Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates: 5/4/2020

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

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Enable remote work faster with new Windows Virtual Desktop capabilitiesAzure
Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – April 2020Azure
Learn how to reduce costs with AzureTips & Tricks
Unlimited SSO and new Azure AD features to simplify secure access managementTech Community
Business Applications
Exploring Microsoft Power Virtual AgentsYouTube
Collaborate better with link previews for Power BI in Microsoft Teams (Preview)PowerBI
Steps to Deploy Edge to Thousands of DevicesMechanics
App Dev
Build is digital and free!Build Site & Registration
Do You Know Azure Cosmos Db Built-In Notebooks?Tech Community
Accessing Managed Instance via SSMSJames Serra
Microsoft 365
What’s New with Microsoft 365 | April 2020YouTube
How leaders can bring employees together during COVID-19Microsoft 365
What’s New in Microsoft Teams | April 2020Tech Community
A Refreshing New Look for Teams Phones!Tech Community
Introducing new Teams certified devicesTech Community
Microsoft Learn Supports Remote Technical SkillingTech Community
New Data Loss Prevention capabilities in public previewBlog
Introducing Azure confidential computingYouTube
New tools to help IT empower employees securely in a remote work world​Microsoft 365
Managing and Securing Devices Utilizing Conditional Access Policies at MicrosoftTech Community
Microsoft Threat Protection will automatically turn on for eligible license holdersTech Community
Using a Zero Trust strategy to secure Microsoft’s network during remote workIt Showcase
Zero Trust Deployment Guide for Microsoft Azure Active DirectorySecurity
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Lean Innovation: What Manufacturers Can Learn From the Tech Sector’s Appropriation of Lean ThinkingNIST

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

Remote Work Resources

  • Enabling remote work with Microsoft 365 Part 1 & Part 2 – Overview on YouTube by Stephen Rose
  • 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 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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Please reach out to us if you need assistance. Have a great week!

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