[m365weekly] #106

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Issue #106

☁️What’s on my mind

Okay, everyone has already said what will be important in 2023. As January is slowly coming to an end, I can put some observations on the table.

As far as I can see, we are all going to be very engaged in a game of cat and mouse this year.

Users want to be secure, sysadmins are trying to help them, criminals are discovering clever new ways to bypass all the protections, and Microsoft is trying to keep up with all these new techniques and fix the flaws.

And there seems to be no end in sight. I don’t think it’s actually clear yet who is the cat and who is the mouse in this game.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

MFA for user authentication in Microsoft 365 is, of course, free. But when you want to use Microsoft technology as an MFA provider for your on-premises environment and the applications that run there, you have to go for paid services. Azure AD Premium P1 and P2, of course, give you a lot more. See a comparison of the two packages and what they offer.

Features and licenses for Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication. In this article, we take a closer look at how Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication can be licensed and used, including the various features and capabilities available depending on your organization’s needs. From official Microsoft documentation.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

All New Experience to Recall Messages in Exchange Online. Say goodbye to email mishaps with the “Recall Messages” in Exchange Online feature – learn how to easily retrieve or replace sent emails in Outlook for desktop and manage recall settings for your organization

SharePoint Tutorial for Beginners. Get a head start on SharePoint with these beginner’s best practices – learn the high-level capabilities, differences between SharePoint and OneDrive, and how to navigate sites and document libraries for effective team collaboration.

10X Your Excel Skills with ChatGPT. In this step-by-step tutorial, learn how you can exponentially improve your Excel skills using OpenAI’s ChatGPT artificial intelligence. Write nested functions easily, calculate the number of unique text values in a list, write a basic invoicing macro, and more, all with just a few clicks and basic refinements.

A day in the life with Visio. Unlock the power of visual communication with Microsoft Visio – the ultimate tool for creating professional diagrams and charts in minutes. Did you know that Visio is most likely available to you for free right now? Check it in your Microsoft 365 portal. It may not do everything you can do with the paid Visio Plan 1 or Plan 2, but it’s quite enough for a quick diagram.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Important Microsoft 365 Articles Every Sysadmin Should Never Miss Out On! Discover the most popular AdminDroid blogs featuring essential best practices, including restricting user access to the Azure AD portal, Office 365 offboarding, deploying phishing-resistant MFA, and more.

8 Top SharePoint Help Desk Software. Transform SharePoint into a powerful help desk solution – explore the top SharePoint Help Desk & Ticketing Support software options for on-premises or Office 365 and discover how to leverage SharePoint’s collaboration and documentation features for maximum efficiency.

Different Ways to Add New Users to Dynamic Group Membership. Several methods exist to add new user accounts to groups automatically. Dynamic group membership is an obvious option, but other choices exist.

A Quick Checklist to Make Mailbox Auditing More Efficient in Office 365. This blog will guide admins to take the necessary actions and configure the required settings to make Exchange mailbox auditing more efficient.

☁️Security & Data Governance

Common Challenges to MFA Adoption and Enforcing Protection With Conditional Access. Protect your identity and secure your data with multi-factor authentication. Learn how to adopt and enforce MFA to protect against identity attacks and address user adoption challenges.

But have you turned multifactor authentication ALL the way on? Are you still relying on MFA alone to protect your identity? Think again. With the rise of sophisticated phishing techniques and Man-in-the-Middle attacks, it’s time to take a closer look at your authentication methods and fortify your defenses. Discover the latest tools and policies to keep your identity safe in the ever-evolving world of cyber security

3 Microsoft Features to Enhance Your Microsoft 365 Security. Are you struggling to secure your Microsoft 365 tenant? With the rise in ransomware and data breaches, it’s more important than ever to have a comprehensive security strategy in place. Learn how to layer identity, data, and workspace security features to protect your team’s overall collaboration and discover the top security features from Microsoft.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Cloud vs. Bare Metal is not so clear-cut. Are you confused by the difference between cloud hosting and bare metal hosting? This article is a must-read for you. Learn about the similarities and differences between these hosting solutions and find out which one is the best choice for your project. Discover the benefits of cloud hosting, as well as the advantages of bare metal servers. Get the inside scoop on how to choose the right hosting solution for your needs.

12 features I would like to see land in Microsoft Teams in 2023. As the world continues to navigate turbulent times, it’s easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom. But what about the positive developments that have emerged in 2022? From advancements in fusion power and renewable energy to progress in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, there have been notable achievements that deserve attention. So, where does Microsoft Teams fit into this picture? In this article, the author explores the perceived changes in the relevance and usage of Teams in 2022 and what the future may hold for this popular collaboration app.

Cybersecurity Insurance Predictions. As cyber-attacks continue to rise and cause costly damage to businesses, the cyber insurance market is rapidly evolving. In this article, the author takes a deep dive into the trends driving the market, including the rise in premiums, stricter underwriting requirements, and increased government regulations.


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.

April 11, 2023 – Exchange Server 2013 – End of support.

November 15-16, 2023Microsoft Ignite 2023

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