[m365weekly] #141

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Issue #141

☁️What’s on my mind

For my part, I have only seen Copilot in several demos by those who are already using it.

Unfortunately, it is not yet available to me.

However, in discussions with several experts, I can already see where the implementation will be the most difficult.

For the most part, we humans are quite disorganized, and, except in tightly run organizations, so is company data.

The Copilot needs classified data.

From my experience of working for small businesses, I can already imagine how much f-ups businesses will make.

Imagine this scenario: one of the first questions an employee with a Copilot license will ask goes like this: what’s my boss’s salary? If Copilot is not implemented correctly, it will be happy to serve them the right data. Happy hunting.

Have a nice rest of the week,
Matic Z.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

How To Open Links In App Instead Of Web Browser In Windows 11. Windows 11 now allows you to open links directly in their respective apps instead of the browser. This feature, known as “Open With,” streamlines the user experience and offers a more seamless transition between apps and websites.

Copilot licensing. Copilot is not easy to implement. At least if you want to implement it correctly. However, the licensing aspect is relatively simple. Explained in the video.

How to import Google contacts to Outlook. Step-by-step guide. The process involves exporting your Google Contacts to a CSV file, and then importing that file into Outlook.

Neat PowerPoint trick for your next impressive presentation.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Manage Microsoft 365 users recycle bin. Do you know what happens when you delete a user in Entra ID? How long before it is lost forever? What happens to the data? Microsoft 365 administrators can manage and restore deleted user accounts through the Microsoft 365 admin center’s Recycle Bin.

Reusing User Principal Names and Primary SMTP Addresses. Reusing a User Principal Name (UPN) is very tricky and can lead to potential issues and confusion. When a user leaves an organization, their UPN might be recycled for a new employee with the same name, causing problems with data access and permissions. How to avoid this?

Configure Conditional Access policy. Conditional Access Policies in Microsoft 365 enable organizations to secure their resources by applying specific conditions for user access. By utilizing these policies, you can control user access based on factors like location, device, and risk level. Use this step-by-step guide to configure Conditional Access Policies and safeguard your organization’s data effectively.

Windows Autopilot | How It Works & How to Set It Up. Not to be confused with CoPilot. Onboard new employees with ease.

☁️Security & Data Governance

Microsoft 365 Top 5 Security Features that Every Admin MUST Know. This very informative video is about the most useful security features like safe attachments and links, security defaults, and priority account protection. Watch with caution … you might want to implement all mentioned features after watching.

The next step in a passwordless Windows experience. Embrace the future of passwordless Windows experiences with FIDO2 security keys and Windows Hello for Business. This technology enhances security by eliminating passwords, reducing the risk of phishing attacks, and simplifying the sign-in process.

Move Users to Microsoft Authenticator App for MFA. Transitioning your users to the Microsoft Authenticator app can help improve security and reduce support costs.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft Teams Phone news from Microsoft Ignite 2023. Microsoft Teams Phone now offers new features and enhancements, including Operator Connect, a redesigned Teams Phone app, and improved device management.


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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☁️On a Less Serious Note

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