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
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
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.

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