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: 7/20/2020

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!

Microsoft Tech News and Product Updates; 06/29/2020

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
Deploy to Azure Container Instances with Docker DesktopAzure
Introducing Azure Load Balancer insights using Azure Monitor for NetworksAzure
Simplifying declarative deployments in AzureAzure
Azure.com operates on Azure part 1: Design principles and best practicesAzure
How Azure.com operates on Azure part 2: Technology and architectureAzure
New and improved learning experience with Microsoft LearnLearn
New scale-up SAP HANA reference architecture and moreAzureCAT
Azure portal June 2020 updateTech Community
Business Applications
Behind the Tech: Drew Endy: Bioengineering pioneerYouTube
Power BI Desktop June 2020 Feature SummaryPowerBI
Dynamics 365 Project Operations preview is now availableDynamics
Windows
New on Microsoft Learn: Stay current with Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 AppsTech Community
App Dev
Azure Arc enabled data services with Travis WrightYouTube
How to set up test environments in Azure for DevelopersMechanics
How Microsoft’s engineers learned the language of DevOpsIT Showcase
Elastic Jobs in Azure SQL Database – Part 1Channel9
Microsoft 365
What’s new to Microsoft 365 in JuneMicrosoft 365
Drive effective meetings with Teams apps while working remoteMicrosoft 365
Safe Documents is Generally AvailableMicrosoft 365
Security
CISO Stressbusters: Post #2: 4 tips for getting the first 6 months right as a new CISOSecurity
Endpoint analytics is now available in public previewEndpoint Manager
How Secure Score affects your governanceTech Community
Feeling fatigued? Cloud-based SIEM relieves security team burnoutSecurity
Lessons learned from the Microsoft SOC—Part 3d: Zen and the art of threat huntingSecurity
Defending Exchange servers under attackSecurity
Modernizing the security operations center to better secure a remote workforceSecurity
Proactively reduce lateral movement path risk to your organization with Azure ATPTech Community
MIP and Compliance V-blog#3: Setting up a secure collaboration environment – Security Admin POVSecurity
 
Manufacturing Industry Blog
Microsoft acquires CyberX to accelerate and secure customers’ IoT deploymentsSecurity
How the Virtual Twin Experience Can Help Manufacturers Ramp Up Production While Implementing Social Distancing in FactoriesDelmia
7 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges — and How to Overcome ThemNIST

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.