Author name: Benoit HAMET

Teams – Old Teams client version are going to be blocked by January 9th

As you may know, the Microsoft Teams client is supposed to self-update when a new version is available – usually about once a month. There may be situation where the self-update process does not work – while I’m not aware of any situation like this. Stating now, users using Teams 1.5.00.616 or earlier will start …

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Azure AD – Use Machine Learning in Azure AD Access Review (preview)

If you have Azure AD P2 license (either standalone or bundle with an Office 365 or EMS subscription), you know you can use the Access Review feature to help you manage access to your resources to only user which still need it. Access Review involve some level of human intervention to either approve or review …

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Teams – You can now control the ‘suggest a feature’ menu

If you use Teams, you are probably aware that end-users can suggest/request a feature from Teams clients (desktop, mobile, web) NOTE this menu is not available in GCC, GCC High or DOD tenants Well, Teams administrators now have the ability to manage the availability of this menu to end-users To manage it you need to …

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Azure AD – You can now customize the favicon, header and footer

As you know, you have at least Azure AD P1 license, you can configure your company branding to use custom background and logo. That said, even with company branding implemented, there is still settings (favicon or header/footer) using generic Microsoft resources.   Well, the company branding feature has been updated to now allow you to …

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Azure – You can now restore virtual machine in a different subscription (preview)

If you are running virtual machines in Azure, you already know that you can backup your virtual machine using Azure Recovery Vault. Well, until now, when you had to restore a virtual machine you could only restore it within the same subscription. This is no longer the case as you can now restore the virtual …

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Azure – You can now use shareable link to connect to Azure Bastion (preview)

As you know Azure Bastion allows you to securely remotely connect to virtual machines running on Azure using either Remote Desktop (RDP) or SSH without having to open the corresponding ports to Internet. Access to the virtual machine using Bastion is performed by connecting the Azure portal using your web browser or using the native …

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Azure AD – Authenticator number matching will be enabled for all users

  As you know, Azure AD allows you to request multi-factor authentication (MFA) using the Azure AD MFA and Microsoft Authenticator application.   Since its introduction Azure AD MFA has been continuously improved.   Latest improvement was to request a number matching during the MFA process to avoid accidental approval and fight against MFA fatigue …

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Intune – You can now send organization messages to Windows 11 devices

In 2029, Microsoft introduced a way to send messages to Android and iOS devices using Company Portal (see https://blog.hametbenoit.info/2019/07/24/intune-you-can-send-notification-to-managed-devices/). Well, this functionality has been extended to now allows you to send messages to Windows 11 devices too. With this updated functionality you can do the following: Enable always-on device onboarding messages to help people ramp …

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Forms – You can now use animated themes

As you may know, you can apply themes to your Microsoft Forms to make it more enjoyable. Well, you can now also apply animated themes (2 at this time). To use one of the animated themes, create/edit your form and select the Themes button and select one of the 2 animated themes identifiable using the …

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