[m365weekly] #138

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Issue #138

☁️What’s on my mind

Let’s face it. We are afraid of change. We want everything to be as simple as possible.

Criminals know this particularly well, so they target users who have simple passwords, who do not use secure authentication methods and so on.

I often come across cases of environments where they don’t even know who the global admin is and how many there are, not to mention the fact that these very accounts don’t have MFA.

The logical consequence of abusing these accounts is that Microsoft disables the entire tenant from sending mail.

Security defaults, MFA enforced for all users … that’s the hygiene minimum.

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

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

Easy PowerPoint tutorial. Short but sweet and very useful. Make your PowerPoint presentations more appealing.

Unveiling the Next Generation of OneDrive. The update brings a new Fluent design, improved performance, and better integration with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365.

How to Mail Merge Using Word, Excel & Outlook. It’s so easy. Do it once and you’ll know it for future use.

☁️Sysadmin Stuff

Microsoft 365 Admins Warned About Google’s Anti-Spam Rules. Microsoft 365 admins should be aware of Google’s anti-spam rules to ensure seamless email communication between users. Google’s AI algorithms may mark Microsoft 365 emails as spam, causing confusion and delays. How to avoid all this? Great article.

Authenticate Outbound Email to Improve Deliverability. More on the issue. Having SPF, DKIM and DMARC in order is important not only for Microsoft 365 environment. You need to implement it in any case, even on domains that don’t send email.

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☁️Security & Data Governance

Conditional Access Overview and Templates: A New Way to Secure Microsoft 365. Conditional Access is a powerful tool for securing Microsoft 365 by implementing access control policies. Take advantage of pre-built templates to streamline the implementation process.

Experience the Future of Security Operations Now with the Microsoft Security Copilot Early Access Program. Microsoft has launched the Security Co-pilot Early Access Program, designed to help businesses improve their security posture. By joining, organizations can better understand and manage their risks, ensuring a more secure environment.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft Copilot Is Generally Available & Anything But General. Microsoft’s CoPilot is now generally available, offering a powerful AI-driven tool to assist developers in writing code more efficiently. Users are already reporting remarkable productivity gains.

AI Lessons from Bing Chat Enterprise. Bing Chat, an AI-driven chatbot, is now available for enterprise customers to enhance their search experiences. This intelligent tool can answer user queries with relevant information, images, and videos, streamlining search results and reducing time spent on manual searches.


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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☁️On a Less Serious Note

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