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Digital Transformation Spending to Pass $1 Trillion

Digital Transformation Spending to Pass $1 Trillion

Transforming IT and Budgets Alike –  As a recent report from market analysis firm IDC reveals, digital transformation (DX) spending is due to surpass $1 trillion this year. And much of this spend is pouring into IT. DX is a large umbrella, covering everything from customer-facing virtualization technology to autonomous

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Windows Server 2019 Build 17677 Rolls Out to Insiders

Windows Server 2019 Build 17677 Rolls Out to Insiders

A Small Serving of Updates –  Soon after the release of Windows 10 Insider build 17677, the new Windows Server 2019 Insider preview build 17677 is following hot on its heels. Insiders, grab these new updates now; for everyone else, here’s a hint of what’s on the horizon. Storage Spaces

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Microsoft Whiteboard Release Coming Soon

Microsoft Whiteboard Release Coming Soon

Microsoft Whiteboard, a Creative Canvas –  Back in December, Microsoft Whiteboard released into preview. The digital equivalent of, well, a whiteboard, the app was designed to scratch the itch of creative planners looking for a free-form brainstorming and design tool. Unlike a physical whiteboard, however, the app’s boards have no

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Top 10 Current and Upcoming Outlook Updates

Top 10 Current and Upcoming Outlook Updates

A truckload of new Outlook updates are steadily rolling toward users on every platform from Android to Windows. Here’s the rundown on the ten most noteworthy of these changes, available in Outlook now or within the next few months, ranked accordingly: 1 – Bcc Warning You’ll be alerted you if

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Play Well with Others with Azure AD B2B Collaboration

Play Well with Others with Azure AD B2B Collaboration

The Sign Reads “No Jerks (or Competitors) Allowed” – Over at Petri, Tony Redmond has been keeping an eye on Azure Active Directory’s business-to-business (B2B) collaboration feature. If you haven’t run across it before, Azure AD B2B collaboration allows guests from other (potentially not-running-Azure) organizations to work safely with your users

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Productivity, Security, Accessibility in New Windows 10 Update

Productivity, Security, Accessibility in New Windows 10 Update

The new Windows 10 update is rolling out now, and there are plenty of handy features and changes included. Here are the productivity, security, and accessibility highlights from Microsoft’s announcement.  Productivity Think of the new Timeline feature as a browser history, expanded to track all user activities on all their devices. It’s

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What's an On-Premise Data Gateway? - Hybrid Tech Tips

What’s an On-Premises Data Gateway? – Hybrid Tech Tips

Right Out of the Gate –  Shane Young at Petri recently brought up the existence of Microsoft’s on-premises data gateway, an oft-forgotten but handy tool for hybrid data management. Today in Hybrid Tips & Tricks, we’ll be discussing this easy-to-set-up, (almost) free Microsoft tool.  The on-premises data gateway is a pipeline from on-premises data stores to cloud stores, apps,

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April Showers Bring SharePoint Updates

April Showers Bring SharePoint Updates

This month so far has been good for SharePoint updates—and there are plenty more still to come. Here’s the rundown.  The News is New News  –  For those tenants receiving test updates, it’s now possible to create news pages in SharePoint. These pages can then be integrated into Teams as a tab (as can normal SharePoint pages) or emailed as

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FREE WEBINAR: Automate Office 365 Common Admin Tasks

FREE WEBINAR: Automate Office 365 Common Admin Tasks

Join us for this online event and learn how to eliminate complex scripting and automate many Office 365 admin tasks. Cayosoft will demonstrate how to easily automate ongoing policy enforcement, group membership management and the deprovisioning of Office 365 user accounts. The discussion will cover both hybrid and non-hybrid tasks

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Data Retention Policies for Teams Now Available

Data Retention Policies for Teams Now Available

Teams Cleans Data Seams –  In data retention, a delicate balance must be kept. On the one hand is the need to delete older data to proactively mitigate damaging security breaches or litigation. Additionally, it’s important to clear data clutter for users, to help ensure they have only the information they need. On the other hand are pressures

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Legitimate Office 365 Emails in Junk Folders: Tech Tales from the Tiki Bar

Legitimate Office 365 Emails in Junk Folders

Straight to Trash –  If you’ve seen a rise in legitimate emails in junk folders recently, you’re not the only one.   The culprit? A new anti-spoofing update for Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). I’ve found a great post from Paul Cunningham at Practical365 discussing this change and its implications, so check it out for the details.

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Happy Birthday to Teams: More Features at No Cost?

Happy Birthday to Teams: More Features at No Cost?

They Grow Up So Fast Microsoft Teams was released almost exactly a year ago, and Microsoft has been pushing it hard to compete against Slack and other communications tools ever since. The sheer magnitude of Teams updates, both large and small, is remarkable—a quick glimpse of the Microsoft Roadmap shows roughly 45 fully released updates and 60 more currently in development. Considering the latter is roughly a third of the updates in development for all of

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Security Intelligence Report Reveals Global Threat Trends

Security Intelligence Report Reveals Global Threat Trends

Growing Threats Microsoft’s 23rd volume of its annual Security Intelligence Report is now available for download. The report’s conclusions are based on the analysis of threat trends over the past year in both on-premise and cloud services, drawing from hundreds of thousands of attacks on over a billion devices. The release announcement highlights several prominent attack types.  Malware propagating through massive botnets continues to infect millions

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Don't Get Hosed by Password Spray Attacks

Don’t Get Hosed by Password Spray Attacks

What’s a Password Spray Attack? A password spray doesn’t look like a traditional attempt to brute force an individual’s password. Instead, attackers go wide, attempting a login for as many users as possible using an (unfortunately) very common password like “P@$$w0rd” or “123456.”   It neatly circumvents most detection techniques—after all, from the

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