Windows – Control Internet Explorer retirement with group policy and Intune device configuration

As you know, Internet Explorer has been part of the Windows world for quite some time (first released in August 1995) and is now unsupported and being discontinued by being replaced by more modern web browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. In May 2021, Microsoft has announced the 2 steps retirement phases for Internet …

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Teams – New licensing (free) option for Teams Rooms

If you use Microsoft Teams you may be already aware about the Microsoft Teams Room offering which allows you to setup your meeting rooms with devices running Teams (similar to Zoom Rooms). A Teams Room device needs a Teams Room license to work and being manageable. Well, good news as now you have 2 Teams …

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Azure – You can now use Azure Monitor to get alerts for Azure Backup

Azure Backup allows you to backup workloads (virtual machines, file shares, SQL) hosted either in Azure or on-premises. It is important for administrators to be aware on what’s gong on with their backup and Azure Backup had a built-in alert capability. Well, this alert capability has been updated and now uses Azure Monitor alerting. If …

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Teams – You can now use a ranking pool

If you Teams for your meetings, you may already know that you can use pools to interact with your audience and get answers to your questions. Well, the pool app has been updated to include a new pool type: ranking. To use the new ranking pool type when on your meeting just create a new …

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Teams – You can now start a chat using distribution, mail enabled security or Office 365 groups

As you now, with Teams you can initiate chat conversations with your colleagues and/or external users (if permitted). Well, the chat capability has been extended to now allow you start a chat conversation using groups (distribution groups, mail enabled security groups or Office 365 Groups). To start a conversation using one of this group type, …

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Teams – You can now leave a meeting on all devices

If you use Teams, you may already know that you can join a Teams meeting using multiple device, instead of transferring the connection. In this situation you are connected to the Teams meeting on 2 or more devices, which then may lead you to stay connected on other devices when leaving the meeting or when …

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Teams – New external invitation chat experience

As you may already know, you can chat with external users and external users can initiate chat with you (at the condition your Teams administrators have either all external domains or specific domains, and/or Skype users for external access). Well, if this condition is fulfilled, then next time an external user is initiating a chat …

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Azure – Be aware the ASR for VMWare in preview is set as the default option

If you have to create a new Site Recovery for use with Azure Site Recovery for VMWare, be aware that the preview experience is set as the default experience. This experience is currently in preview You should have a purple banner letting you know about it and allowing to change back the classic but depending …

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Azure – You can now restrict access to the BitLocker recovery key (preview)

As you probably already know when you enable BitLocker on a Windows device you can save the recovery key to either Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, a USB device, a file or even print it. By default, end-users can access the BitLocker recovery key for the device they own by accessing the BitLocker keys blade …

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Forms – Quite a few improvements now available

Microsoft Forms, the Office 365 survey/quiz capability, just got few improvements. Create Forms using templates You can now create new forms based on ‘professional’ template matching usual business cases (satisfaction survey, volunteer registration, product evaluation or well-being pulse among 20 different template categories). The templates are available straight from the Forms home page (https://forms.office.com/) Create …

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