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
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
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.

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