[m365weekly] #137

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Issue #137

☁️What’s on my mind

There are many users and entire organizations that have high hopes for what the Copilot service line will offer.

As far as I hear whispers, the thinking is along the lines of: ‘I’ll type something up and the result will come out, or “Copilot make me a presentation for my boss. Let him have exactly the charts and figures he wants”.

Once we have learned that Copilot is just as stupid as we, who are bossing it around, we are on the way to using it properly.

What will happen? I dare predict that a new market will open up for paid online courses to teach users how to use all this new technology most effectively. The same has already happened with ChatGPT.

And this market is big because the potential customers range from programmers who (already) use GitHub Copilot, to data analysts, business analysts, marketing, finance, not to mention cyber security engineers, and so on. Who among them has the time to study everything from scratch?

So if you are looking for a niche, this one is certainly full of money, but it is also full of pitfalls. People will expect miracles.

What do you think? Drop me a line or two.

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

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

You’re probably going to use Microsoft Copilot wrong. Windows 11 is introducing an AI assistant called Copilot, a rebranded version of Bing Chat. However, despite marketing claims, users may find the experience less than perfect, as the AI often provides inaccurate information and can even argue when it’s wrong.

Have you tried spatial audio in Teams meetings? Microsoft Teams now offers Spatial Audio, a feature that enhances your meeting experience by making voices sound like they’re coming from the direction of each participant’s position on your screen.

What is AI? — Learn AI Part 1. Understanding AI is fundamental for future technological advancements. This piece offers fundamentals to artificial intelligence.

Hell freezes over, MS Paint adds support for layers and PNG transparency. In a surprising move, Microsoft’s classic MS Paint now supports layers and PNG transparency. This update brings a significant boost to the software’s functionality, making it a more viable tool for occasional users who just need to change something now and then.

☁️Sysadmin Stuff

How to configure SPF DKIM and DMARC for Microsoft 365. Understand the importance of SPF, DKIM, and DMARC in Microsoft 365 for email security. These protocols help prevent spoofing and phishing attempts, ensuring that your emails are authenticated and trustworthy. Implementing them correctly enhances your email reputation, reduces the chances of your emails being marked as spam, and protects your organization from cyber threats.

2 Proven Methods to Install SysInternals Suite. The Sysinternals Suite is a collection of system utilities and troubleshooting tools for Microsoft Windows, originally developed by Mark Russinovich. Definitely a must-have for every sysadmin.

Microsoft 365 Admin Monthly Digest – Sep 2023. Microsoft 365 Copilot, an AI-powered tool, will be available for general use from November 1. Moreover, Microsoft has introduced the Copilot Copyright Commitment.

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☁️Security & Data Governance

My favorite Conditional Access policies to implement. Myron Helgering shares his favorite conditional access policies to implement for enhancing security in Microsoft 365. The policies include blocking legacy authentication, requiring MFA for admins, and requiring MFA for all users. There are some step-by-step instructions included.

New security features in Windows 11 protect users and empower IT teams. Microsoft’s Windows 11 comes with enhanced security features These features include hardware-based isolation, encryption, and cloud-powered intelligence.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Journey Down Under: How Rocco Became Australia’s Premier Hacker. His path is marked by a constant pursuit of knowledge, overcoming challenges, and transforming into a cybersecurity expert. Get inspired by his story and gain insights into the fascinating world of ethical hacking.

How to Choose the Right Dynamics 365 Module? Choosing the right Dynamics 365 module for your business can be tricky, but it’s critical for optimizing operations. This guide provides a clear breakdown of each module, its features, and its potential benefits.


November 15-16, 2023Microsoft Ignite 2023

January 2024, Wiki page in Teams retiring. More info here. (Thanks Teresa for providing the reminder!)

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


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