Posted by: kurtsh | February 24, 2021

INFO: Azure Active Directory “My Account” Portal

imageThe Azure Active Directory “My Account” Portal is a strangely misunderstood resource for individuals with Azure AD credentials but it provides a huge number of very important resources and controls for end users.

Accessed at, it provides the user with the ability to:

  • View your identity’s assigned phone number, email address, & location
  • View & edit security verification methods
  • View & disables assigned devices
  • Change your Azure AD password
  • View & leave any organizations that the user’s account is assigned to (different tenants)
  • View recent sign-ins, the OS & browser user, and IP address, and the geolocation of the sign in

Read more about the portal here:

imageIn the age of remote work, collaboration is the name of the game. Here’s how Microsoft Teams has helped teamwork and productivity skyrocket inside Microsoft:

As she dove in, she quickly recognized something was missing—the experience customers had when going from one Microsoft Teams account channel to another wasn’t standardized. This meant that customers who worked on multiple accounts had to learn how a new channel worked every time they switched channels. Additionally, when a Microsoft customer account executive created a team for their territory and a channel inside that team for each customer, they couldn’t port over content from old channels.

In Townsend’s part of the sales organization, employees would create separate Microsoft Teams channels for each account executive and client they were working with. The challenge was that they were naming these channels based on the account executives who oversaw these customer accounts. However, when account executives moved to new solution areas or roles, it was impossible to move these teams. Often, the knowledge collected by the team was siloed, making it hard for account executives and customer success managers to find what they needed.

Townsend wanted to create patterns so the sales reps that she managed would have a consistent experience in Microsoft Teams, regardless of who was leading the account. That way, account team members could demonstrate the power of Microsoft Teams as a collaboration tool when talking to customers.

“We wanted a standard channel structure that account team members could rely on,” she says. “That way, there’s continuity and standardization when new account team members were assigned to a Teams channel.”

Her persistence in solving this challenge ultimately inspired the creation of Teams Command Center, a tool that Microsoft Productivity Studio and certified partner Avanade are building to empower teams across Microsoft to collaborate at scale using Microsoft Teams.

Continue here:

imageLooking for a reference that goes over what benefits Software Assurance Benefits you have and how to use them?

This is the ultimate guide to Software Assurance Benefits for Microsoft Volume Licensing participants.  It goes through 3 basic steps for all benefits:

  1. Understanding what benefits you have
  2. Establishing Software Assurance Managers
  3. Claim your benefits through Volume Licensing Service Center

It breaks down all available Software Assurance Benefits and how to use them, including:

  • New Version Rights
  • Home Use Program
  • License Mobility
  • Desktop Optimization Pack
  • Problem Resolution Support
  • Planning Services
  • Training Vouchers

Download the guide here:

Posted by: kurtsh | February 24, 2021

EVENT: Microsoft Include 2021 – March 17, 2021

imageWe’re gathering some of the top experts in diversity & inclusion (D&I) for a digital event available on your timezone. We’ll gain insights about how we can drive systemic and individual change, share stories from our communities, reflect on our journey so far, and commit to the work still to come. Real progress on D&I doesn’t happen without real work.

On March 17, we will host Include 2021, presented by Microsoft, a free, global, digital event focused on diversity & inclusion (D&I). Include 2021 is an opportunity to accelerate our D&I journey in our company and to engage our ecosystem. We will bring together some of the top academic minds and third-party experts in the D&I space, gain insights about how we can drive systemic and individual change, and share stories from our communities around the world.

Include 2021 is open to everyone who is looking to better understand the individual and organizational changes that will drive diversity & inclusion. The content will focus on the workplace, and it will cross industries and roles.

Meet our newest Microsoft Garage project, “Journal”!

Journal is a Windows 10 app helping people who love to journal to evolve their ideas and express themselves quickly with the power of their digital pen.

Jimageournal, a Microsoft Garage project, is an app for Windows that invites people who love to journal to pick up their digital pen, express themselves quickly, and evolve their ideas.

Of all the different methods of device interaction, digital ink is unique in the speed and degree of natural expression and in aiding memory. With Journal, disparate ideas can be connected, drawings can be sketched, annotations can be freely inserted, information can be located with search, and you can easily connect your ink across other apps to grow your best ideas.

Journal provides an ink-first solution that delivers new AI, intuitive gestures, and connected experiences for Microsoft 365 for work and school (subscription required, sold separately) . It’s designed for people who thrive when writing out their ideas, notes, and sketches.

The Microsoft Garage is an outlet for experimental projects for you to try. Learn more at

imageMicrosoft Defender for Endpoint is now available for customers in the Government Community Cloud (GCC).

Security is at an inflection point as digital attack surfaces increase and threat attack sophistication escalates. It continues to be one of the most challenging areas our customers navigate.  Our Government customers have additional obligations to data compliance and governance. 

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a holistic, cloud delivered endpoint security solution that includes risk-based vulnerability management and assessment, attack surface reduction, behavioral based and cloud-powered next generation protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), automatic investigation and remediation, managed hunting services, rich APIs, and unified security management.

We are excited to announce that Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is now available for customers in the Government Community Cloud (GCC).  Microsoft Defender for Endpoint in GCC supports the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) accreditation at a High Impact level. FedRAMP artifacts are available for review by customers who are required to comply with FedRAMP. Federal agencies can review these artifacts in support of their review to issue an Authority to Operate (ATO).

Learn more here:

A new vision for Microsoft Stream empowers users to create, share, discover, and manage video just as they would any other file.

imageWith video that will be stored in Microsoft 365, the new version of Stream builds on the rich content management features of SharePoint and unlocks the intelligence of Microsoft Graph to enhance videos across Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Stream—the intelligent video app in Microsoft 365—is being re-imagined and rebuilt to integrate seamlessly with applications across the suite, so you can create, share, discover, and manage video as easily as any Office document.

In the new version of Stream, video and audio files will be stored on the SharePoint files platform within Microsoft 365 like all other file types; already today, SharePoint powers file experiences for Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, and Outlook. This will provide the best of both worlds: intelligent video experiences powered by Stream across the suite, and management of video that leverages the power of SharePoint content services for permissions, sharing, compliance, governance, and customizable portal experiences.

A few notes of what to expect and what will be missing:

What new features already exist for new Stream if I start using it now?

The features below are already available for videos uploaded to Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, and other Microsoft 365 applications:

Will I lose any features if I start using the new Stream instead of Microsoft Stream (Classic) right now?

While there is strong feature overlap between Microsoft Stream (Classic) and the new Stream, there are some features from Microsoft Stream (Classic) that are not yet available in the new Stream. We are actively working to add the best of Microsoft Stream (Classic) into the new Stream. Check out what’s new in Stream or what’s coming next on the Stream roadmap.

These features are offered in Microsoft Stream (Classic) but are not currently available in the new Stream on top of SharePoint and OneDrive:

  • Full playback scale and performance of classic Stream
  • Stream web app to find all videos in new Stream
  • Easily getting an embed code
  • Transcripts, closed captions, and subtitles
  • Adding Microsoft Forms to a video for quizzes and surveys
  • A video player page with description, comments, transcripts, Forms, etc.
  • Ability to change playback speed (0.5x – 2x)
  • A dedicated Stream mobile application
  • A video webpart for SharePoint pages
  • Watchlist
  • Screen recording
  • Channels

Read more here:

Optimize costs through dynamic tools to maximize efficiency with Azure cloud. Watch and learn:

imageFind out how you can take advantage of offers and tools to maximize your efficiency with Microsoft Azure. Watch this video to get five tips to help you save on costs and learn about the tools available to help you efficiently move to the cloud.

Video the 3 min video here:

imageThis video shows you how you can apply a registry key setting to tell Power BI Desktop to avoid using a commercial discovery endpoint and go directly to the sovereign cloud endpoint for your environment.

GitHub write on this below,…

US Government Power BI "Allow List" documentation below,…

  • Intro: (0:00​)
  • Behavior without Registry Key: (1:14​)
  • How to Apply Registry Key: (3:24​)
  • Behavior after Registry Key: (5:08​)
  • Wrap Up: (5:51​)

Watch the video here:

Join us on February 25 to learn how to protect your critical data and apps with the latest innovations from #Azure Storage. Register today:

imageJoin this webinar to discover how to protect your business-critical data and applications with Azure Storage. Azure Storage provides comprehensive data protection capabilities for simple, scalable, and cost-effective backup and disaster recovery.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Protect your critical data from failures and data loss.
  • Ensure quick and cost-effective business continuity across regions and zones.
  • Apply best practices through product demos and customer examples.

Register for this event here:

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