Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates: 11/9/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Please find below an overview of last weeks product news, post and announcements. 

Do you use the Your Phone app in Windows 10? It’s a great way to interact with your phone from your PC. Read and send messages, check notifications even run some Android apps.  It’s a great time saver. Using Windows 10? Here’s how to run Android apps on your PC

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Reduce costs with new memory-optimized Azure Virtual Machines certified for SAP HANAAzure
At-scale migration automation support with Azure Migrate and Azure PowerShellAzure
SAP Application Server AutoScaling in Azure IntroductionSAP
Azure Defender for Key VaultAzure
Understanding Backup Storage Redundancy in Azure SQL | Data ExposedYouTube
  
Business Applications
How to Create a No Code AI App with Azure Cognitive Services and Power AppsTech Community
New pilot project knocks down ‘contact list’ blockers for Microsoft sellersIT Showcase
Always On Service with Dynamics 365Mechanics
How consumer goods organizations are adapting by going D2CDynamics
  
Windows
Microsoft ‘Aquila’: System Center Operations Manager in the cloudZDNet
  
App Dev
Introducing Flexible Server in Azure Database for PostgreSQL & MySQLChannel 9
GitHub CodespacesChannel 9
  
Microsoft 365
Power your digital transformation with insights from Microsoft Productivity ScoreMicrosoft 365
Project for the web – October 2020 UpdateProject
We’re improving search usage reports in SharePoint Online with Microsoft SearchSharePoint
The Yammer Flipbook – an interactive guide to YammerYammer
What’s new with Microsoft 365 | October 2020YouTube
What’s new in Outlook on the WebYouTube
Microsoft 365 Network Connectivity Testing ToolsYouTube
  
Security
How to Auto-apply Retention Labels using Compliance Center – Three Part Video SeriesSecurity
Microsoft recognized as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information ArchivingSecurity
  
ManufacturingManufacturing Blog
Move to Microsoft Azure boosts Microsoft’s inventory management systemIT Showcase
Aerospace CEO: Spread Your Wings to Spread the RiskMBT
The Future of Connected DevicesNIST
What Makes a High-Performance Organization?Industry Week
5 Lessons from Silicon Valley that Translate to ManufacturingIndustry Week
  

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Have a great week!

Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates: 11/2/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Please find below an overview of last weeks product news, post and announcements. 

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Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Taking your automation to the next level with PowerShell 7YouTube
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – October 2020Azure
Collecting and displaying niping network latency measurements with Azure MonitorSAP
First Look at Azure AutomanageTech Community
  
Business Applications
Microsoft unlocks the full potential of the smart building ecosystemIoT
Power BI October 2020 Feature SummaryPower BI
  
Windows
Plan to deploy and manage updates for Windows 10 and OfficeYouTube
Windows updates and recovery: smooth and seamless for IT and end usersYouTube
  
App Dev
5 Things you didn’t know about Azure Cognitive Services | Azure Tips and TricksYouTube
Azure SQL Auditing of Microsoft support operation is now in PreviewTech Community
Understanding Azure Arc Enabled SQL ServerChannel 9
Policy as Code with Terraform and SentinelChannel 9
  
Microsoft 365
SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: October 2020SharePoint
What’s New in Microsoft Teams | October 2020Teams
New training resources for Microsoft Teams admins and IT Pros on MS LearnTeams
Connect to your own data with more new data types in ExcelExcel
Microsoft Productivity Score and personalized experiences—here’s what’s new to Microsoft 365 in OctoberMicrosoft 365
How to Manage SharePoint and Microsoft Teams with PowerShell CoreSharePoint
A practical guide for managing sharing with OneDriveOneDrive
Announcing Multi-Geo coverage in Germany and NorwayMicrosoft 365
  
Security
Announcing the Investigation Insights WorkbookSecurity
Unilever CISO on balancing business risks with cybersecuritySecurity
Back to the future: What the Jericho Forum taught us about modern securitySecurity
Advanced Incident Management for Office and Endpoint DLP using Azure SentinelSecurity
Connect your Favorite Apps to Microsoft Cloud App SecuritySecurity
  
ManufacturingManufacturing Blog
Microsoft named a Leader in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT PlatformsIIoT
The Future of Connected DevicesNIST
Automating for a Touchless Supply ChainMBT
  

View previous weeks news, tech posts and announcements here on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter @MrLouisG

Have a great week!

Technology Strategist

Microsoft Manufacturing

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 10/26/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Please find below an overview of last weeks product news, post and announcements. 

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Microsoft And SpaceX: The Final Frontier For Cloud ComputingForbes
Disaster recovery through stretch clustering with Azure Stack HCIYouTube
Running Containers on Azure – All Options ExplainedTech Community
Load Balancing on Azure – An OverviewTech Community
  
Business Applications
Power Series Episode #034: Building Power BI and Power Apps all in one occasion.YouTube
Power BI October 2020 Feature SummaryPower BI
  
Windows
Security baseline (DRAFT): Windows 10 and Windows Server, version 20H2Tech Community
What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 20H2Tech Community
Stay up to date with Windows ServerTech Community
  
App Dev
5 Things you didn’t know about Azure SQL DatabaseTips & Tricks
Quickly get started with samples in Azure Synapse AnalyticsBig Data
Serverless Streaming At Scale with Azure SQLTech Community
Managing and Rotating Secrets with Azure KeyVault, Managed Services, and some automation – Part 1Tech Community
Zone Redundancy for Azure SQL Database general purpose tier now in previewAzure SQL
Top Azure Synapse Analytics and Power BI questionsJames Serra
  
Microsoft 365
Managing Attention for Employee Wellness & ProductivityAdoption
Stay in Teams: Using Microsoft Teams with External Apps like Slack and WebexTeams
Surface Hub’s Windows 10 Team 2020 Update available October 27Surface
Does Microsoft Teams Replace SharePoint Online?Power-ful
  
Security
Azure AD provisioning, now with attribute mapping, improved performance and more!Tech Community
What’s New and What’s Coming in Information Protection?Tech Community
Secure Score Over Time Power BI DashboardTech Community
Conditional Access AdoptionTech Community
What’s New: Entity Insights for Convenient Investigation Checks is Now in Public PreviewTech Community
Auto-disable malicious inbox rules!Tech Community
Introducing an exciting new way to review and manage Microsoft DLP alertsTech Community
Microsoft 365 Defender enriches the Microsoft Defender for Identity experienceTech Community
  
ManufacturingManufacturing Blog
IoT Signals Research, edition 2: global insights for 2020 and beyondIoT
Solving IoT device security at scale through standardsIoT
Addressing cybersecurity risk in industrial IoT and OTIoT
7 Essential Traits to Build a Resilient Growth StrategyNIST
A Well-Trained Workforce Is Manufacturing’s FutureIndustry Week
  

View previous weeks news, tech posts and announcements here on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter @MrLouisG

Have a great week!

Ignite 2020 Guides to On Demand Content

Online conferences provide a great opportunity to learn about the latest tech though sometimes its hard to set aside focus time when you are remote. If you did miss Ignite last week I have  compiled  a list of blogs post that are guides which reference links to on demand content you can view at any time. Microsoft also publishes a summary of announcements which is  available in Ignite Book of News and if you missed the keynote  you can view it here  Satya keynote

Ignite 2020 Guides
Microsoft 365
Network Connectivity
Office deployment and servicing
OneDrive
Outlook
Security, Compliance, and Identity
SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, Stream, Visio and Lists
Teams
Time Management resources
Windows
Windows Deployment & Servicing
Dynamics & Power Platform
Dynamics 365 and Power Platform

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 9/7/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Please find below an overview of last weeks product news, post and announcements. 

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Connector for AWS in Azure Cost Management + Billing is now generally availableAzure
5 ways to optimize your backup costs with Azure BackupAzure
Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – August 2020Azure
Azure Shared Disk Support for Clustered SAP ASCS/SCS on Windows ClusterSAP
  
Business Applications
Managing speaking engagements at Microsoft with the Microsoft Power PlatformIT Showcase
Ways you can deliver quick and agile customer experiencesDynamics 365
  
Windows
Microsoft Expressive Pixels: a platform for creativity, inclusion and innovationWindows
Update on Adobe Flash Player End of SupportWindows
  
App Dev
Start your DevOps pipeline in the Azure CloudTech Community
Learn how to deploy .NET Core apps to Azure with GitHub ActionsChannel 9
Cosmos DB Referencing TablesJames Serra
  
Microsoft 365
TLS 1.0 and 1.1 deprecationOffice 365
SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: August 2020SharePoint
What’s New in Microsoft Teams | August 2020Teams
Microsoft Lists in Microsoft Teams is now generally availableTeams
Microsoft Teams Devices for Shared Spaces July and August UpdateTeams
Application Guard for M365 Apps public previewM365
What’s New with Microsoft 365 | August 2020YouTube
  
Security
How Microsoft does Zero TrustYouTube
Mitigating vulnerabilities with identity security posture assessmentsTech Community
New & Updated Security Tools (Group Policy)Tech Community
Microsoft Security: What cybersecurity skills do I need to become a CISO?Security
Force firmware code to be measured and attested by Secure Launch on Windows 10Security
3 ways Microsoft 365 can help you reduce helpdesk costsSecurity
  
ManufacturingManufacturing Blog
US Productivity Jumped Record 10.1% in Q2, But Output SunkMBT
  

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 8/31/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Please find below an overview of last weeks product news, post and announcements. 

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Enterprise-Scale and Azure Policy for policy-driven governanceTech Community
  
Business Applications
Empowering remote learning with Azure Cognitive ServicesAzure
How Azure Synapse Analytics can help you respond, adapt, and saveAzure
Yammer community helps Microsoft employees navigate tumultuous immigration climateIT Showcase
  
Windows
Network optimization tips for on-premises Office installs and updatesTech Community
Microsoft Edge Browser; Security & Compatibility UpdateMechanics
  
App Dev
Database Assessments within Azure MigrateTech Community
What is Azure SQL Edge | Data ExposedTech Community
How to migrate web apps to Azure App ServiceMechanics
Choose Your Own Adventure With Power PlatformChannel 9
  
Microsoft 365
Agile IT management of your SharePoint-powered intelligent intranetSharePoint
Migrate your content into Microsoft 365SharePoint
Organize your content your way with Project MocaOutlook
what’s new to Microsoft 365 August 2020Microsoft 365
transcription and voice commands in WordWord (web)
Building knowledge management in TeamsTeams
  
Security
Automation in Cloud App SecurityTech Community
Security baseline for Microsoft Edge version 85Tech Community
Rethinking IoT/OT Security to Mitigate CyberthreatsSecurity
Microsoft Zero Trust deployment guide for your applicationsSecurity
Stopping Active Directory attacks and other post-exploitation behavior with AMSI and machine learningSecurity
How can Microsoft Threat Protection help reduce the risk from phishing?Security
How do I implement a Zero Trust security model for my Microsoft remote workforce?Security
  
ManufacturingManufacturing Blog
Prepare and certify your devices for IoT Plug and PlayAzure
Introducing a new series on Tech Community: Ask the IoT ExpertTech Community
Supply Chain and Logistics Management in Dynamics 365Mechanics
Insider Threats Increasing for ManufacturersMAPI
Cyber Security for Smart FactoriesDeloitte
  

View previous weeks news, tech posts and announcements here on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter @MrLouisG

Have a great week!

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 8/3/2020

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

Our Teams CSMs during a virtual coffee shop. For more tips on maintain a connected culture check out Matt’s blog to review how remote work is affecting all of us see MICROSOFT ANALYZED DATA ON ITS NEWLY REMOTE WORKFORCE

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
Creating cloud ready environments with Azure landing zonesAzure
Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – July 2020Azure
New Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities now generally availableAzure
Achieve High-Availability for SAP HANA Scale-Out on SLES with HSR and automatic failoverSAP
  
Business Applications
Advancing resilience through chaos engineering and fault injectionAzure
Microsoft field technicians get their mobility back with Dynamics 365 appIT Showcase
A Closer Look at Data Platform Capabilities in Dataflex for TeamsPower Apps
  
Windows
Enabling secure remote work using Windows Virtual Desktop | Azure FridayYouTube
Introducing the Bing Enterprise HomepageSearch
Introducing the Microsoft Edge enterprise roadmap and release scheduleEdge
  
App Dev
Eight ways to optimize costs on Azure SQLAzure
Azure Synapse | On Demand Serverless ComputeMechanics
Azure Synapse | Dynamics Data MaskingMechanics
Azure Hybrid Benefit update: Expanded rights for Microsoft SQL ServerLicensing
Microsoft 365
SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: July 2020SharePoint
New capabilities for Teams Management | July 2020Teams
What’s New in Microsoft Teams | July 2020Teams
To Do is now integrated with the Microsoft 365 suite of applicationsToDo
Announcing Tasks in Microsoft Teams public rolloutTeams | Planner
Basic Authentication and Exchange Online – July UpdateExchange
What’s New with Microsoft 365 | July 2020YouTube
  
Security
Boost security of your remote workers with confidence using Security Policy AdvisorMicrosoft 365
Empower your analysts to reduce burnout in your security operations centerSecurity
Inside Microsoft Threat Protection: Solving cross-domain security incidents through the power of correlation analyticsSecurity
Guiding principles of our identity strategy: staying ahead of evolving customer needsSecurity
  
ManufacturingIndustry Blog
Aiming for more than just net zeroAzure
How Automation and AI May Help Level the Playing Field for Women in ManufacturingNIST
  

View previous weeks news, tech posts and announcements here on Linkedin or follow me on Twitter @MrLouisG

Please reach out to us if you need assistance. Have a great week!

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 7/27/20

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
Introducing the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected FrameworkAzure
Deliver hybrid cloud capabilities with the next generation of Azure Stack HCIAzure
Using Azure Lighthouse and Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions to view telemetry across Multiple TenantsSAP
How to manage Azure resources with the new PowerShell Invoke-AzRestMethod cmdletTech Community
Enabling secure remote work using Windows Virtual DesktopChannel 9
Business Applications
Using Microsoft Azure to develop a robust external supplier API catalogIT Showcase
How to use Power Platform | Getting StartedMechanics
On-premises data gateway July 2020 update is now availablePowerBI
Democratizing customer feedback with the new Dynamics 365 Customer VoiceCustomer Voice
Windows
Explore and validate Windows 10 builds with Windows Insider ChannelsTech Community
New Surface Hub OS update released for public previewTech Community
Windows 10 roaming settings for remote work scenariosTech Community
Announcing the public preview of Universal PrintTech Community
App Dev
Learn everything you need to know about Azure Data ExplorerTech Community
Announcing Machine Learning on Azure SQL Managed Instance Limited Preview!Tech Community
Business Continuity in SQL DatabaseJames Serra
Microsoft 365
Sync Up – a OneDrive podcast : Episode 11, “Introducing Add to OneDrive”OneDrive
Lists GA | “A home for all your lists” 🎙 – The Intrazone podcastLists
The New Employee Onboarding hub – Improving the new hire experienceSharePoint
New Meeting and Calling Experience in Microsoft Teams!Teams
Teams is shaping the future of work with low code features to enhance your digital workspaceTeams
From new experiences in Microsoft Teams to better data protection—here’s what’s new in Microsoft 365 in JulyMicrosoft 365
Reimagining how NBA fans and teams experience the game of basketball with Together mode in Microsoft TeamsTeams
New Meeting intelligence in Insights pane in OutlookOutlook
Introducing Microsoft Dataflex, a new low-code data platform for Microsoft TeamsTeams
Security
Advancing Privacy with Zero-Knowledge Proof CredentialsTech Community
Creating a Custom Dashboard for Azure Security Center with Azure Resource GraphTech Community
Announcing high value asset tagging in Microsoft Defender ATPTech Community
Announcing general availability of the new version of Microsoft Secure ScoreTech Community
Announcing public preview of Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss PreventionTech Community
Announcing public preview of Double Key Encryption for Microsoft 365Tech Community
Seeing the big picture: Deep learning-based fusion of behavior signals for threat detectionSecurity
Cyber security trends that are here to stay and how to detect and recover from ransomware attacksSecurity
Preventing data loss and mitigating risk in today’s remote work environmentSecurity
ManufacturingIndustry Blog
Build safer, more resilient workplaces with IoT solutionsIoT
5 ways to evolve your Firstline Workforce for the new normalTeams
Azure Synapse | Just in time inventory at AggrekoMechanics
High-Mix/Low-Volume Manufacturers Are a Sweet Spot for Collaborative RobotsNIST

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!

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
Windows
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
Security
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!

Microsoft Tech News & Product Updates: 7/13/2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Please find below an overview of available resources and what’s new at Microsoft.

The Future of Work

Product News, Tech Posts & Announcements from last week

Azure Infrastructure
How to create dashboards with Azure Monitor dataYouTube
Assess your VMware workloads for a move to Azure VMware Solution with Azure MigrateTech Community
Microsoft Azure Advisor: How to Improve performance, security, and reliability of your Azure VMsTech Community
SQL Server 2019 is released for SAP NetWeaverTech Community
Business Applications
Making buildings smarter with Azure IoTAzure
Azure AI: Build mission-critical AI apps with new Cognitive Services capabilitiesAzure
Easily add voice commands to your apps with Custom CommandsTech Community
Streamlining Microsoft’s payment processes with Microsoft Power AutomateIT Showcase
How to manage the Power Platform at enterprise scale AND help solve REAL problems with Alan ChaiChannel9
Power BI Desktop June 2020 Feature SummaryPower BI
2020 release wave 2 plans for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform now availableDynamics 365
Microsoft acquires Orions Systems to expand Dynamics 365 capabilitiesDynamics 365
Windows
Proactively monitor ARM-based Windows Virtual Desktop with Azure Log Analytics and Azure MonitorTech Community
App Dev
Azure Certifications for DevelopersTips & Tricks
One Ops Question: What are Azure Blueprints?Tech Community
GDPR for Database DevelopersTech Community
Accelerate extraction of text, data and structure from your documents with Form RecognizerTech Community
Microsoft 365
On-demand training sessions for SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Yammer, and Stream – 2020-H2Tech Community
Introducing Microsoft Teams displaysTech Community
Re-imagine meeting room experiences with Teams-enabled devices for shared spacesTech Community
Teams: How to get the most from Together modeTech Community
Add additional properties to the profile card using the profile API in Microsoft GraphTech Community
The future of work—the good, the challenging & the unknownMicrosoft 365
Security
Introducing event timeline – an innovative, new way to manage your security exposureTech Community
Microsoft Security Matters Newsletter – June 2020Tech Community
Microsoft Threat Protection advanced hunting cheat sheetTech Community
Announcing GA: Mark new files as “sensitive by default” in OneDrive & SharePointTech Community
Security Controls in Azure Security Center: Secure Management PortsTech Community
Information Protection: Notes from the fieldTech Community
New study shows customers save time, resources and improve security with Microsoft Cloud App SecuritySecurity
Inside Microsoft Threat Protection: Correlating and consolidating attacks into incidentsSecurity
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Making buildings smarter with Azure IoTAzure
Recognizing Supplier Quality Problems Before They SpreadMBT

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!