[m365weekly] #90

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Issue #90

☁️What’s on my mind

A friend sent me a very interesting discussion thread from Hacker News a few days ago. The contributors were talking about why Teams is still such a bad product. The title suggests that the whole product is bad. I disagree with that, of course.
But it wasn’t until I started reading about what annoys users that it hit me: yes, why do I accept some things as fact and think that’s just how Teams works?
I’ve got used to copying text with an extra step practically everywhere, first to Notepad++, then to the target application. This clears out all the clutter.
I always have Teams on night mode and therefore I often encounter the illogical behavior of Teams which carries all HTML clutter with copied texts … and so “night mode” is also copied along – white text on a black background. That’s just one of the things I have accepted as a fact.
I really hope that someone from the UX group at Microsoft has picked up on this thread.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

What is the value of moving file servers to SharePoint Online or OneDrive? Are you an IT manager and need a good case for why it’s smart to migrate file servers to SharePoint online? This article can give you some ideas on how to convince your management.

Did you know that a document could have 13 different share links? It is still quite confusing, but according to Microsoft, simplified permission management. So developers still have some work to do to get it right. Ordinary users are still quite puzzled.

4 Ways to Enable Spell Check in Microsoft Edge Browser. What would I do without a spellchecker? My fingers often get tangled and type Microsfot instead of Microsoft, to give just one example. Edge is becoming more and more useful. So let’s take a look at how to get to the spellchecker in this browser.

Five new features to make your Microsoft Teams usage a little bit better. Some cosmetic, but also some purely productivity tips and tricks.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

How to Deal with Exchange Online Basic Authentication Deprecation? Yes, I realize I may be posting too many links on this topic, but this is really the last call for those of you who haven’t checked what will change for you next week. Basic authentication is effectively dead. It’s still being kept on a ventilator purely for appearance’s sake.

Implementing Autodiscover and Avoiding common Pitfalls. An incorrectly configured autodiscover can cause a lot of problems with the deployment of Microsoft 365, especially with Exchange Online. Avoid pitfalls and check what is best practice.

5 Reasons Getting Certified Now Will Protect Your Career in a Recession. Some encouragement for those IT professionals who are still hesitating. Certification gets you a better job and more money. No matter how nerdy you look, once your LinkedIn profile says you’re a certified Cybersecurity Architect Expert, you’ll be getting a lot of job offers. And you’ll soon find a lifemate. Sorry, it sounds like a horoscope, but the truth is not far from it.

☁️Security & Data Governance

How to Safeguard From Security Flaws Found in MFA Push Notification Method? Microsoft announced new MFA methods such as number matching and MFA additional context to prevent attacks caused by MFA push notification systems.

Is it a Problem when Microsoft Teams Stores Access Tokens in Clear Text? A security researcher reports that Microsoft Teams access tokens are stored in clear text on user workstations and could be used to compromise an account.

The Gone Phishing Tournament tests your team’s security readiness. The Gone Phishing Tournament is an online phishing initiative that uses real-world simulations to build a strong security-aware organizational culture.

Implementing a Zero Trust strategy after compromise recovery. It’s hard to expect different results if you do everything the same way as before. This is especially true when you have experienced (and survived) a cyber-attack in your company. Zero trust principles will help you.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Exchange Online Statistics – 300K Physical Mailbox Servers. Microsoft revealed some interesting Exchange Online statistics at the MEC 2022 event. 300K physical servers is a staggering number to contemplate.

How Can Employers Address Skills Gap at the Workplace? I know a guy. He is 48 years old, he has no internet, his mobile phone still has keys. No, he is not a member of the Amish. He is practically unemployable in today’s world. This is not a gap. It is an abyss. What can employers do to reduce it?


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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