Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates: 4/27/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. A couple of items of note from last week;

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Update #3: Business continuity with AzureAzure Blog
Tracking Reservation Utilization | Azure Cost ManagementYouTube
Enhanced features in Azure Archive Storage now generally availableAzure
Have you seen the “My” URLs of Azure Active Directory?Tech Community
Azure Data Explorer and business continuityTech Community
New identity features help empower essential Firstline WorkersTech Community
Business Applications
How Microsoft transformed key Finance audit practices with Azure DevOpsIT Showcase
Explainer: What is a Planetary Computer?YouTube
Start using the Common Data Service on the Power Platform with Ryan JonesChannel 9
Windows
How to configure file associations for IT ProsTech Community
App Dev
Azure Maps updates offer new features and expanded availabilityAzure Blog
Optimize cost and performance with Query Acceleration for Azure Data Lake StorageAnnouncement
Using Azure Functions Premium Plan to avoid cold startsTips & Tricks
Azure DevOps: Update release variables across stagesRajbos
Microsoft 365
Connect people across the entire organization through communities in Microsoft TeamsTeams Blog
How remote work impacts collaboration: findings from our teamJared Spataro
Design your remote work culture with Microsoft Teams appsTeams Blog
How Microsoft Teams will use AI to filter out typing, barking, and other noiseVenture Beat
Security
Azure Security Center enhancementsSecurity
Protecting your organization against password spray attacksSecurity
MITRE ATT&CK APT 29 evaluation proves Microsoft Threat Protection provides deeper end to end view of advanced threatsSecurity
Moving towards real time policy and security enforcementAzure AD Blog
Microsoft Endpoint Manager simplifies deployment of Microsoft Defender ATP for macOSTech community
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Flash whitepaper: IT top of mind for Firstline WorkersTech Community
How Star Wars Inspired the Future of Robotics in ManufacturingCMTC

View previous weeks news, tech posts and announcements here on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter @MrLouisG

Remote Work Resources

  • If you own Office 365 and are currently deploying Teams, we have multiple free programs we can offer to assist. If you are interested, we can schedule a 30-minute call to review the available resources.
  • If you have users that are not licensed for Teams, we are offering a free 6-month Office 365 E1 subscription to our clients affected by COVID-19.
  • Microsoft is offering Windows Virtual Desktop at reduced rates.  If you are interested, we can schedule a call to review options.
  • We have created a PowerApps CRISIS COMMUNICATION template and reclassified Push Notifications from premium to standard licensing so you can use the apps full functionality.  Details are available here. Schedule a remote MTC session to review app and provide deployment guidance.
  • To assist our customers and community in their crisis response efforts, we’re extending the Priority Notifications promotion into the second half of 2020. Ongoing access to Priority Notifications will be available to facilitate in crisis response and recovery efforts. After the promotion period ends, licensed users will be able to send Priority Notifications according to the terms of their subscription.
  • Leverage a bot to answer questions and keep employees up to date. Here is a the template for FAQ Plus.  You can find a description of other available templates here.
  •  Build a Crisis FAQ bot using Power Virtual Agents
  • Build a crisis management site in SharePoint to connect people and information here is the blog post and the Look Book so you can add to your tenant.
  • In partnership with Commvault we are offering free data protection for devices through 9/1. Please see offer here.
  • The Microsoft Work from Home Guide can be downloaded from this blog post. This is the guide Microsoft distributed to its employees.
  • Partner PTC is offering use of their AR Remote Assist Product Vuforia Chalk for free through June.
  •  Dynamics 365 Remote Assist allows field technicians and engineers to collaborate with colleagues and experts from different locations, reducing travel and resolving some of the immediate obstacles facing us all. Dynamics 365 Customer Service or Dynamics 365 Remote Assist may be available free of charge for up to 6 months if you are implementing a solution in response to COVID-19, either on a Microsoft-provided template or custom implementation.  
  • User Solutions, a producer of production scheduling software systems, announces it will offer Resource Manager for Excel (RMX), a standalone production scheduling and materials requirements planning system, free of charge to manufacturers temporarily repurposing their production lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Microsoft has created a detailed guide for enabling remote work designed for IT Pros. It can be downloaded from this blog post.
  • NEW New identity features help empower essential Firstline Workers

Join the community Microsoft Tech Community: Enabling Remote Work

Please see my post Enabling Remote Workers for a categorized overview of resources and my Enabling Remote Workers PointDrive for a more comprehensive list of documentation.

Upcoming Training

Power Apps: Search here for App in a Day workshops, Free online training at Learn

Azure Developer:  events

Office 365 & Teams: Join the  Adoption Monthly Community Calls

Azure: Microsoft Cloud Workshop hosts extensive hands on labs and workshop content

Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates: 4/20/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Please find below an overview of available resources and what’s new at Microsoft we call the Premier Proactive Report.  A couple of items of note from last week;

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
How to configure an Alert Rule with Azure MonitorYouTube
Microsoft extends Azure management to the private cloud with Azure ArcIT Showcase
Business Applications
Modernize field service with Dynamics 365 Remote AssistDynamics 365
Windows
Optimize Windows monthly update deployment for remote devicesIT Pro
Get an edge while working from homeWindows Blog
Office hours: servicing Windows 10 in a remote worldTech Community
App Dev
Writing code and having fun with Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, SpockAzure Friday
Secure the software development lifecycle with machine learningSecurity
Azure Pipelines: Generate release notes using Queriesslothycode
Similarity and Scoring in Azure Cognitive SearchAI Show
Microsoft 365
Nothing can stop a team [This video provides examples of how organizations are adjusting to new normal]Office 365
Multi-Geo reduced seat minimum and expanded geo coverageOffice 365
How to secure your remote workers with Office Cloud Policy ServiceOffice 365
Create and award digital publicly verifiable badges in TeamsTeams
Reach the right people faster with tags in Microsoft TeamsTeams
Updated Rewrite Suggestions in Microsoft Word – sentence-level writing suggestionsMicrosoft 365
Security
Combined MFA and password reset registration is now generally availableIdentity Blog
Security guidance for remote desktop adoptionSecurity
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
I added “ The Road to Intelligent Manufacturing” to Manufacturing eBooks and WhitepapersMy  PointDrive
Manufacturing’s Finest HourMBT

View previous weeks news, tech posts and announcements here on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter @MrLouisG

Remote Work Resources

  • If you own Office 365 and are currently deploying Teams, we have multiple free programs we can offer to assist. If you are interested, we can schedule a 30-minute call to review the available resources.
  • If you have users that are not licensed for Teams, we are offering a free 6-month Office 365 E1 subscription to our clients affected by COVID-19.
  • Microsoft is offering Windows Virtual Desktop at reduced rates.  If you are interested, we can schedule a call to review options.
  • We have created a PowerApps CRISIS COMMUNICATION template and reclassified Push Notifications from premium to standard licensing so you can use the apps full functionality.  Details are available here. Schedule a remote MTC session to review app and provide deployment guidance.
  • To assist our customers and community in their crisis response efforts, we’re extending the Priority Notifications promotion into the second half of 2020. Ongoing access to Priority Notifications will be available to facilitate in crisis response and recovery efforts. After the promotion period ends, licensed users will be able to send Priority Notifications according to the terms of their subscription.
  • Leverage a bot to answer questions and keep employees up to date. Here is a the template for FAQ Plus.  You can find a description of other available templates here.
  •  Build a Crisis FAQ bot using Power Virtual Agents
  • Build a crisis management site in SharePoint to connect people and information here is the blog post and the Look Book so you can add to your tenant.
  • In partnership with Commvault we are offering free data protection for devices through 9/1. Please see offer here.
  • The Microsoft Work from Home Guide can be downloaded from this blog post. This is the guide Microsoft distributed to its employees.
  • Partner PTC is offering use of their AR Remote Assist Product Vuforia Chalk for free through June.
  •  Dynamics 365 Remote Assist allows field technicians and engineers to collaborate with colleagues and experts from different locations, reducing travel and resolving some of the immediate obstacles facing us all. Dynamics 365 Customer Service or Dynamics 365 Remote Assist may be available free of charge for up to 6 months if you are implementing a solution in response to COVID-19, either on a Microsoft-provided template or custom implementation.  
  • NEW User Solutions, a producer of production scheduling software systems, announces it will offer Resource Manager for Excel (RMX), a standalone production scheduling and materials requirements planning system, free of charge to manufacturers temporarily repurposing their production lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
  • NEW Microsoft has created a detailed guide for enabling remote work designed for IT Pros. It can be downloaded from this blog post.

Join the community Microsoft Tech Community: Enabling Remote Work

Please see my post Enabling Remote Workers for a categorized overview of resources and my Enabling Remote Workers PointDrive for a more comprehensive list of documentation.

Upcoming Training

Power Apps: Search here for App in a Day workshops, Free online training at Learn

Azure Developer:  events

Office 365 & Teams: Join the  Adoption Monthly Community Calls

Azure: Microsoft Cloud Workshop hosts extensive hands on labs and workshop content

Lindsey and I value your partnership and we are committed to helping you achieve more.  Please reach out to us if you need assistance. Have a great week!

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Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates : 4/13/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend.

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Next Generation SAP HANA Large Instances with Intel® Optane™ drive lower TCOAzure
Architecture Walkthrough: Building a multi-tenant Azure Architecture for a B2C scenarioTech Community
Business Applications
How international health care organizations are using bots to help fight COVID-19Microsoft
How Microsoft modernized its purchase order system with Azure microservicesIT Showcase
Announcing designing custom navigation for Power BI apps is now generally available (GA)Power BI
How Public Agencies Keep Communities Informed on COVID-19 with Power BIPower BI
New omnichannel, AI, and IoT updates for Dynamics 365 Customer ServiceDynamics 365
Windows
Managing reserved storage in Windows 10 environmentsTech Community
App Dev
How to use Azure App Service managed certificatesTips & Tricks
How to choose Azure services for working with messages in your application | Azure FridayYouTube
How to choose Azure services to speed up your application | Azure FridayYouTube
Migrate on-premises SSIS jobs to Azure Data FactoryTech Community
Testing and Monitoring Systems for ConfidenceDev Ops Lab
Microsoft 365
New Teams training site is live. Includes a quick start guide which is perfect for end user referenceTeams
Enhancing VPN performance to enable remote workMicrosoft 365
Remote work trend report: meetingsMicrosoft 365
For IT professionals: Privacy and security in Microsoft TeamsMicrosoft 365
Use Microsoft Teams Rooms as an Interactive Whiteboard DeviceTech Community
How Microsoft moved its large meetings online with live events in Microsoft 365IT Showcase
Security
Detect large-scale cryptocurrency mining attack against Kubernetes clustersAzure
Turning collaboration and customer engagement up with a strong identity approachSecurity
Secure remote access to on-premises appsTech Community
Microsoft shares new threat intelligence, security guidance during global crisisSecurity
Enable remote work while keeping cloud deployments secureSecurity
Protecting your data and maintaining compliance in a remote work environmentSecurity
The Long-Term Impact of #COVID19 on the Cybersecurity IndustryInfo security
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Accelerating digital transformation in manufacturingAzure
Take these steps to enable your Firstline Workers todayTech Community
Reduce supply chain disruptions with AI, IoT, and mixed realityDynamics 365
Accelerating innovation: Start with Azure Sphere to secure IoT solutionsAzure

View previous weeks news, tech posts and announcements here

Remote Work Resources

  • If you own Office 365 and are currently deploying Teams, we have multiple free programs we can offer to assist. If you are interested, we can schedule a 30-minute call to review the available resources.
  • If you have users that are not licensed for Teams, we are offering a free 6-month Office 365 E1 subscription to our clients affected by COVID-19.
  • Microsoft is offering Windows Virtual Desktop at reduced rates.  If you are interested, we can schedule a call to review options.
  • We have created a PowerApps CRISIS COMMUNICATION template and reclassified Push Notifications from premium to standard licensing so you can use the apps full functionality.  Details are available here. Schedule a remote MTC session to review app and provide deployment guidance.
  • NEW To assist our customers and community in their crisis response efforts, we’re extending the Priority Notifications promotion into the second half of 2020. Ongoing access to Priority Notifications will be available to facilitate in crisis response and recovery efforts. After the promotion period ends, licensed users will be able to send Priority Notifications according to the terms of their subscription.
  • Leverage a bot to answer questions and keep employees up to date. Here is a the template for FAQ Plus.  You can find a description of other available templates here.
  •  Build a Crisis FAQ bot using Power Virtual Agents
  • Build a crisis management site in SharePoint to connect people and information here is the blog post and the Look Book so you can add to your tenant.. 
  • In partnership with Commvault we are offering free data protection for devices through 9/1. Please see offer here.
  • The Microsoft Work from Home Guide is attached to this email. This is the guide Microsoft distributed to its employees.
  • Partner PTC is offering use of their AR Remote Assist Product Vuforia Chalk for free through June.
  •  Dynamics 365 Remote Assist allows field technicians and engineers to collaborate with colleagues and experts from different locations, reducing travel and resolving some of the immediate obstacles facing us all. Dynamics 365 Customer Service or Dynamics 365 Remote Assist may be available free of charge for up to 6 months if you are implementing a solution in response to COVID-19, either on a Microsoft-provided template or custom implementation.  

Join the community Microsoft Tech Community: Enabling Remote Work

Please see my post Enabling Remote Workers for a categorized overview of resources and my Enabling Remote Workers PointDrive for a more comprehensive list of documentation.

Upcoming Training

Power Apps: Search here for App in a Day workshops, Free online training at Learn

Azure Developer:  events

Office 365 & Teams: Join the  Adoption Monthly Community Calls

Azure: Microsoft Cloud Workshop hosts extensive hands on labs and workshop content

Lindsey and I value your partnership and we are committed to helping you achieve more.  Please reach out to us if you need assistance. Have a great week!

All the best;

Lou

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Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates : 4/6/2020

As we strive to ensure the safety of our employees and create business continuity during these difficult times. I wanted to offer our assistance in your efforts.

  • If you own Office 365 and are currently deploying Teams, we have multiple free programs we can offer to assist. If you are interested, we can schedule a 30-minute call to review the available resources.
  • If you have users that are not licensed for Teams, we are offering a free 6-month Office 365 E1 subscription to our clients affected by COVID-19.
  • Microsoft is offering Windows Virtual Desktop at reduced rates.  If you are interested, we can schedule a call to review options.
  • We have created a PowerApps CRISIS COMMUNICATION template and reclassified Push Notifications from premium to standard licensing so you can use the apps full functionality.  Details are available here. Schedule a remote MTC session to review app and provide deployment guidance.
  • Leverage a bot to answer questions and keep employees up to date. Here is a the template for FAQ Plus.  You can find a description of other available templates here.
  •  Build a Crisis FAQ bot using Power Virtual Agents
  • Build a crisis management site in SharePoint to connect people and information here is the blog post and the Look Book so you can add to your tenant.. 
  • In partnership with Commvault we are offering free data protection for devices through 9/1. Please see offer here.
  • NEW The Microsoft Work from Home Guide is attached to this email. This is the guide Microsoft distributed to its employees.
  • NEW Partner PTC is offering use of their AR Remote Assist Product Vuforia Chalk for free through June.
  •  NEW Dynamics 365 Remote Assist allows field technicians and engineers to collaborate with colleagues and experts from different locations, reducing travel and resolving some of the immediate obstacles facing us all. Dynamics 365 Customer Service or Dynamics 365 Remote Assist may be available free of charge for up to 6 months if you are implementing a solution in response to COVID-19, either on a Microsoft-provided template or custom implementation.  

Join the community Microsoft Tech Community: Enabling Remote Work

Please see my post Enabling Remote Workers for a categorized overview of resources and my Enabling Remote Workers PointDrive for a more comprehensive list of documentation.

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
General availability of new Azure disk sizes and burstingAzure
Announcing server-side encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure Managed DisksAzure
Write queries and create dashboards using the full power of Azure Resource GraphTips & Tricks
Go serverless: Enterprise integration with Azure Logic Apps | Azure FridayYou Tube
Business Applications
Microsoft and the CDC have built an AI-powered coronavirus chatbot that can help you figure out whether you need to go to the hospitalBusiness Insider
New AI tools help writers be more clear, concise and inclusive in Office and across the webAI Blog
Simplifying Microsoft’s complex meetings with Power Automate and Microsoft 365IT Showcase
How Public Agencies Keep Communities Informed on COVID-19 with Power BIPower BI
2020 release wave 1 launches with new apps and over 400 featuresDynamics 365
Windows 10
Microsoft’s new browser tool will save you from accidentally tweeting something insensitiveFast Company
Plan for change: TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 soon to be disabled by defaultWindows
App Dev
Go serverless: Serverless operations with Azure DevOpsChannel 9
Intro to PowerShell notebooks for Azure SQLChannel 9
Microsoft 365
Improve virtual meetings and bring consultations online—here’s what’s new to Microsoft 365 in MarchMicrosoft 365
Guide to online meetings and live eventsMicrosoft 365
Mapping External Users’ Locations with CQD Data and PowerBITech Community
Transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams: Latest functionality and upgrade resourcesTech Community
Security
Zero Trust framework to enable remote workSecurity
Making it easier for your remote workforce to securely access all the apps they need, from anywhereSecurity
Attack matrix for KubernetesSecurity
Secure your remote workforce with Microsoft Defender ATPTech Community
 Manufacturing
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Modeling and visualizing discrete IoT data using Azure Time Series InsightsTech Community
Supporting the manufacturing community during this challenging timeIndustry

Upcoming Training

Power Apps: Search here for App in a Day workshops, Free online training at Learn

Azure Developer:  events

Office 365 & Teams: Join the  Adoption Monthly Community Calls

Azure: Microsoft Cloud Workshop hosts extensive hands on labs and workshop content

Lindsey and I value your partnership and we are committed to helping you achieve more.  Please reach out to us if you need assistance. Have a great week!

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