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
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
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.

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