Most Organizations today are transforming their Traditional
workplace to Modern workplace and embracing Digital transformation. Microsoft
365 is a complete, integrated solution that can support you in this Journey and
empower your workforce to be more agile, secure and productive.
This blog post is on the new “Microsoft 365 Powered device”,
it’s a device running Windows 10, with Office 365 ProPlus deployed, and managed
by Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).
Microsoft introduced this new “Microsoft 365 Powered device”
during Microsoft Ignite 2017 and published an official blog post with
detailed information, and showcased the new experience in a Microsoft Mechanics theater session to
Microsoft team recently published a new training documentation to understand the journey from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams inline with their New Intelligent Communications Visionand explain the future of Skype for Business and Teams.
The key learnings of this tutorial are:
Understand the Intelligent communications vision
Understand the journey from Skype for Business Online to Teams
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection is available for Exchange for quite some time now and recently Microsoft extended the ATP capabilities to files in SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft last week announced the General Availability of Office 365 ATP for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.
Note: Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams is not available on-premises. Advanced Threat Protection is included in Office 365 Enterprise E5. If your organization is using another Office 365 Enterprise subscription, Advanced Threat Protection can be purchased as an add-on. (As a global admin, in the Office 365 admin center, choose Billing > Add subscriptions.)
Follow the instructions provided in the support article here to enable Enable ATP and secure your Organization.
Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) is now available for Exchange On-Premises and Skype for Business. Hybrid Modern Authentication provides users ability to access On-premises applications using Auth tokens obtain from the cloud (Azure AD). HMA allows to leverage Azure AD capabilities like MFA, Conditional Access across both On premises and Cloud seamlessly.
To experience the latest features released, updates and changes made to Office 365 Service most Organizations opt in for First release program to validate the features and provide feedback to Microsoft Product team before its made available as a Standard release.
Microsoft team recently renamed the First Release Program as Targeted release and published the support article that covers this change with key updates.
I recently had an opportunity to deliver a session for C# Corner - Bangalore Chapter Meet and presented my session in Understanding the benefits of Azure AD, EM+S and Tips to get prepared for GDPR Compliance.
Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Organizations adopted Hybrid cloud Model started their move towards Azure Stack.
To help Organizations on their Azure Stack journey Microsoft team published a guidance e-book to help you plan for an end-to-end Azure Stack validation environment using the Azure Stack Development Kit.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective date is just six months away and most of the Organizations already started to align their environment to meet the critical requirements for GDPR Compliance. Microsoft 365 which combines the power of Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security offers a complete cloud solution to help you with GDPR compliance.
Now you have the new Compliance Manager (in Public Preview) which helps you to access and manage your compliance risk from one single location.
Compliance Manager Public Preview program is now available for organizations with a paid or trial subscription for Microsoft cloud services (e.g., Office 365, Microsoft Azure, etc.). You can access the Compliance Manager by Sign in using your Office 365 or Azure Active Directory user account.
Microsoft during last month Ignite event announced, Microsoft Teams becoming the Primary client for Communication and Collaboration in Office 365. Today Microsoft published more details on their Planned Roadmap for adding Skype for Business capabilities to Teams.
Be sure to participate in the upcoming Microsoft Teams "Ask Microsoft Anything"on October 25th, at 9 AM PDT and a live broadcast on October 27th, at 9 AM PDT on Teams On Air to hear the product team discuss the roadmap in more detail and have your questions answered.
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Configuration settings are now available in the Azure Portal (in Public Preview). MFA settings are manged in the Azure Classic Portal, the PFweb portal, and now finally they are getting included in to the Azure Portal. This is an expected change as Microsoft is working towards simplifying the Admin Experience for Azure AD, and also announced recently that by November 30, Azure AD admin experience in the classic Azure portal will be retired.
Microsoft launched the new Azure Essentials Free training Programme, the best place to get started with and Learn more about Azure.This is a new addition to the list of existing Learning resources for Microsoft Azure and helpful for IT Professionals and Developers both new to Azure and already work on Azure.
Additionally, Review the newly launched Microsoft Tech Academy in Microsoft Tech Community site for more resources, This newly launched Tech Academy unifies Microsoft’s learning and readiness platforms for IT Professionals and Developers into a single place.
In today's world of Digital era, more and more Organizations are embracing Digital Transformation to adopt new ways of connecting people, data, and processes to create value for customers. Microsoft 365 product suite comprising Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Windows 10provides rich set of features to support the Organizations in their Digital transformation Journey.
Microsoft recently released the new IT Roadmap Planning Tool for Microsoft 365 currently in Preview to benefit Organizations in their Digital Transformation Journey to explore the available options, prioritize and target what they want, and build long-term set of deployment and configuration plans. This Roadmap Tool is built around Microsoft 365 services for deployment, configuration and management. It displays options and levels for core capabilities spanning teamwork, creativity, device management, identity, security and more.
IT Roadmap Tool is available for usage in two ways. Light version of the IT Roadmap tool is available for anyone to try. The full version of the Tool is available to Microsoft partners as part of the Business Value Programs.
Microsoft team published adoption guides for Microsoft 365 and Office 365 in their Microsoft FastTrack Center. These guides are essential for Organizations planning to adopt these services by understanding the right adoption approach for successful deployment and usage.
You can utilize the Azure Training and Certificationresource, other essential learning resources specified in the above site and Choose your Learning path today, and get prepared for the New Azure Exams.
Microsoft Ignite 2017completed last week successfully with a ton great announcements across all major Microsoft Technologies. The excitement is still on following the event, and now its time for us to revisit the great announcements and download the Sessions on demand and watch out for the latest updates in the upcoming days.
Though I have not attend the event in person, I watched the keynote sessions online on day one, through which got a glimpse of the latest innovations and the upcoming Roadmap, following this I received active updates through-out the event and round the clock from fellow Microsoft MVPs, Microsoft Product Teams and Technical Enthusiasts direct from the event via twitter tweets, Tech Community posts and live blogs. I am thankful to all of them for sharing the latest updates timely through which I was able to get to know the latest news and share those updates with the fellow Community members.
Some of the Key announcements related to Office 365 are below:
Vnext announcement of Office 2019, Exchange Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019.
Microsoft Teams to replace Skype for Business Client in Office 365 over time.
New Office 365 Admin capabilities, Security & Compliance updates and Analytics & Reporting enhancements.
Most awaited Multi-Geo Capabilities for OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online.
Also we had some major announcements on Microsoft 365,Enterprise Mobility + Security,Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack and much more.
Not to forget some great announcements on Microsoft's new Mantra for Digital Transformation "New Era of Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge" spreading across the innovations in Artificial Intelligence, Serverless Computing, Machine Learning, IoT, Mixed Reality and the future with Quantum Computing.
Microsoft Partnered with LinkedIn learning announced new courses for Enterprise Admins and IT pros to ramp up on critical skills for Office 365 deployment, administration, and internal help desk support. You have free Premium video training up to 7 hrs. via support.office.com with the option to get a LinkedIn Learning trial or paid Subscription to complete the full learning Series.
Below are the available courses:
Microsoft Cloud: Explore Cloud Services
Office 365: Deployment
Office 365: Administration
Office 365: Manage Identities Using Azure AD Connect
Microsoft Cloud Services: Administer Office 365 and Intune
Office 365: Troubleshoot Availability and Usage
Office 365 for Administrators: Supporting Users Part 1
Microsoft is all set to release the next version of Windows Server, version 1709 at Microsoft Ignite 2017Next week. This new version is built on the innovation in Windows Server 2016.
Microsoft team published Sneak Peek posts for the past few weeks following the Official Announcement on the new version and one of the most admired feature is Project “Honolulu” Microsoft's new Windows Server management experience made available in Windows Server, Version 1709 and several other versions.
Honolulu is a locally deployed, browser-based, management tool set that enables on-premises administration of Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Honolulu gives IT Admins full control over all aspects of their Server infrastructure, and is particularly useful for management on private networks that are not connected to the Internet. Honolulu is the modern evolution of “in-box” management tools, like Server Manager and MMC. It is complementary to System Center and Operations Management Suite, and is not intended to replace these products and services.
Most of you might already be aware about this ongoing buzz in today 's IT World, that Skype for Business is going to be upgraded to Microsoft Teams. Users try to login to Skype for Business saw this surprise change notification, and there were no Official Public Announcements made by Microsoft on this change through their major channels.
Office 365 Message center notification that indicated the changes confirmed this, which was later removed, but the news spread across the world and made everyone aware on possible upcoming changes to get prepared soon, and to add to this Microsoft Teams finally got the most awaited "Guest Access" support.
Since there are lot of Excellent write-ups are already made available, I am going to refer some of the posts that I came across on this topic in the community that could be helpful.
Note: Currently Users with an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account can be added as a guest in Teams. Ability to add anyone with a Microsoft Account (MSA) to be added as a guest in Teams will be available in the next few weeks.
To get hands-on experience in the latest Microsoft Cloud technologies you can utilize the "Cloud adoption Test Lab Guides (TLGs)" as an essential resource, and to know more on how to use this resource you now have the latest Microsoft Virtual Academy course.
This course provides an overview of the Cloud Adoption Test Lab Guides and steps you through:
The value of using prescriptive, modular Test Lab Guide (TLG) documents for technical ramp-up, demos, proof-of-concept configurations, and dev/test environments.
Using cloud adoption TLGs to experience the integration of Microsoft’s cloud offerings, which include Office 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)/Intune.
A new Licensing guide is now available for licensing Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is a per-user licensing option that includes Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility +Security. Microsoft 365 is available in two options, E3 and E5. You can access the Licensing guide to know the available licensing options in detail and choose the right option for your requirement.
This guide also includes details on how to license Microsoft 365 in different customer scenarios and answers the common FAQs.
Microsoft’s identity solutions span on-premises and cloud-based capabilities, creating a single user identity for authentication and authorization to all resources, regardless of location. We call this Hybrid Identity. Today most Organizations adopt the Hybrid Identity Model to provide rich end user experience when accessing resources from anywhere, anytime on any device with enhanced Access controls.
Extending your AD DS to Azure, Integrating your On premises AD DS with Azure AD, and Extending your AD FS to Azure are some key concepts when you plan on this Hybrid Identity Model. To understand these topics in detail you now have the latest Microsoft Virtual Academy Course "Active Directory in a Hybrid Environment" a new addition to the list of authoritavie set of Course on Azure.
Microsoft MVP Corey Hynes presents this excellent course to cover the below key concepts to get you prepared to understand and implement the Hybrid Active Directory.
Hybrid Active Directory: Learn the different ways that Azure AD can be connected to Windows Server AD.
Azure AD Connect: Walk through Azure AD connect, the tool used to connect Azure AD and Windows Server AD.
Manage and Monitor Azure AD Connect: Use the monitoring tools to maintain the health of Azure AD Connect.
AD Federation: Configure Azure AD Federation and connect it to Windows Server Active Directory.
Microsoft team recently updated the Servicing Model for Windows 10 to align with Office 365 ProPlus as announced earlier, and also now adopting common terminology to make it as easy as possible to understand the servicing process.
The two most important terms to understand:
Semi-Annual Channel. These are the twice-per-year feature update releases, targeting March and September, designed for the broad population of general-purpose PCs used throughout organizations. Each of these releases will be serviced for 18 months from the date of release. (The Semi-Annual Channel replaces the Current Branch [CB] and Current Branch for Business [CBB] concepts.) Long-Term Servicing Channel. These are less frequent releases, expected every 2-3 years (with the next one expected in 2019), designed for special-purpose PCs such as those used in point-of-sale systems or controlling factory or medical equipment. Each of these releases will be serviced for 10 years from the date of release. (The Long-Term Servicing Channel replaces the Long-Term Servicing Branch [LTSB].)
Microsoft team is making progress to converge the Azure AF and Microsoft Account (MSA) identity systems and as a part of this Journey last week they announced the new unified log-in screen/experience which is now in Public Preview.
This new change makes both Azure AD Login and Microsoft Account sign-in page to have a consistent look. Users have the option to Opt-in to this new experience now, Per the Official Announcement below, This new experience will be available as an opt-in public preview for the next few weeks and Microsoft will switch over to the new UI by default during the last week of September.
In addition to this above change, Microsoft team recently announced, Accessing the authenticated Office 365 home page (either through https://portal.office.com or https://www.office.com) will require that your users satisfy the Azure Active Directory Premium Conditional Access policies that you have applied to either Exchange Online or SharePoint Online.
Earlier this change was planned to roll-out on Aug 09th as per this Microsoft Tech Community post, and now its planned for Aug 24th as per the Official Announcement made in the Enterprise Mobility and Security Blog.