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
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
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.

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