Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 7/20/2020

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

Economic Impact: Teams as a Platform

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Announcing the general availability of Azure shared disks and new Azure Disk Storage enhancementsAzure
Running SD-WAN virtual appliances natively in Azure Virtual WANAzure
Protecting Windows Virtual Desktop environments with Azure Security CenterAzure
Run high scale workloads on Blob storage with new 200 TB object sizesAzure
Designing a Secure Cloud-Native Architecture using Kubernetes on AzureYouTube
Introducing Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions | Azure FridayYouTube
Azure Monitor best practices and recommendations | Azure Monitor Virtual SeriesYouTube
SAP on Azure General Update – July 2020Tech Community
Business Applications
Preparing for what’s next: Financial considerations for cloud migrationAzure
Azure Maps Power BI visual now in previewAzure
Are you a Power Platform App Maker? Now’s the time to get certifiedTech Community
How to Build No Code Chat BotsMechanics
Announcing public preview of external tools in Power BI DesktopPowerBI
Security baseline for Microsoft Edge v84Security
App Dev
The Benefits of Advanced Threat Protection in Azure SQL DatabaseChannel 9
Azure SQL and IoTChannel 9
Microsoft 365
Prefrontal Project CortexTech Community
Total Economic Impact™ Of using Microsoft Teams as a platform and Teams with Power PlatformTech Community
Managing your availability in Microsoft TeamsTech Community
Get more control of your day with Microsoft 365Microsoft 365
Intune announcing public preview for Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices with a work profileTech Community
New version of Microsoft Secure ScoreTech Community
5 cybersecurity paradigm shifts that will lead to more inclusive digital experiencesSecurity
Prevent and detect more identity-based attacks with Azure Active DirectorySecurity
CISO Stressbusters Post #3: 3 ways to share accountability for security risk managementSecurity
ManufacturingIndustry Blog
Azure Time Series Insights Gen2: Leading the next generation of industrial IoT analytics platformsAzure
Uncertainty Leads Manufacturing C-Level Expectations for Remainder of 2020MAPI

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.

Have a great week!

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