[m365weekly] #156

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Issue #156

☁️What’s on my mind

Ever since Copilot has been on sale to the wider market, I’ve noticed that a lot of new content has been around this topic.

So I think that perhaps Copilot deserves a dedicated section in this newsletter. What do you think?

Are you interested in content related to the implementation and uses of Copilot for Microsoft 365?

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Have a nice week,
Matic Z.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

6 Prompts You Don’t Want Employees Putting in Microsoft Copilot. Microsoft Copilot, an AI assistant for Microsoft 365, streamlines tasks and boosts productivity. However, improper permission settings may lead to sensitive data exposure.

Copilot Productivity Tip – Word re-write. Are you facing language barriers? Copilot can polish your writing, enhancing clarity and readability. Have a specific style? Test Copilot in Word by adding instructions; you might be pleasantly surprised!

Microsoft adds a way to trim videos for presentations in PowerPoint on the web. PowerPoint’s web version now includes an easy-to-use video trimming feature, allowing you to fine-tune your presentations.

☁️Sysadmin Stuff

What’s New in Microsoft 365 | March Updates. A nice summary of the most important things that were added to Microsoft 365 or were announced.

How to Restore a Deleted OneDrive? When a user leaves an organization, their OneDrive files are retained for 30 days by default. Admins can restore deleted OneDrive accounts via the Microsoft 365 Admin Center or PowerShell. SharePoint admins can also adjust the default retention period for deleted OneDrive users, ensuring data preservation and accessibility within Microsoft 365.

How to Create High Volume Email Account in Exchange Online. High Volume Email (HVE) in Exchange Online enables users to send bulk emails without third-party tools. Supporting 100,000 recipients per day per tenant, HVE simplifies email management and improves efficiency.

☁️Security & Data Governance

New Endpoint Security Windows Baseline. Microsoft’s updated Endpoint Security Baseline for Windows 10 introduces many new options and an expanded Administrative Templates section. To utilize the updates, create a new Security Baseline using the provided GitHub links. 

Conditional Access Security Settings For Countries Location In Entra. Microsoft Entra ID’s conditional access feature enables control over resource access based on location. Admins can define trusted areas, such as office IPs or specific countries, enhancing security. However, IP address mapping to countries may not be perfect, and GPS location doesn’t work with passwordless authentication methods.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft Unbundles Teams from Office To Address Antitrust Worries. Microsoft has unbundled Teams from Office 365 and Microsoft 365, offering standalone Teams and “no Teams” versions to address antitrust concerns. Effective April 1, new customers must purchase a standalone Teams Enterprise subscription alongside their 365-branded productivity suite. EU has spoiled the game globally.

How AI Could Shorten the Work Week. Generative AI is streamlining work across industries, sparking discussions about shorter work weeks. However, near-term implementation is unlikely as it requires operational changes and a focus on higher-value activities rather than reducing work hours.


April 15, 2024 – Microsoft Stream (Classic) retirement. Final stage. All data on Stream Classic will be deleted. Migrate to the new Stream (on Sharepoint).

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

December 16, 2024Retiring of Delve application.

End of 2024 – Mail and Calendar Apps in Windows will be retired. The new Outlook will be installed on new Windows 11 devices.

October 2026Retirement of Microsoft Publisher app which has been a part of Office Suite for years.


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☁️On a Less Serious Note

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