tokens as cleartext in Windows, Linux, Macs. Security researchers have discovered a pretty serious hole in the Teams security that, in a worst-case scenario, would allow an attacker to log in to Teams as a user who has previously had a token stolen. But it seems Microsoft is in no hurry to fix it. Strange.


📖 Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft auditing solutions: Using Purview Audit reports. Microsoft Purview is a unified data governance solution to help manage and govern your on-premises, multi-cloud, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) data. Learn how to make and use Audit reports.

5 Common Myths About Cloud Computing. An excellent article that focuses mainly on the security aspect of cloud computing. Is your data safe in the cloud just because it’s in the cloud?


DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

October 1, 2022 – Basic Authentication Deprecation in Exchange Online. This may fast become a severe 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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