[m365weekly] #91

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Issue #91

💻 What’s on my mind

I came across AI-generated text a few years ago. I’ve been testing how well AI can help me write sales letters. Before the advent of GPT-3 texts were really very poor and as clumsy as C3PO, even useless.

But a few weeks ago I did a little digging again to see what has happened in the last two years. It was with disbelief that I looked at the incredible progress that had been made. And certain services are even free.

I gave some AI-generated texts to my wife to read. Her reaction: “You’re getting really good at writing.” 🙂

Something my wife doesn’t know is that I’m also getting good at photography, painting, and music composition. Yes, AI is getting really good. Have you experimented with it, yet?

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

[FEATURED STORY] OneNote is for those who notate, sketch, outline, write, and generate content.

OneNote plays a rather important role in the creation of this newsletter. When I come across an interesting link that is suitable for publication, I use the Chrome extension “Clip to OneNote” to bookmark it. This way, all the interesting links end up in a separate notebook.

OneNote seems to be a service that will undergo quite a lot of changes in the coming period, at least that’s what Microsoft has announced.

I only hope that sooner or later OneNote will also get a word and character counter, which, strangely enough, it still doesn’t have.

Helpful links for OneNote. Very creatively written title of an article, indeed. AI could have done better. But nevertheless, the official Microsoft article with lots of useful stuff on OneNote.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

Best Text Animation In ppt. Okay, maybe not the best, but definitely worth checking out. It looks like this girl is making a lot of good animations that you could export to mp4 and use as an intro to your videos.

How to create a Shared Calendar in Outlook. Create a blank calendar in Outlook that can be shared with your coworkers. You’d be surprised to know how few people know how to make and use shared calendars.

Setting Cell Width and Height Using the Keyboard (Microsoft Excel). Almost everything can be done without a mouse. The only question is how elegant and user-friendly it is.

How to Gather Employee Ideas in Microsoft Teams. Now that we are more or less working in a hybrid way, it may be more difficult to gather ideas and suggestions from team members. We used to do it over a water cooler or over coffee maybe during a brainstorming session. Nowadays, perhaps a special app that you install in Teams can help.


💻 Sysadmin Stuff

How to create a free Microsoft 365 Tenant (sandbox) in 10 minutes? Testing new capabilities in a production Microsoft 365 environment can have many unwanted side effects. If nothing else, it can make users irritated. Test new features in a sandbox where you can’t do any harm.

Send as alias for a Shared mailbox in Exchange Online.Yes, the shared mailbox can also send emails as an alias.

How To Integrate Microsoft Teams With Google Calendar. This may come in handy if you have clients who prefer to use Google Calendar.

Reduce Help Desk Calls by Enabling Self-Service Password Reset. If you haven’t turned it on yet, then I believe your life is miserable.


🔐 Security

Microsoft Report Highlights OAuth App Attack on Exchange Online. A report released by Microsoft explained how attackers compromised admin accounts in a tenant and created a malicious OAuth app to control Exchange Online.

Azure AD Authentication for Point to Site (P2S) VPN. Before connecting to an Azure virtual machine, connect to Azure with a VPN. This will make the connection as secure as possible.

Protect Office 365 Sensitive Data with Data Loss Prevention (DLP). The data loss prevention (DLP) policy in Office 365 prevents sensitive data from leaking. If nothing else, compliance with privacy laws forces you to make sure personal data doesn’t leak out of the company.


📖 Noteworthy (long)reads

Introducing Microsoft eCDN for a New Era of Communications. Enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN) enhances live video streaming experiences for Microsoft Teams Live Events with optimized network performance.

Where in the world is my Teams conversation? Right now, users have too many ways to communicate in Microsoft Teams. Help them by guiding them towards the most suitable way that works for them.

8% of Global Tech Workers Have Significant Cloud-Related Skills. Only 8% of tech workers? If you are one of the 8%, then have no fear for your career.


DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

November 14, 2022 – The old version of Bookings will be retired. Bookings is a service available in the most commercial Microsoft 365 SKUs.

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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