imageAs of today, users for Azure Information Protection and other Microsoft Information Protection solutions can now use Adobe Reader to read labeled and protected content. Both Microsoft and Adobe are encouraged and excited about this collaboration.

Please view the following blogs on how to use the Adobe reader integration and where to download:

imageMicrosoft announced the next version of the perpetual licensed version of Office at Ignite last month as being generally available to Commercial customers. For customers that aren’t ready for the cloud, Office 2019 provides updates to the on-premises apps with new features for end userd and IT professionals.

The Office 2019 GA for Commercial customers includes these products:

  • Office Professional Plus 2019
  • Office Standard 2019
  • Office Standard 2019 for Mac
  • Visio Professional 2019
  • Visio Standard 2019
  • Project Professional 2019
  • Project Standard 2019


  • General Availability: September 24, 2018
  • RTM build for volume license: 16.0.10336.20044
  • RTM build for Mac volume license: 16.17 (18090901)
  • Office 2019 will initially be available to customers with Enterprise Agreements through the Volume License Service Center. Other channels such as Visual Studio Subscriptions, Imagine, MPN, MAPS and VLSC for non-Enterprise Agreement customers will become available over the next two weeks.

As of October 2nd, consumer customers can also now purchase Office 2019 from Microsoft and other retailers.

System Requirements

The minimum Windows system requirement is Windows 10

The minimum MacOS requirement is 10.12

For more specific details on the system requirements for both see Office System Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Office 2019 Commercial for Windows and Mac Frequently Asked Questions is available to answer questions related to Office 2019 vs Office 365 ProPlus.


A large amount of information is being published on and to support this release. Key articles are the following:

Are you a Microsoft 365 Government cloud customer?

A new Microsoft 365 Roadmap site has been released and it now has filters to allow you to see what features are available and which are on the roadmap for specific cloud instances, including:

  • Government Community Cloud (GCC)
  • GCC High
  • GCC High/DoD
  • Germany

You can also filter on Office 365, Enterprise Mobility & Security Suite, Windows 10, and all of these suites’ sub-components such as Exchange Online, Microsoft Teams, etc.


Visit the new roadmap site here:

Posted by: kurtsh | October 10, 2018

BETA: Windows Virtual Desktop

During Microsoft Ignite 2018, we announced the coming preview of Windows Virtual Desktop”.

This is an new end-to-end cloud-based desktop solution that is orchestrated through Microsoft Azure.

Windows Virtual Desktop creates scalable Windows 10 or Windows 7 desktop experiences in the cloud.

  • Administrators set up the desktop space from Azure Marketplace “Windows Virtual Desktop” (Not available yet – until public preview)


Creating a Windows Virtual Desktop deployment from the Azure Portal

  • Delivers a “full desktop experience” or “collections of apps” or “one specific app”
    • WVD app delivery can be initiated on local desktops & “appear” to be local apps in the Start menu
    • Supports copy & paste to the app from the local desktop, as well as save/open local files & local printers
  • Supports “VDI VM-based desktops” or ‘session-based desktops” – all in one
    • Session-based i.e. Remote Desktop experience is WINDOWS 10 – not Windows Server. [Exclusive to WVD]
  • Supports persistent or non-persistent desktops
  • Supports custom VM images or gallery-based templates
  • Support Office 365 applications in a multi-user environment (i.e. all the stuff that is hard or impossible to implement or manage)
    • Outlook
    • OneDrive
  • Supports every VM type in the Azure Gallery available in the region selected


Windows Virtual Desktops can be implemented on an VM type/SKU available in the selected region

  • Supports optimizing for performance or for cost efficacy:
    • breadth mode for performance (spread new VMs/sessions across all hosts)
    • depth mode to optimize for costs (use one host to capacity before using another)
  • Support Azure Active Directory
    • Automated domain join
    • Multifactor authentication
    • Conditional Access


Multifactor Authentication is supported in tandem with Conditional Access for Windows Virtual Desktops

  • Licensing: (any of the following)
    • M365 E3/E5
    • M365 Business/F1
    • Windows E3/E5

I’ve aggregated everything I’ve got around Windows Virtual Desktop into a single location – PowerPoints, documents, and references at the following share:

If you’ve ever created a Personal view within Dynamics 365, you know that they can be very useful & big time savers.

But what if you need to delete/remove an personal view or hide a set of personal views that you don’t want to appear in the “My Views” drop down list? 

Here’s how:

  1. imageGo to you list of opportunities or engagements & click on the filter icon in the upper right hand corner, also called “Advanced Find”. 
    A dialog box will appear.
  2. imageSelect the “Saved Views” button.
    A list of all existing “personal” views will appear.
  3. imageCheck the boxes to the left of each view you wish to deactivate of delete.  Deactivating will hide the view for use later, whereas Deleting will remove the view forever.
  4. Select “Deactivate” or “Delete Saved View”.
Posted by: kurtsh | October 2, 2018

NEWS: Announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2018

If you’re interested in Office 365 & End-user Productivity Innovations – as announced at Microsoft Ignite 2018 – we have all the news summarized for you in a few locations:

Posted by: kurtsh | August 24, 2018

TRAINING: Microsoft Tech Academy

imageKick-start your cloud expertise with free, multimedia training for IT Professionals

Tech Academy unifies Microsoft’s learning and readiness platforms for IT Professionals and Developers into a single place. Use our curated Learning Pathways to kick-start or advance your Microsoft cloud expertise with always-up-to-date content or search across thousands of learning materials.  

Tech Academy delivers content from 26 different training resources from Microsoft, including:

imageIf you’re a Microsoft Edge user and you’ve ever seen the “Did you mean to switch apps?” dialog box to the right while joining a Microsoft Teams meeting, you know that clicking “YES” for every single Teams meeting you want to join gets a little tedious.

This is how to disable the “Did you mean to switch apps?” dialog box for any future Microsoft Teams meetings that you want to join:

  1. Open Internet Explorer (Click START and type “Internet Explorer” and hit ENTER)
  2. Copy the Teams URL from one of your Teams meeting into the Address field of Internet Explorer and hit ENTER. You can copy this URL from an appointment will look something like the URL below. A dialog box will appear.

  3. Uncheck the box labeled, “Always ask before opening this type of address”.
  4. Click the “Allow” button.

That’s it.  From now on, all Teams meeting links that you click will bypass the “Did you mean to switch apps?” dialog box and take you straight into the Teams application for your meeting.


(Hat tip to TechSpeeder to for the original general guidance for this solution)

Posted by: kurtsh | August 24, 2018

RELEASE: Azure Stack for Azure Government

imageMicrosoft Azure Stack is now available to order for Azure Government customers.

It was just a few months ago we shared our plans to integrate Azure Stack with our government-only cloud offering so agencies can benefit from a truly consistent hybrid cloud approach across identity, subscription, registration, billing, backup and disaster recovery solutions, and the Azure Marketplace.

Read more at the Azure Government blog:

imageLooking for a summary of all the security & compliance features & administrative capabilities within Microsoft Teams?

Check this documentation library out:

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