Month: January 2020

Windows – LDAP signing going to be mandatory in March 2020

In March 2020, Microsoft is going to release a security update for Windows which will require that all LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) request to be signed, meaning all unsigned (and as such unsecure) LDAP request will be rejected by Windows Active Directory servers (AD DS or AD LDS). You need to act now to …

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Exchange Online – It is now easier to allow end-users to report message and provide customized message

Exchange and Security & Compliance administrators now have the ability to enable the ‘Report Message’ add-in from the Security and Compliance portal (https://protection.office.com/) through the Threat Management\Policy blade In addition of this move, you can also configure a customized message which will be displayed before and/or after submitting message using the add-in.

Office 365 – Office 365 Pro is changing the default search engine

Coming with the version 2002 of Office 365 Pro Plus, a browser extension is going to be installed on Chrome to make Bing the default search engine. This change is scheduled to be deployed starting February 2020 for the Targeted channel, March 2010 for the Monthly channel and with the next release for Semi-Annual channel. …

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Azure – Azure Secure Score has been simplified (preview)

By now you should know Azure Secure Score (ASS), the Azure Security feature which helps you review the security recommendations and prioritize them for you. Well, Azure Secure Score has been simplified and is now in preview. To start using this new and simplified Azure Secure Score, logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) and reach …

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Office 365 – A change in Chrome may break your sites

Google Chrome is introducing a major/breaking change in the way websites and cookies are handled with the coming Chrome 80, planned for released later on Feb 4th, 2020. It is important you prepare yourself and be ready for this change. What can you do? While you are testing and evaluating the potential impact this new …

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Teams – New and simpler way to search for apps

As you know, Microsoft Teams is an extensible platform, providing integration with other systems through Teams Apps. When you want to add an Apps to your Teams/Channel, you usually use the ‘More added apps’ or ‘Apps’ menus Now, you can also do the same directly from the Teams bar (also known as the conversation bar) …

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Teams – Better integration with SharePoint

The Microsoft Teams client got a most welcome update, providing a better integration with SharePoint. Indeed, with this update, when you browse the Files tab you now have a similar toolbar and views option; you can now directly from Teams use the OneDrive client to sync/cache the content of your Teams channel you can now …

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Azure AD – Don’t forget to exclude the directory synchronization accounts from conditional access

The following issue occurred for one of my customers after enabling MFA for all users. The directory synchronization stopped working. The above situation may not occur often as usually you are excluding trusted locations (aka your corporate network public endpoints) from applying conditional policies – especially when enabling MFA – and your Azure AD Connect …

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Outlook Web Access – A new look when accessing OWA using your mobile web browser

The following is not about the Outlook Mobile app but about Outlook Web Access (OWA), also known as Outlook on the Web, when accessed using your mobile web browser. A new look is available for OWA is now available and turned on by default, but you can opt-out at any time by switching the toggle. …

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Azure – You can now view the carbon footprint of your Azure resources

As you know, sustainability and carbon footprint are now an important subject and companies are now looking to reduce it. That said, how can you reduce your carbon footprint if you don’t even know from where you are starting Well, Microsoft is now providing a PowerBI dashboard to help you get details about the carbon …

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