[m365weekly] #140

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Issue #140

☁️What’s on my mind

We’ve seen a lot going on in the last few days, haven’t we?

Of course, I am talking about what is happening at OpenAI.

We may have seen a storm in a teacup because today it is more or less clear that Sam Altman is again the CEO of OpenAI and that he and practically the whole company will not be defecting to Microsoft.

For those of you who missed the exciting developments, here’s a timeline of this recent OpenAI affair in this excellent TechCrunch article.

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There was a poll in the last issue. I was asking you if you like some (con)text with the links I post or if you’d rather see just links.

The vast majority decided. Descriptions stay.

Have a nice rest of the week,
Matic Z.


1. More text, please! I read it before I click.

2. Just links, please! I don’t read it anyway.

3. It doesn’t matter. It’s ok either way.

Last week marked Microsoft Ignite. Usually Microsoft announces new products, services, and capabilities at these events. This time was no different.

Microsoft Ignite 2023 Announcements Emphasize Copilot. Microsoft unveils exciting announcements, including new features and updates for Microsoft 365. A short recap by Tony Redmond.


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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

How to Send Recurring Emails in Outlook. With Power Automate, you can create a recurring email that sends automatically at a set time and frequency. This is useful for sending regular updates, reminders, or notifications to your team or clients.

Latest innovations for Microsoft Edge for Business – your secure enterprise browser optimized for AI. Microsoft Edge has unveiled its latest innovations at Ignite 2023, focusing on enhanced security, productivity, and privacy. Users can now enjoy new features such as automatic HTTPS upgrades, Smart Copy, and Edge Collections integration with Pinterest.

The Ultimate Guide to Templates in Microsoft 365: A Powerful Feature to Boost Your Productivity. Utilize Microsoft 365 powerful feature: templates. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of various templates available, from Word to PowerPoint and Excel. Save time, maintain consistency, and enhance your workflow by choosing the right template for your tasks.


☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

How to remove Full Access mailbox permission. Removing full access mailbox permissions in Office 365 is a straightforward process that can be done using either the Exchange Admin Center or PowerShell. Walk through both methods with this guide to maintain proper access control and prevent unauthorized access to sensitive information.

Change Microsoft 365 primary SMTP address. Changing your Microsoft 365 primary SMTP address is a simple process that can be done through the Exchange Admin Center. By modifying the email address policy or editing individual user accounts, you can ensure your organization’s email addresses reflect your desired domain.

How to Send Email with Powershell. Effortlessly automate notifications and alerts by sending emails using PowerShell. Utilize the “Send-MailMessage” cmdlet to transmit emails via an SMTP server, tailoring the subject, body, and attachments to your needs.


☁️Security & Data Governance

Practical Protection: Banning Bad Passwords. Safeguard your organization by banning bad passwords and implementing strong password policies. Microsoft’s Azure AD Password Protection helps prevent the use of easily guessable passwords and common words.

Conditional Access Policies in Entra ID. How to set up Conditional Access Policies in Entra ID (Azure AD) to protect your Microsoft 365 tenant.

Best Practices for Migrating to SharePoint and OneDrive. Transitioning from SharePoint to OneDrive is made easier by adhering to best practices. Start by evaluating your existing setup, pinpointing crucial data, and devising a comprehensive migration strategy. Follow the link for more detailed guidance.


☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

First Steps of a Mind of its Own. Dive into the fascinating world of artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential. Understand the basics of AI, its current applications, and the ethical considerations surrounding its use.

Windows CE, Microsoft’s stunted middle child, reaches end of support at 26 years. Surprisingly, Windows CE, Microsoft’s long-running embedded operating system, has reached the end of support after 26 years. Originally designed for handheld devices and industrial control systems, it paved the way for Windows Mobile and Windows Phone. Although its impact has waned over time, Windows CE’s legacy lives on in modern IoT devices and automotive systems. Say goodbye to this influential OS as it fades into tech history.

AI is Eating the World: The Evolution of Content in the Age of AI. The content landscape is undergoing a massive transformation as AI takes center stage in its creation and consumption.


DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

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

March 31, 2024 – Classic Teams retirement.

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

By September 30, 2024 – Business Connectivity Services (BCS) retirement in Microsoft 365. (Timeline and alternative solution)


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