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July 16, 2020

Microsoft 365

Office download settings show new channel names

New Names for Microsoft 365 Update Channels

MS has introduced new names for Office update channels. These now include a Beta Channel (early adopters), Current Channel (and Preview version), and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (and Preview version). You’ve been warned!

Ed Bott Looks Back on 5 Years of Windows 10: Me, Too!

Found a fascinating Windows 10 retrospective on ZDNet  yesterday. It’s from my old friend, Ed  Bott. It’s entitled “Windows 10 turns five: Don’t get too comfortable, the rules will change again.” He’s a little off, though: the GA release for Windows 10 occurred on July 29, 2015, while the first Technical Preview for Windows 10

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Scaling Up Microsoft Teams for WFH

As I attend the Microsoft MVP Summit 2020, we’re all using Teams to conduct a pretty major conference. Everybody’s learning a LOT more about how Teams works, and where the gotchas are, too.

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MS Reverses O365 ProPlus Plans to Bing-ify Web Search

When MS announced in January it would automatically change over search engines in Chrome (and perhaps Firefox) from the current default to Bing, I expected some backlash. It’s been heard, and a new, kinder and gentler policy set forward.

Slow ring info from Settings

New Roles for Slow and Fast Insider Rings

With a new definition of the Fast Insider ring as a place where new Windows 10 features and functions will come and (possibly) go, the Slow ring gains importance as the focus for detailed feedback on the next planned OS release. This changes my priorities.

Toolkit Item: Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant

The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant (SaRA) is an excellent tool to resolve Outlook and other Office 365 issues. Quoting from its official download page, here’s a description: The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant works by running tests to figure out what’s wrong and offers the best solution for the identified problem. It can currently

Check Out MS Ignite 2019

The Windows Ignite 2019 conference is underway in Orlando Florida through November 8. Remote viewing of streamed sessions is free, so it’s worth checking things out to see what’s happening. Enjoy!

Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 29 2019

Sorry readers, this weekly Windows news recap is running a little behind schedule. Kari had some personal matters to attend to this weekend and I got distracted by family matters yesterday, even though I agreed to take this up on his behalf. Again: our apologies to make you wait. Here’s last week’s recap! New Insider

Microsoft 365 Compliance and Security Virtual Conference

Yesterday, April 30th, Rudra Mitra, the Partner Director of Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance talked about new security and privacy capabilities for Microsoft 365 E5 and E5 Compliance plans in a post to the Microsoft 365 blog: New capabilities coming to Microsoft 365 E5 and E5 Compliance—previously known as Information Protection & Compliance—include controls to

1903 Drops Password Expiration Policies

Since forever, MS has enabled security & privacy policies for passwords that include password expirations. I remember this stuff from the NT 4 days, circa 1994, when I was writing training materials about admin topics for the MCSE exams. You can read about this ancient and soon-to-be-defunct stuff at MS Docs: Set the password expiration

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