M365 Weekly Newsletter
☁️What’s on my mind
The European Union often surprises with its decisions on what business practices it allows, whether it is business-to-business or business-to-customer.
Apple will have to sell phones in the EU with a conventional USB-C charger. This is great news for all consumers who will be able to use a single charger for all their devices.
However, due to a competition complaint, Microsoft will have to unbundle some of its service bundles to exclude Teams and offer separate SKUs for Teams.
Is this good news? Absolutely – for consumers who don’t use Teams.
But for enterprise users, who rely heavily on Teams within their license packages, this is (again) a price increase. Yes, the basic package will be a little cheaper, but when you add in Teams, which in the case of Enterprise packages will have to be purchased separately, the total is higher than it is now.
In short, yet another decision by the European Union that actually makes its economy worse off.
Only time will tell how many crumbs Slack will pick up as a result of this EU decision.
Have a really nice rest of the week,
☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace
Teams – You can now allow registered users to bypass webinar lobby. Microsoft Teams now lets you enable registered users to bypass the webinar lobby, streamlining the user experience. Enjoy smoother webinars with this convenient new setting in Microsoft Teams.
Clipchamp for Work Coming to Microsoft 365 Tenants. Clipchamp, a video editing tool, is now available in Microsoft 365 for work and education users. With this integration, you can easily create, edit, and share professional-quality videos directly from your browser.
Send productivity hints to your users via Organizational messages in Microsoft 365. Boost your team’s productivity with Microsoft 365’s organizational messages feature. This tool allows admins to send customized productivity tips and hints directly to users’ Outlook inboxes.
Virtual assistants of the Metaverse era. I am still very skeptical about where this metaverse craze is going. But maybe there is something that can be positive about it. Virtual assistants in the metaverse era are changing the way we interact with digital environments. They offer personalized experiences, adapt to individual preferences, and provide seamless integration with the physical world.
Free up a room in a meeting series if it’s not going to be used! Save precious meeting space by freeing up a room in a meeting series when it’s not needed. This efficient practice ensures that unused rooms are available for others to book. Follow the simple step-by-step guide to modify your meeting series and optimize resource usage within your organization.
☁️ Sysadmin Stuff
Install all Office 365 PowerShell Modules. Those who touch Powershell only rarely usually spend a lot of time looking for suitable modules to install. But what if you could install everything at once? The step-by-step guide provided will help you set up and automate the installation process.
Creating a wildcard cert on Windows using LetsEncrypt. Yeah, it can be helpful to have it.
Switch from Exchange Modern Hybrid to Exchange Classic Hybrid. Transitioning from a modern hybrid to a classic hybrid Exchange environment can be beneficial for organizations seeking more control over their on-premises infrastructure. This process involves reconfiguring the hybrid connection wizard, updating the OAuth configuration, and making necessary changes to the Exchange environment.
☁️Security & Data Governance
Suppress Authenticator Notifications from Risky Sources. To defend against MFA fatigue attacks, Microsoft has introduced a new update that suppresses Authenticator notifications from risky sources. This security enhancement ensures that users only receive notifications from trusted sources, reducing the chances of falling victim to phishing attacks.
Using DLP to protect sensitive sites. Safeguard your sensitive SharePoint sites with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies. DLP helps prevent unauthorized access and sharing of sensitive information, ensuring compliance with industry regulations. Implementing these policies can significantly reduce risks associated with data breaches and maintain your organization’s reputation.
Keeping shadow IT in check with a cloud governance strategy. Effectively managing Shadow IT is crucial for organizations to ensure data security and compliance. Implementing a cloud governance strategy helps mitigate risks associated with unsanctioned IT activities. By doing so, organizations can maintain control while empowering employees to use cloud services responsibly.
How to Protect Your Cloud Environment From Today’s Top 5 Threats. Defend your cloud infrastructure against prevalent risks by enforcing robust access management, tracking user behavior, and encrypting confidential information. Stay proactive in the face of cyber threats and maintain the integrity of your critical data.
Tourists Give Themselves Away by Looking Up. So Do Most Network Intruders. Just as tourists often stand out by gazing skyward, network intruders similarly give themselves away. Many cybercriminals rely on “living off the land” strategies, utilizing existing tools and features to masquerade as authorized users.
A Partner Guide to Optimizing M365 License and Storage Costs. Optimizing your Microsoft 365 license and storage costs is crucial for maximizing ROI. Implement these strategies to streamline your organization’s expenses and enhance overall efficiency.
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☁️On a Less Serious Note
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