Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates; 06/29/2020

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
Deploy to Azure Container Instances with Docker DesktopAzure
Introducing Azure Load Balancer insights using Azure Monitor for NetworksAzure
Simplifying declarative deployments in AzureAzure
Azure.com operates on Azure part 1: Design principles and best practicesAzure
How Azure.com operates on Azure part 2: Technology and architectureAzure
New and improved learning experience with Microsoft LearnLearn
New scale-up SAP HANA reference architecture and moreAzureCAT
Azure portal June 2020 updateTech Community
Business Applications
Behind the Tech: Drew Endy: Bioengineering pioneerYouTube
Power BI Desktop June 2020 Feature SummaryPowerBI
Dynamics 365 Project Operations preview is now availableDynamics
Windows
New on Microsoft Learn: Stay current with Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 AppsTech Community
App Dev
Azure Arc enabled data services with Travis WrightYouTube
How to set up test environments in Azure for DevelopersMechanics
How Microsoft’s engineers learned the language of DevOpsIT Showcase
Elastic Jobs in Azure SQL Database – Part 1Channel9
Microsoft 365
What’s new to Microsoft 365 in JuneMicrosoft 365
Drive effective meetings with Teams apps while working remoteMicrosoft 365
Safe Documents is Generally AvailableMicrosoft 365
Security
CISO Stressbusters: Post #2: 4 tips for getting the first 6 months right as a new CISOSecurity
Endpoint analytics is now available in public previewEndpoint Manager
How Secure Score affects your governanceTech Community
Feeling fatigued? Cloud-based SIEM relieves security team burnoutSecurity
Lessons learned from the Microsoft SOC—Part 3d: Zen and the art of threat huntingSecurity
Defending Exchange servers under attackSecurity
Modernizing the security operations center to better secure a remote workforceSecurity
Proactively reduce lateral movement path risk to your organization with Azure ATPTech Community
MIP and Compliance V-blog#3: Setting up a secure collaboration environment – Security Admin POVSecurity
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Microsoft acquires CyberX to accelerate and secure customers’ IoT deploymentsSecurity
How the Virtual Twin Experience Can Help Manufacturers Ramp Up Production While Implementing Social Distancing in FactoriesDelmia
7 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges — and How to Overcome ThemNIST

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,  Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 & Part 6 – Series 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.

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates; 6/22/2020

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
Seven ways to achieve cost savings and deliver efficiencies with Azure infrastructureCloud Strategy
Minimize disruption with cost-effective backup and disaster recovery solutions on AzureBackup & Recovery
Achieve higher performance and cost savings on Azure with virtual machine burstingBackup & Recovery
Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – May 2020Azure
Optimize your Azure costs to help meet your financial objectivesCloud Strategy
Optimize costs and increase agility with the latest SAP on Azure offeringsSAP on Azure
Augmenting Azure Advisor Cost Recommendations for Automated Continuous Optimization – Part 2Tech Community
Business Applications
Advancing Microsoft Teams on Azure—operating at pandemic scaleIT Pro
What’s New in Microsoft Forms | Features | May-June 2020Microsoft Forms
Empowering Microsoft finance professionals to make data-driven decisions on cash flowIT Showcase
2020 release wave 2 timeline for Dynamics 365 and Power PlatformDynamics 365
Microsoft buys data modeling vendor ADRM SoftwareZDNet
Windows
A calendar approach for keeping the modern workplace up to dateIT Pro
Transform Windows feature updates with a servicing calendarIT Pro
App Dev
Cost optimization strategies for cloud-native application developmentIT Pro
Using the BOT Framework Composer ToolTips & Tricks
Debugging Async Code: Parallel Stacks for TasksVisual Studio
Announcing .NET 5.0 Preview 5,NET Blog
Microsoft 365
PowerPoint Live is now generally availableMicrosoft 365
Upcoming Exchange Online Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobileExchange
Visio as a tab in Microsoft Teams is generally availableVisio
Security
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) with Azure Security Center | Azure FridayYouTube
Microsoft Threat Protection leads in real-world detection in MITRE ATT&CK evaluationSecurity
Zero Trust—Part 1: NetworkingSecurity
Exploiting a crisis: How cybercriminals behaved during the outbreakSecurity
Inside Microsoft Threat Protection: Mapping attack chains from cloud to endpointSecurity
UEFI scanner brings Microsoft Defender ATP protection to a new levelDefender ATP
Start With the (Cybersecurity) End in Mind {Includes link to Verizon Data Breach Report]CMTC
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
A Holistic Approach to Developing a Modern Manufacturing WorkforceNIST

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,  Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 & Part 6 – Series 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.

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates; 06/15/2020

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

Covid 19 “Back to Work” Solution Template

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
General availability of Azure Files on-premises Active Directory Domain Services authenticationAzure
New features and insights in Azure MonitorAzure
Analytics and Integration for SAP Global Instance running on-premises with ADFSAP on Microsoft
MS Build playlist for IT ProsTech Community
Cumulative Update 1 for the Whitepaper SAP on SQL ServerTech Community
Business Applications
Announcing general availability of Microsoft Information Protection in Power BITech Community
COVID-19 “Back to Work” Solution Template using Microsoft Healthcare Bot, Azure and TeamsTech Community
Power BI Desktop June 2020 Feature SummaryPower BI
Power BI FaqJames Serra
Windows
Beyond the Edge: How to Secure SMB Traffic in WindowsTech Community
App Dev
Microsoft Power Apps for Manufacturing Webcast 10 AM to 11 AM PSTJune 16th, June 18th
Build 2020 – App Dev on demand videosTips & Tricks
Accessing On-Premise File Systems from Azure Logic AppsTech Community
Get to know the Power Apps Component Framework (PCF) in the Power PlatformChannel 9
Microsoft 365
Custom backgrounds in Microsoft Teams make video meetings more fun, comfortable, and personalMicrosoft 365
Workplace Analytics feature updates: Power BI dashboard editionTech Community
New in MyAnalytics: Insights to improve wellbeingTech Community
OneDrive Roadmap Roundup – May 2020Tech Community
Security
Deliver a Security Score weekly briefingTech Community
Top 5 reasons organizations use OneDrive for data security while working remotelyTech Community
Top 4 tips to protect your remote workforce with data compliance in OneDriveTech Community
How to respond to potential Malware uploaded to Azure Storage BlobTech Community
Getting started with Insider Risk ManagementTech Community
What’s new in Microsoft 365 Compliance and Risk ManagementSecurity
The science behind Microsoft Threat Protection: Attack modeling for finding and stopping evasive ransomwareSecurity
11 security tips to help stay safe in the COVID-19 eraSecurity
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Microsoft Power Apps for Manufacturing Webcast 10 AM to 11 AM PSTJune 16th, June 18th
Trevor Noah & Brad Smith discuss digital skills training during COVID-19YouTube
Optimization and Execution: How Manufacturing can lead the Industry RenaissanceDELMIA
Managing ProductivityNIST
Cognizant’s Connected FactoriesChannel 9

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.

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 6/8/2020

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
Azure Data Explorer dashboards – public previewAzure
Quick Start with Azure Resources Graph and Python APIPremier
Business Applications
Analytics and Integration for SAP Global Instance running on-premises with ADFSAP on Microsoft
Building inclusive, accessible experiences is a catalyst for digital transformationIT Showcase
Microsoft announces new supercomputer, lays out vision for future AI workAI
Rapid application development with Microsoft Power Platform & AzurePower Apps
Windows
Introducing an improved spellcheck experience in Microsoft EdgeWindows
App Dev
How to isolate latency issue for Azure Storage AccountTech Community
Simple and easy distributed deep learning with Fast.AI on Azure ML IntroductionTech Community
Microsoft 365
How to Optimize Stream & Live Events traffic in a VPN scenarioTech Community
Remote working for IT ProsTech Community
New SharePoint feature: Multilingual publishing for pages and news postsTech Community
SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: May 2020SharePoint
What’s New in the New Outlook for Mac? – June UpdateOutlook
Galactic Collaboration Summit – upcoming online training eventTech Community
GlobalCon2 – upcoming week-long online training eventTech Community
Security
What’s New: Azure Sentinel Threat Hunting EnhancementsAzure
Microsoft Security Matters Newsletter – May 2020Security
Remote Working: Fewer people working on-premises doesn’t mean less risk to their identitiesSecurity
Security Controls in ASC: Remediate VulnerabilitiesSecurity
eDiscovery for Teams WebinarTech Community
Role-based Access Control in Intune – Identifying Tenant-wide and Delegated ConfigurationsTech Community
MIP and Compliance V-blog part 1 – Setting up a secure collaboration environmentTech Community
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog

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.

Organizing My Day | Why I use Microsoft ToDo

The last few weeks seem like groundhogs day. The same long day replaying itself over and over, I seem to lose track of days and time. Before covid I would describe my task organizing as “herding cats”. Now,  I think it’s more like juggling cats  (Steve Martin reference). Staying organized during these hectic times is very important, I can increase my productivity saving time and helping me to maintain balance and my sanity 😊. Having an app to track task all my tasks is key. I have changed apps many times over the years always looking for the perfect one. Lately, I have been using Microsoft ToDo. Its not perfect and I doubt I will ever find one that is. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it and how it  helps me to stay organized and boosts my productivity. Here are some of the reasons why I like it.

Aggregate Tasks from Other Apps

I can add tasks from different applications and ToDo aggregates them for me. This is helpful because I don’t need to break my workflow by going to another app. If a task comes to mind I add it and keep my train of thought. Tasks added in OneNote, Word, Planner, Outlook and Flagged emails are all aggregated and appear in ToDo. ToDo also has a Power Automate connector so you can connect to many other programs and automate task creation. As an example a can use a Power Atomate Flow to create a task for me when an activity is created in my CRM system.

Lists to Organize My Tasks

I can create lists and add my tasks giving me flexibility in the way I organize. I can have lists by person or project, time period, priority or anything else in whatever combination of categories makes sense to me.

Share Tasks with Others

I can share my lists with anyone I want. If I am working on a project with someone we can easily share status of our tasks.

Available on All My Devices

Through out my day I regularly use multiple devices. Having a seamless experience across all of them is an absolute requirement. If I’m walking the dog and I need to create or update my plans I can do it quickly and easily on my phone.

Hashtag Refines Searching

I can use hashtags to further refine how I organize and search. This requires a bit of discipline because you need to be consistent however its extremely powerful way of further orgainzing and refining your tasks.

Organize my tasks by Identity

The app allows me to switch between identities and my tasks are associated with the corresponding identity. I keep my home tasks associated with my personal identity and my work tasks associated with my corporate identity. This gives me a way of separating work and personal life while still using the same app.

Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates: 06/01/2020

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
Microsoft and Docker collaborate on new ways to deploy containers on AzureAzure
Optimize for internet traffic with Peering Service and the routing preference optionAzure
Streamlining your image building process with Azure Image BuilderAzure
Azure portal May 2020 updateTech Community
Business Applications
Roadmap update: What’s next for the new workspace experience upgrade in the coming monthsPower BI
Power Apps Build Tools for Azure DevOpsDev Blogs
Windows
Deploying a new version of Windows 10 in a remote worldTech Community
What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 2004Tech Community
Security baseline (DRAFT): Windows 10 and Windows Server, version 2004Tech Community
App Dev
Intro – SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption and Extensible Key Management Using Azure Key VaultTech Community
Azure SQL Zone Redundant Configuration for High AvailabilityChannel 9
More Azure Blob Storage EnchancementsJames Serra
Microsoft 365
What’s New with Microsoft 365 | May 2020YouTube
What’s New in Microsoft Teams | May 2020Tech Community
Project Cortex Update – May 29, 2020Tech Community
New collaboration features on OneDrive for webTech Community
Recent updates to the Microsoft 365 admin centerTech Community
General availability of automatic classification with sensitivity labels in Microsoft 365 servicesTech Community
Create a list from Microsoft ExcelTech Community
Stay organized with Play My Emails in OutlookTech Community
Security
Manage authentication sessions in Azure AD Conditional Access is now generally available!Tech Community
Classification Depth Limited Private PreviewTech Community
Zero Trust deployment guide for devicesTech Community
Managing cybersecurity like a business risk: Part 1—Modeling opportunities and threatsSecurity
 Manufacturing
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Innovation Space: Autonomous SystemsYouTube

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.