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
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
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;



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