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December 1st, 2021 by Author

Microsoft Spotlight Episode 21 – Holly Lehman

In todays episode of the Microsoft Spotlight podcast, our hosts are joined by Holly Lehman, who is the Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Teams.

Holly talks to our hosts about her life before Microsoft, moving between Vegas and Seattle working in hospitality. Holly has spoken at many events across the globe and has her own community
podcast titled “Head in the Cloud, Heart in the Community”.

Holly’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/lehman_holly
Holly LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-lehman-103b8050
Head in the Cloud, Heart in the Community: https://www.youtube.com/c/HeadintheCloudHeartintheCommunity

Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewatchernode
Microsoft Spotlight Twitter: https://twitter.com/msftspotlight
Jon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonjarvis
Microsoft Women In Tech UK Community: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9053874/

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December 1st, 2021 by Author

Additions : 1
Updates : 3

New Features Current Status
Microsoft Information Protection: Co-authoring on MIP-encrypted documents on Mobile In Development
Updated Features Current Status Update Type
SharePoint: Document Library ‘View in File Explorer’ support in Microsoft Edge Launched Status
Microsoft 365 compliance center: Built-in filters in Activity explorer Rolling Out Status
Microsoft Information Protection: Power BI sensitivity label data in Activity Explorer Launched Status

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

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November 30th, 2021 by Habib Mankal

In this episode, we talk to Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Evan Zaleschuk about Teams Phone System options.

Understanding your options: Teams Phone System Options: Calling Plans vs Operator Connect vs Direct Routing.

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November 30th, 2021 by Pieter Veenstra
Today I tried to display the current environment in a canvas app in Power Apps. This was slightly harder than expected. Power Platform connectors there are quite a few Power … Read More

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November 30th, 2021 by Alex Weinert

We hope you enjoyed Ignite 2021! We loved hearing from you and learning how you’re using Azure Active Directory to implement Zero Trust to protect users and applications from threats. Many of you have asked for more empowering and easier to use tools for protection and investigation in your identity environment. So today we’re delighted to offer a closer look at the new Azure AD Conditional Access and Identity Protection capabilities that help you better protect your identities while making your job easier.

 

New capabilities in Azure AD Conditional Access and Identity Protection

At Ignite, we announced a powerful set of capabilities that make Conditional Access easier to use and empower you with insights that help accelerate your Zero Trust deployments and give you more comprehensive protection for key scenarios. The Conditional Access overview dashboard (in public preview) empowers you to quickly find gaps in your policy coverage, while templates make it much easier to deploy recommended policies. Filters for devices and filters for apps (generally available) unlock new scenarios like restricting admin access to privileged workstations, giving you more comprehensive scenario coverage in key scenarios. Finally, we have made it easier to export risk data (including the new token signals!) and built a really cool new workbook to give you insight on risks (and what to do about it)!

 

Conditional Access overview dashboard

Let’s dive into the Conditional Access overview dashboard first. As you deploy an increasing number of policies, your admins need to understand whether the policies are truly protecting the entire organization. The new Conditional Access overview dashboard makes it easier than ever to deploy comprehensive policies by summarizing users, apps, and devices in scope of your policies and highlighting gaps in your policy coverage.

 

CA overview dashboard.png

 

The dashboard is comprised of four main tabs:

  • Getting started: If you are new to Conditional Access, learn about policy components and create a new policy.
  • Overview: Get a quick summary of your users, devices, and applications protected by Conditional Access. You can also view policy recommendations based on sign-in activity data in your tenant and quickly deploy policies from policy templates.
  • Coverage: Ensure the most commonly accessed applications in your tenant are protected by Conditional Access.
  • Monitoring: Visualize the impact of each policy in your tenant and add filters to see trends like guest access, legacy authentication, risky sign-ins and unmanaged devices.
  • Tutorials: Learn about commonly deployed Conditional Access policies and best practices.

 

Conditional Access Templates

Additionally, to provide a simple and sample method for deploying new policies that align with Microsoft recommended best practices and help you respond to evolving threats, we also announced Conditional Access templates. These templates help you provide maximum protection for your users and devices and align with the commonly used policies across many different customer types and locations.

 

You can quickly create a new policy from any of the 14 built-in templates (we’ll add to these based on your input, new capabilities and in response to new attack types). Deploying your policies from templates is simple. It may be all you need to do, but you can also start from a template and custom tune it to meet your business needs.

 

Figure 1. Admin experience for Conditional Access templatesFigure 1. Admin experience for Conditional Access templates

 

Conditional Access Filters for Devices

With filters for devices, you can target Conditional Access policies to a set of devices based on device attributes. This capability unlocks many new scenarios you have asked for, such as requiring privileged access workstations to access key resources. You can also use the device filters condition to secure the use of IoT devices (including Teams meeting rooms). Surface Hubs, Teams phones, Teams meeting rooms, and all sorts of IoT devices. We designed filters for devices to match the existing rule authoring experiences in Azure AD dynamic groups and Microsoft Endpoint Manager. 

 

In addition to the built-in device properties such as device ID, display name, model, Mobile Device Management (MDM) app ID, and more, we’ve provided support for up to 15 additional extension attributes. Using the rule builder, you can easily build device matching rules using Boolean logic, or you can edit the rule syntax directly to unlock even more sophisticated matching rules. We’re excited to see what scenarios this new condition unlocks for you!

 

Figure 2. Admin experience for filters for devicesFigure 2. Admin experience for filters for devices

Figure 2. Admin experience for filters for devicesFigure 2. Admin experience for filters for devices

Filters for apps

In addition to filters for devices, you can also use filters for applications in Conditional Access. We’ve heard from you that with the explosion of apps in their tenants, you need an easier way to apply policies to apps at scale.  Filters for apps will allow improved Conditional Access app targeting based on custom security attributes. Simply tag groups of apps with a custom security attribute and then apply policy directly to apps with the attribute, rather than individually selecting all the apps. When new apps are onboarded, you only need to add the attribute to the app, rather than updating your policy.

 

Filters for apps use the new Azure AD custom security attributes. These are created and managed by each organization, so you can define attributes that work for you and use them in Conditional Access policy. Custom security attributes also support a rich delegation model, allowing you to select which users have permission to add specific attributes to apps and preventing app owners from making changes to these attributes. This makes it easy to have a set of admins manage app onboarding to Conditional Access policy without requiring them modify the policy and risk accidental changes. Conditional Access filters for apps will be available soon in public preview.

 

Figure 3. App FilterFigure 3. App Filter


New export options in Diagnostic Settings

With our rich detections and signals in identity protection, we are now making it easier for you to leverage this risk data to understand trends in your environment with two major improvements.

 

The first improvement is expanded Diagnostic Settings, where we added new ways for you to export your risk data. Now with just one click, you can send your risky users and risk detections data to Log Analytics or your third party SIEM of choice. To address your need to retain this data beyond our built-in retention periods, we have enabled another simple click for you to send months of data to a storage account.

 

Figure 4. Admin experience for identity protection diagnostic settingsFigure 4. Admin experience for identity protection diagnostic settings

 

Risk Analysis Workbook

We also heard your requests for deeper, easily configurable insights into risk trends in your organization. Built upon Log Analytics and the expanded Diagnostic Settings, we released a new Risk Analysis Workbook for Identity Protection. This workbook shows the types of risks that are most prevalent and where you are seeing them in the world. Additionally, you now have visibility into how effectively you are responding to risk detected in your environment and the workbook highlights opportunities for improved policy configuration.

 

Figure 5. Heat MapFigure 5. Heat Map

 

To use the new workbook

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Navigate to Azure Active Directory > Monitoring > Workbooks.
  3. Click on “Identity Protection Risk Analysis”

 

We hope these new capabilities in Conditional Access make it even easier for you to deploy Zero Trust and unlock a new wave of scenarios for you. And the two Identity Protection capabilities help you understand your environment with simplicity yet come with powerful insights. As always, we are actively listening to your feedback. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Tech Community and share your feedback and suggestions with us.

 

 

 

Learn more about Microsoft identity:

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November 30th, 2021 by Alex Weinert

We hope you enjoyed Ignite 2021! We loved hearing from you and learning how you’re using Azure Active Directory to implement Zero Trust to protect users and applications from threats. Many of you have asked for more empowering and easier to use tools for protection and investigation in your identity environment. So today we’re delighted to offer a closer look at the new Azure AD Conditional Access and Identity Protection capabilities that help you better protect your identities while making your job easier.

 

New capabilities in Azure AD Conditional Access and Identity Protection

At Ignite, we announced a powerful set of capabilities that make Conditional Access easier to use and empower you with insights that help accelerate your Zero Trust deployments and give you more comprehensive protection for key scenarios. The Conditional Access overview dashboard (in public preview) empowers you to quickly find gaps in your policy coverage, while templates make it much easier to deploy recommended policies. Filters for devices and filters for apps (generally available) unlock new scenarios like restricting admin access to privileged workstations, giving you more comprehensive scenario coverage in key scenarios. Finally, we have made it easier to export risk data (including the new token signals!) and built a really cool new workbook to give you insight on risks (and what to do about it)!

 

Conditional Access overview dashboard

Let’s dive into the Conditional Access overview dashboard first. As you deploy an increasing number of policies, your admins need to understand whether the policies are truly protecting the entire organization. The new Conditional Access overview dashboard makes it easier than ever to deploy comprehensive policies by summarizing users, apps, and devices in scope of your policies and highlighting gaps in your policy coverage.

 

CA overview dashboard.png

 

The dashboard is comprised of four main tabs:

  • Getting started: If you are new to Conditional Access, learn about policy components and create a new policy.
  • Overview: Get a quick summary of your users, devices, and applications protected by Conditional Access. You can also view policy recommendations based on sign-in activity data in your tenant and quickly deploy policies from policy templates.
  • Coverage: Ensure the most commonly accessed applications in your tenant are protected by Conditional Access.
  • Monitoring: Visualize the impact of each policy in your tenant and add filters to see trends like guest access, legacy authentication, risky sign-ins and unmanaged devices.
  • Tutorials: Learn about commonly deployed Conditional Access policies and best practices.

 

Conditional Access Templates

Additionally, to provide a simple and sample method for deploying new policies that align with Microsoft recommended best practices and help you respond to evolving threats, we also announced Conditional Access templates. These templates help you provide maximum protection for your users and devices and align with the commonly used policies across many different customer types and locations.

 

You can quickly create a new policy from any of the 14 built-in templates (we’ll add to these based on your input, new capabilities and in response to new attack types). Deploying your policies from templates is simple. It may be all you need to do, but you can also start from a template and custom tune it to meet your business needs.

 

Figure 1. Admin experience for Conditional Access templatesFigure 1. Admin experience for Conditional Access templates

 

Conditional Access Filters for Devices

With filters for devices, you can target Conditional Access policies to a set of devices based on device attributes. This capability unlocks many new scenarios you have asked for, such as requiring privileged access workstations to access key resources. You can also use the device filters condition to secure the use of IoT devices (including Teams meeting rooms). Surface Hubs, Teams phones, Teams meeting rooms, and all sorts of IoT devices. We designed filters for devices to match the existing rule authoring experiences in Azure AD dynamic groups and Microsoft Endpoint Manager. 

 

In addition to the built-in device properties such as device ID, display name, model, Mobile Device Management (MDM) app ID, and more, we’ve provided support for up to 15 additional extension attributes. Using the rule builder, you can easily build device matching rules using Boolean logic, or you can edit the rule syntax directly to unlock even more sophisticated matching rules. We’re excited to see what scenarios this new condition unlocks for you!

 

Figure 2. Admin experience for filters for devicesFigure 2. Admin experience for filters for devices

Figure 2. Admin experience for filters for devicesFigure 2. Admin experience for filters for devices

Filters for apps

In addition to filters for devices, you can also use filters for applications in Conditional Access. We’ve heard from you that with the explosion of apps in their tenants, you need an easier way to apply policies to apps at scale.  Filters for apps will allow improved Conditional Access app targeting based on custom security attributes. Simply tag groups of apps with a custom security attribute and then apply policy directly to apps with the attribute, rather than individually selecting all the apps. When new apps are onboarded, you only need to add the attribute to the app, rather than updating your policy.

 

Filters for apps use the new Azure AD custom security attributes. These are created and managed by each organization, so you can define attributes that work for you and use them in Conditional Access policy. Custom security attributes also support a rich delegation model, allowing you to select which users have permission to add specific attributes to apps and preventing app owners from making changes to these attributes. This makes it easy to have a set of admins manage app onboarding to Conditional Access policy without requiring them modify the policy and risk accidental changes. Conditional Access filters for apps will be available soon in public preview.

 

Figure 3. App FilterFigure 3. App Filter


New export options in Diagnostic Settings

With our rich detections and signals in identity protection, we are now making it easier for you to leverage this risk data to understand trends in your environment with two major improvements.

 

The first improvement is expanded Diagnostic Settings, where we added new ways for you to export your risk data. Now with just one click, you can send your risky users and risk detections data to Log Analytics or your third party SIEM of choice. To address your need to retain this data beyond our built-in retention periods, we have enabled another simple click for you to send months of data to a storage account.

 

Figure 4. Admin experience for identity protection diagnostic settingsFigure 4. Admin experience for identity protection diagnostic settings

 

Risk Analysis Workbook

We also heard your requests for deeper, easily configurable insights into risk trends in your organization. Built upon Log Analytics and the expanded Diagnostic Settings, we released a new Risk Analysis Workbook for Identity Protection. This workbook shows the types of risks that are most prevalent and where you are seeing them in the world. Additionally, you now have visibility into how effectively you are responding to risk detected in your environment and the workbook highlights opportunities for improved policy configuration.

 

Figure 5. Heat MapFigure 5. Heat Map

 

To use the new workbook

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Navigate to Azure Active Directory > Monitoring > Workbooks.
  3. Click on “Identity Protection Risk Analysis”

 

We hope these new capabilities in Conditional Access make it even easier for you to deploy Zero Trust and unlock a new wave of scenarios for you. And the two Identity Protection capabilities help you understand your environment with simplicity yet come with powerful insights. As always, we are actively listening to your feedback. Join the conversation in the Microsoft Tech Community and share your feedback and suggestions with us.

 

 

 

Learn more about Microsoft identity:

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November 30th, 2021 by Mark Kashman

Microsoft Ignite has come and gone. You’d think the news cycle would have put a pause on the development and deployment cycles… well, in a word: No. The SharePoint, OneDrive, and Lists teams did have a lot of news to share AND they released numerous features and updates. The ol’ one-two punch of the good kind.

 

November 2021 brought some great new offerings: Microsoft Viva GA, private drafts for SharePoint news and pages, Embed web part for SharePoint spaces, SharePoint Framework (SPFx) v1.13, SharePoint admin center: Manage channel sites, Microsoft Lists: Fast and offline, updated site creation experience, Microsoft Feedback for OneDrive and SharePoint, and more – plus new disclosures from Microsoft Ignite. Details and screenshots below, including our audible, “wintery” companion: The Intrazone Roadmap Pitstop: November 2021 podcast episode – all to help answer, "What's rolling out now for SharePoint and related technologies into Microsoft 365?"

 

 

In the podcast episode, I chat with Andrey Esipov, principal program manager on the SharePoint team working on Microsoft Lists: Fast and offline, which includes performance and limit improvements. Andrey and team celebrate the Lists offline General Availability (GA). He shares details about 'Project Nucleus' - aka, the combination of Progressive Web App (PWA) technology with the new Microsoft.SharePoint.exe component – all to enhance your local desktop information tracking experience.

 

Andrey Esipov, principal program manager (SharePoint / Microsoft) [Intrazone guest]Andrey Esipov, principal program manager (SharePoint / Microsoft) [Intrazone guest]

All features listed below began rolling out to Targeted Release customers in Microsoft 365 as of November 2021 (possibly early December 2021).

 

Inform and engage with dynamic employee experiences

Build your intelligent intranet on SharePoint in Microsoft 365 and get the benefits of investing in business outcomes – reducing IT and development costs, increasing business speed and agility, and up-leveling the dynamic, personalized, and welcoming nature of your intranet.

 

Viva GA news from Ignite (Nov. 2nd, 2021)

We are excited to announce that all four Viva modules —Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Topics, and Viva Learning—are now generally available and with the purchase of just one plan, the new Viva suite, you have access to all of them. We also announced new capabilities and partnerships for each module and a centralized IT admin experience.

 

In the coming year, the Viva suite will provide access to a new module powered by the recent acquisition of Ally.io, a leading objectives and key results (OKR) company, to help people and teams build alignment and achieve better business outcomes.

 

Microsoft Viva currently has these four modules: Viva Connections, Viva Insights Viva Learning Viva Topics - and coming in H2 CY'22, a new module based on Ally.io. Viva is built right within Microsoft Teams and powered by Microsoft 365.Microsoft Viva currently has these four modules: Viva Connections, Viva Insights Viva Learning Viva Topics - and coming in H2 CY'22, a new module based on Ally.io. Viva is built right within Microsoft Teams and powered by Microsoft 365.

Feature highlights from this GA moment:

  • Viva Insights: New manager insights and tools, and a new effective meetings experience
  • Viva Topics: Integrating Viva Topics into Outlook, Yammer, Bing, and people profile cards. Available by the end of 2021, plus more ways for topic managers to oversee knowledge at scale, including automatic grouping of related topics into segments, usage analytics, and a streamlined topic center.
  • Viva Learning: See assignments from integrated Learning Management Systems to easily stay up to date on required learning. And search across all the learning sources
  • Viva Connections: previous GA brought a streamlined setup for Connections in Teams, new mobile experiences, and newly released capabilities for extending the feed and dashboard components; more on that when we cover the SharePoint Framework v1.13 update.

 

It's an exciting time for employee experiences - across web, desktop and mobile design - for hybrid work and the wellbeing of individuals.

 

 

Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news

This new feature allows you to create private drafts for pages and news articles. Authors of SharePoint pages and news will be able to create private drafts. When a private draft is created, only the creator and site admins can see the page (including from within the Pages library). The creator can then share the private draft with other people to allow them to access and edit the page.

 

As you create a new page or news article, you can create it as a private draft by checking the appropriate box at the bottom to the left of the “Create post” button (as shown above).As you create a new page or news article, you can create it as a private draft by checking the appropriate box at the bottom to the left of the “Create post” button (as shown above).

This is a great way to collaborate in private before you communicate across your broader domain.

 

 

SharePoint spaces has a new Embed web part

You'll be able to insert HTML pages as web parts in a SharePoint space. Space viewers will see a thumbnail image in the 3D space that can be viewed as a fully functional HTML overlay when selected.

 

Use the Embed web part within your SharePoint space to add HTML-based pages – like Microsoft Forms (as shown above).Use the Embed web part within your SharePoint space to add HTML-based pages – like Microsoft Forms (as shown above).

This will allow you to add content such as:

  • Microsoft Forms
  • The PowerPoint embed viewer
  • SharePoint pages
  • And Power Apps

 

 

SharePoint Framework v1.13

This gives developers the ability to build engaging experiences for Connections + improvements and fixes for Microsoft Teams and SharePoint development. In v1.13, you'll find, the general availability of Adaptive Card Extensions - applicable to Connections desktop and mobile, support for version 1.10 of Teams JS client SDK, support for version 3.9 of TypeScript, support for version 2.9 of the Adaptive Card SDK, the release of image rendering APIs, and more.

 

The Viva Connections desktop experience is implemented through modern SharePoint pages in SharePoint Online. You can extend these pages with HTML widgets named web parts. Editors can place web parts in the content area of pages and configure them to their needs.The Viva Connections desktop experience is implemented through modern SharePoint pages in SharePoint Online. You can extend these pages with HTML widgets named web parts. Editors can place web parts in the content area of pages and configure them to their needs.

We also published a new Microsoft Learning Path called Extend Microsoft Viva Connections designed to highlight the various opportunities.

 

 

SharePoint admin center: Teams channel site management

With growing adoption of Microsoft Teams and channels, we heard your feedback to simplify management of the Teams and Channel connected team sites. So now, when I go to a teams-connected site in SharePoint admin center, I can see all corresponding channel sites and ensure that right optional security policies are inherited from the parent site.

 

The Active sites page of the SharePoint admin center lets you view SharePoint sites in your organization (including communication sites and team sites connected to Microsoft Teams and related channel sites).The Active sites page of the SharePoint admin center lets you view SharePoint sites in your organization (including communication sites and team sites connected to Microsoft Teams and related channel sites).

This update makes it a lot easier and more organized when you're working in the SharePoint admin center Sites tab.

 

 

Teamwork updates across SharePoint team sites, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams

Microsoft 365 is designed to be a universal toolkit for teamwork – to give you the right tools for the right task, along with common services to help you seamlessly work across applications. SharePoint is the intelligent content service that powers teamwork – to better collaborate on proposals, projects, and campaigns throughout your organization – with integration across Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream, Planner and much more.

 

Microsoft Lists: Sync your lists for improved performance and offline access

Lists sync lets you work on your lists offline, improves performance on all kinds of networks, and helps alleviate list throttling. Common operations on lists, such as changing list views, sorting, filtering, and grouping will happen locally and finish quickly even on very large lists. All these operations will continue to work when you are offline or lose your Internet connection. Once reconnected to the Internet, your edits upload from your device to the cloud and you can resolve merge conflicts, if there are any.

 

New Lists indicators show when your items are being save to your device (offline; as shown above), when the list is syncing, and when all is up to date (synced).New Lists indicators show when your items are being save to your device (offline; as shown above), when the list is syncing, and when all is up to date (synced).

Lists sync is on by default for all eligible lists and users will have the option to stop syncing any list. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached general availability with this exciting new functionality. This is a huge milestone for the team and product, and we think you’re going to love the overall user experience improvements.

 

 

Updates to the site creation experience

The goal is to make it easier for site creators to select the right type of SharePoint site, understand roles, and site permissions. You'll see refreshed graphics, expanded site descriptions, and additional context for different permission levels in the Site permissions panel. It also helps understand the differences between a communication site and a team site.

 

After clicking "+ Create site" from the SharePoint start page in Microsoft 365, you can then create a Team site or a Communication site – now with clarity on what comes with each throughout the creation wizard.After clicking "+ Create site" from the SharePoint start page in Microsoft 365, you can then create a Team site or a Communication site – now with clarity on what comes with each throughout the creation wizard.

 

New Microsoft Feedback portal - now available for OneDrive and SharePoint ideas

Over the years, we have enjoyed getting your feedback through SharePoint UserVoice. The team has been hard at work on the replacement solution, one that carries forward past submissions and evolves for feedback going forward.

 

Introducing Microsoft Feedback (Preview) – a portal ready for your feature ideas and feedback for OneDrive and SharePoint. The Feedback portal allows people to submit their own feedback, browse other ideas, track official Microsoft responses, view top voted customer ideas, upvote the feedback they agree with, and comment on ideas throughout.

 

Share your Feedback and help us make improvements and build new products – above is the page for SharePoint feedback (https://aka.ms/Feedback/SharePoint)Share your Feedback and help us make improvements and build new products – above is the page for SharePoint feedback (https://aka.ms/Feedback/SharePoint)

We created short aka links to use any time the lightbulb idea machine in your head goes off. Our primary goal is to advance the development of our products and services, guided by your input - your Feedback if you will:

 

FYI | The portal itself is built on Dynamics 365 Customer Service and is a central location for numerous Microsoft products. You can give feedback for Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Microsoft Stream, Microsoft Viva, and more.

 

 

Related technology

Custom Backgrounds are now on Microsoft Teams for Android

We know you love custom backgrounds and blur on iOS, desktop and web, and we are excited to share that those same features are now available for Android mobile devices. If you want to change what appears behind you in your video meetings or calls, you can either blur your background, replace it entirely with any image you want, or use a Teams virtual background template.

 

Change your background before a meeting starts – now available for Microsoft Teams for Android.Change your background before a meeting starts – now available for Microsoft Teams for Android.

 

Office.com updates

Office.com, and the Office mobile and desktop apps, infuse intelligence into the overall content experience so you can stay on top of things, get access to all your tools, and quickly act without leaving your workflow. Office.com helps you start your day or as you get back to your work. You can also launch an app, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Microsoft Teams, use Search to look for Apps, Files, People, and Sites - and more.

 

Recommended action at the top of Office.com alert you to important actions – like meeting reminders, comment replies, and To Do task suggestions, plus Quick access below to an infinite list of your recent content.Recommended action at the top of Office.com alert you to important actions – like meeting reminders, comment replies, and To Do task suggestions, plus Quick access below to an infinite list of your recent content.

The new features include:

  • “Recommended actions” to join your next meeting, complete a To Do task, or reply to a comment you were at-mentioned in.
  • View an infinite list of your content to see all the things on which you’ve been working.
  • Browse by people and meetings. The people view is great if you know who shared a file with you, but don’t recall the name of the file. And when you browse by meetings, you see a history of your meetings and all the related content.
  • New create experience behind the plus sign to start creating. You can start from a template or by the type of content. The new Create goes beyond common Office files; you can start a Form, a list, or post for Yammer. You can create files using templates, even company-branded templates, and more.

 

 

Generate captions on-demand for Stream videos stored in SharePoint and OneDrive locations

If you don't not have a transcript, and have edit permission to a video, you will be able to use the Transcript and captions setting within the player to generate captions in English. Once the transcript has been generated, the user can refresh the page to see the file and turn on Transcript and captions to display the file as closed captions for their video. Users will also be able to delete the caption file. Any viewer will be able to enable captions during playback via the Closed Captions button.

 

Video captions make videos more accessible and easier to follow along, so we’re working to enable you to easily add captions to your video with the click of a button.Video captions make videos more accessible and easier to follow along, so we’re working to enable you to easily add captions to your video with the click of a button.

This is an important feature for video viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, have different language proficiencies, or are just listening in from a noisy environment.

 

 

December 2021 teasers

Psst, still here? Still scrolling the page looking for more roadmap goodness? If so, here is a few teasers of what’s to come to production next month…

 

  • Teaser #1: Microsoft Lists: Modern Lookup columns [Roadmap ID: 82156
  • Teaser #2: Conversation search in Office.com and SharePoint [Roadmap ID: 68779]

 

… shhh, tell everyone – especially The Heat Miser.

 

Helpful, ongoing change management resources

Thanks for tuning in and/or reading this episode/blog of the Intrazone Roadmap Pitstop – November 2021. We are open to your feedback in comments below to hear how both the Roadmap Pitstop podcast episodes and blogs can be improved over time.

 

Engage with us. Ask those questions that haunt you. Push us where you want and need to get the best information and insights. We are here to put both our and your best change management foot forward.

 

Stay safe out there on the nearly-year-end road’map, and thanks for listening and reading.

 

Thanks for your time,

Mark Kashman – senior product manager (SharePoint/Lists) | Microsoft)

 

The Intrazone Roadmap Pitstop - November 2021 graphic showing some of the highlighted release features.The Intrazone Roadmap Pitstop - November 2021 graphic showing some of the highlighted release features.

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November 30th, 2021 by M365 Now News Feed
By Marty Parker
Only by sorting out the communications requirements of specific workgroups and workflows can you have an optimal communications strategy.

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November 30th, 2021 by Jeff Brown

Did you know Azure provides a browser-accessible shell for managing Azure resources? You can use both PowerShell and Bash commands directly in your browser using the Azure Cloud Shell!

In this tutorial, you will learn all about the Azure Cloud Shell, configuring the shell, and additional capabilities included in the shell.

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need an Azure subscription with sufficient permissions to manage resources, like Owner or Contributor.

What is Azure Cloud Shell?

Azure Cloud Shell is a browser-based shell command-line experience for managing Azure resources in your tenant. Cloud Shell supports both PowerShell for running Azure PowerShell module commands and Bash for running Azure CLI commands. Azure Cloud Shell automatically authenticates to your tenant using the current browser credentials, so there is no need to log in using separate commands.

Cloud Shell runs on Microsoft’s internally developed Linux distribution called Common Base Linux or CBL. Azure uses containers running this image to provision machines on a per-request basis, so the machine state does not persist across sessions. Cloud Shell is meant for interactive sessions, so it automatically times out after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Azure Cloud Shell also uses Azure Files found in Storage Accounts for persisting files across sessions. When you use the Cloud Shell for the first time, Azure prompts you to create or associate a new or existing file share for Cloud Shell to use.

Learn more about Azure Files in Azure Files: Introduction and Deployment Guide.

Configuring Azure Cloud Shell

Ready to set up Azure Cloud Shell? Follow the instructions below to get started!

Accessing Cloud Shell

There are three ways to access Cloud Shell:

  1. Direct link: Open your browser and navigate to https://shell.azure.com.
  2. Azure Portal: Select the Cloud Shell icon when accessing the Azure portal.
azure cloud shell
Azure Cloud Shell icon in Azure portal
  1. Code examples: Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn often contain code examples. You can use the Try it button on these examples to open a Cloud Shell adjacent to the documentation. You can then run the command directly against your tenant.
Using Cloud Shell with code examples

Creating the File Share

If this is your first time accessing Cloud Shell, you must create a file share or associate an existing one. In this tutorial, you will create a new file share.

  1. Begin by accessing Cloud Shell using the direct link or Cloud Shell icon from the portal.
  2. Azure should recognize you do not have any storage mounted and prompt to create a new storage account. From here, you can select the subscription for Azure to automatically create the storage account, or select Show advanced settings in order to configure the properties yourself. Go ahead and select Show advanced settings.
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Cloud Shell first time experience
  1. Select the subscription to host the storage account as well as the Cloud Shell region. Next, select a new or existing resource group, storage account, and file share. Remember that storage account names need to be globally unique across Azure. Select Create storage to continue.
  1. Once Azure creates the file share, the Cloud Shell sessions starts up. In this case, the PowerShell environment opened on first run.
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Azure Cloud Shell initial launch screen

As a bonus step, navigate to the subscription and resource group you selected when configuring the Cloud Shell storage in Step 3. Open the storage account and navigate to File shares. Here you should see the new file share that Cloud Shell uses to store files across sessions.

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Viewing Cloud Shell file share

Back in Step 2, you could have used the basic settings when configuring the Cloud Shell storage. Azure will create the necessary components for you and automatically name the resources using these naming conventions:

  • Resource Group: cloud-shell-storage-<region>
  • Storage Account: cs<uniquedGuid>
  • File Share: cs-<user>-<domain>-com-<uniquedGuid>

Using the Cloud Shell Window

The Cloud Shell window contains a few options for managing the browser-based experience.

Switch between Bash and PowerShell

Use the environment selector dropdown menu to switch between the Bash and PowerShell environments. Switching between environments connects to the same running container but with a new shell session. Any running processes will go to the background, and Cloud Shell does not preserve your state when switching.

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Switch between PowerShell and Bash

Restart Cloud Shell Session

Use the restart icon in the toolbar to reset the container machine state. Any files not saved in your Azure file share will be lost.

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Restart Cloud Shell

Manage Text Size and Font

Use the gear icon to select your text size (small, medium, large) and font preferences (Monospace or Courier New). Changes here are persisted across new sessions.

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Manage text size and font

Mangage Files

Select the upload/download files icon to manage files stored in the file share. Cloud Shell saves uploaded files to the /home/<user> directory. Downloading files is a bit trickier as you enter the fully qualified file path in the Download a file window instead of using a file browser to select the file. Files and file paths are case-sensitive in the Cloud Shell.

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Downloading a file

Open a New Session

You can have multiple concurrent sessions across browser tabs. Each session exists as a separate process on the same container machine. Select the new session icon, and the browser opens a new tab with a separate Cloud Shell session.

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Open a new session

Edits Files with Cloud Shell Editor

Cloud Shell has an integrated file editor built from the open-source Monaco Editor. The Cloud Shell editor support language highlighting, command palette, and file explorer. You can open the editor using the code editor icon { } from the menu, which opens the editor and defaults to your /home/<user> directory. You can also use the code command to open a directory or a specific file for editing.

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File Editor displaying directory and file for editing

The file editor also has an action panel that supports multiple commands. Select the action panel icon . . . in the upper right corner to view the available actions.

  • Save (Ctrl + S)
  • Close Editor (Ctrl + Q)
  • Open File (Ctrl + P)
  • Command Palette (F1)
File editor action panel

The command palette provides quick access to commands for managing and formatting the file contents.

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File editor command palette

Preview Web Apps

You can run web apps within Azure Cloud Shell, and Web Preview allows you to view those web apps over a configured port. The web app must be able to listen and respond to HTTP requests. To configure the Web Preview port, select the Web preview icon, then choose Configure. Enter a port between 1024 to 49151 (excluding 8080). Then select Open and browse.

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Configuring Cloud Shell Web preview

Exploring Additional Capabilities

Azure Cloud Shell also includes access to many other tools and features. Here is a list of just a few of these capabilities.

  • Linux tools: bash, zsh, sh, tmux, dig
  • Azure tools: AzCopy, Azure Functions CLI
  • Text editors: code (Cloud Shell Editor), vim, nano, emacs
  • Build tools: make, maven, npm, pip
  • Source control: git
  • Infrastructure as Code/Automation: Terraform, Ansible, Chef, Puppet

See the complete list of tools here on Microsoft Docs.

Closing

The Azure Cloud Shell is a versatile tool for making Azure directly from the browser. In this article, you set up your Cloud Shell environment and explored many of its capabilities. Where do you see using Azure Cloud Shell in your environment?

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