[m365weekly] #130

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Issue #130

☁️What’s on my mind

Just over a week ago, my country was hit by devastating floods. Sadly, a few people died, but mostly houses, roads and bridges were washed away, and in some cases, almost entire municipalities were flooded. In some places, the rivers have completely changed course and the river beds are now elsewhere. This is certainly the worst natural disaster in Slovenia so far.

If you have any chance to help with donations or any kind of charity, please contact me and I will put you in touch with charities in the country that are helping those affected.

Have a really nice rest of the week,
Matic Z.

… preposterous? But is it, really?

Preparing for Microsoft 365 CoPilot involves understanding its purpose, benefits, and prerequisites. It’s essential to determine if your organization is ready to adopt this new feature. Make sure you’re familiar with the required licenses and have a solid plan for deployment.

A Worthwhile $30 Investment for Business Productivity?

Deciding Who Gets Microsoft 365 Copilot Licenses.

☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

Feature Deep Dive: Simplified Sharing Across Microsoft 365. Microsoft is improving sharing in OneDrive, SharePoint, and other applications. Get insights on new features like the simplified sharing dialog, link settings, and more.

How To Install And Use Microsoft Power Automate Desktop. Discover the world of Microsoft Power Automate Desktop in this easy-to-follow guide. Learn how to install and use this powerful tool to automate repetitive tasks on your Windows computer.

Teams – You can now share link to specific chat message. Did you know that Microsoft Teams now allows you to share a link to a specific chat message? This new feature makes it easier to reference previous messages in a conversation.

Unblock Microsoft 365 user sign-in. If you find yourself unable to sign in to Microsoft 365, you might be blocked by your admin or due to security reasons. To unblock your account, try contacting your admin or follow the self-service unblocking process.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

What to Do About Exchange On-Premises After Microsoft Starts to Block Messages. So, Microsoft is planning to block certain messages on Exchange Server starting September 1, 2023. This move is to protect users from insecure legacy protocols and ensure a more secure environment. If you’re using Exchange on-premises, it’s essential to review your environment and take necessary actions.

Using Azure Functions for Exchange Online. Azure Functions can be a great tool for automating tasks in Exchange Online. By using PowerShell scripts and Azure Functions, you can set up serverless automation for various tasks like mailbox management, reporting, and more.

Setting up – and blocking – Avatars in Microsoft Teams. A straightforward, visual guide to setting up and managing avatars in Microsoft Teams. Follow the illustrated, step-by-step instructions to customize your profile picture and learn how to limit avatar use within your organization.

☁️Security & Data Governance

How to Plan for an Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migration. Migrating between Office 365 tenants can be a complex process. This article delves into the challenges you might face during a tenant-to-tenant migration. It provides tips on how to prepare and execute the migration successfully. Additionally, it touches on third-party tools that can help streamline the process.

Know How 20 Microsoft 365 Defender Reports can Strengthen Your Security. Microsoft 365 Defender Reports can be a valuable tool for enhancing your security. By analyzing the data, you can identify potential threats and vulnerabilities in your system. Stay informed and make necessary changes to protect your digital environment from cyberattacks.

Practical Protection: Five Years is Too Long. In the world of cybersecurity, waiting five years for a solution can be too long. Remember, investing in cybersecurity is crucial to protect your data and business from potential risks.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft 365 Backup for SharePoint and Exchange Online. Did you know that Microsoft 365 doesn’t offer a native backup solution yet? While they do provide data protection, it’s important to understand the difference between that and a true backup. But true backup solution by Microsoft is coming in the next months.


August 31, 2023 – Microsoft will retire Kaizala. After the retirement date, access to and support for Kaizala will be discontinued. 

October 10, 2023 – Office 2016 and Office 2019 will no longer be supported when connecting to Microsoft 365. While these versions may still be able to connect to Microsoft 365, their connections will not be supported and may experience performance or reliability issues in the future. Official documentation here.

November 15-16, 2023Microsoft Ignite 2023

February 15, 2024 – Microsoft Stream (Classic) retirement. Final stage. You can use Stream on Sharepoint.

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☁️On a Less Serious Note

☁️ Last but not least …

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